BBC UKTV channel to join South Africa’s DStv this month

Multichoice’s digital PayTV platform DStv is adding a new BBC channel to its offering from December 15. BBC UKTV, which is also available in Australia, offers a variety of UK-originated content including comedy, soaps, natural history, kids content and flagship factual entertainment franchises like Top Gear. The move means that DStv now carries six BBC […]

MultiChoice posts solid results but takes hit from World Cup investment

South African pay TV operator MultiChoice has posted solid subscriber growth and earnings for its fiscal first half but took a hit from investing in new set-tops ahead of the FIFA World Cup. MultiChoice’s linear pay TV base grew 5% to reach 22.1 million subscribers, made up of 9.1 million in South Africa and 13 […]

Africa’s Showmax extends streaming partnership with WWE Network

MultiChoice-owned streaming service Showmax has unveiled a deal that will see it become the new home of wrestling’s WWE Network in sub-Saharan Africa. Under the terms of the extensive partnership, all WWE Premium Live Events as well as WWE Network’s library of original and archived programming will be available to stream on-demand. Additionally, SuperSport, the sports […]

MultiChoice becomes Sky Glass syndication partner

South African pay TV operator MultiChoice Group is to be Comcast-owned pay TV giant Sky’s second global syndication partner for its Sky Glass integrated TV offering. Under the agreement, a range of 4K QLED TVs with integrated sound bar featuring Dolby Atmos will be available to MultiChoice customers. The Sky Glass streaming aggregation product will […]

Exclusive: Moonbug to launch pre-school channel with MultiChoice

YouTube-focused pre-school entertainment company Moonbug Entertainment is to launch a dedicated channel on the MultiChoice’s DStv pay TV platform in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Moonbug Kids channel will launch in October and will include content from across the Moonbug portfolio. The pre-school service will be available to all 21.7 million DStv subscribers across 45 African countries […]

Canal+ ups its stake in MultiChoice

France’s Canal+ has upped its stake in South African pay TV operator MultiChoice from 15% a year ago to 26% today, according to stock market filings. The pay TV operator initially took a 6.5% stake in the South African service provider two years ago. The company describes the purchases as a long-term investment. The pair […]

MultiChoice launches pan-African training initiative

South African pay TV operator MultiChoice is launching a new training initiative to improve industry skills and boost the quality of content for audiences across Africa. The initiative will be a collaborative project between MultiChoice, local television channels in various African territories, and the MultiChoice Talent Factory, the MultiChoice industry-development and training programme, the company […]

MultiChoice posts mixed results as economic downturn takes its toll

South African pay TV operator MultiChoice’s linear pay-V subscriber base increased by 0.9 million year-on-year to reach 21.8 million at the end of March. The base comprised nine million subs in South Africa and 12.8 million in the rest of Africa. MultiChoice said the 5% growth year-on-year was subdued due to the tough economic environment […]

Disney teams with MultiChoice for South African debut

Disney has teamed up with pay TV operator MultiChoice for its forthcoming South African launch on May 18. The will be available to DStv subscribers via the Explora Ultra decoder on the same day. Christine Service, Senior Vice President and General Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa, said: “This is yet another proud milestone in […]

MultiChoice launches new channels for Mozambique and Angola

Pan-African pay TV operator MultiChoice has launched two new TV channels – Maningue Magic and Kwenda Magic – for audiences in Mozambique and Angola respectively. The new Portuguese-language channels will show dramas, telenovelas, local versions of hit reality shows, comedies, dubbed international content and homegrown music on MultiChoice’s DStv and GOtv platforms from today. Over […]

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