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MultiChoice: “We’ve paid our Nigerian taxes”

South Africa’s MultiChoice/DStv pay-TV operator insists it has paid all its Nigerian tax demands. It says it will prove the payments to the Nigerian Government’s Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS). FIRS is claiming that the DStv broadcaster has evaded taxes of some Naira 1.8 trillion ($4.4bn) and has instructed local banks to freeze MultiChoice/DStv bank […]

July 12, 2021By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice accused of tax fraud

Nigeria has accused pay-TV operator MultiChoice of a 1.8 trillion Naira (€289m) tax fraud. The allegation says that MultiChoice Nigeria and MultiChoice Africa, which between them operate the DStv pay-TV system in Nigeria (and elsewhere) says that MultiChoice has persistently breached all agreements and undertakings with Nigeria’s Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). Consequently, FIRS has […]

July 9, 2021By Chris Forrester

SABC considers new TV licensing model

South Africa’s parliament is to issue a draft Bill on how the nation could collect television licence fees in the future. A report from the country’s Government Communications and Information System regarding a recent cabinet meeting stated that the Bill proposes reforms in the SABC’s funding model and the TV licensing system. Two alternates are […]

July 5, 2021By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice refuses to add SABC licence fees

South Africa’s Multichoice is declining to add local licence fees that residents have to pay for viewing SABC transmissions. The nation has a habit of not paying such fees and the government wanted Multichoice to add the costs to their monthly/annual subscriber amounts. Currently some 24 per cent of South Africans pay the obligatory fee, […]

June 17, 2021By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice adds 1.4m subs

South Africa’s MultiChoice has prospered in the last 12 months. Including its DStv and SuperSport broadcasting brands, the pay-TV operator grew its subscriber base by 1.4 million over the past year. Subscriber numbers now total 20.9 million when its overall Africa viewers are added in. South Africa itself has 8.9 million subs, with 11.9 million […]

June 14, 2021By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice, Airtel link for Uganda

Airtel’s Uganda region is linking with MultiChoice to offer the South African platform’s TV services on the DStv app in Uganda. Airtel Uganda says it has entered into a partnership with MultiChoice in order that DStv NOW subscribers can also access their bundles via Airtel. The idea, say the pair, is to draw the broadcasts […]

April 14, 2021By Chris Forrester

Azuri launches DStv on PayGo Solar TV

Azuri Technologies, a provider of affordable pay-as-you-go solar home systems to off-grid consumers across Africa and MultiChoice Kenya have announced a partnership to bring DStv content to off-grid households in Kenya. The partnership bundles Azuri’s recently-announced TV400 product, the 32″ solar powered TV and household energy solution, with the DStv HD decoder to offer customers […]

March 25, 2021

Fugitive strikes new partnership for South African drama Originals

Fugitive has entered into a major new partnership with South African entertainment company MultiChoice, becoming the exclusive distributor for the premium, scripted Originals made available on its M-Net channel and Showmax SVoD platform. The new relationship gets underway immediately with Fugitive launching three new drama series, Lioness, Dam and Legacy, into the international market in […]

March 24, 2021

SABC seeks household tax for TV fee

South Africa’s public broadcaster, SABC, wants the government to create a “household tax” on every home to fund its activities. “The current TV licence fee system should be scrapped and replaced with a device-independent, tech-neutral household levy for public broadcasting, which would levy all households, with exemption for the indigent and discounts for pensioners,” said […]

March 2, 2021By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat forced to delay Konnect VHTS

Eutelsat enjoyed a near-spectacular market trading day on February 12th when its share price rocketed more than 6 per cent to end the day at €10.31. The rise reflected a sense of buoyancy from CE Rodolphe Belmer despite his alerting the market that its much-needed super-satellite Konnect Very High Throughput Satellite (VHTS) would be around […]

February 15, 2021