South Africa

ICASA threatens legal action over adult channels

South African regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has vowed to take legal action if pay TV operator TopTV continues with plans to launch three adult channels. On Digital Media, the company that owns the pay TV service, has said it will go ahead with the launches as planned despite the objections.

Playboy set for South African launch

South African pay TV operator On Digital Media (ODM) has struck a deal with adult content provider Playboy TV that will see it launch three channels in the new year. The adult channels will be part of a new porn package that the pay platform will launch in January. “We weighed the pros and cons […]

M-Net and in dispute over DTT set-top plans

A dispute has blown up in South Africa between Naspers-owned pay TV service M-Net and free-to-air commercial channel over the future of digital-terrestrial TV, according to local reports. e.TV chief operating officer Bronwyn Keene-Young earlier this week accused M-Net, a sister service to MultiChoice’s DStv bouquet, of trying to weaken the digital-terrestrial platform by […]

Nick to reach three million African homes

Kids channel Nickelodeon has expanded its footprint in Africa with a launch on Multichoice’s DStv pay TV platform. The deal brings Nickelodeon to an additional 36 countries in central, east and west Africa. The channel will be available in the DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access bouquets. Nickelodeon debuted in southern Africa in […]

SuperSport shells out for soccer rights

South African pay TV channel SuperSport has bought rights to games from South Africa’s Premier Soccer League in a US$277 million (€192 million) deal. The five-year deal starts next year and values the rights significantly higher than in the previous five-year deal in which SuperSport paid US$200 million. The new agreement gives the pay TV […]

Korean-backed South African mobile TV tests underway

South African cellco Mobile TV has completed mobile TV trials using the Korean DMB standard, according to local reports. The trials were conducted in association with 10 Korean mobile handset manufacturers, local press said. The company will now apply for the relevant license from broadcast regulator ICASA. 
Telco MTN has already conducted mobile trials using […]

Value of South African soccer rights rockets

Broadcasters will be asked to pay up to R150 million (€15.2 million) for South African soccer rights in the next round of bidding, a South African Football Association (Safa) official has said. State broadcaster SABC paid R30 million for the rights last time they were up for grabs. Its deal with the Safa has now […]

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