Digital broadcasting on track: Minister

2012-05-08 22:30

Cape Town - The switch to digital television broadcasting is on track, Communications Minister Dina Pule told MPs on Tuesday.

"I want to affirm to this House that we are on course on the DTT [digital terrestrial television] process," she said in the opening debate on her department's budget in the National Assembly.

Pule said "substantial progress" had been made during the past financial year towards implementation of the broadcasting digital migration policy.

The deadline for the switch - which will require television viewers to purchase a set-top box (STB) to interpret the digital signal - is June 2015.

On the STBs, Pule said there was enough capacity to manufacture these locally.

"We shall finalise the selection process of suitable STB manufacturers in the first quarter of this financial year."

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa had started to finalise DTT regulations.

"It is envisaged that the final gazette will be published in June 2012."

Pule said the SA Broadcasting Corporation, Sentech, and the Universal Service and Access Agency of SA would play a key role in helping the department to deliver digital broadcasting to the country.

Sentech had already achieved digital signal coverage to more than 60% of the population on the DVB-T2 transmission standard.

"We have launched the DTT awareness campaign, where we are educating the South African public to understand what digital broadcasting means, and the need for them to take action," Pule said.

  • papi.koko - 2012-05-08 23:20

    Wat if i dnt buy ths box of yrs...

      Koos - 2012-05-09 05:04

      then you go and do some affirmative shopping.

  • Jbyej Junaid Itaintaday - 2012-05-08 23:41

    once we go digital y do have to pay tv license??? if u have dstv u dnt need this box!

      Vaughan - 2012-05-09 06:54

      Definately dont see why we should pay TV license anymore especially considering no new television will ever support this bizarre digital standard that the government has dug out of the dustbin. So a television now is no different to a PC monitor and I dont remember having to pay TV license on those.

  • Koos - 2012-05-09 05:03

    Beam me down for a pee, Scotty.

  • Hans Heydra - 2012-05-09 06:06

    What this means is that every household will have to purchase this device who is not on DSTV. An if you have a live-in housekeeper not linked to your DSTV you will also have to purchase this device too. I suppose the only way to get your money back is to invest in the company that's going to manufacture this device. Anyone know who is manufacturing it for state TV?

  • Vaughan - 2012-05-09 06:56

    Would love to know what channels they would put on to this thing considering the SABC can't even keep SABC 3 going.

  • Faizie - 2012-05-09 07:34

    This is the next ETOLL battle. STOP STB

  • Horst - 2012-05-09 09:23

    This will be my chance to kick this TV habit altogether. As it is I am already at a stage where 95% of my information- and entertainment requirements come from the internet.

  • craig.a.salter - 2012-05-09 10:11

    I haven't watched TV in years. A large number of ppl are watching there favorite shows online now, even a 1Mbps line is sufficient for that sort of streaming.

  • tristan.kilian - 2012-05-09 11:06

    I would like to formally point out that the awareness campaign the minister refers to is pathetic. They are spending money advertising in press and online - there are ridiculous newspaper adverts with unhelpful letters (placed verbatim from one of her incomprehensible memos) to online banners that link to a defunct website with basic and mis-information. Try and find out anything substantial about DTT and you are led down a garden path, it smacks of smoke and mirrors hiding the reality of another government project with no substance or measurable results. And what action does the minister want us to take? Pathetic. (The website still has dates of a 2010 roll-out. Which is rubbish. And WHERE is the tracking status block they refer to??? When is Digital coming to me?)

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