By Abiodun Esan
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says that Digital Television will generate N100bn yearly for Nollywood via FreeTV distribution community.
The minister made this identified on Wednesday on the launch of digital swap over on the premises of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Ilorin.
He stated that Nigerians have watched Nollywood moved from VHS tapes to VCD to DVD, including that the entire world has moved to digital consumption of content material with its attendant advantages and democratisation of distribution.
Nigerian TV viewers, the minister stated have been constrained by restricted penetration of web of their properties.
“With the middleware in our `Set Top Boxes’; properties will be capable of purchase and watch the most recent Nollywood films with out the necessity for web.
“Imagine a film released on Monday morning being immediately available to all the households in Kwara at the touch of a button. That is the kind of experience we are talking about,” the minister added.
Mohammed added that FReeTV has the capability to develop TV promoting market by 400million greenback each year via viewers measurement.
“In this regard, permit me to use this opportunity to throw the weight of the government behind the NBC in its efforts to create a viable currency by which producers of content and channels can be re-numerated,” he stated.
The minister stated that the digital swap over will create tens of hundreds of jobs via Technical and Manufacturing alternatives.
“`Set Top Box’ assembling and in the end manufacturing is an irreversible mandate by the federal government to the business.
“We anticipate this to increase in a short time to native Smart TV and Tablet manufacturing.
“With our strong consumer base, we can quickly become the supplier of these equipments to the whole of West Africa,” the minister added.
Mohammed added that Electronic Programme Guide will even be a platform for App builders to create merchandise that may make life simpler for the house customers.
“For the people of Kwara, we welcome the publishers of Apps to start looking for how to make living easier and commerce easier, using the technology that sits on these boxes,” he added.
Mallam Ish’aq Modibo Kawu, Director General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), in his comment stated the swap over in Ilorin was the third since inauguration in Jos, Plateau State.
Kawu stated that one of many causes for selecting Kwara within the North Central was the presence of outdated broadcasting home and its closeness to worldwide borders.
He stated the swap over can be finished in every of the six geopolitical zones of the nation, including that Kaduna can be subsequent to modify over to digital TV.
The DG added that the Federal Government has imported 600, 000 Set of `Top Boxes’ at subsidised worth.
He stated that when the 600, 000 bins are exhausted, there can be no subsidy for subsequent ones because the bins can be manufactured within the nation. (NAN)