New TV service to take on DStv

2013-07-22 16:52
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Cape Town - DStv operator MultiChoice is about to receive its first significant competitor since the launch of TopTV in 2010.

OpenView HD, a new service that is backed by parent Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI), will offer between 12 and 20 high-definition and standard definition channels, all free of charge, according to TechCentral.  

A spokesperson for Platco Digital, the vehicle that is being used to launch OpenView, has confirmed the plans to introduce the service commercially in October.

TechCentral says that, unlike TopTV, the new service will have no subscription charges, although a once-off installation and hardware fee will apply.

Ellies, which specialises in satellite installations and hardware, is one of the companies that will conduct installations when the OpenView service is launched. Wayne Samson, CEO of Ellies, told TechCentral that OpenView HD will make its money solely from advertising. "It's a different model to the one TopTV follows," Samson said.

According to Samson, OpenView HD will use the same SES satellite as TopTV, and that customers can expect to pay about R1 900 for the installation and the decoder.

Samson couldn't elaborate on what channels OpenView HD will offer, but the "target market is lower to middle LSMs".

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