Pay R700 or lose your TV signal

2012-04-13 22:27
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – Every South African household with a TV set will be forced to pay R700 for a set top box (STB) or will lose their free TV signals.

The South African government will only be subsidising a portion of the cost for the "poorest of the poor" households, but no plan has yet been announced on how it will practically work.

Communications Minister Dina Pule has announced in government run print ads that South Africans will have to fork out around R700 to buy a STB and a new antenna.

People who don't pay for the STB "in the region of R700" will eventually lose their TV signal at the end of a process of "dual illumination", when the terrestrial signals are switched off.

Slow process

Ordinary consumers and viewers who are largely uninformed and in the dark about the process which an expert calls "shambolic", will be forced to make the move to digital terrestrial television (DTT) or lose their TV signals from the SABC, and others.

This process is known as digital migration - a switch during which the South African TV industry and broadcasters all have to move from terrestrial signals to digital broadcasting similar to the rest of the world.

The final international deadline is June 2015 with several countries having successfully completed the process long ago.

Although South Africa was the first country on the continent to start the process, they are now lagging far behind several African nations, islands and the rest of the world in the digital migration process.

South Africa's slow process - of which the launch should have taken place more than two years ago - has been delayed several times.

Last year the government moved the launch date to April 2012. It has now again been pushed back to September.

Looming digital disaster?

Since South Africa started the process, it has had several problems including four different ministers of communications; a Digital Dzonga advisory council that was started and disbanded twice and which no longer exists; continued infighting between broadcasters; fighting between the industry and the government over a digital standard; delays in the establishment of a STB manufacturing standard; signal encryption squabbles; ongoing confusion amongst STB manufacturers and fears that South Africa will become a dumping ground for obsolete technology.

At the same time, the broadcasting regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) keeps publishing newer DTT regulations and amending previous regulations creating further ongoing uncertainty which makes it harder for the industry and broadcasters to keep up.

It's also unclear – as no regulations exist under the new digital framework - on what the so-called "must-carry" rules will be and whether satellite TV operators DStv and TopTV will have to continue to carry the current and expanding free-to-air TV channels. 

Meanwhile the parastatal signal distributor Sentech, which is behind with its rolling out of a digital signal network, told government that it's underfunded and will need billions more to complete DTT.

The SABC, which wants to increase its TV channel offering from three to 18, revealed to government earlier this year that it will also need billions more to complete the move to digital broadcasting.

Minister Pule also said in the ad that the era of high definition (HD) broadcasting has arrived for ordinary South Africans. While it's true that DTT does enable HD broadcasting, consumers need a HD television set to see it.

In a stark warning on South Africa's digital broadcasting progress - or lack thereof - Prof Jane Duncan, the Highway Africa Chair of Media and Information Society at the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University said: "The policy and regulatory machinations on the migration process are taking place in elite governmental and regulatory forums, which do not lend themselves to citizen participation.

"There is very little civil society involvement". She calls South Africa's DTT process "shambolic".

"The government has repeatedly shifted the deadline for analogue switch-off," she said. "So far STB subsidies have been budgeted for a mere 6% of households, which is clearly inadequate."


  • - 2012-04-13 22:41

    And the anc screws up yet again *rolls eyes* no sabc- no lisence?

      Oscar - 2012-04-14 05:15

      Everything for the ANC is a struggle...they must be the most incompetent bunch of clowns to ever run a country in the history of mankind. Exactly what you can expect in an "ineptocracy".

