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Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

Tijuana to become first city in Mexico to go completely digital in TV transmission

City's stations have been broadcasting in both digital and analog formats in recent years

     President Felipe Calderón, during his visit to Tijuana on Thursday, said that Tijuana next year will become the first city in Mexico to go completely digital in TV channel 12 high definition leadintransmission.

     The city's TV stations have been broadcasting in both digital and analog formats in recent years.

     Televisa Channel 12's Notivisa news program, for example, has been leading into its broadcast for years with short segment (seen to right) that says "HD — Alta Definición." Alta definición means high definition.

     The government said it will provide 200,000 converters to homes that still have analog televisions.

     The entire nation has been scheduled to go completely digital in 2015. Tijuana will be the first test of how the switchover will go, officials said.

     Story, Frontera (PDF).

Update, March 14, 2013: Government decides to postpone the switchover from April 16 to May 28. Story, Frontera (PDF).