Philippines choose Japan’s ISDB-T

The Philippines has firmly rejected Europe’s DVB television transmission standard and instead selected Japan’s ISDB scheme. A last ditch effort from Europe which talked of its widely adopted standard being cheaper to install and maintain, the nation’s President Benigno Aquino has confirmed to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that it will migrate to Japan’s Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting (ISDB-T) transmission system.

“We are migrating to the Japanese digital standards… The clincher is the emergency broadcast feature or the ability to turn on television sets to broadcast a warning even if the television set is turned off. We are told that it was used during the Fukushima incident,” the President said, confirming an earlier decision by the nation’s National Telecommunications Commission.

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