Intelsat has announced the extension of its contract with Sentech to boost the South African broadcasting signal distributor’s Direct-to-Home (DTH) and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services. Sentech will continue to distribute DTH as well as national DTT programming to South African viewers using a single, multiplexed transmission. Leago Takalani, executive technology at Sentech, said the Ku-band capacity on Intelsat 20 at 68.5˚E. allows the company to deliver digital services to the largest number of viewers, as well as expanding its customer base.
“Most importantly, it will enable us to enhance our channel selection and deliver more affordable, entertaining programming to viewers across multiple channels throughout South Africa,” he said. Intelsat 20 satellite will provide Sentech with nearly 500 channels, 31 of which are High Definition.
Rhys Morgan, interim sales manager for Africa at Intelsat, said the ability to support and deploy both DTH and DTT transmissions will enable Sentech to continue its customers’ seamless migration to DTT.