SA to adopt European TV standard: report

Johannesburg - The government is to adopt the European standard for digital terrestrial television, technology website Techcentral reported on Tuesday.

The website said that the cabinet had endorsed a recommendation of a Southern African Development Community task team that the region use DVB-T2, the European standard.

There has been much uncertainty over the standard SA would adopt ,after a Japanese system used by the Brazilians came under consideration by the government.

That fuelled speculation that the government would reverse an earlier decision in favour of the European system. Industry players, including e-tv and M-Net, opposed the change to the Japanese system.

Techcentral said that Kuben Govender, an adviser to Communications Minister Roy Padayachie, confirmed that SA will adopt the European standard.

Govender had said that the cabinet ratified the decision at its last meeting of 2010, Techcentral reported.

In September, Altech CEO Craig Venter threatened legal action if the government changed the standard.

An Altech subsidiary is a manufacturer of set top boxes needed for the reception of digital television.

At the time, Venter said continued delays were bad for SA, the industry and the economy.
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