The Broadcasting Commission has proposed to a Cabinet, a 2018 date for television stations  to begin broadcasting using digital technology.

The process, known as Digital Switchover or DSO, will see countries prohibiting the delivery of broadcast, cable and satellite content using analogue technology and instead use digital technology.

Digital broadcasts allow for better picture and sound quality.

Information Minister, Senator Sandrea Falconer announced in August 2012, that DSO was set to begin in Jamaica by this year.

Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, Cordel Green, says the implementation cost for the switch-over exceeds the returns broadcasters are seeing from the advertising market.


Cordel Green, Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, speaking at a meeting of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce last week.

Mr. Green says there needs to be a simplification of the copyright licensing regime in Jamaica.

He says the current licensing model is outdated and far too complex.


Mr Green, was responding to concerns raised by a Senior Director of Sandals Resorts International, Wayne Cummings

Mr. Cummings says, the current mechanism is unfair to small businesses.


Wayne Cummings,  Senior Director for Sandals Resorts International