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2014-04-11 19:33
Cape Town – All of the SABC's TV channels on MultiChoice's pay-TV platform suddenly went dark on Friday evening – with SABC1 (DStv 191), SABC2 (DStv 192), SABC3 (DStv 193) and SABC News (DStv 404) all suffering a complete blackout.

The connections were all restored by 19:20 on Friday night.

The blackout on DStv was due to a problem with the link-up between the SABC and MultiChoice – the SABC’s TV channels broadcast on analogue were unaffected.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago told Channel24 that "the problem was at the uplink between the SABC and MultiChoice”.

“Technicians from both MultiChoice and the SABC immediately tried to reconnect the uplink.”

Kganyago couldn’t say why a back-up uplink didn’t work or what the exact technical nature of the problem was.

"We can confirm that the feed from the SABC failed this evening. We rerouted the feed and all SABC channels have since been restored. Apologies to our customers for this interruption in their viewing," a spokesperson for MultiChoice said.
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