Argentina boosts DTT options

Argentina’s DTT system has added four new digital channels, including one in HD, to the nine already in place. The new channels are: Tateti, Video Éxito, Argentina HD and Suri TV.

Tateti is a new children’s channel, Video Éxito is a music channel, Argentina HD is a tourism channel and Suri TV is a channel available widely throughout South America and is devoted to Latino interests with transmissions also in Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador.

These new channels joined Encuentro, Paka Paka, Incaa TV, Canal 7, Gol TV, Vivra, CN23, C5N and Telesur. Therefore, there will be a total of 13 channels in addition to HD and mobile TV versions.

At present, the Government has channels 33, 34, 35 and 36 under band UHF so that private free-to-air TV channels 13, Telefe, 9 and América, can each carry out their own DTT trials. Telefe is one of the channels with the highest rating ratings in Argentina, and belongs to Telefónica of Spain.

At the end of 2010 it was stated by a senior manager of the DTT system that the total number of homes able to receive DTT was less than 2m. However, by the end of 2011 it is predicted that some 70 per cent of the population will be able to receive signals.

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