The fast paced world has quickly shifted from analog to digital technology real quick; ever since, there has been a consistent reform in technological aspect. With regard to television, it can be stated without any doubt that it was once considered a normal device with just a few channels for entertainment. But, with technology, it has changed the way we look at television or the media that is delivered through. However, Nigeria seems to be lagging when it comes to the most essential and necessary change needed for a contribution towards overall development of the country through digital media and internet television
Digital forecast in Nigeria:
Nigeria’s journey towards digital broadcasting and iptv subscription formerly began in 2007, ever since then it has been struggling to spread this motive across the country. The ill management of politics and low funding has been a biggest challenge. The government took necessary steps in 2008 to make shift from analogue to digital, but, it consecutively failed to follow up and ended up missing three deadlines in the past in 2012, 2015 and even in 2017. The struggle of keeping up with the world for digitization is still in progress.
Nigeria’s move to expand digital broadcasting:
Nigeria’s objective is to replace terrestrial television with digital broadcasting or internet television that will bring in excellent service for viewers and aid in revenue streams for the government and people across the nation. It will also welcome new business strategies. Four out of 36 states excluding Federal capital territory (FCT) of Nigeria has successfully made a shift for this motive. The country needs funding of about N69 billion so that Nigeria’s wait of iptv subscription is put to rest.
The technology inherited with digitization enables endless possibilities for the nation. A revolutionary change in Nigeria can be brought in by contributors to assess the motive. It seems like only time and funds will kick off Nigeria’s endless wait of digital broadcasting.