Multichoice Africa, the pioneer of Pay TV in Africa, has announced that after December 31, subscribers would stop receiving the traditional TV guide, affectionately known as Dish magazine. This brings to an end the 15 year old tradition of providing subscribers with a well designed print publication that has served not only as a programs guide for the exciting channels on DStv but also as a source of reading and entertainment.
According to Multichoice Ghana, at a press soiree in Accra, the development is part of the company’s commitment to nature and the environment. As such, the company wants to save the forest by reducing the amount of paper it uses in conducting its business across Africa. Therefore starting January 1, 2011, subscribers can also access their TV guide by using the ‘Dish on TV’ service on their decoders. Just by pressing the ‘OK’ button on the remote control; viewers would have access to the program line-up for the various channels.
DStv and Multichoice Ghana this year marked the celebration of 15 years of pioneering and innovative pay television business that has kept abreast with world trends and world-class service. MultiChoice pioneered the launch of digital satellite broadcasting in Africa in 1995 with the launch of DStv and has since rolled out a multitude of new world class services and channel choices which have ensured that Africa is abreast with the latest trends and services available in digital technology.
DStv has also been the first in a number of other digital technology services, such as the Dual View decoder, the Personal Video Recorder (PVR), High Definition television (HD), DStv On Demand (a video on demand services available on PVRs), DStv Mobile, which allows for television viewing on your mobile phone, as well as other ground-breaking enhanced services.
As part of the 15 years celebrations, Multichoice Ghana has a few surprises for its subscribers, both active and inactive. There will be question and answer competitions to win 15 free one month Compact subscription, 15 free one month Family subscription or 15 free one month Access subscriptions. Inactive subscribers will also be able to text send a text to request a free dish alignment and service maintenance. They will also be activated onto the Freeview bouquet which is a bouquet of 16 free channels for 3 months.
Loyal annual paying subscribers will definitely not be left out. Multichoice Ghana is giving a limited number of annual subscribers an offer of a 50% discount on the purchase of an HDPVR decoder within a 15 day period.
Multichoice as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility focuses on education (the Multichoice Resource Centre programme) by using digital satellite technology to support and enhance the learning and teaching experience across Africa. In Ghana there are 20 such schools and Multichoice Ghana would like to give another 25 schools the opportunity to receive DStv hardware and the educational bouquet for free. School principals will be able to enter the selection process by filling in an application form available from the Multichoice head office. Keep an eye out for Multichoice staff as they carry out community services within Accra.