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Letter to Minister of Communications: On Why South Africa Needs Conditional Access

Date submitted: 26 January 2015
Letter to Minister of Communications: On Why South Africa Needs Conditional Access

We do not need to belabour the urgency with which the broadcasting digital migration project must be launched and concluded. With the June ITU deadline looming, and no hopes for an extension, every day that goes by without your and government taking the right decision on conditional access and launching DTT compromises the future of free-to-air (FTA) television.

Liars Never Prosper

Date submitted: 17 December 2014
Liars Never Prosper

Pleased as we are to see her exit from our public broadcaster, we are, nevertheless, dismayed and saddened that she chose to drag this matter for as long as she did, bringing an SABC Board that has for years been mired in controversy and scandal into further disrepute. Indeed, she continues to claim, and without evidence, that she holds these qualifications and that it is UNISA’s integrity and not hers that is so severely compromised.

End of the Road for Tshabalala’s Deception

Date submitted: 3 December 2014
End of the Road for Tshabalala’s Deception

Today, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Commuications conducted a formal inquiry into allegations that SABC Board Chairperson, Ellen Zandile Tshabalala

Letter to Minister of Commuincations Concerning Conditional Access for Set-Top Boxes

Date submitted: 27 November 2014
Letter to Minister of Commuincations Concerning Conditional Access for Set-Top Boxes

We are concerned about the future of free-to-air television in South Africa if a conditional access system is not implemented in set-top boxes (STBs) in the digital terrestrial television (DTT) environment. Although the issue may seem to be merely a technical matter, it has implications for the ability of free-to-air television to compete with pay-TV in the DTT environment. Pay-TV operators in South Africa have CA embedded in their STBs, which they use to secure the content which they deliver to the TV screens of their subscribers.

Set-top boxes the new e-tolls? Tell USAASA why we need free STBs for all!

Date submitted: 21 November 2014
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