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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
On August 27, 2007, the Uruguayan government issued a decree stating that the DVB-T and DVB-H standards would be adopted. On February 17, 2011, the government issued a new decree revoking the former one, and selecting ISDB-T as the standard to be adopted. 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 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.
- 2010: All subscription television operators offer HDTV premium packages at varying prices. The offers rely on proprietary set-top boxes.
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- DVB.org announcement on Uruguay's decision Archived 2008-01-10 at the Wayback Machine
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- "Televisión Digital Abierta". Retrieved 2014-07-17.
- "Inicio". Retrieved 12 August 2016.
- "Uruguay sets analogue switch-off for 2015". Telecompaper. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
- "Uruguay celebra 60 años de TV". EL PAIS. 4 December 2016. (in Spanish) With interviews to Cristina Morán, Julio Sánchez Padilla, Julia Möller, and Cacho de la Cruz.
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