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South Africa STB scheme again delayed

The numerous delays and excuses affecting the distribution of South Africa’s digital terrestrial TV set-top boxes have been affected by a new excuse: flooding. The recent floods, which severely affected the KwaZulu-Natal region and other parts of the country’s Eastern Cape, have been cited as being responsible for the slow distribution of converter boxes. The […]

June 27, 2022By Chris Forrester

The British & Irish Lions tour docu-series on ITV

The British & Irish Lions, in conjunction with The South African Rugby Union, will release a three-part behind-the-scenes documentary of the 2021 British & Irish Lions Series on ITV. The documentary series, called Two Sides, tells the story of both the Lions and Springboks during the first Tour to South Africa since 2009. The documentary […]

June 15, 2022

MultiChoice offers 4K World Cup; ups local spend

South Africa’s MultiChoice pay-TV operation is to launch 4K content this autumn ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup football tournament being held in Qatar. CEO Calvo Mawela stated that MultiChoice is ready for the World Cup in 4K and the service will be offered on its DStv and Showmax Pro platforms; Showmax Pro is […]

June 13, 2022By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice steady post-lockdowns

South African broadcaster MultiChoice Group (MCG) delivered steady margins for the year ended March 31st 2022. “Reduced losses in the Rest of Africa (RoA), a rebound in advertising revenues and a continued focus on cost containment enabled us to absorb the R1.1bn (€70m impact of a normalisation in content costs as live sport returned and […]

June 9, 2022

MultiChoice expects profits to fall

South African broadcaster MultiChoice says that its headline earnings per share (HEPS) are expected to fall by as much as 25 per cent. The trading period to the end of March has been challenging enough, but it has suffered from foreign exchange losses that have hurt the pay-TV broadcaster. MultiChoice says that its HEPS numbers […]

June 8, 2022By Chris Forrester

MTN sells 6,000 towers to IHS

South Africa’s IHS Towers will shortly be the nation’s largest operator of cellular and radiocommunications towers. IHS is completing the purchase of MTN’s portfolio of 5,701 towers in a deal valued at Rand 6.4 billion (€383.3m) liabilities of some Rand 4.6 billion. The deal sees IHS take 70 per cent of the eventual combined business […]

June 6, 2022By Chris Forrester

DStv drops e.TV channels

South Africa’s pay-TV operator DStv has dumped four e.TV channels. eMedia, owner of the channels, said the channels were dropped without warning. The decision comes after the country’s Competition Tribunal ruled against eMedia’s appeal to keep the channels on MultiChoice’s satellite TV platform. “Viewers were left in the dark with no programmes as they tried […]

June 6, 2022By Chris Forrester

e.TV’s profit surges

Despite a plethora of OTT offerings as well as the well-established DStv pay-TV services in South Africa, it is clear that there’s plenty of life left in free-to-air commercial broadcasting, at least as far as eMedia and its e.TV broadcasting station is concerned. eMedia saw its share price rocket earlier this week when it said […]

May 20, 2022By Chris Forrester

South Africa DSO staggers again

South Africa’s Communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni is facing a challenging distribution plan as part of the nation’s roll-out of digital TV services. The minister is looking to install around 450,000 set-top boxes over the next eight weeks despite having taken 6 years to distribute a similar number to would-be digital viewers. South Africa is committed […]

May 4, 2022By Chris Forrester

Disney+ sets South Africa launch date

The Walt Disney Company will launch its Disney+ streaming service in South Africa in May. The output will offer quality including 4K and says that up to 4 devices will be able to stream simultaneously, thereby directly challenging the recent decisions by DStv which limits output to a single stream. May 18th is the launch […]

April 21, 2022By Chris Forrester