South Africa

South Africa’s Openview debuts pay TV option with LGBTQI package

South Africa’s free-to-air satellite broadcaster Openview is to launch a satellite-based pay TV service branded Ultraview that will kick off with a two-channel LGBTQI-themed bouquet. The service will enable viewers to see additional bouquets of content for a variety of monthly subscriptions. Ultraview will launch the Pride bouquet on Monday. The service comprises channels OUTtv […]

MultiChoice ups DStv domestic prices

South Africa-based pay TV operator MultiChoice has upped the price of its domestic DStv packages, with the new prices set to take effect from April 1. MultiChoice said the average 4.3% adjustment across all of DStv’s offerings is far lower than the projected rate of consumer price inflation for this year. The pay TV operators […]

Sky Sports secures South African T20 cricket league

Comcast-owned pay TV operator Sky’s Sky Sports unit has struck a new five-year cricket rights deal with the new South Africa T20 cricket league. Beginning on the January 10 for four weeks, Sky will air 33 matches across Sky Sports Cricket channels for the first time. The League features six privately-owned teams, who will play […]

South Africa makes renewed bid to shutdown analogue transmissions

South Africa’s Minister of Communications & Digital Technologies Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has given an update on the country’s migration to digital, during which she set March 31, 2023 as the date when analogue transmissions will end in the country. While Ntshavheni seems determined to push ahead with this date, it’s too early to be sure whether […]

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 […]

AMC Networks shuts streamer Acorn TV in South Africa

In a sudden and unexpected move, AMC Networks-owned stream Acorn TV has told subscribers in South Africa that it is shutting down. Four years after arriving in the market, Acorn posted a message on its service that said: “We regret to inform you that Acorn TV will shut down in South Africa by the end […]

South African pubcaster SABC launches dedicated streamer SABC+

Public broadcaster the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has this week launched an OTT platform, SABC +. The new streaming app will provide “the best the SABC has to offer including 19 radio stations and 3 free-to-air TV channels SABC 1, SABC 2, SABC 3, as well as the SABC Sports Channel and 24-hour news […]

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 […]

Vodacom South Africa first up with Amazon Prime Mobile Edition

Mobile telco Vodacom South Africa is making streaming video service Amazon Prime Video available to all new, existing and upgrading customers. The operator said customers were now eligible to subscribe to Prime Video or Prime Video Mobile Edition, no matter what price plan they are on, whether prepaid of post-paid. Vodacom is the first telecommunications […]

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