M-Net Unveils Digital Terrestrial Service For South Africa


M-Net today unveiled its new digital terrestrial television service for South Africa, called GOtv.

‘We’re excited to launch our digital terrestrial television service – as initiated by the Minister of Communications,’ said Yolisa Phahle, CEO of M-Net. “This is a major step forward for local television and our launch of GOtv is in line with the government’s digital migration process in South Africa.”

According to Tsabiso Letsoela, General Manager for GOtv South Africa, “GOtv will give many South Africans, who are currently watching analogue television, the chance to experience digital quality TV at an affordable price. The digital GOtv service offers compelling channels with clearer pictures and sharper sound quality.”

The GOtv Value package is made up of 12 exciting channels for the whole family and includes drama, sport, kids’ shows, documentaries and movies – all for only R99 per month.

Navigating through this wide selection of channels will be made easier, thanks to an electronic program guide. It will show our customers what’s currently on, and what’s coming next. “With a range of TV channels, radio services and music channels at your fingertips, the on-screen TV guide will come in handy when it comes to planning your viewing,” Tsabiso adds.

GOtv will use digital network towers throughout South Africa, much like cellphone companies are currently doing. Customers will need to check if they fall within the coverage areas and will also need a decoder to access the signal.

The GOtv decoder costs R699 and is a simple plug-and-play device. Customers can manage their GOtv account using USSD and the GOtv website.

Customers who are interested in GOtv can visit GOtv.co.za for more information.

Current M-Net analogue customers

While M-Net analogue customers will have to switch over to digital television at some stage, they don’t have to do anything right now as both analogue and digital signals are running concurrently. Before each province shuts off their analogue signals, M-Net will be in touch to guide its analogue customers through the migration process.

What entertainment GOtv offers
GOtv Value @ R99 per month

4 General Entertainment
2 Music
2 Children
2 Sport
1 Lifestyle & Culture
1 Religion

  • GO Channel
  • M-Net Movies Zone
  • Africa Magic Epic
  • Mzansi Bioskop
  • Mzansi Wethu
  • TLC Entertainment
  • SuperSport Blitz
  • SuperSPort Select
  • Disney Junior
  • Nick Toons
  • Mzansi Music
  • Channel O
  • Dumisa
GOtv Lite @ R45 every 3 months

1 Religion
1 Music

  • Mzansi Music
  • Dumisa
Costs of GOtv

The GOtv decoder will also receive all free-to-air televison and radio services when subscribed to one of the GOtv packages

Decoder once-off cost – R699 (includes first month subscription to GOtv Value worth R99)

Two packages to choose from: GOtv Value @ R99 per month for 12 channels and GOtv Lite @ R45 every 3 months

You still need to pay your TV license to the SABC – this is not included in your GOtv subscription.

What equipment you’ll need

You first need to check that you fall in an area covered by the GOtv signal. You can this on your mobile phone by entering the following digits: *120*468872# (and then press the green button). Alternatively, visit gotv.co.za on your web browser.

How to get GOtv

Buy a GOtv decoder from selected retail stores (OK, Game), MultiChoice Walk-In Centres and DStv Agencies

Plug this into your current TV (instructions are included with your decoder)

Aside from the GOtv decoder, you may need to get a UHF antenna to get the best signal (we recommend this). You can buy a GOtv antenna from selected retail stores (OK, Game), Walk-In Centres and DStv Agencies.


Issued by M-Net

By Andrew Germishuys

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