Nigeria transition from analogue to digital television viewing commenced yesterday with the Jos pilot scheme.
The switch over will enable viewers enjoy up to 15 free- to- air channels as against the four presently enjoyed in Jos.
The scheme will also see about 200,000 television households in Jos receiving free Set-Top Boxes (STBs) for the Digital Switch Over (DSO).
Nigeria is hoping to meet the June 17th 2017 global deadline after failing to meet up with two previous global deadlines.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, commissioned the transition.
When fully switched on, Mohammed said the country will have the largest digital viewing of 30 million.
He also announced that the train will next move to Abuja and then Lagos for the roll out.
The Minister said the committee will be on ground in Jos until the entire state is fully switched on.
On the benefits of the switch-over, Mohammed said: “This is a monumental event, which is revolutionising the broadcast industry in the country as this event offer Nigerian viewer high quality sound and high resolution pictures.
“The federal government is already using it to create jobs for Nigerian youths because we have instructed the manufacturers of the set boxes to produce it locally in Nigeria here.”
The channels available to the people of Jos include: NTA, Silverbird, Channels, TVC, PRT, Galaxy, CBBC, KENNIS MUSIC, AFRICA MOVIE NET, GOTEL, NTA SPORT, NTA NEWS, NTA JOS, LIBERTY TV, ONE MUSIC and AIT