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
|Component||Freevision||OpenView HD||DStv EasyView|
|Installation cost (estimate)||R1,350 (SD decoder)||R1,599 (HD decoder)||R599 (SD decoder)|
|Free-to-air channels||SABC 1||SABC 1||SABC 1|
|SABC 2||SABC 2||SABC 2|
|SABC 3||SABC 3||SABC 3|
|Entertainment, Culture and Lifestyle channels||Zulu TV||eKasi+||Africa Magic Entertainment|
|SA Channel||eAfrica+||Magic World|
|Community broadcasters||Soweto TV||–||Soweto TV|
|Bay TV||Bay TV|
|1 KZN||1 KZN|
|Tshwane TV||Tshwane TV|
|Children and Education||Mindset Learn||eToons+||KidsCo|
|Mindset Health||Mindset TV||Mindset TV|
|Da Vinci Learning|
|Religion||Spirit Word||Spirit Word Channel|
|God Never Fails TV||Inspiration TV||Rhema|
|New Generation TV|
|Abel Damina Ministries|
|The Synagogue Church – Emmanuel TV|
|Angel Television Africa|
|Redeemed Church of God|
|World Restoration Services|
|Unity Broadcasting Network|
|Manifest Sons of God|
|News, Commerce and Specialised channels||MyNews Channel||–||SABC News|
|France 24||Al Jazeera|
|Business Day TV|
|Audio channels||16 audio channels||–||29 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.