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Change From Analog TV to Digital Off to a Controversial Start
By Javier Córdoba Morales

The step from the analog television system to digital television in Costa Rica had its first controversies after the government formed a commission to analyze which is the most convenient platform for the country, without taking in to account the University of Costa Rica (UCR). On November 5th the Minister of the Presidency, Rodrigo Arias, announced the formation of the Special Mixed Commission that will be headed by the vice minister of Telecommunications, Hannia Vega. This commission must provide a report by March 30th 2010, with the end result to make a decision of which of the five available technologies the country will adapt.

WHAT IS DIGITAL TV?
Digital television is a new transmission technology that transforms the television signal in to digital pulses (a binary code like that of computers), which allows for a better signal and opens a series of services that are not possible with traditional technology. The digital signal permits you to communicate directly with the producer of the program you are watching, order specific contents of a channel (such as a movie) and even browse the Internet from your television.

The step to digital television, known as the “analog black out” has already been provided in many nations, above all, the developed ones. UCR Channel 15 engineer Mario Mora explained that 5 standards exist for the new television being used in the world: the United States (ATSC), Europe (DVB-T), Japan (ISDB-T), China (DTMB) and Brazil (ISDB-Tb), which is a variant of the Japanese system.

The change requires the purchase of televisions with digital tuners, or a “decoding box” that permits analog televisions to receive the digital signal, which most people already have.

UCR REQUESTS SPACE
The UCR expressed it’s discontentment with not being taken in to account in the formation of the digital television commission, since it is the only state house that forms communication professionals and the only one that has its own television channel (Channel 15).

UCR chancellor Yamieleth González explained that the topic of digital television is of interest to the entire society, as it opens up possibilities to greater democratization of television and could be the opportunity for the country to make a leap toward better content quality. Channel 15 director Ana Xochild Alarcón criticized the fact that they have been selling televisions with digital tuners in the country for the past 4 years, without even defining which technology it is going to use.

In agreement with Alarcón, this change has been difficult in other countries. In the case of the United States several million homes were left without the possibility to adopt the new technology in time, even though they were provided with decoding apparatuses.

University students hope to be included in the commission, but for the time being the Environment, Energy and Telecommunications Ministry (MINAET) has not given an official explanation as to why it has not accounted for UCR, nor expressed the possibility of including it in the future. the boundaries of main routes are set.

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