If you have been an old reader of this blog, Just like IPTV, I was one of the(if not the first person) to talk about unofficial PowerVu openly. Today’s article will set the records straight as regards why 2017 marked the end time for PowerVu. In the context of this post, I will take the phrase “powervu for Africa” to mean the powervu solutions that enables Africans to watch channels encrypted in powervu unofficially. We have some very popular channels such Sony PowerVu in SD and HD(Now largely gone), AFN(only a couple of devices can open this at the moment) and MTN worldwide(Sports24 also off).
The aforementioned satellite packages are available on PowerVu and prior to this time, people can receive the channels using an Auto-roll decoder and a dish of between 1.8 meters and 2.6 meters in size. I am however sorry to be the carrier of “bad news”, the days of powervu encryption vis a vis its availability on auto roll decoders or via ECM keys are near its end.
We were all shocked by the irrecoverable demise of MTN-worldwide sportshd 24. In addition, some channels on sony 68e/68.5e like HBO and co also went off before the entire sony package was also shut down months after. At the moment, it is also very difficult for you to get a decoder that opens AFN sports PowerVu channels.
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How 2017 marked the end time for PowerVu: Sony & AFN
Sony Entertainment on 68.5E and 66.0E To Changed Encryption From Powervu To Tandberg in January 2017. Now, they have switched to “Videoguard encryption as earlier promised. This simply means they will ply the same route as sportshd 24.
Furthermore, Sony has secured, Ten sports. Thus, they have moved all important matches to Ten sports of which Ten sports has Conax encryption. The only way you can guarantee to continue enjoying sony ent service is if you buy their official decoder from India. Sony Network currently has rights to broadcast live matches of FA cup, Laliga, Serie A, European Competitions, and After acquiring Ten sports, they have added Champions league and Europa cup to their package.
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Just like MTN worldwide and sony, AFN also has their surprises in the cooler. I will leave you with the excerpt from a website that goes by the name www.broadbandtvnews.com. If the news is anything to go by, it means AFN will disappear the same way it appeared for us to enjoy.
The US Defense Media Activity (DMA) has awarded a $10+ million contract to DigitalGlue to supply a full scope of design and engineering services, software, and equipment to upgrade the American Forces Network’s (AFN) transmission systems.
AFN, part of the media outlets served by DMA, is the worldwide radio and television network serving US troops, Department of Defense employees and government civilians and their families stationed overseas, as well as US Navy ships.
The project will replace the network’s existing systems with four standalone MPEG-4 AVC multichannel compression systems with DVB-S/S2 RF modulation thus allowing standard definition channels to be upgraded to high definition. This new system is also deploying a Simulcrypt Verimatrix conditional access system with the existing PowerVu conditional access system, enabling an economical path to the latest technology as it is deployed while not interrupting the currently deployed set-top boxes. DigitalGlue is also providing several key software systems customised to DMA’s needs – subscriber management system, a monitoring and control system, and an art work server for an audio-only channel.
“DigitalGlue has long provided services to government and military organisations but we are particularly honoured to play such a significant role in designing and delivering the transmission systems to AFN,” said Sean Busby, president of DigitalGlue.
“This contract illustrates the US Government’s continued confidence in DigitalGlue’s solutions and equipment, and we are especially proud of our ability to simulcrypt both the Verimatrix and PowerVu conditional access systems providing AFN and its viewers an economical upgrade path— The news was dated April 15, 2017
AFN can no longer be opened by most PowerVu decoders. In addition, most of their popular channels have been moved from PowerVu encryption.
The two unofficial ways of watching satellite tv for Africa and the rest of the world still remains via IPTV or pure free to air channels. While IPTV has issues of legality, free to air channels are 100% free of litigation or prosecution.