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Thread: New Free TV Service For South Africa!!!

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    Default New Free TV Service For South Africa!!!

    Icasa announced that they will now make available 1 license for a company to run a satellite TV service much like DSTV, only that the service must comprise of only free-to-air channels.

    In SA we until recently had a service called Free-2-View. They had exactly the same concept in mind, but because of financial pressure they discontinued their service. Their bouquet included MSNBC which is an American news channel mixed with some great variety shows on weekends. Their plan was to add more channels later as soon as they can source them.

    Many of you might think that if a new free-to-air service were to be launched that the service couldn't possibly include any good entertainment channels. Only Christian and news channels. You would greatly be mistaking.

    Sky TV is the UK equavilent to DStv. The full Sky TV service includes over 600 channels! And this includes 240 free-to-air channels that are outside of Sky TV's control and can be freely distributed at will. You don't even need a smartcard to view 90% of the channels, the remaining 10% are not FTA outside the UK.
    Here follows a list of the free-to-air channels in the UK that may potentially be available on the new FTA network in South Africa:

    Entertainment & Sport
    AIT Int'l
    BEN
    BET
    Channel M
    E4
    Elite TV
    EMTV
    Fight Network
    Film 24
    HiTv
    Information TV
    Info TV2
    Life
    Men & Motors
    More4
    My Channel
    NTAI
    Nuts TV+1
    OHTV
    Open Access 2
    Open Access 3
    Paranormal Channel
    propeller
    Red
    S4C
    Showcase TV
    Sumo TV
    Zone Reality
    Zone Romantica
    Zone Thriller

    Lifestyle & Culture
    Body in Balance
    Fashion TV
    Horse & Country
    LivinginSpain
    Luxe TV
    Real Estate TV
    Rural TV
    SA Direct TV
    Travel Channel
    Wedding TV
    Wine TV

    Movies
    AIT Movistar
    Film4
    G2 Family
    movies4men
    mov4men2
    NigeriaMovies
    Nollywood
    Simply Movies
    True Movies
    True Movies 2
    World Movies
    Zone Horror

    Music
    Bliss
    Brit Hits
    Chart Show TV
    Clubland
    Channel AKA
    Channel Starz
    Flaunt
    Flava
    NME TV
    oMusic TV
    ROCKWORLDTV
    Scuzz
    The Vault

    News
    Al Jazeera Eng
    Bloomberg
    CCTV-9
    CNN
    EuroNews
    France 24
    NHK World TV
    Press TV
    Russia Today
    S4C2

    Shopping
    Best Direct
    Best Direct+
    Beverly Hills TV
    bid TV
    CelebrityShop
    Create & Craft
    Entrepreneur
    Gems.tv 1
    Gems.tv 2
    Gems.tv 3
    High Street TV
    Ideal World
    Ideal World 2
    Ideal World 3
    Jewellery Ch.
    JJB Sports
    JML
    JML Choice
    JML CookShop
    JML Lifestyle
    Max TV
    Pitch TV
    Pitch World
    price-drop tv
    QVC
    Rocks & Co.
    Shop on TV
    speedauctiontv
    Stop + Shop
    Teletext Hols
    Thane Direct
    Thomas Cook
    Thomson TV
    Tron Direct 2
    TV SHOP
    JML Home & DIY
    Shop Now TV
    WWS

    Religion
    DAYSTAR
    DBN
    EWTN
    Faith
    Genesis
    GOD Channel
    GOD Europe
    Gospel Channel
    Inspiration
    KICC TV
    LOVEWORLD TV
    revelation
    TBN Europe
    UCB TV
    Wonderful
    Word Network

    Documentaries and Specialist
    Audi Channel
    CommunityChnl
    Investigation Channel
    OceanFinance
    Open Access
    Psychic TV
    Teachers TV
    WatchmeTV.TV

    Kids
    CBBC Channel
    CBeebies
    CITV
    Kix!
    POP
    PopGirl
    Tiny Pop

