In this episode of the podcast, Duncan McLeod interviews Aldred Dreyer, the newly appointed head of the project management office for digital migration at the department of communications, on South Africa’s long-delayed digital terrestrial television project.
In the first media interview since being appointed, Dreyer explains the current status of the project, what his office is doing and what comes next.
He talks about the department’s plan to switch off analogue broadcasts in the Free State by the end of the year and what was discussed at the recent meeting between government and TV manufacturers about producing integrated digital sets for the South African market.
He explains why fewer set-top boxes may be needed to be subsidised for indigent households and weighs in on whether it makes sense for South Africa to scrap terrestrial television altogether in favour of satellite direct-to-home alternatives.
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