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‘e.tv could win big in DTT decision’

e.tv has said it needs the encrypted system so it can compete with broadcasters like DStv.

FILE: Communications Minister Faith Muthabmi has reversed previous government decisions by going with the un-encrypted system. Picture: Freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Media Monitoring Africa says e.tv could be one of the big winners if the African National Congress is able to convince Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to change her decision on Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT).

Yesterday the party confirmed at its National General Conference that it would bring a system where signals would be encrypted.

e.tv has said it needs the encrypted system to protect its content so it can compete with broadcasters like DStv.

But Muthabmi has reversed previous government decisions by going with the un-encrypted system.

The organisation's William Bird says it would be good news for independent television stations.

"There's also a significant blow to some members in the SABC. Bearing in mind that this has been marked a battle that's been poured out around the SABC-Multichoice deal and around the issue of encryption and this new minister."