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MultiChoice unveils Showmax Pro

Pay TV operator MultiChoice has launched a new sports-themed streaming service called Showmax Pro, aimed at improving its online streaming presence in Africa.

Niclas Ekdahl

MultiChoice’s five-year-old streaming service Showmax offers both VoD entertainment programming and live-streamed sports from MultiChoice-owned sports channel SuperSport as well as music channels and news.

Showmax Pro’s football offering will include all games from the UK’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A and La Liga, and South Africa’s premier soccer league, and starts streaming today.

According to the pay TV company, the new service will be rolled out in Nigeria and Kenya with additional countries to be added in six to eight weeks, creating coverage across Sub-Saharan Africa. Showmax Pro will cost from US$8 a month in Nigeria and US$10 in Kenya.

In June 2019, MultiChoice’s South African SVoD service Showmax began testing live-streamed sports on its platform, and the new Showmax Pro service is based on the results of the trial.

In a statement, Niclas Ekdahl, CEO of the connected video division at MultiChoice, said: “The live sport test we ran on Showmax in conjunction with SuperSport has been well received, so that’s forming an integral part of our new Showmax Pro service.

“This is the biggest thing we’ve done at Showmax in the five years since we first launched. Africa is an incredibly diverse continent, so offering a single monolithic product may not be the best solution. Our approach is to standardise where we can and tailor where we need to. That’s why you’ll see different local content on Showmax in Nigeria than you will in Kenya, and South Africa’s content is different again.”

The deal will help US companies gain a bigger foothold in Africa, where MultiChoice has nearly 20 million customers in 50 countries, while helping MultiChoice to keep subscribers on its platforms with a variety of content from Netflix and Amazon.

MultiChoice is yet to announce when the service will become available.

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MultiChoice adds musical feature

Pay TV company MultiChoice is adding a new musical feature for customers of its DStv platform.

Mark Rayner

JOOX VIP will allow subscribers to sing along with songs, karaoke style, at the press of a button from now until September 10.

It will offer uninterrupted local and international music hits and will also air live concerts from major stars.

MultiChoice South Africa CEO Mark Rayner said: “This is just another way in which MultiChoice is working to ensure that our loyal and valued customers continue to enjoy the best entertainment during these difficult times.

“Being in lockdown has given us the perfect opportunity to demonstrate our support as we continue to find innovative ways to entertain our customers.”

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MultiChoice to add Netflix, Amazon

Pay TV company MultiChoice is set to add international streaming services Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to its DStv platform.

Calvo Mawela

With its recently released 2019/20 financial results, the pay TV company has shown growth in South Africa and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, adding roughly 900 000 DStv and GOtv subscribers.

Calvo Mawela, MultiChoice’s CEO, said: “We are pleased with our performance and the resilience we have demonstrated this year. Our healthy balance sheet positions us well to weather uncertainties in our markets going forward.

“We have long been a content aggregator and this is proof of our aggregator model at work, providing simplicity, choice and convenience for our customers. As our industry evolves, we believe that we are well positioned to benefit from both worlds – a large, growing pay TV market in Africa, as well as an emerging over-the-top opportunity, where our own OTT services and aggregation capabilities can drive success.

“MultiChoice has shown a 5% increase in subscriber growth in its 2019/20 financial year, taking its total pay TV subscriber base to 19.5 million households. South Africa still represents MultiChoice’s biggest and most powerful market, with 8.4 million pay TV households, while the rest of Africa combined represents 11.1 million households.”

Besides adding two global streaming services, MultiChoice is also getting ready to roll out its as-yet-unnamed ‘DStv dishless,’ stand-alone DStv streaming service that will mimic its existing direct-to-home  service but without the need for any installation.

With these additions, existing subscribers will have access to further streaming services through DStv, paying their monthly bill in local currency for the add-ons, lessening payment friction and providing one place for subscribers to find and watch content.

The company is also planning two new coproductions, Blood Psalms and Rogue; to launch four new local-content TV channels, including a new action-movie channel; and to further ramp up local content production in 2021.

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CNBC Africa reveals Covid challenges

Business news channel CNBC Africa is celebrating 13 years on air and has revealed the Covid-19 pandemic has presented it with major challenges.

The pandemic has seriously tested CNBC Africa over the past two months, according to the channel, which is nevertheless on almost every platform on the continent and reaches 16 million homes.

CNBC Africa currently has bureaus in Johannesburg (South Africa), Lagos (Nigeria) and Kigali (Rwanda) and produces roughly eight hours of African business and economic content per day.

It revealed it has seen advertisers and sponsors disappear as a result of the pandemic, while several of its planned broadcast business sessions had to be cancelled.

Sid Wahi, CNBC Africa’s director, said the industry has evolved over the past decade as both content creation and distribution have radically transformed.

“Although we were the first server-based TV station in sub-Sahara Africa, that was not enough, as we had to realign our processes, modernise our equipment, train our staff and consolidate the operation to meet the challenges that we were faced with,” he said.

