Browsing: SABS

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

Faith Muthambi
Set-top boxes a catalyst to much more

In 2008, the national treasury allocated an amount of R2,4bn for the purchase of set-top boxes for 5m indigent households as part of the digital migration project. This funding has, however, been rolled over each year because of the delay in rolling out the project. We have since learnt

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SA ‘won’t be held to ransom’ by e.tv

South Africa “won’t be held to ransom” by e.tv. That was the warning on Friday by communications minister Faith Muthambi, who was speaking to TechCentral on the sidelines of a Southern African Digital Broadcasting Association event in Johannesburg where she

Keith Thabo
Consumers set to lose in digital migration

Consumers stand to be the biggest losers during South Africa’s migration to digital terrestrial television (DTT). As the country races to meet an international deadline to switch off analogue TV by 2015, major decisions are being made that will raise costs for consumers and

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This is not personal, MultiChoice tells Carrim

MultiChoice’s open letter to Yunus Carrim, in which it criticised government’s policy on the use of encryption in free-to-air digital terrestrial television, was “not anti-government” and was written because the pay-TV broadcaster, which owns M-Net and DStv, has

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SA to get new electrical sockets, plugs

South Africans could soon find themselves having to wrestle with a new type of electrical plug following the adoption of an apparently much safer standard for plugs and sockets. SANS 164-2 was introduced as the “preferred standard” for electrical plugs and sockets by the South

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Lobby group to pressure gov’t on digital TV

The SA Communications Forum (SACF), an industry grouping that includes the SABC and the country’s biggest telecommunications operators, plans to lobby the department of communications to include a “return path” in the subsidised set-top boxes that the country’s poorer consumers will purchase when

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Digital TV set-top box draft spec unpacked

After years of rigorous debate, the SA Bureau of Standards (SABS) has finally issued the final draft minimum standard for the set-top box decoders that will be used to receive digital terrestrial television signals in SA. The draft spec outlines a basic receiver that does not include a return path for interactivity. The draft spec, which was published

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Digital TV: set-top boxes a ‘waste of money’

M-Net believes SA would be far better off scrapping plans to build pricey set-top boxes for digital terrestrial television and instead should use the money in other ways. Karen Willenberg, the broadcaster’s director of legal and regulatory affairs, says instead the country should