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Ultimate Internet television coming to South Africa

A new video streaming service called Digital Entertainment On Demand (DEOD) is set to launch in South Africa in the coming weeks.

The service is being launched by Discover Digital, the company which powers MTN’s VOD service VU.

In a save the date notice sent to the media, the launch of the “disruptive on-demand service” is set for 4 May.

Subscription, movie rentals, and live streaming

The service was labelled as “the ultimate in Internet television” on its website product page, but this has since been removed.

Discover Digital said DEOD will offer various subscription packages, movie rentals, and premium live TV services.

It is speculated that the price of DEOD’s all-inclusive package – which will feature on-demand content and live channels, including sport and news – will be under R200 per month.

It should be noted that Discover Digital concluded a sports deal for an Internet TV service it planned to launch in South Africa during 2014. This did not materialise.

DEOD is also a title sponsor of the 2017 SuperGP Champions Trophy.

In addition to subscription options, DEOD will also offer movie rentals – including films it said are “fresh off the big screen”.

Launch platforms and partners

As with the service it offered to MTN with the launch of VU, Discover Digital appears to be opening DEOD to partners.

It is rumoured the company has already partnered with a large South African hotel group for the launch.

On its website, Discover Digital said it realised an alternative model to streaming video was needed through the course of its work with telcos and businesses which wanted to offer on-demand or Internet TV services.

Discover Digital said that for companies to offer such a service, they face several challenges:

Minimum guaranteed subscriber levels required by studios.
High content and technical set-up costs.
Economic challenges of achieving large subscriber volumes in a relatively short period of time.
DEOD aims to overcome these obstacles, with the platform suspected to launch on iOS, Android, and PC.

It will also support Chromecast and Airplay, certain “bespoke” Internet media player devices, and a smart TV app.

| Source: Jan Vermeulen14 April 2017 Mybroadband ||


De publieke televisiezender voor Nederlanders en Vlamingen in het buitenland


Let op! BVN verhuist in Afrika naar andere transponder en frequentie

Alleen bestemd voor BVN-kijkers in Afrika die via de SES-5 satelliet kijken.

BVN wijzigt van transponder en frequentie op de SES-5 satelliet.Vanaf heden tot 13 februari 2017 heeft u de gelegenheid om over te schakelen. Daarna stoppen de uitzendingen van BVN via de oude transponder en frequentie definitief. U hoeft alleen uw satellietontvanger opnieuw in te stellen met de nieuwe frequentie- en transpondergegevens. Raadpleeg hiervoor de handleiding die u bij uw ontvanger heeft gekregen. Mocht u deze niet meer hebben dan volgt hieronder een algemene handleiding. U kunt de wijziging vanaf heden uitvoeren.

Na 13 februari is BVN niet meer te ontvangen via de huidige transponder 4.956.
Wacht niet langer en stel uw ontvanger nu opnieuw in!

De nieuwe ontvangstgegevens:

Satelliet: SES-5 (voorheen Astra 4A, Sirius 4)
Position: 5,0° East (soms 4,9° East)
Frequency: 12034 MHz (12,034 GHz)
Polarization: Horizontal
System: DVB-S
Symbol rate: 27.500

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Freevision satellite TV announced
The relaunch of the Vivid free-to-air satellite TV service has been confirmed.
Sentech announced in a press statement today (20 August 2013) that it will rebrand Vivid as a universal access direct-to-home satellite platform, “Freevision”, from 30 September 2013.

This is expected to be days before the launch of OpenView HD, a subscription-free satellite service from E-tv sister company, Platco.

This confirms information from an industry source that Sentech had plans to relaunch its satellite broadcasting platform.

According to Sentech, the launch of Freevision is a “gap-filler” while the migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) is ongoing.

In its press statement, the state-owned signal distributor explained that a direct-to-home satellite service was envisioned as part of the DTT migration for those few who would not be able to receive terrestrial TV signals.

All licensed DTT broadcasters will be able to use the Freevision platform, Sentech said.

Freevision will use the Intelsat 20 satellite located at 68.5°E. This means that the majority of viewers in South Africa would not need to install a second satellite dish or change the position of their existing satellite dish when joining Freevision, Sentech said.

Sentech also said that it would only announce the retail pricing and channel line-up later.

Openview HD New free satellite TV in SA boosts local product providers
Free-to-air TV company Sabido, which owns and is backed by HCI and Remgro, plans to launch a new satellite TV service in October this year.

Sabido will launch the OpenView HD service to South African and later to regional viewers. The service will initially include 15 television channels and operate according to the same advertising led, free-to-air model that is built on. However consumers will need to invest in a satellite dish and set top box to access the new service.

It is predicted that the OpenView HD service could attract a million customers within its first year and three to five million customers in three years.

New as from October 2013 OpenView HD - SA's first FREE to view satellite platform.
It's time to get the most out of your TV set. OVHD now offers South Africans 15 free high quality SD and HD channels for a once-off fee, offering the best in high volume entertainment.

A new satellite broadcasting service is coming to South Africa, offering 15 channels in a mix of standard and high definition without charging a monthly subscription fee. The new TV service will use the same satellites as TopTV – Astra / SES 5  5°E – and they expect the decoder and installation to be a once-off cost of around R1,900, dependent on retailer.According to industry sources, Platco and E-tv are aiming to launch OpenView HD as early as October 2013.

