The wait is finally over! The full trailer for Jurassic World is here and things just got real!

SA EXCLUSIVE: Listen to a pre-stream of AC/DC’s new album Rock or Bust ahead of its launch right here!

DStv warns on SA's digital TV move date

2011-11-10 11:46
 
 
Cape Town – South Africa's satellite pay TV operator MultiChoice has a warning for the South African government's ambitious switch-over target to digital television.

The pay TV operator told audiences at the AfricaCast 2011 TV summit in Cape Town that South Africa's digital terrestrial television (DTT) date target is a "stretch".

It cited how even European nations with a much more developed TV market took much longer to execute and complete the switch – with mixed results so far.

Earlier this year the South African government adjusted and has now set the end of 2013 as the new date by which it wants to complete South Africa's transition from analogue broadcasting to digital television broadcasting, a process known as digital migration.

This long-delayed switch-over will affect all of South Africa's estimated 29.3 million TV households.

'Aggressive'

Chris Oberholzer, the head of strategy and development at the South African satellite broadcaster MultiChoice, called South Africa's cut-off date "aggressive" and "far stretched".

He referenced in detail a case study of DTT in France, a European nation with a well-developed television broadcasting architecture, infrastructure and consumer TV market.

He illustrated how difficult and intricate it was for France to make the switch to digital television, the surprising problems encountered, and how the digital migration process took much longer.

"South Africa is being very aggressive about our digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration," he told delegates from across Africa. "We [South Africa] believe that we can switch off analogue broadcasts by 2013. That belief is rather far stretched and a bridge too far."

- Channel24

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Recent News

The author of a new Bill Cosby biography is apologising for not pursuing allegations that the comedian had drugged and sexually assaulted numerous women. Read More »

Kurt Cobain is the focus of a new documentary that probes the life and untimely death of the Nirvana singer-guitarist. Read More »

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.