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Showing posts with label Openview. Show all posts
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Thursday, 31 December 2020

Disney Is Renaming The Star Channels In Netherlands, What Does This Mean For StarPlus And The Other Star Channels In Africa?

When Disney purchased 20th Century Fox, it obtained Star India, a hugely successful broadcasting company based in India, which has a network of 60 channels in eight languages, that reaches approximately 790 million viewers a month across India and more than 100 countries.

With it’s streaming service, Hotstar being rebranded as Disney+ Hotstar in India in March.

Disney officially revealed details of how it was planning the branding of “Star” internationally at December’s Investor Day event, which will see Star added as a new sixth tier within Disney+ in February in many regions including Europe, Australia, Canada and in Asia. At the same time, Star+ is launching in Latin America as its own platform with live sports. With many Fox channels in Latin America will also be rebranded “Star”.

Disney Africa is likely to do the same as Europe with latching the best of Star on Disney+ since no one in this market can pay for a lot of streaming services.

According to Dutch television provider Ziggo, Disney will be rebranding its Hindi channels, Star Plus and Star Gold channels in the Netherlands to Utsav Plus and Utsav Gold. This rebranding will be taking effect from February 1st.

The name Utsav is likely based on Star Utsav which is one of Star India's linear channels which is currently being used for archived content. It was available in UK for 2 years before becoming a reruns channel.

Star India already operates channels in Africa such as StarPlus, Star Vijay and Star Life through StarTimes, Platco Digital's OpenView and MultiChoice's DStv. It wouldn't be shocking if the name was dropped in favour of Utsav. The one in India might do the same it's currently unknown at this point. Readers have been wondering how Star would replace FOX in Africa if the Star branding was already being used so there's your answer.

The rebranding is being done so Disney can use the “Star” brand as part of Disney+ in the Netherlands, which is coming on February 23rd.

There's still no news on when or if Disney+ will roll out in Africa so chances are will have to wait until at least 2022/3 I mean they could take longer since they're still rolling out in other parts of Europe and the fact that there's contracts they have with other distributors so they're waiting for some of them to expire to begin rolling out Disney+.

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Thursday, 10 December 2020

SABC, e.tv And DStv Ratings For November 2020

Uzalo - 8 529 490
Generations the Legacy - 7 323 551
Skeem Saam - 5 446 976
Xhosa News - 4 103 578
Zulu News - 3 947 110
Sgud'snaysi - 3 882 355
Mtn 8: 2nd Leg Semi Final Kaizer Chiefs - 3 117 079
Nyan Nyan - 2 964 280
The Braai Show with Aka - 2 887 285
Live Amp - 2 836 858
Uxolile - 2 819 528
The Prophetess - 2 804 214
Skeem Saam (Repeat) - 2 791 321
Selimathunzi - 2 769 572
Uzalo (Repeat) - 2 728 246
Family Secrets - 2 708 970
Real Goboza - 2 615 225
Throwback Thursday - 2 581 194
Love & Maskandi - 2 558 027
Uzalo (Omnibus) - 2 527 150

Muvhango - 3 794 449
Lithapo - 1 844 964
Kliphard - 1 691 685
7De Laan - 1 543 533
Vutha - 1 408 698
Mokgonyana Mmatswale - 1 187 936
Ngwanaka Ngwanaka O Kae - 1 117 443
Nuus - 1 091 057
Mohlolohadi 2 - 1 033 692
Muvhango (Omnibus) - 948 499
Ses/Tsw/Sep News - 869 596
Morning Live - 783 352
Live Lotto Draw - 2 772 495
Lithapo (Repeat) - 737 840
Setswana/Sesotho News - 704 330
Venda/Tsonga News - 670 859
Uzalo (Repeat) - 654 532
Touched by An Angel - 644 844
Crown Gospel Music Awards - 644 552
Koskaskenades - 642 201

