Free SA satellite TV service may get Internet

Platco Digital, the company behind the upcoming OpenView HD (OVHD) satellite television service, has more than its initial free channel bouquet up its sleeve, a spokesperson has told MyBroadband.

Rumours are circulating in the industry that Platco’s plans include offering OpenView customers a satellite Internet connection in future.

Asked specifically whether they have such plans, Platco said it would only share further developments “closer to the time”, but confirmed that there will be other added products at a later stage.

“Now our main focus is to get OVHD off the ground,” a spokesperson for Platco said.

Earlier this week MyBroadband reported that Platco Digital, a sister company to E-tv, would offer a 15-channel satellite TV service in South Africa without charging a monthly subscription fee.

Platco has since confirmed it will be launching with “approximately” 15 channels in October 2013, working only with already licensed broadcasters.

This will include a mix of standard and high definition channels, with at least 5 being HD, Platco said.

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