E.tv vs Muthambi: read the judgment in full

Regulation & Policy

The high court in Pretoria this week handed a significant victory to communications minister Faith Muthambi as well as broadcasters opposed to the idea of subsidising an encryption system in the set-top boxes that government intends providing free to 5m poorer households as part of the country’s migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television.

Judge WRC Prinsloo dismissed an application by e.tv challenging Muthambi’s decision to amend government’s broadcasting digital migration policy. The new policy makes it clear that the subsidised set-top boxes will not contain a conditional access system capable of decrypting encrypted TV signals.
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Source: Duncan McLeod in Techcentral