Brazil chooses Japan TV standard

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After more than 10 years of discussions, Brazil has selected Japan’s ISDB-T as its standard for digital TV rather than Europe’s DVB and the U.S.’s ATSC.

Japan’s state bank JBIC will finance the construction of a digital TV component plant in Brazil and ISDB-T will incorporate features developed by Brazilian researchers that help the standard’s performance in Brazil.

TV Globo and the other Brazilian nets believe ISDB-T best suits their needs, as it allows mobile transmission and interactiveness.

Nets have an 18-month deadline to begin digital transmissions in selected cities and seven years to reach the whole country. Analog TV will be switched off in 2016.

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