Is GMA’s ‘dongle’ ready to compete with ABS-CBN’s black box?

Kapuso network has found a way to shift their services into digital TV.

When the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) announced that the Philippines is shutting down its analog TV service in 2020, local television networks are forced to find ways to shift into digital TV.

According to Interaksyon, GMA chairman Felipe L. Gozon said the company is setting aside between P2 billion and P3 billion for infrastructure. This after the company sought regulatory approval for the conversion of its very-high frequency (VHF) TV broadcast stations to digital.

He claimed the company plans to introduce dongles for its shift to digital, instead of set-top boxes, which rival ABS-CBN is adopting for its own migration from analog.

Currently, ABS-CBN boasts ABS-CBN TV plus which is dubbed as “magical” black box that transforms the television into crystal-clear display of the network’s free and cable channels.

It could be remembered that GMA faced controversy when the network retrenched employees from its regional stations to allegedly invest in digitalization.