      clinton.bowden1 - 2012-04-14 07:58

      2015? Thats a bit ambitious I think. More like 20Never

      Johnathon - 2012-04-15 02:02

      Brenton, something I would like you to clear up for me, is that all the TV experts on this site say that a DSTV decoder is digital, all modern LED LCD TVS are high definition, and receive Digital signals. Why has the Govt announcement come that we must get a decoder box from them for R700. Why not issue a statement that you can go to the nearest electronic shop around the corner, and get an analogue / digital decoder for R70. Price so low because of massive sales volumes retailers anticipate. If this is true, then we can all breathe easy again. I could have misunderstood this article, but it gave me the impression that you had to get a box from Govt or else goodbye TV signal. ie. they have somehow encoded the signal, so only their box can unscramble it. Should this be the case, then Govt stands to make billions, which will cover costs of rollout, as well as free boxes to those who are the target of Govt propaganda, and those loyal supporters who will vote for the ANC every election. Would really appreciate an answer from those that actually have concrete info, on how the whole system is going to work.

      Jack - 2012-04-15 07:29

      @Thinkertank, LED and LCD TV's have all been supplied with analog receivers, not digital receivers. Perhaps the latest ones are being supplied with digital receivers, but they'll need to have supplied the correct standard.

      Hugh - 2012-04-15 09:09

      The Sabc box will have an auto switch off if your licence is not up to date. Now that seems a bit screwed to me as the poorest who own TV's it is said are not able to pay for the electricity will be given a box but not be able to pay the TV licence. What is the point in giving away a R700.00 if the fellow is supposed to be so poor he does not have money to pay for a TV licence. Am I missing something, like if you are poor you are exempt from licence fees?

      Sinjoku - 2012-04-16 07:12

      Stop buying T.V's.....Buy monitors and watch everything on the internet. It is costing me R800,00 per month and I watch what I want, by surfing for streaming sites OR I buy a BluRay and watch it any way.

      Preshen - 2012-04-18 15:56

      download AVI from internet instead

  • Tsietsi - 2012-04-13 22:44

    Everytime they open their mouths, billions of rands are involved without a clear explanation of how accountable they will be. We no longer trust them with our hard-earned money. Worse still, we don't trust that they will deliver as promised. Neither can they provide quality service.

      Tertius - 2012-04-13 22:54

      i agree, i think it is time that there is a change in power in this country!

      Godfrey - 2012-04-14 00:13

      @Tsietsi I like your thinking, lets not trust them with our vote anymore.

      Aristar - 2012-04-14 06:38

      Only you have the power to get rid of the garbage that is ruining this country. The voters have the legal power, but there are other ways to get rid of them. We manage to discredit Malema, why not Zuma and his cohorts as well.

      fishycraig - 2012-04-14 12:24

      @ Tertius - there has been a change in power. It is called load shedding.

  • Ayanda Excellent Mpisane - 2012-04-13 23:04

    Tv,e tall, petrol, tax mmmhm what next

      Sylvester.Mohloli - 2012-04-14 07:52

      they going to tax u for sleeping with ur nyatsi, its called extra marital affairs tax

      Warren - 2012-04-14 10:36

      @ Sylvester.Mohloli: Actually, it'll be called Num-Num tax!

      Hugh - 2012-04-16 14:48

      1700's there was window tax and beard tax. Maybe that's coming??

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-09-22 07:02

      In 1975 TV was introduced to SA with the result that numbers of children starting school six years later shrunk dramatically, in some towns down to 25%! We certainly cannot afford losing signal....

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-04-13 23:10

    I doubt if this will be maintained and user friendly. I foresee a RSA tvless in 6months time. MP of Comm after this failure don't try to change anything of cell phones even Rica FAILED.

      Piet - 2012-04-13 23:46

      time to not vote for the ANC any longer!

      Jason - 2012-04-15 09:47

      @Piet its been that time for ages already!

      Hugh - 2012-04-16 14:49

      Piet, never voted for them in the first place.

  • Hans Heydra - 2012-04-13 23:14

    Sadly... The government won't do this as this will lose voting supporters. What ruling party wants to lose voters. And if they don't have the new box and are cut off how will they receive their propaganda?

  • kosmonooit - 2012-04-13 23:18

    Totally unnecessary, inappropriate, irrelevant technology and besides the current line up of channels have nothing much to offer. Sit dit af!

