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ANC could force about-turn on TV encryption

Faith Muthambi

Faith Muthambi

Communications minister Faith Muthambi came in for a lashing from the ANC at the weekend for defying party policy on the encryption of digital terrestrial television signals, Business Day reported on Monday.

The newspaper said the ruling party could force Muthambi to reverse her policy, which states that broadcast signals for digital TV will not be encrypted.

Earlier this year, Muthambi reversed government’s previous policy, developed by former communications minister Yunus Carrim, who had attempted to craft a compromise policy, but one in which encryption was still mandated for government-subsidised TV set-top boxes.

ANC communications subcommittee chairman Jackson Mthembu said on Sunday at a press conference following the party’s national general council meeting in Midrand that Muthambi had failed to discuss her final policy on digital migration with her colleagues in the party, Business Day reported.

“The ANC want to sit down with the minister and hear from her why she decided on this policy,” Mthembu reportedly said. “Our interest is to protect the public broadcaster and to make sure that people who do not have access to pay-TV do not receive an inferior service.”

At the heart of the encryption debate is a battle between commercial broadcasters e.tv and MultiChoice. The former wants encryption, saying it’s vital to support free-to-air broadcasters’ future success as it would allow them to get access to superior content. The latter argues, among other things, that if government subsidises set-top boxes with encryption, it will amount to unfair competition in that prospective rival pay-TV operators will be able to use the platform without incurring the high cost of first deploying their own set-top box infrastructure.

If the ANC forces Muthambi to change the broadcasting digital migration policy, it could lead to more delays in the already long-delayed migration process, which is holding up the allocation of spectrum to telecommunications operators.

Telecoms providers need the spectrum in the “digital dividend” bands currently utilised by broadcasters to expand their broadband networks. Already, South Africa has missed the June 2015 deadline, agreed to with the International Telecommunication Union, to switch off analogue TV broadcasts.

Last month, TechCentral reported that e.tv has filed an application for leave to appeal a judgment by the high court that went against it in the ongoing battle over whether South Africa’s digital terrestrial television signal will be encrypted or not.

In June, the court stated that amendments to South Africa’s broadcasting digital migration policy, gazetted in March, will remain in force. The judgment was a significant victory for Muthambi and for MultiChoice.  — © 2015 NewsCentral Media

36 Comments

  1. None of the plebs they have entrusted this job to has been able to make headway for over a decade now. What makes them think anything will change?

    Expecting a different result? There’s a word for it.

  2. Exactly what I have predicted all the way. ANC is not so stupid when it comes to positive digital migration as Vusi and some might believe. Conditional Access will benefit local production houses by protecting their intellectual rights. CA will benefit SABC and other channels by protecting copyright. CA will also benefit SABC allowing SABC to show blockbuster movies on a SABC Movie Channel. More people will pay TV licence fees if they have something decent to watch.
    ANC is right to investigate the Minister.

  3. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    The days of making money from linear broadcasting irrespective of it being digital are all but over…

    …and yet some fools like yourself still don’t realize that the country and you have missed the boat on this one by 15years.

    Its now time to free-up spectrum for such new services as VoD which are the future; and the quickest way which will lead to that being achieved is the way the policy stands as per the latest amendments.

    Exactly what is it that you think you’ve predicted…???

    Let me a guess –

    “a meeting that the ANC is going to be having with the minister”

    – oh and of-course that would be the very first time ever that the minister has met with the ANC… LMAO!!

  4. Vusi – you have a very short memory. You can not even admit that you made it clear that “my government will never look at CA”.
    Who is the fool around here?

  5. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Instead of guessing that the outcome of this meeting will be favoring you or CA… why not marinade on this thought;

    With the area affected by SKA sorted and it being very clear that missing the ITU deadline has had the same impact as the notorious millennium bug…

    …does it still make sense for government to be subsidizing BDM when no other government in the world has done so and there are far greater priorities in SA that such funds can be allocated to…???

