On August 27, 2007, the Uruguayan government issued a decree stating that the DVB-T and DVB-H standards will be adopted. On February 17, 2011, the government issued a new decree revoking the former one, and selecting ISDB-T as the standard to be adopted.
Uruguay hoped for neighboring countries reaching an agreement on an HDTV standard, but so far that does not seem to be the case.
Brazil adopted ISDB-T system on November 2007 after a very extensive and consistent study (executed by Mackenzie University and Television Engineering Association) where ISDB-T standard presented more robust signal, more flexible services including mobile TV reception for free and excellent user interactive services. And the implementation rollout through the country has been very successful. The prices of digital TV receivers and set-top boxes are fastly decreasing.
Argentina is now analyzing ISDB-T to verify if the standard also attends their needs. There is a wish to implement only one Digital TV standard in all Mercosur Area, and if Argentina chooses ISDB-T it will be an important step for that integration (except for Uruguay and Colombia).
Uruguayan URSEC authorities have provided no information on which road they will go until late in 2007. On August 27, 2007, Ursec settled on DVB-T and DVB-H. The TV sets being sold in Uruguay seem to be closer to ATSC HDTV-based standards (60 Hz systems, with ATSC tuners in some cases). Most of the DVD-based content in the country is NTSC/60 Hz-based, while the TV standard in use is PAL/50 Hz-based. Most of the analog TV sets sold are PAL-N, PAL-M and NTSC capable, while most DVD players are multiregion. Authorities are not asking retailers to identify which standard the HDTV sets sold adhere to. On the bright side, it seems that most HDTV standards support both 60/50 streams, so that should not be an issue since the TV sets will have to also support both standards to be certified.
2010: All subscription television operators offer HDTV premium packages at varying prices. The offers rely on proprietary set-top boxes.
Uruguay will cease all analogue broadcasts in 2015.