Advanced Television


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

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