    MyANC is made up of intelligent thinking people and not idiots who push their own “Gravy Train Scheme” agendas; and also jump to make predictions on meetings which they have no idea what the outcome will be.

    That is the behavior of the LOSER that you’ve always proven yourself to be on this TC forum.

  6. Vusi – you are 100% right about Gov funding 5 million set top boxes. But you are 100% not to support Conditional Access on these boxes.
    Yes – Gov should rather spend (waste) the money on something else than sponsoring set top boxes – like the huge salaries for caders.
    Most people are buying cheap DSTV or OpenView HD satellite dishes in any case. Thousands of squatter camps are boasting satellite dishes all over their places.
    But you are wrong not to support on conditional access on all set top boxes. There are more benefits using CA than not.
    Vusi – I told you Gov will reconsider!!

  7. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Pay for it yourself…

    …you have a real serious problem with English don’t you…???

    Please point out exactly where it is where I, or anyone else for that matter is opposed to the principle of CA.

    FTA signals are exactly that; Free-to-Air and CA also has its place as a value proposition offering… ask Multichoice and they will also tell you of its benefits but they still don’t support it being on STBs intended for the migration of FTA services.

    How difficult can this be for someone to understand? Come on!!

  8. Vusi – we all agree that Gov should drop sponsoring or subsidizing set top boxes. Gov should rather just kick start digital migration by allowing the private sector to sell cheap SABS approved boxes with conditional access.
    Based on how many people in squatter camps are using satellite dishes it is clear most poor people will buy SABS approved boxes with CA for R150 to R250.
    Free to Air TV might be protected with CA – why not?

  9. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    And taxpayer money hasn’t been used to pay for the CA in those STBs and created a situation where government is taken to court by the likes of Multichoice…

    …who would have a very strong case and even more financial muscle than etv for the case of government having sponsored unfair competition to the detriment of their business.

    Wake up! and learn to think astutely… this is planet Earth and you must always choose to be a Winner.

  10. Oh my dear, when are going to stop this nonsense of winners and losers. It just reveals a very deep seated, childish insecurity.
    As soon as your favourite political party, broadcaster or football club loses, you will jump ship.
    Typical for a spineless, gutless character. A true sucker, member of the sheeple.

  11. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Agh! Shame you pathetic LOSER…

    >>As soon as your favourite political party, broadcaster or football club loses, you will jump ship.

    Once a Pirate – always a Pirate… you don’t even know me, yet here you are thinking you can make emphatic proclamations but that’s exactly how LOSERS operate; always second guessing – and falsely believing themselves to be always right.

    BTW – I never jump ship and guess what, you’re also talking to a staunch Sharks and Bafana Bafana supporter –

    >>Typical for a spineless, gutless character. A true sucker, member of the sheeple.

    …and that perfectly describes the kind of LOSER you are (you should be looking at your screen when posting and not be starring into the mirror) LMAO!!

  12. Again another example of ANC’s dysfunctionality. Trying to control SAA, Eskom, SANRAL, SABC one big failure! Is there any intelligence in the 60%?? A new circus everyday.

  13. “She further “unfortunately accused the chairperson of the subcommittee of being a liar”, party spokesman, and chair of the communications subcommittee, Jackson Mthembu, said in a statement.

    The communications ministry and ANC were in disagreement over what the subcommittee discussed at the NGC, held last week.

    The party said South Africa’s “unfortunate failure” to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting and the “terrible instability” at the SABC were discussed.

    At issue was whether the set-top boxes required for digital migration should be encrypted or not.

    In a statement issued earlier on Monday, the communications ministry denied that the NGC dealt with the encryption matter.

    It said Mthembu’s statement, reported in Business Day and Business Report, that Muthambi had failed to consult the ANC on her digital migration policy, was “patently untrue”.

  14. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Here you go again trying to make a point of proving absolutely nothing –

    …by cutting and pasting the garbage that the pathetic SA media have SUCKERS like yourself feeding-off.

