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South Africa DSO staggers again

South Africa’s Communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni is facing a challenging distribution plan as part of the nation’s roll-out of digital TV services. The minister is looking to install around 450,000 set-top boxes over the next eight weeks despite having taken 6 years to distribute a similar number to would-be digital viewers. South Africa is committed […]

May 4, 2022By Chris Forrester

Another setback for South Africa DSO

South Africa has again delayed its digital switchover, which was scheduled for March 31st. This latest postponement has been ordered by South Africa’s High Court which ordered communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni not to complete the analogue television switch-off as she had planned. The Court had sat in Pretoria on March 28th and ordered a delay […]

March 30, 2022By Chris Forrester

South Africa: e.tv opposes DSO

South Africa is planning to switch off its analogue broadcasting at the end of March. But privately owned e.tv is not playing ball. It has widespread national distribution and viewership to its analogue transmissions and has said it will not comply. e.tv, owned by eMedia, is mounting a vigorous legal challenge to the Minister’s ruling. […]

March 3, 2022By Chris Forrester

South Africa DSO on March 31

South Africa has confirmed that its analogue television transmissions will end on March 31st. The process is more than 10 years behind the initial plan which was to see 80 per cent of the nation converted to digital in time for the FIFA World Cup which started in June 2010 The ending of analogue broadcasting […]

March 2, 2022By Chris Forrester

Bolivia delays DSO

Bolivia’s digital terrestrial TV adoption has slipped to – at best – the tail-end of 2024. But the final locations will not be installed until the end of 2028 which is more than 3 years later than originally proposed. The country’s government has agreed to see analogue TV switched off initially in its first phase […]

December 8, 2021By Chris Forrester

10 Houston stations launch NEXTGEN TV

Television viewers in Houston, the eighth-largest TV market in the US, can now experience the future of broadcast television as 10 local TV stations launch digital broadcast technology NEXTGEN TV, using the digital television standard ATSC 3.0. Now broadcasting in 35 markets, NEXTGEN TV is expected to reach 45 per cent of US television households […]

December 7, 2021By Colin Mann

Nigeria confident on DSO completion

Mallam Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, Director General of the Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), says that the Commission is committed to a timely and efficient completion the Digital Switch Over (DSO) project across the country as it will  create a people-centred information society which will connect underserved populations and remote communities in Nigeria and hence provide […]

November 5, 2021

India close to DSO

Prasar Bharati, India’s public broadcaster, says it has already converted about 70 percent of its analogue terrestrial transmitters to digital. It adds it will have converted the remaining analogue transmitters to digital by March 31st next year. However, India will retain about 50 analogue transmitters for “strategic use”. The conversion task is considerable and covers […]

October 12, 2021By Chris Forrester

S Africa: Digital roll-out problems

eMedia Holdings, which owns the popular e.tv channels and Openview services in South Africa, is taking the government to court over declaring March 2022 closure of all analogue TV services. Indeed, the nation’s communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has ordered that analogue TV end their broadcasts by January 31st. eMedia has filed papers with South Africa’s […]

October 7, 2021By Chris Forrester

South Africa confirms digital timetable

South Africa, after almost a dozen false starts, will switch off its analogue TV transmissions by March 2022. The adoption of digital TV is some 10 years late and, while digital broadcasting is already a reality in some parts of the nation, it is far from nationwide. South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa, following a cabinet […]

October 4, 2021By Chris Forrester