Decoder deadline draws closer

2018-02-07 06:00

The Department of Communication has nationally announced 31 March 2018 as registration deadline for households in the Free State qualifying to receive government-subsidised decoders.

Households in the province have until the stated date to register for these devices ahead of the analogue signal being permanently switched off in June 2019.

People who qualify to receive these decoders are those earning below R3 200. Qualifying households are advised to register at their nearest post office.

The registration deadline on 31 March is for Free State and North West.

Mish Molakeng, the spokesperson of the department, said when the analogue signal is permanently switched off in June 2019, people will need decoders to watch television.

“Government has since last year been distributing free decoders to families that cannot afford commercial devices. However, households that fail to register and receive these decoders will lose access to television services.

“Television viewing households who subscribe to pay-TV channels will face no signal disruptions, as these services are already in the digital decoders that they have. We also encourage households that fall outside the qualifying criteria to get digitally-enabled TV sets and migrate with us. When buying a new TV set, ensure that it has a digital tuner,” Molakeng explained.

“This is aimed at accelerating the installation of decoders with a view towards completing the installations in the provinces. The registration and installation teams will adopt a phased approach that will see them going through all the district municipalities in the province,” he said.

Molakeng said the department has also enlisted the support of provincial and local governments to encourage qualifying residents to register for these government-subsidised deco­ders.

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