What does going digital mean to you?
With all the noise being made about South Africa’s imminent change over to digital broadcasting. I thought I’d take the time out to explain what that would mean to you.
Now I know that most of us that are not privileged as to have DSTV in any form may be a bit negative about the current options of SABC and eTV. I mean seriously if eTV has another rerun of Anaconda I’ll throw up in my mouth.
Well, there may be light at the end of the tunnel.
Digital Broadcasting is upon us. Which basically at first would mean more money spent by you, the consumer but with huge benefits in the long run. The analogue signal we currently receive will be changed to a digital transmission.
With the switch over to digital broadcasting, the South African public will have to purchase a Set Top Box(STB) to convert the signal to digital as most TV’s available in SA do not have the Technology installed. Cost is about R700
This broadcast will have immediate impact on the lives of most, as now instead of have the choice of only 4 or 5 channels, SABC are alone looking at offering up to 18 channels. And the beauty of digital is that more than one channel can be played on a single frequency. I.e. More channels for less.
Other benefits include:
- HD – HD broadcasting will be possible on this spectrum. No more the domain of only DSTV. But sadly I doubt that we laymen will be seeing that anytime soon. SABC and eTV will invariably focus on the core strengths for now.
- Picture Quality – Better picture quality will be realized as the signal will be digital. Gone are the days of hazy viewing.
- Better Options – it is hoped that with the birth of digital, that competition to dominant DSTV can actually happen and either, 1. Drive down prices or 2. Increase the options available to consumers.
Only time will tell if we will see any of this better options I was speaking about above but we as South African will not have to wait long to experience it ourselves. The international deadline for switchover to digital transmission has been set for end June 2015 and according to our government the plans are right on track (we will try to be positive). We should be seeing roll out as early as 6 months from now. Soon we will be basking in the splendor that is Digital broadcasting for all.
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