Tag Archives: set-top box

ZNBC ramp up STB distribution

The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) plans to soon start distributing set-top boxes (STB) in Lusaka with over 100,000 STBs ready for distribution. In an attempt to meet the digital migration deadline, the corporation has already started the installation of digital transmitters in the country, informed Masudzyo Ndlovhu, Corporate Affairs Manager, ZNBC. The Zambian government [...]

Kenya ready for digital switch on Dec 31

Nairobi has enough digital set-top boxes to successfully undertake digital switch on December 31 with more than 1.5 million set top boxes available to cater to an estimated 1.26 million households, announced Fred Matiang’I, Cabinet Secretary of ICT. He further added that over 126 digital TV broadcasting content providers have been temporarily licensed and 26 [...]

USAASA releases STB subsidy details

Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA), the government agency tasked with bridging South Africas digital divide, has announced the details for subsidy qualification while buying a set-top box for DTT. The subsidies proposed for terrestrial STBs range from 66% for no-income households to 15% for those earning up to ZAR 2,499 (USD [...]

Zimbabwe needs 3 million STBs

Zimbabwe will require at least three million set-top boxes (STB) to enable households to switch to digitalised content ahead of the global deadline of June 2015, the Information and Media Panel of Inquiry (IMPI) revealed. Diring the IMPI meeting, the government has also been urged to impose stiffer penalties on piracy and protect artists, and [...]

OpenView HD to bring down STB price

Platco Digitals free-to-air satellite TV platform, OpenView HD (OVHD), plans to lower the set-top box prices in the next two months as the platform failed to attract adequate subscribers. After it went live in October 2013, OVHD could garner only over 40,000 active subscribers, 160,000 short of OVHDs target set for March next year. “Our [...]

Kenyan digitisation reaches 18%

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) said that the countrys success rate of digital migration currently stands at 18%, with Nairobi recording the highest number of people using the digital television decoders. The vendors have reportedly sold a total of 738,312 set top boxes (comprising both free to air and subscription decoders) at the end [...]

Motive Television partners Chinese STB maker for South African project

UK based technology company, Motive Television Services, which began the installation of its Content Express platform in South Africa for Johannesburg-based Siyaya Free to Air TV, has joined hands with Chinese set-top box maker, Skyworth Digital Technology, to integrate its software into Siyayas STBs. Motive Television Services has signed a software development license agreement with [...]

ICASA asks Competition Commission to investigate MultiChoice-SABC deal

South Africas communications industry regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has asked the Competition Commission to investigate a possible restrictive horizontal practice between the public broadcaster, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), and pay-TV operator, MultiChoice in a July 2013 agreement between the two parties involving SABCs 24-hour news channel on MultiChoices DStv [...]

NAMEC inks STB manufacturing deal with Chinese group

South Africa- based National Association of Manufacturers in Electronic Components (NAMEC) has tied up Chinese set-top box manufacturer, Skyworth Digital, to build a multimillion-rand set-top box assembly plant at the Dube TradePort in Durban, SA. NAMEC has secured ZAR 60 million (USD 5.7 million) in loans and grants from government development agencies to build the [...]