Broadcasters hail digital TV decision

SA’s commercial broadcasters have welcomed communications minister Roy Padayachie’s announcement on Friday that SA will adopt the second generation of the European standard

Broadcasters left in digital limbo

Cabinet on Wednesday discussed the issue of which standard SA will adopt for digital terrestrial television broadcasting. Curiously, however, no reference was made to the issue in Thursday’s cabinet statement

Duncan McLeod
SADC’s signal of good sense

A Southern African task team has recommended the adoption of the updated European standard for digital terrestrial television. Our politicians should waste no time in endorsing this and

Entertainment, media industry recovering

SA’s entertainment and media industry is recovering from the economic downturn, according to a report released on Thursday. PwC’s entertainment and media report says total entertainment and media spending grew 1,8% in 2009, in contrast to the 1,8% decline globally

Korean TV standard to make SA debut

The Mobile TV Consortium has been granted a licence to test the Korean standard for mobile television, digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB), in SA. The consortium, controlled by businessman Richard Moloko’s Moloko Investment Group and backed by high-profile shareholders including former Telkom chairman Shirley Lue Arnold, says it expects to have a service ready for pilot in about a month.

Local broadcasters to kick off DVB-T2 trial and M-Net plan to launch a trial of the upgraded European digital television standard, DVB-T2, in response the news that a pilot of the rival Brazilian and Japanese standard will soon get underway. The local broadcasters’ pilot will take place in Soweto. State-owned signal distributor, Sentech, is establishing test transmission sites to pilot digital terrestrial television broadcasts based on Brazilian and Japanese standards.

Sentech to test alternative TV standards

State-owned broadcast signal distributor Sentech is establishing test transmission sites in order to pilot digital terrestrial television broadcasts based on Brazilian and Japanese standards. In an exclusive interview with TechCentral, Sentech chairman Quraysh Patel says the two countries, whose terrestrial broadcasting standards are similar, have asked to set up test broadcasts at their costs.

Parliament mulls digital TV debate

Cabinet should look carefully at all the implications of a review of the policy on digital migration. This is the telling conclusion reached by the parliamentary portfolio committee on communications in a report detailing a review of two television standards being considered for SA’s move from analogue to digital terrestrial television.

Duncan McLeod
Time to clear the picture

The department of communications has thrown SA’s migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television into disarray. It’s time to end all the nonsense around different standards and for the industry to move ahead. Business leaders in SA have always shown a reluctance to criticise government. Where they

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