Advanced Television

VOD:TV set for SA launch

May 9, 2011

By Colin Mann

A video-on-demand service is set to make its debut in South Africa.

VOD:TV, formed by the SouthTel Group, is promising to offer the latest movies and TV series before Multichoice-owned DStv,

The service won’t offer live TV itself, but will allow subscribers to download and store content to the PVR for later viewing.

Roughly half the content delivered to users will be included as part of the monthly subscription, which won’t be more than R200 (€41.43), according to SouthTel Group’s owner Oscar Dube.

The rest of the content, including blockbuster films, will be available to rent at a cost of between R25 and R40.The network will also offer entire seasons of TV shows at once.

The PVR will contain a 500GB hard drive, as well as an Ethernet port for web connectivity. The device will use a USB port for 3G dongles, allowing subscribers to surf the Internet.

External hard drives can also be used to boost storage capacity, the company said.

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