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DigiTV offers more for Tonga and PNG customers

NUKU’ALOFA-April 30: 6.29pm (Nuku’alofa Times): DigiTV is bringing more television entertainment and value-added options to locals, the company said this week.

As part of their preparation to celebrating another year of service in the Kingdom, the company, an affiliate of Digicel Tonga, is offering customers 26 channels on their platform.

Currently DigiTV is offering two months subscription and a free box for $100.

Executive Marc Santos said the month of May will be a special one for customers.

“We have a Super Special where you reconnect for $100 and get two months of 28 channels,” he said.

“If your box is broken or you don’t have one we will give you a new one free when you connect!”

This weekend Digi TV is offering locals extra in sports coverage, with the Pacific Rugby League Tests between Fiji and Papua New Guinea plus the one between Toa Samoa and Mate Ma’a Tonga being screened on Saturday, May 2.

That is being followed by the Challenge Cup (Aviva) Final in England between Edinburgh and Gloucester plus the French Champions Cup Final between Clermont and Toulon.

“Digicel will soon celebrate its anniversary here in Tonga and has been quietly working away on the Improvement of all its services,” Mr Santos said.

“Of particular note for May is the TV service in Tonga and the Pacific as a whole.”

DigiTV launched in 2007 with 20 channels and the first ever Digital Free to Air channel in the Pacific Islands, Digi Entertainment.

The DigiTV platform was expanded to 28 channels in November 2014 in preparation for migrating to the new Digicel Play platform.

Mr Santos said they expanded the Free to Air channels last November to include the Catholic channel, EWTN and the Seventh Day Adventist channel, Hope Channel viewable for free on any DVBT2 (Digital enabled) TV set.

The new Digicel Play platform will commence on May 1 with the introduction of the new Papua New Guinea based DTH service, providing 28 PayTV channels to the outer islands in the Tongan group.

Mr Santos said that the planned improvements will not be completed till August, eventhough the majority of the new Digicel Play channels have commenced, including their Free to Air flagship channel TVWAN which replaces the existing DigiEntertainment channel.

“The new Digicel Play platform will be the best in Tonga in terms of channel selection and customer service,” Mr Santos said.

“With 28 channels available compared to the competitor with 25, the channel content is more varied and with the best daily value. The exclusive payment method utilized through the USSD gateway enables subscribers to breakdown a full 30 days into single day purchase if their budget requires it.”

He said there has been greater customer anticipation of the services being introduced in the outer islands with potential customers requesting installation as early as a month ago.



Meanwhile. November the 15th  signals the dawn of a new era of TV for the people of Papua New Guinea, with the launch of Digicel Play.

The new TV provider will be offering 29 channels in total, including TVWAN – a brand new, locally produced Free-to-View channel.

Digicel’s committed approach to telecommunications continues today as they enter the market with a strong TV offering and a mission to remove the barriers of accessi-bility with affordable, compelling services and first class customer care.

The 29 channels have been selected with the PNG consumer in mind and include the world’s best – channels such as HBO, Fox Sports, Warner TV, Disney, CNN, History and The English Premier League Channel.

From the 15th of November, 15 channels will be available with the proposition quickly expanding to the full 29 channels before the end of the month.

The launch line up will include CNN, Lifetime, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, History and H2, Zoo Moo, Crime and Investigation, The Outdoor Channel, ITV Choice, RTL CBS Entertainment, RTL CBS Extreme and the English Premier League. Additionally TVWAN – the nation’s hottest new Free-to-View channel – will include programs like SBS World News, Queen Latifah, The Footy Show, Bananas in Pyjamas and a load of other fantastic programs.

Speaking at the official launch, Digicel CEO John Mangos said that DigiTV is entering the  “TV market with a mission to provide the best content and an affordable means of ac-cessing it – nationwide. What’s more, from now until mid-January we will offer all customers free access to all channels.”


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