M-Net voices criticism on DTT encryption

MultiChoice owned African pay-TV operator, M-Net, has opposed the inclusion of encryption control in the South Africa’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) set top boxes (STB) by publishing an advertisement in the national newspaper.

M-Net argues that DTT should be free of encryption as compulsory encryption would add costs to both the consumer and the government since the government is planning to subsidise 5 million DTT STBs for poorer households.

The move comes a month after MultiChoice along with Association of Community Television – SA (ACT-SA) and the National Association of Manufacturers in Electronic Components (NAMEC) had published an open letter to South Africa’s communications minister, Yunus Carrim, protesting the move.