South Africa insists on June DSO

South Africa’s Communications Ministry insists that it will switch off analogue TV in June.  Earlier this week the South African cabinet approved the scheme to issue low-cost (and in some 5 million cases free) set-top boxes needed to receive the new digital TV signals.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, at a press briefing, that the boxes would also decode the encrypted signals which was in place to protect the government’s investment.

The inclusion of conditional access has been a bone of contention locally, with many complaints as to why encryption is needed. The Minister said it was in place to ensure that the set-top boxes could not be used outside South Africa.

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