Thursday, June 2, 2016

Platco Digital's OpenView HD adds the Trace Sport Stars channel from Trace from Friday 3 June; channel already available on DStv and StarSat.

The Trace Sport Stars that's available on MultiChoice's DStv (188) and on StarTimes Media SA and On Digital Media's (ODM) StarSat (250) hasn't been on my radar for a long while.

It isn't a channel I personally like for various reasons, but news to report is that Trace Sport Stars will be added to Platco Digital's OpenView HD from Friday 3 June.

Trace Sport Stars - a version of "E! meets sport celebrities" - will be carried on OpenView HD on channel 154 from 12:00 midday on Friday.

While as a non-premium channel Trace Sport Stars makes less sense on DStv and StarSat, its addition does make a difference on OpenView HD.

Put another way: its existence or absence doesn't enhance or detract from DStv or StarSat, but its existence on OpenView HD given its existing set of channels does make OpenView HD better.

"Trace Sport Stars will take a unique view on sport stars, giving our viewers access to content that is not currently available on the OpenView HD offering," says Ziyanda Mngomezulu, Platco Digital channel acquisitions executive.

Leo Manne, Trace senior vice president for Southern Africa says Trace is "delighted about the new partnership with OpenView HD. Viewers will get the opportunity to know the real stories behind the sport stars they admire".

Trace Sport Stars shows include Star Rated that rates sport stars, and Lisa Raleigh and Maps Maponyane presenting 101 World Cups and 101 Excercises to Do Before You Die.

Will Best presents The Ultimate Sport Survival Guide featuring home video clips of exercise enthusiasts.