One step closer to digital broadcasting

first_imgThe migration from analogue to digital signal was first agreed to at the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency for telecommunication. Global shift to digital As part of the scheme, the government plans to subsidise 70%, or around R400, of the expected R700 cost of a set-top box. The council comprises Mamokgethi Setati (chairperson), Ruddy Rashama (deputy chairperson), Nomvuyiso Batyi, Dingane Dube, Calvo Mawela, Karen Willenberg, Zubair Munshi, Sabelo Silinga, Richard Paulton, Cawekazi Mahlati, Llewellyn Jones, Julia Hope, Masodi Xaba, Hlukanisa Zitha and Rosey Sekese. In August 2008, then Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri announced that the government would introduce a scheme for ownership support to help households that could not afford to buy set-top boxes. Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda this week named the 15 members of the Digital Dzonga Advisory Council, which will advise on and oversee the broadcasting migration process. According to the Department of Communications, the 15 members were drawn from 51 nominations submitted by the public. The council to oversee South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting has been appointed. The country’s analogue signal will be switched off on 1 November 2011, after which South Africans will require either digital-compliant TV sets or converters for their existing sets in order to watch television. After 1 November 2011, the analogue signal will be switched off, and viewers will need a set-top box to convert the digital signal for their analogue television sets. However, digital-compliant television sets, which do not require set-top boxes, will also be available by then.center_img The current period of “dual-illumination”, in which television will be broadcast via both analogue and digital signals, runs until 1 November 2011. The members represent a wide variety of backgrounds, ranging from regulatory, signal distribution, legal, broadcasting, labour, consumer groups and the government. Subsidies for poorer households 25 August 2010 The union took a decision that protection for analogue signals would cease in 2015. Member states were given timelines per region to comply with the decision. Africa forms part of region 1, together with Europe and the Middle East. Matsepe-Casaburri said the advantages of digital broadcasting far outweighed the estimated cost of such a subsidy. These include access to more channels, including focused educational channels, and direct access to new services, such as e-government services. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Last six months of hard work is paying off now: Umesh Yadav

first_imgIndian pacer Umesh Yadav, who claimed four wickets on the opening day of the first cricket Test against Australia here, revealed that his plan was to bowl the tight line and minimise scoring opportunities for the batsmen. (Scorecard)Yadav scripted Australia’s downfall with figures of 4/32, while the spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin (2/59), Ravindra Jadeja (2/74) and Jayant Yadav (1/58) shared five wickets between themselves as the visitors lost five wickets for just 56 runs in the third session after pacer Mitchell Starc’s unbeaten half century at the end lifted Australia to 256/9 at stumps. (Pune Test, Day 1: Starc defies India after Umesh grabs 4/32)”I was trying to bowl very tight lines on this wicket and hoped that the batsmen would make mistakes. I was trying to minimise the bad balls and the scoring opportunities,” Yadav said after the match. (What a cacth! Wriddhiman Saha flies to pull off a stunner)”I knew if they go for their shots they would play the false stroke and I would be helped by the reverse to get wickets,” he added. (India vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 1: As it happened)Yadav also informed that he was working on his line and length with coach Anil Kumble and Sanjay Bangar in practice sessions. (Dry pitch for Pune Test could play into Australia’s hands: Shane Warne)”I was practising with Anil (Kumble) and Sanjay (Bangar) about what my line and length should be in the practice sessions. The hard work that I have done in the last six months has been paying off now. That is very important on such wickets,” Yadav said.advertisementThe 29-year-old pacer separated the Australian openers Matt Renshaw and David Warner, who forged an 82-run partnership for the first wicket.Commenting on Warner’s wicket, Yadav said: “My spell started late and I knew that the ball was moving around quite a bit. I tried to get it much fuller to him and prevent him from freeing his arms. That is exactly what I wanted.”last_img read more