Smart TV Launched in Ghana on DTT
Ghana has become the first African country to have SMART TV, a new digital terrestrial television service. The service was launched by Next Generation Broadcasting (NGB) in collaboration with Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and a commercial roll-out will take place in the next few weeks.
The service offers both pay-TV service and free-to-air service of existing local stations on the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) network. SMART TV will initially air in Accra and Kumasi and will be extended to other regions in Ghana in the near future.
Future Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services in Ghana are based on DVB-T technology and MPEG-4/H.264 video compression.
Smart TV belongs to a Swedish multinational company called Next Generation Broadcasting (NGB) which is partnering Fox International Channel as the only platform to provide Fox Entertainment in Ghana. It starts operations in Ghana with 16 channels including FOX, Showtime, Star, TRACE Tropical, Setanta Africa, BBC News, HiNolly, HomeBase, GOD TV, Kids, NET2, Viasat1, TV3 Ghana, GTV and TV Africa. Smart TV is set to launch in Kenya and Uganda later this year.
Item added: 17th May 2010