  • Zwelakhe - 2012-04-13 23:54

    This is one example of poor political leadership.

  • tobydt - 2012-04-14 00:09

    Dont care, dont own a TV, and never will.

  • Nomcebo - 2012-04-14 00:24

    no longer angry, i am now really ashamed of my government

  • akaRags - 2012-04-14 00:28

    Everyone involved is trying to line their pockets as much as they can, with little care for the average man on the street - R700 may be a bit of pocket money to a few, but to many, it's the money that keeps the roof over their heads and their stomachs fed. No wonder this switch over is shambolic, what with gvt depts

      schwindsc - 2012-04-14 12:30

      I fully agree. It's not "only" R700. Majority of people have not got that kind of money. This short-sighted government once again has not used their brains. No R700 means no TV and also no propaganda. Don't see it happening.

      Rodney - 2012-04-14 14:30

      I bought a new STB 3 days ago, cost me £17- thats about R170, it's a very cheap one, but it does what it is supposed to, I am wondering why it would cost R700 in SA. Oh yeah, pockets have to be lined. silly me.

  • Gregory - 2012-04-14 02:05

    Lost tv signal is no loss. SABC or rather the ANCBC sucks anyway.

      Karl - 2012-04-14 04:57

      ANCBC! I like that,if it was DABC no black man would be anc

      Balan - 2012-04-15 03:14

      @ Karl, you need to eat lots of peanuts, and fish etc plus go to your mama to feed you some titi milk so you can start developing a brain.

  • Chris - 2012-04-14 02:30

    E-tolls, fuel price hikes, high food prices, inflation hikes, rampant corruption and unaccountability, ignoring the murdering of innocent farmers and their children, forcing people to do things against their will.. All I can say is, the government can kiss my white ass. No more, they are creating a movement of very angry dissident citizens, VERY quickly.

      Mark - 2012-04-14 14:50

      I watch SABCANC to see what the enemy is doing/omitting/overstating/ignoring etc.

  • Oom - 2012-04-14 03:05

    How come the "poorest of the poor" have a television ?

      mfudzi.wamambo - 2012-04-15 10:04

      @Oom, who on earth said the poorest of the poor should not own basic things in life?

  • Lerato - 2012-04-14 04:40

    News24 your reporting is too negative, I think this is good because there are some parts of SA where tv signal is just a wish. terrestrial signals sucks we really have to migrate digital.From my understanding the R700 is a capital investment

      docter.maake - 2012-04-14 07:04

      U knw wat i think abt this statement of yourz is that u a crazy.

      Blip - 2012-04-15 02:42

      A capital investment must yield a cash return on the money invested or else you won't make that investment. If I buy a tin of paint, a tray and a roller for R100 and paint my neighbour's wall for R150, it's a capital investment yielding me a R50 profit. (If, however, I paint my own wall for "free", it's not a capital investment at all. It's just consumer spending.)

      Lerato - 2012-04-16 14:24

      @Blip, if you paint your own wall it will still be a capital investment because it will increase the value of your property, in turn your Net operation income will increase, provided you are renting it out. Getting back to the context, good tv signal will be your return for investing R700. To measure the return you have to look at return on social investment. I like your argument though, well tried!!!

      John - 2012-04-17 14:44

      @Lerato and docter.maake I'm a white person that dont understand ANY black languages. Why would I get that if 99% of the time all I hear is "waka waka waka ... HEHEHEHEHE!" regardless of what chanel you are on? That don't benefit anyone but the previously disadvantaged and only they will get subsidised for the signal in any ways. So to put everything into perspective for you I would just not pay my TV license any more saving me R400 a year witch I don't watch any ways cause its a bunch of crap on there any ways. There is no Investment and no benefit to this for anyone else but the poor. So GG and enjoy it

  • Karl - 2012-04-14 05:02

    Bring it on! R700 its nothing...

