South Africa scraps April launch for digital TV

South African Communications Minister, Yunus Carrim, announced that the commercial roll-out of the digital terrestrial television migration project which was scheduled to take place on April 1, 2014 has been scrapped due to delays caused by disagreements among broadcasters.

“We intend to bring to a close the current negotiations very soon and shortly thereafter we’ll start the roll-out,” said Carrim’s spokesman, Siya Qoza.

The government intended to encrypt 5 million subsidised STBs for poorer households and attempted to reach a consensus with broadcasters. However on Sunday, pay-TV operator, MultiChoice, Association of Community Television – SA (ACT-SA), and the National Association of Manufacturers in Electronic Components (NAMEC) had published an open letter criticising the government’s stance.