Afcon 2021 Qualifiers South Africa vs Sa - 1 242 030
Soccer Wrap - 685 527
Earth's Great Rivers - 643 072
Earth's Great Seasons - 483 348
Music - 453 227
Bundesliga Dortmund vs Bayern - 444 533
News - 437 624
The Insider Sa (Repeat) - 436 189
Knight Rider - 433 479
Days on the Street - 428 870
Kfc T20 International:South Africa vs En - 412 375 
Soccer Build-up - 400 706
The Greatest Dancer - 392 544
The A-Team - 390 972
Bride Wars - 335 036
Ama Knows Best (Repeat) - 333 747
Generations the Legacy (Repeat) - 333 303
Magnum P.I. - 329 038
Celebrated Love - 326 034
Mela Maga - 322 969

Scandal - 5 062 166
Rhythm City - 3 920 618
Imbewu - 3 454 008
The Jungle Book - 2 972 167
The Lion King - 2 683 189
Jumanji:Welcome to the Jungle
Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation
Mad Max Fury Road - 2 583 373
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - 2 459 296
News - 2 452 510
Journey 2 Mysterious Island - 2 290 909
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - 2 095 736
Durban Gen - 2 005 932
Imbewu (Repeat) - 1 727 819
Just for Laughs Gags Filler - 1 711 976
Checkpoint (News) - 1 710 656
The Wolverine - 1 686 812
Scandal (Repeat) - 1 648 576
Rhythm City (Repeat) - 1 534 531
Little Big Shots Forever Young - 1 526 913

Gomora (Drama, Mzansi) - 1 317 325 & 1 640 143
The Queen (Drama, Mzansi) - 1 295 432 & 1 641 515
Idols SA (Mzansi) - 1 180 435 & 1 511 709
Uthando Nesthembu (Mzansi) - 933 800 & 1 187 453
The River (Drama, Mzansi) - 915 498 & 1 105 578
Isibaya (Drama, Mzansi) - 903 999 & 1 083 311
You Promise to Marry Me (Moja) - 859 437 & 1 060 304
The Powerball Draw (Mzansi) - 784 073 & 985 013
Our Perfect Wedding (Wethu) 753 032 & 933 160
Ehostela (Drama, Wethu) 658 001 & 831 748
The Queen (Omnibus, Wethu) - 653 285 & 817 452
Accused (Drama, Wethu) - 617 232 & 755 376
Vula Vala (Drama, Mzansi) - 594 972 & 734 718
Mzan 2000-2159 (Mzansi) - 585 352 & 712 410
Izangoma Zodumo (Mzansi) - 548 611 & 661 930
Unmarried (Drama, Mzansi) 537 045 & 682 896
Isibaya (Repeat, Wethu) - 536 112 & 652 405
The Throne (Repeat, Wethu) - 535 331 & 627 477
The Queen (Repeat, Wethu) - 526 948 & 603 146
Mzan 1800-1959 (Mzansi) - 518 350 & 638 537
Love & Loss (Mzansi) 485 563 & 577 234
Isithembiso (Drama, Wethu) - 482 578 & 543 023
The Score (Movie, Mzansi) - 477 902 & 607 354
Ingane Yam (Mzansi) - 472 199 & 538 411
Emlanjeni (Bioskop) - 454 856 & 615 879
Themba Lam (Bioskop) - 430 655 & 490 837
The River (Repeat, Mzansi) - 425 835 & 502 601
Uyangenza (Bioskop) - 423 933 & 524 581
Gomora (Repeat, Mzansi) 420 728 & 473 460
Rea Tsotella Maga (Moja) - 419 387 & 463 278

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Thursday, 3 December 2020

OpenView Launches Two Music Channels Without Notice

At this point, both e.tv and OpenView are killing themselves with these last minute announcements and failure to engage with the media. Don't know who told them it was the brightest idea to leave the media out in the cold.

Recently, viewers noticed that there's two music channels onboard which are SA Hits and Soul Playlist.

SA Hits (Channel 135) will feature house music and possibly several other genres from Euphonik, DJ Zinhle, Mahoota, Master KG and more.

Soul Playlist (Channel 136) will feature other genres on top of Jazz with artists ranging from Jamie Callum, Nina Simone, Diana Krall, Billie Holiday and many more.

Both will launch as a pop-up channel on Friday, 4 December. You notice how they don't mention an end date so perhaps they're working towards having it full-time. Expect them to be more repetitive than the ones on DStv and local based as mentioned above.


