Technology & Convergence News: In Brief

Technology & Convergence
CANAL OVERSEAS has announced that it launched Catch Up TV via par satellite in Mauritius and Reunion, branded: “CANAL + A LA DEMANDE”. The service is free of charge for subscribers who took the PVR (Personal Video Recorder) option. Recorded programmes – to choose from 130 hours per month in total including 8 hours of new programmes per day - will be available to view for 30 days. MultiChoice, owner of the DStv bouquets of satellite pay-TV channels, has launched South Africa’s first TV on demand / catch-up TV service. DStv ON DEMAND is available as a free service to subscribers of the DStv Premium bouquet only, although MultiChoice has plans to roll out the service to its other bouquets in the future. Orange Senegal launched a special offer for its “TV d’Orange” (IPTV) with exceptional prices - around 50% discount - for its dual play packages: ADSL + TV. This offer allows users to get more than 80 TV and radio channels. Until June 30 2010, existing “ADSL 512” clients can also get a free migration to 1 Mega for the same monthly fees. On 6 May, South Africa’s Minister of Communications, General (Ret) Siphiwe Nyanda, opened the Local and Digital Content Summit at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg. The recently launched online movie magazine, MOV-e, has had over 740 unique visitors, 87 registered members, 344 Facebook group members and been read over 1000 times. This is according to Len du Randt of AdForge, co-founder of the magazine.