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Philippines delays switchover

February 2, 2010

The Philippines government may push back the deadline for the migration to digital terrestrial TV given the unresolved matter of which platform will be adopted. “2015 might be a stretch to achieve. We have to move it, but hopefully not 2020,” Secretary Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) said.

The migration is important for consumers because those who still have analogue TV sets will have to buy STB to receive digital signals. Chua said the high price of STB remains the main issue for the delayed decision of the National Telecommunications Commission.

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