Parliament moots banning analogue TV set imports

THE Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Broadcasting Services has called for an immediate ban on importation of non-digitally compliant television sets, saying the gadgets were likely to cause the country to miss its June 2015 digitalisation deadline.

VENERANDA LANGA

In a report tabled in Parliament last Thursday, committee chairperson Umzingwane MP William Dewa (Zanu PF) said there was still a lot of work to be done in order to meet the deadline, adding the $173 million needed for digitalisation should be released urgently.

“The importation of non-digitally compliant television sets is derailing the government efforts and adds costs to consumers who will need to either throw out the analogue system or buy set-top boxes,” read the report.

“Government must ban the importation of television sets that are not digitally compliant and the subsidised value of the set-top boxes should be factored in the cost of licences.”

The committee said the digitalisation programme had the capacity to self-finance through a digital dividend which would raise $200 million against the total costs of digitalisation of $173 million.

Parliamentarians noted that so far only 10 sites had been digitalised against a target of 38 sites countrywide.

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The committee also said there was need to revamp the film industry to capitalise on the envisaged increased number of television players.

“Awareness campaigns must be intensified as a strategy to inform and educate the public on digitalisation programmes and effects. In anticipation of new players in the television sector due to the digitalisation programme, there is need to revamp and capacitate the film industry to be able to meet the local content requirements as stipulated by the law. Government must put in place a favourable tax regime to facilitate the digitalisation programme.”

The committee said re-alignment of media laws with the new Constitution was imperative as failure to do so could result in citizens being arrested on provisions that were inconsistent with the new Constitution, as well as media stakeholders engaging in costly litigation.

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14 Comments

  1. Hanzi kubanner chiiko nhai! can someone pse explain to me.

    1. Hanzi ma TV echidumbu haachadiwa kwakudiwa ma plasma, ma LCD, ne LED, anokwanisika kuita mutero weku jusa kuitira kuti mubhadhare ma license (hope I am correct)

  2. ngavangoisa michina yedigital vaone kt tichatenga maplasma cei. izvi zvekubhibhiridzana nekuudza munhu wechiboy kt analogue yako haizoshandi monetsana. musi waanoona yake isingabati ndipo paanozvinzwisisa kt wat is digital compliant tv set.

  3. wasting time on inmaterial things, as for me its good redence coz iyo inechidumbo ndiyo yandiinayo but a watch dstv not ztv, saka vari kumashure tatove kumberi netechnology.

    That is actually good coz is tine dzinedumbu when they digitalise we cannot be forced to buy their zanu pf licences coz inenge isingabate. So they have to make sure they provide decoders to those viewing their useless channels. Meaning owning a television set will no longer compel one to be forcedhave buy a licence.

    In addition zbc should not force people to watch their rubish programme but sell decoders to those who want to watch their programmes. I last watched zbc in 2007 and i will never watch it as long as it is zanu pf driven and i will never pay for their incompetence.

  4. kikiki. I think this new Zanupf parliament has a reward for the minister who inflicts the most pain to the electorate esp urban one. Non of them seem to come with policies that result in a smile on faces of ordinary man on the street. Toll gate hikes. two years Ecd. no more incentives for teachers. commuter omnibuses to go. teachers not to receive salaries during school holidays. new revised damning highway code on cards. ban on analog tv imminent. the lists is getting longer everyday. I curse the day I was born in zimbabwe:

    1. Mhofu you are quite correct, this parliament is hell bent on making the average Zimbabweans life a misery and making the poor even poorer. You left out affordable cheap Japanese car imports that have been threatened to be stopped. Its a curse for so called born “free’s” because they are now used to this madness as normal and have no idea what a great country it was before zpf messed it up. Zimbabwe had great potential but as long as these lunatics are in charge its only downhill from here. We don’t even have our own currency.

  5. kikiki. I think this new Zanupf parliament has a reward for the minister who inflicts the most pain to the electorate esp urban one. Non of them seem to come up with policies that result in a smile on faces of ordinary man on the street. All we hear of is: toll gate hikes. two years Ecd. no more incentives for teachers. commuter omnibuses to go. teachers not to receive salaries during school holidays. new revised damning highway code on cards. ban on analog tv imminent. the lists is getting longer everyday. I curse the day I was born in zimbabwe:

    1. Mhofu mandibaya kkkkkkkkkkk pwaaaaaaaaapwaa, hanzi hapana chekusmile as long as uri muZimba ari mudhorobha nekuda kwe competition to have the worst policy by government ministers…

  6. The word bad is being over used by this government,its so sad………wait and see the Nov budget……nyasha dziwande

  7. 1. jornalist anodefinawo mamwe mawords ‘non digitally compliant’ ah dont take for granted
    2. kahurumende kedu kangatange katipa or to address bread and butter issues. mamillion emabasa ose aya atakavimbiswa
    3. kunzi muZimba ndokunzi tambu or dambu. kushungurudzana.

  8. sometimes don’t even understand some of the requirements.

  9. To help Mbozha and others. Technology is advancing each and everyday,

     Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) refers to the broadcasting of terrestrial television in digital format. Terrestrial broadcasting in Zimbabwe and many other countries is currently in analogue format. Whether yu hv LCD,LED, Plasma kana yechidumbu  it doesn’t matter.The Gvt is currently planning and preparing itself to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting. 

    What is the difference between Terrestrial and Satellite television?

    In analogue, one channel (e.g. ZBC1) uses a dedicated frequency to broadcast. This is because of the large amount of bandwidth the analogue signal requires.
    In digital, the signal is compressed, allowing for more channels to be broadcast in the same bandwidth as one current analogue channel uses. *There is no need for yu to change yo TV sets lyk what the Parliamentarians ar saying, yu just hv to buy a DTT set top box, (a small gadget that will be fitted @ the back of yo TV) that’s all. No need for Fancy TVs

  10. I think the most important thing we should be focused on right now is content creation for the upcoming channels from a grassroots level not concerning ourselves about banning TV sets. Zimbabwe does not have a film culture and if unprepared for the coming channels we would be shooting ourselves in the foot when these channels are taken over by the more capable broadcasters who will shun undesirable local content.
    Lets us ask the real question: ‘How are we going to provide content for the many coming channels? ‘
    and lets do something about that not worry over TV sets.

  11. As u can see makwikwi kuda kuona achanyatsoita vanhu vamame stereki. Hatisati tapihwa mabasa ema promise asi voti rasa chegotsi chako icho utenge LED ndinoitenga neyi. They looking 4 smthng else to tax chete

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