New satellite launches for DStv

2012-08-03 10:57
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – When the main rocket lifted off at 22:53 on Thursday from Arianespace's French Guiana's Space Centre, a new chapter started for MultiChoice, finally getting more direct-to-home (DTH) satellite pay TV capacity with the successful launch of Intelsat 20.

The main rocket, with the DStv logo and the South African flag proudly on the side, lifted off as scheduled from the Guiana's Space Centre in South America, taking the geostationary communications satellite Intelsat 20, or IS-20, to orbit – and with it the promise of more TV channels, more high definition (HD) TV channels, and more sound and video services for South African TV viewers in the near future.

Most powerful satellite

"Everything's normal," announced ground control at Guiana Space Centre after the successful launch of IS-20, although everything about this new communications satellite is actually extraordinary.

Not only is Intelsat 20 in fact Intelsat's most powerful satellite ever, the IS-20 is also Africa's largest DTH platform ever.

The IS-20 has also been built to serve and be operational for 24 years – a record period. Its deployment brings a much-needed, and previously secured, capacity boost for MultiChoice which has run out of available satellite broadband capacity.

As the most powerful satellite in the Intelsat fleet, all of MultiChoice's existing services - with the pay TV platform currently using Intelsat 10 and Intelsat 7 for DStv – will be migrated to the IS-20.

Besides moving over the existing services, there's also more capacity.

New bandwidth capacity

The successful launch of the IS-20 comes just in time for MultiChoice, which has been running low on available satellite bandwidth.

High definition channel roll-out had to be slow for the pay TV operator, just as the possibility, application and demand for interactive services and more TV channels are mushrooming - together with the fast growth and uptake of DStv by pay TV consumers in South Africa and across the continent who want, and are willing to pay, for more and better television.

Enhancing its offering

With the increased capacity DStv subscribers can expect a better alignment of the service, in time, to more closely emulate the operations and services of satellite pay TV operators in comparable countries and markets such as Australia and Britain.

MultiChoice has done well in the way the pay TV platform has utilised its existing capacity up until now in terms of content-mix and pacing; new capacity will allow it to enhance its offering even further.

At the subscriber-end in terms of consumer interface a new "channel shuffle" or regrouping and realignment of TV channels available on DStv should take place to create new "space" and wider number blocks before new channels and simulcast high definition channels are added.

After the addition of Discovery HD Showcase MultiChoice will not again add another permanent HD bespoke channel and will concentrate on populating its new available channel realm with "upgraded" concurrently-run HD versions of existing channels.


  • OSSY24 - 2012-08-03 11:06


      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-03 11:43

      SO MUCH MORE REPEATS and SO MUCH MORE CRAP!! - 2012-08-03 13:37

      I stop subscribing to DSTV 3 years ago and i never looked back.The best way is to go is ADSL.Yes it is more expensive than DSTV but is worth every penny.With my ADSL i can work and play.I use my ADSL for work and when i want to watch Tv programs or the latest news i just tune to free internet channels. Most of the Tv series being shown on DSTV are old episodes which i have already watch last year.With ADSL you can watch the latest episodes of all your favorite TV shows including sports for Mahala!

      leonpottie - 2012-08-05 13:32

      As so much more the truth!! How pathetic can DSTV still get! Multichoice? F$$$all choice - same old crap all over.

  • nick.v.heuvel.1 - 2012-08-03 11:16

    All I heard was blah blah blah , We will be charging you MORE !!

      mainganye - 2012-08-03 17:40


  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-08-03 11:19

    and within a week, everything will be on repeat..........most pathetic pay tv in the world.................

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-08-03 11:22

      And remains just as arrogant !!!!! and non customer focussed!!!

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-03 11:46

      Its because they don't have competition and we just cannot stop watching that is why they do as they please to us.

  • timmy.ditsele - 2012-08-03 11:21

    Ok how much is it going to cost us now,subscibers, to launch the danm thing?

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-08-03 13:33

      You already paid for it. Why do you think the subscription cost is so ridiculously high as it is at the moment?

  • fussed.anderson - 2012-08-03 11:21

    Half of the channels dont work at the moment stop start all the time so it not worth watching

  • lanre.beckley.9 - 2012-08-03 11:25

    A simple english in a lay man's term wouldve been perfect, Dstv are busy on a brain washin spree! makin more money with grammer.

