Supreme Court of Appeal ruling a blow to government on digital migration policy

The SOS Coalition has lauded the Supreme Court of Appeals' ruling in favour of Etv on the digital migration policy matter.

The court set the issue aside and declared the Department of Communication's policy as unlawful and invalid.

The Department opted for unencrypted digital migration, which would require South Africans to make use of set-top boxes, after a switch from analogue to digital.

702's John Robbie spoke to National Coordinator of the SOS Coalition, Sekoetlane Phamodi, about the issue.

Listen to the interview below:

It most certainly is about money, but more than that, it's about the future of broadcast in this country.

Sekoetlane Phamodi, National Coordinator of SOS Coalition

With ongoing legal battles over a number of years, the policy issue was moved from the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services to the Minister of Communications, with Minister Faith Muthambi.

Why is it that she would oppose the inclusion of this technology and align herself with Multichoice, who really have no role to play in the free-to-air market.

Sekoetlane Phamodi, National Coordinator of SOS Coalition

This is usually a technology that is used by subscription broadcasters, such as DSTV. In cases where you don't pay, your signal is switched off.

Sekoetlane Phamodi, National Coordinator of SOS Coalition
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