Nigeria’s First Converged Digital TV, OTT Service Launched by MTN
MTN Nigeria has launched Over-The-Top (OTT) service which brings together telecommunications, broadcasting, and media on the same platform.
The telco said in a statement by its PR and Protocol Manager Funso Aina on Wednesday that the new service would go live in Jos, Plateau State, from tomorrow (Thursday, 27th May 2016).
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The TV service is a sequel to the issuance of a digital broadcast license to MTN by the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) last year, according to the statement.
According to Ferdi Moolman, CEO, MTN Nigeria, “MTN is committed to providing Nigerians with innovative digital platforms which will enhance the way we live, work and play. Once we commence full commercial activities, the TV service will deliver an exciting bouquet of rich local and international content to Nigerians. In addition, subscribers will have the freedom to watch their favorite programs when they choose to via MTN VOD service, rather than having to watch at a specific broadcast time. This will be the first fully converged broadcast and OTT-VOD service to launch in MTN.”
What is VOD and how does it work?
Video on demand (display) (VOD) is a feature of digital cable that allows users to select and watch/listen to video or audio content when they choose to, rather than having to watch at a specific broadcast time.
Television VOD systems can either stream content through a set-top box, a computer or other device, allowing viewing in real-time, or download it to a device such as a computer, digital video recorder (also called a personal video recorder) or portable media player for viewing at any time.
This will be the first fully Converged Digital TV and OTT-VOD service to launch in Nigeria.
Indeed, the launch of MTN TV is another bold demonstration of MTN’s abiding faith in the future of Nigeria, driving growth and development by enabling Nigerians to keep pace with the latest global trends and converged solutions.
Elaborating further, MTN Nigeria Executive, Lynda Saint-Nwafor said MTN’s vision is to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world. We are committed to exploring opportunities and avenues to expand our digital footprint and value offering to our customers. We are therefore constantly seeking appropriate channels to place the latest technologies and services in the hands of Nigerians, and this is one of such.