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MultiChoice slams Icasa over probe

MultiChoice slams Icasa over probe

MultiChoice has criticised communications regulator Icasa over its decision to ask the Competition Commission to probe a “possible restrictive horizontal practice” between it and the SABC over the supply by the public broadcaster of a 24-hour news channel

Icasa seeks probe into SABC, DStv deal

Icasa seeks probe into SABC, DStv deal

Communications regulator Icasa has asked the Competition Commission to probe what it’s calling a “possible restrictive horizontal practice” between the SABC and MultiChoice over the supply by the public broadcaster to the pay-television operator of a 24-hour news channel. TechCentral revealed last year that the agreement contains an obligation

Our freedom and a little black box

Our freedom and a little black box

The small black box at the heart of the move from analogue to digital is about South Africans’ freedom, which communications minister Yunus Carrim’s decision will either narrow or enlarge. This is unfortunate since technology and markets function

Video stores far from dead, my cousins

Video stores far from dead, my cousins

The humble video store isn’t dead, provided it adapts to the times by taking advantage of modern technology, says Barry Hilton. The South African comedian has an idea he thinks can save the DVD rental industry. And he’s not joking. Hilton, known for his comedic sketches that poke fun at South African society, says video stores have

Cool the invective in MultiChoice row

Cool the invective in MultiChoice row

The war of words that erupted between MultiChoice and communications minister Yunus Carrim this week is extraordinary. It is also, unfortunately, very damaging. It is unusual in South Africa – or most countries, for that matter – for a large company to take on a cabinet minister directly, aggressively and in public like this. One has to

MultiChoice ‘cannot speak for the poor’

MultiChoice ‘cannot speak for the poor’

MultiChoice “cannot speak for the poor” and “has no mandate from them”. It also can’t speak for consumers, from whom it makes “super profits”. That’s the latest broadside directed against MultiChoice by the ministry of communications as the war of words between the Naspers-owned pay-television operator and communications minister

Gov’t must back off on MultiChoice

Gov’t must back off on MultiChoice

The ongoing spat between government and MultiChoice about the pay-television operator monopolising content rather reminds me of a domineering parent chastising his child for not sharing his toys without realising that the poor kid is being bullied to death at school. It is absurd that government should even consider

MultiChoice ups ante with Carrim

MultiChoice ups ante with Carrim

MultiChoice has upped the ante further with communications minister Yunus Carrim over government’s policy on the use of encryption in digital terrestrial television. In a statement, it has accused the minister of not telling the truth when he claimed that MultiChoice and its partners were misrepresenting the situation. Tensions between

MultiChoice: Netflix, Apple pose ‘real threat’

MultiChoice: Netflix, Apple pose ‘real threat’

Netflix, Apple, Google and other online streaming video providers are the real threat to MultiChoice in South Africa’s subscription broadcasting industry, the pay-television operator’s CEO says. Imtiaz Patel, who heads up MultiChoice South Africa Group, tells TechCentral

Xbox One gets South Africa launch date

Xbox One gets South Africa launch date

Microsoft will launch its much anticipated next-generation videogame and entertainment console, the Xbox One, in South Africa in September, distributor Westcon-Comztek has announced. The launch comes almost a year after Sony introduced its next-generation

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