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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