Television-Tv News

South Africa’s TV digitisation plan gets STB awareness boost
Print this page

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:34
Communications minister Faith Muthambi

Registration for subsidised digital set-top boxes (STBs) is on the rise with more than 36 000 households signing up during February 2017, according to South Africa’s Department of Communications.

The South African Government has offered subsidies to five million TV-owning households to allow them to access digital terrestrial television (DTT) when the country switches from analogue broadcasts.

The Department of Communications says the registration of 36,042 eligible households in February is a significant increase on January’s registration total of 11,709.

“It is encouraging to see the growth in demand. The increase in registrations is a strong indication of the success of the migration project,” said communications minister Faith Muthambi (pictured). “Awareness is growing day by day and people appreciate the tangible benefits that come with this process.”

South Africa began the first phase of its analogue switch-off in October 2016, with households in the Northern Cape switching to DTT. Since then, a total of 18 analogue transmitters have been switched off in the surrounding Square Kilometre Array area, according to the Government.

Northern Cape and Free State provinces have gone through an STB installation phase, with the installation continuing this month in other borderline provinces such as Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

“Digital terrestrial television services provide us with a rich opportunity to realise the vision of building a people-centred and inclusive information society,” added Muthambi.

Source: Rapid TV News



Related Articles


Pay-TV prospers in Sub Saharan AfricaStarTimes is making up ground on Multichoice’s DStv and GOtv pay-TV services, along with Vivendi’s Canal Plus...
Read more...

Digitial switch over launched in Abuja, NigeriaMinister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has announced that the Digital Switch Over (DSO) has been launched in the capital city Abuja...
Read more...

DTT roll-out reaches milestone in SAGovernment is on track to complete the subsidised set-top box rollout programme in the Square Kilometre Array area in the Northern Cape...
Read more...

Africa pay TV subscribers to reach 30 million in 2021Africa pay TV subscribers will reach 30 million in 2021, up from 16 million in 2015, according to the latest data published by Dataxis...
Read more...

Victory as e.tv wins court appeal over DTTe.tv has won the latest battle in the long-running war over digital terrestrial television in South Africa...
Read more...





comments powered by Disqus
SITEMAP