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DTT roll-out reaches milestone in SA

According to All Africa government is on track to complete the subsidised set-top box (STB) rollout programme in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) area in the Northern Cape. Department of Communications chief director: Technology, Digital Migration Project, Wonder Dlangamandla, said the uptake of digital STBs in the area is an important step towards clearing the […]

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ANC in favour of encrypted STB’s

Between 25 and 28 January 2015 at its annual strategy meeting or lekgotla, the African National Congress (ANC) confirmed its support for encrypted set-top boxes (STBs). Main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has embraced this decision and believes it will help speed up the process of digital migration ahead of the June 2015 deadline. […]

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SABC and Sentech to launch DTH-S

South African public broadcaster SABC and parastatal signal distributer Sentech have reached an agreement to broadcast SABC channels on a free-to-air basis on the Sentech Universal Access Direct To Home satellite (DTH-S) platform by the end of September 2013. This agreement will see the SABC providing SABC1, 2 and 3 as well as the recently […]

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Designing of RF/IF Signal Distribution Systems

DESIGNING OF PROFESIONAL TV SIGNAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS We use professional signal distribution programs to accurately calculate the loss at every TV point no matter if you need a simple analogue TV point to an optical fiber connection or any combinations of all the types. Home TV Systems To connect a Terrestrial- or Satellite signal to […]

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Reviewing the mandatory STB control mechanism

Digital television in South Africa could get rid of cumbersome and artificial, ‘mandatory’ set-top box control mechanism; plan to be reviewed. (Source: Article by Tinus Ferreira. 23-05-2013) Sanity appears to finally have come to the South African government and the country’s protracted and long-delayed digital terrestrial television (DTT) switch-over, with the government which could soon […]

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Sentech DTT Frequency List

In planning distribution systems or changing the Satellite receiver frequency to a new frequency, you must consider the fact that there will be new frequencies added to the spectrum and you CANNOT use these frequencies . I’ve added a list of the frequencies going to be used by Sentech for the new DTT broadcast. Some […]

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SA’s Unfolding Digital TV Nightmare

Confusion around the encryption and control of set-top boxes, and the complexity of subsidies of the boxes for poorer households, are threatening South Africa’s migration to digital terrestrial television. By Craig Wilson. Lack of certainty around the encryption and access control mechanisms to be used for digital terrestrial television, along with how millions of set-top boxes […]

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DTT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

 1. What is DTT? DTT stands for digital terrestrial television (or digital terrestrial transmission). It refers to the terrestrial broadcasting of television in a digital format. Currently, terrestrial broadcasting in South Africa is broadcast in an analogue format. The country is in the process of planning and implementing migration from analogue to digital broadcasting.   […]

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Final digital terrestrial TV regulations are here

Article by Mail & Guardian 13 December 2012 The final regulations on digital terrestrial television migration will be published on Friday. Final regulations for South Africa’s first policy document on digital terrestrial television migration will be made public on Friday. (AFP) Almost five years after then communications’ minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri published South Africa’s first policy […]

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