Taiwanese TV networks gear up to air in HD next year (Taipei Times)

7 September 2011 18 h 42 min 19 comments

The nation’s five terrestrial TV networks are aiming to broadcast high-definition (HD) programming after switching to digital service next year, the National Communications Commission (NCC) said yesterday.

By Shelley Shan

In taipeitimes.com

Spokesperson Chen Jeng-chang (陳正倉) said commission recently met with top officials of Taiwan Television (TTV), China Television (CTV), Chinese Television Service (CTS), Formosa TV (FTV) and Public Television Service (PTS) following President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) announcement in June that next year would be “Year One of HD programming.”

“Participating promised to try broadcasting programs in HD [by then],” Communications Content Department director Jason Ho (何吉森) said. “They aim to air an average of three hours [of HD] per day in July next year.”

The networks would broadcast HD programs made by production firms that received partial subsidies from the Government Information Office, Ho said. Some might say that three hours a day is not enought, it would be the nation’s first step toward providing HD, Ho said.

Currently, PTS’ Channel 30 is the only dedicated HD channel, with all of its programs in HD. FTV and CTV have started broadcasting some programs in HD.

The Executive Yuan also confirmed on Monday that the London Olympic Games next year would be broadcast in HD on Channel 30.

Chen said the transition from analog to digital should be completed by June 30 next year, but the public should not equate the availability of digital services with the provision of HD programming. The majority of TV programs will still be aired in standard definition (SD). “Aside from PTS and FTV, the other terrestrial TV networks do not possess adequate equipment to produce HD programs,” Chen said. “The costs of producing HD programs are way higher than making SD programs. Honestly, we cannot say for sure how many programs will be available in HD during ‘year one,’” he added.

 

 

SOURCE: Taipei Times (8/09/2011)

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