A second 24-hour Oscar Pistorius TV channel launching

2014-02-28 12:17
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – Besides MultiChoice's Oscar Pistorius trial TV channel starting on Sunday on channel 199 on DStv, South African viewers are now getting an additional, second 24-hour Oscar Pistorius channel which will be bringing viewers around the clock court and news coverage of the sensational court trial.

The paralympic athlete shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. His court trial will start on Monday in which he stands accused of premeditated murder.

Besides MultiChoice's DStv channel, the Sabido-owned OpenView HD (OVHD) satellite TV platform from Platco Digital, is now adding its own dedicated Oscar Pistorius trial TV channel to feed the huge interest in the case.

OVHD will launch its Trial TV: The State vs Oscar Pistorius TV channel on Monday on channel 119, and will bring viewers live court proceedings from the Pretoria High Court daily from 10:00 to 16:00. Court proceedings will be repeated on a 24 hour basis.

"OpenView HD is pleased to be able to broadcast the Oscar Pistorius trial live on our platform," says Maxwell Nonge, the managing director of Platco Digital.

"The decision to provide our viewers access to information of public interest is in line with our commitment to afford OpenView HD viewers with as broad a range of programming as we have at our disposal".

"There has been a lot if interest around the Oscar Pistorius case among our viewers, therefore we would like to afford our viewers the opportunity to witness and follow the trial of Oscar Pistorius as it happens," says Monde Twala, e.tv's head of channels.

Besides the OVHD Oscar Pistorius TV channel, the e.tv group will also do heavy coverage of the Oscar Pistorius court trial on e.tv's eNews Prime Time daily news bulletin, as well as on the eNCA (DStv 403) 24-hour TV channel.


  • JayKop - 2014-02-28 12:30

    how about a 24hr "Zooma Blooper" channel?

  • Keith Steenkamp - 2014-02-28 12:30

    Why don't you put something on that is worth while watching Instead of watching the current rubbish we have.We pay good money to watch decent TV!

  • BatongaBoro - 2014-02-28 12:35

    is anyone else worried that some of the expert witnesses might "reach an agreement" with these broadcasters to allow their testimony to be screened? what a farce.

      BatongaBoro - 2014-02-28 22:16

      seven thumbs down for suggesting TV companies might coerce witnesses into agreeing their testimony be broadcast, since witnesses can request recording can be halted? wow, my frank and sincere apologies - i had no idea at all so many of you were all that confident in either the witnesses or the strong moral fibre of the broadcasters who have sold the rights worldwide.

  • Phil Galpin - 2014-02-28 12:38

    Coin it in-while you can!

  • Debbie Dippenaar - 2014-02-28 12:46

    TWO Pistorius channels? SERIOUSLY? This is ridiculous!

  • Markus Hagedorn - 2014-02-28 13:25


  • thuli.mbene - 2014-02-28 13:32

    Why would the prosecutors allow this if not for personal fame? It's sickening!

  • Lorraine Haffner - 2014-02-28 13:51

    Why dstv. Who wants to watch this idiot. Really I would rather watch reruns then him. Can't dstv find other programmes. For the money we pay why must his case be shown on tv. Enough is enough plse dstv.

      Lorraine Haffner - 2014-03-01 16:15

      Don't worry I won't be watching. I just think it is so unfair. How many of cases are not solved and just because he has money the media are all over him. Steenkamps want closure what of other victims who criminals have not being found. The police should spend more time on these cases

  • Stephen Brookes - 2014-02-28 23:42


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