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Podcast | Digital terrestrial television: the state of play in SA

This podcast is a recording of a presentation and panel discussion hosted by the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers on the state of digital terrestrial television (DTT) in South Africa. The event took place on Tuesday at the University of Pretoria and was facilitated by TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod.

Specifically, the panellists — broadcasting industry experts Lynn Mansfield, Gerhard Petrick, Aldred Dreyer and William Stucke, all speaking in their personal capacities and not for the companies or institutions they represent — were asked to present on an ideal-world implementation of DTT in South Africa.

Their presentations, and the panel discussion and audience Q&A that followed, provide great insight into the state of play in South Africa’s long-delayed DTT migration plan and offer some answers about what can be done to fast-track the process at this very late stage.

It’s a great discussion. Don’t miss it.

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  1. So I managed to listen to almost 90 mins of talk, the duration of a movie, and except a few technical details, I did not learn much new.
    The only good remarks were the question by Duncan, whether we still need DTT, and the the confirmation by William Stucke that Gov messed it totally up by holding on to this issue of producing and distributing the STBs for the 6m poor households locally, and wanting to give them away for mahala.
    Both issues I have mentioned already ages ago.
    So let just scrap the whole DTT ASAP, and move on.

  2. William Stucke on

    > So let just scrap the whole DTT ASAP, and move on.
    That’s the sensible thing to do for the entire country except for the Metros where we already have small SFNs – the UHF gives better in-building penetration, and a few places shadowed by cliffs – like Cape Town, already covered with my first point.
    It’s exponentially more expensive to cover the less populated areas.

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