Namibia begins analogue TV switch-off

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 03 February 2015

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has switched off analogue television transmission in the central towns of Windhoek, Rehoboth and Okahandja.

Working in collaboration with free-to-air stations One Africa Television and the religious channel Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the signals were turned off on 31 January 2015.

"Namibia is among the top four countries in the SADC [Southern African Development Community] region that have started with switching off analogue viewing," Ockert Jansen, commercial manager, digital terrestrial transmission, NBC told SAPA.

Digital terrestrial TV (DTT) coverage in the country is reportedly at 66.7%, with a target of 67% by 17 June 2015.

Namibia's analogue viewers require a DTT set-top box to receive seven television channels, including NBC 1, 2 and 3, One Africa TV, TBN, EDU TV and the soon to be launched local music channel This TV as well as ten radio stations.

Digital decoders will normally be priced at NAD199 (US$17), though pensioners, war veterans and disabled people will pay half this figure. A current TV licence and ID will be required to buy a decoder.

The analogue switch-off in Windhoek, Rehoboth and Okahandja was delayed from its original date of 15 December 2014, so that more people could purchase digital decoders.