Nigeria Launches ‘Free TV’ Digital Decoder

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Thursday launched set-top boxes in Lagos as part of its long-anticipated digital switchover (DSO) program.

The Digital Switch Over (DSO) has the capacity to facilitate video-on-demand, audience measurement and a better viewing experience which will see the country move from analogue to digital broadcasting.

DSO also means a departure from poor signal and an end to the ancestral struggle with antennas.

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, noted the set-top box does not require monthly subscriptions, except for an annual access fee of N1,500 and it will also provide access to about 60 channels

The Minister added that switching-on Lagos is unique and epochal becuase it marks the first time the DSO project would be beaming 60 choice channels to homes.

“This is not by accident. Lagos is Nigeria’s creative hub, hence it is important to harness the creative talents that abound in the state through this project.”

The Nigerian Government is hopeful that analogue broadcasting will be completely switched-off in the country by December 2022.


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