Digital TV postage stamp from Thailand

Digital TV postage stamp from Thailand

Thai post issued a stamp celebrating the introduction of the digital TV in Thailand.

Digital television is planned for launch in Thailand in 2015. The system for Digital television in Thailand is DVB-T2.

The Broadcast Commission (BC) under the National Broadcast & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) announced in the last quarter of 2013 that it plans to give DTTV license through open auction within December 2013 or January 2014. The prospectus has been priced at 1 million baht and many of the incumbent content owners providers as well as studios bought the prospectus. If all goes well, the auction will result in 4 categories of licenses: High Definition TV, Standard Definition TV, Children TV and Digital News TV. The number of provider who will survive the auction is still unknown.

Prior to the auction announcement, BC quietly granted a bottleneck "network" license to existing government incumbent which means that all the new DTTV providers have to send DTTV signal to these governmental MUX providers at the price fixed by the providers themselves. In response to claim of uncertainty and in order to lessen financial risk to potential bidders might face after the granting of license, BC came out to state that it encouraged the "potential" bidders to "negotiate" MUX price/charge before going into the bidding room.

The current issue can be regarded as the first AR (Augmented reality) stamp in Thailand. As Thailand Post realizes that Thai Stamps today are not only long-lasting valuable collectibles, but are becoming a new media making image on stamp alive amazingly with AR technology.

The application "StampAlive" is available in App Store and Play Store (easily access with QR codes).

StampAlive application QR code

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