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New TV channels here

2010-04-29 17:16

Johannesburg – On Digital Media on Thursday unveiled TopTV, a new affordable satellite pay TV offering with pricing starting at R99 per month.

TopTV launches on May 1, and will provide 55 channels under the following genres, variety, kids & music, entertainment & knowledge and ultimate movies.

ODM will also provide seven different pricing options, from R99 to R249 per month. 

Vino Govender, CEO of ODM said: "The majority of South Africans who can afford to pay between R99 and R249 a month, will have access to world class television entertainment across all genres including News & Knowledge, Movies, Family and Sport, Kids, Music and Cultural programming.

"Some of the highlights of these channels include the Top History channel which will bring the history of South Africa to the fore as never before, BBC News, Eurosport News, 6 dedicated 24 hour movie channels, as well as services for the Portuguese and French communities in South Africa," Govender said.

ODM said TopTV had secured programming and channels from media giants including Fox, Warner, Disney, CBS and Discovery, and it added that nine locally developed channels would also be included. 

On Digital Media has an effective BEE shareholding of 68% and was awarded an Icasa Pay TV License in September 2007 and issued the license in July 2008.

 
     - I-Net Bridge

Comments
  • Mzuzukile - 2010-04-29 17:43

    I can't wait to dump DSTV cos it's offering is not worth the money. I hope ODM will give them a runfor their money. Happy competition. down with monopolies

  • mzungu - 2010-04-29 17:48

    pay per channel as your choice. minimum of 10 channels to pay....you put your package together yourself and pay accordingly. A Winner !

  • jc - 2010-04-29 17:50

    68% BEE shareholding? Let's hope TopTv has not been infested by the usual quick rich deployed cadres. Everything they touch seem to turn into s...t. Watch this space. Good luck TopTV.

  • janis - 2010-04-29 17:54

    I have resisted DSTV and stuck to MNet up till now, but will definitely subscribe to TopTv. The service from MNet has been shocking - they never answer their call centre, never reply to emails and I am delighted that competition is finally here. All success to TopTv. They will be getting my business and I hope thousands of others.

  • Chris Dreyer - 2010-04-29 17:56

    It is long overdue but the question remains what will it really offer for its viewers and how diverse can they become? Here are some examples using DSTV. The Premium product is all the channels and at a cost of over R500.00. The other is Compact, Select 1 & 2, etc with slightly less [rice tag but here is the catch, it caters more for soccer ;overs and African people. It does have variaty but clearly not cater for any Afrikaans audiences. SO, AFRIKAAN SPEAKING AUDIENCES paying through their necks to enjoy their vafourt channels. NOT ONE of these option cater for typical the Afrikaans speaking audience with ch such as MNET 101, kykNET 111, Sport CH 201, 202, 205 also at a good price option. The options is for soccer lovers and africa speaking languages. Hope these guys can do it right because I would like to reduce my monthly tag at least by half.

  • GG - 2010-04-29 17:58

    Wait for it another Escom, promise big and then the BEE takes the honey pot.

  • Reality - 2010-04-29 18:00

    Yay! Lets hope DSTV drop their prices now, cause i just cant live without the sports channels! I have been all over the world and i can safely say that Supersport is the best set of sport channels i have ever laid eyes on! Afrikaans? Its an oppresive language! Honestly, i think they should stop broadcasting anything in afrikaans Have a good weekend :-)

  • Skubbe - 2010-04-29 18:04

    I'll pay my R500 DSTV subscription for Supersport 1 & 2 alone! Besides, why subsidise the corrupt politicians?

  • Chris Dreyer - 2010-04-29 18:08

    @mzungu - Good suggestion and I support your suggestion. I am not aware of such a system available in the market that gives you this type of flexibility of choice seeing that I too being involve with typical DSTV TV systems.

  • Yvonne - 2010-04-29 18:11

    To Reality, Just for your information Afrikaans (then dutch and French) already arrived in this County in 1632! and they could speak several other languages including English. Where were you and your forefathers in 1632? and how educated could they have been to have spawned somebody like you generations later ! How the new TV Channel gives you an insight into the bigger world and not just the Sports Programme! Try the History and General Knowledge and I hope they have self improvement programmes and lectures as well for you to watch. This is Good News for all of us! Especially us who pay for everything we use and get and got and then still pay a hell of a lot of Tax as well.DSTV has too many repeat programmes! when we were living in New York before my husband retired in the Diplomatic Service, we really missed the TV we had there very much. I hope it has some good educational programmes for all the Children of south Africa and it seems to me for many of the adults as well.

  • JVD - 2010-04-29 18:14

    Good luck to all you muppets planning to bin DSTV. If you ever watch Rugby or Cricket ie. sports that SA are actually good at - you need DSTV. Case closed. Top TV will crash and burn along with their 68% GET RICH QUICK FOR DOING NOTHING business partners.

  • @long last - 2010-04-29 18:15

    I agree with the general sentiment. Hopefully DSTV will go the same way as Telkom is going, for ripping us off while they had the monopoly. I will be moving across very soon....

