MultiChoice will this week unveil its new digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform in South Africa, becoming the first broadcaster in South Africa to launch commercial DTT services.
Using the GOtv name — the same branding it’s using for its DTT offerings elsewhere in Africa — the platform will be available for R99/month for a “Value” bouquet, a spokesman for MultiChoice confirmed on Monday.
MultiChoice has already launched GOtv in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.
GOtv Value will offer 12 channels at launch in South Africa — four general entertainment channels, two music channels, two children’s channels, as well as sports, lifestyle and culture, and religious channels.
Entertainment channels include M-Net Movies Zone, Africa Magic Epic, Mzansi Wethu, Mzansi Bioskop and TLC Entertainment. The sports channels are SuperSport Blitz and SuperSport Select, while NickToons and Disney Junior are the channels aimed at young viewers.
MultiChoice will also offer a R45/quarter “Lite” bouquet with one religious channel and one music channel.
The broadcaster has published a coverage map showing where the GOtv signal is available.
Decoders will cost R699 and will be available through a wide range of retailers. DTT antennae, called “GOtenna”, will be sold separately, at R299.
The company is expected to provide more details about the GOtv launch at a media event on Wednesday. — (c) 2016 NewsCentral Media