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Commission to advise Govt on digital TV standards
[June 08, 2006]

Commission to advise Govt on digital TV standards

( Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)Argentina's communications ministry SeCom has created a working group to advise the government on which digital TV standard the nation should adopt, local La Nacin newspaper reported.

The new commission will cover different topics such as royalties, investments expected in the country and job generation policies.

The government is expected to decide between two digital TV standard options: the ATSC standard currently used in the US, Mexico, Canada and Korea; and Europe's DVB standard.

Argentina selected the ATSC standard back in 1998 but the government later overruled the decision.

There have been reports that Argentina will follow the lead of Brazil, which for some time has been studying which standard to adopt, but the Argentine authorities now say they will decide independently, taking into account the benefits for the country.

Digital TV not only provides more interactivity and quality but also allows companies to offer premium services such as interactive guides, personal video recording and video on demand. It also provides a platform with content that can be readily transmitted to mobile telephones.

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