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Post by hacker739 on Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:39 pm

At least 3.5 million Ugandans will be affected by the government’s decision to change from analogue to digital television broadcasting.

According to Uganda Communications Commission, all television owners must have digitalised their sets by the end of this year.

The interim Executive Director of UCC, Mr Godfrey Mutabaazi, told journalists that all households with analogue televisions should have completed the transition because analogue sets will not receive signals come 2012.

“By close of the year, all the broadcasters should be running both analogue and digital signals because in the following year we shall be switching off all the analogue signals,” Mr Mutabaazi said.

“Anybody who is buying a television should make sure it is digital and importers who want to be in business should make sure they bring in sets that are digital and not analogue.”

Digital broadcasting is the sending and receiving of images and sound by discreet digital signals, whereas analogue broadcasting is the sending and receiving of the same in a continuous wave form.

In essence, once digitalised, television owners will receive improved signal quality and will be able to receive more channels and better content without an outdoor aerial.

Ugandans who currently own analogue televisions will be required to buy top box (decoders) to be able to access their television channels or buy digitalised sets so as to access local channels.

The top box equipment costs between $50 (about Shs125,000) and $100 (about Shs230, 000).

But viewers with decoders from MutliChoice Uganda, Star Times, MoTV, Next Generation and Pear Digital TV might not need to buy the new devices because they are subscribers with these media houses already.

Shs230,000 is still on the higher side bearing the fact the proportion of Ugandans living in absolute poverty as of 2009 is at 31 per cent, according to records from Uganda Bureau of Statics.

Imposed ban
UCC, the broadcasting regulators, has also imposed a ban on the importation of analogue television sets.

The commission has asked Uganda Revenue Authority and the Uganda National Bureau of Standards to impound what the regulators described as “obsolete” television sets.

However, television traders are upset that the decision has been reached without consulting them.

“I cannot say much about that, but what is obvious is that this decision has been reached without consulting the stakeholders,” the spokesperson for the Kampala City Traders Association, Mr Issa Sekitto, said in an interview on Thursday.

According to Mr Sekitto, who doubles as a television importer, the over 100 traders that import televisions have never been sensitised on the difference between analogue and digital sets.

He disclosed that most importers bring in orders that will last six months and are therefore going to be affected by the unilateral decision taken by the regulators.

UCC has, however, remained adamant saying that the move will see TV stations have more time to concentrate on content than infrastructure and most importantly the regulator will not only monitor the sector easily but ensure proper use of the spectrum.

Mr Mutabaazi emphasised that no more analogue stations will be licensed in the country.

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Re: Uganda sets digital TV migration date

Post by sol_drethedon on Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:39 pm

GOOD INITIATIVE!
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Post by mawanda on Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:39 pm

Is it true that no more taxes on digital recievers this year & next?

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Post by sol_drethedon on Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:01 pm

READ THE BUDGET PLEASE!
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