It’s official. Southern Africa will adopt the European standard for digital terrestrial broadcasting. In addition, the region has adopted the latest version of the standard, known as digital video broadcasting terrestrial
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) task team, which is investigating which digital terrestrial television broadcasting standard the region should adopt, will report its findings on 22 November. The task team will submit its findings at a SADC meeting of ministers in
The Southern African broadcasting industry will have to wait another month to hear which standard will be used in the migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television. A task team, which was expected to report back to the Southern African Development
Government remains committed to switching off analogue terrestrial television, and completing the switch to digital broadcasts, by November 2011. But communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda has conceded the deadline may have to be revisited if the country decides to adopt a new standard for digital television. Nyanda was speaking at a press conference in Pretoria, where he announced the new members of the Digital Dzonga advisory council, which will advise government on the country’s planned migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television.
Brazil has set aside money and expertise to help SA if it ditches its commitment to the European standard for digital terrestrial television and stumps for the standard used in the South American country instead. Andre Barbosa Filho, special advisor to the presidency of Brazil, says that if SA decides to adopt Brazil’s integrated service digital broadcasting terrestrial (ISDB-Tb) standard, it will bring in people to discuss joint ventures for the manufacturing of television sets, mobile television handsets and digital set-top boxes.
The department of communications has thrown SA’s migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television into disarray. It’s time to end all the nonsense around different standards and for the industry to move ahead. Business leaders in SA have always shown a reluctance to criticise government. Where they
SA looks likely to ditch its 2006 decision to adopt Europe’s digital video broadcasting terrestrial (DVB-T) standard for digital terrestrial television. That’s the word from communications department director-general Mamodupi Mohlala, who* Communications department director-general Mamodupi Mohlala says that although SA has not decided on a future digital broadcasting standard, experts have advised the department that [...]
The final switch-over date from analogue to digital broadcasting could be delayed by at least a few months, communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda said on Tuesday. This was due to a review of the technical standards currently being undertaken, he told the national assembly’s communications committee. The department of communications surprised the broadcasting industry recently when it said it was no longer necessarily committed to the European digital video
Altech CEO Craig Venter has taken government to task for considering pulling the plug on SA’s commitment to the digital video broadcasting terrestrial (DVB-T) standard for digital terrestrial television. In an outspoken interview on Classic FM on Wednesday evening, Venter (pictured) has lashed out at the department of communications’ decision to review the country’s commitment [...]
Just about everyone in SA’s broadcasting industry has been taken aback by government’s decision to rethink its commitment to the European digital television standard. There are concerns it could set back the country’s digital migration by years