Costa Rica is to become the seventh country outside of Japan to adopt the country’s digital TV standard, the ministry of internal affairs and communications has confirmed.
There is growing enthusiasm for ISDB in Latin American, where the standard has already been picked up by Brazil and Peru.
In April, the Joint Commission on Digital Television of Costa Rica signed a comprehensive agreement to use ISDB-T, claiming it to be the most technically robust, and suitable for interactive and mobile TV services.
No firm date has been set by Costa Rica for the commencement of digital terrestrial TV services. When it comes ‘technological assistance’ will be provided by the ministry.
Japan has recently stepped up the support for ISDB, focusing on Latin America where in many cases the decision making process has yet to be concluded, and South Africa where the European DVB standard was thought to be a shoo-in.
Bolivia and the Philippines are also both Japanese targets.