DVB-T2 chosen as South Africa's digital TV broadcasting standard

dbnnet

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We should all be pleased and relieved that Nyanda was fired from cabinet - Had he stayed, he indeed would have gone ahead with the Brazilian solution and SA would have landed up with an untested technological dinosaur!
 

deweyzeph

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Obviously the Japs and the Brazilians couldn't come up with a big enough kickback. Unfortunately this is how policy is decided these days in government.
 

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Actually it is quite surprising, and hugely relieving.

I guess it depends on perspective. The policy and regulations already accepted were for DVB, the agreement we signed with the ITU favours DVB, we already have a significant investment in DVB-T and DVB-T2 technology in South Africa... This all points to DVB-T/T2 being the only sane choice for South Africa.

There's no accounting for insanity, of course.
 

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so who do we owe the thanks to for pulling this thing back into line?
 

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I guess it depends on perspective. The policy and regulations already accepted were for DVB, the agreement we signed with the ITU favours DVB, we already have a significant investment in DVB-T and DVB-T2 technology in South Africa... This all points to DVB-T/T2 being the only sane choice for South Africa.

There's no accounting for insanity, of course.

I am aware of all this. However, given the rumours of pockets to be lined through any number of clandestine operations were we to do a 180 & go ISDB-T instead, I fully expected the powers that be to come up with some fantastical reason why past decisions should be ignored... I'm happy to be wrong in this instance.
 

cristian

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Maybe we should thank president Zuma!

But another thing that made a difference was that isdb-t field test, which took place in south Africa, were a big failure, with scaring interference over analog signals. Like many used to say, adapting a 6 mhz standard into an 8 mhz standard not always works! In this case, it didn´t!
 

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OK so when is roll out going to start? and will my bravia ex400 pick up the dvv-t2 signal
 

dj_jyno

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OK so when is roll out going to start? and will my bravia ex400 pick up the dvv-t2 signal
I don't think it will :(

I'm speaking under correction, but isn't the EX400 only equipped with a DVB-T tuner?
 

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There may be a confluence of reasons. The ITU recommended DVB-T as the standard for South Africa, which has become a fully fledged member of the ITU a few weeks ago. SA has also become a temporary member of the UN security council again. The previous 2 years of membership in that body are not perceived as a success because of SA's off-beat stance.

To spurn the ITU recommendation would send another signal to the world that SA is just a maverick country who cannot be trusted to agree or support world opinion. By implication it would have torpedoed their effectiveness in other world bodies.
 
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