New HD DSTV channel for South African subscribers


HD PVR subscribers to get dedicated high definition sports channel in December. MultiChoice this morning announced that it would be increasing its channel offering for HD PVR subscribers. by Tom Manners

On the 26th of December the pay-TV operator plans to go live with an additional High Definition (HD) channel dedicated to sport coverage. This will coincide with the start of a test match between the South African and English cricket teams.

Initially the channel will intermittently broadcast sports coverage according to demand but will move over to a full 24-hour service on the 12th of February – set to coincide with the commencement of the 2010 Super 14 Rugby tournament.

The sports dedicated channel will be called Supersport HD and will be broadcast on channel 171. HD schedules will be published in the media and on, while Supersport will promote HD schedules on its other channels.

“We are pleased that we are able to make this viewing experience part of our DStv offering. High Definition is the new international television standard and MultiChoice would like to ensure that our customers are always kept abreast of new developments. The new Supersport HD channel will make viewing sport on DStv an even more exciting and rewarding experience,” said Nico Meyer, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa regarding the imminent launch.

This announcement will certainly be met with praise from MultiChoice HD PVR subscribers; some of whom have complained that a single HD channel was inadequate.

MultiChoice broadcasts in 720p High Definition, which is not technically regarded as full HD. This is however industry standard around the world due to the excessive bandwidth requirements of 1080p broadcasting.