Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) has arrived in South Africa

25 January 2017

Technology & Convergence

Digital Migration is a mandatory process for every country around the world under the authority of the International Telecommunications Union.

What this means for South Africa is that every television viewer who currently enjoys watching Free to Air Television will have to purchase a Set Top Box also referred to as a decoder. This STB comes in various formats that allows you to watch Free to Air Channels with options to record your favourite soapie/series or access Video on Demand using your internet broadband.

Analogue switch off (coming soon) will mean that you will no longer be able to receive any channels on your television as a Free to Air viewer.

DTT comes with a lot of advantages.First but not least you can view between 12-16 HD channels which can also be viewed in Standard Definition if you don't have an HD Television. In addition you receive a better quality picture, audio and 25 Digital Radio Stations.

The cost of the STB is once off with no subscriptions payable.

The South Africa Government in November 2015 through the Department of Communications has already started to roll out the first 500 000 STB's out of a proposed 5.5m STBs. These DTH STB's which require a satellite dish has been rolled out along the border areas of South Africa.

The balance of the STBs which are subsidized will also be available through the central Post Offices, free of charge to those individuals who qualify.

Alviwave is the leading Distributor of STB's and Accessories to the Retail as well as Hospitality Market. We are supported by one of the largest STB manufacturers in the world and Africa and all our products are manufactured and supported in South Africa.

Source: Press Release