The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) of the United States announced that it will provide technical and logistical support to the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel) to implement its Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) standard in the Dominican Republic, reported the AlMomento.net website.
As part of the exhibition of the NABSHOW 2016, held by the National Association of Broadcasters in the US, ATSC President, Mark S. Richer, said his institution would be willing to send staff to the Caribbean country for specialized training and guidance on tuning into the new digital standard version ATSC 3.0, NTSC’s replacement.
The implementation of ATSC 3.0 will launch in the US in the second quarter of 2017 and in South Korea in 2018. It uses the Internet Protocol (IP), it is not compatible with previous versions and will provide audio and video quality in Ultra High-Definition (UHD).
Indotel said in January 2016 that it would defer the analog switch-off to August 9th, 2021, whereby companies that provide TV services will have an extended deadline for the full transition to DTT.