“This is a major step forward for local television and our launch of GOtv is in line with the government’s digital migration process in South Africa,” said Yolisa Phahle, CEO of M-Net.
The GOtv Value package is made up of 12 channels aimed at families and includes drama, sport, kids’ shows, documentaries and movies, for R99 per month.
“GOtv will give many South Africans, who are currently watching analogue television, the chance to experience digital quality TV at an affordable price,” says Tsabiso Letsoela, General Manager for GOtv South Africa. “The digital GOtv service offers compelling channels with clearer pictures and sharper sound quality.”
“With a range of TV channels, radio services and music channels at your fingertips, the on-screen TV guide will come in handy when it comes to planning your viewing.”
GOtv will use Sentech’s existing digital network towers throughout South Africa. Customers will need to check if they fall within the coverage areas and will also need a decoder to access the signal.
The GOtv decoder costs R699 and is a simple plug-and-play device. Customers can manage their GOtv account using the USSD short message service on their phones and the GOtv website.
Customers who are interested in GOtv can visit GOtv.co.za for more information.
Current M-Net analogue customers
While M-Net analogue customers will have to switch over to digital television at some stage, they don’t have to do anything right now as both analogue and digital signals are running concurrently. Before each province shuts off their analogue signals, M-Net will be in touch to guide its analogue customers through the migration process.