Philippines ISBD-T Channels
- ABS-CBN: ABS-CBN Corporation intends to spend 1 billion pesos on its transition to digital broadcasting. ABS-CBN announced on April 4, 2011 that it would be prepared to launch 5 free “premium” channels on a DTT platform as soon as the NTC finalized its regulations surrounding digital television. ABS-CBN will be using UHF channel 35 (596–602 MHz) for its ISDB-T test, and channel 51 (692–698 MHz), which was previously used for test broadcasts using DVB-T. Their initial test was conducted in areas of Valenzuela, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna. In November 2010, ABS-CBN began rolling out its digital broadcast in 17 cities in Metropolitan Manila including selected areas in Bulacan and Pampanga.
- PTV: The state broadcaster People’s Television Network began DTT trials using ISDB-T in 2009 using channel 48. In 2011, the Japanese government donated additional equipment to the network in order to approve its digital services. PTN is also planning to operate an emergency notification system using the digital platform.
- ABC: ABC Development Corporation, operator of TV5 will use ISDB-T for its DTT trials; a simulcast of DWET-TV on DWDZ-TV. Stressing the importance of the transition, the broadcaster plans to migrate DWET-TV to digital as soon as possible.
- GMA: GMA Network, Inc. is presently applying for a digital television license from the NTC to install and maintain transmitting stations that will be attuned with and utilize to offer digital terrestrial television and digital mobile TV broadcast services, using channel 27. Areas planned for a temporary digital broadcast will cover the cities of Quezon City, Makati, Pasig, Tagaytay, and Angeles in Pampanga; and areas like Ortigas, Cavite, and Calumpit in Bulacan. GMA was vocal about the NTC’s choice of DTV standard; on March 27, 2011, a GMA executive proposed the use of the updated European standard DVB-T2 as opposed to ISDB-T due to its better quality. However, the NTC did not change its decision.
- Eagle Broadcasting Corporation: In partnership with the Christian Era Broadcasting Service, the companies launched the first digital television station in the country, DZCE-TV, GEMNET, in 2007. Initially broadcasting in DVB-T, it shifted to using ISDB-T in 2009.
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