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22 Apr 2015 Media & Broadcasting

SECRET DSTV-SABC DEAL NOT NEFARIOUS : MULTICHOICE

The application brought before the Competition Tribunal against MultiChoice regarding its deal with the SABC is full of inaccuracies, MultiChoice has argued. MultiChoice has not forced the SABC into changing its stance on the encryption of South Africa’s digital TV signals, nor has it taken control of the public broadcaster’s content portfolio. That’s the word […]

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22 Apr 2015 Media & Broadcasting

DIGITAL TV MIGRATION POLICY UNDER FIRE

The South African Communications Forum (SACF), an industry body that represents some of the country’s top electronic manufacturers, has sharply criticised the recent amendments of the broadcast digital migration policies, labelling them short-sighted and confusing. The forum’s chief executive Loren Braithwaite-Kabosha accused the Department of Communications yesterday of altering some agreements reached during consultations on […]

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17 Apr 2015 Media & Broadcasting

SA ‘WON’T BE HELD TO RANSOM’ BY e.tv

Communications minister Faith Muthambi has laid into e.tv, accusing the broadcaster of holding the country to ransom by filing papers against government over digital migration. South Africa “won’t be held to ransom” by e.tv. That was the warning on Friday by communications minister Faith Muthambi, who was speaking to TechCentral on the sidelines of a […]

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16 Apr 2015 Media & Broadcasting

D-DAY FOR DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TELEVISION …

South Africa is counting down to the deadline for digital terrestrial television but it is likely to go whooshing by because we are far from ready to move from analogue to digital broadcasting, writes Glenda Nevill. If anyone thought the March briefing by communications minister Faith Muthambi to parliament’s portfolio committee on communications would shed […]

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15 Apr 2015 Media & Broadcasting

FAILURE TO TALK WIDENS THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

Johannesburg – A further hold-up in the digital migration process – already years behind schedule – is “a bullet that could have been dodged” if there had been proper consultation on the policy changes announced by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi last month. Civil society and interested parties agreed on Tuesday with e.tv’s claim in its […]

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15 Apr 2015 Media & Broadcasting

EDITORIAL: DELAYS IMPERIL SA’S DIGITAL MIGRATION

SUCH is the way things are progressing with SA’s migration from analogue to digital television, that by the time it happens the “new” technology will be redundant. That is clearly a facetious point of view, although there is an element of truth to it — there are already indications that South Africans with reliable broadband […]

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14 Apr 2015 Media & Broadcasting

e.tv TO CHALLENGE TV POLICY IN COURT

South Africa’s digital migration project could be set for further delays after e.tv revealed on Tuesday that it has asked the high court to review “aspects” of government’s final broadcasting digital migration policy. South Africa’s digital migration project could be set for further delays after e.tv revealed on Tuesday that it has asked the high […]

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DIGITAL MIGRATION CAN BENEFIT THE POOR

It’s important that the government’s stance on set-top box encryption is not misconstrued, writes Solly Mapaila Are we heading for a new apartheid-style content divide for the poor? There appears to be mass confusion over the issue of set-top box (STB) control systems and technical standards, which are to be included in the forthcoming Broadcasting […]

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CONDITIONAL ACCESS: INS AND OUTS OF ENCRYPTION

IN THE past two years, debate on digital migration in SA has been sharply divided between proponents of conditional access on set-top boxes and those against it. Set-top boxes are needed to make it possible for households without a digital satellite subscription or satellite free-to-air television service to continue to have access to television once […]

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29 Jan 2015 Media & Broadcasting

e.tv CHANGES ITS PRIME TIME TO TAKE ON SABC

Cape Town – e.tv is changing its entire primetime line-up from Monday 2 March, adding a half-hour weekday Zulu TV news bulletin and incorporating the fired Generations actors into its new 20:00 telenovela to take on the SABC in the battle that matters most – the one for viewers. From March, e.tv moves its popular […]

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