DiBEG News Release Archives
Central American Digital TV Forum Held in Costa Rica
The Central American Digital TV Forum was held on March 30 and 31 at the Centro Nacional de la Cultura in San Jose, Costa Rica, where approximately 300 people participated, from Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones (MICITT) and other governmental bodies, Sistema Nacional de Radio y Televisión (SINART), private broadcasters, university personnel, broadcast–related organizations from Central American countries, Spain, Argentine, Colombia, etc.
From Japan, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) also joined this Forum, together with the Embassy of Japan in Costa Rica, the JICA Costa Rica Office and ARIB/DiBEG representatives.
Costa Rica decided to adopt ISDB-T in May 2010, the first country in Central America, and started its trial transmission in May 2014. Since November 2016 when Costa Rica received Mr. H. Horikawa as JICA Expert in digital television, he has been strenuously working for the ISDB-T implementation.
TV Coverage of panel discussions
This time the Forum was organized by SINART, MICITT and TV Morfosis which consists of public broadcasters in the Ibero–America areas, for the purpose of sharing and exchanging information on digital terrestrial TV in the Central American areas. The Forum was held in two days, including panel discussions, workshops and exhibitions. Representatives from MIC, Embassy of Japan in Costa Rica and the JICA Costa Rica Office participated in these workshops to extend their support and cooperation. Some of the scenes of the Forum were covered live by SINART and other local TV broadcasters during the 2–day event. ARIB/DiBEG also extended its support by dispatching and nominating its member company representatives and also through the exhibition, based on a request via MIC for cooperation.