eTV logo at the entrance of the company's offices in Hyde Park, Johannesburg.
BLOEMFONTEIN - The Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of e.tv on Tuesday.
The broadcaster challenged government’s digital migration policy.
Government said it would not encrypt the new set-top boxes.
All South Africans will need the boxes when the country switches over to digital terrestrial TV.
The court ruled that the Communications Minister failed to consult with all stakeholders.
It said the policy change was irrational and invalid.
It also found that the minister acted beyond her legal authority.
e.tv’s Chief Operating Officer Mark Rosin says the ruling will level the playing field, as South Africa goes digital.