This festive season, Openview turns up the volume with two new pop-up music video channels, premiering on Friday, 4 December.

SA Hits will have its home on channel 135 of the Openview Free-To-Air satellite platform. The channel will be a dedicated and dance-inducing mash-up of proudly South African music, the latest in social media culture, local fashion, together with local destinations and brands.

You can expect local mega hits from musicians such as one part of KZN's Finest DJ Tira, Heavy K, Busiswa, Black Coffee, DJ Zinhle, and Euphonik.

Experience nostalgic trips down memory lane with hits from yesteryear by Oskido, Trompies, and Mahoota.

Openview Channel 136, Soul Playlist, is where you head for a dose of relaxation, courtesy of soothing video hits from Mzansi and the world's most renowned RnB, Jazz, and Soul maestros.

Sit back and unwind with Nina Simone, Jamie Cullum, Diana Krall, Billie Holiday, and Ella Jane Fitzgerald.

The Free-To-Air satellite platform has officially surpassed 2.2m household activations, with a steady increase promising to propel Openview to greater heights.

Openview MD, Mmatshipi Matebane is delighted at the premiere of the SA Hits and Soul Playlist pop-up channels, "Our efforts to provide our fans with festive cheer through music are proving to be fruitful. We look forward to families bonding over song, as either one of the Openview channels lends itself to the makings of long-lasting memories. We want to thank all our Openview viewers for the continued love and support and wish them a safe and joyous holiday season," said Matebane.

Openview is South Africa's only free satellite TV service, with 18 TV channels and 9 radio stations.

There are no contracts and no monthly fees, pay once for dish and decoder and enjoy more TV for free, forever.

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Monday, 30 November 2020

Disney Latin America Renaming FOX Channels In Latin America To Star, Will FOX Follow In Africa Very Soon?

Earlier this year, Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced that the Walt Disney Company would be launching a new streaming service called “Star” internationally, rather than Hulu. With “Star” including general entertainment movies and shows from its brands such as ABC, FX, Freeform, Searchlight Pictures and 20th Century Studios. “Star” will also be fully integrated into the established Disney+ platform from both a marketing and a technology perspective, possibly similar to how Hotstar became Disney+ Hotstar in India.

Just ahead of the launch of Star, according to a statement that was provided to cable operators, Disney is going to be renaming it’s “FOX” channels to “Star” in Latin America from February 2021. With both the Fox channel and Fox Life, becoming Star Channel and Star Life.

-FOX Channel will be Star Channel.
-FOX Life will be Star Life.
-FOX Premium will be Star Premium.
-FOX App will be Star App

Fox Premium channels will also be rebranded, becoming: Star Premium Movies, Star Premium Series, Star Premium Action, Star Premium Comedy, Star Premium Fun, Star Premium Cinema and Star Premium Classics.

In Africa, Star operates Indian channels such as StarPlus, Star Vijay and Star Life. There's a chance that Star Life (currently seen on StarTimes, DStv and OpenView) will get a name change perhaps into Star India or something close to that in order to not cause confusion if they do end up rebranding FOX into Star in this region.

Now the issue here is their channels are operated under Star India and not Disney in general. So maybe this whole thing has no effect on us but there's a chance it could have some effect since Latin America is changing the channels and not India. Or perhaps the one here will be called Disney's Star or Star By Disney.

SA Government Might Enforce A Local Quota On Linear Platforms

The government is considering adding a local quota onto streaming services where 30% of the programming needs to come from South Africa. So they're likely to go after DStv, Starsat and OpenView.

While they're looking at the content for streaming platforms. On cable they might exploring more aspects such as the channels offered by these operators.

One things for certain is they've slowly begun investing more in local programming look at M-Net they've started prepping up dramas such as Trackers, Inconcievable and ongoing soap opera, Legacy.

Internationally, most channels offer very little local content you have Comedy Central with its CC Roast Special, MTV and Lasizwe and E! with Celebrity Game Night. No one knows if the government will inflict the quota on these type of channels or the extant of them.

