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SABC response to Open View HD announcement

Posted by radio On September - 22 - 2013

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) categorically refutes a statement made by the newly launched satellite television service, Open view HD where they claim that they will carry SABC television channels 1, 2 and 3 on their bouquet.

 

The SABC acknowledges the growing digital television broadcasting environment in the country, however the Open View HD pronouncement that SABC television channels will form part of their bouquet is not true, as the public service broadcaster does not have any agreement with the newly launched satellite television service.  

 

The public service broadcaster views this matter in a serious light, as the said satellite provider is misleading the public. It is imperative to note that the SABC and signal distributer SENTECH have reached an agreement to have SABC channels on a free-to-air basis on the SENTECH Universal Access Direct To Home satellite (DTH-S) platform by the end of September 2013. The corporation therefore appeals to Open View HD not to confuse the public, with false advertising of their services.

 

Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, SABC Acting Chief Operations Officer (ACOO) said “As the SABC we are willing to give an ear to all possibilities that will see the public service broadcaster grow and change the lives of all South Africans, however we will not allow anyone to use the SABC’s name falsely to advance their business interest.” The SABC appeals to Open View HD to withdraw its statements and pronouncements immediately.  

 

The SABC reserves all its rights in this regard.

 

[Issued by: SABC]

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