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Set top box system to be overhauled

Communications dept. to revise controls on set top box system

TVsetsA proposed amendment referring specifically to the use of a control system for set top box supply (STBs) under the Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy in terms of the Electronic Communications Act (2005) has been published for public comment.

The amendment, the notice said, followed an extensive review of the system and consultations with stakeholders.

The notice said, “Although control systems will not be mandatory in order to avoid differences between broadcasters and manufacturers, certain STBs will use a control system to protect government’s investment in the local electronics industry and the subsidised STB market.”

“The policy amendment also establishes that costs will be recovered from subscription broadcasters that choose to make use of the STB control system in the future.”

The notice went on, “The amendment states that the switch-on of the digital television signal will take place by 1 April 2014 and the switch-off of the analogue terrestrial signal will be determined at a later date by the Minister of Communications after engaging with cabinet and relevant stakeholders.”

“According to the amendment the national broadcasting digital signal coverage shall cover 84 percent of the population by March 2014 and areas that may be deemed difficult or uneconomical to reach will be covered by a specified satellite system.”

The written comment period has expired and the ministers final decisions on the matter are awaited.

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