This year alone they managed to get stations like the interactive wilderness channel Wild Earth, KykNet's pop-up movie channel fliekNET returned on a permanent basis alongside KykNet Lekker - a channel carrying old content from their archives.

In short, MultiChoice is more than ready for this than any other platform. The question remains on whether they have enough local content.

They invest very little onto the market when it comes to programming which is justified since they're not entirely based in South Africa and a cheap version of DStv.

This might not be enough as the government will likely want them to invest more in the community like M-Net is doing with its local programming.

In the end, they have shown support for the local community with their wide range of channels such as eExtra, Soweto TV, 1KZN TV, OnseTV, Mindset and few others.

For a free-to-air platform they have a decent amount of local channels like Starsat and since not a lot of entertainment is available on this platform. They might meet up with the government's expectations should they consider it.

Out of 15 channels, only 2 come from a foreign market and only 7 offer local programming.

Will eMedia Investments Launch A Standalone News & Sports Channel On OpenView Very Soon?

By the end of November, News & Sports which is currently available on OpenView channel 120 and the digital platform VIU will no longer broadcast news from 16:00-19:00 which led some viewers to believe that news will be getting a dedicated channel for news but perhaps their newsroom is taking some time off.

Maybe it's true since neither OpenView or e.tv seem to care about approaching the media on any developments seen on their platform. When it comes to stability, they've always had their ups and downs with news & sports.

For starters, they had BBC World News for 3 years then after you got the French lifestyle channel, France24 which looks like a gonner. Then they tried to operate their own news channel OpenNews with the help of international news blocks such as CGTN, TRT World, DW and a few others before just downsizing to eNCA bulletins and magazine shows on top of having their name changed 3 times in the span of 3 years.

On the sports section, OpenView didn't express much interest until 2016 when they got the underperforming lifestyle channel, Trace Sports Stars. When that didn't work, they got Kwesé Free Sports as a means to give viewers the best in sporting action that was until Econet got liquidated which led to its demise. Then there was the outdated sumo and wrestling channel, Fight Sports which lasted a year.

Right now, News & Sports is the only reliable channel on OpenView and it seems e.tv will be more dependant on itself for these categories as opposed to third parties.

At the moment, they don't have enough content to make them stand seperated perhaps it will be like that in future for now it's impossible but hey OpenView is full of surprises.

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Thursday, 26 November 2020

Plans For Mindset Pop, People's Weather And Supa TV

Admist the pandemic, MultiChoice partnered up with Mindset to launch a second educational channel to help learners from Grade 4-9 catch-up to their schoolwork while Supabets launched its first linear channel exclusively on OpenView.

People's Weather went from being a 24 hour weather channel to an environmental and lifestyle channel.

Mindset POP has shown remarkable success introduction on DStv and Supa TV has helped viewers win some extra cash and also managed to grow the owner's brand.

According to both suppliers, they're looking into expanding the reach of these channels to more platforms meaning that more learners will get access to the educational material on Mindset POP and more viewers can engage with Supa TV since most of them don't have an OpenView.

People's Weather which was only on DStv has been added onto OpenView recently. If you want nature, documentaries and wildlife then this is your channel. There's even a chance it will pop-up on Starsat and StarTimes.

Mindset POP joins other current educational kids channels in the market such as Mindset, Baby TV, CBeebies, Nick Jr, Disney Junior, JimJam, Da Vinci Kids, PBS Kids, SABC Education, DBE TV, Zoomoo, CBeebies.

Supa TV joins Tellytrack as the only few betting channels within the market.

People's Weather is the only accessible channel within the market other channels like Curiosity Channel, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, Da Vinci Kids, Wild Earth and Discovery Channel require you to pay monthly.

Limpopo TV Launches On OpenView This December???

Limpopo TV launched back in October as the province first commercial channel offering content that is created, delivered and produced by talent of the province.

The channel failed to materialize on other platforms as promised earlier in the year which angered a lot of potential fans and damaged a bit of the channel's image.

Through a media enquiry, OpenView denied the allegation made about the channel's launch on their platform. Now Limpopo TV started advertising their launch on OpenView this December.

Like I mentioned earlier, Limpopo TV hasn't started out on a good note and they're a tad unorganised on top of everything. If it does launch hopefully you'll see none of that.

