In accordance with the Regional Radio Conference of 2006 hosted by the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva, Switzerland Kenya must implement the resolution to migrate from analogue to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting by 17th June 2015. The changeover began on 9th December 2009 and the Communications Authority in Kenya has begun phasing out the analogue signal.
Traditionally analogue broadcasting has led to high cost of infrastructure development for local broadcasters while the consumer has to suffer with poor reception, poor sound quality and a severe lack of variety of channels. Anyone who has purchased a Set Top Box can see that with the digital signal there is enhanced exploitation of frequencies. This basically means use of multiplex transmitters to allow reception of multiple channels on a single frequency range. In plain language this just means that because digital signals require a lot less bandwidth they can carry more content thus providing better quality and sound.
More obviously there is the benefit of improved viewing pleasure which comes hand in hand with digital television. This is attributed to the fact that it offers up to twice the vertical and horizontal resolution of the ancient analogue signal. The difference is best noticed on larger screens but you won’t miss it on a smaller screen either.
By the same token there are the electronic program guides which for many are a fresh innovative feature. They come fitted with the set top boxes and empowers viewers to travel around the different channels and see what is currently showing and what is coming up next.
StarTimes would be the best selection to make the digital migration because they are taking ‘choice’ to a whole new level by offering two types of set-top boxes to choose from. First there is the FTA STB (set-top box) which is made for people who are only interested in local channels then there is the Pay TV STB for those who prefer a mix of local and international channels. Additionally StarTimes covers 80% of Kenya with an extremely stable and high quality signal; no more having to wait for the rain to stop to watch your favourite show.
StarTimes have committed themselves “to enable every household to have access to digital TV, afford Digital TV, watch good Digital TV and enjoy the beauty of Digital TV.” This has all been facilitated by the fact that the StarTimes Free to Air, Pay TV DVB STB is currently retailing at 3999 ksh; part and parcel of this steal of a deal is the fact that you get one month free of the unique bouquet worth 1499ksh. There is also the StarTimes Pay TV DVB STB which is retailing at 1699ksh.
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