In May, MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela declared that the African pay-tv giant is working to launch a dishless DStv streaming-only service in 2019 that will closely replicate the existing DStv direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV offering and what existing DStv subscribers are currently using on DStv Now.
MultiChoice is responding to the video entertainment sphere that is being radically altered by ongoing advances in internet broadband penetration and speed. MultiChoice has to work out international content streaming rights, as well as the costing and pricing of the service.
Mawela further commented, “We are working on a dishless DStv service offering which is purely online, almost a replica of what DStv is today. Teams ranging from technology to marketing are busy working on this proposition to make sure that we have a full online offering similar to DStv.”
On Tuesday, MultiChoice said the pay-TV operator is currently testing 4K-streaming – a higher resolution high definition (HD) format – for DStv Now.
“We’re continuing to develop DStv Now, with 4K streaming in testing and smart TV and Apple TV apps on their way shortly,” said Mark Rayner, MultiChoice South Africa chief operating officer (COO).