  • aaron.radebe.1 - 2012-08-03 11:33

    What this really means is that they will dilute exactly the same old content across another 20 channels.

      christo.cilliers - 2012-08-05 11:08

      possibly over the rest of africa.... heavens forbid, the world? faints

  • julian.booyens - 2012-08-03 11:46

    'After the addition of Discovery HD Showcase MultiChoice will not again add another permanent HD bespoke channel and will concentrate on populating its new available channel realm with "upgraded" concurrently-run HD versions of existing channels.' Are they saying that more current channels will be broadcast in HD and no new HD channel will be added? So where is the improvement and bet you that they will charge more! I am so glad I cancelled my subscription a while ago

  • Jan.Vladimir.Mostert - 2012-08-03 11:58

    All these people complaining about nonsense, if you don't like it, pull the plug. There's much better things to do in life than sitting glued to a television screen.

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-08-03 12:29

      Thank you Jan, your comment beat me to it. I cancelled my M-Net 2yrs ago after the annual increase it was no longer financially viable for us this after having been a subscriber from the very beginning@ R26 p.m with all the sport included, now it's just one big rip-off.

  • herbert.plessis - 2012-08-03 12:04

    I quit my DSTV due to the repeats, then I found out who they sponsor, and how targeted it is to the nouveau rich and the ANC cadres. I don't watch any other TV either. Just radio, shortwave from overseas. The "grey shoes" are in every newsroom in South Africa.

      komorison - 2012-08-03 12:59

      Also check out independant news sites on the web. refreshing to have honest reporting.

  • natasha.adams.984 - 2012-08-03 12:05

    Another satellite. Has anyone actually seen what we, the human race, has done to space? It's as if we're bored of polluting the earth and wish to infect everything outside our planet. Look up space junk on google. I have a link but I don't know if it will be shown on comments.

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-08-03 15:08

      Sorry Natasha....I doubt the autenticity of the images. In relation to earth the debris is way out of proportion. There is a "piece" over the Mozambique channel wider than the channel!!!!!!!

  • rocky.bell.927 - 2012-08-03 12:47

    I can't believe the negativity. If DSTV is such "a pain in the neck", why subscribe. There has to be repeat programes for those who could not watch or missed an episode. Chuck me Farlie. DSTV thank you for all you bring to into our living rooms - documentaries, movies, sport and now even more so with the Olympic games. You just carry on entertaining us that appreciate your efforts.

      besibumba - 2012-08-03 13:25

      I second this

      nokuthula.nhlapo.9 - 2012-08-04 14:29

      I agree with you. And the repeats help alot when your area is plagued by electricity problems. Another thing why are people even bothering reading or commenting on a DSTV story when they're not even subscribed to it? Why do you care?

      christo.cilliers - 2012-08-05 11:10

      erm simply put Rocky, some of us wanted to watch only certain channels. one is not REALLY given freedom of choice at all. and then they have the gall to call themselves MULTI CHOICE? i smell a rat..

      emille.harmse - 2012-08-06 13:59

      I agree 100%. Don't want to watch SABC or ETV crap!

  • mbonyathi - 2012-08-03 13:00

    will this improve the signal during cloudy and rainy days?

  • meggi.syed - 2012-08-03 22:30

    will we have intelsat20 coverge in asia i am in pakistan lahore city

  • lloyd.hecht - 2012-08-04 00:45

    I've been in the US for a few months now and for all those that complain about DSTV let me tell you that I'd rather have that than the crap they have here. DirecTV is the premium pay tv here and it's got more channels but most of the good ones are pay per view - that's paying on top of your subscription fee, and repeats? Worse than DSTV! Supersport has 8 dedicated 24hr channels for the olympics, here there are about 2 that play delayed US only sports. Don't complain - its not that bad.

  • christo.cilliers - 2012-08-05 11:06

    expect many more price increases from the monopolists....

      leonpottie - 2012-08-05 13:43

      yes and they think we live on an island! not knowing what happens in the world. so many programs launch daily out there but we see it a year later because then its so much more cheaper to buy! we are not stupid, multichoice!!

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