OpenView HD increases its reach with Intelsat tie-up
| 08 October 2014
South African free-to-air satellite TV platform OpenView HD will soon be available on the same satellite dish used to receive channels from rival operators DStv, Vivid and Freevision.
Platco Digital, the nascent platform's owner, is now leasing capacity on the Intelsat IS20 satellite located at 68.5° East through an agreement with South Africa's national transmission supplier Sentech. This means that any subscribers to the rival TV services wishing to also view OpenView HD channels, need only to buy and install a ZAR849 (US$75.9) set-top box.
OpenView HD, which launched in October 2013 with 15 channels, began its direct-to-home satellite service via SES5. A one-off purchase of a set-top box and satellite dish was required, but after that the service could be received without any subscription charge. It now offers 18 channels, covering a range of genres, and including SABC1, SABC2, SABC3 and e.tv.
Maxwell Nonge, Platco Digital's managing director, said: "We are delighted to be able to increase viewer access to the OpenView HD platform and extend options for TV viewers across South Africa. The IS20 offering will make it easier for the consumer pocket, as those with existing satellite dishes will not need to purchase new ones".