NexTV and ONStv Announce VoD and Pay-per-View Solution for South Africans Living Abroad

Technology & Convergence

NexTV and ONStv announced today a VOD and pay-per-view solution for South Africans living abroad. Viewers from South Africa living or traveling outside their homeland can now watch their favorite television programs via a device as small as a USB stick. Viewers simply plug the device into their TV sets and are able to access the latest and greatest shows from South Africa.

Henning Basson, director of ONStv Media stated, "There are approximately one million South Africans living abroad, and with the development of this HDMI dongle that simply plugs into the customer's TV set, it has never been easier for viewers to enjoy their favorite programming, no matter where they are.

Programming will be in English and Afrikaans (with English subtitles) and includes music videos, religious programming, and the latest news and sports."
"A great deal of software development was necessary to build this solution for OnStv," said Mark Lobwein, CEO of NexTV Australia. "With the HDMI stick, viewers can easily access content from their homeland. We have worked very closely with the development team at Tulix Systems and we are absolutely thrilled with the results. The system is fully animated from start to finish and includes a turnkey solution for billing and customer care. We are thrilled to be working with ONStv on this project."

ONStv content is broadcast via an IPTV platform on a Transactional Video-On-Demand (TVOD) basis, without any monthly subscription fees or locked-in contracts. Viewers will simply need an Internet ready television set (Smart TV), smartphone, tablet or a set top box that converts a TV into a Smart TV. The set top box will be available for less than $100 online or at the local South African shop abroad. The hassle-free installation only requires the viewer to plug, activate and play.

NexTV is a joint venture between EURO World Network and Ethnic Channels Group; the Broadcaster’s exclusive representative for North America, Australia & New Zealand; responsible for their overall Marketing and Distribution Strategy of their media offering. NexTV is committed to providing customers and business partners superior value in services by empowering our team members to be creative, innovative, and team oriented, and by progressively working together to improve the company, the community and ourselves. NexTV is dedicated to serving the unique blend of cultures that exist in North America, Australia & New Zealand.

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