SABC seeks changes to enable retransmission fees

South African public broadcaster SABC has called on the country’s media regulator ICASA to conduct an urgent review of must-carry obligations in a bid to secure retransmission fees for its channels. The broadcaster has called on ICASA to revie regualtions that allow Multichoice and other subscription broadcasters to carry SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3 for free. […]

Sundance TV to debut in South Africa via DStv

AMC Networks International (AMCNI) – UK is due to launch SundanceTV in South Africa for the first time, via MultiChoice-owned operator DStv. The 24/7 linear HD channel will go live on June 1 and be available exclusively to DStv Premium customers on channel 108. “SundanceTV will offer a selection of award winning and locally appealing […]

Naspers reportedly mulling sale of MultiChoice Africa

Naspers is considering the sale of its African pay TV business outside its home market of South Africa as one of a number of options for the service, according to local reports. According to Bloomberg, citing two unnamed sources, Naspers is looking at a sale because of slow economic growth in key African markets and […]

Sub-Saharan pay TV customers to almost double by 2022

The number of pay TV customers in Sub-Saharan Africa will almost double between 2016 and 2022, according to new research. The Digital TV Research report claims that the total will climb from 19.47 million pay TV subscribers across 35 countries at the end of 2016 to 36.72 million by 2022, with the proportion of pay […]

MultiChoice taps Arris for new DVR

South African pay TV provider MultiChoice tapped technology provider Arris to provide its recently-launched DStv Explora 2 DVR set-top, the company has revealed. The decoder is the fourth generation of HD PVR devices that Arris and MultiChoice have launched together. The device is HEVC-ready, enabling MultiChoice’s DStv pay TV platform to switch to the format […]

AMC Networks to launch telenovela channel in Africa

AMC Networks International is to launch telenovela channel Eva+ in Africa, a sister channel to Eva that first aired in spring 2015. Eva+ will begin broadcasting on November 1 on MultiChoice’s digital pay TV satellite platform DStv in English and Portuguese and will also be available on DTT platform GOtv. Similarly to Eva, Eva+ will […]

Intelsat 36 enters service

Intelsat’s latest satellite Intelsat 36 has entered service, providing additional DTH capacity for leading African pay TV operator MultiChoice. Built for Intelsat by Space Systems/Loral (SSL), Intelsat 36 was launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle in August. The satellite, co-located with Intelsat 20 at 68.5° East, includes a Ku-band payload used by MultiChoice and […]

A+E Networks renews Multichoice deal

A+E Networks has renewed its carriage deal for History and Crime + Investigation with Africa’s Multichoice. The deal means the two channels will continue to be distributed via the DStv platform across Sub-Saharan Africa alongside A+E Networks’ Lifetime channel. “The past two years have seen tremendous growth for A+E Networks’ business in Africa. Today’s announcement […]

MultiChoice launches GOtv in South Africa

South Africa’s MultiChoice has launched its GOtv digital-terrestrial pay TV service in its home market for the first time. The launch of the DTT pay platform, which is available in 11 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, is designed to replace MultiChoice’s M-Net analogue pay TV service with an offering aimed at lower-spending customers. GOtv South Africa […]

MultiChoice partners with Elemental for streaming, VoD

African pay TV provider MultiChoice has partnered with Elemental for the live streaming and video-on-demand delivery of its DStv online service. The companies said that the streaming agreement will make DStv’s sports and entertainment content available on smartphones and tablets to more than 10 million subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa. MultiChoice is also using Elemental to […]