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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

MultiChoice hit by Nigerian “tax evasion” ruling

A Nigerian Tax Appeal Tribunal (TAT) has ruled that MultiChoice Nigeria, a subsidiary of the South African pay-TV broadcaster, must pay an immediate 50 per cent of the 1.8 trillion Naira (€3.7bn) claimed tax backlog. 1,822,923,909,313 Naira is the specific amount claimed, which is greater than MultiChoice’s overall Group market capitalisation. The news hurt MultiChoice’s […]

August 27, 2021By Chris Forrester

Tata Elxsi partners with DStv

Tata Elxsi, a global player in design and technology services, has collaborated with DStv Media Sales, a globally recognised and awarded media sales organisation and part of MultiChoice Group, to consult and collaboratively build a vision for DStv Media Sales (DMS) that addresses current challenges while also positioning DMS for future growth. DMS specialises in […]

August 19, 2021

GeoGuard boost for MultiChoice anti-piracy

Fraud prevention and cybersecurity solutions specialist GeoComply Solutions has confirmed that MultiChoice Group, Africa’s leading entertainment company, has deployed its GeoGuard VPN and proxy detection solution to combat content piracy. With GeoGuard integrated on its streaming platform, MultiChoice is now blocking tens of thousands of pirate viewers each month while nearly eliminating the creation of […]

August 12, 2021

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