SET, the national association of TV engineers, has delivered to the Communications Ministry its contribution to what the ministry is calling a ?public discussion? of the draft decree setting up a taskforce on digital terrestrial broadcast television. The taskforce is known by its Portuguese-language acronym, GET.
SET wants to play an active part in the taskforce, recalling that together with Abert, the national broadcasters association, it was responsible for most of the trials and research findings produced to date in Brazil on the DTV standards in use around the world.
The ministry has already received a contribution from UneTV, an entity that represents major networks SBT and Record. UneTV also wants to be part of GET.
Broadcasters are increasingly worried that the Communications Ministry is keen to avoid a genuine debate about DTV just now. They note, for example, that the ?discussion? isn?t being conducted as a formal public consultation with various rituals to be followed and a clearly stipulated date for completion. Some broadcasters consulted by PAY-TV News say the impression is that the Government either isn?t interested in reaching a final decision now or wants to set policy on its own, without taking account of what society thinks.