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South Africa: SABC TV Goes HD As Russia 2018 Draws Near!

With the World Cup fever now spreading across different nations in the world, South Africa has decided not to be left behind as South Africa's national broadcaster SABC1, and SABC3 has finally switched its TV channels from Standard Definition (SD) to High Definition (HD).

Upgrading the broadcast quality of its channels SABC1 and SABC3 conducted the switch from standard definition (SD) to HD on Monday 11 June. It was announced that SABC2 would go HD in July 2018. As a result of this upgrade viewers who are watching contents on the national broadcasters' platform will experience clearer, sharper and crisper images as long as the programmes are aired or have been filmed in HD format.

The only set of people that would still experience viewing SABC channels in standard definition are the Analogue viewers, those without a satellite dish or a decoder.

SABC pointed out that the viewers who will be able to see SABC channels in HD will be subscribers of platforms such as; satellite pay-TV platform, MultiChoice’s DStv; China owned StarSat from  StarTimes Media SA, eMedia's Openview, On Digital Media (ODM), and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) platforms.

SABC considers this move the beginning of the planned nationwide digital migration of all free-to-air analogue broadcasting to DTT.

SABC 1 as the host channel of the tournament has announced that there will be a shift in programming as key shows will be moved and relocated to its sister channels for the duration of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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