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MultiChoice’s DTTV workshop opens in South Africa

All is now set for the kick-off of the two-day demonstrative workshop on Digital Terriestial Television (DTT) in Johannesburg, South Africa, by MultiChoice Africa group, which commenced today, reports Remmy Nweke in South Africa.

Head, Communications for MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr. Segun Fayose, informed that this workshop would pave the way for participants selected across the continent to understand better the path MultiChoice has been playing on digital migration in the region, since it was agreed upon by world leaders under the United Nations with deadline set at 2015.

Noteworthy is that African Information and Communications Ministers had resolved to bring this deadline to 2012 to enable the continent evaluate itself three-year earlier so as to ensure most of the nations meet up with this migration.

Also noted is that currently, South Africa is aggressively strategizing for this migration, while MultiChoice is reportedly on the forefront, while Nigeria is expected to publish its white paper on the presidential committee on digital migration being anxiously awaited by broadcasters and information stakeholders in Nigeria.

Reaffirming the need for the workshop, the Project Manager for DTT at MultiChoice Group, Ian Barnard said that technology is changing at such a rapid rate and dramatically changing media consumption habits too around the world.

Hence, MultiChoice Africa decided on the DTT technology workshop, which would include tour of the firm’s broadcast facilities in order to observe more closely the mechanism of DTT also known as DTTV.

“We want you to observe firsthand the deployment of this technology,” Barnard stated.

Already, some other participants have arrived for the workshop including two Ghanaian journalists, according to Head, MultiChoice South Africa, Ms Caroline Creasy , Head, Corporate Affairs for DSTv, the digital satellite television arm of MultiChoice Group.

ITRealms Online recalls that historically founded in 1986, MultiChoice became the first African pay-Television when Mnet was founded and in 1990 Mnet was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, while in 1992, it launched satellite services across 20 African countries and three years later in 1995, its DSTv made a debut, whereas in 1996, both Mnet and MultiChoice merged into MIH Holdings.

And today, MultiChoice prides itself as a provider of premium digital media entertainment, content and services to multiple devices which includes Pay TV subscriber services to over 2.4 million customers.


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