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Nov 22, 2010
TopTV is a South African satellite TV service that began broadcasting on 1 May 2010. TopTV is owned by On Digital Media, who were granted a pay-TV license by ICASA in September 2007. On Digital Media is 20% owned by TV satellite operator, SES Astra. TopTV's service is aimed at the LSM 6-9 demographic, targeting middle class viewers.

TopTV services are broadcast via satellite, using the Astra 4A craft at the 5°E orbital position, and three of the six 36 MHz transponders in the 'FSS Africa' beam providing coverage of the whole sub-Saharan Africa region. TopTV services are receivable throughout South Africa on dishes of 60 cm diameter. Transmissions are in the DVB-S2 MPEG-4 digital TV format with reception using a simple set-top box available from local retailers, with a PVR receiver slated for later in 2011. Playout and related broadcasting services will be provided by SES Astra affiliate, ASTRA Platform Services.

TopTV utilises a similar set-top box as DSTV. The decoders went on sale on Saturday 1 May at various retailers. The launch cost of the package was R499. This cost included the decoder, the satellite dish, as well as installation.

Packages include a 20-channel bouquet for R99 per month. The channels include TopOne, Top Gospel, MSNBC, Fox News and amongst others. This basic package includes 24 channels. The most expensive package is the Premium Package which includes all TopTV channels at only R269 per month. This cost is similar to DStv Compact which offers only 35 channels at R219 per month.

Source: Wikipedia