is on Fire!

Amazon Fire TV is on Fire, literally and figuratively. The trend has been to consume TV shows, blockbuster movies and music – over the internet – where access to decent broadband and a HDTV is not a problem. After all, who wants to rely on the good-old TV stations’ schedule to enjoy their favourite movie/show or go […]

Africa Magic Swahili coming soon

Following the huge success of its Africa Magic channel, MNET has since launched variants of the channel. Africa Magic Swahili is the latest of them all. It will showcase Swahili film-making and storytelling for Swahili speaking audiences in East Africa. The content will be in Kiswahili language, with subtitles in English language. The channel will […]

DStv Mobile on your laptop, iPad, iPhone, iPod

DStv drifta

DStv is offering a major boost to residents of Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya who might be interested in their DStv Mobile service. Before now, the DStv Mobile had been restricted to a few mobile phones – these phones have in-built circuitry that enable them to receive and decode DVB-H signals. DStv is now offering […]

What is encryption in general?


In very basic terms, encryption is a way to send a message, satellite signal, vehicle remote, documents in code. The only person who can decode the message is the person with the correct decryption key.  Encryption is especially important if you are trying to block satellite signals (DSTV channels) from people who should not be […]

What is Free-to-Air (FTA)?

A free-to-air receiver

Free to air is an expression used to describe both television and radio broadcasts that are not encrypted. This enables anyone; With a satellite dish to pick up these TV programs without subscribing to a cable or satellite company. With an ordinary radio to pickup and listen to radio programs. When first radio and then […]

How to view free-to-air channels on DSTV decoder DSD1110 in Southern Africa

MultiChoice DSD 1110 decoder

A common question is asked: Is there any way I can get free-to-air channels on my DSD1110 decoder so I can get free satellite TV, movie, series? Answer: Yes, you can.  There are a couple of free DSTV channels that you can get on your decoder, if you know how to set them up, continue […]

Smart TV launches in Kenya

Smart TV Kenya

Swedish firm Next Generation Broadcasting (NGB), operators of the Smart TV brand, have extended their digital TV service to residents of Kenya. The service was fully launched today, following a pilot phase that began since June 2010. The pay TV operator is aiming to offer affordable TV to Kenya, and revolutionize the market. Capital FM […]

A review of Smart TV (a digital terrestial TV service in Ghana)

A Smart TV receiver

I have monitored the Smart TV service for a while now, having obtained the Smart TV receiver two weeks ago. The following review is based on my personal experience using the service. What is Smart TV? Smart TV is a pan-African brand providing tailor-made and affordable pay TV solutions to consumers across Africa. Currently Smart […]

Why is CRTV (Ghana) off-air?

CRTV Ghana

Crown Royals TV (CRTV) broadcasts its programmes from the Astra 2B satellite to Ghana and the rest of West Africa, until a few weeks ago. Reasons for CRTV going off-air are not clear at this time. Its possible they have left Astra 2B to whichever satellite is hosting their “50 channels”. They have been advertising […]

Multi TV Ghana to offer HD TV channels

Multi TV Ghana

The ink has since dried on a deal signed between Multimedia Group Ltd (MGL) operators of Multi TV and Broadcast Solutions Africa and local representatives of Grass Valley (broadcast equipment manufacturers), to add High Definition (HD) TV channels to Multi TV’s current bouquet of TV channels. From, Multimedia Group (MGL), operator of Multi TV, […]