Light Network goes Digital!

By: Dyan Delos Reyes

Light Network channel 33 is achieving greater innovation as it begins its official broadcast on Digital Television this coming March 2017! Through this exciting breakthrough, viewers in Mega Manila will soon be able to experience a clearer and highly-improved video and sound quality of Light Network in their televisions. Once official broadcast begins, people can now watch Light Network anytime and anywhere because not only will the channel be available on digital boxes and digital-ready televisions, but it could also be accessed through handheld devices such as tablets, smartphones and other gadgets.

The “digitalization” is the process of converting our current Analog Television broadcasting into Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), which simply means that our existing television technology will be transformed into an upgraded, higher quality of broadcast system. Through this digital improvement, Light Network will soon be available on multiple digital viewing platforms—broadening its horizon among the television programming sphere.

In an interview with Engr. Antonio Soriano, the Vice President of Technical Operations for Light Network, he said that he is excited for the upcoming Digitalization of Light Network, because the channel had long since been prepared for this huge digital switchover. “Tayo ang unang nag-convert from Analog to Digital transmitter. Wala nang test -broadcast. Official broadcast na agad.” He also said that not all channels are ready to make the digital “switch”, making Light Network the first channel in the Philippines to migrate to the exciting domain of Digital TV, while maintaining its frequency on Channel 33.

According to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), once the innovative technology of Digitalization is fully implemented, it would not only deliver better image and sound quality to our television channels, but it would also be able to provide features such as datacasting, multi-channel platform, One Seg, and most importantly, the Emergency Warning Broadcast System (EWBS), which is used to transmit nationwide warning announcements in times of earthquakes, tsunamis, or other high-alert disasters.

Engr. Antonio Soriano further stated that these features are just few of the many benefits of Digital TV. According to him, through the other upcoming advancements in Digitalization, television will finally regain its essential standing in the lives of people, as compared to the rising media usage for mobile devices. “Yes. Maibabalik ang TV bilang prime Media tool,” he concluded.

Light Network, nasa Digital TV na!

By: Dyan Delos Reyes

Ang Light Network Channel 33 ay mas pinalaki at pinalawak dahil mapanood na ito sa Digital TV magmula Marso 2017! Kapana-panabik ang pagbabagong ito dahil ang mga viewers ng Mega Manila ay makakaranas ng mas pinalinaw at mas pina-husay na kalidad ng video at audio ng Light Network sa kanilang mga TV. Sa simula ng pag-digital broadcast nito, mapapanood na ang Light Network kahit saan at kahit kailan dahil magiging available na ang channel sa digital boxes, digital-ready TV, at pati na rin sa mga handheld devices kagaya ng tablets, smartphones, at iba pang gadgets.

Ang “digitalization” ay ang proseso kung saan cino-convert ang Analog TV para maging Digital Terrestrial Television(DTT). Sa madaling salita, ang kasalukuyang TV technology na meron tayo sa Pilipinas ay binabago at at pinapahusay upang maging mas malawak, mas malinaw, at mas maganda ang kalidad ng mga channel. Sa pamamagitan ng transpormasyon na ito, ang Light Network ay magiging available na sa mas maraming platforms—at tunay na mapapalawak ang saklaw nito sa mundo ng television programming.

Sa isang panayam kay Engr. Antonio Soriano, ang Bise Presidente ng Technical Operations para sa Light Network, sinabi nyang nagagalak sya sa papalapit na Digitalization ng Light Network, sapagkat matagal na itong napaghandaan ng channel. “Tayo ang unang nag-convert from Analog to Digital transmitter. Wala nang test -broadcast. Official broadcast na agad.” Sinabi rin nya na hindi pa lahat ng TV network ay handa sa pagbabagong ilulunsad ng Digitalization, kaya ang Light Network ay ang naunang channel na makakaranas ng kapana-panabik na migrasyon sa Digital TV, at sa Channel 33 pa rin mananatili ang frequency nito.

Ayon sa National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), sa pamamagitan ng bagong teknolohiya ng Digitalization, hindi lang gaganda ang kalidad ng mga channel na mapapanood natin sa TV, kundi ito rin ay maghahandog ng ibang features kagaya ng datacasting, multi-channel platform, One Seg, at ang importanteng Emergency Warning Broadcast System(EWBS), na ginagamit upang alertuhin ang bansa kapag mayroong sakuna kagaya ng mga tsunami, lindol, bagyo at iba pa.

Ipinahayag ni Engr. Antonio Soirano na ilan lang ang mga ito sa marami pang parating na benepisyo ng Digital TV. Ayon sa kanya, dahil sa kagandahang ilulunsad ng Digitalization sa bansa, muling mapapahalagahan ang silbi ng telebisyon sa buhay ng mga Pilipino, kumpara sa kanilang paggamit sa mga handheld devices. “Yes. Maibabalik ang TV bilang prime Media tool,” ani nya.

SOURCES:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_television_transition

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_television_in_the_Philippines

http://www.dibeg.org/news/2008/0802Philippines_ISDB-T_seminar/Presentation5.pdf

ISDB-T Seminar in The Philippines: Feature of ISDB-T

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