Multichoice DSTV might be launching dishless streaming services to all its subscribers very soon as the company’s CEO Niclas Ekdahl said.
This will play an important role in africa, most of its users are acutally tried of using dish especially during raining season which can lend to poor strength.
DStv is a Sub-Saharan African direct broadcast satellite service owned by MultiChoice.
The service launched in 1995 and provides multiple channels and services to their subscribers, which currently number around 11.9 million.
According to the company, they’ve made significant progress in developing the dishless offering — which will use customers’ broadband connections rather than satellite for delivery — and will soon open it to external testers.
MultiChoice Group will launch its standalone “dishless” streaming product by the end of its financial year in March 2020.
The streaming service will only rely on an internet connection and will not require a user to have a satellite dish or decoder.
The new product will be different from the current DStv Now streaming service, which is a satellite direct-to-home (DTH) offering linked to one’s satellite dish.
The DStv Now streaming service replicates what viewers watch on the decoders, explains TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod.
The “dishless” offering is a big shift for DStv as a content provider as it moves towards video-on-demand, according to McLeod.
The company had previously said it hoped to launch it commercially by the end of 2019.
“We still want to do proper user testing in a real live environment, but the chances of launching by the end of March are pretty good.”
It remains to be seen whether the streaming product will be cheaper than the satellite option.
In addition, Most users are still wondering if this dishless streaming services will be branded with its own name.
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