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Successful launch for new DStv satellite

Successful launch for new DStv satellite

Intelsat on Thursday successfully launched a new satellite that will be used in part by DStv parent MultiChoice to provide direct-to-home satellite pay-television services to consumers in Africa. The

ShowMax rings in the changes

ShowMax rings in the changes

ShowMax, Naspers’s video-on-demand streaming service, has turned one and has refreshed its logo, which now also includes colour. ShowMax says the logo change from the framed black and white logo used in

Pay TV in Africa to double in size

Pay TV in Africa to double in size

The number of pay-television subscribers in Africa will reach 30m by 2021, almost double 2015’s 16m, according to new research. Data published by Dataxis suggests digital satellite pay-TV subscribers will

A tale of six ministers

A tale of six ministers

It all started in the late noughties, I think around 2006 or 2007, when the former communications minister, the late Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri – a former chairwoman of the SABC – declared that South Africa would complete

Why is SA broadcasting in such an awful mess?

Why is SA broadcasting in such an awful mess?

A recent supreme court of appeal decision that pitted e.tv and others against MultiChoice and the SABC on the issue of the digital migration and the specifications of set-top boxes – itself a reversal of a high court decision – is now heading to the constitutional

Listing MultiChoice a ‘no-brainer’: chairman

Listing MultiChoice a ‘no-brainer’: chairman

MultiChoice South Africa Holdings chairman Nolo Letele has said it would “absolutely make sense” to list the pay-television broadcaster on the JSE, but the requirement of its broadcasting licence that 30% of its equity be in black

Pay-TV pressures weigh on Naspers

Pay-TV pressures weigh on Naspers

Naspers is seeking to further boost its international Internet business as it grapples with falling pay-television subscription numbers in sub-Saharan Africa. The company, which usually spends half a billion dollars

Encryption will hurt the poor: MultiChoice

Encryption will hurt the poor: MultiChoice

Encrypted digital television set-top boxes risk being expensive for government and burdening poorer South Africans with defunct technology, says pay-TV provider MultiChoice. Set-top boxes are key to South Africa’s

Encryption battle headed to SA’s top court

Encryption battle headed to SA’s top court

Communications minister Faith Muthambi’s spokesman, Mish Molakeng, has confirmed that government on Wednesday lodged papers at the constitutional court to challenge the supreme court of appeal’s judgment over

Muthambi ‘confident’ of winning TV appeal

Muthambi ‘confident’ of winning TV appeal

The department of communications is confident of winning its constitutional court appeal against encryption of set-top boxes. The supreme court of appeal ruled recently that the decision by communications minister

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