Technology & convergence

Uganda sets digital migration deadline to August

Uganda has confirmed that it is switching off analogue broadcasting by end of August, East African Businessweek reported. Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Director for Broadcasting Fred Otunnu announced the country's TV migration policy during the launch of a Zuku Television channel. The East African nation is one of the few in the region that seems to be ready for the digital migration.

Nigeria - Consat agrees CAM deal with SmarDTV

Nigerian pay TV platform Continental Satellite Limited (Consat) has signed a conditional access modules (CAM) deal with Kudelski Group-owned company, SmarDTV.

The DTH satellite operator’s pay TV service will soon be available via any integrated digital televisions (iDTVs) that incorporate a CI+ interface, having already launched using Nagra’s anyCAST content protection system.

Technology & Convergence - In brief

The governments of Mozambique and South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to reduce interference during the technological migration from analogue to digital terrestrial TV, reports Jornal. In the case of any interference, technicians from the two countries will meet and find solutions during the switchover process.
Source: Telecompaper 19 June 2015

Digital switch leaves 1.3 mln Kenyans without TV

More than 1.3 million Kenyans are unable to watch television because of digital migration, out of a total of 3.5 million households estimated to own TV sets. The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) said that only 2.2 million have acquired set-top boxes to access digital TV, Business Daily reported. CA Director-General Francis Wangusi told the newspaper that poor distribution of set-top boxes was to blame for the television blackout. He added that remote areas are the most affected,  though the government is working on ways of penetrating the region.

DA wants digital TV U-turn

Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn wants cabinet to “review and reverse” the broadcasting digital migration policy it adopted in March.

Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn wants cabinet to “review and reverse” the broadcasting digital migration policy it adopted in March to “break the legal logjam that is crippling South Africa’s migration to digital broadcasting”.

How Zimbabwe Complied with the Digital Migration Deadline?

Transmedia, the company that carries the mandate of connecting Zimbabwe to the world and connecting the world to Zimbabwe yesterday announced that they are in compliance with the ITU deadline, contrary to speculation that we have missed the deadline.

“Zimbabwe’s Digital Broadcasting Migration Project has been divided into 3 phases, the compliance phase, migration phase and the analogue switch off phase, and the 17 June 2015 deadline by ITU is about compliance and we are proud to say that ,Zimbabwe has met the 17 June 2015 compliance requirements ,” she said

Pay TV firm slashes prices ahead of digital migration deadline (Uganda)

As the deadline to the digital migration draws closer, pay television providers have cut the prices for their kitts.

MultiChoice at a press conference held at their new offices in Kololo on Monday, announced a 65 per cent cut in their DStv kit. The pay TV provider has slashed their prices from Shs309,000 to Shs99,900 for a full DStv kit which includes a decoder, a dish and one month subscription on the Access bouquet.

Making the announcement, Charles Hamya, the General Manager MultiChoice Uganda said the offer is only available for three weeks.

StarTimes adds capacity on SES-5 for Africa

SES-5SES has announced that StarTimes has extended its partnership with SES on the SES-5 satellite. It has contracted additional capacity to provide an enhanced TV viewing experience for its subscribers in Africa by providing better picture quality content and more TV channels on its DTH package.

StarTimes currently provides English-language DTH content to viewers across the region, via the SES-5 satellite located at 5 degrees East, and is today the fastest-growing digital TV operator in Africa, with more than five million DTT and DTH subscribers across 26 countries in Africa.

Uganda: Star Times cuts product prices as Digital Migration gains momentum

Star Times has cut its pay TV product prices and introduced new channels for its subscribers. “Effective May 1, our satellite services are going to be even more affordable. We haven’t deviated from where we started when we launched our digital migration campaign, we want to be the service provider who is making it easy for Ugandans to go digital,” said Aldrine Nsubuga, the StartTimes marketing director.

He said the company’s focus was to remove barriers between satellite and decoders such that subscribers are given alternatives without restrictive pricing.

Hlaudi: SABC will now start DTT with 5 TV channels

Cape Town – The SABC's chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng says the public broadcaster will now launch with only 5 TV channels once the long-delayed commercial start of South Africa's switch from analogue to digital broadcasting begins.

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