OpenView and e.tv have also been lurking around that area as they've been silent with the media on upcoming attractions which led some media outlets to maintain some distance from the brand.

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Friday, 20 November 2020

OpenView Plus Won't Be Launching Anytime Soon

Parent company eMedia initially indicated it would start offering its own OTT streaming service during the announcement of its 2020 annual report in September.

CEO Khalik Serriff said that Openview was planning to provide additional platform choices for its viewers.

In preparation for this, eMedia content would be placed on the Openview website and on over-the-top (OTT) services including VIU.

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He also stated that the group would launch its own OTT offering called Openview Plus by October 2020.

“Work on this offering is happening in earnest as this report is published,” Seriff added.

The company did not provide specific details such as pricing or content which will be available on the service.

No sign of service
As alluded to in the annual report, the Openview website has added a selection of on-demand content which is free to stream.

This library consists of only a few international movies and local Etv shows, which are supported by ads.

VIU now also offers several seasons of various Etv series, including soapies like Scandal and Rhythm City.

However, MyBroadband was unable to find any mention of the Openview Plus service on either the Openview or Etv websites.

We asked the company to confirm whether the launch has been delayed, but it declined to provide further information.

“Please note that there is no media communication about Openview Plus at this stage,” eMedia stated.

“eMedia will communicate plans as they develop,” it added.

SABC to launch own streaming service
While pay-TV broadcaster DStv already offers a large chunk of its content via MultiChoice’s Showmax streaming service, free-to-air broadcasters have been slow to adapt to the streaming trend.

The SABC recently also revealed details on the plans for its iPlayer streaming service, which was first announced back in 2013.

It has also entered into an agreement with Telkom to offer a selection of its content on the recently-launched TelkomONE streaming service.

South African TV broadcasting analyst Thinus Ferreira previously told MyBroadband that anyone in broadcasting in South Africa must understand a streaming service, on-demand service, and digital service are the future.

“Switch to digital and start and grow your video streaming ecosystem or become irrelevant and die like the dinosaurs,” Ferreira warned.

“As a content provider – like a broadcaster – if you don’t have or own a space in the very near future in whatever way, for instance an app, on a smartphone, you might as well not exist,” he added.

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Thursday, 12 November 2020

Review On eMedia Investments Set Of Channels

The group’s main asset is a controlling stake in South African based media group eMedia Investments Proprietary Limited (eMedia Investments). eMedia Investments has a number of core assets in the television and radio broadcasting sector, with additional assets in the content, properties and facilities sectors.

Description of their channels:

e.tv, South Africa’s first and only free-to-air commercial television station. In short it's a free version of M-Net which has shown significant improvement with regards to their soapies storylines, selection of movies and prime time lineup.

eExtra, offers the best telenovelas from India, Latin America and around the world with a mixture of other programming. The channel is inclusive, diverse and brings a spark to their star studded lineup.

eMovies and eMovies Extra are the brands free-to-air movie channels. Both channels stand out on their own making it predictable and easy to navigate.

eReality is South Africa's first free-to-air reality channel and has got something for the whole family. The mom can enjoy the best of cooking with MasterChef, The dad can learn more about science with Mythbusters and the rest of the family can laugh out loud with Steve Harvey.

News&Sports, is the stable destination for sports coverage and news from around the globe. The channel keeps sports fans at the edge of their seat and uses magazine and talk shows to make up for the lack of news but what the heck, entertainment is also a forefront for news.

Rewind, as the name states leverages content already seen from the above stations. If you're nostalgic about chick flicks, sitcoms or local content this is your go to destination for all that.

eToonz describes itself as a fun portal for the little ones with a mixture of animation and live-action. The channel can be tiresome with its weekly lineup and put even the naughtiest adolescent out of their misery.

Thursday, 5 November 2020

People's Weather Is Also Available On OpenView

People°s Weather is Africa's first and only 24/7 climate, environment and weather channel, which is available DStv Channel 180 is also available on OpenView channel 115.

Fight Sports was occupied that channel number till it was removed from the OpenView platform after a year.

