France24 has signed an agreement for English content of France's 24-hour TV news channel to be shown on OpenNews (Openview 120) on eMedia Investment's Openview free-to-air satellite TV service.
Content from France24 can now be seen twice-daily on OpenNews during morning and afternoon programming blocks.
OpenNews launched on 1 November on Openview and does 6 hours of local TV news content on weekdays between 17:00 and 23:00, with the rest of the day cycle filled with content from international TV news channels.
South African pay-TV subscribers already have access to the linear broadcast of France24 in English on StarSat on channel 261, and on Cell C black on channel 507.
The agreement with OpenNews marks the first time that South African viewers get the ability to watch France24 for free, including viewers in other Southern African countries like Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia and some parts of Botswana who also use buy South African activated Openview set-top boxes (STBs).
France24 in English is now available on OpenNews at the following times in the day's schedule:
> Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 09:00; 16:00 - 17:00
> Saturday: 06:00 - 07:00; 13:00 - 14:00
> Sunday: 06:00 - 07:00; 09:00 - 11:00 and 13:00-14:00