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DStv Mobile aggregates and produces mobile TV content and services for a number of mobile platforms and technologies.

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Currently DStv Mobile is accessible in South Africa via 3G streaming (3G) and through a DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast Handheld Technology) trial.

DVB-H is a type of broadcast technology that utilises its own network of transmitters. In other words it does not use the same network as that used by cellphones nor the satellite DStv service that beams programming to household televisions.   3G Streaming utilises the same infrastructure as that used by cellphones, thus it is dependent on the Mobile Network Operators’ networks.  

3G  is a one-to-one transmission, and as a result is subject to the same bandwidth limitations as voice and data services. These networks are two-way or “bi-directional” and allow a user to request content on demand, and download it for immediate or later use.

DVB-H, by contrast, is one-to-many transmission that is broadcast to cellphones.  Like ordinary TV, it is a one-way or "uni-directional" broadcast.

In 2008, DStv Mobile launched its DVB-H services commercially in Namibia, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria.

In South Africa, the DStv Mobile DVB-H service is under a trial licence and the service is only available to a closed group of users.


About DStv Mobile

DStv Mobile is the mobile television division of MultiChoice. It aggregates and produces mobile TV content and services for a number of mobile platforms and technologies. DStv MOBILE is working to integrate a range of valuable products and services into the mobile TV environment using both broadcast and streaming technologies.

In 2008, DStv MOBILE launched broadcast mobile TV services in Namibia, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria.


About MultiChoice

MultiChoice provides premium digital media entertainment, content and services to multiple devices which includes Pay TV subscriber services to over 2.85 million customers in South Africa.

Its dynamic technology platform and excellent bouquet of channels, built around compelling and premium movie and sports channels has resulted in the company building a significant television business across South Africa, broadcasting more than 80 video, over 40 audio and over 30 radio channels and more than 3 interactive channels, 24 hours a day on its DStv platform.   

MultiChoice also owns M-Net/ SuperSport which deliver premium thematic channels and exclusive content to the growing number of subscribers.

MultiChoice’s newest company DStv Mobile, has recently been awarded a mobile television licence from Icasa. DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast – Handheld) is a mobile broadcast technology that allows for the digital terrestrial broadcast of live television channels to a mobile phone.

MultiChoice is one of the outstanding examples of a pioneering South African company, owned by Naspers, an international player providing entertainment, technology and e-commerce services.

MultiChoice’s involvement in South Africa goes beyond its core business. Through its corporate social investment, the company actively participates in social transformation and through technology, enables individuals and communities to help themselves ultimately leading to growth of the economy of the country.

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