SABC TV switches to HD ahead of World Cup

After years of waiting, the SABC is finally switching its TV channels to high definition (HD) with the South African public broadcaster upgrading the broadcast quality of its channels. 

SABC1 and SABC3 will both switch from standard definition (SD) to HD from Monday 11 June, with SABC2 that will go HD sometime in July. The upgrade will ensure crisper, sharper and clearer images for viewers watching content on the public broadcaster where those programmes are broadcast or have been filmed in HD.

Analogue viewers – those without a satellite dish or a decoder will however still experience the SABC channels in standard definition.

However, the SABC channels will only be able to be broadcast in HD and be able to be seen in HD on MultiChoice’s DStv satellite pay-TV platform, StarSat from China’s StarTimes Media SA and On Digital Media (ODM), eMedia Investment’s Openview, and digital terrestrial television (DTT) platforms.

The conversion to HD could not have come at a more perfect time, on the eve of the world’s biggest television spectacle.