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TopTV is a South African satellite TV service that began broadcasting on 1 May 2010. TopTV is owned by On Digital Media, who were granted a pay-TV license by ICASA in September 2007. On Digital Media is 20% owned by TV satellite operator, SES. TopTV's service is aimed at the LSM 6-9 demographic, targeting middle class viewers.
Broadcast and Reception
TopTV services are broadcast via satellite, using the SES' 4A craft at the 5°E orbital position, and three of the six 36 MHz transponders in the 'Sub Saharan Africa Ku-band' beam providing coverage of the whole sub-Saharan Africa region. TopTV services are receivable throughout South Africa on dishes of 60 cm diameter. Transmissions are in the DVB-S2 MPEG-4 digital TV format with reception using a simple set-top box available from local retailers, with a PVR receiver slated for later in 2011. Playout and related broadcasting services will be provided by SES subsidiary, SES Platform Services.
TopTV utilises a similar set-top box as DStv. The decoders went on sale on Saturday 1 May at various retailers. The launch cost of the package was R499. This cost included the decoder, the satellite dish, as well as installation.
There are seven package options.
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TopTV has five bouquets of channels.
- Top Gospel - Multi-denominational Christian lifestyle channel with talk shows, music videos and movies
- Top Learn - Aimed at South Africa's primary and high school learners, with programming by Mindset Learn, a non-profit health and educational organisation.
- Top One - General entertainment channel with drama series, children’s shows, movies, lifestyle shows and classic South African TV shows (launched 24 May 2010)
- Al-Jazeera - A 24-hour international news channel
- ASTV - ASTV brings the best of Afrikaans programming to an audience on TopTV passionate about all things Afrikaans. And uniquelyon TopTV, ASTV will also feature uplifting programmes from Kruiskyk, the Afrikaans gospel channel on a daily basis.
- BBC World News - International news and information channel with news, sport, weather, business reports, current affairs and documentary programmes
- Channel NewsAsia - A 24 Hour English Language News Channel in Singapore For UNDERSTAND ASIA.
- Christian Channel
- e.tv - South African free-to-air television channel
- Eurosport News - European and international sports news continually updated every 30 minutes
- Fashion TV - Fashion, beauty, glamour and style
- Fine Living Network - Lifestyle channel with cooking, design, home décor and travel shows
- Fox News Channel
- France 24 - An international news channel that covers global currant events from a French perspective
- GOD TV - A global media ministry with youth programming, Bible teaching and live events
- African Movie Channel - Movies produced by the Nollywood film industry
- Inspiration - International Christian network with programming from the USA and Europe
- MGM Channel - Movies from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film library
- MSNBC - Global news and information channel
- Music Choice - A music provider with 25 audio stations
- MUTV - Manchester United TV ( all pl games, fa cup, uefa, much, much more)
- RTPi - Portuguese-language channel providing family entertainment and news programmes
- SABC 1 - Channel with the widest audience in South Africa that includes local and international programming in English and Nguni languages
- SABC 2 - Provides programmes that reflect the diverse nature of South African families
- SABC 3 - South African adult contemporary channel
- Setanta Sports - Sports channel showing selected league, club and international football matches, rugby union and league games, international boxing, martial arts, sports news & a range of sports magazine shows
- Zee Cinema - Hindi movie channel showing movies produced by the Bollywood film industry
Kids and Music
- Top Junior
- Afro Music
- Baby TV - Channel for infants and toddlers with short programmes that introduce the world through songs, music, colours, animals and stories
- C Music TV - Classical, crossover and cinematic music video
- Classica - Italian television channel devoted to classical music, opera, ballet and jazz
- FUEL TV - Extreme sports channel that covers the lifestyle and culture of skateboarding, snowboarding, kitesurfing, BMX, motocross, base jumping and others
- Jim Jam
- Kerrang! TV
- Nigezie - Nigerian music and entertainment channel
- Q TV - Music channel that showcases popular Indie music videos and enables viewers to interact with the programming via Internet and cell phones
- Smash Hits
Entertainment and Knowledge
- Top Crime
- Top Explore
- Top History - Documentary channel with a strong focus on South African and African history
- BET - Black Entertainment Television offers urban-orientated movies, series and reality shows as well as mainstream rap and R&B music videos
- Discovery Science - Documentary channel covering science and technology
- Discovery Travel and Living (TLC from September 1)
- Fox Entertainment - General entertainment channel, including comedy, drama, sci-fi, action, animation and reality shows
- Fox Retro - Popular shows of the 70's, 80's and 90's
- Investigation Discovery - Shows about criminal investigations and crime-related documentaries
- Natura - Documentary channel focusing on natural history
- Star! - Entertainment news channel covering celebrity news, gossip, fashion and Tinsel Town
- Top Movies - Premium movie channel
- Top Movies 2 - Broadcasts Top Movies time shifted by 2 hours
- Top Movies 24 - Broadcasts Top Movies time shifted by 24 hours
- Top Sport - To be launched at a later date
- Silver - Independent movie from around the world - removed as from 2012 
- Showtime - Movie channel - removed as from 2012 
- Fox FX - Action comedy series
- Channel V - Youth channel with music videos, music concerts and reality-based talent shows
- Star Gold - Bollywood movie channel
- Star Plus - Hindi general entertainment channel
- Star Vijay - Tamil general entertainment channel
- Astra 4A broadcasting satellite
- Astra 5°E orbital position
- SES satellite operator
- Astra satellite family
- SES Platform Services
- "On Digital Media website". Retrieved 15 May 2010.
- de Lanerolle, Indra (2011). "Convergence and regulation in South Africa: in search of a new public interest paradigm". info 13 (3): 47–63.
- "Astra 4A". SES. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
- "Packages: Bouquet Channels". TopTV. Retrieved 2010-05-06.