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WWE Network on Showmax in Africa

WWE and MultiChoice have announced a major broadcast partnership that will see streaming platform Showmax become the new home of WWE Network in Africa. The partnership incorporates all WWE Premium Live Events, including premium live event WrestleMania, as well as WWE Network’s library of original and archived programming available to stream on-demand. Additionally, SuperSport, the […]

November 2, 2022By Nik Roseveare

MultiChoice targets fibre users

South Africa’s MultiChoice is going after South Africa’s fibre-based users, and is launching an aggressive campaign to win potential customers seeking uncapped fibre access. It is offering a linked fibre service plus DStv pay-TV bundles at what are seen as ‘deeply discounted’ prices. DStv is currently promoting two options: The first offers a 25 MB/s […]

October 6, 2022By Chris Forrester

Report: Multichoice, Canal+ the future giant of African pay-TV?

Maxime Saada, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Canal+ Group, confirmed earlier this month at a press conference that Bollore’s subsidiary has increased its stake in the capital of Multichoice, the leading South African pay-TV operator in Africa, to reach 26.26 per cent of the capital. The French group first took a 6.5 per […]

September 29, 2022

DStv launching 4K channels for World Cup

MultiChoice’s DStv says it will add a pair of 4K channels in readiness for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The tournament kicks off on November 20th. Nyiko Shiburi, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa, speaking at the company’s annual media event in Johannesburg, said that a significant amount of technical work had been done […]

September 26, 2022By Chris Forrester

DStv cuts sub rates for broadband

MultiChoice subscribers in South Africa can enjoy significant price cuts if they switch from satellite to a broadband (‘dishless’) service. The cuts range from 13 per cent to 17.5 per cent depending on the level of package taken. DStv Premium, which currently costs R839 per month (about €48.40) can save 16.7 per cent by switching […]

September 23, 2022By Chris Forrester

Sky Glass comes to South Africa with MultiChoice

MultiChoice Group (MCG), the South African entertainment and services platform, will become Sky’s second global syndication partner for its Glass offering. The syndication partnership will allow MCG to offer its customers more ways to connect to their favourite content, including: Glass panels: a range of 4K QLED TVs with integrated sound bar featuring Dolby Atmos […]

September 22, 2022

Canal+ increases MultiChoice stake

French media company Canal+ has raised its stake in South African pay-TV operator MultiChoice to 26.26 per cent, up from 20.12 per cent in July 2022, when MultiChoice advised that Canal+ had acquired an additional interest in the ordinary shares of the company. In a regulatory disclosure, MultiChoice said that it remained committed to acting […]

September 14, 2022By Colin Mann

MultiChoice hit by Nigerian cash problems

South Africa-based pay-TV operator MultiChoice says it is facing a liquidity crisis in terms of its presence in Nigeria, its second-largest market. The problem is that repatriating cash out of Nigeria is expensive. The country has various foreign exchange rates, and the difference between the ‘Investors & Exporters’ rate (of US$1 is currently some Naira420. […]

June 29, 2022By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice offers 4K World Cup; ups local spend

South Africa’s MultiChoice pay-TV operation is to launch 4K content this autumn ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup football tournament being held in Qatar. CEO Calvo Mawela stated that MultiChoice is ready for the World Cup in 4K and the service will be offered on its DStv and Showmax Pro platforms; Showmax Pro is […]

June 13, 2022By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice steady post-lockdowns

South African broadcaster MultiChoice Group (MCG) delivered steady margins for the year ended March 31st 2022. “Reduced losses in the Rest of Africa (RoA), a rebound in advertising revenues and a continued focus on cost containment enabled us to absorb the R1.1bn (€70m impact of a normalisation in content costs as live sport returned and […]

June 9, 2022