21 January 2013

Ghana: GOtv Unveils Pay-TV Service Using DVB-T2 Technology

GOtv Ghana Limited, a sister company to MultiChoice Ghana Limited, has unveiled a new and affordable digital television service called GOtv using the latest generation Digital Video Broadcast standard (DVB-T2) in Accra.

Owners of the new Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) service say they have met all the regulatory and licensing requirements. Therefore the introduction of this novelty service represents one of the most advanced DTT broadcast system and infrastructure established in Africa and the rest of the world to date and leapfrogs the outdated T1 systems.

This puts Ghana at the forefront of technology in the DTT space, according to managers of the firm.

GOtv Ghana Director, Cecil Sunkwa-Mills said DVB-T2 technology is the most advanced DTT technology worldwide. The launch of GOtv in Accra today puts Ghana at the forefront of deploying the latest terrestrial technology and is another exciting milestone in our digital roadmap, he stated.

Sunkwa-Mills noted: "Gotv utilizes the DVB-T2 technology standard, which allows for no less than 21 channels per frequency, this is different from DVB-T1 technology, which only allows for 12 channels per frequency."

Thus, there is a dramatic improvement on the dividend of terrestrial frequencies available when DVB-T2 is deployed, he explained.

Gotv Ghana Limited is committed to ensure that only the latest and most advanced technology and systems are deployed. A proudly Ghanaian company, Gotv Ghana Limited has a rich history in Ghanaian terrestrial market, Sunkwa-Mills indicated.

Formerly, as DStv Mobile Ghana, and prior to that was Real TV Ghana, the company has held terrestrial broadcasting licenses in Ghana since 1993. As DStv Mobile it pioneered the provision of mobile TV broadcasting to handle mobile devices, and today, nearly 20 years later, its at the forefront of innovation again with the launch of GOtv which uses the latest DVB-T2 technology available in the world.

He was quick to add: "Gotv is an exciting pay television service which delivers great value and will give television lovers access to sports, news, children's programming, documentaries, series and movies -opening up a world of new and exciting family entertainment at a monthly subscription price of US$29.1 (15 Ghana cedis), which everyone can afford.

GOtv will deliver digital television for everyone and enables Ghanaians to experience the digital television revolution in their own homes".

GOtv Business Manager, Kingsley Afful noted that the GOtv service was specially designed to make available an affordable digital television product for all, saying that "when people think of digital television they immediately imagine it has to be expensive, this is not the case with GOtv, which offers great family entertainment at affordable pries."

He continued that Ghanaians are now set to benefit from easy access to an increased number of digital channels, with enhanced picture and sound quality synonymous with digital television.

Afful indicated that football loving GOtv subscribers are set to enjoy the best of live soccer entertainment with all 32 games from the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Some of the channels which are available to GOtv subscribers include Africa Magic, Africa Magic Movies, Blackbelt TV, Aljazeera, CNN, SupperSport Blitz, Vox Africa, and Channel O.

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