Television viewers will soon have more options to choose from.

Platco is launching a new satellite decoder that will offer more than 15 channels for free. Openview HD is the first service of its kind in South Africa and will be launched next month.

Platco is owned by the same company that owns eTV and eNCA.

Openview HD is a new platform and will transmit various channels alongside DStv and TopTV, but unlike the alternatives Openview HD is free.

Viewers will have to part with around R1,900 in order to buy the OpenviewHD decoder.

It is expected to be available at most major retailers next month.

Consumers will have to buy a set up box decoder and install it in their homes.

Then they will never have to pay subscription again, the company said.

Some television lovers have welcomed the idea of free satellite TV and those behind Openview HD believe its business model is quite sustainable.

“Openview HD its business model is different. We are not a pay TV operator or a broadcaster for that matter,” said Maxwell Nonge of Platco.

“We are more of a platform company that provides platform services to channels to broadcast their channels in the country. Channels will make their money from advertising revenues while Openview HD makes its money from charging the channels for carriage,” said Nonge.

Openview HD will offer some high definition channels.

This will complement the up-coming of Digital Terrestrial Television, to be launched soon by government.

Source -eNCA

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Digital Terrestrial Television
As at 28 March 2013, SENTECH had recorded an 80.43% DTT population coverage, thus exceeding the targeted 80% coverage; four days before the deadline. This was achieved though the installation of 62 additional sites mostly located in rural areas.

When the Company achieved the targeted 60% population coverage on the DVB-T2 standard on 31 March 2013, it was acknowledged that the network rollout was based on the design for launch that was conceptualised in 2006. SENTECH then committed that going forward; the Company would implement a provincial rollout geared at providing coverage at equal measures to both rural and urban areas.

Cognisant of the above, the 80% network rollout then focused more on the country’s rural areas. It must be noted that a project of this nature comprises of many complexities such as site location, weather conditions, road conditions, mast heights and the availability of skilled resources. Therefore, whilst 47 sites were upgraded to achieve 60%; an upgrade of 62 more sites was required to attain the 80% target.

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Migration Astra A4 - SES 5 satellite- Beste van Nederland en Vlaanderen BVN. As per 08 Oktober 2012 the Dutch channel BVN can only be received via the new SES-5 satellite on 5.0 East in Southern Africa on a new frequency. To continue receiving BVN and other GlobeCast tv channels, please update your set-top box - free to air receiver - with the following technical parameters;

Technical details
Satelliet: SES-5 (voorheen Astra 4A, Sirius 4)
Position: 5,0° East (soms 4,9° East)
Frequency: 12034 MHz (12,034 GHz)
Polarization: Horizontal
System: DVB-S
Symbol rate: 27.500

For more information you can also visit:    BVN migrate to new satellite SES- 5

Footprint and technical details SES 5 Satellite



Het Luxemburgse satellietbedrijf SES gaat op 19 juni haar nieuwste satelliet SES-5 lanceren. Deze satelliet is in delen van Europa en Afrika te ontvangen en verbindt ook deze werelddelen met elkaar.

De SES-5 satelliet is in goede staat op de lanceerbasis Bajkonoer Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aangekomen. De komende weken ondergaat de nieuwe satelliet op de lanceerbasis de laatste testen. Het plan is om de nieuwe satelliet met een Proton Breeze M stuwraket op 19 juni te lanceren.

Van Sirius naar Astra4 naar SES-5
De nieuwe satelliet wordt na de lancering naar uitvoerige testen op een testlokatie uiteindelijk naar zijn definitieve uitzendpositie 4,8 graden oost op de Clark Belt gedirigeerd. Deze satellietpositie is al vele jaren operationeel. In eerste instantie was het de thuisbasis van de Sirius satelliet. Daarna werd de satellietpositie omgedoopt tot Astra4 en met de lancering van de nieuwe satelliet krijgt het de naam SES-5 satelliet.

Zware communicatie satelliet
De SES-5 satelliet is een zware communicatiesatelliet die door Space Systems/Loral gebouwd is. Het heeft twee krachtige Ku-band uitzendbeams aan boord waarvan er eentje op het noordelijk deel van Europa gericht is. Deze uitzendbeam is ook in Nederland en België te ontvangen. De andere uitzendbeam is op het zuidelijk deel van Afrika gericht. Deze is vooral voor Nederlanders en Belgen op dit deel van de aarde wonen belangrijk omdat het Nederlandstalige satellietkanaal BVN via deze beam in de toekomst gaan uitzenden. In totaal worden 36 Ku-band transponders actief. Ook worden via twee C-band uitzendbeams nog eens 24 transponders voor tv- en radiodiensten actief.

Ook Europese navigatiesatelliet
De SES-5 satelliet verbindt ook de werelddelen Europa en Afrika met elkaar. Dat gebeurt vooral via de aanwezige Ka-band transponders. Deze worden vooral gebruikt voor data- en telefoniediensten. Het is echter ook mogelijk de Ka-band transponders voor het overbrengen van televisiebeelden – ook wel feeds genoemd – te gebruiken. Nieuw is de aanwezigheid van L-band frequenties. Deze worden gebruikt voor het European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) navigatiesysteem. Hierin werken European Space Agency (ESA) en de Europese Commissie samen om een nauwkeuriger navigatienetwerk in Europa mogelijk te maken.