Category Archives: DTT

StarTimes Kenya cuts decoder price as DTT nears

Chinese pay-TV services provider StarTimes has reduced the price of its digital set-top box in Kenya by 15% in order to attract subscribers in  the run-up to the December 13 analogue switch-off in the countrys capital, Nairobi. The announcement follows news that retail chain Nakumatt has seen sales of digital TV sets more than triple [...]

Namibia sails towards achieving DTT migration

Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) plans to complement its DTT offering with the launch of a free access though not a free to air satellite platform to deliver digital TV to the most hard to reach 30% of the countrys population. Namibia plans to launch its DTT platform on November 27, ahead of the Southern African [...]

NBC finds Nigerian broadcasters unprepared for digital migration

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has acknowledged that Nigerian broadcasters are not ready for the DTT transition and says practitioners are unprepared in terms of skills and attitude. While addressing the third Broadcast Media Stakeholders Forum, aimed at raising awareness about digital migration among broadcasters Emeka Mba, Director General of the NBC, said that the [...]

Ugandan govt. seeks explantion for digital migration delay

Ugandas parliament committee on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has summoned Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) next Monday seeking an explanation on the delay in the country’s digital migration process. Voicing ICTs concerns, Vincent Bagiire, Committee Vice Chairperson, ICT said, It appears not much has been done despite government committing resources [...]

Kenya gets financial aid from Spain for digital migration

The Kenyan government has signed a USD 14 million loan with the Spanish government to convert 10 selected Kenyan regions from analogue to digital broadcasting using DVB-T2 infrastructure. While a portion of the loan will meet cost of deploying DVBT2 network, the rest will be used to provide network guarantee for two years. The Spanish [...]

SABA aims for regional cloud-based television platform

Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) has floated plans to create a regional cloud-based television platform, including digital ecosystem, an airtime sales and marketing system, along with a cloud monetisation service. This was discussed during the  6th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Digital Broadcasting Migration Forum, hosted last week in Lusaka, Zambia, where broadcasters and government [...]

SABC criticised for STB stance

South Africas Communications Minister Yunus Carrim has criticised state broadcaster, SABC over its declaration of not supporting conditional access of DTT set-top boxes and pointed out that the public broadcaster cannot decide for government. This comes after SABC, last week announced that it will make its DTT STBs free-to-air, as worldwide, conditional access is predominantly [...]

Algeria expands FTA outreach with Eutelsat

Algerias national broadcasting company, Télédiffusion dAlgérie (TDA), has inked a long-term capacity agreement with Eutelsat on Eutelsat 7 West A satellite to expand the outreach of Algerian TV and radio channels across MENA region. The FTA platform launched by TDA will assemble Algeria’s existing public channels along with channels expected to be licensed within the [...]

Kenyan government adamant on Dec 13 digital migration deadline

Kenyan government announced that the gazetted date of December 13, 2013 for digital migration in Nairobi still stands as scheduled. Fred Matiangi, Cabinet Secretary, ICT, shammed earlier reports that indicated the switch to the terrestrial platform had been moved to June 2014 saying that ‘no conclusive decision has been reached’. “We have agreed to meet [...]

SABC’s set-top boxes to be free-to-air

Public broadcaster, SABC announced that it will not support conditional access of set-top boxes, but instead make its digital terrestrial television (DTT) set-top boxes, free-to-air as it is the most suitable option for a free-to-air broadcaster. Research through benchmarking with other public broadcasters across the world also strengthened our decision, as they do not have [...]