why waste the spectrum though ...Just declare bog standard untouched DVB-T2 as the standard, let some guys make some short term money from importing Chinese crap for the switch-over, then Samsung, LG, etc will subsidize the long-term roll out through built in tuners in new TVs.
You have to have some kind of DTT - satellite creates a big barrier to entry for the poorest, and a high barrier to entry for new players in the market. DTT can really be "free" as TVs have to have a tuner.why waste the spectrum though ...
and more importantly keep Sentech in business on public funding?
you DTT STB pricing is at the same pricing as DVB-S2 STBs - so to subsidize one STB is the same as another - and installation is your only challenge.You have to have some kind of DTT - satellite creates a big barrier to entry for the poorest, and a high barrier to entry for new players in the market. DTT can really be "free" as TVs have to have a tuner.
For all their faults, Sentech do basic signal distribution OK, just don't let them start to do conditional access, etc on DTT.
You're wrong for 2 reasonsyou DTT STB pricing is at the same pricing as DVB-S2 STBs - so to subsidize one STB is the same as another - and installation is your only challenge.
If they can get SABC now, they will get DTT. In fact, I think they've reached their target of about 90% DTT population coverage already? Do you propose they tear all the infrastructure down?The poorest sections of the population aren't always in areas where terrestrial broadcast reach is accomplished.
Having the users maintain a satellite dish and STB for decades, compared to free built in DTT tuners is the idiotic option, IMO. The big cost for the DTT roll out has already happened. I'd wager the costs on the user side are far more significant, regardless of technology.again you aren't attributing full cost to the terrestrial transmission - running a terrestrial broadcast signal provider is an idiotically expensive exercise and that is with the signal distributor not paying properly for spectrum
DVB-T2 STB's are cheap and self-installable. DVB-S2 are not self installable and more expensive because of the dish+install. End of story. There is no way you can spin DVB-S2 as a better or cheaper option to the end user.user side isn't free the reception equipment - either in the form STBs or in the form of new sets - is a serious consideration and are being subsidized ineffectively
partly because terrestrial broadcasting is a monopolistic exercise (in SA Sentech)