Digital technologies & video on demand solutions provider, Discover Digital, fast
emerging as the local technology leader in the OTT on-demand and internet TV space,
has developed an advanced new digitally interactive electronic programme guide
(EPG) system for broadcasters and digital TV streaming services.
Stephen Watson, managing director of Discover Digital, says the EPG was developed
internally to address the need for an advanced digitally interactive programme guide
that serves as a foundation for future streaming functionality.
Discover Digital’s latest custom-built solution creates a direct path to programming
information and converts it to local time zones, providing viewers access to accurate
live programme information, with constantly updated start and end times and
programme information. Built-in notification features allow viewers to set reminders
and receive notifications to mobile devices and share what they are watching on
popular social media platforms Facebook and Twitter.
Directed ultimately at enhancing the end-user experience, the product makes for a
compelling addition to any business looking to play in the video on demand and online
TV channel space. A rand-based product in an otherwise dollar dominated market, the
EPG not only provides an affordable quality solution for continuous updating of menus
and programme scheduling, but also for those services wishing to offer catch up and
“Discover Digital’s new EPG will go live on our entertainment service, called DEOD.
Not only does it give viewers a single destination for updated 24/7 access to TV
channel programming information and correct start and end times of programmes,
but the EPG system also lays the foundations for our next on-demand technology
innovations, including building personalised catalogues of catch up content,’ says
In addition to the launch of the EPG, Discover Digital is also preparing to release a set
of new functions including user-driven cloud-based network personal video recording
(N-PVR) and system-driven Live-to-VOD services. The Live to VOD system driven
process will automatically record all programmes from a linear channel and make
them available in a catch up environment. This feature will be especially beneficial
with sports content, where premium international content may be screened live at
inconvenient times for South African and pan-African viewers.
“Our new solutions will be rolled out to DEOD customers, but are also available as
stand-alone solutions and/or fully managed services within our technology portfolio,’