Tag Archives: digital terrestrial television

South Africa’s North West village welcomes the DTT campaign

The Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) campaign is moving towards the North-West border village of South Africa. Awareness will be raised regarding the new era of high-definition television through the DTT process, among residents in the village of Ramatlabama, near Mahikeng. A DTT Imbizo will be held on the border of Botswana and led by the [...]

Government subsidised STBs on demand in South Africa

A sharp increase has been reported regarding the number of government subsidized set-top boxes. With 11709 registrations captured in January, a total of 36042 TV households have registered for the set-top boxes (STBs). Commenting on the fact, Faith Muthambi, the Minister of Communications of South Africa, said: It is encouraging to see the growth in [...]

DTT progression in Zimbabwe reached 34%

It has been reported by The Herald that the digital terrestrial television (DTT) process in Zimbabwe, is 34% completed. The news was announced by Obert Muganyura, the CEO of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ). He also revealed that there is an outstanding amount of 42,4 million USD that needs to be paid to Huawei [...]

Sentech targets DTT completion by end 2014

Sentech, the state owned signal distributor for South African broadcasting, announced that it will complete its digital terrestrial television (DTT) network by the end of 2014, enabling the country to initiate analogue switch-off. In March 2013, the company had increased the DTT network population coverage to 82.13% by constructing 46 new sites. Upon completion, the [...]

Cape Verde aims for DTT testing lab

Cape Verde, the island country in Western Africa, wants to host a testing laboratory for the implementation of digital terrestrial television (DTT) in Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member countries. Cape Verde is a country with mountainous islands, a very rugged terrain, valleys and streams, unlike other members of ECOWAS, which are completely [...]

M-Net voices criticism on DTT encryption

MultiChoice owned African pay-TV operator, M-Net, has opposed the inclusion of encryption control in the South Africas digital terrestrial television (DTT) set top boxes (STB) by publishing an advertisement in the national newspaper. M-Net argues that DTT should be free of encryption as compulsory encryption would add costs to both the consumer and the government [...]

Netflix, Apple pose ‘real threat’ to MultiChoice

Pay-TV operator, MultiChoice revealed that online video streaming providers including Netflix, Apple and Google, pose real threat to the South Africas subscription broadcasting industry. Imtiaz Patel, Group CEO of MultiChoice South Africa, said that while MultiChoice and rival, e.tv, are locked in a high-stakes battle over the use of encryption in free-to-air digital terrestrial television, [...]

ITU rules out digital TV deadline extension

The secretary general of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Hamadoun Toure, during a visit to Kenya clarified that the June 17, 2015 deadline for global migration to digital terrestrial television (DTT) will not be extended for any country. Toure’s comment came after the Kenyan Court of Appeal postponed the judgement on the case by three [...]

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 well [...]

SA broadcasters condemn STB stance in an open letter

Pay-TV operator, MultiChoice along with Association of Community Television SA (ACT-SA), and the National Association of Manufacturers in Electronic Components (NAMEC) has published an open letter to South Africa’s communications minister, Yunus Carrim, asking him to launch free, unencrypted digital terrestrial television without any further delay. Criticising the governments decision to install a control [...]