11th ASEAN Digital Broadcasting Meeting
The 11th ASEAN Digital Broadcasting Meeting was held on 3 – 4 September 2012 at the Phnom Penh Hotel Cambodia. It was hosted by the Ministry of Information, Cambodia and co-organised by the Prime Minister’s Office of Brunei Darussalam. The Meeting was attended by delegates from ASEAN Member States and ASEAN Secretariat.
The Meeting was chaired by Mr. Has Sam Ath, Deputy Director-General for ASEAN Affairs at the Ministry of Information of Cambodia, and Chair of National ASEAN-COCI SCI of Cambodia, and co-chaired by Mr. Haji Ibrahim Haji Mohamad, Acting Head of TV Programme, Radio Television Brunei, Brunei Darussalam.
The ASEAN Member States updated the Meeting on the status on DTV implementation in their respective countries
On Guidelines for ASEAN Digital Switch-Over, the Meeting agreed to cascade the guidelines to all member states in order to facilitate in the implementation of policy and regulation required by individual state.
It is important to realize that one of the most important aspects in the migration to digital broadcasting is the availability and affordability of Set Top Box (STB) to ASEAN people. In this regard, Member States are to facilitate policies which may include key consideration in determining type of incentives such as funding of STBs, subsidies, tax rebates and methods of distribution and allocation of these incentives. The Meeting also agreed that a task force be formed to develop the minimum STB specifications for DVB-T2 to ensure the Member State can take advantage on the economies of scale. The Meeting further agreed on the importance of developing receivers or STB incorporated with early warning features.
The Meeting was informed on the latest development on the compression technique, high efficiency video coding (HEVC), which provides significant reduction in bit rate requirement to target for future ultra HDTV.
The Meeting agreed on the joint production of television entitled “Colours of ASEAN” to produce a ‘pilot programme’ with further discussion in co-production meeting on Contents. The implementation of the programme is targeted to be implemented by 2013.