Posted: 18 Jun 2012 Print Send a link
Financial Gazette (Harare), 15 June 2012: "If disconnected, viewers face the dismal prospect of either going back to ZTV or the more expensive option of paying for Digital Satellite Television (DStv) which ranges from US$10 to US$72 per month depending on the package one likes. ... Sentech distributes free-to-air channels such as South African Broadcasting Corpo-ration (SABC) 1, 2 and 3 among others, which are popular among Zimbabweans who use Wiztech, Philibao, Fortec Star and Vivid decoders to gain free access to the channels. ... Anglistone Sibanda, National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations western region secretary-general, said the departure of SABC would deal a heavy blow on the people of Matabeleland, the majority of who have no access to ZBC. ... Sibanda said SABC should wait to cut-off Zimbabwe until elections, to counter ZANU-PF propaganda that usually overwhelms ZBC during polls. He added that it would be difficult for many to subscribe to DStv, adding that external radio stations such as The Voice of America’s Studio 7 would have to increase their hours of broadcast to cover up for the gap created by SABC. The SABC channels have become popular with thousands of Zimbabweans, who are frustrated by poor programming, a dearth on local broadcasting standards and the lack of variety from the only broadcaster, ZBC."
Advanced Television, 18 June 2012, Chris Forrester: "MultiChoice Zimbabwe, which offers pay-TV on its DStv platform, would benefit from the looming blackout."