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NBC Nigeria selects Inview for Freesat


NBC, the National Broadcasting Commission in Nigeria has appointed Inview Technology to provide the national digital TV system, comprising set-top box software and integrated broadcast services over the digital terrestrial and satellite networks in Nigeria, branded as Freeview and Freesat. Its services include interactive advertising, push VoD, electronic programme guide (EPG), a range of broadcasting applications such as news, public […]

Kenya beats DSO deadline


Adopting digital transmission in Kenya has not been free of a few headaches. There have been Court actions, consumer protests and ministerial interventions, but Kenya is now ‘dark’ as far as analogue TV is concerned.  The ITU’s official conversion deadline is June this year. The nation switched off its last analogue transmitted a few days ago. It switched off its […]

Malaysia to give away 2m STBs

Malaysia’s government is planning to distribute 2 million DTT STBs free of charge to poorer consumers. Malaysia’s Communications & Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the set top boxes would be given to peop0le who were already recipients of the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) and e-Kasih poverty-eradication programmes. “One of the conditions agreed to between the suppliers and […]

Mexico’s 2.8m digital TV give away

Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) says it has distributed some 2.8 million digital TVs to poorer families as part of the nation’s commitment to convert from analogue to digital TV. The government says it will subsidise a total of 13 million TVs and set-top converter boxes as part of the scheme. The IFT says that it will be announcing new […]

Zambia DSO under way

Digital migration equipment worth $9.5 million has been delivered to Zambia, and will be used by contract winner Star Times Group to start the nation’s analogue to digital conversion. Godfrey Malama, Minister of Information & Broadcasting Services, said: “What we have come to view here is equipment that will be used in the first phase of the process. The [DTT] […]

South Africa “abandons” digital plan

South Africa’s communications minister, Faith Muthambi has said in an official statement that the government has decided to abandon the digital migration project. The move, described by local press as “shocking”, has completely caught the broadcasting industry off guard, and they had been working to a mid-year analogue switch off. “Seeing that none of our neighbouring countries has switched over […]

Spain DTT plan: Court challenge

Spanish company Infraestructuras y Gestión 2002 has challenged the Administration’s digital dividend plan before the Supreme Court – the same Court that ruled on the closure of 9 DTT channels and has still to decide the future of another 8 DTT channels. Should the Court decide to overturn the awarding of the digital dividend, the DTT migration process could be […]

Spain switches off old DTT channels

The period to complete Spain’s DTT migration has come to an end with the switch-off taking place overnight between March 30th and 31st. It is estimated that 98 per cent of buildings in Spain out of the total 1 million (13 million homes) to be adjusted have already completed the retuning of its aerials to keep watching DTT channels on […]

India’s DSO disappoints


India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) say that the supply and installation of digital converter boxes to consumers as part of the all-important Phase III digitisation programme is not going well. One report tells the MIB that they must “get their act together” if the December 31st 2015 complete conversion is to happen. The plan – or hope – […]

South Africa digital TV a “fiasco”

South African opposition parliamentarians have described the nation’s adoption of digital TV as a “fiasco”. Marian Shinn, the opposition’s shadow Telecoms minister, has severely criticised South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma for failures in decision making, and which has resulted in a “legislative nightmare and confusing reporting lines”. “The unfolding fiasco that is engulfing the digital TV migration process since Cabinet’s […]

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