TopTV has fired the latest salvo in its satellite TV battle with Naspers. At a function at the Tavern, in Maponya Mall , where chicken feet and vetkoek were on offer it announced it would be offering TOPTV Prepaid with vouchers ranging between R109-R279.
Naspers recently revealed that in September the company will launch an online BoxOffice where you will be able to rent movies and download them onto your PC or Mac, paying with your credit card. Between 60 and 70 titles will be available. You will download the title and will have access to it for 48 hours before the licence to watch expires. It will utilise BoxOffice Wallet where a voucher system will also be in use.
CEO of TopTV, Eddie Mbalo said “it is an instant payment option that will give customers immediate access to our world of unlimited entertainment. A dedicated project team has been hard at work to implement and perfect this idea and the operating systems for the past six months, and I am very proud to be in a position to introduce this new payment concept for pay-TV to you this morning”.
Kgomotso Lekola, COO of TopTV, added: “Our service is also cognisant of the fact that a vast number of South Africans, about 40% of adults, are unbanked. If we are to build solutions that are sensitive to the realities of South Africa, then an innovation such as this is non-negotiable.”
The TopTV Prepaid vouchers will be available from major retail outlets countrywide, with two price and channel package options: the Variety package at R109 for a 30-day period from activation, and the Ultimate package for R279 for 30 days of top-class entertainment. A R10 administration and distribution fee is included in these two pricing options because TopTV has to pay the retailers to sell the vouchers on its behalf.