    Were you a part of the related NGC discussions…??? and can you now tell us for a fact that the ANC is going to force gov to now go with encryption and be purchasing that R399 decoder from you friends that you keep trolling about here on TC…???

    Do you remember how a man called Thabo Mbeki had assumed that he had the support of the ANCWL and how things went all pear shaped for him…???

    I’ve warned you on several occasions now –

    …and it seems you’re still hell-bent on having all your eggs in that one basket of yours;

    …find something else to apply that clueless mind of yours to and;

    …perhaps the perfect place will be with the pathetic SA media that will be able to make use of those skills you have having for “sucking on your thumb”.

  15. Have you seen that Phiyega has been fired? Let’s wait and see Vusi. Fact is that Muthambi failed government and the people of South Africa several times now?
    Don’t count your chickens …….

  16. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>Don’t count your chickens …….

    That’s what you’ve done by having all your eggs vested in this one basket… and hard luck for you pal;

    This was always going to end in a stalemate with the weakest link being the targeted LOSER.

    There’s nothing in the amended policy that prevents etv from paying for CA themselves and including it; and their case is the weakest and that’s the reason why they are going to loose it all the way to the con-court…

    …Multichoice has a much stronger case of deliberate aiding of unfair competition plus they have the financial muscle to drag this battle out for decades delaying the freeing up of spectrum.

    >>MyANC is made up of intelligent thinking people and not idiots who push their own “Gravy Train Scheme” agendas; and also jump to make predictions on meetings which they have no idea what the outcome will be.

    >>Wake up! and learn to think astutely… this is planet Earth and you must always choose to be a Winner.

    Now go and find something else to pursue you LOSER!!

  17. You sound just like your MyANC Muthambi and the fired National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega? Maybe you are the biggest loser?

  18. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    I just love how LOSERS like yourself always manage to reveal their true colors;

    >>Exactly what I have predicted all the way. ANC is not so stupid when it comes to positive digital migration as Vusi and some might believe.

    It becomes understandable why we now have the kind of gate-keeping taking place because there’s an increasing number of fake-ass wanna be WINNERS with “Gravy Train Agendas” wanting to infiltrate our organization with the belief that in so doing they’ll be perfectly placed to enrich themselves.

    Getting rid of such scoundrels as yourself is the clean-up operation that has been long overdue within MyANC.

    Now go off and find something else to pursue you pathetic LOSER!! …and play your silly games with your juDAs kind.

  19. Vusi – we all love our ANC but it is impossible to ignore the mistakes INSIDE our organisation? Are you blind or just stupid?
    How many more incompetent people like Riah must be fired before you wake up?

  20. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    You are just a scandalous self serving Gravy Train chaser… and you are not fooling anyone but yourself with that;

    >>we all love our ANC but it is impossible to ignore the mistakes INSIDE our organisation? Are you blind or just stupid?

    Every-time you hear some within the organization making such utterances of –

    >> Are you blind or just stupid?

    Then you can be sure that you have encountered a juDAs agent with absolutely no loyalty to the organization because everyone who loves the ANC, knows that our organization is BIGGER than single scandalous individuals like yourself.

  21. Vusi – we all love the ANC of Mandela. But recent events of fraud, mismanagement, self enrichment, unskilled caders and just plain laziness force loyal supporters to walk away. Why are so many government departments breaking down? Why are so many municipalities a complete mess? Why is Riah fired? Why is Muthambi turning against the ANC?
    Vusi, you are like the son that supports his father when the father is hitting the mother and sisters in the house.
    You sound like a cader trying to get on the Gravy Train?

  22. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>You sound like a cader trying to get on the Gravy Train?

    I’ve said this enough times for even an idiot like yourself who has a problem with English to understand; this subsidy needs to be scrapped and it is clearly you who is chasing to get on the Gravy Train.

    >>Vusi – we all love the ANC of Mandela.

    A classic juDAs Mmusi Maimane line… from the pathetic puppet of the same party formed by the late louis luyt’s Federal Alliance, who was the same person that took Mandela to court and during his term attempted the same vote of no confidence against the –

    >>>>we all love the ANC of Mandela.

