The future of South African free-to-air TV is finally here. e.tv will later this month, be launching FOUR new TV channels at an event in Johannesburg, thanks to their OpenView HD decoder.
Reports have stated that the Platco owned OpenView, is a step away from SA moving from analogue to digital. The Hosken Consolidated Investments owned Platco is the sister company of e.tv, which also owns news channel, eNCA. eNCA reported in July that OpenView is a free service, with just a once off payment for the decoder and installation.
There is still no word on what type of channels these will be, but it is expected that the eNCA channel will also be included in the line up. A sports channel, kids channel and a lifestyle channel are also touted to be on the line up of channels to be added.
SABC is allegedly also looking to get into the deal with OpenView, according to a report by The Media Online.
R1900 once off beats the R600+ monthly fee for DStv. Has Multichoice finally gotten a worthy competitor? I guess we shall wait and see.