Get ready to pay R800 to watch TV for free?

Millions of TV enthusiasts across South Africa who watch SABC, e.tv and community TV stations without DSTV, M-Net, StarSat or OpenView HD will be compelled to pay around R800 for a decoder known as a set-top box (STB) and an antenna as digital migration takes place in South Africa.

Without an STB, viewers will have not access to free-to-air TV channels.

Although the government plans to give away 5.2 million STBs to poor households, South Africans should start saving up for an STB.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi says that, in spite of a few challenges, digital migration is definitely going to happen.

Minister Muthambi told parliament on Thursday that “the DTT project is being rolled out despite minor challenges”.

“Challenges relate to lack of funding for a public awareness campaign, dual illumination [and] the establishment of a contact centre”.