Tag Archives: Free to air

E-tv demands encryption for HD content

South Africas free-to-air television station, e-tv, is demanding the encryption of digital terrestrial television signals via STB control and a well-enforced STB standard so it can offer high definition (HD) content across the country. Without STB control, it would be up to the regulator and law enforcement agencies to ensure that non-compliant boxes are not [...]

Al Aan TV switches to widescreen

Al Aan TV, a Dubai-based free-to-air television network, has shifted from 4:3 screen format to 16:9 widescreen format to give viewers better quality screen images. There are many benefits that favour 16:9 widescreen broadcasting which include the artistic and picture-making possibilities; the possibility to move an important feature in the picture away from the centre [...]

Kagiso Media aims to increase African outreach

Kagiso Media, the largest black-owned South African media group, is seeking new partnerships in Africa to take advantage of the growing demand for digital broadcast content to face intensifying competition from Times Media Group and MSG Africa Investment. In October 2013, Kagiso launched its FTA channel, Glow TV, on the OpenView HD satellite bouquet. The [...]

OpenView HD adds 3 TV channels

Platco Digital-owned South African free-to-air HD satellite TV platform, OpenViewHD (OVHD), has added three news channels to its existing line-up of 15 TV channels Bi-Cars TV, Ekurhuleni TV and United Christian Broadcasting Network (UCBN). Ekurhuleni TV is a community TV station carrying local news, music, educational, health and religious programming. United Christian Broadcasting Network [...]

Al Jazeera Arabic launches in UK on Freeview

Al Jazeera Arabic has become the first non-English language channel to launch its DTT service on the UK-based free-to-air DTT platform, Freeview. Al Jazeera English in HD and SD, became a part of the network in November last year. As the major Arabic language outlet broadcasting various perspectives on current events from the Arab world, [...]

Front Porch Digital to manage e.tv’s digital archive

South African free-to-air broadcaster, e.tv, has purchased a cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solution from Colorado-based Front Porch Digital to convert its asset library from analogue to digital. e.tv will take delivery of the DIVArchive CSM system this month. In an industry where content is king, an efficient and stable archiving system is crucial for [...]

MTG launches DTT channel in Tanzania

Scandinavian pay-TV platform, Modern Times (MTG), has launched a second African free-to-air DTT channel in Tanzania. We are proud to launch our second African free-TV channel. We are committed to further expanding our presence not just in Tanzania but also in other fast-growing African countries and economies, said Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, President andCEO of MTG. [...]

Siyaya to launch South African VOD service

Johannesburg-based free to air television platform, Siyaya, has signed a contract with UK based technology company, Motive Television, to install, integrate and operate a new VOD service which is expected to launch in the first half of 2014 via the Sentech Freevision satellite platform in South Africa. As part of the deal, Motive is reported [...]

StarTimes Kenya offers two week ‘grace period’

Kenyan pay-TV provider, StarTimes, has announced it will allow subscribers two weeks access to six free-to-air channels after the expiry of their monthly subscription. We are setting the pace in ensuring that our subscribers enjoy the flexibility that comes with uninterrupted television access, said Leo Lee, CEO of StarTimes. We are guided by our vision [...]

OpenView HD plans to launch PVR and IDTV

OpenView HD (OVHD), the South African free-to-air HD satellite TV platform owned by Platco Digital, plans to launch PVR services in 2014 and an Integrated Digital Television (IDTV) service by 2015, according to Maxwell Nonge, Managing Director of Platco Digital. While there are a few pay-TV PVR services in the market, but we will be [...]