New documentary channel launches in Africa

Natura, a documentary and nature channel owned by Chello Multicanal, has launched on South Africa’s StarSat, the DTH platform formerly known as TopTV, and will launch across sub-Saharan African in the near future. Natura, which is distributed by 3Vision Distribution in the region, covers ecological issues and the environment, with each programme focusing on a […]

South Africa’s StarSat sets out ambitious relaunch target

South African pay TV operator TopTV is to relaunch as StarSat, backed by China-based StarTimes, and has set itself a target of adding 700,000 customers a year, building on its existing base of 100,000 homes, according to local reports. StarSat will offer about 90 channels to take on pay TV leader MultiChoice’s DStv service. StarTimes […]

TopTV shareholders in legal move to head off rescue plan

Two shareholders of On Digital Media, the parent company of South African pay TV operator TopTV, have moved to head off the company’s rescue plan, involving the acquisition of a minority stake in the service by China’s StarTimes and a change of name of the platform to StarSat, according to local reports. Two minority shareholders […]

TopTV to become StarSat

Low-cost South African pay TV service TopTV will change its name to StarSat, possibly in November, and will rebrand its channels, according to local reports. The change reflects the involvement of China-based StarTimes as a major shareholder in TopTV, which has struggled to gain traction in the South African market, dominated by MultiChoice. According to […]

Channel changes at TopTV

On Digital Media-owned South African pay TV operator TopTV has dropped three of its Top-branded channels from its programming line-up, according to local reports. The pay TV provider pulled Top Crime and Top History and replaced Top Learn with a new service, Mindset TV. On Digital Media received an investment boost earlier this year from […]

Fashion One launches on TopTV

Fashion and lifestyle channel Fashion One has expanded its presence in Africa on the TopTV platform. The Fashion One Africa feed will launch on the TopTV platform in South Africa in March. The channel will debut on the platform with shows including Fashion Frontline, and African Fashion International 2012. “We are pleased to be able […]

South Africa’s TopTV launches pre-paid offering

South African pay TV operator TopTV this week launched the country’s first pre-paid pay TV service. TopTV plans to use the service to appeal to subscribers outside the country’s main urban centres and lower income groups. The service officially launched in Soweto’s Maponya Mall on Wednesday. Subscribers can acquire vouchers valid for 30 days, choosing […]

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.