SES HD PLUS Ghana collaborates with NAGRA and Samsung to deliver My HD PLUS on 4K ready TVs and will leverage on the rights that Multimedia Group has secured for the Euro 2020 to deliver the first 4K event via K-NET’s 4K studios
Accra, 9. June 2021. SES HD PLUS Ghana, the country’s premium high-definition satellite broadcast service provider, has announced the integration of its TV broadcast service into selected Samsung TVs using NAGRA’s TVkey Cloud technology. The integrated operator app called My HD PLUS will offer users direct access to the HD+ Service straight out of the box as part of a new TV installation, or through the existing app store on compatible TVs.
The launch of My HD PLUS App on Samsung’s TVs will be a first on the African continent. The cloud-based direct-to-TV security solution, co-developed by NAGRA and Samsung, brings encrypted TV services directly to internet-connected smart TVs equipped with market-proven TVkey hardware root of trust. Apart from the top local channels broadcasting in HD quality on the HD+ Service, the My HD PLUS app also offers the FeeliFeeli Experience with over 100 channels in SD with superior features such as a 7-day electronic programming guide, Parental Access Control and Logical Channel Numbering system which makes it easier to locate channels since all channels have been assigned a permanent number and been arranged according to genres.
“We at SES HD PLUS Ghana, are committed to delivering world class TV viewing experiences to our customers and this integrated My HD PLUS App allows them to watch their favourite local channels in premium high-definition quality without the need for additional devices or set up,” Theodore Asampong, Director at SES HD PLUS Ghana said.
Lucas Lee, Managing Director of Samsung Ghana said, “At Samsung, we design our TVs to give our customers cutting-edge innovation that makes life better. Making an additional range of programmes in high-definition accessible to more satellite TV households, in HD and UHD Premium quality TV, is a wonderful way for more people to enjoy the power of Samsung’s pioneering TV technology. The HD+ FeeliFeeli Experience is now seamlessly paired with Samsung TV’s immersive viewing experiences. This is the time to visit any Electroland outlet nationwide to purchase one of the compatible TVs”.
The launch of My HD PLUS has come at a time when SES HD PLUS Ghana has been announced as the HD Experience Partner by the Multimedia Group which has secured the rights for the Euro 2020. Customers will be able to enjoy the final three matches broadcast to the integrated Samsung TVs in Ultra HD for the first time in Africa with the support of KNET Ghana, owners of the Silicon House Production Studios.
Abdulai Awudu, General Manager of Adom Brands at Multimedia Group detailed, “As usual, Multimedia Group is a trail blazer in broadcasting in Africa, and Ghana is excited to be part of this first. As the rights holder of the Euro 2020, extending the broadcast of the UEFA European Football Championship from HD to 4K is an opportunity we could not let go as we are constantly looking for ways to give our audiences exciting and engaging content. Having a forward-thinking partner like SES HD PLUS Ghana has made this a reality and so we are proud to announce the last three matches of the Euro 2020 will be available in ultra-high-definition quality for the first time in Africa by the kind courtesy of the HD+ Service.
The successful partnership with Samsung and NAGRA comes on the back of a successful similar deployment in Europe. “NAGRA deployed IDTV with HD PLUS Germany last year with great success, making it possible for us to offer and deliver this new fully secure service in less than three months,” said Thierry Legrand, SVP EMEA Sales at NAGRA added “SES HD PLUS Ghana can be confident that they can offer premium services to customers with the peace of mind that their content assets remain secure in a direct-to-TV environment.”
About SES HD PLUS
SES HD PLUS Ghana Limited is a subsidiary of SES, the leading global content connectivity solutions provider. SES HD PLUS Ghana markets the HD+ Product, which promises to provide satellite homes with quality and affordable entertainment options by leveraging SES’s experience of delivering satellite TV channels directly to home (DTH) and its success of rolling out the HD+ subscription-based platform in Germany. Apart from offering over 100 FTA channels in standard definition, SES HD PLUS Ghana is collaborating with Adom TV, Joy Prime, GTV, UTV, Joy News, GhOne, Metro TV, TVXYZ, Citi TV, Angel TV and OneHD to deliver their content in high-definition quality. There are four subscription packages available: GHS7 for a week, GHS25 for a month, GHS60 for three months and an annual package that costs GHS210. HD+ is open to all broadcasters and looks forward to partnering with additional broadcasters who want to deliver their content in high-definition quality. Visit www.hd-plus.com.gh for further information.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
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NAGRA, the digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetisation of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
About Electroland Ghana Limited (EGL)
ELECTROLAND GHANA LIMITED (EGL) is the biggest and most reliable consumer electronics and appliances distributor in Ghana. The key distributors of SAMSUNG, Midea, TOSHIBA, ABB electricals and brand owners of NASCO electronics. EGL is dedicated to bringing the latest global technologies in wide range of Televisions, Refrigerators, Air conditioners, washing machines, audio systems, built in kitchen appliances and mobile phones to Ghana. Visit www.electrolandgh.com for top quality and competitive prices.
About Multimedia Group
The Multimedia Group Ltd, is Ghana’s preeminent Media organization and it is made of three (3) television channels, Adom TV, Joy Prime, Joy News, six (6) radio stations- Joy FM, Luv FM, Adom FM, Nhyira FM, Asempa FM, Hitz FM and two (2) online platforms www.myjoyonline.com and www.adomonline.com. The Multimedia Group ltd was set up in 1995.
K-NET, (www.knetgh.com) is an indigenous international Telecom provider, Teleport Operator and system integrator headquartered in Accra, Ghana. K-NET was founded in 1996 and is 100% Ghanaian owned. K-NET operates a large MPLS core backbone network with several Point of Presence (POPs) throughout Ghana, interconnected using a combination of diverse fibre and high-capacity SDH microwave links. KNETs Network Operation Centre (NOC) and Teleport is located at McCarthy Hill in Accra, which has diverse connections to multiple international POPs. K-NET provides last-mile connectivity to customer locations based on one of several access technologies, including fibre, DSL, point-to-point microwave, WiMAX and VSAT. The state-of-the-art McCarthy Hill Teleport hosts an 11.3m, six 4.5m dishes and several VSAT platforms, and in combination with capacity on the SES satellite, provides ubiquitous coverage over West and Central Africa. K-NET specializes in the provision of high-reliability network services for government, large corporate and small/medium enterprise clients. We have enormous industry knowledge and have worked with some of the leading mobile operators in various capacities, including but not limited to providing support in backhauling GSM traffic from remote rural communities; and also as an ISP providing data connectivity to their subscribers.K-NET also provides Ghana’s main TV uplink facility from its McCarthy Hill teleport, from where it provides services for West Africa Platform Services (WAPS), a JV company of K-Net and SES, for Free-To-Air satellite channels in Ghana on the MultiTV platform; SES HD Plus, for their HD channels and the Ghana Government, feeding 42 DTT transmitter sites nationwide, installed and operated by K-Net; a total of over 180 TV channels.