South Africa


MultiChoice delivers robust result in face of pandemic

South African pay TV operator MultiChoice has delivered robust results for the year to March, with strong subscriber growth and increased profits. The group said that its 90-day active linear pay TV subscriber base grew by 1.4 million over the year to 20.9 million, with South African accounting for 8.9 million and the rest of […]

South Africa begins analogue switch-off

South Africa has started its analogue TV switch-off. Announced by the country’s Telecommunications and Postal Services department, the phased switch-off comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement during the State of the Nation Address last month. The department anticipates that the switch-off, which will be done state-by-state, will be completed by March 2022. The first phase […]

MultiChoice showcases new features as Mawela targets 40m across Africa

South Africa-based pay TV operator MultiChoice has showcased a raft of new features and services on its DStv pay TV offering. The company’s DStv Showcase virtual event highlighted what MultiChoice described as the biggest offering of new products, programmes and value bundles that it has offered in over 10 years. New products include the DStv […]

ESPN extends African reach with MultiChoice deal

South Africa-based pay TV operator MultiChoice and Disney have struck a deal that will see sports service ESPN launch across MultiChoice’s African markets on the DStv platform. Two 25-hour ESPN channels will be made available to DStv customer from July 29, bringing sports content such as the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), […]

MultiChoice to integrate Netflix and Amazon, launch DStv streaming product

South Africa-based pay TV operator MultiChoice has agreed to add Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to its TV offering and has posted solid year end results. MultiChoice said in its results presentation that it had agreed deals with Netflix and Amazon to integrate their services into its Explora decoder. The pay TV operator has also […]

SuperSport taps Insight TV to fill coronavirus gap

UHD channel provider and action sports and lifestyle producer Insight TV has struck a programming partnership with MultiChoice-owned pay-African sports channel bouquet SuperSport to provide content to fill the gap left by the coronavirus shut-down of live sports.. Insight TV is providing SuperSport with sports-themed programming to help keep SuperSport viewers engaged, including freestyle football, […]

Production on MultiChoice shows resumes as South Africa lockdown rules are revised

Production on a number of telenovelas aired on the MultiChoice pay TV service has resumed after the South African government gave the go-ahead to local TV producers to resume work under a partial relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules. Under a recategorization of the threat as Alert Level 4 under South African’s system of classifying emergency […]

Pay TV providers respond to Coronavirus with new offers

Pay TV providers are continuing to respond to the Coronavirus crisis and the confinement at home of large swathes of the world’s population by launching a range of free windows and other initiatives. In Russia, pay TV operator NTV+ has de-encrypted its TV channels, movies and shows on satellite and OTT platforms throughout the country […]

Kwesé Free TV gets green light from South African regulator

South Africa’s media and communications regulator ICASA has confirmed that it is granting a commercial free-to-air TV licence to Kwesé Free TV. The watchdog said that Kwesé Free TV’s proposed service complied with the relevant South African laws and met a market need. It also judged that the outfit’s business plan and means of financial […]

Kwesé TV shuts down as Econet blames Zimbabwe economic crisis

Econet Media’s pan-African satellite TV service Kwesé TV is shutting down today, with parent company Econet Wireless blaming economic conditions in its home territory of Zimbabwe and the difficulty in securing foreign currency to pay suppliers. Zimbabwe ceased to recognise the US dollar and South African rand, as well as other foreign currencies, as legal […]

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