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30.1.14

OpenView HD Launches 3 new channels




OpenView HD has added three new channels to their bouquet. The channels are Ekurhuleni TV, Bi-Cars TV and United Christian Broadcasting Network.  This now takes the number of channels available on the satellite TV provider to 18. 

OpenView HD, which launched last year with four new e.tv channels, hasn't been as successful in getting many subscribers, mostly because many have DStv or StarSat.  The biggest selling point about OpenView is that it's a once off subscription and no monthly payments are expected. Many of us expected that it would lead to many people switching over to OpenView. But as we all know, content is king and that is what determines whether people subscribe to a  satellite TV service. 

However, that being said, we are certain that the few who have become OpenView subscribers and were not happy with the content, will be happy with the three new channels. 

Here is more information about the channels, provided by OpenView




Ekurhuleni TV

It's a community TV station, the sixth in South Africa, and according to the statement released by OpenView  "It is committed to promoting human rights, social justice and community cultural development. As a community focused station, the channel will air news and views of Ekurhuleni community, ensuring that areas residents see their lives and aspirations reflected on-screen." Ekurhuleni is a municipality on the East Rand, in Gauteng. Programming to be expected on the channel include news, music shows, dramas and local movies (how many do we have that are good?), talk shows and other community development related programmes, from religious, business, sports to events, cultural events and education. 

We suggest that OpenView get more community channels like Soweto TV, 1KZN TV, Tswane TV, Bay TV and Cape Town TV. They will surely gain more subscribers. 


 Bi-Cars TV

The show is a new reality street Motorsport lifestyle TV channel that showcases motor-sport news, fashion, celebrity riders and real life stories of street Moto-sport lifestyle, entertainment and music. Bi-Cars TV is about lifestyle of bikers, motorist who love street Moto-sport, Moto- fashion, Moto- sport trend setters, spinners, drifters, dragsters and followers (fans). This is a market that shares one of the most expensive sport, with professionals from different sectors and love spending money on, and are passionate on their hobby (Moto – Sport)
Programming to be expected on the channel includes Mzansi Celebrity Bikers, Bi-Car Make Over, Battle of Crews, BC League and Torque Show. 

Great going. A local, dedicated channel for petrol heads. But they do have competition as Top Gear has set the standard for what car shows should be like. Let's hope that it's a quality channel and that viewers will tune in. With niche channels like this, it's important to always have fresh content. While repeats are common, there should generally be at least 8 hours of new content a day. 

United Christian Broadcasting Network (UCB Network TV)

This is a channel that offers something for the entire family,  is a Christian based channel providing religious content that is both entertaining and uplifting. UCB Network TV broadcasts a mix of preaching and variety shows ranging from health programs to kiddies cartoons.  The channel’s offerings includes programming such as Men of Honour, Women in me, Pastor's Corner, Africa Talent Show, It's not over yet (Another chance), Nuggets of Wealth and Leadership, U kids.

Christian programming is popular. We've seen this with TBN, God TV. This is a no-brainer for OpenView. 

We hope that OpenView will keep getting more channels. Not only that, but spend some money acquiring different channels and shows, creating quality local content. With DTT coming into play soon, OpenView has opened the doors and with FreeVision TV also launching in a few months, we are now getting a variety, which should change the way Free-to-Air TV sees itself and starting to actually compete by having quality programming. 

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