On Digital Media

Launching a DTH platform in South Africa


Media & Broadcast

South Africa

On Digital Media (ODM) is the second largest pay-TV operator in South Africa. Its Top TV service includes more than 20 channels that cover a range of genres including entertainment, news, sport, movies and gospel.

ODM needed to build a robust DTH platform from scratch on a very tight schedule for its Top TV service.

ODM's initial line-up was to broadcast 53 TV and 25 radio channels across South Africa, with space for future expansion.

SES provided some ingenious engineering solutions for ODM. SES needed to integrate the broadcast systems for Top TV seamlessly with NDS conditional access encryption, an electronic programme guide (EPG), a system for programming schedules, metadata gathering and a media asset management system. The channels are fed from the Top TV head-end at its Johannesburg headquarters via a double-redundant sea-cable fibre to Unterföhring, Germany, where they are combined with other channels before uplinking.

"We looked closely at the world's best service providers in the broadcast media industry," said Frans Lindeque, ODM's Chief Operational Officer. "When we examined the standard proposed by SES Platform Services, we were impressed. Their overall performance and the quality levels they met were superb. In fact, the operational standards are incredible."

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