Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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4 minute read
22 Feb 2021
9:07 am

How the ‘great digital switch’ will affect your household

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Any household that doesn't have a set-top box or TV configured to receive a digital signal when the analogue 'switch-off' happens will be cut off from access to broadcast media, according to the DA.

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. Picture: File

Government will begin "switching off" analogue signal infrastructure as of next month, which would see thousands of homes cut off  from the TV grid as the country switches from analogue to digital broadcast signal. The switch off is due to start in the Free State, with rural areas being first in line, before moving to cities. This as the DA raised concern that systems were not as ready to implement the digital migration policy as this recent announcement suggested, after government missed its deadlines for the big switch as well as the selling of broadcasting spectrum, which were set for...