The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), yesterday confirmed that the new switch in transmission from analog to digital is expected to deny millions of Lagos residents TV signal.
The commission’s acting Director-General, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, who spoke in Lagos during the official Digital Switch Over (DSO), said effective yesterday, no fewer than five million households would be able to view over 30 stations free of charge as long as they have Set Top Boxes (STBs).
According to The Nation, Some guests that wanted to buy the STB yesterday complained about its cost. A lady who identified herself simply as Lynda, said the price of the Box was too high at N12,500. She said: “N12,500 is on the high side in an economy like ours. If the government really wants to help the masses as it is professing now, the Box should be between N1,000 and N1,500,” she said.
Prof Idachaba said the commission has licensed 140 terrestrial television stations and indigenous STB manufacturers.
In his address, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said already, there are over one million STBs for five million TV households in the state. He said the launch marked the beginning of the second phase of the DSO rollout, which came a day before the fifth anniversary of the launch of the pilot programme of the DSO in Jos, Plateau State, on April 30, 2016.
Prof. Idachaba, who gave the welcome address, said the digitisation of broadcasting brings a whole gamut of opportunities for Nigerians, adding that it is perhaps without doubt the fastest and safest way to leap frog those at the lower rung up the digital divide.