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3.10.13

OpenViewHD vs. FreeVision- what does it mean to the consumer



So now that two satellite providers, namely Platco Digital's OpenViewHD and Sentech's FreeVision, have announced their plans and their channels, it's time to compare which one is really worth your money.

Both are great, especially for lower income homes and those who only have the four free-to-air channels. 

FreeVision has 38 channels and OpenViewHD will have 15, with e.tv in HD. 

The Mybroadband website had a very interesting comparison table they drew up to see which service trumps the other.  They compared the two services against DStv's EasyView. 

Here's the table from MyBroadBand

ComponentFreevisionOpenView HDDStv EasyView
Monthly PriceFreeFreeR29
Installation cost (estimate)R1,350 (SD decoder)R1,599 (HD decoder)R599 (SD decoder)
Channels
Free-to-air channelsSABC 1SABC 1SABC 1
SABC 2SABC 2SABC 2
SABC 3SABC 3SABC 3
e.tve.tv (HD)e.tv
SABC News
Entertainment, Culture and Lifestyle channelsZulu TVeKasi+Africa Magic Entertainment
SA ChanneleAfrica+Magic World
eMovies+
Zest TV
ASTV
Deen TV
Community broadcastersSoweto TVSoweto TV
Bay TVBay TV
1 KZN1 KZN
Tshwane TVTshwane TV
Alex TV
Cape TV
Children and EducationMindset LearneToons+KidsCo
Mindset HealthMindset TVMindset TV
Da Vinci Learning
English Club
ReligionSpirit WordSpirit Word Channel
CTV (TBN)TBN
God Never Fails TVInspiration TVRhema
RLWiTV
Breakthru TV
New Generation TV
Abel Damina Ministries
The Synagogue Church – Emmanuel TV
Daystar
Starcross TV
Angel Television Africa
Kruiskyk
Tellilah
Redeemed Church of God
Ezekiel TV
Christ Embassy
World Restoration Services
Unity Broadcasting Network
Manifest Sons of God
Isambulo
Homebased TV
SportSuperSport Blitz
News, Commerce and Specialised channelsMyNews ChannelSABC News
TVC NewsANN7
France 24Al Jazeera
Parliamentary service
CCTV News
Weather24
Business Day TV
CCTV 4
Audio channels16 audio channels29 audio channels

Now you judge for yourself. Do you want OpenViewHD or rather FreeVision? It's an interesting time in the South African landscape and this competition is encouraged. Now if only TopTV would get its house into order, maybe then things would actually work for South Africa. 

FreeVision needs to get more news and lifestyle channels to be able to provide a balanced service. 

OpenViewHD also needs to get more religious and news channels, It's surprising that even their own sister news channel, eNCA, is not going to be on OpenView HD. This may be because of the deal that e.tv has with Multichoice, however they should look into adding the channel.  And also they need to add more community TV channels. 

We have long said that in order to compete with Multichoice, satellite TV providers need to get sports channels. Offer the international sports channels a better incentive- more money? sponsorship rights? Once Multichoice loses it's monopoly on sports channels, then maybe it'll be fair play.

All we ask from these channels is that they have local content- more local content than international please. 

Table: MyBroadBand

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