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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

The trouble with 4K TV

The trouble with 4K TV

There’s no other way of describing the technology: the latest ultra-high-definition (UHD) television sets look absolutely amazing. From television to cinema, the “4K” resolutions on offer represent a new frontier in entertainment. But the industry faces a big and perhaps even insurmountable

SA firms chase own top-level domains

SA firms chase own top-level domains

If DStv-operator MultiChoice gets the go-ahead, get ready for Web addresses such as bigbrother.mnet and guide.dstv sometime next year. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) has released a list of the applicants for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that will supplement existing

DStv kicks off BoxOffice Online trial

Pay-TV operator MultiChoice has opened its Internet-based video-on-demand (VOD) service, BoxOffice Online, to beta testers. It follows the July launch of the satellite-based version of BoxOffice, which allows DStv users to rent movies on their personal video recorders. Consumers interested in

High-level event to tackle key issues

The International Institute of Communications’ annual telecommunications conference takes place in Johannesburg in a month’s time and this year’s event is crammed full of high-level speakers from business, government and regulatory agencies. The event, for which