Our mission is to communicate in an entertaining and informative way the weather and effects of the climate and environment on people and the world they live in.

As the official media partner of the environment we focus on the pioneers that help and inspire us and our viewers to build a sustainable future together.

People living the weather is you and me. It is the outdoor enthusiast and the mountaineer. The couple who enjoys a glass of bubbly while watching a beautiful sunset.
— Stephan le Roux, CEO People°s Weather

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Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Fight Sports Stops Airing On OpenView

Fight Sport was only available for a year on OpenView and created for fans of boxing, sumo and wrestling. OpenView confirmed that today will be their last day on their platform.

Details on its removal still remain a mystery as this came in as a last minute announcement kind of like the time BBC World News was swapped for the French lifestyle channel, France24.

2020 has been a hectic year for cable providers where platforms like OpenView, Starsat and DStv have been witnesses loss of channels. To make for those losses they've been working around the clock to source out more content and channels.

Throughout 2020, OpenView managed to launch 3 unwatchable channels with one of them being a Mindset+ channel which is deemed useful. According to reports, they were planning to rollout more channels on top of a streaming service but due to the complications of covid19 there have been some minor setbacks.

Good news is OpenView will be rolling out more channels likely by November. According to witnesses, there's more than one channel rolling out and there's been speculation that one of them is an entertainment channel.

Even though, Fight Sports will no longer be available on the platform viewers can still enjoy the best of Impact and other sporting events on News&Sports (channel 120).

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Friday, 23 October 2020

The Current Status Of TV Licence In South Africa And The Rest Of The World + Other Matters

South Africans who watch video streaming services like Netflix or pay-TV services like DStv or StarSat and who don't even watch or use the services of the South African public broadcaster could be forced to pay a SABC TV licence fee like a compulsory "traffic fine" - even if they don't use a TV, the SABC or just watch content on devices like laptops and tablets.

This is the latest plan of the financially struggling South African public broadcaster to prop up its finances, with Pinky Kekana, South Africa's deputy communications minister, who told parliament's portfolio committee on communications on Tuesday morning that the SABC wants to broaden the definition of the existing mandatory SABC TV licence that is payable by people with a TV set.

There's about 27 other countries that still do TV licences followed by 25 countries that abolished it and make their revenue through commercial sales, advertising, tax and pay or free-to-air platforms (which is what SABC is proposing). Then there's 11 other countries that never had a TV licence some of them don't have a national broadcaster (e.g. SABC, BBC), some are funded by private companies (e.g. e.tv), some rely on advertising, grants and government funds.

The SABC wants the government to remove the must carry clause on their channels since it benefits other platforms as they don't pay a cent for their channels.

SABC wants national sports to be available to them at a very affordable price.

If SABC wants to charge people TV licence they could have added it onto our taxes regardless most people using DStv or OpenView don't watch their channels since they lack redeeming quality. If the government does abolish the must-carry regulation it means all platforms will likely do away with SABC 1-3 or have less SABC channels on their platform.

I know most people don't watch their channels but for the people that rely on their channels, what are the chances that these platforms will indeed do away with SABC entirely. Knowing some providers they're likely to keep only 1 or 2 out of the 3 channels.

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Friday, 9 October 2020

Update: Mindset Pop On DStv And DBE Learning On OpenView

Earlier in the year, Covid19 hit South African shores forcing schools and businesses to shut down. During that time, service providers were trying to source out content that was educating and entertaining to viewers.

MultiChoice and Mindset teamed up to launch a spinoff pop-up channel catered to Grade 4-9 with a mix of Grade 1-3 called Mindset Pop (also known as Mindset's Pop Primary) in South Africa and the rest of Africa on channel 317.

eMedia Investments teamed up with the Department of Education to launch DBE Learning which caters Grade 10-12 with additional subjects to help out the current Mindset channel. It is currently occupies channel 122.

Both channels were available from 1st April. Through media outlets, DBE Learning as stated would be available until the end of September while Mindset Pop would be available until 10 December according to MultiChoice Africa earlier in the year.

Now DBE Learning is still running on the OpenView despite reaching its cutoff date so it's possible that there are no plans to do away with the channel. It first launched as a channel for Grade 10-12 now they added material for Grade 1-3 meaning it's no different to Mindset.

