Category Archives: Free to Air

E.tv to increase its HD content

South African FTA broadcaster, E.tv, plans to deliver and produce all its locally commissioned content for the HD format. E.tv recently launched 4 new channels, eAfrika+, eKasi+, eMovies+, and eToons+ on its sister companys subscription-free satellite TV service, OpenView HD, although Monde Twala, Group Head of E.tvs channels division, said only e.tv and eMovies+ are [...]

Kagiso Media marks TV debut with launch of Glow TV

Kagiso Media, the largest black-owned South African media group, has made its debut in TV broadcasting with the launch of FTA channel, Glow TV, on OpenView HD satellite bouquet. The launch of Glow TV, which is the result of cooperation between Kagiso Media and Nolava Television, is the next logical step for the company which [...]

Chile aprobó la ley de TV digitalChile approves digital TV law

El Senado chileno aprobó la ley de TV digital después de cinco años de debate. La propuesta ya había recibido media sanción días atrás en Diputados y ahora solamente resta la revisión del Tribunal Constitucional para que la promulgue el Presidente Sebastián Piñera. Podrá comenzar a aplicarse en 2014. La ley establece que todas las [...]

Se inició la venta de equipos para TDT en VenezuelaDTT hardware on sale in Venezuela

El Gobierno venezolano puso a la venta equipos para que cualquier persona pueda adquirir y disfrutar de la TDT, sin tener que depender de las entregas gratuitas del Estado. Los equipos son comercializados en las oficinas de Cantv (compañía estatal de telecomunicaciones) de las ciudades donde hay cobertura. Para cubrir con esta demanda, Venezuela importó [...]

NBC preps dedicated channel for coverage of parliamentary sessions

Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has started live, unedited broadcast of parliamentary sessions on the newly launched NBC 2 channel which can be accessed only by customers with a digital decoder box from the NBC. Information and Communication Technology Minister Joel Kaapanda said that the NBC is currently only testing the project, and once it has [...]

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 [...]

Joint Task Team to investigate SABC- Multichoice deal

The Department of Communications (DoC) has set up a Joint Task Team (JTT) to look into the controversial USD 55.4 million contract between SABC and South African pay-TV broadcaster, MultiChoice which has allegedly been sanctioned by Former minister of communications, Dina Pule. The JTT was established by the current minister of communications, Yunus Carrim, and [...]

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 [...]

Namibia’s NBC goes digital

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has finalised the digitalisation of its analogue network and is set to launch service ahead of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) deadline of December 31, 2013. NBC is now selling the digital decoders required to view its DTT signal for USD 20. However, the first 20,000 decoders are being [...]

Freevision reaches out to GaMphahlele Municipality

South African free-to-air DTH platform, Freevision, has been rolled out in the GaMphahlele in Lepelle Nkumpi Municipality in Limpopo, an area that has only intermittent terrestrial broadcasting signal. The satellite service was launched on Monday by South Africas Minister of Communications, Yunus Carrim, who handed over Freevision satellite dishes, decoders and TV sets in the [...]