New video on-demand service for SA

Another satellite-based video on-demand (VOD) service called TV4U will launch in South Africa on 1 February 2015, MobileTV founder Mothobi Mutloatse announced in a press release on Tuesday, 7 October 2014.

Similar to DStv BoxOffice and Altech Node, TV4U will be a push VOD service that runs through Intelsat’s IS-20 satellite.

This means that existing DStv and Freevision dish installations may be used to access TV4U services.

Mutloatse said that they chose IS-20 as it lets them harmonise both their mobile Digital Multimedia Broadcasting offering and video on-demand bouquet.

Their VOD bouquet will be called “Movielicious”, Mutloatse said.

“TV4U has assembled an international arsenal of aggregators, content providers, and billing management partners in Los Angeles, London, New York, Toronto, Canada, Paris, and Seoul,” Mutloatse said.

With these partners, TV4U said it will be able to provide an eclectic mix of Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood, Lollywood, and Joziwood4U entertainment and sports programming.

Mutloatse added that TV4U has chosen a local decoder manufacturer for its “dynamic VOD decoder”.

TV4U will launch with the marketing slogan “Affordab-licious pricing”, and Mutluatse boasted that it will cost less than half of what Altech’s Node device does, while the subscription will be less than Vidi’s.

The decoder-like Node box costs around R3,499, while a Vidi subscription costs R149 per month.

“This is a robust service we have developed with some of the best push VOD experts in the field in Europe, through software we shall reveal when we launch on 1 February 2015,” Mutloatse said.

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