e.tv’s satellite TV service has introduced its first personal video recorder (PVR) decoder functionality, the Open PVR.
This will make it possible for viewers in South Africa and neighbouring countries to now also record and store free-to-air content shown on e.tv and the SABC’s channels to watch later.
The Open PVR, activated through inserting an Openview PVR USB into the latest NA9200 Openview decoder model, allows viewers to record and store content, as well as pausing a live linear TV channel for up to 15 minutes, and then unpause and continue.
Viewers can also record one TV channel while watching another TV channel on Openview’s channels offering.
Within months eMedia Investments plans to launch OpenNews as an in-house sister channel on Openview. OpenNews will also serve as a rival TV news channel to its existing eNCA (DStv 403) news channel that eMedia supplies to MultiChoice’s DStv. The plan is also to do an additional daily Afrikaans TV news bulletin on Openview’s eExtra channel, including new local Afrikaans TV shows.