      Lerato - 2012-04-14 07:59

      If I may ask; What's your suggestion? So we mustnt go digital. Don't just shout without an alternative. That's why in SA we don't have an opposition, all they do is criticise without offering an alternative - shallow minds!!

      Ian - 2012-04-14 11:18

      are you actually going to pay R700 just so you can get the sabc and its cANCer propoganda and endless rap crap

      Karl - 2012-04-14 14:15

      Lol u corona fool thing,i was commenting for myself,dont be stupid the govenment will subsidise those poores u talking about,perhabs u should reread the article...

      Slick - 2012-04-14 16:08

      Karl you can kiss my lilly white backside on the Union Building Staircase....You DONT need TV duh,,, U can watch TV and most programs on a PC which now are predominately HD compatible from all over the world... Invest in a decent PC and a few Decent HD displays and get uncapped Broadband for a lot less than R700 and away you go LOL... The other thing is after investing in the PC it serves so many other purposes than a friggin stand alone TV set and or Set top box, and its yours. So tell the SA Government and the broaddcasters to shove there HD signal and TV's up where the sun dont shine!! Its simple ,LOL

      Mary - 2012-04-15 18:57

      It's good money for nothing.

  • Victor - 2012-04-14 05:50

    SABC programmes are crap anyway,won't be missed

      Mary - 2012-04-15 19:01

      Hey Mambo man, what's the point of intelligent suggestions to the dull-wits at the SABC ? They won't understand it.

  • Grant - 2012-04-14 05:59

    R700 is just enough for 1 month's DSTV subscription.

  • Aristar - 2012-04-14 06:36

    For the garbage they show on SABC there is no point in even having a TV set. I would rather stand on my head in a sewer than watch anything that SABC has to offer. So, SABC, if you want me to pay the SABC TV licence you had better come up with a better excuse than trying to force me to pay R700 for a crap to view your rubbish. Please come and confiscate my old TV, it has been sitting in the corner of my lounge accumulating dust for five years. In fact I think I will make a fish tank or a lava lamp out of it. More interesting.

      marumobongani - 2012-04-14 07:03

      I support you brother thats totally crap who needs crappy channels anyway lets throw the tvs away and join forces to invent better technology

  • Abshai Ndlovu - 2012-04-14 06:38

    Its nonsensical. I would've understood if SABC was etv. Even though they bring 18 channels or more,SABC is failing the nation. The problem is incompetence,and they are bias to ANC

      Aristar - 2012-04-14 06:41

      I wonder if you can sue SABC for boring people to death?

  • Ingeborgh Botha - 2012-04-14 06:42

    Ag they just want money thats all they want they have so much money the can't get rid of the problems because they need the peoples money to provide for their families screw the rest of the country!

  • Ingeborgh Botha - 2012-04-14 06:42

    Ag they just want money thats all they want they have so much money the can't get rid of the problems because they need the peoples money to provide for their families screw the rest of the country!

  • Barefoot - 2012-04-14 07:16

    My understanding is that the whole world must switch to dtt by 2015- and there are quite a number of countries that have already switched to it, and the R700 would only be paid by well off people, poor people will be subsidized. granted we dont have the best government in the world i think in the interest of technological advancement some sacrifices have to be made, this would allow etv and other potential broadcasters to showcase their stuff instead of being stuck with boring sabc. read articles before commenting.

  • Trent Hodges - 2012-04-14 07:31

    Let them eat cake!

  • Karen - 2012-04-14 07:36

    RDP houses are free and bigger than my 56m2 house which costs me R5200 p/m. Property tax

  • Karl - 2012-04-14 07:38

    If you are stupid,u wil remain can u blame your govenment for bringing changes?????\r\nAnd the people who are negative on this article are those who having digital decoders already(DSTV/TOPTV) They would only be happy if the govenment were to cut their monthly subscribtion...This tech changes will be welcomed by previously disadvantage people of homelands such as LIMPOPO where there were no signal at all....

