The government’s plan to switch off Nairobi’s analog TV signals for digital broadcasting on December 13 has beenpostponed to December 23rd. The High Court has suspended the planned switch (to digital) to allow determination of a suit filed by media houses challenging the Government plan.

digitalbox Nairobis Analog TV Viewers Can Now Breathe... until December 23

A digital set top box to cost about Ksh. 5,000

The planned migration was to start with Nairobi by December 13, 2013, followed by major towns (Mombasa, Malindi, Nyeri, Meru, Kisumu, Webuye, Kisii, Nakuru and Eldoret) on March 30 next year, and finally the rest of the country by June 2014.
Digital migration will ensure that the country complies with the worldwide analogue switch off deadline of 17th June 2015.

Summary of the case

  • Basically, Nation Media Group, The Standard Group and Citizen TV (the petitioners) are not opposed to the digital migration. They are only opposed to the manner in which it is occuring
  • The 3 media houses had also applied for licenses to distribute digital signals, but had been denied under ‘unclear’ circumstances. If the switch off happens as planned, then they have to give their content to the licensed distributors (Signet and Pan Africa Group (PANG)) in order for viewers to continue receiving their signals. They will suffer major losses as a result.
  • Another petitioner in the case is the Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) who think that the timing is unfair. I would say by 2015 we have to switch anyway, so the earlier we do it, the better. The initial deadline had been 2012 actually, it was postponed to 2013, and here we are now. If you can switch now, just do it to start enjoying the benefits of digital TV which include better signal and sound quality, and richer content. You don’t have to wait until 2015.
  • The ruling on the case will take place on December 23rd so will update you guys.

Read more about the case here.

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  1. princelySid says:

    I can’t stand ads done with a supposed “everyone” accent. I’m sure they’re done to appeal to a wider audience but they fucking annoy me!!!


    • savvykenya says:

      This guy has an act on Churchill called Smart Joker. He’s quite popular and has done the analog-digital jingle for a while now.. so it was quite natural for CCK to pick him for their ad


      • woolie says:

        It is important to get the message out there if we are to meet the 2014 deadline. At the moment a quiet chat to the average man or woman down the local pub suggests that very few people are aware of the coming changes. So any means necessary 🙂


      • savvykenya says:

        You’re right woolie, many will be caught unaware, if CCK decides to go through with the switch off as promised (threatened)


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