Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Technology & Convergence

South Africa’s state-backed Sentech transmission company will launch a free-to-air satellite platform on September 30th.  Dubbed ‘Freevision’, the service is a rehash of its existing ‘Vivid’ service. The launch will be a few hours ahead of a rival service, OpenViewHD, from e-TV and Platco. Sentech’s scheme is, essentially, a gap-filler service to bridge the period between the end of analogue TV and the introduction of a much-delayed DTT service.  Any channel that is licensed to transmit on DTT will be able to use the ‘Freevision’ platform, says Sentech. Intelsat (at 68.5 deg E) will provide the capacity for Freevision, while SES Astra will provide capacity for OpenView D. Source: Chris Forrester

On 29 August 2013, Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the world's leading provider of satellite services, and Japan-based SoftBank Mobile Corp. announced the successful trial of a cost-effective, rural 3G mobile phone service in Kenya. More here.

On Sept. 3, 2013, IMAX Corporation and Ster-Kinekor Theatres, a division of Primedia Ltd., announced an agreement to install an IMAX® theatre in the Ster-Kinekor Gateway Multiplex at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Durban, South Africa. The deal represents IMAX's first commercial multiplex theatre in the country. PRNewswire.