Television in Uruguay

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Analog television in Uruguay had a history of more than 50 years since it began in 1956, with the first television channel, Channel 10. Since then Uruguay counts with three other channels, Channel 12 Teledoce, Channel 4 Monte Carlo TV and Television Nacional Uruguay

Digital television[edit]

On August 27, 2007, the Uruguayan government issued a decree stating that the DVB-T and DVB-H standards would be adopted.[1][2] On February 17, 2011, the government issued a new decree revoking the former one, and selecting ISDB-T as the standard to be adopted.[3][4] Uruguay hoped for neighboring countries to reach an agreement on an HDTV standard, but so far[when?] that does not seem to be the case.

  • Brazil adopted the ISDB-T system in November 2007 after a very extensive and consistent study (executed by Mackenzie University and Television Engineering Association) where ISDB-T standard presented a more robust signal, more flexible services including mobile TV reception for free and excellent user interactive services. The implementation rollout through the country has been very successful.[clarification needed] The prices of digital TV receivers and set-top boxes are rapidly decreasing.[clarification needed]
  • Argentina is now[when?] analyzing ISDB-T to verify if the standard also attends their needs. There is a wish to implement only one digital TV standard in all Mercosur Area, and if Argentina chooses ISDB-T it will be an important step for that integration (except for Uruguay and Colombia).
  • Uruguayan URSEC authorities[5] provided no information on which road they would go until late in 2007. On August 27, 2007, Ursec settled on DVB-T and DVB-H. The TV sets being sold in Uruguay seem to be closer to ATSC HDTV-based standards (60 Hz systems, with ATSC tuners in some cases). Most of the DVD-based content in the country is NTSC/60 Hz-based, while the TV standard in use is PAL/50 Hz-based. Most of the analog TV sets sold are PAL-N, PAL-M and NTSC-capable, while most DVD players are multiregion. Authorities are not asking retailers to identify which standard the HDTV sets sold adhere to. It seems[clarification needed] that most HDTV standards support both 60/50 streams, so that should not be an issue since the TV sets will have to also support both standards to be certified.[citation needed]
  • 2010: All subscription television operators offer HDTV premium packages at varying prices. The offers rely on proprietary set-top boxes.

Uruguay ceased all analogue broadcasts in 2015.[6][needs update]


  1. ^ "Uruguay" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
  2. ^ announcement on Uruguay's decision Archived 2008-01-10 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Uruguay" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  4. ^ "Televisión Digital Abierta". Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  5. ^ "Inicio". Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Uruguay sets analogue switch-off for 2015". Telecompaper. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2014.

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