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Government to distribute free TV signal receivers in rural areas as part of digitisation programme

6 years agoTue, 04 Apr 2017 22:58:36 GMT
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Government to distribute free TV signal receivers in rural areas as part of digitisation programme

Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Dr Christopher Mushohwe has revealed that the government is making plans to distribute set-top boxes for free to people who live in the rural areas. This is part of the government’s digitisation programme. The minister also revealed that urban dwellers would be to get the boxes at subsidized levels.

Said Mushowe:

We are currently considering giving people in rural areas set top boxes for free, while urban folks will acquire the same at very minimal prices. This is something that is highly likely to be done and plans are there.

Ideally, we do not expect to make money out of the sale of set top boxes, but rather the subscriptions that we then charge for viewing. However, we also expect those that get set top boxes to subscribe and use the gadget otherwise it will be recovered.

Zim Digital is a national programme that is spearheading the change over from analogue to digital broadcasting. It is a Government programme that is aimed at increasing accessibility of television signal in our homes.

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