Minister of information, communications technology and civic education Patricia Kaliati is today expected to unveil the “Kiliye Kiliye” digital decoder at Mzuzu Stadium as the country is finally migrating from analogue to digital television broadcasting.
According to a statement by the ministry, the analogue television switch off is being implemented in phases starting with transmitters in Mzuzu.
This means from 1st July, 2016, television viewers in Mzuzu and surrounding areas will not be able to watch any local television channel using analogue equipment.
“Television viewers are encouraged to have the “Kiliye” digital decoder. The decoder is plugged to a television set to interpret the digital signal so that channels are displayed on an analogue television set,” reads part of the statement.
The “Kiliye” decoder is not the same as the satellite pay television or any other Free-To-Air decoder because it enables Malawians to watch more free local television channels with better quality.
Once bought, there is no subscription payment to be made and people will enjoy viewing for free.
The channels viewers will be able to access are Malawi Broadcasting Corporation(MBC), Luso, God News Broadcasting Services(GBS), Timveni, Luntha, Channel for All Nations (CAN), Calvary (CFC), Times, Hope Channel, Zodiak, Joy, Matindi, Ufulu, Beta, Angaliba, African Bible College(ABC) and Laura TV.