ToxicBunny

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Haven't read the article, but agree wholeheartedly with the headline!
 

purpleonlineadmin

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I think our gov has one objective. To troll everything until the country becomes a fossil, these guys priorities are back to front and we wonder why we such a mess. Sheesh
 

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It would more sense to get data connections sorted everywhere first and then allow access to IPTV over that than the other way around which is the current plan (DTT first). I do think a Digital broadcast network can be a very simple, efficient means for distributing television currently, but data connectivity is far more important.

One option that could have been looked at is something like an national LTE network with "TV boxes" that can connect to the LTE network and access a specific set of content ala boxee and similar services. Gov could also have looked at a free local portal for information and selected videos (like educational stuff) which would have made more sense.
 

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Definitely makes sense. Subsidising DTSV decoders seems like a really idiotic idea regardless.
 

Happy Camper

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Definitely makes sense. Subsidising DTSV decoders seems like a really idiotic idea regardless.

At least with internet access you have the whole world opened up to you, in terms of education that is priceless! Rather that than being bombarded with the crap DSTV spews forth.
 

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All new TVs will have the new DTSV tuners installed eventually. The setup box might become obsolete
 

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IPTV makes much more sense...but I guess less people will get dirty money in the process if we don't go with digital TV decoders :p
 

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At least with internet access you have the whole world opened up to you, in terms of education that is priceless! Rather that than being bombarded with the crap DSTV spews forth.
Exactly, not to mention the fact that Multichoice also believes in selling a "premium" service at criminal rates.

With an internet connection you have infinitely more possibilities.

Once again though, our government is not interested in progress. It is apparent in more or less everything they do.
 

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All new TVs will have the new DTSV tuners installed eventually. The setup box might become obsolete

Very much doubt it....

We seem to be hellbent on making out stuff non-standard, and the tv manufacturers will not build a model of the set just to meet our small markets stupid requirements.
 

Happy Camper

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Very much doubt it....

We seem to be hellbent on making out stuff non-standard, and the tv manufacturers will not build a model of the set just to meet our small markets stupid requirements.

Replace 'requirements' with 'greed' and I think you're on to something!
 

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At least with internet access you have the whole world opened up to you, in terms of education that is priceless! Rather that than being bombarded with the crap DSTV spews forth.

Agreed, but these decoders are to receive SABC channels, and have nothing to do with DSTV or Multichoice (except maybe the MNET terrestrial channel). They will be required to receive the current terrestrial TV services (plus some new ones, maybe) after the analogue signal is turned off. I also think they will use it as a way of forcing people to pay their TV Licence, but no-one is talking about that!
 

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Agreed, but these decoders are to receive SABC channels, and have nothing to do with DSTV or Multichoice (except maybe the MNET terrestrial channel). They will be required to receive the current terrestrial TV services (plus some new ones, maybe) after the analogue signal is turned off. I also think they will use it as a way of forcing people to pay their TV Licence, but no-one is talking about that!

My apologies, clearly i just like dissing dstv :eek: :D. Regardless, the same applies to any TV provider, it's an insult to our intelligence and should be banned outright :D The user should have choice, about what to watch and when to watch, and what he/she is subjected to (ie bull**** soapies and tv advertisements) and one can only get that from the internet.
 

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Its is R2.65 million today, but in a few years it will be another R5 million required. And for what? To watch more SABC crap! These communication ministers do not have the appreciation of what will make the country go forward in the best way and are stuck with their narrow concepts which they think we need.
 

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Access to the internet doesn't serve the ruling party, while access to SABC does.
 

robgun

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I agree 100%. Why waste time and money on a fading technology when the most obvious idea would be to develop the most versatile infrastructure. So backward.
 

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Has MTN been living under a rock or something? The time to redirect these funds has come and gone.
 
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