The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Postpone Digital TV Switch to January

editorial

YESTERDAY Justice David Majanja ruled that the digital migration should go ahead. Kenyans, in Nairobi now but everywhere by June 2014, will need to buy a digital set top box to have TV.

The digital switchover was inevitable. The whole world has agreed to switch by June 2015.There will be a cost of around Sh4,000 to buy set-top boxes plus a modest monthly fee.

However that will be compensated for by extra channels, as well as all local Kenyan stations, and a clearer signal. Some media owners had applied to the court for more time to get ready, and to be given their own transmission licences.

But the unhappy media owners do not need a transmission licence. They have their TV licences and we will still be able to see Citizen, NTV and QTV on all the digital networks.

It is impossible to give every media house a transmission licence, just as it is impossible to give every applicant a mobile telecommunications licence. There are just not enough frequencies.

CCK can now switch off all analogue TV transmitters in Nairobi. But let them wait until January. It is too late to buy a set top box before Christmas.

Quote of the day: "All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed ." - American journalist I.F. Stone was born on December 24, 1907

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