Multichoice, Africa’s leading satellite TV service provider has announced that its flagship subsidiary, DStv, is set to launch its standalone “dishless” streaming product by March 2020.
As stated by the company’s CEO, Nicholas Ekdahl, Multichoice has gone a long way to develop the new product which will use broadband connections instead of satellite for delivery, and would soon be opening it to external testers.
Until now, the product had only been tested internally with the hope that the new product will roll-out commercially by the end of 2019, however, due to certain reasons, it has been delayed.
That said, going ‘dishless’ would be a significant shift for a company that was introduced as a satellite direct-to-home (DTH) pay-TV operator, 24 years ago. Although the company currently offers streaming service in the form of DStv Now, its access remains tied to DTH subscription.
Whether the new standalone ‘dishless’ product will have a different name or branding, is yet to disclosed, but we assume that more details about the new product will emerge as we close in on the launch date.