Discovery Channel HD to be launched on DStv next year

Discovery Communications plans to launch an HD feed of the Discovery Channel in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa on MultiChoice-owned pay TV platform, DStv. The channel will launch in the first quarter of 2014 and replace the existing Discovery HD Showcase channel.

“The launch of the new dedicated HD Discovery Channel is an important milestone for our services in Africa and represents our continued commitment to offering DStv viewers the best, high quality programming experience possible,” said James Gibbons, senior vice president for emerging business at Discovery Networks Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA).

Discovery Channel HD will include bespoke programming for viewers in southern Africa. Current Discovery HD Showcase content will be made available to DStv viewers via the Explora HD PVR decoder on-Demand.