Discover Digital provides EPG solutions to broadcasters in South Africa

Discover Digital the South African-based digital technologies and Video-on-Demand (VoD) solutions provider, has developed a new digitally interactive electronic programme guide (EPG) system for broadcasters and digital TV streaming services.

Stephen Watson, Managing Director of Discover Digital, says the EPG was developed internally for an advanced digitally interactive programme guide acting as a foundation for future streaming functionality. Discover Digital explained, “Built-in notification features allow viewers to set reminders and receive notifications to mobile devices and share what they are watching on social media platforms Facebook and Twitter.”

Watson says the new EPG will go live on the company’s entertainment service called DEOD. He added, “Not only does it give viewers a single destination for updated 24/7 access to TV channel programming information and correct start and end times of programmes, but, the EPG system also lays the foundations for our next on-demand technology innovations, including building personalised catalogues of catch up content.”

The live-to-VOD system-driven process will automatically record all programmes from a linear channel and make them available in a catch-up environment. The feature aims to be beneficial with sports content, where premium international content may be screened live at inconvenient times for South African and pan-African viewers.

“Our new solutions will be rolled out to DEOD customers, but are also available as stand-alone solutions and/or fully managed services within our technology portfolio,” concludes Watson.