Asean to adopt common digital TV standard
Monday, April 2nd, 2007
Broadcasters who attended the 4th Asean Digital Broadcasting (ADB) Meeting held in Kuala Lumpur agreed to recommend the adoption of Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial (DVB-T) technology as the Asean digital terrestrial broadcasting standard to the 9th Conference of the Asean Ministers Responsible for Information (AMRI) due to take place in Jakarta in May 2007.

More than 50 delegates comprising policy makers, regulators and broadcasters from all 10 Asean countries - Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam - and representatives from the Asean Secretariat attended the 4th ADB Meeting.

The adoption of a common standard has very positive implications for Asean. This decision will facilitate the ADB Meeting’s goal of a common digital Set Top Box (STB) for the region. With the economies of scale able to be achieved by having a common broadcasting standard and a common STB, consumers in the region are expected to able to enjoy digital television at very affordable prices.

Among the other issues addressed in the 4th ADB Meeting was the importance for Asean countries to also target their respective analogue broadcasting switch-off schedule, even if at a preliminary stage. This would provide consumers, broadcasters, manufacturers, and the media content industry with sufficient notice in order to be prepared for the new era of digital broadcasting.

(Source: Prime Minister’s Office, Brunei Darussalam)