Everything you need to know about Analogue Switch-Off

Everything you need to know about Analogue Switch-Off

1. What Does ASO Stand For?
ASO stands for Analogue Switch-Off.

2. What does ASO mean?
It is the process of turning off the analogue terrestrial television signal. Once the analogue signal is switched off, it will be replaced by a digital signal.

3. How will ASO affect my TV viewing?
If you do not have a set-top box (STB) or decoder, you will no longer be able to watch your TV.

4. What is an STB?
It is an equipment easily known as a decoder, which changes a digital signal to analogue signal.

5. What do I need to do to get an STB?
There are two ways to receive an STB:

  • Subsidised market
  • Retail market.

6. How will I know if I fall under subsidised or retail market?
Subsidised market:

  • Every household within the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) area qualifies for a government-subsidised STB.
  • For those outside the SKA area, the following requirements apply:
  • You must be a South African
  • You need to earn a household income of less than R3 200.

Visit your nearest South African Post Office branch to register for a government-subsidised STB with the following documents:
ID, proof of residence and proof of income or affidavit.

Retail market

  • If you earn more than R3 200, you have to buy your own STB at the retail shops. Information will be broadcasted on radio, TV and newspapers as soon as the STBs are available.

7. Who does not need an STB?
Anyone who is already watching TV using a decoder e.g. DStv, OpenView and Mnet.

8. What is dual illumination?
Dual illumination is a period in broadcasting digital migration when both analogue and digital signal is transmitted at the same time.

9. Is South Africa in the stage of dual illumination?
Yes, the dual illumination period started on 1 February 2016.

Contact Go Digital Call Centre on  0800 11 11 88 for more information.

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