Mindset Pop has been dominating the DStv platform and is highly recommended through schools and educational forums across Africa. Several outlets still list it as a pop-up channel but no cutoff date was actually confirmed for South Africa (only ROA) and through an enquiry their customer care listed it as a permanent channel for customers and this very likely includes the rest of Africa.

Schools are now reopened under several conditions and children in most schools get time off meaning they won't able to wrapup their academics but with these channels put in place they'll help them catch-up.

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- OpenView might be rolling out Limpopo TV soon with plans for the channel to rollout on Starsat and DStv

Friday, 2 October 2020

Limpopo TV Might Launch On OpenView Really Soon, No News On Whether DStv Or Starsat Will Be Adding It Soon

Limpopo's first ever TV channel launched in the beginning of October offering quality programming from shows that are created, delivered and produced by talent from the province.

There's been a lot of hype about the channel's presence on DStv, Starsat and OpenView in the beginning of the year through other people and the channel themselves. Even viewers with Starsat where able to view the channel without changing settings before the channel disappeared.

After the launch of Limpopo TV you could only access if you unlock the public channels on your decoder. The channel's media handler did mention that they are in negotiations with several service providers.

So far it looks like OpenView is one of the confirmed service providers. The channel founder mentioned that:
We are at the Final Stages of our Negotiations with the Provider and we will wait for them to Release the News first then we will also Share.

The channel might pop up on Starsat and DStv but viewers will likely get it later as both providers are still rolling out more channels in the coming months maybe they'll be able to squeeze this one in as an added bonus like they were suppose to do with the long awaited channel, SABC Education.

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Sunday, 30 August 2020

eMedia Investments Is Launching An OpenView Inspired Streaming Service

Yep, you read correctly eMedia Investments will be launching a new streaming service called OpenView Plus by October 2020.

This cames after their ongoing partnership with VIU which is also a streaming service that distributes several of their local productions alongside some content from the SABC.
OpenView launched back in October 2013 with e.tv, eMovies and eToonz available since it's arrival. By 2017, they were available in 1 million households only to grow by another million in the next 3 years.

That's not the only thing launching from the brand as they'll begin rolling out OpenView Connect in the upcoming months to households without fibre. They're also looking into launching more channels on the platform.

The platform might be similar to the DStv Now service except you don't need a decoder to watch the content and more likely channels seen on the app. There's also no details on whether this platform will distribute new content or channels that you won't found on your regular OpenView decoder.

OpenView is exclusive to South Africa so are these new products coming from the platform knowing neighbouring countries they'll distribute these products illegally.

MultiChoice will also be launching a dishless version of DStv in the coming months and SABC was plotting to launch their own streaming service back in 2018 but since then there's been no updates about it.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

OpenView Unexpectedly Dumps BBC World News And Adds France24 In Its Place

BBC World News is the 1st victim from the eMedia platform to get the chop on OpenView without no explanation from e.tv or better yet any notice for their loyal viewers.
BBC World News lasted about two years and 7 months on the OpenView platform with the cheap France24 taking up it's space on channel 121.

France 24 is a French state-owned international news television network based in Paris. Its channels broadcast in French, English, Arabic, and Spanish and are aimed at the overseas market, similar to BBC World News, DW, RT and TRT World.

The channel ran as a programming block on e.tv News and Sports channels before becoming a full-length channel on the platform unexpectedly.

There's no reason behind the sudden removal of BBC World News. It's more likely due to costs and with the pandemic around a lot of businesses have been cutting back so this might be one of them.

OpenView now joins DStv which suffered a lot of cutbacks in the year so far only the Starsat platform is left to fill the effects of the pandemic at the moment they are on a channel spree.

Monday, 8 June 2020

SABC Envisioned Plan For DTT And OpenView Rise To Glory

Back in the early 2000s SABC and e.tv had plans to launch their own STB which included more channels from these rivals and also more choice in what to watch.

SABC DTT plans started out with 18 channels you had: SABC 1-3, SABC 4, SABC 5, SABC Sports, SABC Movies, SABC Education, SABC News, a children's channel, a SMME channel, a health channel, a parliamentary channel, a music channel, a history channel and timeshift channels (1 show air an hour later).