“CNBC Africa TV channel distribution had to be addressed as well, since it was a major gap in sub-Sahara Africa. After just being available on MultiChoice’s DStv in 2007, CNBC Africa gained further carriage agreements on other platforms, such as China’s StarTimes pay TV platform.”

Roberta Naicker, MD of CNBC Africa’s owner, ABN Group, said: “The journey has been a game-changer in the business news genre as the channel has showcased business and economic news on the continent. We could not have achieved this without the commitment of the executive team and staff at CNBC Africa, who have been the cornerstone of our achievement.”

Speaking about the impact of Covid-19 on the TV business, Zafar Siddiqi, ABN Group’s co-founder and chairperson, said: “The channel has a steady viewership who are interested in business news, so we generally will not lose them. So, I’d say there is uncertainty, but we should be out of the storm in roughly 12 to 18 months.”

In a statement, the news channel said: “Covid-19 has been a major test of the channel’s resolve. On one hand, news media is considered an essential service, but on the other, there is little support in the form of advertising and sponsorships during this pandemic.

“Like all media companies, we have reached out to a lot of our long-time clients to stand by us during this extremely challenging time. The post-Covid-19 era will herald a new operating model as the experience has catalysed transformation of the business, making it more productive and efficient.”

CNBC Africa, which airs on DStv 410 and StarSat 309, is a franchise of the American CNBC brand, which was launched on June 1, 2007. Since then it has become an important voice in business and economic news across sub-Sahara Africa and has helped change the narrative of the African continent, away from the rhetoric of gloom to one of a continent on the rise.

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MultiChoice, Yes invest R50m in job creation

MultiChoice Group has collaborated with the Youth Employment Service (Yes) initiative to create 400 job opportunities for young people in South Africa.

Tashmia Ismail-Saville

The Yes initiative is a business-led collaboration with the government to create work opportunities for unemployed black South Africans between the ages of 18 and 35. MultiChoice will provide candidates with new electronic devices such as laptops so that they can fully participate in the training.

The scheme will create jobs in industries including telecommunications, human resources, engineering, satellite communication, coaching and ICT.

MultiChoice Group CEO Calvo Mawela said: “We have a long history of supporting and investing in programmes that are skewed towards the youth. Through a host of corporate social investment programmes, education, skills development, enterprise development, and sports development initiatives, we are helping to shape a new generation of South Africans who are ready to lead the continent into the next era.

“Our business is all about enriching lives and creating magic; creating spaces where people can imagine and live their dreams. It is an incredible opportunity to be able to translate this magic into something that will benefit the youth of South Africa who will soon be entering the workforce and contributing to our economy. By investing in and developing the youth of South Africa, MultiChoice is helping to shape the industries of the future.”

Tashmia Ismail-Saville, CEO of Yes, added: “MultiChoice is pioneering the behaviours we need to see all companies display in the future, as it embraces true transformation. This Covid-battered economy is seeing unprecedented job losses and economic fallout, and youths are once again going to bear the brunt of this catastrophe.

“We cannot afford to leave another generation behind. The MultiChoice/Yes project is a perfect example of meaningful transformation and how companies can support the country’s way out of the crisis by creating employment opportunities and incomes so desperately needed for our communities to emerge less bruised.”

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MultiChoice resumes production in SA

South Africa-based pay TV operator MultiChoice has resumed production on a number of its shows that had been put on hold because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nkateko Mabaso

Programmes that have resumed production include South African telenovelas Gomora, The Queen and Isibaya, which all air on MultiChoice-owned channel Mzansi Magic.

The move comes after the South African government eased restrictions imposed as part of the coronavirus lockdown, thereby permitting local TV producers to get back to work.

The Pretoria government has allowed the resumption of economic activity that is categorised as Alert Level 4 under South Africa’s system of classifying emergencies.

The relaxation of restrictions comes after MultiChoice announced in March that it was setting aside R80m (US$4.4m) to pay cast and crew salaries during the March/April initial lockdown period.

The company also guaranteed the incomes of freelancers who had been working on its SuperSport productions, after all sporting events were suspended, as well as freelancers in its broadcast tech arm.

Nkateko Mabaso, CEO of flagship MultiChoice channel M-Net, said: “At this stage, the safety of crew and cast remains a priority and we are in constant communication with production houses, as per the government’s directive, to ensure stringent health guidelines are in place and are being adhered to.”

Connie Ferguson, exec producer of The Queen, added: “It has been a tough time worldwide with the pandemic, and we are grateful to still have an opportunity to do what we love. Our priority is the team’s health and safety on set.”

Christelle Parrot, producer of Megaboere, a series that airs on MultiChoice-owned kykNET, said: “The relief fund has helped a lot of our people during a very difficult time. We appreciate their support for an industry that is so desperately in need.”

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DStv shuts down TV Mall

MultiChoice-owned DStv has removed live shopping channel TV Mall after two years on the pay TV platform.

