Digital television in Argentina


Digital television in Argentina

Initially Argentina selected ATSC standard in 1998 (Res.2387/98), and had been conducting experimental broadcasts since 1999 but the government later overruled the decision. The current government in Argentina appears to be reconsidering its earlier decision. All three leading standards are being analyzed: ISDB-T, ATSC and DVB-T.

There is an agreement between Brazil and Argentina, signed in the light of Mercosur Commercial Agreement, where both countries agree to share information, studies and efforts to select the same Digital TV standard.Fact|date=February 2007

Argentina's government and Communcations Ministry will meet with Brazil's Digital TV comitee on September/October 2008 in order to verify political, commercial and technical advantages and disadvantages of a commom standard for both countries and perhaps a definition about the standard to be implemented in Argentina can be done till end of 2008.

Brazil's experience with the implementation of ISDB-T standard has been very interesting. In only 8 months the digital signal is present in metropolitan areas of 4 state capitals and more 3 capitals will receive digital signal till end of 2008. The set-top box prices are decreasing very fast. If Argentina decide to use ISBD-T, huge scale gains will benefit both countries. While HDTV-ready TV sales are increasing in Argentina, no single HD feed is currently available. Local cable company Cablevision will start HDTV transmission on January 20, 2007.Fact|date=February 2007 Major TV broadcasters, namely Canal 13 and Telefe, started to show some HDTV samples in electronic shows. Canal 13 has invested in ATSC equipment, and the recent decision by the government to review this in favour of DVB added some turmoil in an already clogged scenario for such decision.Fact|date=February 2007 Due to lack of clear directives, consumer electronic market offers LCD and Plasma equipment without digital tuners, only NTSC/PAL analog ones are included as of May 2007). At the same time, some equipment was marketed as "HD-ready" when, in fact, they offered only a 852x480 pixel resolution, clearly insufficient to fulfill that claim.Fact|date=February 2007


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