South African television is broadcast in all 11 official languages, as well as in German, Hindi, Portuguese – and sign language.(Image: Pexels)The country was the last in Africa to have a television service, with the first broadcast taking place in the major cities in 1975, before the first nation-wide broadcast on 6 January 1976.The government at the time had resisted the introduction of television, fearing that it would dilute the state’s control over the press and radio.Because it was launched so late, South African television has always been broadcast in colour, on the PAL system.The SABC’s broadcasting monopoly ended in 1986 when the subscription-based MNet was launched.The SABCSouth Africa’s semi-public broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), receives funding through both license fees and advertising. The SABC broadcasts on three domestic channels, with a mixed entertainment and public service mandate.SABC 1 is the most watched television channel in South Africa. The channel broadcasts in a wide range of languages, carrying news, entertainment and sports.SABC 2, the “channel for the nation, carries programming in a range of languages, including most of the SABC’s Afrikaans programming. The channel has a high proportion of locally produced programming.SABC 3 runs most of the SABC’s English content, including many American and British comedies and dramas.MNet and DSTVDStv is Multichoice’s main digital satellite service. Launched in 1995, it now has 150 channels. The subscription-based service is available in South Africa and throughout Africa.Content ranges from South African-produced programmes, to international syndicated content, sports and news. There are various “bouquets”, or bundles of channels, available to cater to specific audiences, such as South Africa’s expatriate communities. It broadcasts mainly in English, but also in Afrikaans, Portuguese and German.M-Net, started in 1986, is DStv’s premier channel broadcasting a mix of children’s entertainment, drama, sport and movies. The channel does not carry any news programming, although it does run some current affairs programmes.DStv Mobile offers mobile television and services.e.tvLaunched in 1998, e.tv is South Africa’s only free-to-air television channel. The station carries a mix of news, sports and entertainment. e.tv broadcasts mainly in English, although does carry some programming in other languages in order to comply with its license requirements.e.tv also offers a video-on-demand service, which allows users to watch programmes online.StarSat (formerly Top TV)On Digital Media’s StarSat (previously known as TopTV ) satellite television service offers budget-conscious South African and international television channels. It broadcasts principally in English, but also in Hindi, Portuguese and Afrikaans. It is the only service to offer prepaid packages.Digital televisionSouth Africa is in the process of migrating to a digital terrestrial television service, in line with international guidelines for a global switchover set by the International Telecommunications Union.Visit the Go Digital website for more information: www.godigitalsa.co.za*This article was updated 14 June 2013Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Try this to become a better employee and a better person.Here are some plans for four popular resolutions. You will find that they overlap; so if you’re daring, resolve to do all four.To improve overall health, start with being more active.Take the stairs instead of the elevator… ALWAYS!Park far from the entrance… ALWAYS!Stop smoking…cigarettes…with tobacco in them. If you smoke a pack (20) a day, start with smoking one less cig per day each week. So, Week 1 you will smoke a pack a day. Week 2 you will smoke 19 cigs per day. Week three you will smoke 18 cigs a day, and so on. By June, you will have weened yourself off cigs altogether!Eat smaller portions – much smaller – but more frequently. Small, healthy stuff… ALWAYS!Drink more water ALWAYS! Every time you drink anything, drink water, too.Train for a race—like a 5K, 10K, half marathon, full marathon, mud run, triathlon, whatever you are up for. (Start a fitness challenge that lasts 350 days. (You should allow yourself a few days off.))Improve your mental acuity. To improve mental acuity, use your brain in different ways.Watch less TV. It fries your brain. No. It sautés your brain. You don’t feel it getting fried, but it’s happening.Read more BOOKS, not just memes, tweets and statuses.Play word games, letter and number puzzles and logic stuff. They’ve been shown to reduce – even reverse – the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s.Take a foreign language. (Try your local community college.)Meet new people. To meet new people, just meet new people.Play word-game apps that introduce you to competitors electronically.Volunteer more. A literacy class perhaps? Feed the homeless? You will meet people there.Go to a live comedy show!Go back to school. School is where most of us met most of our friends.Be polite. In this present society’s environment, politeness may first be met with confusion and distrust, but will likely eventually lead to pleasant conversation. Try it. If it doesn’t work, so what?Make more money. (People are attracted to people who make plenty of money.) To make more money, you gotta hustle, baby.Get a second job. Even if you work at Wendy’s, it is $7.25 an hour more than you make now, and will be an hour less TV, and you will meet new people, and you will be using your brain in a different way. Just be sure to make healthy food choices when break time comes!More credentials = more money…most times. read more
marshall kirkpatrick How do you get from Hot Topic to Orange Julius? With Bing Maps for Mobile, of course! Microsoft’s innovative but too-unloved mobile map search service announced today that it has added floor plan maps for 400 shopping malls to m.bing.com. I’m not able to access the feature yet, but this wouldn’t be the first time an announcement like this preceded go-live time.This is honestly the kind of thing I can imagine using and I can imagine other people using it too. “I often cannot find my way out of Baby Gap,” confirms ReadWriteWeb’s Dan Rowinski. Mall navigation is a serious problem genuine inconvenience that mobile technology ought to solve.The URL of the announcement (new-airport-maps-for-bing-and-mall-maps-come-to-mobile.aspx) implies that airport maps are available as well but I’m not finding much detail on PDX or SFO. That will be a nice feature as well.Malls of the FutureSomeday indoor maps will probably be ubiquitous. A base level of place data that will be built on even further; mall messaging, store-created mobile experiences and other technologies are likely. For now it looks like a very handy innovation as is. Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Location#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … (Disclosure: I am a member of one of White Horse’s advisory boards but haven’t mentioned the report here until it was relevant. See also PSFK’s recent Future of Retail report, which I was also consulted for.) What will mobile retail look like further down the road? Some interesting perspective is available from marketing agency White Horse Design’s recent research report titled “The Future of In-Aisle Mobile: A Framework for Consumer-Centered Innovation.” “Mobile’s role in the overall in-aisle customer experience is at a very early period in its evolution… some retailers are beginning to recognize the importance of the mobile context as an opportunity to deliver richer digital experiences directly to the consumer in the right place (in-aisle) and at the right time (in a browsing/buying frame of mind)…Awareness is growing that retailers have been excluded from the hidden conversations happening within their aisles: conversations with both external agents (both competitive and informational), as well as with consumers’ own personal advisors, brought invisibly with them into the stores through text messages, micro-blogs, and location-based networks. These hidden conversations create an imperative to monitor, engage, and ultimately influence the in-aisle experience. Retailers can do so by leveraging the advantages inherent to the contexts they do control: physical place (macro and micro, wall, and shelf), and announced opportunity (shopping occasions)…To the extent that retailers’ failure to create a welcoming in-aisle mobile experience stemsfrom a false belief that in-aisle mobile usage is only for price checking (which just favors discounters), our data contradicts that perception.” Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology read more