Digital migration extended by two days
25 December 2013, 08:29
Nairobi - Information Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i directed the analogue signal switch-off in Nairobi and its environs to be effected on 26 December at midnight.
He said the Digital Television Committee had set the new date for migration to digital transmissions following the High Court ruling that allowed the government to go on with the migration as it had been planned earlier.
Local television stations were forced to go off-air following the ruling, but returned to normal programming following the new deadline.
In their plea that was dismissed by the court, the media houses had argued that the government put up a strategic five year plan to ensure that the migration was smooth and give the public as well as stakeholders enough time to prepare for the move.
They said that if the move goes on as planned, they would incur huge losses to their businesses.
However, Matiang’i said the government was well prepared for the switch and assured Kenyans of the availability of sufficient stock of set top boxes to meet the demand of the market.
He encouraged consumers, particularly those in Nairobi, to acquire approved set-top boxes of their choice from authorised vendors so as to avoid any inconveniences attendant to the upcoming switch-off.