Reg­is­ter for sub­sidised de­coders

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House­holds qual­i­fy­ing for govern­ment-sub­sidised de­coders in the Free State and North West have un­til the end of March 2018 to reg­is­ter for these de­vices, says the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. “The ana­logue sig­nal will be per­ma­nently switched off in June 2019 and peo­ple will need de­coders to watch tele­vi­sion,” the depart­ment said.

This ini­tia­tive forms part of the depart­ment's Broad­cast­ing Dig­i­tal Mi­gra­tion project.The depart­ment has been tasked with rolling out a process of mi­grat­ing all South African house­holds to dig­i­tal ter­res­trial tele­vi­sion (DTT).

This process of mi­gra­tion is a govern­ment ini­tia­tive and will al­low users to ex­pe­ri­ence the many ben­e­fits of dig­i­tal tele­vi­sion, which in­clude clearer pic­tures and sound, as well as more chan­nels. “Govern­ment has since last year been dis­tribut­ing free de­coders to fam­i­lies that can­not af­ford com­mer­cial de­vices. How­ever, house­holds that fail to reg­is­ter and re­ceive these de­coders will lose ac­cess to tele­vi­sion ser­vices,” the depart­ment said.

Tele­vi­sion view­ing house­holds who sub­scribe to pay-TV chan­nels will face no sig­nal dis­rup­tion as these ser­vices are al­ready in the dig­i­tal de­coders that they have pur­chased.

“Fam­i­lies earn­ing be­low R3 200 qual­ify to re­ceive the govern­ment-sub­sidised de­coders. Qual­i­fy­ing house­holds are there­fore in­vited to reg­is­ter at their near­est Post Of­fice. House­holds who don't qual­ify to get dig­i­tally-en­abled TV sets have been en­cour­aged to en­sure that when they pur­chase a TV set, it has a dig­i­tal turner.

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