Tag Archives: STB

Lack of local content slowed DTT in Botswana

Due to technical challenges related to the procurement and distribution of the set-top-boxes (STB), the Government is still struggling with the analogue to digital migration in Botswana. Botswana decried the lack of locally produced content as one of the reasons why the digital migration is slow. However, there might be potential distributors of the STBs [...]

UCC cracks down on 35 companies selling fake STBs

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has issued notice to 35 companies allegedly importing and distributing unapproved set-top boxes ahead of the digital migration deadline. The regulator is cracking down on the listed firms. Some of the distributors of the fake set top boxes include KSK Tech International, Alish Enterprises, Der Pro Fabricators, MS Enterprises, Volxton, Marvin [...]

Kenya sells 2 mn STBs ahead of analogue switch-off date

Over two million set-top boxes (STBs) have so far been sold in Nairobi and its environs, as Kenya inches towards December 31 digital television migration deadline. There is a huge number of people who actually migrated to digital framework long time ago because they bought the pay-TV set-top boxes through MultiChoice and others, said Fred [...]

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 [...]

Nigeria requires NGN 60b for digital migration

The Nigerian government and other stakeholders require more than NGN 60 billion (USD 370 million) for the completion of the digital switch over, announced Emeka Mba, Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). The money will mainly be used for defraying the cost for manufacturing 40 million STBs. Mba added that while digital free-to-air [...]

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 [...]

Malawi to import 1 million STBs by end 2014

The Malawi government plans to have one million set-top boxes imported into the country before the countrys analogue systems switches off on December 31, 2014. The ministrys Digital Migration coordinator, Dennis Chirwa, said that the country has experienced technical problems with the transmitter at Mpingwe in Blantyre and that the market still does not have [...]

GOtv launches STB alternative in Kenya

MultiChoice owned DTT provider, GOtv Kenya, has partnered with Neotion to launch GOcard- an electronic card which slots into digital TV sets to enable viewing of GOtv without the need for a set top box decoder. Our philosophy is to remain innovative in order to continue to deliver the best possible digital television to Kenyans [...]