AzamTV, providing a platform of over 55 African and international channels for just $8 as monthly subscription fee with local Tanzanian channels, Azam One, Azam Two and Sinema Zetu (films in Kiswahili) has gone live in Tanzania today.
AzamTV will broadcast live and recorded Tanzania Premier League matches and will also have top free-to-air channels from Tanzania and then across East Africa. The platform also plans to be extended across sub-Saharan Africa.
Speaking earlier about the launch, Rhys Torrington, CEO of Azam Media, said: “The arrival of AzamTV as a trans-continental pay-TV platform finally marks the availability of affordable and high-quality digital channels for viewers in Tanzania and way beyond. With the footprint and the services provided by Eutelsat we benefit from a solid platform and unrivalled DTH experience that will help transform into reality our vision of delivering exceptional entertainment at a great price into ordinary TV homes across the region.”
The firm says Eutelsat and Azam Media have signed a long-term contract for capacity on the Eutelsat 7A satellite which the TV will run on. AzamTV will use 108 MHz of capacity connected to the satellite. It will also be compressed in MPEG4. Eutelsat also said it had trained 500 installers of AzamTV DTH equipment to ensure subscribers receive the best service.