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Philippines, Indonesia commit to digital TV broadcasting

Gradual switch by Southeast Asian giants seen spurring hardware demand

TVs adopting terrestrial digital broadcasting technology are on display at an appliance store in Bangkok.

MANILA -- Indonesia and the Philippines are moving to adopt terrestrial digital broadcasting technology, and this move by Southeast Asia's two most populous countries could open business opportunities for Japanese companies with related hardware.

The Philippine government will announce a plan Tuesday for shifting to the new technology. The private-sector GMA Network will invest 416 million pesos ($8.33 million) in equipment, while fellow major television network ABS-CBN has begun testing the technology in major cities. The project includes the "one-segment" broadcasting for mobile devices.

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