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NAIROBI Darren O'Day Authentic Jersey , Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- A TV blackout in Kenya occasioned by a standoff between four broadcasters and the government over digital migration has not stopped Kenyans from acquiring set-top- boxes.

East African nation residents, both in rural and urban areas, are buying the gadgets in droves as they seek to migrate to digital broadcasting.

The blackout has entered the second week with both the four TV stations and the regulator, Communication Authority of Kenya, failing to cede ground.

Kenyans have, therefore, been left in an information blackout Zach Britton Authentic Jersey , with majority complaining that they are missing their favourite local programmes and newscasts.

However, awareness about the digital migration is high, the reason why many are going for the set-top boxes despite the TV blackout.

A survey by research firm Ipsos-Synovate released last week indicated that four out of 10 Kenyans who own TV sets have bought set-top boxes.

It further noted that 60 percent of those who have not acquired the gadgets plan to buy.

Those in rural areas seeking to buy, particularly free-to-air digital set-top boxes, are acquiring them through their friends and kin in the capital Nairobi.

""It is important I have the gadget whether there is a TV blackout or not. I know that the TV stations would be switched on at one time, thus, they should not come back before I have the gadget Mark Trumbo Authentic Jersey ,"" secondary school teacher Boniface Anjeche, who resides in Kakamega, said on phone on Monday.

The teacher was eagerly waiting for his brother in Nairobi to buy him a free-to-air set-top box after he sent him money.

""I sent him money on Saturday evening and he promised to buy and send the gadget via the courier services,"" he said.

In the town, as in others across Kenya, most of the set-top boxes readily available are those of pay TV firms StarTimes and GOtv.

The two have dropped prices significantly, selling pay TV set- top boxes at an average price of 19 U.S. dollars with monthly subscription going down to a low of 0.05 dollars per day for some banquets.

Their free-to-air decoders are going for between 38 dollars and 55 dollars.

The other free-to-air decoders Joey Rickard Authentic Jersey , on the other hand, are being sold upcountry Kenya by few independent traders, whose prices are as high as 55 dollars as compared those in Nairobi at 36 dollars.

""The reality is that whether there is a TV blackout or not, we must migrate to digital broadcasting. I had ignored buying the gadget for sometime but I went for it three days ago,"" said Peter Muli, a computer technician in Nairobi, who bought a pay TV decoder.

A StarTimes sales agent in Nairobi noted that demand for the gadgets is still high despite the TV blackout.

The company and its rival GOtv have erected tents on nearly every street in the capital to reach as many people as possible.

""We have not seen negative change in demand of the set-top- boxes since the TV blackout started over a week ago. People are still buying them and we believe this will continue in coming weeks Chris Davis Authentic Jersey ,"" said the agent at a stall along Moi Avenue.

Bernard Mwaso of Edell IT Solution in Nairobi noted that demand for set-top boxes is yet to reach its peak.

""People are aware they need to migrate, thus, will buy the gadgets whether the TV blackout is there or not. Demand will, however, peak once the TV stations are back on air because Kenyans will be missing their favourite programmes.""
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Protests in Kiev's Independence Square, widely known as Maidan, in November, 2013, unleashed a year of turmoil. More than 1,300 combatants and civilians have been killed in eastern Ukraine Adam Jones Authentic Jersey , bringing the overall death toll to more than 4,700. The East European country has been trapped in a heavy crisis since former President Viktor Yanukovych was toppled in February.

"The freedom that we got is not worth the lives of thousands of people and economic devastation," she told Xinhua.

Komasa, who works as a sales manager in a Kiev-based private company, said that this year was the worst in her life, especially in terms of economic well-being.

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Ukraine's national currency, the hryvnya Jonathan Schoop Authentic Jersey , has lost 47 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar since the beginning of the crisis, curbing consumers' spending and putting pressure on businesses.

"The hryvnya's slump has sharply increased the costs of all commodities, but our salaries remain the same. Many people have dollar-based mortgages and are unable to repay them," Komasa said.

Oleg Kharchenko, a 35-year-old businessman from Kiev, said the sales revenue declined as people saved their expenses. In addition, it became pointless to import goods from abroad because of the unstable exchange rates. "Some companies Cal Ripken Authentic Jersey , especially importers, are forced to operate at a loss, just to stay on the market without losing customers," he said.

According to Kharchenko, business environment in Ukraine still leaves much to be desired despite high expectations for its improvement.

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