Tag Archives: Platco Digital

OpenView HD lease space on IS-20

Platco Digital’s free-to-air satellite TV platform, OpenView HD (OVHD), has signed a capacity leasing agreement with state owned signal distributor for South African broadcasting, Sentech, on its Intelsats IS-20 satellite. IS-20 is also the same satellite used by MultiChoice for its pay-TV service, DStv. OVHD currently uses a satellite in the same 5°E orbital slot as [...]

OpenView HD to bring down STB price

Platco Digitals free-to-air satellite TV platform, OpenView HD (OVHD), plans to lower the set-top box prices in the next two months as the platform failed to attract adequate subscribers. After it went live in October 2013, OVHD could garner only over 40,000 active subscribers, 160,000 short of OVHDs target set for March next year. “Our [...]

OpenView HD adds music channel

Platco Digital-owned South African free-to-air HD satellite TV platform, OpenView HD, added a new music channel, Beatlab.tv, which will broadcast from 18:00 until 22:00 every night on channel 500. “Music is probably the biggest form of entertainment one can offer South Africa, so instead of having a few isolated shows, we have decided that our [...]

OpenView HD adds 3 TV channels

Platco Digital-owned South African free-to-air HD satellite TV platform, OpenViewHD (OVHD), has added three news channels to its existing line-up of 15 TV channels Bi-Cars TV, Ekurhuleni TV and United Christian Broadcasting Network (UCBN). Ekurhuleni TV is a community TV station carrying local news, music, educational, health and religious programming. United Christian Broadcasting Network [...]

OpenView HD plans to launch PVR and IDTV

OpenView HD (OVHD), the South African free-to-air HD satellite TV platform owned by Platco Digital, plans to launch PVR services in 2014 and an Integrated Digital Television (IDTV) service by 2015, according to Maxwell Nonge, Managing Director of Platco Digital. While there are a few pay-TV PVR services in the market, but we will be [...]

South Africa prepares for more OTT streaming

Two of South Africas leading FTA broadcast groups are separately working to offer free OTT streaming services in the country. Government-owned broadcast signal distributor Sentech, and FTA broadcaster e.tv, both highlighted their plans in Cape Town this week. German STB manufacturer, Kathrein TechnoTrend, demonstrated the online content offering for Sentechs FTA satellite platform, [...]

Cisco delivers CA system to Openview HD

Platco Digital, the sister company of South African commercial broadcaster e.tv, has signed a deal with Cisco to provide a CA system for its new multi-channel satellite TV service Openview HD. Ciscos VideoGuard conditional access solution will be used to protect the distribution of content on Platcos FTA DTH platform and provide affordable multi-channel [...]

OpenView warned of illegally broadcasting SABC channels

State owned South African broadcaster, SABC, has strongly opposed OpenView HDs inclusion of SABCs three main television channels as part of its newly launched FTA satellite bouquet. The public broadcaster said in a statement that there has been no agreement with OpenView to broadcast SABC channels, while Platco Digital responded by saying: The SABC, as [...]

Open View HD launched in South Africa

OpenView HD positioned by Platco Digital as Africas first free-to-air HD satellite television platform, has gone live with a bouquet of 10 new channels along with three SABC channels and etv with its four newly launched channels – eKasi+, etoonz+, eAfrica+ and emovies+. OpenView HD expects 5-million out of a potential 10.7-million television households to sign [...]

Openview HD starts selling decoders ahead of launch

E-tvs sister company, Platco Digital, has started selling its multi-channel and satellite decoders ahead of the scheduled launch of its new TV service, Openview HD, on October 15. Maxwell Nonge, head of Platco Digital, said the decoders are on sale at various retailers, including Pick & Pay, Hirschs, Extreme Discounters and OK, at a retail [...]