By Alex Taremwa
Gotv Uganda, a digital terrestrial transmission platform company affiliated to MultiChoice Uganda has expanded its signal footprint in Uganda to cover the western Uganda region districts of Mbarara, Kasese, Bushenyi, Kabwohe and Ishaka in a bid to assist more Ugandans meet the digital migration deadline.
Africa is a part of the digital revolution that is set to bring with it more choice and more value to television viewers. African governments have approved a continental digital television switchover that will be complete by 2015. Analogue will eventually be switched off, in which case all African households will need to switch to digital in order to watch TV.
Launching the $1.6m dollar investment in Mbarara, the MultiChoice Uganda General Manager Charles Hamya said Gotv is simply complementing government on grounds of digital migration by granting the population access to digital technology.
Gotv is among the currently 8 players engaging the digital signal distribution in Uganda. Some of the already existing pay televisions in Uganda include MultiChoice Uganda (DStv), Star DTV Uganda (Star Times), Pearl Digital TV, Kampala SITI Cable, Smart TV, Time watch cable, Zuku TV and GoTV.
Speaking at the launch, Baryomunsi Godfrey, the Vice Chairman LC.5 Mbarara District who doubled as the Chief Guest expressed pleasure towards Gotv’s investment in Mbarara and pledged support to Gotv in terms of providing content for community mobilization and sensitization on issues of development.
Godfrey was joined by the Mayor of Mbarara Municipality, His Worship Wilson Tumwiine in launching the new service in Mbarara. Tumwiine was delighted of the fact that Mbarara became second to central region to launch this multi-channel service.
“We are glad to be the first to launch outside central region and we are excited to join the family of pay TV service viewers across the continent through the MultiChoice Gotv brand.” Tumwiine said.
Commenting on 70% local content directive from the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC), Patricia Kiconco the Segment Brand Manager said Gotv comes preloaded with free to air Ugandan TV stations like Bukedde, NTV, UBC, and WBS adding that more channels will be added when there are available.
“Gotv offers great all-round family entertainment featuring local and international content with huge picture and sound quality,” Patricia said.
Gotv comes in three packages of Gotv, Gotv open and Gotv plus with a decoder going for Ushs.99, 000 and its preloaded with a free month’s subscription and installation services.