Tag Archives: South Africa

South Africa to take upon digital migration awareness drive

South Africa plans to spend ZAR 22 million to undertake a massive public awareness campaign on digital migration in the upcoming weeks. “The Department of Communications will be launching a focused public awareness campaign in the next four weeks. ZAR 22 million has been identified to enable the implementation of the broadcasting digital migration awareness [...]

SA, Botswana to cooperate on cross border frequency interference

South Africa and Botswana have agreed to cooperate in mitigating cross border radio frequency spectrum interference as a result of the digital migration programme implementation. Our discussions also centred on key elements that require bilateral engagements between the two countries, namely, sharing of migration plans, processes to handle frequency spectrum interference, release of digital dividends [...]

South Africa needs two more years for DSO

South Africa admitted that the country will not be able to meet International Telecommunications Unions analogue switch off date of June 17. Communications minister, Faith Muthambi, announced that the country s DTT switch will take two more years. While updating the National Assembly on the project, Muthambi said that the rollout of set top boxes [...]

Vidi ties up with SABC for South African content

South African company, Times Media Group (TMG)s newly launched video on demand (VOD) service, Vidi, has signed deals with South African public broadcaster, SABC, and other local producers of TV shows and movies. Through this deal, Vidi has licensed a range of programming from the SABC, such as drama High Rollers, comedy series My Perfect [...]

South Africa gets only 17 bidders for digital migration contract

Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA), the government agency tasked with bridging South Africas digital divide, reported that the contract to provide set-top boxes, satellite dishes and antennas for digital broadcast migration has attracted bids from only seventeen companies. The agency had issued four requests for proposals in November 2014 for the [...]

StarSat moves to Supreme Court to resume adult channel broadcasting

ODM-owned pay-TV provider, StarSat, has approached the South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal after the Western High Court ruled against the broadcast of adult content in November last year. StarSat is once again airing its standalone adult channels – Playboy TV, Desire TV and Private Spice – while its appeal is being considered. The pay-TV [...]

Box TV bags distribution deals in Nigeria, South Africa

UK-based music channel provider, Box TV, has struck two new distribution deals in Africa including agreements with Continental Satellite and African Cable Television in Nigeria; and Siyaya TV and Mobile TV in South Africa. With this deal, the music broadcaster has bagged the rights to distribute Box Africa, Kiss, Kerrang!, Smash Hits and Magic, in [...]

MTN launches new video streaming service

South African mobile operator, MTN, launched its streaming video service, FrontRow, offering subscribers a wide range of TV series and movies. MTN subscribers can stream the content via a web browser, or use an Android app. iOS app is also in the pipeline. The service is priced at ZAR 199 (USD 17.1) per month, which [...]