Over 51,000 people you won't be able to watch their favourite soap or news broadcasts beginning midnight today (
According to figures from the 2010 national census, over 192,800 homes had television sets.
"Out of those, 141,260 (70 per cent of all people with TV sets) homes have acquired decoders," the regulators said. This means that about 51,540 (27 per cent) do not have decoders.
All people with TV sets were expected to have bought set top boxes, commonly known as decoders by end of today to enable the switchover to digital broadcasting.
The last phase of the switchover from analogue television (TV) transmission to digital broadcasting will involve the west and south-west regions, Patrick Nyirishema, the Rura director general, said last evening.
The four-phase switch from analogue to digital transmission started in January this year and ends today
In 2008, the government decided to digitalise the whole network of the
According to Nyirishema, before the digital migration exercise started, 50 per cent of the TV sets used analogue transmission. "However, the digital coverage is currently at around 95 per cent."
He said Rura adopted a phased approach to migrate due to decoder distribution constraints.
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