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Canal+ makes buyout offer for MultiChoice

Canal+ has made an all-cash mandatory offer to acquire all the shares of South African broadcaster MultiChoice that it does not already own for SAR35 billion (€1.73bn), both companies have confirmed. That offer at SAR125 per share follows an indicative offer of 105 rand made by Vivendi-owned Canal+ on February 1st, which MultiChoice rejected on […]

April 8, 2024

MultiChoice ups prices in Kenya

Kenyan subscribers to MultiChoice’s pay-TV operations DStv and GoTV will be paying more for their viewing from April 1st. The prices rise by varying amounts depending on the tier level. For example, DStv’s cheapest tier (Lite) will be charged an extra KSh 50 (€0.35) ‘Family’ will pay an extra KSh 150 KSh, ‘Compact’ will pay […]

March 22, 2024By Chris Forrester

Canal+ ups MultiChoice offer

Canal+ has increased its offer for the acquisition of African pay-TV broadcaster MultiChoice, after being ordered to make an immediate bid by South Africa’s Takeover Regulations Panel (TRP) The Vivendi-owned company has raised its proposal from the previously rejected 105 rand per ordinary share to 125 rand, as confirmed by a joint statement issued by […]

March 6, 2024

Paramount+ launching on Multichoice

Paramount Global Content Distribution has announced a licensing deal with MultiChoice to create a new Paramount+ destination on the African continent. The hub will offer African audiences direct access to a range series and movies from CBS, Paramount+ Originals, Showtime and Paramount Pictures, and marks the debut of the Paramount+ brand in pan-Africa. “The expansion […]

February 26, 2024

MultiChoice’s DStv raising prices

South African pay-TV operator DStv will raise its subscription fees for South Africa-based subscribers on April 1st, and admits they rises are higher than in previous years. DStv is sweetening the pill a little by saying that clients who take out a 24-month contract will not face any further rises for the length of the […]

February 21, 2024By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice, Disney renew carriage deal

Disney has renewed a multi-year distribution deal with MultiChoice Group to offer Disney’s portfolio of linear channels, including National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, ESPN and ESPN2 on DStv in South Africa until 2027. The Walt Disney Company operates the six 24-hour channels in Africa, in both English and Portuguese. Christine Service, […]

February 20, 2024

MultiChoice rejects Canal+ offer

MultiChoice, the South African pay-TV broadcaster, has rejected a takeover bid from Canal+. Canal+, the Vivendi-owned pay-TV provider, had tabled a non-binding purchase bid but MultiChoice indicated that it felt the value of its business was undervalued. With a market capitalisation of $2.15 billion, MultiChoice turned down the Canal+ offer. In a statement given to […]

February 5, 2024

South Africa: Piracy hurts DStv

Reports from South Africa say that pirate streaming services like 123Movies and Fmovies not only steal revenue from local broadcasters such as MultiChoice but also significantly impact the creative industry as a whole. Moreover, the fines for pirates found guilty are miniscule. The pirate services depend on advertising for their income stream. This inevitably appeals […]

February 1, 2024By Chris Forrester

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

DStv to screen AFCON matches

MultiChoice and its DStv pay-TV operation has secured access to the African Cup (AFCON). The football tournament kicks off in the Cote- d’Ivoire on January 13th, and now viewers in Nigeria and other African countries can view the coverage as part of their DStv subscriptions. MultiChoice said it had reached “a commercially viable agreement” with […]

January 11, 2024By Chris Forrester