Most Read Contributor in Hong Kong, September 2016
By David Ellis (partner) and Stephen Bureaux
Originally published in March 2002
Digital Television ("DTV"), which includes High
Definition Television ("HDTV") and Standard Definition
Television ("SDTV"), is television in which the
programmes are produced, encoded, transmitted, received and decoded
using digital technology.
China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television
("SARFT") announced its intention to halt analogue
broadcasting by 2015 in favour of digital television. In connection
with this, 8 satellite TV channels will produce and transmit DTV by
2005 and the whole of China is to be covered by DTV broadcasting by
In the meantime there is a debate over which digital television
standards to use. In particular the standard chosen in the PRC is
likely to be different from that chosen in Hong Kong.
The crucial issue facing governments in respect of DTV at this
stage is the formulation and adoption of DTV broadcasting
standards. So far, the US, Japan and the European Commission have
each formulated their own DTV broadcasting standards. Each of these
is promoting its standard in the hope that it will be adopted by
other countries thus enabling additional revenue through, for
example, the licensing of the technologies involved. China has put
together a group of experts and a special committee to formulate
its own DTV standards. In part, this is to avoid China's
manufacturers having to pay to use standards and systems patented
in other places.
So far, four research institutions in China have submitted five
HDTV transmission standards (HDTV is backward compatible with SDTV)
for consideration by the standard making committee. According to
SARFT's timetable, the standards committee is due to make a
decision by next year on which standard will be used.
The Hong Kong government has indicated its preliminary intention
to adopt the European DTV standard, DVB-T. However, China's
indication that it will adopt its own, different standard, has
brought this plan under renewed criticism from Hong Kong's
free-to-air broadcasters on the basis that it will hinder their
expansion into the mainland if they are required to use different
standards. Preliminary indications from Hong Kong's Information
Technology and Broadcasting Bureau ("ITBB") secretary,
Carrie Yau Tsang Ka-lai, are that the Hong Kong government may
reconsider the decision following a study to be carried out later
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