      Morena - 2012-04-14 22:24

      @Karl,Who said Limpopo does not have signals? Please catch a flight, come and see what is Limpopo my fellow SA.

      Nadia - 2012-04-16 13:18

      We have been rica'd, fica'd and fuca'd!

  • Karl - 2012-04-14 07:46

    If you are stupid,u wil remain can u blame your govenment for bringing changes?????\r\nAnd the people who are negative on this article are those who having digital decoders already(DSTV/TOPTV) They would only be happy if the govenment were to cut their monthly subscribtion...This tech changes will be welcomed by previously disadvantage people of homelands such as LIMPOPO where there were no signal at all....

      Karl - 2012-04-14 08:03

      Burning witches is a tradision yes!

      Toofaan - 2012-04-14 08:05

      Hi Karl - I don't think anyone is opposed or negative about going digital. I'm really glad that this move is happening by 2015. However, the way it's been handled is pathetic and this is what people are complaining about. I hope the \previously disadvantage people of homelands\ are OK with this but I doubt it. They don't even know about it because of terrible management of communication about the change. (BTW : as outrageous as the subscriptions to DSTv are, the government does not control the subscriptions (thankfully) or we would have seen a service shortfall as more people just pocketted the money rather than using it to better the service to the paying public)

      Karl - 2012-04-14 08:12

      I like your comment Toof,just that people like free things,do u think r700 once-off is too much,if u can check many comments are about the price...

      Karl - 2012-04-14 08:13

      I like your comment Toof,just that people like free things,do u think r700 once-off is too much,if u can check many comments are about the price...

      Thandeka Husstla - 2012-04-14 08:14

      thank you Toofaan.. heard that Karl?

      Toofaan - 2012-04-14 11:25

      My personal opinion is that nothing is ever for free. R700 is too much though (and this is just a gut feel). I think that we could so easily have audited the costs across the past 2 years. We still can. I'd rather wait an extra 12 months to get an honest account of what we're paying for rather than paying the R700 right now. This is the same thing as e-tolling (paying for an improved service apparently- but nobody gave us details and then shoved it down our throats). I wanna know how much of that R700 does some good versus lining a pocket. As a tax-payer, I think that it is my right to know. I think that an open tender can bring the cost down by a helluva lot as long as there is no government interference. Think about it yourself : if you had a guaranteed market of 10 million households, do you really think that you could not find a product for electronic media streaming at less than 7 billion rand ? (R700 x 10 billion) ? Nope !!! Give me that contract and I'll halve the cost so long as I don't have to bribe anyone.- OH, and I also think that LEGITIMATE TV license holderss should have some say.

      freda.coetzee - 2012-04-14 11:40

      As a teacher of all the culture's in this beautiful land of ours... PLEASE STOP THE RACE ISSUE!!!! The young people today don't see colour, they see friendship.

      maritza.meyer - 2012-04-14 16:59

      Yea karl, burning wicthes is a tradition... just like raping babies will cure aids right?

  • sycomachinery - 2012-04-14 07:52

    Then so be it.

  • Utopian - 2012-04-14 08:06

    Government are the greatest upward driver of costs and inflation for households in South Africa. They are incompetent thieving heathens. People like Brenton007 who defend this have not read the article which clearly shows how the money we are to pay, is already being wasted big time. Wake up to reality and read English properly.

      Brenton007 - 2012-04-14 09:45

      Lets start at the beginning. The International Broadcasting Standard is moving from Analogue to Digital and South Africa has to adapt to this standard. When the analogue signal is switched off every household, without a TV able to decode digital signals will have to spend R700 on a Decoder which will convert the digital signal into an Analogue one so that they can continue watching TV, not only SABC but all the broadcasters. If you already have a digital TV, this is most if not all LED and LCD Flat Screen TVs, you will not need to spend the R700 because your TV already does what the STB is supposed to do. I hope this clears this up. The Headline is misleading because not every household will need to spend R700 to continue watching TV.

