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60% broadcasters shift to High Definition TV

Television broadcasters in Uganda and the rest of Africa are shifting their broadcast technology from analogue to High Definition TV according to a new report by Eutelsat, a global provider of HD TV.

Up to 60% of broadcasters in Africa are embracing the new trend in line with a global transition in broadcasting technologies as recommended by the International Telecommunications Union, the global  body in charge of regulation of telecommunications and broadcast.

According to Michel Azibert, Commercial and Development Director at Eutelsat, Eutelsat satellites at 36° East that serve Africa and Russian markets clocked 14 additional HD channels over the last 12 months, rising to 114 HD channels.

MultiChoice Africa and Zap with operations in Africa, are in the vanguard of HD, broadcasting 16 and 17 channels respectively and underscoring the trend towards higher resolution in Africa’s TV market. The growth trend which has not only affected Uganda but the entire globe has seen locally NTV, NBS, Kwese Sport, BBS among others broadcasting in HD.

“2016 marked a tipping point for High Definition TV across our portfolio of video neighborhoods, culminating in a new landmark of 1,000 channels, many of which are exclusive to Eutelsat. We are fully equipped to accommodate this accelerating pace and to work closely with broadcasters as they transition to an enhanced viewing experience,” Mr. Azibert said recently as he announced the milestone. The achievement was registered following the launch of Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD neighborhood of CGTN HD, the news and current affairs channel of China’s CCTV media organization, marking its first venture into HDTV in Europe.

The increase in HD TV has been attributed to the technological advancements in the devises (Television sets), and migration to digital broadcasting technology, from analogue technology.

According to the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), in Uganda digital migration has enhanced the picture quality abilities which have enabled HDTVs to blossom. Additionally, the cost of HD television sets has also gone down. So these trends merged have seen HD TV blossomed. “Seven Pay Televisions are operational in the market, two of which broadcast using terrestrial, four use satellite and one broadcasts over cable. Four Pay TVs broadcast country wide,” reads the January – March 2016 UCC Report.

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