South Africa


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 […]

Disney+ confirms upcoming launch dates

SVOD streamer Disney+ has confirmed launch dates for the 42 countries and 11 new territories set to launch in May and June, with South Africa the first of the new territories to receive the service. The streaming service will launch in South Africa on 18 May 2022. South African pricing has also been announced at […]

MultiChoice adds a million subs as revenues and costs rise

South African pay TV operator MultiChoice Group has posted what it describes as “satisfactory” fiscal first half results, with its best organic revenue growth since 2016 offset against additional content costs. The group increased its 90-day active subscriber base in the half year to September by one million to reach 21.1 million subscribers, split between 12.2 […]

Canal+ increases stake in MultiChoice

French pay TV giant Canal+ has increased its stake in South African pay TV operator MultiChoice, taking its total stake in the company to 15.37%. MultiChoice advised its shareholders that the Vivendi-owned outfit had acquired an additional interest in the ordinary shares of the company, “such that the total interest in the ordinary shares of […]

MultiChoice launches DStv-branded internet offering

South Africa-based pay TV operator MultiChoice has launched a broadband offering. The company says that the new service, DStv Internet, will provide internet access to those who do not have access to fibre services. It said that the move to bring more value to customers and diversify its offering was part of its ongoing evolution from […]

DStv Media Sales taps Tata Elxsi for digital ad sales workflow

South African pay TV operator MultiChoice’s ad sales arm, DStv Media Sales, has tapped design and technology services provider Tata Elxsi to consult and collaboratively deliver an integrated platform for linear and digital ad sales workflows. DStv Media Sales specializes in advertising on DStv’s digital platforms, linear channels, and GOtv. Its business is based on […]

MultiChoice taps GeoGuard to block streaming piracy

South African pay TV operator MultiChoice has tapped geolocation and cybersecurity specialist GeoGuard for its VPN and proxy detection solution to combat content piracy. MultiChoice is using GeoGuard to block pirate viewers on its streaming services and to eliminate the creation of suspicious user accounts, which according to GeoGuard enables it to free up infrastructure […]

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 […]

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