Switching off analogue TV signal outright risks 'destroying' SABC

Lew Skannen

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The outright switching off of the country's analogue TV signal has the potential to destroy state entities like public broadcaster SABC and signal distribution entity Sentech, Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said on Thursday while briefing the portfolio committee on communications.

Government has started the process of switching off the Free State province from the analogue TV system to move it to digital terrestrial television (DTT).

So far one million indigent households, out of 4.7 million, have been registered to receive a subsidy to cover the cost of set-top boxes, their installation and aerials. The set-top box is necessary to decode digital television signals.

As of 28 February, a total of 507 000 households had been connected to the digital signal. The analogue switch off date is planned for July 2020.
https://www.fin24.com/Companies/ICT/switching-of-analogue-signal-all-at-once-will-destroy-sentech-sabc-communications-minister-20190315
 

ɹǝuuᴉM

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SKA my ass... There it goes. South Africa has already fallen behind the schedule by a few years. Truly a third world country. #ShitHole #SoSad #LiveWithIt
 

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lets see, let the SABC die or hamstring every other business which needs the additional spectrum to grow. There is one option where in the end there will be far more jobs than there are now... But which one...
 

ToxicBunny

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Oh ffs...

This is a new bend on why they haven't managed to do the job for over 15 years.
 

lkswan747

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The SABC is destroyed already! Why do we have to look after them when they have been screwing us!
 

LazyLion

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It's cos they know that thousands of people will stop paying their tv Licences when they can no longer receive a signal without a set top box.
 

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Shouldn't this have been done 9 years ago?
Yes. One of the requirements for SKA was the switching off. The question was, will SA be able to do it? I guess the world has now received the much awaited reply.
 

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It's cos they know that thousands of people will stop paying their tv Licences when they can no longer receive a signal without a set top box.
That is the real issue here, once they rolled out the top boxes and you are not able to receive the signal you should not be required to pay.

But then the people that received the topboxes for free or reduced costs, will they pay for the service once the first bill comes along?
 

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That is the real issue here, once they rolled out the top boxes and you are not able to receive the signal you should not be required to pay.

But then the people that received the topboxes for free or reduced costs, will they pay for the service once the first bill comes along?
The poor currently don't pay sooooo.
 
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