(From BusinessWorld (Philippines))
Byline: Maricel E. Estavillo
By 2010, think tank Informa Telecoms & Media projected that some 9,000 households in the Philippines will already sport digital television (DTV) sets.
But corresponding digital content from local broadcast networks will not yet be ready by then, an estimated five to 10 years more. This puts the first batch of buyers at a disadvantage, that is, they will not be able to maximize their investment in costly DTV sets.
For its part, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said it will stop accepting new application for analog programming by 2010.
"But on the question on when will that become fully operational, will that happen in 2015, 2017 or 2020? We have to take into account not only what is happening outside but also the economic side of it. …