The announcment was made at the International Summit on Content Management for Digital Broadcasting and Media taking place in Accra. A ten-year contract has been inked with Eutelsat Communications for capacity connected to the African service area of the Eutelsat 16A satellite to support the launch of Mega-Choice that will feature national and international channels.
Mega-Choice is focusing marketing of its new package to viewers in Ghana and will extend to other West African markets in a second phase. The new platform begins with a varied mix of free-to-air and pay channels and a strong accent on news and entertainment.
The first channels – Aljazeera English, Crystal TV Prime, Crystal TV Xtra, Crystal TV Plus, Deutsche Welle, E TV Ghana, EWTN Africa & Asia, France 24 English, Narrow Gate TV, GMP Newsworld, CGTN, Paradise Music Channel, Metro TV and many others will be available to homes as Free-to-Air and Free-to-View programmes while Filmbox Africa, Filmbox Arthouse, Filmbox Action, Fightbox HD, Docubox, FashionBox, Fast & Fun Box, Madscreen Box, 360 Tunebox, Homeland TV, AMNET, Junior World TV and other premium channels including VOD content will be offered as pay-TV content.
“Eutelsat’s commitment towards the rollout of the Mega-Choice broadcast platform is beyond comparison. Eutelsat has made our journey to space with our broadcast services, very smooth and less challenging,” said Mega-Choice Group Chairman, Dr. Chief Crystal-Djirackor.
“Relying on the rich experience and expertise of Eutelsat, Mega-Choice Digital Network can now guarantee the best of broadcasting services to its clients across sub-Saharan Africa, enriching the EUTELSAT 16A satellite neighbourhood with quality and compelling content.”
Michel Azibert, Chief Commercial and Development Officer of Eutelsat, added:“We are delighted to take our relationship with Mega-Choice to a new level with the launch of this new platform on EUTELSAT 16A and to be part of the team that will see Mega-Choice deliver on its promise of digital quality, channel diversity and strong African content.”