  • Tallica7 - 2012-04-14 08:38

    Lol High definition is digital tv! As is dstv itself! So the SABC can lfly a kite honestly! This is bieng over sensationalised by the media, government (e toll for TVs as you can switch of the signal to a specific box if not paid) and tv salesman! Poor old people going to be suckered into buying 3D TVs now to view this new phenomenon! People should do there research!

  • Bert Verlinde - 2012-04-14 08:46

    Subsidizing the poorest of the poor? A TV set is a luxury, if you are that poor you shouldn't own a TV set and set priorities in life. Now most hard working citizens have to pay up, and this is morally and economically wrong.

      Rob - 2012-04-14 19:24

      Bert...Just look at the thumbs down as a result of you stating an obvious economic principle. But there is another angle, and that is the use of tv to communicate propoganda. Governments can not function without that facility and that is the reason for the subsidy. Brainwashing the supporters by feeding them trash, but trash that they swallow whole!

  • kwaaito - 2012-04-14 08:49

    The days of constantly fighting with an aerial for better signal are coming to an end especially for us ruralitarians.... I wouldn't mind paying that R700 if it means better service. SABC must step up. We need more channels, @least two sports-dedicated, two movies-dedicated channels, 1 educational channel, 1 reality channel....! Then I'll start paying TV license

      Aristar - 2012-04-14 22:31

      Wait a bit, Kwaaito, you will have 18 channels of garbage, which I am sure is better than 4 channels of garbage. There was a song twenty years ago - "57 channels (and nothin' on)" by Bruce Springsteen. Still applies today.

      Aristar - 2012-04-14 23:06

      Lyrics for 57 channels by Bruce includes in the last verse: So I bought a .44 magnum, it was solid steel cast And in the blessed name of Elvis well I just let it blast 'Til my TV lay in pieces there at my feet And they busted me for disturbin' the almighty peace Judge said "What you got in your defense son?" "Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on" Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on Wait a bit = you can't by a gun legally any more, so I think I will just kick the TV to bits and put a fish tank in the cabinet.

      Ian - 2012-04-15 12:36

      yip Aristar and the BOSS has just bought out a new album 'Wrecking Ball'and not a single track has been played on a single radio station, I guess cANCer rules the FM dial as well, nothing but rap crap

  • Sherene Senekal Claasen - 2012-04-14 08:55

    ok so the r700 is it a once off or is it the monthly bill. coz it does not state so. and so once again the less fortunate get subsadise. i mean free solar panels. wake up people this is the real world out there. there are more than what they think that is poor. were are the free houses for the poor whites iam not been racest iam just voicing my opiong.freedom of speach. sure the are lots to back me up. and how are they gna say who is poor to get subsidise by the goverment they gna come and see what is in your home well catch a wake up there are shacks with satelite smart cars parked there and giving free houses

      Brenton007 - 2012-04-14 09:49

      This is a once off cost to purchase a decoder. If you already have a LED or LCD Flat Screen TV you will not have to purchase one because your TV already does what the decoder is supposed to do.

  • michael.b.lucas - 2012-04-14 10:03

    Oh Wow! Thats amazin! We can finally look forward to watching Bold and the Beautifull 18 different times a day! And R700 really? The same 4 channels just now HD ON MY BLACK AND WHITE TV! Lol

      Balan - 2012-04-15 03:45

      @ Brenton007, you are a BEEGFARKEENIDIOT tell you why, even if you have 3D PLASMA, 3D LED, 3D LCD with full HD whatever, you will still need a STB for certain programs or special events thats transmitted only via STB.

