TV viewers stand to lose in digital migration: Electronic manufacturers

MARCH 3, 2015

The National Association of Manufacturers in Electronic Components has warned that television viewers stand to lose during South Africa's migration to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT).

The country is in the process of moving from the current analogue to digital broadcasting which will force citizens to buy set-top boxes in order to watch television in future.

The association's president, Keith Thabo, says controlled access will push up production costs which consumers will carry.

"We are not opposed to conditional access for any Pay-TV operator.

“People can buy set top boxes and put their conditional access on the boxes and get subscribers. Even if people want to compete, you cannot compete being assisted by government,” he told the SABC.

“For any government to subsidise any Pay-TV operator to compete with another operator at the expense of the tax payer that's being criminal and being immoral."