BEAM upgrades transmitters to support digital TV

Posted at 08/05/2014 2:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Broadcast firm Broadcast Enterprises and Affiliated Media (BEAM) Inc. is upgrading its operations to support the country's shift from analog to digital television.

BEAM is currently upgrading its infrastructure and facilities, which includes the purchase of new Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT)-ready transmitters.

BEAM, a broadcast company that operates Free-to-Air Channel 31, is installing a DTT-ready transmitter to replace its main 60-kilowatt analog transmitter in Antipolo.

The new transmitter is expected to be operational by the end of the year.

“We are committed to the national government’s digital television program as we continue to strengthen our DTT network and capabilities,” said BEAM president Steve Macion.

“We are upgrading our DTT-ready headend and transmitter facilities in Cebu and Davao, and similar upgrades will be done for our Naga, Iloilo, Baguio and Zamboanga broadcast stations by 2015,” he added.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is targeting to launch DTT by 2015.

The NTC has adopted Japan’s Integrated Services Digital Broadcast-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) standard as the sole standard for the delivery of DTT in the Philippines.

The ISDB-T is a digital TV transmission system that can provide audio, video and data services to fixed, mobile and handheld terminals without using additional transmission facility.

It can also deploy an early warning system for earthquakes and typhoons.