Lagos State residents are now able to watch television channels through digital broadcasting.
On Thursday, the Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed launched the switchover of Lagos.
In television broadcasting, it describes the transition from analog to digital. The first launch of the free-to-air television service was in Jos, Plateau State. The roll-out will occur after another phase.
After 29 April 2021, residents of Lagos state cannot watch analog TV channels again. The federal government regulatory agency joined the National Broadcasting Commission at the Lagos launch.
NBC claims no, for analog stations are scheduled to be turned off by the end of this year. Government officials say, “Nigerians will no longer have to pay satellite television companies large amounts of money after the digital TV service was launched.”
What you need to know about Nigeria’s digital free TV service
- Getting a decoder, or ‘Free TV’ box, is the first step in watching the digital broadcast.
- Every household has to pay N1,500 ($4) a year to watch the ‘Free TV’ channels.
- This would be equivalent to the UK’s BBC TV license.
- Free TV decoders are available 24 hours a day, providing more than 60 channels.
- Local content will make up 70 percent of a channel’s programming. This includes TV shows, sitcoms, documentaries, music videos, drama series, talent shows, and sports.
- Free TV encoders were made in Nigeria.
- According to the Nigerian government, an estimated one million jobs could be created by the project in three years.
The Nigerian switchover for 2016 begins ten years after Luxembourg, making it the first country to switch over for 2006 entirely.
A few states have already switched, including Plateau, Abuja, Kaduna, Kwara, Enugu, and Osun, Kano, Rivers, Yobe, Gombe, Imo, Akwa Ibom, Oyo, Jig.