Why MultiChoice is not planning full HD broadcasts for DStv
MultiChoice said it has no immediate plans to broadcast in 1080p, also known as full HD, because of a lack of support from decoders.
Online streaming services like Netflix offer video streaming in 1080p and 4K, but broadcasters typically only go up to 720p (HD).
MultiChoice said not all decoders are capable of 1080p, and therefore broadcasting in 1080p would require it to duplicate content.
“We also see very little demand from mainstream customers currently [for 1080p],” said MultiChoice.
MultiChoice previously stated that full HD broadcasts also require changes to broadcast infrastructure and utilise more bandwidth than the current 1080i and 720p resolutions.
Source: My Broadband 24 March 2016