St. John’s Antigua- Television viewers throughout the region will soon be able to see all their favourite programmes with far superior digital clarity, as analog viewing is phased out—a move that will see the end of TV as we know it.
Broadcast industry stakeholders from across the Caribbean are meeting at the Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort in a forum aimed at mapping the region’s response to the imminent broadcasting switch.
Minister of Telecommunications, Dr Edmond Mansoor, said Antigua & Barbuda and other Caribbean countries will soon join the United States and the United Kingdom, among others, in the global switchover from analog to digital television.
“The digital switchover is one of the biggest technological changes since coloured TV was introduced more than three decades ago,” Dr Mansoor said in his address to the assembly.
The switch to digital signals will improve viewing quality and free up broadcast space, allowing what the minister called “innovative services” to come into being.
Dr Mansoor added that a fourth generation long-term evolution (4G LTE) mobile network would be available on island as early as next week.
He added that up to two additional network realms are in the works.
The two-day Digital Broadcasting Switchover Caribbean Forum is being held in conjunction with the 43rd annual General Assembly of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) and will end tomorrow.
The event is supported by the Caribbean Telecommunication Union (CTU), which is mandated by the CARICOM government to address the issue of digital switchover for the Caribbean “as a matter of urgency”.
The workshops throughout the forum are designed to “build capacity on regulatory, funding content and transmission issues for the broadcast planners”.
Delegates will be given the opportunity to discuss real-life cases with experts on broadcast migration and will take back to their respective countries a checklist on how to successfully implement a digital switchover plan.