Technology & convergence

DStv debuts remote recording, online services

DStv operator MultiChoice has debuted “remote recording”, allowing its subscribers to go online to set recordings on their personal video recorder (PVR) set-top boxes remotely.

At the same time, the broadcaster, which is owned by JSE-listed media group Naspers, has launched an Internet-enhanced version of its Catch Up service and announced plans for a DStv Now app for smart devices.

South Africa: Vodacom video-on-demand plans

Vodacom says it aims to launch a video-on-demand (VOD) service in South Africa in 2015, with its strategy closely aligned to its parent company, Vodafone.

“We get revenues out from the data growth, as well as from the content itself. I think the margins in VOD is not big, but the knock-on effect it can have in data growth is very large, and I think that’s where the opportunity lies for us,” Vodacom CEO, Shameel Joosub told BusinessTech.

150,000 homes to get Vodacom fibre

Vodacom intends rolling out high-speed fibre-optic broadband to 250,000 end points within the next three years. This will include connecting 150,000 homes and 100,000 businesses, the telecommunications operator’s CEO, Shameel Joosub, has told TechCentral.

Joosub says Vodacom has taken a cautious approach so far to building fibre access networks, but plans to ramp up its investment from next year, when it has budgeted to spend between R400m and R500m on the project.

StarTimes Launches Free To View Satellite TV Services

Kenyans on StarTimes will not have to worry about paying for their local channels as the pay TV company will see their subscribers have unlimited access to KTN, NTV, Citizen TV, K24, KBC and QTV while equally giving subscribers the option to subscribe to either of their favorite bouquets at will.

TV: Viewer’s choice and the webification of the medium

When CBS, the second-biggest television network in the world, announced in October that it would offer nearly all of its broadcast content over the Internet, it was tacit acknowledgment by a key player that the Web-ification of TV is at a tipping point.

Sentech launches OneBeam transmission with Enensys

South Africa's state-owned broadcast signal distributor, Sentech, in partnership with Enensys, has launched the OneBeam transmission service. Enensys designs and manufactures digital TV transmission technologies, while Sentech provides signal distribution services for most of the country's broadcasters, as well as the infrastructure behind its DTT deployment and DTH-S platform, ITWeb reported.

Cape Verde to roll out DTT in two stages

The Cape Verde government has decided that digital terrestrial television (DTT), scheduled to start by 17 June 2015, will be implemented in two phases, reports Noticia ao Minuto. According to the Minister of Media, Demis Lobo Almeida, the first phase will be functional in the course of 2015 and transmitters will be installed in Cidade da Praia and the islands of Santiago, Maio, Sao Vicente and Sal, covering 12 of the 22 municipalities of the country, or 65-70 percent of the population.

DStv lowers monthly subscription fees in Ghana

Cape Town – MultiChoice is lowering the monthly DStv subscription fees, but only in Ghana, due to that country's improving currency. South African consumers buckling under a weak Rand are not getting a reduction in subscription fees.

The satellite pay-TV platform has decided to lower the monthly subscription fees for subscribers in Ghana for DStv Premium, DStv Compact, DStv Family and DStv Access from the beginning of November.

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Muvi TV, Zambia’s leading commercial broadcaster and one of Africa’s fastest-growing satellite TV platforms, is poised for a new phase of expansion. The company has renewed and expanded its satellite capacity requirements from Stellar, a leading German play-out centre and satellite uplink facility, that leases high-power capacity on the EUTELSAT 7B satellite operated by Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) to broadcast Muvi TV to Zambia and neighbouring countries. The additional capacity enables Muvi TV to double the range of quality channels broadcast via EUTELSAT 7B.

Hitachi Kokusai wins DTT transmitter order from Botswana TV

Hitachi Kokusai Linear Equipamentos Eletronicos (HKL), a Brazilian subsidiary of Japan's Hitachi Kokusai Electric, has received a package order for digital terrestrial television broadcasting transmitters from Botswana TV, a state-run broadcasting station in the Republic of Botswana.

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