GMA Network chief: PH not ready for full digital TV shift by 2023



GMA7’s chair and CEO Felipe Gozon INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Broadcast large GMA Community Inc. chair and CEO Felipe Gozon expressed doubts the Philippines would make the overall transition to virtual tv by way of the 2023 goal set by way of the federal government.

Gozon informed shareholders all through the corporate’s annual assembly final week that families around the nation is probably not in a position because of “affordability and economics.”

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“No one can say when [full digital television] transmission within the Philippines goes to occur,” Gozon stated in keeping with a shareholder’s question at the deliberate termination of analog pronounces, which makes use of antennas to obtain TV indicators.

Analog TV shutdown

He cited the instance of america, which deliberate to close down analog TV in desire of virtual within the mid-Nineties however did so over a decade later.

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“Within the Philippines, I’m now not pronouncing it’s going to take greater than 10 years, however as a result of our financial state of affairs, it’s very onerous to wait for when true digitalization of our tv industry will occur,” Gozon stated.

The Division of Knowledge and Communications Generation’s in the past said function was once to close down analog pronounces by way of 2023.

The extra environment friendly generation would spice up the TV viewing revel in.

An added characteristic is a caution device that might straight away air calamity and different emergency pronounces to tens of millions of families. This was once a part of the Eastern virtual TV same old that the Philippines selected in 2013.

Dominant

GMA’s virtual TV rollout would have implications on executive coverage. The corporate emerged because the dominant TV broadcaster after the Duterte management and its allies within the Area of Representatives close down primary rival ABS-CBN Corp.’s free-to-air and virtual tv industry in 2020.

Even after ABS-CBN rolled out virtual TV by way of the ABS-CBN TVPlus in 2015, Gozon was once hesitant in regards to the profitability of the phase, which might entail a brand new spherical of investments and upgrades.

GMA sooner or later introduced its GMA Affordabox in June 2020 or one month after the ABS-CBN shutdown.

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As of the primary quarter of 2021, GMA had offered about 1.2 million Affordabox gadgets, its newest quarterly record confirmed.

The corporate additionally introduced a counterpart instrument for cellphones referred to as GMA Now. Gozon stated final week gross sales for GMA Now had been slower since COVID-19 restrictions had confined other people inside of their properties. INQ

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