Taiwan Broadcasting System to launch HDTV in 2008
Friday, May 25th, 2007

Taiwan Broadcasting System (TBS), a non-profit consortium of terrestrial TV broadcasters set up to provide TV and radio programs of public interest in Taiwan, has announced the commencement of a two-year project to promote high-definition TV (HDTV). Broadcasts are to begin for some selected areas first through Channel 30 in the second half of 2008.

The project is financially sponsored by the government in line with the policy of completing digitization of terrestrial TV broadcasts in 2010, according to the Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News (EDN).

TBS will be establishing HDTV networks around Taiwan and digital databases mainly of video and commissioning new programmes, as well as conducting mobile TV and radio broadcast data system (RBDS) experiments, the consortium said.

The HDTV broadcast is expected to generate a huge volume of business opportunities covering HDTV sets, FPDs (flat panel displays), HD set-top boxes(STBs), PDAs, PMPs (portable multimedia players), etc according to TBS. An estimated 300,000 HDTV users will possess HDTV sets one year after the beginning of the broadcast, TBS indicated.

(Source: DigiTimes.com)