IMPALA—the International MHEG Promotion Alliance founded by S&T, Cabot Communications and Echostar—has confirmed the inclusion of MHEG-5 as a key part of the South Africa's DTT trial. The DTT trial, which began in November, is designed to test a variety of technical factors.
A group brought together by the free-to-air broadcasters running the DTT trial is currently working on the specification of a suitable MHEG Profile for the market. A commercial launch is planned for late 2009.
At the launch of the trial Gab Mampone, Acting Group Executive of SABC, said, "This is an exciting time for South African TV viewers and the SABC is playing a leading role in the trial broadcast. The trial is an important milestone in the process of switching South African television viewers over to digital and is a critical phase in the in preparation for making DTT services available to the public."
Giri Valliappan, Director of Market Development with IMPALA, added, "MHEG's international reach continues to expand and we are very pleased to see its inclusion in this trial. As the move to digital terrestrial continues globally we expect significant further announcements this year."
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