Advanced Television


MultiChoice picks Metrological to deliver OTT

Metrological has been selected by MultiChoice Group to bring premium OTT services, international apps and localised content to its subscribers across Africa on its new Explora Ultra set-top box as well as its new Streama OTT platform. MultiChoice leverages the Metrological Application Platform to package MultiChoice’s content with apps and premium OTT services from the […]

November 24, 2020

Canal+ owns 12% of Multichoice

Groupe Canal+ has confirmed that it has crossed the 10 per cent threshold in share capital of MultiChoice Group. As of October 28th, Groupe Canal+ owns 12 per cent of the company’s share capital. Earlier this month, Canal+ acquired a 6.5 per cent stake in the South Africa-based pay-TV provider. Canal+ said at the time […]

October 29, 2020

Bank: “Canal+ buying into MultiChoice a long-term investment”

Vivendi-backed Canal+ clearly believes Africa is worth a major investment having placed €140 million (Rand 2.8bn) into a 6.5 per cent stake in South Africa’s MultiChoice, which last year was spun off as a stand-alone unit from Naspers. Evidently, Canal+ has been quietly building its shareholding since April this year and has now declared its […]

October 7, 2020By Chris Forrester

Canal+ acquires 6.5% Multichoice stake

French media company Canal+ has taken a 6.5 per cent stake in South Africa-based pay-TV provider Multichoice. Canal+ said that the move was a long-term financial investment a testament to the confidence that Vivendi has in MultiChoice and the African continent. Canal+ is owned by Vivendi, which is also the owner of Universal Music Group […]

October 5, 2020

Nigerians angered by MultiChoice price hikes

There’s a groundswell of complaints from Nigerian subscribers to MultiChoice’s DStv and GoTV pay services. Subscribers are upset over two price hikes in barely three months from the South African pay-TV giant. MultiChoice has sent letters to subscribers, with some saying: “Dear Customer, please be advised of a price adjustment on your DStv Premium package […]

August 25, 2020By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice offers UHD-ready PVR

South Africa’s MultiChoice is to offer subscribers an upgraded version of its Explora decoder and video recorder that can handle Ultra HD programming. The pay-TV broadcaster is also offering a separate set-top box, DStv Streama, that is good for web-streaming. The Explora Ultra box can handle third-party 4K material from the likes of Netflix and […]

August 20, 2020By Chris Forrester

Nigeria orders MultiChoice to suspend price rises

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has ordered pay-TV giant MultiChoice to suspend new price rises on its DStv bouquets. Bad as this news might be there’s also further tough news for MultiChoice in that Nigeria’s Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, confirmed that the Nigerian government is looking to rule that DStv can […]

July 2, 2020By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice sheds subs in Southern Africa

African pay-TV giant MultiChoice has lost 41 per cent of its subscribers in Zimbabwe, representing some 92,000 former viewing homes, as the financial downturn hits the nation – not helped by typical 18 hours-a-day power cuts and the absence of dollars in the market to actually pay subsscription fees. MultiChoice says it still has around […]

June 17, 2020By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice unaffected by Intelsat bankruptcy

South African broadcasting giant MultiChoice says that Intelsat’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection will have no impact on its pay-TV transmissions. MultiChoice beams its signals from Intelsat-20 and Intelsat-36 satellites for its DStv broadcasts across Africa. Intelsat announced last month that it and certain sister-companies have filed for Chapter 11 proceedings. Intelsat has informed local press […]

June 2, 2020By Chris Forrester