Tag Archives: set-top boxes

NAMEC heads questioned over ZAR 60m STB deal

South Africa- based National Association of Manufacturers in Electronic Components (NAMEC) is in the middle of a controversy after a group within the organisation accused its president and CEO of massive fraud. This came in connection with a ZAR 60 million (USD 5.7 million) deal which NAMEC had entered into with pay-TV operator, MultiChoice, and [...]

StarTimes Kenya inks soft loan deal for customers

The Kenyan arm of StarTimes has signed a memorandum of understanding with Jamii Bora Bank to provide 6-  monthly soft loan installment plans to its customers for buying StarTimes digital television set-top boxes (STBs). “We are keen to make the acquisition of StarTimes set top boxes as effortless as possible through working closely with financial [...]

90% Nigerian TV sets to miss signals

Nigerian Communications Commissions former acting executive vice chairman, Stephen Bello, pointed out that 90% of television sets will not be able to receive the signals as the federal government has not put into place the necessary infrastructure needed for digital broadcasting migration. He said that the government was yet to facilitate local manufacture or massive [...]

STM provides SoC for new MultiChoice STBs

South Africas leading pay-TV operator, MultiChoice, has tied up with STMicroelectronics, a global supplier of System-on-Chip (SoC) ICs for set-top boxes, to power the latest generation of its HD, non-PVR STBs. The new STBS are still in development, and will use the STiH237 SoC which features a DVB-S2 demodulator, high-performance ST40 processing core with interface [...]

Ghana introduces STB verification standards

Ghanas communications regulator, National Communication Authority (NCA), has introduced a standard quality for the set-top boxes (STB) needed for the digital migration. NCA has published the standards of the conformance regime and had established test laboratories to verify the quality of all set-top boxes in the market to ensure consumers are buying the correct device. [...]

MultiChoice opposes conditional access plans

MultiChoice has voiced strong opposition to the South African governments plans to include CAS on subsidised set-top boxes (STBs), claiming that the move will set back the country many years technologically and increase set-up costs. MultiChoice CEO, Imtiaz Patel, said technology is moving towards integrated television sets and argued that CAS would enable operators such [...]