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SA to adopt European TV standard: report

2011-01-04 11:54

Johannesburg - The government is to adopt the European standard for digital terrestrial television, technology website Techcentral reported on Tuesday.

The website said that the cabinet had endorsed a recommendation of a Southern African Development Community task team that the region use DVB-T2, the European standard.

There has been much uncertainty over the standard SA would adopt ,after a Japanese system used by the Brazilians came under consideration by the government.

That fuelled speculation that the government would reverse an earlier decision in favour of the European system. Industry players, including e-tv and M-Net, opposed the change to the Japanese system.

Techcentral said that Kuben Govender, an adviser to Communications Minister Roy Padayachie, confirmed that SA will adopt the European standard.

Govender had said that the cabinet ratified the decision at its last meeting of 2010, Techcentral reported.

In September, Altech CEO Craig Venter threatened legal action if the government changed the standard.

An Altech subsidiary is a manufacturer of set top boxes needed for the reception of digital television.

At the time, Venter said continued delays were bad for SA, the industry and the economy.

Comments
  • Johnathan - 2011-01-04 12:00

    Anything to do with the fact that Nyanda is gone? Wasn't he the one who wanted to bring in the Japanese system after a meeting with some Japanese guys? Good news, in any case! DVB-T2 is technically superior in most respects and will be cheaper to implement too!

  • Sunith - 2011-01-04 13:33

    Does anyone know what this means for the Average Joe?

  • Hendrikus - 2011-01-04 14:40

    So what ... only 5 more years before the public can watch digital tv??? Look at the related articles: how long back would we have had digital tv and still no progress...

  • JC - 2011-01-04 15:01

    Good news at last

  • Investor - 2011-01-04 15:46

    mmmm cant wait to watch ANC propaganda on SABC in HIGH DEFINITION !!! SABC journalists and managment should hang heads in shame for making a mockery of free press, jult like in Zimbabwe!

  • Fastfred @ Sunith - 2011-01-04 18:29

    What this means to the average Joe is that he will have to pay for TV or be cut off ... its that simple ... now Joe average can hardly afford food, water or electricity let alone pay TV! @ Hendrik ... England have been trying to go onto Digital TV for 10 years now and they still running both. Believe it or not I am a proponent of Digital TV we can do a hell of a lot with that wasted spectrum but I'm also a realist. We going to waste a load of money and we will still be having this same discussion in 10 years from now ...

  • nyiko magomani - 2011-01-05 07:04

    lets hope this delays don't cost us at the end, thats y i hate delays they make things bad. but this is good news

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