TopTV Launch - Rise Up South Africa!

With the arrival of TopTV on 1 May 2010, Pay TV will no longer be the domain of the fortunate few. From as little as R99 per month subscribers will have access to over 20 channels of quality local and international programming and with more than 50 channels at only R249 per month, the time has come for all South Africans to enjoy quality TV programming at affordable prices.

TopTV will offer four different pay TV packages, namely Variety, Kids and Music, Entertainment and Knowledge and Ultimate Movies. These packages have been created to meet the needs of subscribers with a diverse range of channels providing comprehensive coverage of genres, from general entertainment and news, to gospel and kiddies shows. Within the four packages there are seven different pricing options, ranging from R99 to R249 per month. The pricing structure is as follows:
Variety – R99
Variety and Kids & Music – R159
Variety and Entertainment & Knowledge – R159
Variety, Kids & Music and Entertainment & Knowledge – R189
Variety, Kids & Music and Ultimate Movies – R219
Variety, Entertainment & Knowledge and Ultimate – R219
Variety, Kids & Music, Entertainment & Knowledge and Ultimate Movies – R249

Vino Govender, CEO of ODM says: “The majority of South Africans who can afford to pay between R99 and R249 a month, will have access to world class television entertainment across all genres including News & Knowledge, Movies, Family and Sport, Kids, Music and Cultural programming.” He continues, “Some of the highlights of these channels include the Top History channel which will bring the history of South Africa to the fore as never before, BBC News, Eurosport News, 6 dedicated 24 hour movie channels, as well as services for the Portuguese and French communities in South Africa.”
Through well established partnerships, TopTV has secured programming and channels from household names around the world, including Fox, Warner, Disney, CBS and Discovery. Subscribers can look forward to channels like Zee Cinema (Bollywood channel), Discovery Travel & Living, Fox Entertainment, Fine Living Network, Current TV, BET, MGM, Discovery Travel & Living, Fox Entertainment, Showtime, Discovery Science, Silver, Baby TV, Setanta Africa, France24, BBC World, Hi Nolly, Kidsco, Jim Jam, Baby TV, Fuel TV, and Fox FX, to name a few.
TopTV, a proudly South African company with effective BEE shareholding of 68%, also boasts nine locally developed channels, offering audiences a mix of local flavours, under the TopTV umbrella. These include Top One, Top Movies, Top Gospel, Top Crime and Top Learn.
TopTV’s set top boxes and satellite dishes will be available through Pep, Game , Makro, Dion, selected Jumbo Cash & Carry stores, CCW, Brown’s and Weirs as well as House & Home. More stockists will be added post 1st May launch. The cost for the set up package is R499 (limited offer, while stocks last) and includes:

  • A TopTV decoder (STB)
  • Installation
  • Smart Card
  • Power Supply
  • Male / Female RF Cable
  • RCA Cable
  • Remote Control Unit
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Manual for the STB

For further information call the TopTV customer care line between 7am and 11pm every day on 08600 TOPTV/08600 86788 or visit www.toptv.co.za

Notes to the Editor
About On Digital Media:

In 2007 ODM was one of four new consortia to be awarded a subscription broadcasting licence by ICASA, enabling the company to launch its unique Pay TV offering. ICASA’s decision to issue ODM with a broadcasting licence was based on ODM’s ownership profile, BBBEE credentials, funding credentials and its product offering. This in turn was founded on thorough market research that indicated a significant demand for ODM’s bouquet of channels.

On Digital Media (ODM), holding company for TopTV, is a proudly South African incorporated company with effective BEE shareholding of 68%. The company was awarded an ICASA Pay TV License on 12 September 2007 and issued the license on 9 July 2008

ODM’s investors include The Industrial Development Corporation, The National Empowerment Fund Trust, SES Astra, First Aone Trade & Investments, Red Gold Investments and First National Media Investments Holdings

ODM provides multi-channel television subscription services via a direct-to-home service using digital satellite technology to South African audiences based on maximum choice and affordability

With its brand new offering, TopTV intends to expand the South African subscription TV market by providing its viewers with more choice and affordability.
ODM’s success will be based on:

  1. An innovative Pay TV offering with affordability and real choice for all
  2. Extensive understanding of South African market needs, in particular through extensive market research
  3. Its status as a truly South African company with 68% BEE
  4. A mixture of local and renowned international partners each with specific complementary industrial skills and assets such as quality content
  5. Expertise in technology, marketing, and the operation of a satellite Pay TV business
  6. Secured appropriate local and international funding for successful launch
  7. Contributing to the support and development of the local broadcast industry
  8. Its commitment to skills transfer and development (ASGISA/JIPSA)

For more information or interview requests contact:
Melinda Connor
Publicity Manager
+27 83 254 1004
+27 11 582 8432
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