- Jul 22, 2003
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This!EDIT: Read the article. Yep. Rights to an asset paid for by taxpayers sold to a private corporation.
I suspect that the people in the know on DTT are acutely aware that sans encryption and conditional access measures technology substitution can be a bitch:I don't understand why the whole DTT conditional access thing is holding up set top box production. The STB model I bought in the UK for 30GBP (unsubsidised) has a smart card slot that can be used for conditional access to channels that are encrypted in the same way that the DSTV decoder has. In the UK, on DTT, they have almost as many channels has we have on DSTV:
Read it an weep. Note, that in that list, the Free To Air channels are all unencrypted.
Anyway, the STB should be standards compliant and usable for both unencrypted and encrypted content (using a smart card). It should be part of the spec and the box should already be in production.
Also, since the SABC News channel (and possibly SABC 1-3 as well) has to be unencrypted by law, why is it encrypted on the Multichoice platform, and will be so on the new Sentech Freevision platform (ex-Vivid) on Intelsat 20 (http://www.lyngsat.com/Intelsat-20.html)
To be honest, satellite STB's should be exactly the same. I should be able to use the same decoder / hdd recorder for any bouquet from any provider on a particular satellite simply by putting a smart card I purchase from them in a slot at a nominal cost and a monthly rental. Much of Europe is going this way and there is great similar kit for DTT too. Why should I have one decoder / recorder for DSTV, another for TopTV, another for Sentech's FreeVision and another for e-TV's Platco and yet another for DTT. FFS, that's just stupid.
In the end it will all boil down to short-term lucre for the incumbents and the connected few.
This country really drives me nuts sometimes, why can't we learn from other's mistakes and take advantage of their progression through a set of standards and processes? Our lovely ANC government an our commercial incumbents seems hell-bent on repeating all the same mistakes that have already been made elsewhere despite the fact they are proven to fail eventually.
I had DSTV until TopTV started. Then I installed TopTV, they lasted three weeks because their content was absolute rubbish. My DTT decoder lasted three months until my signal broke (works great at my folks place ten klicks down the road though). Closing my accounts with both DSTV and TopTV was a nightmare which lasted months for both operators.
I have done without any broadcast Television (except for three or four months on DTT) for just over three years. While I might be in the minority, I am not sure that I will be in the minority for a hell of a lot longer and broadcasters in South Africa really need to sort their **** out if they want to remain relevant.
Agreed, the same goes for using a proxy to access content that would not be available in a particular location (check out the threads re hulu and netflix in the off topic TV boards on this forum in this regard). That is not much different to using a 'chipped' Vivid decoder in Zimbabwe to access SABC et al or using a proxy on the net. That article just points to the fact that people want content at a good price or what they have paid for using their taxes (the SABC archive comes to mind).I suspect that the people in the know on DTT are acutely aware that sans encryption and conditional access measures technology substitution can be a bitch.
As far as I understand it, DSTV's DVB-H signal is broadcast on the DTT platform on the previously agreed DVB-T standard with a bit of additional encryption thrown in. I could be wrong on this. Some input from others in the know would be appreciated. I would like to know myself.On DVB-H before I am misunderstood I don't believe that mobile television really makes much sense but if the Multichoice and Vodacom can defy the international trends and use the spectrum effectively good for them