The Brazil government has decided to include the Ginga software standard in Brazilian TVs, starting January 2013.

The announcement and decree are translated below.

Multiple news articles in Brazil have covered the run-up to this announcement (links below).  Ginga TV sets have been shipping for some time, but the official certification program is not yet in place, resulting in much debate about roll-out schedule.

As an ongoing consultant to the leading commercial Ginga supplier, TQTVD:

Congratulations to the Brazilian government for its continuing recognition of and commitment to the market-building power of open standards!


Government changes PPB for televisions to include Ginga interactive software


Government changes PPB for televisions to include Ginga interactive software

Brasilia (February 24) – From 2013, the Brazilian interactivity software Ginga must be installed in 75% of televisions with liquid crystal display manufactured in the Manaus Free Zone. Companies that want to start production this year, between July 1 and December 31, may deduct such production from the quota in 2013. The requirement for inclusion of the software increases to 90% of production, from 2014, according to the Ordinance published in the Official Gazette on Monday by the Ministries of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) and of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) .

Ministerial Ordinance No. 140 amends the Basic Productive Process (PPB) that already exists for televisions with liquid crystal display and sets the schedule to be followed by manufacturers for inclusion of Ginga in devices.  It is from the PPB that the government sets the domestic content that a company must meet to be eligible for tax benefits granted to companies established in the Industrial Pole of Manaus and to manufacturers of computer items installed anywhere in the country.

About Ginga

In 2004, the federal government started to promote the development of the Brazilian System of Digital Terrestrial Television (SBTVD-T), which has interactivity as one of its principles. Ginga, software developed by a group of researchers from Brazilian institutions, allows for the operation of interactive applications on TVs and for open source, which does not require royalty payments, and may be adopted by other countries. In Argentina, for example, Lifia (Federal University of La Plata) is providing the software for the government.

Participating in the development of Ginga were researchers at the University of Sao Paulo, Federal University of Pernambuco, Federal University of Paraiba, National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), Federal University of Minas Gerais, Coppe-UFRJ and PUC-Rio. The group gave scope to the software specification, now an international standard validated by ITU (International Telecommunication Union) and regulated at the national level by a set of standards of the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT).

For the Brazilian government, the implementation of Ginga in digital TV will encourage the interactive software industry in the country and will be an opportunity to connect public policies to support innovation and development of production with value added based on local content. imprensa/visualiza/index.jsp? jornal=1&pagina=2&data=24/02/2012


 THE STATE MINISTERS OF DEVELOPMENT, INDUSTRY AND FOREIGN TRADE and SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION, using the powers conferred on them by section II of the sole paragraph of art. 87 of the Federal Constitution, in view of the provisions of § 6 of art. 7 of the Decree-Law No 288 of February 28, 1967, and considering what is in the MDIC process No. 52000.001749/2002-48 of January 29, 2002, determine:

Article 1. The Interministerial Ordinance MDIC / MCT No. 233, of 16 September 2011, that establishes the Basic Productive Process for the product TV MONITOR WITH LCD SCREEN, industrialized in the Manaus Free Zone, amends art. 9 – A, with the following wording:

“9 – A. The TELEVISIONS WITH LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAYS shall incorporate the ability to perform interactive broadcast applications, according to Standards ABNT NBR 15606-1, 15606-2, 15606-3, 15606-4 and 15606-6, obeying the following schedule , taking as basis the total amount produced in the respective periods:

I – until June 30, 2012: exempted;
II – July 1 to December 31, 2012: optional;
III – from January 1 until December 31, 2013: 75% (seventy five percent) of televisions, and
IV – from January 1, 2014: 90% (ninety percent) of televisions.

§ 1 – All models of TVs that make available support for IP connectivity and that implement the interactive middleware must ensure the access of the interactive applications to the communication channels.

§ 2 – The number of interactive televisions produced in the period defined in section II can be deducted, in absolute numbers, from the production required for the period specified in section III, respecting a minimum of 60% (sixty percent) in section III.

§ 3 – From the period specified in section III, the obligation applies to all TVs that provide support for IP connectivity, without consideration to the total percentage of equipment produced.

§ 4 – The resource that is the subject of the heading of this article should come pre-installed, pre-configured and enabled at the factory.

§ 5 – If the percentage set forth for the periods mentioned in sections III and IV of the heading of this article are not achieved, the company will be obliged to meet the residual differences in relation to the minimum percentage established in units produced, until the end of period thereafter, with no impact to the continuing obligations of each period.

§ 6 – The residual difference referred to in § 5 shall not exceed 10% (ten percent), taking as basis the production of the year that did not reach the established limit. ”

Article 2.  This Ordinance shall enter into force on the date of its publication.

State Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade
State Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation


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