South African signal distributor Sentach is looking to expand its presence by relaunching its DTH satellite TV service, changing its name from Vivid to Freevision in the process, and providing a significantly increased amount of content in areas that will be untouched by the long-awaited DTT services that are finally being rolled out.
In its initial incarnation, Vivid only enjoyed 60,000 subscribers, and its latest will have to compete against Platco Digital’s OpenView HD, the ribbon of which will be cut on the 15 October. This service, broadcast on the SES-5 platform, will feature local entertainment channel eKasi+, general entertainment service eAfrica+, movie channel eMovies+ and kids service eToonz+ as well as a number of third party channels. The service will be available for a one-off fee of ZAR1,599 (€116) including dish, decoder and installation.
Freevision, meanwhile, will carry SABC1, SABC2, SABC3, SABC News as well as all of the SABC’s and e.tv’s additional planned DTT TV channels. Community TV channels like Alex TV, Tshwane TV, Cape Town TV, Soweto TV, Bay TV and 1KZN are included, as are two new TV channels Zulu TV and SA Channel.