  • Viva Darkies Viva - 2010-04-29 18:16

    SIyabangena!

  • vincent - 2010-04-29 18:17

    Cant wait for more porn channels.

  • vincent - 2010-04-29 18:18

    Cant wait for more porn channels.

  • EJL - 2010-04-29 18:18

    When it's up and running for a year or two. Maybe. Until then. I'll read a book. Real choice of channels still elude us. You pay for 100 channels can only watch one at a time. When cheaper/faster broadband arrives and telkom's ADSL monopoly is broken. I'll watch free episodes on the pc. Pay only for what you want to see.

  • @Reality - 2010-04-29 18:18

    Shame on you reality. That is the purpose of this discussion that you have a choice and if with luck you dont have to select any of the Afrikaans channels. I am pretty sure that Africa languages will be an option for you to select from and I personally wish that you can execute that option.

  • @ Reality - 2010-04-29 18:21

    Where on earth are you from? If Afrikaans should be banned then the same goes for Zulu, Spanish, Mandarin, German, English (by far the worse with the longest oppresive history), Arab, etc, etc. Get a life %$#hole.

  • DSTV ex - 2010-04-29 18:24

    I cant wait to dump DSTV , what a rip off monopoly with sub standard offering, lazy greeks running the place and they dont even watch their own programmes, they cover the screen with huge logos which make it impossible to watch their movies. viva competition viva

  • Wim - 2010-04-29 18:26

    @Reality...which reality are you from...mars or more appropiate...URANUS

  • @REALITY - 2010-04-29 18:33

    You give Black people a BAD name ... Its commets like yours that stigmatise them as unintelligent. Grow up asswipe

  • @REALITY - 2010-04-29 18:33

    You give Black people a BAD name ... Its commets like yours that stigmatise them as unintelligent. Grow up asswipe

  • GJ - 2010-04-29 18:49

    bullshit baffles brains. dont touch. the history is lies and more lies. beware the firsts national owners.

  • YouAllSux - 2010-04-29 19:13

    Viva competition, by time........DSTV better wake up...if one can stream these matches then its a matter of time before the sport that people in SA watch will come to TopTV....

  • Mimi - 2010-04-29 19:21

    DSTV have been charging me R50 extra so I am definetly happy

  • John - 2010-04-29 19:22

    Hope we get a free preview from TopTV.

  • Stephen - 2010-04-29 20:01

    Lets see it. How do you get it? Where are the decoders in the shops? I have more questions than their website.

  • Almo - 2010-04-29 20:12

    68% BEE?? There is absolutely no way I'm contributing to criminals!!! Cant wait to see them fall... again.

  • xihluke - 2010-04-29 20:13

    ODM is ma only hpe. hapi competitxn indeed. multichoice only cares abt our monthly subscribxn fee nt customer service. aluta continua!!

  • mohubedu - 2010-04-29 21:29

    can you please send me the channels you are offering.

  • robert Graf - 2010-04-29 21:30

    @Reality, shame man its rather sad that you think the 3rd most spoken language in south africa shouldn't have a voice. Chops should be on the braai not behind computers

  • wtf - 2010-04-29 21:37

    How can a new business have a BEE status, there is no past history attached to it? Actually it cannot be classed as BEE but rather majority black shareholders. Been classed BEE will bring it nothing but rather chanse people away out of fear.

  • 2010 - 2010-04-29 22:43

    Horrible crimes by Ian Rhodes 2010-04-29 09:51 Dear Editor, Just when I think that the criminal element cannot become any more barbaric in the perpetration of their crimes I find to my even greater horror that I was wrong. The tableau of horror just seems to expand even more with a tiny baby and her minder being mercilessly beaten to near death, another baby watching from a cot as it's father bleeds to death on the floor next to him, twenty five defenceless animals having their legs hacked off and allowed to die in agony, a young boy being set on fire by school bullies, and so it goes on! What has become of our society and where will this all end? Or have we just reached a stage in our so called evolution where we revert to becoming unthinking, uncaring, barbarians with no conscience driven by sex, drugs and greed? Is it that the actions of the criminal element will just escalate, each outdoing the other in the violence used, with there being no real accountability for wrongdoing until we find ourselves in absolute hell on earth? If we do not stop and take stock of what is happening in this country, and take immediate and positive steps to eradicate this plague, I fear there is little or no hope for us. Ian Rhodes Get published on MyNews24 by sending your letter, story or column to us. Send us your news photos | Follow us on Twitter | Become a fan on Facebook

  • dale @ 2010 - 2010-04-29 22:50

    loser..

  • sfw@2010 - 2010-04-29 22:52

    what a loser you are...

