South Africa


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 […]

Naspers reportedly mulling sale of MultiChoice Africa

Naspers is considering the sale of its African pay TV business outside its home market of South Africa as one of a number of options for the service, according to local reports. According to Bloomberg, citing two unnamed sources, Naspers is looking at a sale because of slow economic growth in key African markets and […]

MTN launches Cyprus TV service

MTN has launched a TV service in Cyprus with channels from the BBC, NBCUniversal and Scripps among others. The South African telco is a network provider in Cyprus base and its new TV service in the territory is now live and the roster of channels from international firms includes BBC Earth and BBC Entertainment from BBC […]

ShowMax teams up with The QYou for curated series

Naspers-owned South African subscription video-on-demand provider ShowMax has teamed up with short-form best-of-the-internet channel The QYou to curate a series of shows in East Africa. ShowMax has selected The QYou to increase its reach among millennial audiences through the launch of a new series, Q Hits, that features a curation of short-form online videos. The […]

Naspers’ ShowMax teams up with Vodacom for low-cost SVOD offering

Naspers-owned subscription video-on-demand service ShowMax has teamed up with Vodafone-backed South African mobile operator Vodacom to offer a low-cost OTT TV service available exclusively to Vodacom customers. The new service, ShowMax Select, will be available on smartphones and tablets, priced at ZAR49 (€3.50) per month. The offering gives subscribers unlimited access to a catalogue of […]

MultiChoice taps Arris for new DVR

South African pay TV provider MultiChoice tapped technology provider Arris to provide its recently-launched DStv Explora 2 DVR set-top, the company has revealed. The decoder is the fourth generation of HD PVR devices that Arris and MultiChoice have launched together. The device is HEVC-ready, enabling MultiChoice’s DStv pay TV platform to switch to the format […]