Digital terrestrial TV tested in Bulacan, Pampanga.
ABS-CBN has started its in-home tests of digital terrestrial broadcast using the ISDB-T standard in more than 100 homes in Pampanga and Bulacan. One of the digital subchannels tested is the kids channel YEY! which is set to air anime, cartoons, and other children-oriented programs.
In a report aired on September 23 on TV Patrol and ANC’s The World Tonight, ABS-CBN showed their proprietary ISDB-T set-top box at work in its first in-home tests in Mexico, Pampanga and the towns of San Miguel, San Ildefonso and San Rafael in Bulacan.
It was also revealed that these set-top boxes will be sold at a price of PhP 2,500 once ABS-CBN and other manufacturers get the green light from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to start mass-producing and selling their STBs.
The news item also gave a glimpse of YEY!, one of the digital subchannels being tested by ABS-CBN with programming targeted towards children. Little is known right now about YEY!‘s daily programming other than that it will be distinctly different from that of ABS-CBN’s cable anime channel HEROtv, and that it will include the anime Blue Dragon and live-action drama Kung Fu Kids.
Other digital subchannels being tested by ABS-CBN include ABS-CBN Channel 2, Studio 23, Cine Mo!, Knowledge Channel, DZMM Teleradyo, and MYX 2. The last four subchannels mentioned including YEY! are premium channels, meaning that they can only be accessed using ABS-CBN’s proprietary set-top box.
GEMNET HD, NBN, and TV5 are also currently testing their digital TV broadcasts. Digital terrestrial TV technology enables all of these channels to be broadcast in a much clearer quality than analog broadcast, and allow more digital channels to be aired using a narrower frequency bandwidth than analog channels.
Last August, the NTC has decided with finality that the country will use the ISDB standard for digital terrestrial broadcasting despite the insistence of the DVB Project to consider the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard currently being used in Europe. Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting (ISDB) is a digital TV standard developed by Japan’s Digital Broadcasting Experts Group (DiBEG) and is currently being used in Japan, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, and Chile.
Here is the report from ANC’s The World Tonight (courtesy of Sandies):
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