OpenView HD expands subscriber-base in South Africa

OpenView HD, which is backed by e.tv’s parent company Hosken Consolidated Investments, will soon be signing up 200,000 subscribers.

The free-to-air TV service, which was started in 2013, had a slow uptake. Sales have picked up now, partially due to digital migration in television in TV segment in South Africa.

“The growth of OpenView HD is better than expected,” says Maxwell Nonge, the managing director of Platco Digital, according to Channel24.  “In its 1st year OpenView HD was accepted into 50 000 households. To date there has been a 300% increase in the uptake which will get OpenView HD to 200 000 active decoders.”

OpenView HD decoders are available for around R399, excluding costs for dish and installation. According to the company, it had set a target of selling 170,000 devices this financial year; it has already sold around 100,000 boxes so far, reports channel24.

In related news, Platco Digital’s OpenView HD recently added Wide TV Africa to its channel line-up. The platform has 19 entertainment channels in English, Afrikaans and Zulu. The service also provides an access to radio stations Yfm, Gagasi FM, Heart FM, OFM and LM Radio, reports TechCentral.