Argentina Launches Plan for Open Digital TV

Free digital feed aimed at widening content offer.

BUENOS AIRES -- President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner announced last night a national plan to allow free access to open digital TV and other modern communication technologies, as informed on Tuesday by Télam.

Presented in a ceremony at the Bicentennial Cultural Center in downtown Buenos Aires, the Plan Connected Argentina will require a total investment of around $2 billion and was kicked off with the inauguration of five digital transmission towers, out of a total of 47 that are expected to be operational by next year, when “75% of the country’s population will have access to this service," according to the President.

The Plan is meant to create an alternative telecommunications network to big private corporations that will also include satellite solutions company Arsat. “This Plan has as a goal to federalize and make available all broadband and digital TV avoiding monopolistic and dominant concentrations”, she said, adding that the administration “shall try to make big appliance store chains to place millions of decoders in the market at very low prices."

The initial offer will include Canal 7, educational network Canal Encuentro, kid channel Paka Paka, and news networks C5N, CN23, Gold TV, and Telesur. By the end of this year they will be joined by the National Film Institute’s own broadcaster INCAA TV as well as private channels Canal 9 and Telefe.

Recently included in Esquire’s Sexiest Women Alive Atlas, Cristina Fernandez said she felt “a great pride” since "this leap we’re making today is a historic landmark."