Tanzania: DSTv already digitalised

Regulation & Policy

In Tanzania, DSTv is already digitalised, operation manager  said.

MultiChoice Tanzania has cleared confusion regarding its place in digital migration in the country assuring its subscribers that through its pay TV services, DStv, there will be no interruption during the process.
This move comes 10 days since Dar es Salaam residents migrated from analogue to digital broadcasting after the government switched-off analogue transmitters.

MultiChoice operation manager Ronald Shelukindo told reporters yesterday that Tanzanians who had subscribed to DStv would not need to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting, as the firm was already digitalised. (By Frank Aman)

“DStv is already digitalised,and as the pioneering digital and satellite TV services, we have been providing digital broadcasting to Tanzanians and the rest of Africa for the past 17 years,” he said.
He explained that in certain countries, MultiChoice Africa had agreed with the national broadcaster to carry their channels whereas in Tanzania they had agreed with Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) to carry TBC1 on a DStv platform where it was available on a free view basis.

“The addition of other free to air channels to the DStv platform is dependent on satellite capacity and agreements reached with owners of the channels,” he said.

He went on: “The current switch over from analogue to digital television has brought immense opportunities and challenges. An exciting recent innovation was the launch of GOtv on the new digital terrestrial platform.”
He said as Africa’s first commercial operator using the most advanced DVB-T2 digital standard in the world, GOtv offered no less than 21 exciting TV channels on one analogue frequency making it the most efficient in spectrum utilisation.

For her part, MultiChoice Tanzania public relations manager Barbara Kambogi told reporters that the GOtv service was currently available in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Namibia, and Nigeria adding that the firm was currently exploiting opportunities to expand the GOtv footprint to other countries, including Tanzania in the near future.

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