The public signal distributor, TopStar, has cut down the price of its decoders by half. Topstar sales director Cliff Sichone said at a press release that the price has been reduced from ZMK 199 to ZMK 99 which amounts to US$ 0.02 for a full kit decoder.
Sichone said, “TopStar is committed to ensuring all Zambian citizens are able to benefit from the television digital migration programme currently being rolled out across the country.”
He said in March this year, TopStar revealed a price of K199 for the full digital terrestrial transmission (DTT) kit that included a decoder, smart card, antennae and 20m cable. He explained that the distributor has gone into a phase called ‘Yafika digital migration’ campaign to get more towns connected to its signal, and more Zambians benefiting from digital television.
Subscribers along the line of rail can enjoy up to 40 channels freely and will start to pay for their subscription on October 1, 2017, when the analogue signal will be switched off.
He added, “Under the first phase of digital migration, towns along the line of rail from Chililabombwe to Kalomo have been accessing digital and analogue television, but on the switch-off date, all households will be required to own a set box decoder to access TV signal.” The sales director said it is required for television set owners to have a decoder to receive digital TV signal, and that TopStar, in partnership with Government, is making the latest technology available at an affordable price.