The Japanese platform has the edge, cost-wise. Both the industry players and consumers note the big difference between the cost of using the ISDB-T and DVBT-2.
One digibox of ISDB-T comes up to P2,500, but the European platform is 60 percent costlier at P4,000.
The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and TV5 have strongly endorsed ISDB-T from the start.
ABS-CBN, meanwhile, reported a sharp rise, from 44 to 56 percent, in the number of households willing to shift to digital TV after its two-week trial that started last August 1 in Pampanga and Bulacan.
The NTC had earlier picked the Japanese standard over the European one, but is awaiting feedback from the Aquino Cabinet’s economic team. The NTC needs their assessment of the economic implications of shifting to digital TV and its chosen DTT standard.
NTC deputy commissioner Carlo Jose Martinez said earlier. “If their feedback is to proceed then we will issue the IRR (implementing rules and regulations) already and schedule the signing of the memorandum of agreement with the Japanese.”