MultiChoice and its DStv services are doing well in terms of subscribers, up some 600,000 (7 per cent) active pay-TV homes in South Africa, for example. But ARPU in South Africa fell by 5 per cent as consumers shifted to lower-value bundles.
MultiChoice reported higher core earnings on November 11th, but admitted it is struggling to make profits outside of South Africa where currency challenges have increased the cost of buying international content. Half-year profits rose 22 per cent.
Core earnings rose 24 per cent, to Rand 1.9 billion in the six-months to the end of September.
The broadcaster, which was spun-off into a stand-alone business in February this year by majority owner Naspers, reported that overall customer numbers rose 7 per cent to 18.9 million ‘active’ (90-day) subscribers across its 50 African country distribution.
The subscriber base is split 8.2 million in South Africa and 10.7 in the international nations.