Policy regarding migration to Digital Television
The migration from analogue to digital television has some consequences for consumers and broadcasters. Consumers need a separate set-top box to receive DVB-T on their analogue TV’s, or use a newer digital television with an internal DVB-T receiver. The building blocks of the policy are:
- Protection of the consumer:
- Preventing the fragmentation of the set-top box market. BT&P has drawn up a document with standards and technical specifications of which set-top boxes must comply: Technical Requirements and Guidelines for the Set Top Box intended for DVB-T reception. This is to prevent the situation that the consumer needs a broad scale of different set-top boxes. BT&P performed several information sessions with the retailers of electrical appliances and televisions with the purpose to prepare them to assist the consumer.
- Preventing an uncoordinated deployment of DVB-T broadcast networks, as this will affect the consumer negatively in terms of quality degradation and difficulties in reception set-up. BT&P performed different information sessions with broadcasters to coordinate and centralize the deployment efforts.
- Clear migration and phasing out of analogue television. BT&P developed an information video and sent this to all retailers. Also will this information video be broadcasted on local television channels. Next, BT&P deployed a consumer information website with all required information: www.botelevishondigital.cw. [link naar botelevisiondigital in nieuw venster]
- Realizing one good DVB-T broadcast infrastructure
- Good coverage on the whole island of Curacao is essential. This requires a SFN network of three main transmitters and possible additional small auxiliary transmitters (“gap-fillers”) to cover most of the inhabitants with a signal.
- Prevent interference with a coordinated deployment of the transmission network.
- Deploy a cost efficient model for broadcasters. A shared broadcast infrastructure is far more cost efficient than parallel broadcast networks, that need to arrange its own channels and backhaul transmission (from studio to transmitter).
The current DVB-T policy is taking in account the previous named points. Next, the policy will have to divide the available capacity between Free-to-air and possible one or more Pay-Tv parties.