Panama Debuts Open Signal TV in Digital

The State Service of Radio and Television (SERTV) offers viewers a digital format with open signal.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The country's State Radio and Television Broadcasting Service (SERTV), chose the European standard DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting). In its first phase, they will focus on transforming the analogous signal, and once ready they will offer additional services, such as making payments or requesting medical appointments.

With the remote control and a special adapter box, viewers will be able to access database systems through their televisions, accessing, for example, hospitals, public institutions or banks.

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Digital TV for Costa Rica in 2017

November 2010

With the approval of the "Act of Implementation of Digital Television”, the government will announce by the end of the year the transition of technologies.

The Minister of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications, Teofilo de la Torre said that in 2017 the transition of technologies would take place and with this the end of analog television.

Problems in Transition to Digital TV

October 2014

Costa Rica has initiated meetings to address the change to digital television looking to the Spanish company Ingenia-Telecom as neutral mediator between the government and operators.

In a forum held by the National Chamber of Radio and Television, companies operating open channels emphasized the lack of a public policy to order the transition to digital television.

Costa Rica Reviewing Digital TV Standards

January 2010

Representatives from the different Digital TV standards are in the country, explaining the benefits of their technologies.

On March 30th, a public-private Digital TV commission will have to deliver a recommendation to the Executive indicating which standard should be adopted by the country.

Panama: To Implement Digital TV Starting September

January 2011

In September authorities will start the program to implementation Digital Terrestrial Television using Europe's DVB-T format.

The National Authority of Public Services (ASEP) indicated that the implementation will include technical guidelines and regulations for radio and digital TV.

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