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-04-14 10:41

    switch it off , it is fine , viva la DSTV,like most govermental institutes , they are being run into the ground by greed and corruption, privatisation all the way whre you pay triple what you would have because this current goverement is incompetent, i wonder if SANRAL doesnt have their fingers in this pie. @ brenton007, dude you need to go and your homework, even though you have the new digital tv you are still going to have to buy the sabc decoder , or else you will not beable to watch your favourite soapies

      Brenton007 - 2012-04-14 10:54

      You don't need a decoder if you have a digital TV. SABC is not encoding their signal they changing their signal from analogue to digital which the TV's which were built on the old analogue technology will not be able decipher, hence the the need for STB for the older TVs.

      barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-04-16 18:56

      HOW DO I GO DIGITAL? Good news is, you don't have to buy a new TV! You may use your existing TV set to watch the digital channels. However, you will need to purchase a Set Top Box (STB), which plugs straight into theTV sets, either via the aerial connection point for older TV sets, or via RCA/AV points of the newer TV sets. The STB receives the digital signal and decodes it so that it can be viewed on an analogue TV set. Please note that STBs are not available on the market as yet as final specifications and trials of the equipment and signal is still taking place. STBs should be available to the public during the first half of 2010. Watch the press for details. Note: •Even the latest 'digital ready' and high definition TVs on the market will need a STB to receive the digital terrestrial signal. •The digital signal will not be transmitted via satellite transmission, but using existing terrestrial broadcasting infrastructure. DStv subscribers will continue to receive the existing and some free-to-air channels. If you wish to receive all the new Digital TV free-to-air services, you will have to buy a DTT Set Top Box.

      barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-04-16 18:57

      here is the link to read up on the decoder

  • Uzziphathele - 2012-04-14 11:09

    South africans!gov is failing us again;they're corrupt I don't think we have 2 pay 4 this we paying a lot 4 tax and they take money 4 them selves;let's remove this gov or I'm not going 2 vote 4 ANC;e tolls;patrol;ABC;TV signal;what next? Zuma is failing us

      IcemanGP - 2012-04-14 12:33

      Not jus Zuma, it's the entire collective of cANCer.

      Balan - 2012-04-15 03:58

      @ Brenton, it is not the Broadcasting Standard in SA, its the Broadcasting Standard Internationally that forces SA to comply with, however the anc gov drags the situation and turn it into gravy to feed its fat asses.

  • meredith.r.pollock - 2012-04-14 11:13

    So, take your freakin' so-called free signal, 99% of what you show on tv is crap anyway.. Whooopi Dooo, like not having a tv is gonna kill me LOL.... I seriously don't give a crap if they stop my signal, i hardly ever watch tv anymore anyway....

      Aristar - 2012-04-14 22:43

      Do you mean you won't watch it any less or you just won't bother watching it? 18 channels of nothing is still no better than 4 channels of nothing. there is probably a business in converting old TV's into fish tanks. Pretty fishes are more interesting than the government rants on SABC. If I were given a choice on DSTV I might consider using it but the only channels I might watch are only in the most expensive combinations, and as I don't watch sport there is no point in having DSTV either, so SABC, please don't bother to send your inspectors around to my house, there ain't no TV digital or analogue.

      meredith.r.pollock - 2012-04-15 21:02

      Aristar i only watch the news & the weather, but hey guess what all that is also on radio, so they can shove their free signal where the sun don't shine LOL... No major loss on my side, looking forward to no longer having to pay a tv license either...

  • Ian - 2012-04-14 11:17

    oh believe you me, you can keep your sabc signal, btw already have a new 50" full hd, so dosent worry me but my point is i dont watch sabc bs

      Mike Purchase - 2012-04-14 11:58

      They can stick their crap tv channels where it fits best

      Jacqui - 2012-04-14 12:07

      Ian, how lovely of you to tell us all that you have a new full HD television set and so big too. What made you think we would be interested?.

