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DStv NOW! Stream Live DStv on Mobile Devices

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“Our mission is to deliver value to our customers by making great entertainment more accessible and affordable” were the words of Cecil Sunkwa Mills, General Manager, of MultiChoice Ghana when he announced all DStv subscribers can now watch their favourite DStv channels on their phone on the DStv Now App. DStv Now is a value-added service from MultiChoice Ghana that allows DStv subscribers to stream live TV via the App on your desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Unlike the earlier DStv Mobile service which required subscribers to purchase the handheld Walka device, DStv Now requires a good internet connect and you can view your DStv shows on your chosen device. Mr. Sunkwa Mills explains that MultiChoice is always finding and developing products and services to meet the needs of our customers anytime, anywhere and in the most convenient manner.

Whether it’s local telenovelas, the excitement of world class sport or the latest global blockbusters, our investment in leading-edge content and technology systems deliver the shows that people love into their hands through this innovative service DStv Now. With DStv Now, bad weather and power cuts interrupting your viewing experience will be a thing of the past as you watch on your device of choice.

The DStv Now App is available for free download at the google play store or App store. With an active DStv subscription you would have to complete the registration in the App and then can link up to four devices to your account at no additional monthly cost.

What you need to Use DStv Now

  1. An active DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family of Access package
  2. An Internet enabled PC, Mac, Android or IOS phone or tablet
  3. DStv Now App for Android or iOS.
  4. A DStv Connect ID (easy to register, requires your smart card number)
  5. An Internet Connection (Broadband connection like Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G LTE)
  6. A Data Plan (Preferably an unlimited Data plan)

With DStv Now you can watch live TV on up to four devices, though only two can be active simultaneously at a time. Besides the watching live TV, catching up on shows you have missed the App has other features beneficial to every subscriber.

Watch Live TV

On the live TV section of the App, you will find all the channels that are available on your package and the current shows airing. The channels are categorised for easy navigation into Sports, General Entertainment, News & Commerce, Music, Documentary, Children, Lifestyle & Culture, and Religion.

Catch up

This feature keeps a catalog of the most popular shows and series on DStv and saves them for you to watch at a convenient time as it is a Video on Demand service. You may either stream the episode or download it so that you can watch offline later.

Parental Control

There is plenty to watch on Live TV and Catch up for kids on the App and parents or guardians can restrict what content their children can have access to by setting up a PIN. With this, your kids are protected from exposure to inappropriate content.

Full TV Guide

DStv Now comes with an 8-day Programme Guide. On the TV Guide, you can watch a programme live if it is currently airing live. You can also set a reminder if the programme is upcoming.

How to Save Data on DSTV Now

Using DSTV Now involves streaming or downloading of videos which means data is being consumed. For example, watching videos in HD can consume up to 2GB for just an hour of viewing. However, you can switch the Apps settings to reduce the quality or resolution of the video to save data.

To Save Data on DSTV Now with lower video quality

  1. Go to the DSTV Now Menu
  2. Tap on Settings
  3. Tap on Maximum Video Quality
  4. Set the required video quality. Options: Highest, High, Medium, Low

With the FIFA World Cup around the corner you will not miss a single match as we would be streaming all the 64 games live on DStv Now. You can access DStv Now in all countries within sub Saharan Africa where there is a MultiChoice operation.

 

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MY WORST DAY WITH PEACE HYDE! Forbes Africa Set for Season 2; Unveils New Partnership With GAC Motor

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The leading business magazine in Africa, Forbes Africa is set to launch season 2 of its flagship TV show, “My Worst Day with Peace Hyde” powered by automotive giant, GAC Motor. After its successful first season, which premiered in 2016 to rave reviews, season 2 promises to deliver another round of riveting interviews from the higher echelons of wealth and power in business.

Hosted by the multiple award winning Forbes Africa Correspondent and Head of Digital Media and Partnerships, Peace Hyde, My Worst Day is the only show on the continent that interviews Africa’s billionaires and millionaires in a no holds barred conversation about their most challenging day in business and was subsequently, one of the most watched shows on the Pan African business platform, CNBC Africa Channel 410 on DSTV airing in over 16 African countries in Sub Saharan Africa.

