OpenView HD opts for Cisco security

Rebecca Hawkes | 31-10-2013

OpenView HD, the latest satellite TV network for South Africa, will use Cisco's VideoGuard conditional access technology to both protect content and provide viewer data.

The Platco Digital-owned platform, which launched on 15 October 2013, will eventually provide a total of 16 free-to-air channels, four of which are broadcast in high definition (HD). Customers will make a one-off payment of SAR1,600 ($160) for a satellite dish, set-top box and installation, though will subsequently be able to access the channels without subscription.

"The Cisco Videoscape Unity platform uniquely addresses the changing needs of our TV customers now and into the future. We are proud to support Platco Digital as they lay the foundations for providing a multichannel free HD experience that can be enjoyed by every South African," said Alpheus Mangale, managing director, Cisco South Africa.

VideoGuard will ensure that only licensed set-top boxes can access OpenView HD content, as well as enabling Platco to better understand its audience statistics, says the IT giant. The deal also represents one of the first commercial deployments of Cisco's cardless technology for use in a one way broadcast environment.

A sister platform to free-to-air commercial broadcaster, OpenView HD is targeting 200,000 customers by October 2014, two million by the end of 2015 and five million by 2018.