Advanced Television


MultiChoice invests in African content

MultiChoice-owned OTT service Showmax is investing in four East African-produced original films and programming. Initially the output will be shown in Kenya this year. The new programming includes a feature film, a crime drama series, a high-level political thriller series set in a fictional county, and a thriller series. MultiChoice has not revealed the amount […]

April 4, 2022By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice resolves Nigeria tax problem

The Nigerian government has been pursuing South Africa’s MultiChoice for alleged multi-billion Rand unpaid tax duties on its pay-TV subscriptions in the county. MultiChoice has always denied the full implications of the tax demand and now says it has reached an “amicable resolution” of the taxation matters. “In broad of agreement,” says a statement, “MultiChoice […]

March 11, 2022By Chris Forrester

Kenya: MultiChoice offers OTT

South African pay-TV giant MultiChoice is to start streaming content to Kenya-based users with smart TVs and without the need for a dedicated decoder. MultiChoice Group Kenya MD Nancy Matimu said that the latest plan to venture into the OTT service is informed by the young generation “who are always on the Internet.” “We need […]

February 7, 2022By Chris Forrester

Azam TV offers 100+ channels in Zimbabwe

MultiChoice’s satellite service is facing new competition in Zimbabwe. Azam TV has launched some 100 DTH channels to Zimbabweans for the equivalent of $5 a month. The fee for 130 channels, which includes many premium channels, rises to $15 a month. Azam TV is backed by Bakhresa Resa Group which is owned by a Tanzanian […]

January 31, 2022By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice launches new channels in Mozambique, Angola

Pan-African entertainment company MultiChoice has further expanded its hyperlocal offering with the launch of two new TV channels – Maningue Magic and Kwenda Magic – for audiences in Mozambique and Angola respectively.The group’s hyperlocal strategy is a multi-pronged, hybrid approach combining local content acquisition, local production, and the development of local content through international production […]

January 17, 2022

Forecast: Africa to add 18m pay-TV subs

Africa will add 18 million pay-TV subscribers between 2021 and 2027 to take the total to 57 million, according to the Africa Pay TV Forecasts report from analyst firm Digital TV Research. Subscriber numbers will climb by 46 per cent over this period, but pay-TV revenues will rise by only 35 per cent – indicating […]

January 10, 2022

MultiChoice subs up 5%

African pay-TV operation MultiChoice Group has reported its interim numbers seeing a 5 per cent improvement in subscribers YoY, but its growth in its home South African market was lower at 2 per cent. The broadcaster said that its subscriber count (subscrobers active within 90 days) was 21.1 million (split 12.2 million in the rest […]

November 15, 2021By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice can appeal Nigerian tax claim

Nigeria’s tax authority has hit MultiChoice with a massive Naira 1.8 trillion (€3.8bn) tax claim. The sum is argued by MultiChoice to be larger than its revenues from Nigeria and certainly dwarfs the company’s market capitalisation. MultiChoice has now been allowed to appeal the tax charge in front of Nigeria’s Tax Appeal Tribunal. It has […]

October 22, 2021By Chris Forrester

Irdeto, Minim secure DStv Internet

Digital platform security specialist Irdeto has confirmed that South African multiplay operator MultiChoice Group has implemented Trusted Home, an AI-driven network security and Wi-Fi management solution developed jointly by Irdeto and residential managed WiFi and IoT security platform Minim. In a bid to enable more South African homes to be connected, MultiChoice has launched DStv […]

September 23, 2021

MultiChoice: “Tax claims are overstated”

MultiChoice, the South Africa based pay-TV operator, insists that it doesn’t have to pay the 50 per cent of the overall $4.34 billion back tax claimed by Nigeria’s Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for its pay-TV activities in Nigeria. MultiChoice, in a statement, said it believes the actual amount due is “substantially” less than the […]

August 31, 2021By Chris Forrester