    International
    9X
    9XM
    AAP TV
    ARY Oneworld
    Abu Dhabi TV
    ARY QTV
    AT
    ATN
    Bangla TV
    B4U Music
    Brit Asia TV
    Channel 'S'
    Channel S NTV'
    Cinémoi movies
    DM Digital
    Islam Channel
    Jaagran
    KBC
    mta-muslim tv
    MATV National
    Music India
    NTV
    Noor TV
    Peace TV
    PCNE Chinese
    PTV Global
    PTV Prime
    Record TV
    SupremeMaster
    Venus TV
    Zee Muzic

    Gaming & Dating
    Casino TV
    Chat Box
    Chat Back
    Cupid TV
    Dating Channel
    Gala TV
    Jackpot
    Live Bingo
    Monte Carlo TV
    Smartlive
    Super Casino





    Adult
    Babestation
    Babeworld.tv
    Blue Kiss
    Dirty Talk
    Essex Babes
    FriendlyTV
    Get Lucky TV
    HBW TV
    House of Fun
    Just4Us
    LA Babes
    LiveXXX
    LivexxxBabes
    Lucky Star
    Northern Birds
    Over 18 TV
    Tease Me
    Tease Me 2
    Tease Me 3
    The Other Side

    As well as a whole lot of great radio stations.

    http://www.sky.com/portal/site/skyco...nels/freetoair

    Believe it or not, we in South Africa can have the majority of these channels (we already do get some) all on one network because these channels are free-to-air and may be distributed to South Africa!
    Imagine that! I will CANCEL my DStv!

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    Well... Almost fainted, as we currently only have 4 channels and full of themselves lol.

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    Seeing that these channels are fta, would you be able to receive them with a satellite tuner card atm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by saaierwaaier View Post
    Icasa announced that they will now make available 1 license for a company to run a satellite TV service much like DSTV, only that the service must comprise of only free-to-air channels.

    In SA we until recently had a service called Free-2-View. They had exactly the same concept in mind, but because of financial pressure they discontinued their service. Their bouquet included MSNBC which is an American news channel mixed with some great variety shows on weekends. Their plan was to add more channels later as soon as they can source them.

    Many of you might think that if a new free-to-air service were to be launched that the service couldn't possibly include any good entertainment channels. Only Christian and news channels. You would greatly be mistaking.

    Sky TV is the UK equavilent to DStv. The full Sky TV service includes over 600 channels! And this includes 240 free-to-air channels that are outside of Sky TV's control and can be freely distributed at will. You don't even need a smartcard to view 90% of the channels, the remaining 10% are not FTA outside the UK.
    Here follows a list of the free-to-air channels in the UK that may potentially be available on the new FTA network in South Africa:

    Entertainment & Sport
    AIT Int'l
    BEN
    BET
    Channel M
    E4
    Elite TV
    EMTV
    Fight Network
    Film 24
    HiTv
    Information TV
    Info TV2
    Life
    Men & Motors
    More4
    My Channel
    NTAI
    Nuts TV+1
    OHTV
    Open Access 2
    Open Access 3
    Paranormal Channel
    propeller
    Red
    S4C
    Showcase TV
    Sumo TV
    Zone Reality
    Zone Romantica
    Zone Thriller

    Lifestyle & Culture
    Body in Balance
    Fashion TV
    Horse & Country
    LivinginSpain
    Luxe TV
    Real Estate TV
    Rural TV
    SA Direct TV
    Travel Channel
    Wedding TV
    Wine TV

    Movies
    AIT Movistar
    Film4
    G2 Family
    movies4men
    mov4men2
    NigeriaMovies
    Nollywood
    Simply Movies
    True Movies
    True Movies 2
    World Movies
    Zone Horror

    Music
    Bliss
    Brit Hits
    Chart Show TV
    Clubland
    Channel AKA
    Channel Starz
    Flaunt
    Flava
    NME TV
    oMusic TV
    ROCKWORLDTV
    Scuzz
    The Vault

    News
    Al Jazeera Eng
    Bloomberg
    CCTV-9
    CNN
    EuroNews
    France 24
    NHK World TV
    Press TV
    Russia Today
    S4C2

