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eMedia, MultiChoice head to tribunal

eMedia Holdings and South Africa pay-TV giant MultiChoice are again at each other’s throats. The two are due to appeal at a Competition Tribunal in South Africa today [January 18th]. The battle is over TV sports rights with eMedia alleging that MultiChoice is abusing its dominant position and dictating the terms for access to premium […]

January 18, 2024By Chris Forrester

eMedia elevates MultiChoice rights complaint

South African free-to-air broadcaster eMedia recently lost its court argument with pay-TV broadcaster MultiChoice over TV rights to the Rugby World Cup. eMedia’s legal application was struck out by the Johannesburg High Court. Lawyers for eMedia have now taken their complaint to the country’s Competition authorities. eMedia says that it had filed papers with the […]

October 19, 2023By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice wins rugby TV rights dispute

The legal application by South Africa’s eMedia Holdings against MultiChoice and arguing for access to TV coverage of the Rugby World Cup was thrown out by the Johannesburg High Court on October 10th. Technically, the legal move was “struck out” and not heard by the court which upset eMedia’s lawyers. The judge in the case […]

October 11, 2023By Chris Forrester

eMedia sues MutliChoice

South Africa’s pay-TV operator MultiChoice has the rights to show the Rugby World Cup, and rival broadcaster eTV is not happy. eMedia is suing MultiChoice and has taken out advertisements in South African newspapers complaining about what it alleges is a monopoly on sports coverage. The situation is complicated by sub-licensing rights which the nation’s […]

October 4, 2023By Chris Forrester

South Africa: eMedia launches Ultraview

South Africa’s eMedia, which owns the Openview free-to-air broadcasting bundle, has launched a satellite-based pay-TV bouquet called Ultraview in the country. The new service from eMedia – which transmits the popular channel – is seen as a direct competitor to MultiChoice’s DStv pay-bouquet. “Ultraview enables viewers to see additional bouquets of content for a […]

March 6, 2023By Chris Forrester

DStv drops e.TV channels

South Africa’s pay-TV operator DStv has dumped four e.TV channels. eMedia, owner of the channels, said the channels were dropped without warning. The decision comes after the country’s Competition Tribunal ruled against eMedia’s appeal to keep the channels on MultiChoice’s satellite TV platform. “Viewers were left in the dark with no programmes as they tried […]

June 6, 2022By Chris Forrester

South Africa: opposes DSO

South Africa is planning to switch off its analogue broadcasting at the end of March. But privately owned is not playing ball. It has widespread national distribution and viewership to its analogue transmissions and has said it will not comply., owned by eMedia, is mounting a vigorous legal challenge to the Minister’s ruling. […]

March 3, 2022By Chris Forrester

eMedia H1 revenues up 44%

South African broadcaster eMedia, which owns e.TV and supplies the free-to-air Openview portfolio of channels amongst other media assets, has reported a major increase in revenues and profits for its half-year to September 30th. The broadcaster described a 44 per cent jump in revenues as being “incredible”, helped by a resurgence in TV and radio […]

November 29, 2021By Chris Forrester “Spectrum plan will ruin our FTA business”, the South African broadcaster and a division of eMedia Investments, says that the country’s ICASA regulator’s plans to sell off terrestrial spectrum will damage its free-to-air business. has joined a lawsuit with Telkom, a major South African telco and broadband supplier, to request that the high court places a hold on ICASA’s scheme. […]

January 15, 2021By Chris Forrester