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Some­thing other than your favourite series keep­ing you up at night? We’re solv­ing your TV trou­bles here.

What is hap­pen­ing with the free set-top boxes for dig­i­tal tele­vi­sion? I heard that it’s been pushed back yet again by the gov­ern­ment – Sean David, via Face­book

Dig­i­tal mi­gra­tion has hit an­other stum­bling block – and it’s not un­ex­pected. Gov­ern­ment has dis­cov­ered that it’s “not sus­tain­able for us to be the one that pro­cures and gives away” these set-top boxes, which would give the pub­lic ac­cess to dig­i­tal TV once the out­dated ana­logue sig­nals are turned off. That was meant to hap­pen in June 2019 but it has been pushed back un­til 2020, says the com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­istry. They want to form a pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship what would see broad­cast­ers (like e.tv, SABC and Mul­tiChoice) as­sist­ing with the mi­gra­tion. As for those set-top de­coders, ad­ver­tis­ing, test­ing and pro­cure­ment (about R10 bil­lion worth), they won’t go com­pletely to waste, says the min­istry: “Those sup­posed to be cush­ioned by gov­ern­ment are still go­ing to ben­e­fit‚ but not just ben­e­fit through a set-top box.” So you’re prob­a­bly go­ing to have to buy them af­ter all…

You can also SMS your burn­ing ques­tions to 35982 or email me at lu­cia@me­dia24.com

We’re go­ing to be stuck with ana­logue sig­nal a lit­tle longer.

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