Platco Digital, operator of OpenView HD (OVHD) and sister company to E-tv, has taken over some of Sentech’s capacity on Intelsat’s IS-20 satellite, a spokesperson for the company has confirmed.
“We have a capacity leasing agreement with Sentech,” Platco boss Maxwell Nonge explained when asked how they acquired the capacity.
Sentech operates a free-to-view service similar to OVHD called Freevision, and IS-20 is the same satellite used by MultiChoice for its pay-TV service DStv.
OVHD currently uses a satellite in the same 5°E orbital slot as StarSat (formerly TopTV), while IS-20 sits at 68.5°E. Platco has signed a 15 year deal with SES for capacity on its SES-5 satellite at 5°E.
Asked whether this means that existing customers will have to get an additional dish, Nonge said that it won’t be necessary for its current clients to make any changes.
“The IS-20 opportunity allows us to offer OpenView HD services more widely, to households which already have an existing satellite dish, whether it is pointing at TopTV or DStv/Vivid [Freevision]. OpenView HD will continue to provide the same channel offering on SES-5,” Nonge said.
“The intention is that OpenView HD may include free-to-view channels which are already on IS-20, but are currently only available through other free-to-view services,” said Nonge.