    Shopping
    Best Direct
    Best Direct+
    Beverly Hills TV
    bid TV
    CelebrityShop
    Create & Craft
    Entrepreneur
    Gems.tv 1
    Gems.tv 2
    Gems.tv 3
    High Street TV
    Ideal World
    Ideal World 2
    Ideal World 3
    Jewellery Ch.
    JJB Sports
    JML
    JML Choice
    JML CookShop
    JML Lifestyle
    Max TV
    Pitch TV
    Pitch World
    price-drop tv
    QVC
    Rocks & Co.
    Shop on TV
    speedauctiontv
    Stop + Shop
    Teletext Hols
    Thane Direct
    Thomas Cook
    Thomson TV
    Tron Direct 2
    TV SHOP
    JML Home & DIY
    Shop Now TV
    WWS

    Religion
    DAYSTAR
    DBN
    EWTN
    Faith
    Genesis
    GOD Channel
    GOD Europe
    Gospel Channel
    Inspiration
    KICC TV
    LOVEWORLD TV
    revelation
    TBN Europe
    UCB TV
    Wonderful
    Word Network

    Documentaries and Specialist
    Audi Channel
    CommunityChnl
    Investigation Channel
    OceanFinance
    Open Access
    Psychic TV
    Teachers TV
    WatchmeTV.TV

    Kids
    CBBC Channel
    CBeebies
    CITV
    Kix!
    POP
    PopGirl
    Tiny Pop

    International
    9X
    9XM
    AAP TV
    ARY Oneworld
    Abu Dhabi TV
    ARY QTV
    AT
    ATN
    Bangla TV
    B4U Music
    Brit Asia TV
    Channel 'S'
    Channel S NTV'
    Cinémoi movies
    DM Digital
    Islam Channel
    Jaagran
    KBC
    mta-muslim tv
    MATV National
    Music India
    NTV
    Noor TV
    Peace TV
    PCNE Chinese
    PTV Global
    PTV Prime
    Record TV
    SupremeMaster
    Venus TV
    Zee Muzic

    Gaming & Dating
    Casino TV
    Chat Box
    Chat Back
    Cupid TV
    Dating Channel
    Gala TV
    Jackpot
    Live Bingo
    Monte Carlo TV
    Smartlive
    Super Casino





    Adult
    Babestation
    Babeworld.tv
    Blue Kiss
    Dirty Talk
    Essex Babes
    FriendlyTV
    Get Lucky TV
    HBW TV
    House of Fun
    Just4Us
    LA Babes
    LiveXXX
    LivexxxBabes
    Lucky Star
    Northern Birds
    Over 18 TV
    Tease Me
    Tease Me 2
    Tease Me 3
    The Other Side

    As well as a whole lot of great radio stations.

    http://www.sky.com/portal/site/skyco...nels/freetoair

    Believe it or not, we in South Africa can have the majority of these channels (we already do get some) all on one network because these channels are free-to-air and may be distributed to South Africa!
    Imagine that! I will CANCEL my DStv!

    I hope they get the following, oh and I see that men and motors is listed in the wrong section as far as I can remember Men and motors only showed naked woman and not much men or motors.

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    looks promising... the catch must be all those shopping channels
    was hoping sci-fi or "syfy" would be on the list

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    First companies must tender for the broadcasting license from Icasa (just like ODM and Telkom Media had to do for a pay-TV license in 2007) which in itself could take a couple of months before completion. After the lincense has been granted the winning tender company must set up their broadcasting infrastructure which could take more than a year (even 2 years, look how long it took for ODM to get sufficient funding), then the company must sign deals with FTA broadcasters to be able to receive a good beam of their channels to redirect it to our homes, because at present there are no means of picking up the existing signals (so don't even try). The company must also sort out the issues regarding the sales of decoders and equipment. We may only benefit from this new FTA broadcasting license in 3 years time.
    One other issue is that this new FTA broadcaster will most propably only be able to broadcast from a satellite other than PAS7/10, which MultiChoice and Sentech uses since these satellites are close to reaching their full capacity.

    And my last thought... SENTECH. Yes, Sentech! They already beam some FTA signals to our homes via their Vivid Satellite system. Why don't they just go and pick up and add the above mentioned channels to their bouquet? They already have the neccesary infrastructure in place! JUST DO IT!!! Then it's done!

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    Is it possible to pick up any of these FTA channels using an FTA receiver like the dreambox or even a Satelite Receiver?

    Is it possible to get Sky in SA ?

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