Government through the Ministry of Information and Civic Education has advised Malawians to acquire "Kiliye Kiliye" digital decoders to enjoy clear and better quality television and more free television channels.
Malawi is migrating from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting and its being implemented in phases starting with transmitters in Mzuzu.
This means from July 1 2016, television viewers in Mzuzu will be unable to watch local television channels using analogue equipment.
The launch of the Malawi Digital Television will be held in Mzuzu on April 23 2016 at Mzuzu stadium.
Malawi and other countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc started the movement from analogue to digital on December 2013.
Through the digital transmission, government is promising more channels and better pictures from the country’s television stations.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) put June 17 2015 as the digital switchover deadline.
With "Kiliye Kiliye" digital decorders, viewers will have access to more free local television channels including the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).
Government approved the Malawi Digital Broadcasting Policy whose overall goal is to create a conducive environment for the development of digital broadcasting industry in Malawi.
The policy, among others, seeks to create an enabling environment for the development of the digital broadcasting industry in Malawi in order to ensure smooth transition from analogue to digital and maximise the benefits of broadcasting services.
The price of the decoder is K15,000 each, according to Dennis Chirwa, Digital Migration Coordinator at the ministry.
Chirwa said government has spent over K6.2 billion (9 million US dollors).
"We have sold 40,000 decoders and we have 29,000 in stock. The purpose of the policy is to ensure that migration from analogue to digital benefits the people and leads to more services and broader coverage," said Chirwa.