The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

Dig­i­tal broad­cast sig­nals of­fer view­ers a su­pe­rior pic­ture and sound qual­ity and of­fers more con­tent com­pared to ana­logue. Ana­logue broad­casts re­quire large band­widths to trans­mit sound and pic­ture. In Jan­uary last year, some me­dia houses were un­suc­cess­ful in ob­tain­ing court or­ders to freeze the ana­logue switch off. On sev­eral oc­ca­sions the dis­grun­tled broad­cast­ers moved to court and thwarted gov­ern­ment at­tempts to switch to dig­i­tal broad­cast­ing. They cited un­fair com­pe­ti­tion, al­leg­ing that if the switchoff was ef­fected as planned, they risked los­ing bil­lions of shillings in in­vest­ments on their ana­logue fre­quen­cies.

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