MultiChoice Kenya and KBC officially launched GOtv, pay television service using the latest Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) technology in Mombasa and its environs. The service was launched at a function held at the Whitesands Hotel on Tuesday 10 July 2012.
Some of the channels that will be available to GOtv subscribers include AfricaMagic Movies, AfricaMagic World, AfricaMagic Swahili, Aljazeera, BET, Channel O, Discovery World, E! Entertainment, One Gospel, KidsCo and Select Sport. In addition, GOtv subscribers will also have access to daily highlights from Africa’s biggest reality show – Big Brother StarGame!
GOtv decoder are available at a special price of Ksh 5,500 inclusive of three months subscription and is available from the MultiChoice Offices (Nakumatt Nyali Office).
Speaking during the launch at The Whitesands Hotel, Minister of Information and Communications, Hon. Samuel Poghisio noted that the launch of GOtv coincides with the government’s target of migrating from analogue to digital TV transmission by end of 2012.
Kenya committed to a mutually agreed East African deadline of 2012 to fully migrate television broadcasting to the digital platform. This move is expected to free up much-needed spectrum, which the government plans to re-use for other purposes
He also added that the launch of GOtv will play a pivotal role towards contributing to this technological transformation and in the process will help the country to achieve its set target towards the migration to digital TV transmission.
DTT ( Digital Terrestrial Television)
DTT stands for Digital Terrestrial Television (or Transmission). It refers to the broadcasting of terrestrial television in a digital format. Currently, terrestrial broadcasting in most African countries is in an analogue format. Most countries are in the process of planning and implementing the migration from analogue to digital television.
Terrestrial television uses a network of transmission towers to relay the signal across the country. Each transmission tower has a specific area of coverage, and it is the network of coverage that provides television signals across the country. The broadcast signal is sent to the various towers and if you are within the area covered by a tower, then you will be able to receive the broadcast services via a terrestrial aerial which is usually placed on your roof or on your television set (depending on how strong the signal that you are receiving is).