OpenView HD opens up South African satellite market

OpenView HD decoders from Ellies/Elsat recently became available at South African retailers, with the box, dish, and installation going for around £373. The service itself commenced broadcasting on 15 October. Once installed, OpenView HD has no further fees – owners Platco Digital has promised that it will remain “free forever”.

The platform offers 16 channels in all, including four in high definition.

On 30 September the direct-to-home satellite TV service from Sentech, Freevision, was launched in South Africa, which offers 38 standard definition channels. Equipment and installation come to a little less than OpenView, at £84.

Obviously the explosion in satellite platforms in South Africa will make next month’s AfricaCast in Cape Town especially interesting. For booking and more info go here.

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