South Africa


MultiChoice to probe its ANN7 deal amidst controversy

Naspers-owned South African pay TV outfit MultiChoice is to investigate whether there was any evidence of wrongdoing related to its contract with news channel ANN7, which was owned until earlier this year by the controversial Gupta family, according to local reports. MultiChoice will investigate whether what it paid for carriage of the channel was in […]

Nina TV launches on new African TV platform Black

Telenovelas channel Nina TV has launched in South Africa on mobile operator Cell C’s new entertainment platform Black. Nina TV, which launched in 2015, has expanded its presence in English-speaking African markets, including Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania. The channel airs a mix of content from Globo, including titles such as Precious Pearl, Caribbean Flower and […]

SABC seeks changes to enable retransmission fees

South African public broadcaster SABC has called on the country’s media regulator ICASA to conduct an urgent review of must-carry obligations in a bid to secure retransmission fees for its channels. The broadcaster has called on ICASA to revie regualtions that allow Multichoice and other subscription broadcasters to carry SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3 for free. […]

Parrot Analytics: Stranger Things clear in-demand leader in South Africa

Netflix’s Stranger Things was far and away the most ‘in-demand’ digital original series in South Africa for the week ending November 5, according to the latest statistics from Parrot Analytics. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across […]

BBC Brit goes high-definition on DStv

BBC Worldwide’s flagship entertainment channel, BBC Brit, will become available in HD on DStv channel 120 from October 5. The BBC’s commercial arm announced that DStv Compact, Compact Plus and Premium customers will be able to access the high definition feed of the channel on this date. From October 8, DStv Premium customers will also […]

Russian group pitches case for international BRICS TV channel

The BRICS Business Council, a sub-group of the BRICS leaders summit currently taking place in China, has expressed support for a Russian proposal to launch a new international TV channel dedicated to life and development in the five BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – according to the initiative’s backers. Russian […]

South Africa edges closer towards digital switchover

South African communications minister Ayanda Dlodlo has reiterated her commitment to move the country’s sluggish progress towards digital migration forwards following a Constitutional Court ruling in June that government-subsidised set-top boxes should not be encrypted. In an update on progress, the South African department of communications said that the government and key stakeholders had set […]

Vodafone Ghana teams up with Showmax

Vodafone Ghana has teamed up with Naspers-owned subscription video-on-demand service Showmax to provide content for its broadband customers. Vodafone is offering new and existing ADSL and fibre broadband customers in the country with unlimited access to Showmax content and 3GB of additional data for 30 days at no extra cost to promote Showmax to its […]

Ginx eSports channel launches on DStv

Ginx Esports TV is due to launch on the DStv satellite service in South Africa early next month. The eSports channel initially launched on DStv’s on-the-go DStv Now service in May this year, and is due to be available to DStv Premium, Extra and Compact customers from July 4. “Ginx is committed to supporting eSports […]

Sundance TV to debut in South Africa via DStv

AMC Networks International (AMCNI) – UK is due to launch SundanceTV in South Africa for the first time, via MultiChoice-owned operator DStv. The 24/7 linear HD channel will go live on June 1 and be available exclusively to DStv Premium customers on channel 108. “SundanceTV will offer a selection of award winning and locally appealing […]