While e.tv envisioned having 18 channels and never stated how many of these channels will be supplied by them.

Even though only 2 managed to materialize with 1 still on a test phase, SABC was likely to go bankrupt with all these channels in place even if pay platforms were to carry parts of these channels it wouldn't do much to keep all of them since they're likely to waste a fortune trying to build content for these channels.

Back in 2013/4, SABC former CEO Hlaudi implemented a 90% quota on their channels which led to a decrease in viewership particularly on SABC 3 and a loss of income. Due to this local quota most companies severed ties with the station even Disney was part of the back giving SABC access to 10% of the content with e.tv gaining the rest of it. They tried reducing the quota to 80% but that didn't work out for them.

Now imagine if that quota never existed and SABC managed to get all 18 channels running. The problem here would be the amount of money they'll waste on local content. It's proven to be challenging for the SABC to supply local programming on 3 channels imagine doing that with 18 channels especially if you don't charge monthly fees and most of your viewers don't pay TV licence.

e.tv also had plans to grow their channel lineup. They started with eMovies+, eToonz+, eAfrica+ and eKasi+ so far only the first two survived with newcomers eExtra, eReality, News&Sports and Rewind. Back then they had OpenView and their main concern was quantity so they added a bunch of crappy channels and hoped viewers would be glued to their screens that was not until 2017 came that they were more concerned about entertainment which led to decrease of channels in order to give better programming. Along the way they were struggling to make some doe and the viewership was weak so they added some of their channels on DStv for more income and viewership.

Since then, OpenView has managed to get their platform in 2 million homes and it famous in neighbouring countries that people there are using it illegally in order to avoid the entertainment available in their countries. It has become a charity case but this is to ensure that viewers get more entertainment on the platform.

If SABC got 18 of these channels running by now they would have scrapped a couple of them like SABC 4 & 5, children, SMME, movies and music which would bring them to a total of 10 channels. Even though they rely on funding and partnerships, those partnerships are likely to dissolve and those funders are likely going to take their money elsewhere. In the end, SABC new proposed channels are just the useful and not entertaining batch of channels which include education, sports, health, parliamentary and if possible history running which shows that they're trying to the PBS of South Africa. They're struggling to keep viewers glued to their screens so they want channels that other people will see useful in their everyday lives.

SABC Sports might be used to get new faces in sports another use for the channel is to help minimise disruption of sports on the main channels, Parliamentary might be the toughest one for them since it's not another channel for recycled goods, Health and if possible History will curved through partnerships since there's less content in these fields while archived Education channel is just a reruns channel in partnership with the department of education.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

New Channel Alert: Supabets Launches On OpenView

Supabets is often called one of the best sport betting sites in South Africa. It was established in 2008, and since that, it gained much popularity in African countries — the customers from South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia, Ghana and other countries are now very well aware of this bookmaker.

Supabets belongs to a South African company called Portapa (Pty) Limited. The parent company has obtained a license to accept bets from the Gauteng Gambling Board (GGB).

Now Supabets will be getting it's own channel on the OpenView platform even though no details have been issued on channel's lineup. The channel will take up a slot on channel 150 and will run 24/7 a day.

Monday, 18 May 2020

eNCA's News Segments Has Been Added To News And Sports On OpenView?

As always eMedia Investments the company that runs OpenView with its set of e.tv channels has a history of not informing the media on upcoming developments another unexpected arrival has made its way to OpenView.

News and Sports once known as OpenNews and e.tv News has added eNCA segments to the channel without any notice as eNCA 24/7 channel is available exclusively through the platform.

During the pandemic, News and Sports has run into some troubling times in both sections most of the time the channel airs Sports other than News then there came a time when they replayed old news and some foreign news segments on the channel faded away.

With sports put on hold the only active event is mainly wrestling with e.tv supplying Impact Wrestling and Xplosion alongside selected programs across their channels and SuperSport being WWE on DStv.

Recently both StarSat and OpenView acquired old Bundesliga matches which were once available on SuperSport in selected markets.