The Analogue Close Down: Digital Migration in Kenya

Last Updated on 16 February 2019 by Gertrude

Friday the thirteenth just before valentines, the televisions in Kenya went black. I believe it’s countrywide, pardon me, I haven’t done my research to know that! That day we never continued to see the faces of the presenters we have lived to know. And that day, there was no news. We have had to depend on online news to get updated on what’s going on in the country.

I have to admit I’m one of the few arrogant and ignorant people. Change doesn’t necessarily appeal to me. So, seeing letters and words moving up and down the screen, mesmerised me. To the extent, I sat down with my earphones singing and dancing to the tune of the letters gracing the screen of the small television I have there.

I have never been told what really the digital migration in Kenya means. Does it mean I will have to throw away my treasured small machine to the dustbins and buy another? Does it mean that I’ll have to pay exorbitantly for watching people move up and down, side by side with so many colours making them look like gods and goddesses. Does it mean that in order for me to watch the Mexican Soap Operas I have to pay to watch people who will never meet me and probably never know of my little existence.

Does it mean to watch some action movies I have to really move beyond my normal routine of free television and pay to watch guns revolving, being cocked and shooting people in cold blood? Does it mean for me to watch reality television I have to pay to watch as others make a huge living. Yet, my story never reaches even beyond my nose?

I have so many unanswered questions. Nobody cares to tell me what really is going on! Does it mean the presenters I have come to know and adore will never have jobs? So, how does the government intend to sort them out? I would love to understand, now. Will I have to pay 10,000 shillings monthly in order to see things that don’t directly benefit my well being and those of my kids? Oh, you tell me.

Again, why switch off television? You know, you do things I never understand. Dare to explain to me what set top box really is. In layman’s tongue, as easy as abc is. Please. Then, I may change my mind and purchase the set top box. Even then, I will still be confused as to what benefits this, ”set top box” is really all about!

Why do I have to buy this thing? How does it look? Will I have better watching experience or will it be soap opera after soap opera? Will I have the chance to see lots of different things, ideas and projects? Will you provide employment to graduates and others? Is this meant to benefit only a few? In black and white enlighten me, please.

Can you please pin-point a success story. Will you or can you be open to my ideas then? Because, if I don’t like your digital tools, who gives me my refund? What compensation am I supposed to get then? I am so confused with these things I don’t see the benefits. In this day and era of encouraging children to be global, why stick to a television set top box? Why am  I not getting you?

Come clean, transparent and clear and may be, you’ll see me in one of your shops. For now, I am waiting for my treasured way of doing and watching television. That’s: KTN, NTV, CITIZEN TV and QTV. That’s why I watch their news online!

 

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