The Introduction of DTT in Latin America: Politics and Policies Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2010

start page

  • 327

end page

  • 344


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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2040-4182

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2040-4190


  • The switch to digital terrestrial television (DTT) is now a global trend. In Latin America, where the terrestrial platform has a dominant role, the introduction of DTT raises important questions for economic and industrial development, as well as for pluralism. This article focuses on the earliest experiences (Brazil, Mexico and Argentina) and those of the main newcomers (Chile, Colombia and Uruguay). The aim is to outline the various political decision processes behind communication policies, analysing similarities and differences, in order to identify lessons and conclusions about the future of television in the region.