In a bid to complement the government’s efforts to ensure that all Malawians have access to affordable digital television, GOtv has slashed its decoder price down to K12,499.
This follows the government announcement that it will switch off analogue broadcast in Mzuzu and Zomba on June 30.
The price of the GOtv decoder (set top box) has been slashed down from K16,999 to K12 499.
A complete GOtv set (decoder plus antennae) has been reduced from K25, 900 to K19, 999.
MultiChoice Malawi general manager Stephen Knight said the decision has been made to ensure that more Malawians have access to affordable and digital decoders before analogue switch off.
“GOtv has decided to complement government’s efforts to provide affordable decoders to Malawians. We hope that through this discount, more Malawians will have access to television when the analogue switch finally happens on June 30, 2016,” he said.
Knight said MultiChoice has been working closely with the government to explore areas of convergence where it can assist in providing affordable digital television for everyone.
“As DTT services are rolled out, it is important to note that the GOtv digital terrestrial offering is not just about improvements in the quality of TV pictures and sound; overall the benefits of affordable digital television for all will come from equal access to information which is a key to development,” he said.
He further said by saying the latest technology such as DVB-T2 will ensure more services are provided without compromising spectrum, such that other services which could be used for delivery of government programs such as education, health and other public services could be provided.
GOtv is on the DVB-T2 technology standard which allows for no less than 21 channels per frequency, this is different from DVB-T1 technology which only allows for 12 channels per frequency.
GOtv channels are selected to ensure that subscribers get an exciting range of channels which will cater for the whole family.