MultiChoice recently announced their plans to launch a Netflix-like streaming platform which would essentially do away with the need for both a satellite dish and decoder.
Speaking to TechCentral in Sandton, MultiChoice Connected Video CEO Niclas Ekdahl said there is a pretty good chance that MultiChoice Group will launch its “dishless” DStv streaming product by March 2020.
Ekdahl told TechCentral that the company has made significant progress in developing the dishless offering. Up until now, the product has only been internally tested but will soon open to external users. “It’s been a lot of blood, sweat and tears,” Ekdahl told TechCentral, “we are now in a favourable position to launch dishless.”
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Ekdahl emphasised that although the dishless service – which will use broadband connections rather than a satellite – will probably be ready by March next year, it is “still a work in progress” and that a launch date has not officially been confirmed. It is also not confirmed whether the new platform will have new branding or be cheaper or more expensive than current DStv services.
The new offering will reportedly differ from the DStv Now service – which requires a direct-to-home link to a satellite dish. The new platform will place a huge emphasis on improving overall user experience and introducing on-demand features such as personal recommendations, watchlists, user profiles and more.