    You are just a pathetic LOSER just like that pathetic puppet leading the DA.

  23. Vusi – you are the idiot here. You can’t read and understand? I have said earlier in this discussion “Vusi – we all agree that Gov should drop sponsoring or subsidizing set top boxes. Gov should rather just kick start digital migration by allowing the private sector to sell cheap SABS approved boxes with conditional access.”
    Vusi – is it really so difficult for you to understand that? I said Gov should drop sponsoring the boxes?
    Maybe you have a problem with yourself?
    DA? Although most of us are voting ANC those with more than one brain cell do notice the corruption and laziness in the current government?

  24. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>You can’t read and understand?

    …and for some cut and paste just to prove your point;

    Now go off and find something else to pursue you pathetic LOSER!! …and play your silly games with your juDAs kind.

    You really do have a problem with English don’t you…???

  25. Vusi – fact remains. You can not read and understand? Why can’t you comprehend the following “”Vusi – we all agree that Gov should drop sponsoring or subsidizing set top boxes. Gov should rather just kick start digital migration by allowing the private sector to sell cheap SABS approved boxes with conditional access.”
    What is wrong with you? All you are good at is calling people LOSERS, idiots, DA’s, etc.
    Calling people names shows that you are weak – ans most probably sick.

  26. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>fact remains. You can not read and understand?

    …and for some cut and paste just to prove that point;

    Now go off and find something else to pursue you pathetic LOSER!! …and play your silly games with your juDAs kind.

    You really do have a problem with English don’t you…???

    Let’s see just how long you can keep this up you Pathetic LOSER

  27. Vusi – you are the LOSER. You are losing your last brain cell? Why can’t you accept the fact that I am 1000% for Gov to drop the sponsorship of 5 million set top boxes? The private sector is ready to sell cheap SABS approved DVB-T2 decoders for as little as R100-00. With conditional access and a return path plus Android for R350.
    Please – don’t lose that last brain cell.

  28. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Now go off and find something else to pursue you pathetic LOSER!! …and play your silly games with your juDAs kind.

    You really do have a problem with English don’t you…???

  29. Vusi.- watch that brain cell. And please join the rest of our ANC supporters against corruption, laziness and draining the bank accounts. Join the ANC group fighting gravy train passengers.

  30. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Now go off and find something else to pursue you pathetic LOSER!! …and play your silly games with your juDAs kind.

    You really do have a problem with English don’t you…???

  31. William Stucke on

    > …does it still make sense for government to be subsidizing BDM when no other government in the world has done so
    That’s not entirely true. In both the UK and the USA, IIRC, they ran a voucher system. Those indigent enough to queue for a voucher got a taxpayer funded discount on the equipment of their choice, bought at normal high street shops. The better-of didn’t bother to queue.
    Certainly, no other government has had this ludicrous idea of subsidising “local production”.

  32. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>That’s not entirely true. In both the UK and the USA, IIRC, they ran a voucher system.

    Maybe you’ve missed it in some previous posts I’ve made in the past but I have suggested a voucher system that would work given the situation we find ourselves;

    …and that voucher system would guard against another potential “aurora mining scandal” and ensure that this ludicrous subsidy plan does get to benefit the intended poor households;

    …and not the 26 Gravy Train Scheme Tenderprenuers just waiting for purchase orders when we don’t even know what product those households would prefer.

  33. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    Agh! Shame you pathetic LOSER still struggling with English and the ability to figure out when you’re being played for the fool that you’ve always proven yourself to be…

    >>I am 1000% a LOSER – LMAO!!

    Let’s see if you have picked up on understanding the English language… shall we –

    Now go off and find something else to pursue you pathetic LOSER!! …and play your silly games with your juDAs kind.

    You really do have a problem with English don’t you…???

    You see you can’t really WIN because this is planet Earth and Winners make the rules; and LOSERS get to carry on like fools.

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