Space Television has introduced its OpenView HD (OVHD) decoder to the South African market at a manufacturer suggested price of R999, a spokesperson for the company has told MyBroadband.
The Space TV set-top box will compete with the R850 Ellies decoder that launched with OVHD in 2013.
A fully installed Ellies system (dish, decoder, and installation) costs around R1,400, while Space said it expects a full installation of its system with the most basic steel dish to cost R1,599.
While Space is not undercutting the price of its other competitor in the market, it is hoping to catch the eye of consumers with its feature set.
According to Space, an over-the-air upgrade will enable personal video recording (PVR) and TVlink (similar to DStv’s XtraView) capabilities; features that aren’t available on the Ellies decoder.
Space said that its first shipment of OpenView HD decoders arrived in South Africa during December 2013 and were initially available through its branches.
Since then, Space said it has extended its reach to a number of independent retail stores, as well as retail groups such as SER/Expert, Shaw Group and Group Appliances, which it said accounts for 800–900 retail stores countrywide.
You can buy a fully installed OVHD system from these stores, or the box only if you have an existing installation, Space said.
Those interested in an OpenView HD installation can also request a Space set-top box from their preferred installer, Space said.