Taking DTT campaign to Limpopo's new municipality

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pretoria - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi is set to expand the Digital Terrestrial Television (DDT) awareness campaign to Limpopo’s new municipality currently referred to as LIM 345.

Minister Muthambi is taking her digital migration public awareness campaign to the deep rural village of Mtititi, outside Malamulele area on Saturday, September 3.

As the registration of Set Top Boxes (STBs) in Limpopo is now open, Minister Muthambi has appealed to residents of Mtititi and the surrounding villages to come in their numbers to register at the Imbizo to be held at Mtititi Thusong Service Centre Hall.

“The push to visit rural communities with the digital migration campaign is laying the foundation for a new era of improving access to information in rural areas. We want all poor households in the area to take the leap from analogue to digital by bringing their IDs, proof of residence and income to register for STBs on Saturday…digital migration is here…it’s happening…Mtititi is going digital,” the Minister said ahead of the visit.

Analogue networks in the country will very soon be wiped out and replaced by the next-generation of digital networks. Digital broadcasting works by translating sound and picture into digital data rather than analogue waveforms.

Government will distribute free STBs to disadvantaged households, hence the need to register those households that qualify.

In order to view digital television signals on an ordinary analogue television set, consumers will need an STB which will convert the digital broadcasting signal for reception on an ordinary analogue television set.

If viewers have not acquired a set top box by time the analogue signal is switched off, they will no longer be able to view the existing terrestrial television broadcasting services.

Since Minister Muthambi officially launched the registration of STBs in the Northern Cape last year, over 12 000 households have registered with the South African Post Office to receive the STBs. - SAnews.gov.za

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