MultiChoice, Altech and Openview HD have reduced the price of their broadcasting and video-on-demand equipment, which is a signal of increasing competition in the South African entertainment market.
Altech reduced the price of its Altech Node from R3,499 to R1,999 in a promotion which will last until 25 January 2015.
The Altech Node is a smart home product, offering “Smart TV”, “Smart Entertainment”, and “Smart Home” services.
The Altech Node uses the same satellite as DStv to push content to a decoder-like set-top box, which is then stored on a 1 Terabyte hard drive.
The following advert appeared in the Sunday Times on 30 November 2014, which promoted the Node price cut.
DStv is aggressively promoting its Explora decoder, which offers recording, DStv Catch Up, Boxoffice movie rentals, remote recording, HD viewing and more.
MultiChoice reduced the price of its DStv Explora, and also introduced payment plans on 24 month contracts.
The company further partnered with Telkom to bundle the DStv Explora with some of Telkom’s broadband products.
Openview HD is South Africa’s first free HD satellite TV service, with over 18 channels that offer local and international entertainment.
The free channels include music, movies, lifestyle and culture, learning, kids’ and religious programming. Some channels are broadcast in high definition.
The Openview HD (OVHD) decoder is now available from R849.