MultiChoice has launched Digital Video Broadcast over Internet Protocol (DVB over IP) to commercial establishments.
The service will be provided to hotels, shopping malls and office complexes. Later in the year the service will be extended to gated residential communities and residential apartments.
DVB over IP enables customers to receive DStv channels delivered over a closed multicast Internet Protocol (IP) network. The channels are then distributed to individual DStv IP decoders.
Gerdus Van Eeden, chief technology offier at MultiChoice, says: “Commercial customers now have access to a range of services that were previously restricted by bandwidth. The exciting features and benefits of this service enable these establishments to enhance their services and add unique value to their customers' experience. We are proud to launch DStv into the world of IPTV .”
MultiChoice identified a need in the market to address the current limitations and conducted trials before launching the system. Soccer City is one of the first recipients to implement the system in their suites and control room.
The solution supports both Standard Definition and High Definition television services; as well as surround sound, multiple language options, eight-day electronic TV guide, central PIN management on both parental control and installation menus as well as a TV link. It also offers an interactive portal and commercial establishments such as hotels, stadiums and office complexes can tailor-make the portal to suit their requirements.