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BBC Studios, Multichoice expand partnership

BBC Studios’ multi-genre channel, BBC UKTV, will expand to DStv’s compact package in South Africa and BBC Lifestyle will join DStv Family from September 1st. BBC Studios’ will also extend the DStv catch-up window on BBC owned content across channel portfolio from 30 days to 60 days from September, providing DStv audiences further access to […]

August 23, 2023

MultiChoice pulls DStv service in Malawi

South Africa based satellite TV provider, MultiChoice, will no longer accept new DStv subscriptions or reconnections in Malawi after it declared it will no longer provide the service in the country. This move comes after MultiChoice Malawi revealed plans to raise DStv rates in the Southeastern African country. However, the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) […]

August 9, 2023

Canal+ ups stake in MultiChoice again

France’s Canal+ Group has again upped its stake in South Africa’s MultiChoice pay-TV operation. Canal+ now owns 31.7 per cent of MultiChoice which is itself listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. MultiChoice operates the DStv, SuperSport and Showmax pay-TV options for African viewers. Canal+ is itself controlled by Vivendi. The new stake is up from […]

July 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice withholds dividend

South African broadcasting giant MultiChoice Group has reported its annual profit rose 2 per cent in its financial year to March 31st. It said it had enjoyed strong overall subscriber growth and profit elsewhere in Africa which helped offset poor market conditions in South Africa itself. For the year to March 31st, core headline earnings […]

June 15, 2023By Chris Forrester

New payment platform for Africa

African pay-TV operator MultiChoice Group, payments platform specialist Rapyd and venture capital firm General Catalyst have unveiled a joint venture aimed at developing an integrated payment platform for Africa. The joint venture will operate under a new company, called Moment. Moment will offer expanded payment infrastructure for businesses across Africa to help them collect and […]

May 30, 2023By Colin Mann

MultiChoice Nigeria hikes prices

MultiChoice Nigeria has announced an upward review of prices on its DStv and GOtv packages. According to a message to customers, the new rates will begin from May 1st. The pay-TV operator said the price adjustment was due to the rising costs of business operations. The new price rises by 17 per cent and is […]

April 26, 2023By Chris Forrester

Arqiva, Irdeto hybrid content processing

Communications infrastructure and media services provider Arqiva has been selected by digital platform cybersecurity specialist Irdeto to continue their partnership on the delivery of broadcast platforms to an audience of over 21 million people across 50 countries in South and Sub-Saharan Africa. Under the terms of the contract, Arqiva will provide managed services to Irdeto, […]

April 18, 2023

MultiChoice warns on future margins

South African pay-TV giant MultiChoice has warned that its future trading, and in particular its DStv bouquet of pay-channels, are under financial threat from South Africa’s dire business and trading environment. The warning sent MultiChoice’s shares into free-fall on the Johannesburg stock exchange. They fell almost 14 percent on March 14, for example, although having […]

March 16, 2023By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice, NBCU, Sky partner for African SVoD

MultiChoice Group and Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Sky have agreed a new partnership that will bring their content and technology to streaming customers across MultiChoice’s 50-market footprint in sub-Saharan Africa, at a time when Africa is approaching an inflection point in terms of broadband connectivity and affordability. The new Showmax group will be 70 per cent […]

March 2, 2023By Colin Mann

DStv counterfeit remotes destroyed

South Africa’s pay-TV operator MultiChoice Group, working with local police and customs, says it has destroyed 5,000 counterfeit DStv remote controls and promised it would maintain a “firm stand” against illegally imported fake goods. In a statement on February 28th, MultiChoice said it takes all attempts at piracy “very seriously” and will continue “protecting its […]

March 1, 2023By Chris Forrester