Reports told that by the fourth quarter of 2011, both ABS-CBN and GMA-7 will broadcast in HD (High Definition) Television.
For those who are confused about the difference between a HD Broadcast and an Analog Broadcast which we have in the Philippines, I do not know exactly what's the difference between the two, all I know is that HD Television delivers a much better video reception and a quality picture, so clear that it's seem like you're watching a DVD. In the U.S majority of TV stations and programs broadcasts in HD, for example CNN and FOX. WWE and NBA do their broadcast on HD to make the televiewers feel the action more realistic.
And in line with this development, there were reports that TV 5 will also start Digital Broadcast next year and the the Philippine Basketball Asociation (PBA) is planning to give the broadcast rights to Studio 23 because they want the games to be seen on HD just like in NBA, so far RPN-Solar TV doesn't have the enough facilities to support an HD broadcast. The UAAP by the way is seen on Studio 23 via HD.
Good for both ABS-CBN and GMA-7 for coming up with this idea, HD broadcast will improve the reception of both networks, and besides analog broadcasting is phased out, if they claim that they are the biggest broadcast networks in the Philippines, they should improve their reception and broadcast quality. And of course, they will be spending a lot for this project.
I just hope that they are really going to use a genuine HD format, both this networks have been claiming in the past election that they used a virtual reality for their election coverage just like in CNN, ABS-CBN even claimed that they used a real virtual reality while GMA just used an ordinary hologram effect. But we later discovered that both networks just tricked the televiewers, both of them just used a chroma wall effect and a 3D camera to fake the viewers. Compare ABS-CBN and GMA's virtual reality effect to CNN and you will spot the big difference.
And about TV 5 who is also attempting to also do a digital broadcast, that's good, because TV 5 reception is so poor, it only gets clearer when your using a cable television. TV 5 owner Manny V. Pangilinan is a telecommunication mogul, he knows everything digital and he is putting a lot of money to improve his network.