  • ed - 2010-04-30 02:08

    OK .. so you BEE haters .. do you really and truly want all companies in this country to by white owned and run with a minority of blacks and others as support staff? IS it not only fair that the majority of the population also make up the majority shareholding in a company, any company ? Is it not fair that the pricing and model used by ODM is directed at the masses and not the minority who watch rugby and cricket? What do you want? More poor black folk? More crime to whinge about? More poverty and no "rich BEE beneficiaries". These people who drive BMW's must be corrupt and criminal .. wth .. can a white person only buy a BMW and not be called corrupt .. Thanks for reading and thank you ODM for ToPTV

  • Doodoos - 2010-04-30 05:23

    Its about time a new pay channel is introduced to counter the junk that is repeated time and time again on DSTV. There are some programmes on DSTV like top Gear that must have been repeated in excess of ten times. The government should have opened up the airwaves long time ago. But that is not possible in a one party cesspool like South Africa

  • anne - 2010-04-30 06:18

    Could TopTV please supply more info on where to find the decoders, actual programming info etc? I am dumping DSTV, too expensive and too many repeats.

  • @Ed - 2010-04-30 06:55

    You need to remove that chip off your shoulder. If it were a BEE company that is successful then why would anyone worry about it? Unfortunately previous experience dictates that BEE companies are non-sustainable companies and inevitably fail. So now lets see if their business model is successful, personally I can’t see how the (as you put it) “masses” can afford it, but hey, well probably have plenty of break ins again for “the masses” to obtain new decoders for their shacks.

  • Realist - 2010-04-30 07:12

    Great news , my only concern if it takes two years to get on the air from receiving their licence , and no info on decoders , and a shocking website .... are they really any different to the rest ?

  • P.Pompies - 2010-04-30 07:27

    From IT Web: "Govender said that from Saturday, all the major retailers will stock the Top TV decoders; and installation, which includes the satellite dish, labour and decoder, will cost R499. According to ODM, the company will bring in 50 000 decoders for Saturday's commercial launch and by June it wants to bring the total to 120 000 for local customers." List of channels: http://www.itweb.co.za/images/pictures/TopTVchannel.doc Showtime and Fox entertainment!!!!

  • UrBaN - 2010-04-30 07:40

    Welcome Top TV - good to see you have finally arrived. As much as I wish you every success there are 3 reasons why I will still stay with my overpriced DSTV subscription. 1 - you are not broadcasting any channels in widescreen. 2 - You have no High Definition channels. 3 - you have no live rugby. Pity, becaase I would have liked to show DSTV the middle finger and move across to you!

  • Slubsen - 2010-04-30 07:40

    Ke nako, long overdue, viva Top TV.

  • Jay - 2010-04-30 07:48

    I simply cannot wait to get rid of DSTV, they have been screwing us for far to long. I pay my DSTV fee annually, and pay well over R7000. R7000 a year to watch TV???? That is insane. So, I'm watching this VERY closely and will jump ship as soon as it's safe to do so.

  • DC - 2010-04-30 08:02

    To all you critics, top tv will make its mark and will be a success, if anything you suckers will be paying more for less.... just to sit on your couch and watch sport. I hate Dstv , cos it deprives the MAJORITY of ordinary south african citizens an opportunity to watch their favorite SA team in either rugby or cricket, abroad. So to you who can afford it good for you. Let there be fair competition for all people of this country to enjoy the benefits of a cheaper option. VIVA Top TV.

  • DC - 2010-04-30 08:02

    To all you critics, top tv will make its mark and will be a success, if anything you suckers will be paying more for less.... just to sit on your couch and watch sport. I hate Dstv , cos it deprives the MAJORITY of ordinary south african citizens an opportunity to watch their favorite SA team in either rugby or cricket, abroad. So to you who can afford it good for you. Let there be fair competition for all people of this country to enjoy the benefits of a cheaper option. VIVA Top TV.

  • DC - 2010-04-30 08:02

    To all you critics, top tv will make its mark and will be a success, if anything you suckers will be paying more for less.... just to sit on your couch and watch sport. I hate Dstv , cos it deprives the MAJORITY of ordinary south african citizens an opportunity to watch their favorite SA team in either rugby or cricket, abroad. So to you who can afford it good for you. Let there be fair competition for all people of this country to enjoy the benefits of a cheaper option. VIVA Top TV.

  • DC - 2010-04-30 08:02

    To all you critics, top tv will make its mark and will be a success, if anything you suckers will be paying more for less.... just to sit on your couch and watch sport. I hate Dstv , cos it deprives the MAJORITY of ordinary south african citizens an opportunity to watch their favorite SA team in either rugby or cricket, abroad. So to you who can afford it good for you. Let there be fair competition for all people of this country to enjoy the benefits of a cheaper option. VIVA Top TV.

  • DC - 2010-04-30 08:02

    To all you critics, top tv will make its mark and will be a success, if anything you suckers will be paying more for less.... just to sit on your couch and watch sport. I hate Dstv , cos it deprives the MAJORITY of ordinary south african citizens an opportunity to watch their favorite SA team in either rugby or cricket, abroad. So to you who can afford it good for you. Let there be fair competition for all people of this country to enjoy the benefits of a cheaper option. VIVA Top TV.

  • Gordon - 2010-04-30 08:12

    Thanks Piet Pompies. Just had a look at the site, and based on the offering there is not going to be a rush to drop DSTV. Nice and cheap, but nothing that I would be watching, even if it was free.

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