Free-to-air de­ci­sion wel­comed

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THE ME­DIA Work­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of SA (Mwasa) yes­ter­day wel­comed the SABC’s de­ci­sion to make its dig­i­tal ter­res­trial tele­vi­sion (DTT) set-top boxes free-to-air.

Gen­eral sec­re­tary Tuwani Gu­mani said while the SABC’s an­nounced po­si­tion was not new, as it was con­sis­tent with its pub­lic man­date, it did rep­re­sent a par­a­digm shift at the broad­caster as it un­ex­pect­edly repo­si­tioned it­self as pro- poor, pro-ru­ral ac­cess.

The SABC said that hav­ing a set-top box with con­di­tional ac­cess would put an ex­tra bur­den on con­sumers, and drive up the cost of the de­vice. – Sapa

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