S.A.: Sentech to carry e.tv’s DTT signal

Broadcast

Free-to-air broadcaster e.tv has appointed state-owned signal distributor Sentech to provide signal distribution for digital terrestrial television (DTT) services, which e.tv intends to launch.

The broadcaster said that the parties had signed a memorandum of understanding. e.tv was granted a minimum of 50 percent of a DTT multiplex by the industry regulator last year. This would enable the television station to launch multiple channels on the digital platform.

e.tv currently operates one free-to-air analogue channel. It has a sister 24-hour news channel on satellite pay-TV broadcaster DStv, owned by MultiChoice.

South Africa and its counterparts on the continent are migrating to digital television from analogue as an international requirement to free spectrum and create more channels, which will open the broadcasting space to new players.