According to the Minister of information in Nigeria(Mr Lai Mohammed)The switch over from analogue to digital television is ”irreversible” because the DSO is a ”game changer” that will bring immense benefits to Nigerians and help the government to achieve one of its cardinal goals, which is the diversification of the economy. I even learnt that a world organisation gave the Nigeria government until July 2017 to complete the switchover from analogue television to digital.
WHAT IS DIGITISATION?
Digitisation is the process of converting analogue signals or information from any format into digital forms that can be understood by computer systems or electronic devices. The term is used when converting information like text, images or voices and sounds into binary codes. Digitised information is easier to store, access and transmit and digitisation is used by a number of Consumer electronic devices.
Digital TV broadcasting offers many advantages over analogue systems for end-users, operators and regulators. Apart from increasing the number of programmes, digital systems have the capacity to provide new innovative services such as interactive TV, electronic programme guides and mobile TV as well as transmit images and sound in high- definition, HDTV, and Ultra-high definition, UHDTV. Digital TV requires less energy to ensure the same coverage as for analogue, thereby decreasing the overall cost of transmission.
Read more: about the whole project at Vanguard website
With this achievement, one can rightly say that Nigeria has now joined other African countries such as Ghana which appears to have gone ahead and is readily serving as the benchmark where a simulcast service is run by TV stations such that a set-top-box can easily receive more than 20 DTT channels
The Minister said the DSO, which was first launched in Jos in April 2016, is ready to be rolled out in six states across the country Kaduna, Kwara, Delta, Enugu, Gombe and Osun – covering the six geo-political zones.
WHICH CHANNELS DO I STAND TO ENJOY WITH THIS?
You will not pay a dime for enjoying these channels. Sports channels may even be added in the future. To begin with, you are meant to enjoy 30 free channels once you have the device that can receive the signal from this satellite. The 30 channels are but not limited to the followings: nta, prtv, wazobia, channels, ait, ITV, trybe, african movienet. Most of us are already familiar with some of the channels listed above. Trbye tv is the bomb as it is defined mainly fro Yoruba programmes(even though they sometimes show nollywood movies). Africanmovie channels is all Nollywood English movies 24/7. Of course we already know channels, Ait, Itv and wazobia.
WHAT ARE THE PRE-REQUISITES
Just like i explained above, the whole 36 states of the country have not yet been covered. The channels are currently in the test modes. The official decoders are limited in supply and available only in some states like Abuja and Jos. Below are methods of receiving the signals as of now:
- If you are in the state with the coverage like Abuja or jobs, you can go and hustle for the official decoder. I was told it is given free of charge.
- If you are outside the area of coverage, for now, you can use your normal standalone free to air decoders to get the signal. such decoders like strong 4920 and newer, qsat,tlink, alpha box, gsky, dreambox, esat, as long as the decoder is HD.
- Of course, if you are using an unofficial decoder, you will need a dish.
HOW CAN I RECEIVE THE CHANNELS?
- The satellite is Nigcomsat 1R and the position is 42ºEast
- You can get the dish with a 60cm or 90cm
- The frequency to use is: 12627 V 29500 or 12518 V 29500 use the two frequencies and blindscan. The position is below dst* 36ºE and above Champion tv then you shift to the right. After scanning this sat, you can add other satellites like dst*, multitv on the same dish(This depends on your experience with dish installation)
- If you are however having access to the official decoder which i think is a terrestrial decoder like startimes and gotv, you need an external aerial.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THIS SATELLITE
Just like my preamble suggested, this is an irreversible move. things can only get better more channels more coverages. After like a year, the decoder or the services might have an option for subscription. While the 30 special channels will remain free, you may need to buy the decoder to be able to enjoy the services, or you may pay for some added channels. This is just a speculation though. This will also offer more employment opportunities for the youths who might want to be distributors, content creators or join the decoder manufacturing companies. No matter what angle you look at it from, it is a win-win situation. Join the train today.