Digital Migration: DStv Cuts Decoder Price by 65%

The state minister for Northern Uganda, more about Rebecca Amuge Otengo survived death together with her driver, this site security and other occupants when the car they were travelling in was attacked by unknown people with a huge stone on Sunday evening.

The minister who is also the Woman Member of Parliament for Alebtong district was using her official car when a huge rock was hurled from the bush, link hitting the driver`s side and smashing the windscreen as well.

According to Otengo, the assailants possibly wanted the driver to lose control so that the car could overturn and kill them all. She says they luckily escaped unhurt.

“Some ill-intentioned person used a stone to hit our car and it seems their  target was to hit our driver and cause the car to overturn. The rest would be in the book of history now.” Otengo said in a short statement on social media.

Otengo said she reported the case to police after doing the same to God, who made her survive the deadly incident.
A few days to the deadline of the digital migration, this site pay television giant DStv has announced a 65 percent price cut on their decoders.

The Uganda Communication Commission set June 17 as the deadline for the migration from analogue to digital and all TV sets that will not have changed to digital will be switched off .

Addressing journalists at their new headquarters in Kololo on Monday morning, pilule MultiChoice Uganda General Manager Charles Hamya noted that they thought it helpful to have the decoder prices trimmed as the organisation’s contribution to the successful migration process, .

“We are aware that by 17 June, all analogue systems will be switched off. In an endeavor to support the UCC and government to ensure a smooth transition from analogue to digital, we have decided to reduce our prices for the decoders by 65 percent,”Hamya added.


“Subsequently, the price has reduced from Shs 309,000 to Shs 99,900 for a full DStv kit which includes a decoder, dish and one month subscription on the access bouquet.”

According to the General Manager, digital migration is a major global milestone which will positively transform the broadcasting and ICT sector and hence the need to be supported by everyone in the industry.

“Uganda is the only East African country that has not yet migrated considering our partners Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya have done so. We know the market will never be ready for migration but people will definitely have to change accordingly. Its therefore high time we changed to digital and we are at the forefront of seeing this happen here.”

Hamya noted that over 30-35 percent already migrated which is a good number considering that over 1.7 million Ugandans have TV sets. He expressed hope that more people will embrace the digital migration.

“All those who think the deadline for migration will be extended should drop the hopes because the migration is a global agreement that requires Uganda to abide by the deadline. It’s high time Ugandans embraced it,” Hamya said.

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