Technology & convergence

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.

Usaasa sets out set-top box subsidy plan

The Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa), the government agency tasked with bridging South Africa’s digital divide, has provided details of those who will qualify for a subsidy when buying a set-top box for watching digital terrestrial television.

The subsidies proposed range from 66% for households with no income to 15% for those earning up to R2 499/month, according to Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn, who has had sight of the Usaasa document, which is entitled “Qualifying Criteria for the Set-Top Box Scheme of Ownership and Support”.

Ethiopia to switch country to digital by end 2016

The Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority (EBA) says it will upgrade the terrestrial television service in the country, from analogue to digital, by the end of 2016. EBA told Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) that the draft bill which has been tabled for discussion would help to deliver quality media service and ensure accessibility to media.

EXCAF TELECOM selects HTTV's Hybrid TVOS to power their DVB-T2 STBs for the Analogue Switch-Off in Senegal

Excaf Telecom Group, the DTT operator in charge of the Analogue Switch Off in Senegal, has signed a contract with HTTV for the deployment of up to 1 million Set-Top Boxes. Excaf’s DVB-T2 platform will enable the population of Senegal to access Free to Air and Pay TV content over newly digitalized DTT signal.

The Excaf Telecom Group is the first operator in French speaking Africa to manage the Analogue Switch Off decided by the UAT (African countries organization for telecoms) and to launch a pay TV business on the newly freed DTT spectrum.

Belgium’s SatADSL partners local companies for financial and school broadcasting services

Belgium firm, SatADSL is set to provide financial and school broadcasting services with internet connectivity to remote areas in Kenya and Uganda using satellite technology.

The Belgian firm has partnered with Indigo Telecom in Kenya and Uganda’s Maisha Network to enable banks with microfinance institutions to install Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) as well as provide money transfer services.

SatLink Communications partners with Pi Telecom to deliver Cloud based “TV everywhere” Platform

New End-to-End Cloud Platform provides immediate OTT service to broadcasters and operators with unique monetisation features

SA’s next VOD service arrives in 2015

On 1 February 2015, mobile digital broadcaster MobileTV is set to launch its VOD offering, TV4U, in South Africa. According to MobileTV founder Mothobi Mutloatse, the service will be more affordable than its competitors; Altech’s Node and Times Media’s Vidi.

According to ITWeb Mutloatse said,"Because ours is a satellite-centric concept with content delivered directly to the customer's disk, fast and highly cost-efficient, it provides the additional edge of multiscreen interactivity."

Multichoice amplifies care services in Nigeria with road show

Provider of premium pay-TV content on DStv and GOtv platforms, Multichoice, has stepped up its consumer engagement drive in Nigeria with its DStv open house initiative.  In furtherance of the company’s commitment to enriching lives, the DStv open house will provide consumers with instant access to a range of services, including customer care, subscription payment, self-help channels, technical support and much more. The activation is scheduled to hold in residential estates across selected areas in Lagos State between 27th September and 1st November 2014.

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