The Dominican Republic is not one of the world’s major TV markets (population 10.4 million) but its decision to delay adopting full digital terrestrial TV until 2021 is something of a surprise.
The official announcement was issued by the country’s Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel) saying, via a formal Decree, that the extended deadline allows time for a full transition to DTT.
Indotel had previously said it would switch off analogue TV in September 2015. It has chosen the USA’s ATSC digital system, selected in 2010, as its transmission standard.
The country shares its Caribbean island with neighbouring Haiti.