Following the analogue switch off being implemented in phases, Television viewers in Mzuzu and the surrounding areas will not be able to watch any local television channel using analogue equipment starting from the 1st of July, 2016, Ministry of Information, Tourism and Civic Education has disclosed.
This development has also coincided with the launch of Malawi Digital Television at Mzuzu on 23rd April, 2016.
According to a statement made available to Nyasa Times, Malawi government through the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Civic Education is encouraging all television viewers to acquire the Malawi Digital Television Decoder also known as “KILIYE KILIYE” which will be unveiled during the launch in order to enjoy better quality television and more free channels.
“The channels viewers will access include; Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Luso, God News Broadcasting Services (GBS), Timveni, Luntha, Channel for All Africa (CAN), Calvary (CFC), Times, Hope, Zodiak, Joy, Matindi, Ufulu, Beta, Ufulu, Angaliba, African Bible College (ABC) and Laura Televisions,” reads the statement in part.
It further added, “The decoder is not the same as a satellite pay TV or any other Free-To-Air decoder because it enables Malawians to watch more free local television channels with better quality and once the decoder is bought, there is no subscription payment to be made.”
In 2015, Malawi joined the rest of the world in migrating from Analogue to Digital Television Broadcasting.
Digital Migration Project Coordinator Dennis Chirwa said 17th June 2015, analogue transmission automatically cease to function in some parts of the country.
“We have arranged a series of events to bring this information to Malawians so that everyone else should be quick to respond to the migration, Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre is in the mapping of our informative forums,” said the Coordinator.
Digital broadcasting is a project falling under the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture which had already appealed to the general public, television broadcasters and television equipment suppliers to unanimously migrate from analogue to digital transmission.