Set-top box dispute goes to arbitration

Two black-owned set-top box manufacturers are headed to formal arbitration proceedings – and possibly to court – after the government agency responsible for procuring decoders for South

Digital migration has ‘failed’

South Africa’s long-delayed project to migrate from analogue to digital terrestrial television has “failed”. That’s the view of Democratic Alliance MP and shadow minister of telecommunications & postal services Marian Shinn, who said on Tuesday that

Now SABC said to mull end to prime time news

The SABC has followed free-to-air rival in asking communications regulator Icasa to allow it to stop broadcasting a news bulletin in prime time, the Democratic Alliance said on Monday. The move follows

Hlaudi paid R11,4m bonus: report

Controversial SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng was paid an R11,4m bonus after tax this week, the first part of a three-year set of payments that will total R33m, the City Press newspaper reported on Sunday. The payments were

Muthambi grilled over digital TV delays

Communications minister Faith Muthambi was chastised during a portfolio committee meeting on Thursday about the delays in government’s roll-out of digital migration. “Your management of this process is found wanting,” said

OpenView HD to close four channels

The free-to-air satellite broadcaster will pull the plug on four channels off its platform in the next two months as it rejigs its line-up, it said on Wednesday. sister company and free-to-air satellite

Duncan McLeod
A tale of six ministers

It all started in the late noughties, I think around 2006 or 2007, when the former communications minister, the late Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri – a former chairwoman of the SABC – declared that South Africa would complete

Dirk de Vos
Why is SA broadcasting in such an awful mess?

A recent supreme court of appeal decision that pitted and others against MultiChoice and the SABC on the issue of the digital migration and the specifications of set-top boxes – itself a reversal of a high court decision – is now heading to the constitutional

Encryption will hurt the poor: MultiChoice

Encrypted digital television set-top boxes risk being expensive for government and burdening poorer South Africans with defunct technology, says pay-TV provider MultiChoice. Set-top boxes are key to South Africa’s

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