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.
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|
|Installation cost (estimate)||R1,350 (SD decoder)||R1,599 (HD decoder)||R599 (SD decoder)|
|Free-to-air channels||SABC 1||SABC 1||SABC 1|
|SABC 2||SABC 2||SABC 2|
|SABC 3||SABC 3||SABC 3|
|Entertainment, Culture and Lifestyle channels||Zulu TV||eKasi+||Africa Magic Entertainment|
|SA Channel||eAfrica+||Magic World|
|Community broadcasters||Soweto TV||–||Soweto TV|
|Bay TV||Bay TV|
|1 KZN||1 KZN|
|Tshwane TV||Tshwane TV|
|Children and Education||Mindset Learn||eToons+||KidsCo|
|Mindset Health||Mindset TV||Mindset TV|
|Da Vinci Learning|
|Religion||Spirit Word||Spirit Word Channel|
|God Never Fails TV||Inspiration TV||Rhema|
|New Generation TV|
|Abel Damina Ministries|
|The Synagogue Church – Emmanuel TV|
|Angel Television Africa|
|Redeemed Church of God|
|World Restoration Services|
|Unity Broadcasting Network|
|Manifest Sons of God|
|News, Commerce and Specialised channels||MyNews Channel||–||SABC News|
|France 24||Al Jazeera|
|Business Day TV|
|Audio channels||16 audio channels||–||29 audio channels|