Season 1 was jam packed with interviews from Aliko Dangote, Folorunso Alakija, Emir Sanussi Lamido Sanussi, Tonye Cole, Femi Otedola, Senator Ben Murray Bruce and Cosmas Maduka amongst a host of other titans from South Africa including Herman Mashaba, South African billionaire and current Mayor of Johannesburg and from the looks of the trailer, Season 2, which airs in May, looks set to deliver the same punch with powerful stories from the continents Titans.

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#VGMA2018: TV3 apologises for break in transmission – READ FULL STATEMENT

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Media General, managers of Accra-based TV3 and official media partner of the 19th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, has issued a statement explaining a break in transmission in their live coverage of the event last Saturday.

The interruption, which happened while former employee, Nana Aba Asamoah was onstage to present an award, was widely speculated to be deliberate foul play targeted at the ace broadcaster, but the company has rubbished any such theories.

Signed by Richard Ahigble (Group Head, Corporate Affairs), the statement fingered a break in the official feed from event producers, Charterhouse Ghana, as the cause of the interruption, and expressed regret for the indelibrate  technical challenges “inherent in producing an event such as the VGMAs”.

Compered by broadcaster Berla Mundi, and actor Jon Dumelo, the 2018 VGMAs saw late songstress, Ebony Reigns record a historic feat as the first female act to win the coveted Artist of the Year prize, as well as the first Ghanaian act to win in posthumously.

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Donewell Insurance, Happy FM Stock National Blood Bank

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The 2018 edition of Happy 98.9 FM’s annual blood donation exercise was partnered by Donewell Insurance as part of their 25th Anniversary celebrations and Corporate Social Responsibility.

The blood donation exercise which took place at the Osu Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Accra on Saturday April 14, saw a host of Donewell Insurance Company Limited and Happy FM staff together with the general public donating blood to stock the National Blood Bank.

Over 100 units of blood was collected to boost the stock of blood at the National Blood Bank.

Speaking at the Blood Donation Exercise, Timothy Karikari, a Director at Global Media Alliance Broadcast Company (GMABC) stated that the issue of shortage of blood at the hospitals is a great concern to Happy FM and hence the partnership with Donewell Insurance Company Limited to beef up the stock at the blood bank.

“We at GMABC, having trust and confidence in the Donewell brand, decided to partner them in this year’s edition. Shortage of blood at our hospitals has been an issue of great concern to this country. Blood is essential for life and the wellbeing of Ghana’s human resource is critical for the success of this country. We believe that by doing this, we are contributing our quota to the health and development of this nation,” Mr. Karikari disclosed.

He said that blood cannot be manufactured and therefore essential for people to donate to help save a life.

Blood cannot be manufactured or created and so by donating blood, you are saving someone’s life, a company’s life and a nation’s future.  Even one unit of blood is important,” he noted.

Jennifer Bebli, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Donewell Insurance Company Limited disclosed that the objective of the blood donation exercise was to give back to society and also to help save lives.

“It has been all over the news that the blood bank has always had a shortage in terms of blood so we decided that as part of our way of giving back and saving lives, we organized this exercise. Donewell Insurance is 25 years and as part of our support to Ghanaians and the community in which we carry out our business, this blood donation exercise is one of the many CSR activities lined up for the year. Since our head office is in Osu, we thought it right to undertake this CSR activity in the community in which we have stayed in these 25years and also to support the blood bank by donating blood,” she noted.

The blood donation exercise lasted for about 8 hours from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  There were other activities such as free medical screening and health checks for participants by qualified medical professionals.

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KUMASI: Three Dealers in Illegal DStv Decoders Arrested

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Three persons dealing in illegal DStv decoders have been arrested in Ashanti Region for importing, storing, distributing and selling of MC Nigeria decoders in Ghana. The three shops were raided with the support of the Cyber Crime Unit and SWAT team of Ghana CID Police in Kumasi.  This follows repeated reports by MultiChoice Ghana of the activities of such person around the country acting as agents of MultiChoice.

According to Cecil Sunkwa Mills, General Manager, MultiChoice Ghana, “the activities of such persons on the market contravenes the Electronic Communications Act and a number of importation and tax laws in Ghana”. He explains MCG is the only company in Ghana with the special licence to import and distribute DStv decoders across the country. Adding that by law all monthly DStv subscriptions paid in Ghana should attract the following taxes 15% VAT, 2.5% NHIL and 6% CST.