      Ian - 2012-04-14 21:21

      @Jacqui, were you dropped on your head a few times as a baby, my point is that anyone with a HD TV dosent need one of there boxes, actually anyone with dstv dosent need there boxes because you can access the sabc channels through any normal dstv decoder,but hey if you enjoy what the sabc has to offer well then, rap on, enjoy it

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-14 11:48

    'They are now lagging far behind'. That is one thing going well in this country, they are masters in the lagging behind department.

  • flysouth - 2012-04-14 11:49

    First they said this would happen in 2011 - now they say 2015. TV being the most powerful propaganda tool the government has,The reality is that it will probably never happen for the reason that the ANC knows that it will lose it's ability to propagandise the populace if most people fail to buy the STB!

  • Hein - 2012-04-14 11:49

    There are to issues here. One: It was suppose to have been done before 2010. And two: The price was to be below R400 but the tender to supply this was given to a local person who threw away the money. Then it was sourced to a Chinese supplier and we have to pay for both the local thief and the product. No the best way to run a country and the JSE is feeling it as we speak. I blame Trevor Manual for not doing the planning properly with the communications minister!

  • Mimi - 2012-04-14 12:21

    its sad that there is so much stuff 2 pay 4 these days but the increments are way below inflation.

  • Singatha - 2012-04-14 12:24

    It boogles the mind that other countries have successfully implemented it, yet we are still squabbling about how to do it...unless...there are midnight Johnny Walker fuelled clandestine meetings on deciding who gets what, to line their pockets.I mean,pick a WIDELY used and successfully implemented DTT standard and hell..copy and paste and Bob's your uncle.SWITCH THE DAMN THING ON!!!

  • Bouts - 2012-04-14 12:47

    Hi. There is a way to get free TV (FTV). Just google FTV

  • Clive - 2012-04-14 13:47

    A sensible government would give every household one set-top box - a one-off cost, which would then be activated on the purchase/renewal of a TV licence.

      Adrian - 2012-04-15 09:44

      But do you think they thought that far... Gotto pay for the Zuma wedding.

  • msnagdee - 2012-04-14 14:02

    Fresh Banana from the Banana republic.

      Piet - 2012-04-14 16:52

      Your banana has gone off..Can't you smell it????

  • Edwin Krs-One Makhele - 2012-04-14 14:51

    tv license + 700 aikhona.... imma hotline zuma or write facebook letter concerning this.... we jus cant be forced for 700set top aa

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-04-14 15:18

    Nothing is for free, a rip off yes, to enrich themselves.

  • Slick - 2012-04-14 16:05

    You DONT need TV duh,,, U can watch TV and most programs on a PC which now are predominately HD compatible from all over the world... Invest in a decent PC and a few Decent HD displays and get uncapped Broadband for a lot less than R700 and away you go LOL... The other thing is after investing in the PC it serves so many other purposes than a friggin stand alone TV set and or Set top box, and its yours. So tell the SA Government and the broaddcasters to shove there HD signal and TV's up where the sun dont shine!! Its simple ,LOL

  • lucky.tshilimandila - 2012-04-14 16:20

    WTF is this, racist forum or what? I give up, this is one hell of a country.

      wdvilliers - 2012-04-14 16:28

      Stay away LUCKY these people are pure poison....

  • Jack - 2012-04-14 17:22

    Don't confuse a digital signal with your fancy LED/LCD TV. You bought those TV's with an analog receiver, not a digital receiver, as such, if you do not have TopTV or DSTV then you will need to pay R700 for the box.

      Ian - 2012-04-14 21:58

      thats the thing I do have dstv (mainly for cricket, golf and rugby) as the sabc dosent gives us any of that)I can access the pathetic sabc channels through my decoder so what do i need a gravy train box for

      Balan - 2012-04-15 04:10

      @ Jack, but certain program or special events may only be transmitted via STB and not via multichoice or toptv due to broadcasting rights, what do you do then.

      Johnathon - 2012-04-16 22:05

      Really hope you are right Jack, that this is not an issue for DSTV subscribers. Only time will tell.