With the noise about the coming elections deafening, its a wonder if people are aware that their TVs could cease to function effectively by June 2015. This is due to the digitization of television broadcasting in Nigeria which will mean the present analogue method of broadcasting free to air TV channels will be stopped. That means your TV might be useless by then as it won’t show anything.
It’s a shame that the NBC (National broadcasting commission) is not doing any sensitization of the public to this fact as a lot of the TV sets around cannot carry digital broadcasts. The deadline of June 2015 was set by the ITU (International telecommunications union) years ago and they just reiterated that they are not shifting the date so for those of you hoping for a postponement, sorry! This means your TV might be a relic from June this year
Many of the local TV stations will be shifting to digital broadcasting by June which will enable more TV channels to be broadcast where one channel was broadcast before. It will also open up the possibility of getting internet access through your TV. NTA is presently doing a test run in Jos.
One way of getting past this TV blackout is to buy a digital decoder like that of star times, GOtv or any other Digital broadcasting company. (Now you know why many new digital TV stations are coming up) Without these decoders/set top boxes your TV will not be able to show the digital transmission from the TV stations. There are lots of them coming into the country now so there is a lot to choose from. Some of them you will have to pay a subscription monthly like the startimes and Gotv but there are some that will not need you to pay a subscription monthly. Find out about these before you go buy your digital decoder/set top boxes.