digital migration

R2K Says TV Control System Bad for Poor

The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) says that a control system in the boxes required for television watchers to switch from analogue to digital will force the poor to pay for access to information.
 
R2K’s Busi Matabane points out that, “There is little doubt in our minds that the control feature will be used in an attempt to squeeze the poor and force them to pay for essential access to information."
 

Zambia’s Digital Migration Deadline on Track

The Zambian government maintains that it is on course in meeting the deadline of migrating to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) broadcasting from analogue as set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 17 June 2015.

Information and Broadcasting Services, deputy minister, Poniso Njeulu, says Cabinet in March 2014 approved the policy on digital migration which set guidelines of migrating Zambia’s broadcasting sector from analogy.

SA Closer to Digital Broadcasting Switch

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services says government will announce a date for the switch to digital broadcasting within three months.

Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, points out that, “This designation will allow the industry, manufacturers and TV-owning population to prepare accordingly, in order to purchase and install set-top boxes.”

Zambia Launches Digital Migration Policy

The Zambian government has launched the digital migration policy to help scale up the implementation process and ensure a people-driven migration agenda.
 
Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Joseph Katema, also called for an all-inclusive participation by stakeholders to ensure success in the implementation of the digital migration.
 
Dr Katema expressed confidence that Zambia will migrate before 17 June 2015 deadline set by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and shift from analogue to digital television broadcasting.

SABC, etv, Blamed for Digital Migration Delay

The Department of Communications has accused free-to-air channel, etv, and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for holding up South Africa's migration to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT).
 
Communications Minister, Dina Pule, points out that, "The SABC and etv have yet to advise us on the set-top-box control system... this has resulted in the current delays we are facing."
 

Digital Migration to Create Jobs - Pule

Communications Minister, Dina Pule, says the launch of digital terrestrial transmission (DTT) will create an opportunity for the local content industry to flourish.

Pule says that the government, “We expect that this sector will create various job opportunities and stimulate economic development."

Speaking at the annual Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum in Johannesburg, she added that signal distributor, Sentech, worked hard to have over 80 percent DTT coverage by March 2013.

e.tv Criticises Pule Over Digital Migration

Free-to-air broadcaster, e.tv is accusing communications Minister, Dina Pule, of misrepresenting the nature of the court ruling and implying that the free-to-air broadcasters are responsible for the delays in the migration to digital broadcasting from the aging analogue network.

The channel states that several solutions it proposed both during and after the litigation (including at this week’s meetings) which would allay many of the ministry’s concerns have not been taken into account by the ministry.

Govt to Meet Digital Migration Deadline

The Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, says government is set to meet its 2013 deadline for digital migration, in line with the Amended Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Pule says the department is working with organisations such as the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Sentech for the soft launch of digital terrestrial television in the Northern Cape.

She believes that the soft launch will offer valuable lessons in preparation for the full commercial launch.

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