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ShowMax to develop original programming

ShowMax to develop original programming

Naspers’s new online video-on-demand platform ShowMax will develop original programming content, its GM, John Kotsaftis, revealed at the launch in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Kotsaftis

ShowMax, Netflix and SA’s disrupted TV future

ShowMax, Netflix and SA’s disrupted TV future

The television entertainment industry in South Africa is in for significant disruption in the next 18 months. And couch potatoes look set to be the biggest beneficiaries as competition intensifies between traditional broadcasters and new Internet streaming providers

ShowMax is Naspers’s Netflix rival

ShowMax is Naspers’s Netflix rival

ShowMax is the name of Naspers’s Netflix rival, which will be launched to the media in Johannesburg next Wednesday. That’s according to a report on the entertainment news website Channel24, which is owned by Naspers subsidiary Media24. According

Naspers to launch Netflix rival

Naspers to launch Netflix rival

Media and technology group Naspers is said to be planning a video-on-demand rival to Netflix, and may be intending to announce the new service at a media conference in South Africa as early as next week. Naspers owns MultiChoice, which operates

The revolution will be televised

The revolution will be televised

Driven by the rise of broadband, the era of linear television broadcasting will draw to a rapid close in the next decade. New media empires will be built on the back of this change. Established broadcasters that don’t adapt will crumble. A revolution is at hand — a revolution that is going

DStv to launch Catch Up Plus

DStv to launch Catch Up Plus

DStv parent MultiChoice will never attempt to prosecute anyone in South Africa subscribing to international streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, which don’t operate in the country. Many South African consumers

DStv merges online, mobile units

DStv merges online, mobile units

MultiChoice is merging its DStv Online and DStv Mobile businesses and has made a number of management changes, including moving mobile CEO Mark Rayner into the newly created position of chief operating officer of MultiChoice South Africa. At the same time

DStv’s new PVR: the inside story

DStv’s new PVR: the inside story

In 2010, when MultiChoice began work on its radically redesigned new personal video recorder (PVR) decoder, the DStv Explora, the premise was that it would be a “connected box” that would offer on-demand services over the Internet. The Naspers-owned pay-television operator had

Meet Naspers’s geek in chief

Meet Naspers’s geek in chief

DStv Online CEO John Kotsaftis, 41, is the quintessential geek. He tells me as much when I sit down to interview him in one of the boardrooms at DStv Online’s offices in Randburg, Johannesburg. His love of technology started with a friend’s gaming console. “He got an Atari

How DStv is fighting online piracy

How DStv is fighting online piracy

Broadcasting the latest television shows in South Africa soon after they have been aired in their home markets, and tying this to an affordable and convenient viewing experience, will go a long way in countering the growing threat posed by online piracy. That’s the view of John

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