Digital Migration

South Africa: Public Broadcaster Informs Of Looming Analogue TV Switch Off!

In a quest to maintain President Ramaphosa’s State Of The Nation Address (SONA) on South Africa Digital-Switch-Over (DSO), the public broadcaster, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), has announced, through a scrolling message, forthcoming Analogue-Switch-Off (ASO). Viewers who access SABC’s free-to-air channels via analogue signals have been requested to register for a digital decoder to continue receiving television broadcast.

A scrolling message which has been appearing on analogue television platforms on SABC1,2 and 3 channels shows the following:
“Important notice: If you see this message go to your nearest Post Office to register for a free government subsidised decoder or call 0860 736 832 to continue receiving a television broadcast.”

The SABC has said that the main reason for the message is to alert the public about the impending analogue switch off and the need to change to alternative digital technologies for television viewing. The message has been excluded from SABC viewers who use digital platforms such as DTT, DTH, DSTV, OVHD and OTT platforms.

According to the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, the ASO will be systematic in each province. ASO is scheduled to occur in North West, Mpumalanga, and Eastern Cape provinces in May 2021. In July 2021, ASO is scheduled for Kwa-Zulu Natal province. Western Cape will have its ASO in November 2021, followed by Limpopo province in December 2021 and Gauteng province in January 2022. The ASO schedule is according to the President’s announcement, which stated that all analogue transmissions would be switched off by April 2022.

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