Why you may need a new antenna for digital TV

On 17 June 2015 South Africa became one of only a few countries which missed the deadline to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting.

While no broadcasting disruptions are expected, the migration remains an important process to complete as soon as possible.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said that digital migration is still a “top priority” for her department, as it was important for clearing the spectrum to allow the delivery of broadband services.

“The digital migration project management office is hard at work to ensure that set-top boxes are manufactured and delivered to complete the migration process,” she said.

Apart from a set-top box to turn the digital source signal into content in a form which can be displayed on a television, a new antenna may also be needed.

Poynting Antennas CEO Andre Fourie explained that some of the old TV bands will be used for LTE after the digital migration process is completed.

After this happens, users will not be able to get a TV signal on these new LTE frequency bands.

The frequencies in certain areas might also change, so antennas that are narrow band might not work in those areas.

The following video explains why you may need a new digital antenna for digital TV.

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