Value Added Tax (VAT) is a tax applied on the value added to goods and services at each stage in the production and distribution chain. It forms part of the final price the consumer pays for goods or services.

The National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL) is a levy on goods and services supplied in or imported into Ghana. All goods and services are subject to the levy unless they are exempt.

The Communications Service Tax (CST) is a tax levied on charges for the use of communications services that are provided by communications service operators. CST is imposed under Section 1 of the Communications Service Tax Act 2008, (Act 754).

These DStv decoders from Nigeria are smuggled into the country, denying the country of requisite import duties, then are sold to the unsuspecting public by these unscrupulous persons. The purchase and use of such decoders makes one an accessory to tax evasion as your month subscriptions are paid in Nigeria thus avoiding the payment of tax in Ghana.

According to Section 86 and 149 of the Ghana Revenue Act, a person who enters into a contract with a non-resident person for the supply or use of goods or property of any kind, or the supply of any services, which contract gives rise to income accruing in or derived from Ghana, shall pay taxes on that service or good.  Failure to Pay Tax is liable onto summary conviction, of imprisonment for a term of not less than three months and not more than one year, or both.

During the raid ledgers with accounts and personal details of persons they were illegally collecting subscription from and several boxes of decoders were seized.  MultiChoice Ghana urges anyone who may have acquired such decoders to contact the nearest MultiChoice Ghana Office to have their decoder regularized.

 

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GMABC’s Director Elected Greater Accra Coordinator For GIBA

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A director at Global Media Alliance Broadcast Company, Mr. Timothy Karikari has been elected as the Greater Accra Regional Coordinator of the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA).

Mr.  Karikari was sworn in together with his Deputy Regional Coordinator, Richard Osei Agyapong of Radio Gold at the GIBA meeting held on Friday; 6th April 2018.

Speaking about his new position, Mr Karikari said he would work effectively to support GIBA’s Executive Council in discharging their duties as the governing body of the group.

“Media today has evolved from analogue to digital (i.e. digital broadcasting and social media among others) and therefore critical that members are able to capitalize on the technological change for the success of their brands,” he stated.

He added that it is his hope to work together with his deputy to increase the membership of GIBA as well as participation of existing members in the association.

“Accra has 45 non-public radio stations on air and as part of our mandate to support the GIBA Executive Council, we will help the council ensure that members maintain good and quality broadcasting standards through the institution of regular and relevant training. We also hope to increase membership and participation of existing members for the economic professional benefit of broadcast media firms.” Mr. Karikari disclosed.

 

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Law Express Season 3 airs on GHOne TV

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Nuhela Seidu is back with her team of lawyers to educate and inform the general public on matters about the law.  Season three of the popular and most watched talk show on television, Law Express, is here, this time airing on GhOne television.

Showing every Sunday between 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm, season three of Law Express promises to be more interesting and engaging with carefully selected topics for discussion. Just like previous seasons, there are several seasoned lawyers to contribute to the discussion every weekend.

The first episode of the season premiered on Sunday 8th April 2018 with the panel discussing a rather sensitive issue, Abortion, a subject which is rare and not openly discussed in Ghanaian communities and homes. Abortion has been a controversial subject in many societies through history on religious, moral, ethical, practical, and political grounds.

The panel which comprised of Theodocia Naana Quartey and Martin Kpebu, successfully defined adoption and further discussed some concerns raised about abortion – clarity on who is qualified to perform an abortion, whether the consent of the woman (or guardian) was required, what the gestation limits were, where a legal abortion could be performed and more.

The episode which has been receiving impressive reviews since its airing has generated a stimulating discussion on several online platforms with several people calling for a broader discussion on Abortion whilst others are advocating for a review of the laws on Abortion which they consider as not sufficiently clear on several aspects of the subject.

Law Express season three continues this weekend on Sunday 15th April 2018 with Road Traffic Offences as the topic for discussion. Joining the discussion will be Bernard Owiredu Donkor and Samuel Dublin Mahama.

As road users, whether drivers, passengers or pedestrians, we are likely to commit Road Traffic Offences. Do make a date to get a better understanding of Road Traffic Offenses and know what to do when you find yourself on the wrong side of the law.

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