Update: More Details On SABC And Openview Free-To-Air Broadcast Tie-Up
To recall, back in March, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), together with eMedia Investments, signed a channel supply agreement to ensure the public broadcaster supplies Openview with six television channels (SABC1, 2, 3, and three new channels) as well as nineteen radio stations.
Through media inquiries acquired by industry sources, the duo was able to provide more information regarding the partnership, such as the following:
- The 19 SABC radio stations mentioned in the announcement will launch on 15 April on Openview
- On 17 April, SABC Sport will launch on channel 124
- SABC1-3, including SACB Sport, will be available in High-Definition (HD). Currently, HD is only available through DTT, DSTV, and TelkomOne
- Viewers will be able to record their favourite shows
- The two additional channels which will carry “extensive” and “archived content” will roll out in the coming months
- The deal is non-exclusive owing to DSTV and TelkomOne already broadcasting SABC radio stations, and Sport will be available on TelkomOne
According to reports, the SABC plans to roll out the new programs in phases. Since the discontinuation of SABC Encore, the media anticipates more revelations regarding the SABC Education channel launched last year. Currently, the information relating to SABC Education has been removed from the Starsat website and DSTV test channel.