Pay-TV Firms Given 48 Hours to Broadcast Free-to-Air Channels

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has directed pay-TV providers to allow free-to-air broadcast access on their decoders within the next 48 hours.

CA Director-General Mercy Wanjau issued the directive following complaints from consumers that some Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) service providers had configured their platforms to bar some set-top boxes from receiving free-to-air (FTA) TV signal from other platforms.

The authority gave as an example of Gotv set-top boxes which have been barred from receiving FTA channels transmitted from PANG, Signet, Bamba and ADN.

In a statement issued in Nairobi on Tuesday, 31st March, the CA noted: “The said action is contrary to our regulatory directive that all type approved DVB-T2 set-top boxes should be configured to receive all FTA channels transmitted from any available DTT platform without any restriction whatsoever.

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“We, therefore, direct all licensed DTT broadcast signal distributors and DTT pay TV providers to unconditionally remove any restrictions and enable reception of all FTA broadcast signals from all other DTT platforms within 48 hours, failing which the authority will take necessary measures.”

According to the authority, barring reception of FTA broadcasting signals is a violation of licence conditions, the Act and Regulations.

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