Digital Switch Over takes in Nigeria
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday launched and rolled out Digital Switch Over (DSO). The project is spearheaded by the Ministry of Information and Culture and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). Nigeria is expected to swift over by June 2017 deadline for transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting.
Benefits of analogue to digital television broadcasting
The June 17, 2017 deadline for transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting in West African countries was set by the World International Telecommunication Union Council.Mr Vice president, said that with DSO, the country stood at the threshold of exciting time for free TV channels, jobs creation, entertainment and commerce.
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He stressed that digitization would create jobs in the area of contents, software development and production of Set Top Boxes. The President added that digitization would provide platform for film producers and musicians to release their production directly to the platform that will substantially curb piracy.
“ As the doors open for digital transmission, what is important is that it will liberalize access to and increase the versatility of media information.
“Interactive programming, mobile reception of videos, internet and multimedia base advertising, educative programmes sales and marketing are obvious low hanging fruits,’’ he said. The DSO rollout would continue in the states until the entire country was covered.
Sen. Suleiman Adokwe, the Chairman Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation, said DSO would leverage for Nigerians who could not afford Pay-TV like DSTV and Star times. Therefore DSO with 30 free TV channels, DSO would democratise television viewing for the masses by allowing them freedom of choice from many options.
The take-off of the DSO will enable TV viewers in Abuja would have access to 30 free channels with bouquet of programmes on local, national and international contents.
The digital Set-Top Box- the device to be placed on each television for receiving digital signal, would be sold at a subsidised rate of N1, 500 per box.