DTV UNDERDOG. Who would’ve known that Light Network (channel 33) is an unexpected network to pull the digital lever tonight?
FEBRUARY is not the only thing that will be over tonight, as one network will pull the plug on analog transmission for good.
No, it’s not from the VHF but from a sectarian UHF entity.
No, it’s not from Iglesia ni Cristo — with their two channels (NET 25 and INC TV 49) — that initially test digital television broadcasts in the late 2000s that are still under test broadcasts.
It’s actually Light Network, owned by Jesus is Lord Church founder and leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva, that will be the first to bid farewell to analog reception on Channel 33.
This move occurred in the midst of the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) Digital TV Summit held two weeks ago in Novotel Manila, Quezon City.
Led by Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, the nationwide DTV transition will be completed in 2023 — extending the deadline by three years — with at least 95% of households (about 18 million) with DTV access. During the summit, the adoption of ISDB-T standard is reaffirmed.
Thie digital switch-off will not affect the joint venture with GMA Network, Inc. on GMA News TV Channel 11, who turned six years old today, as the colossal network from Kamuning will begin rolling their DTV testing by 4th quarter this year with an allocation of P 416 million.
Unknown to the boardroom in Strata 2000, the digital channel under the same frequency can be split into eight or 12 subchannels with two slots reserved for the main fixture channel and 1seg version for mobile devices. The Turf believed the potentials with the remaining slots; first, for reviving UniversiTV — though it wouldn’t be materialized — and second, setting up their Christian music video channel.
Despite this, it’s a boon for Villanueva to comply diligently and silently but a bane for the long-time business partner, Atty. Felipe Gozon, whose venture consistently swallowed their excessive pride.
For Bro. Mike Velarde, his rival on Channel 11 back in the 90s, never mind.
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