GOtv launches a new DTT Pay-TV service

Television of Sunday, 20 January 2013


……using the latest DVB-T2 technology

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

o GOtv offers the greatest selection of local channels made in Africa for Africa as well as the best international channels from as low as GHS 15.00 per month.

o Exciting launch offer of GHS 153.00 inclusive of decoder, three months subscription for GOtv Plus and a grid antenna.

Accra, January 17, 2013: A new Digital Terrestrial Television service, GOtv has been launched today in Accra. Having met all regulatory and licensing requirements, GOtv will be the first operator in Ghana to launch a DVB-T2 digital pay TV service. Therefore this launch represents one of the most advanced digital terrestrial television (DTT) broadcast system and infrastructure established in Africa and the rest of the world to date and leapfrogs the outdated T1 systems.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.

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

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.

GOtv Ghana Limited is committed to ensure that only the latest and most advance technology and systems are deployed. A proudly Ghanaian company, GOtv Ghana Limited has a rich history in the Ghana terrestrial market. Formerly as DStv Mobile Ghana (and prior to that was called 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 handheld 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.

GOtv is an exciting pay television service which delivers great value and will give television lovers access to sport, news, children’s programming, documentaries, series and movies – opening up a world of new and exciting family entertainment at a price everyone can afford. GOtv will deliver digital television for everyone and enables Ghanaians to experience the digital television revolution in their own home.

Kingsley Afful, GOtv Business Manager added, “The GOtv service was specially created to make available an affordable digital television product for all. 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 prices. 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. The GOtv channel lineup is also uniquely placed to enable GOtv to become the home of African television.”

Afful, concluded by saying that football loving GOtv subscribers are set to enjoy the best of live soccer entertainment with all 32 games from the forth coming 2013 African Cup of Nations being screened live. “One of our goals is to ensure that our subscribers are part of the most prestigious soccer extravaganza on the continent and we have fulfilled all necessary requirements to ensure that when the AFCON competition kicks off on January 19, 2013, GOtv subscribers will not be left out of the action!”

Some of the channels that will be available to GOtv subscribers include Africa Magic, Africa Magic Movies, Blackbelt TV, Disney Junior, CNN, SuperSport Blitz, Select Sports, Discovery World, NatGeo Wild, Vox Africa and Channel O.

GOtv channels are selected to ensure that subscribers get an exciting range of channels, which will cater for the whole family. The line-up is designed to cater for a variety of different tastes and cultures. This ensures that subscribers enjoy improved picture and sound quality synonymous with digital television.

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About GOtv GOtv is a new pay television service, which will cater for all television households in Ghana. It offers subscribers both local and international channels and is being launched to ensure that the great affordable digital TV is accessible to everyone.

About DTT DTT stands for Digital Terrestrial Television (or Transmission). It refers to the broadcasting of terrestrial television in a digital format. Currently, terrestrial broadcasting in Ghana is in an analogue format. But Ghana, as most other African countries are, is in the process of planning and implementing the migration from analogue to digital television. In the future all broadcasting in Ghana will be in a digital format, allowing for an Electronic Programme Guide (EPG), data and interactivity.

Terrestrial television uses a network of transmission towers to relay the signal across the country. Each transmission tower has a specific area of coverage, and it is the network of coverage that provides television signals across the country. The broadcast signal is sent to the various towers and if you are within the area covered by a tower, then you will be able to receive the broadcast services via a terrestrial aerial (grid antenna) which is usually placed on your roof or on your television set (depending on how strong the signal that you are receiving is).