OpenView HD vs Freevision vs DStv EasyView

Sentech officially announced the channels of Freevision, the replacement for its Vivid satellite TV service which was launched on its new distribution platform on Monday, 30 September 2013.

The Freevision channel line-up remains largely the same as that of the former Vivid bouquet, though Sentech promised that it had far grander plans.

According to Sentech CEO Setumo Mohapi, Freevision could offer new pay TV licensees, such as Close TV and Siyaya TV, a platform on which to broadcast their bouquets.

Sentech is also planning an online video service similar to BBC’s iPlayer, HD content, replay/catch-up services, and personal video recording, Mohapi said.

News of Freevision’s launch emerged a month after MyBroadband reported that E-tv sister company Platco Digital was launching its own free direct-to-home satellite TV platform, OpenView HD.

Platco later confirmed plans to launch OpenView HD in mid-October.

South Africa’s satellite TV giant, MultiChoice, also has an entry-level bouquet (DStv EasyView) which may be considered competition for Freevision and OpenView HD.

The below table compares the announced pricing and channels of the three services:

Component Freevision OpenView HD DStv EasyView
Monthly Price Free Free R29
Installation cost (estimate) R1,350 (SD decoder) R1,599 (HD decoder) R599 (SD decoder)
Channels
Free-to-air channels SABC 1 SABC 1 SABC 1
SABC 2 SABC 2 SABC 2
SABC 3 SABC 3 SABC 3
e.tv e.tv (HD) e.tv
SABC News
Entertainment, Culture and Lifestyle channels Zulu TV eKasi+ Africa Magic Entertainment
SA Channel eAfrica+ Magic World
eMovies+
Zest TV
ASTV
Deen TV
Community broadcasters Soweto TV Soweto TV
Bay TV Bay TV
1 KZN 1 KZN
Tshwane TV Tshwane TV
Alex TV
Cape TV
Children and Education Mindset Learn eToons+ KidsCo
Mindset Health Mindset TV Mindset TV
Da Vinci Learning
English Club
Religion Spirit Word Spirit Word Channel
CTV (TBN) TBN
God Never Fails TV Inspiration TV Rhema
RLW iTV
Breakthru TV
New Generation TV
Abel Damina Ministries
The Synagogue Church – Emmanuel TV
Daystar
Starcross TV
Angel Television Africa
Kruiskyk
Tellilah
Redeemed Church of God
Ezekiel TV
Christ Embassy
World Restoration Services
Unity Broadcasting Network
Manifest Sons of God
Isambulo
Homebased TV
Sport SuperSport Blitz
News, Commerce and Specialised channels MyNews Channel SABC News
TVC News ANN7
France 24 Al Jazeera
Parliamentary service
CCTV News
Weather24
Business Day TV
CCTV 4
Audio channels 16 audio channels 29 audio channels

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