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 […]

Naspers aims to head off Netflix with rival

Multichoice-owner Naspers is attempting to head of Netflix with a new SVOD service for the African market. Multichoice’s pay TV service covers sub-Saharan Africa and local reports suggest Naspers is set to announce a new streaming service and launch ahead of Netflix. US-based Netflix is rolling out internationally, and expected to hit South Africa this […]

South Africa’s SABC launches international news channel

South African public broadcaster has launched its news channel internationally on the Multichoice pay TV platform.  SABC News will be available to around 50 countries in Africa. Multichoice said that the channel would be particularly valuable for the hundreds of thousands of expatriate South Africans who live in other parts of the continent. SABC News […]

ITV Choice to launch in Africa on DStv

ITV-owned drama and entertainment channel, ITV Choice, is set to launch across Africa for the first time on MultiChoice-owned pay TV platform DStv. The channel is due to launch exclusively on DStv in Africa on May 5, following a deal between ITV Studios Global Entertainment and MultiChoice. ITV Choice will be available to DStv Premium customers […]

Viacom to launch localised BET channel in South Africa

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa has partnered with African pay TV provider MultiChoice to launch a new localised BET channel in South Africa. The channel will be available exclusively on MultiChoice-owned pay TV platform DStv from April 2, and will be found at channel slot 129 on the EPG. The launch will mark the […]

DStv launch for Eva telenovela channel

Eva, a new telenovela pay TV channel operated by AMC Networks International – Zone, is about to launch on DStv. The roll out on the Multichoice-owned pay TV platform, which starts on March 23, will be programmed with telenovelas dubbed into English and Portuguese. Content is being sourced from including Spanish-language channels Azteca, Caracol Televisión […]

MultiChoice hires former Viacom exec as content chief

MultiChoice Africa has appointed former Viacom, Virgin Media and Channel 4 executive David Booth as its chief content officer.  Booth, who joined the Naspers-owned pay TV operator in February, was previously doing consulting work following a six year stint at Viacom – first as vice-president of programming at MTV networks UK and Ireland, then as […]

DStv adds three channels to mobile TV service

MultiChoice-owned DStv is adding ShortsTV, Ginx TV and Eurochannel to its mobile TV service DStv Now.  The African pay TV operator said that the three channels – which air short films, video-game themed content and cultural programming respectively – will be available on the app-based service for a “limited period”. “This marks an unprecedented move […]

Naspers reports ‘solid’ pay TV growth for Multichoice

South African media conglomerate Naspers, the owner of MultiChoice, added 340,000 pay TV customers in the six months ending September 30, taking its subscriber base to 8.4 million homes. Announcing its annual results, Naspers, which provides pay TV services through MultiChoice under the DStv and GOtv brands, said that the “solid subscriber growth” drove pay TV revenues […]

DStv adds internet-powered TV services

Africa’s MultiChoice has unveiled suite of internet-connected services for its pay TV service DStv, including catch-up, remote record and on-demand offerings. Available to customers of DStv’s Expolra DVR, the new connected services will start to roll out from this week, with viewers able to access these by connecting their set-top box to an Ethernet cable […]