The channel, which was added in mid-2018, will shut down tomorrow. The move comes following subscriber complaints about the low production values of the selling segments.

Aletta Alberts, executive head of content strategy at the MultiChoice Group said: “It has been wonderful to work with the TV Mall team. Being the first African live shopping mall, they have been a true milestone in Africa’s broadcast industry.

“MultiChoice remains committed to providing the best local and international content for its customers. We are proud and appreciative of our association with TV Mall and will continue to provide the most compelling and entertaining content for our customers.”

TV Mall CEO Nicky Fintz said: “During this time, we need to understand the dynamics of the market we aim to please, and we’re cognisant of the state of the economy during this pandemic. It has been a pleasure to have had the opportunity of being on the DStv platform, which enabled us to have a bigger footprint in South African homes.”

The MultiChoice Group added that it constantly reviews its content and channel offering to ensure it gives its customers local content that resonates with them.

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DStv gets Naked & Afraid, Mercy & Ike

Two new series have arrived on MultiChoice-owned pay TV platform DStv, which has also added an Islamic channel to its line-up.

The two new shows are reality series Mercy & Ike, which will air on Africa Magic, and survival format Naked & Afraid, which will be available on Discovery.

Mercy & Ike centres on the romance between Mercy Eke, winner of Big Brother Naija season four, and Ike Onyema, her fellow housemate, whose relationship began in the Big Brother house.

Africa Magic channel director Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu said of the show: “We at Africa Magic are passionate about ensuring that our viewers are presented with the best entertainment. The relationship between Mercy and Ike is both entertaining and exciting, and we would like the viewers to see that love can be found anywhere.”

Naked & Afraid, meanwhile, sees a man and a woman stranded without clothes, food or water in a dangerous location, where they must use their survival skills to find food and shelter.

In related news, Islamic channel Sunna TV has now launched, with customers able to access it on DStv channel 351 and GOtv channel 84.

The network features Islamic content designed for the whole family, including teachings on religious awareness plus lifestyle shows, entertainment and discussions.

MultiChoice Nigeria chief customer officer Martin Mabutho said: “With the inclusion of the Sunna TV channel, the viewing options of our customers on both DStv and GOtv have been expanded.

“Subscribers can now enjoy the best of Islamic religious programming starting from the month of Ramadan and beyond. The Muslim faithful can also use this channel to aid spiritual reflection, prayers and as a tool to educate the young ones on the teachings of Islam.”

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MultiChoice backs SA community TV

MultiChoice Group has revealed plans to invest about US$238 000 to support three of South Africa’s community TV stations.

Reggy Moalusi

Bay TV, Soweto TV and Tshwane TV, whose proposals stood out of from a pool of submissions in 2019, will each receive funding worth US$79,490 for the creation of new content.

Reggy Moalusi, MultiChoice SA’s executive head for corporate affairs, said: “Through our infrastructure, technology and empowerment initiatives, we empower an entertainment supply chain, which, in turn, supports local business and communities touched by our business. For community TV stations, this means more local content which will generate economic opportunities for local communities.

“We are a leading investor in local content production, and we are seeing day by day how our audiences are calling for more local content. For us, it’s about broadening access to African storytelling and creating platforms for local content creators to tell their stories.”

The funding initiative is part of MultiChoice Group’s effort to support the local video entertainment industry as well as other grass-roots development measures to ensure the sustainability of the industry.

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MultiChoice Talent Factory opens webinars

MultiChoice Talent Factory, in partnership with the Dolby Institute, has launched an online learning channel for content creators in the movie industry.

Femi Odugbemi

From now until June 4, recorded webinar series covering a range of topics will be made available on the MTF Portal every Thursday from 13.00 to 14.00 CAT.

The webinars will help creatives advance in the art of storytelling, whether they’re making a film, mixing the sound for a sporting event, or designing the next-generation music experiences.

Femi Odugbemi, MTF academy director, said: “West Africa is the leading video entertainment provider on the continent and MultiChoice recognises the importance of understanding sound to tell authentic African stories.

“This partnership with Dolby will benefit storytellers across the continent and support the growth of the home-grown entertainment industry.”

Participants can access the portal by clicking here.

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Plus TV Africa launches on DStv

Plus TV Africa, a 24-hour news channel, has premiered on MultiChoice-owned pay TV platform DStv.

The news network is now available on DStv channel 408 to customers on the Premium, Compact, Compact Plus, Confam and Yanga packages.

Plus TV Africa editor-in-chief Kayode Akintemi said: “Plus TV Africa is raising the bar in television news presentation and reportage on the continent, and it is a credible source of information in business, politics, history, youth engagement, sports, entertainment and much more.

“With a team of broadcast professionals that are young, talented, creative, dynamic and passionate about Africa, the continent is in for an amazing new style of reporting, analysis and storytelling, focusing on big stories.”

MultiChoice Nigeria CEO John Ugbe added: “DSTV is glad to have Plus TV Africa on its network; it will provide deep insight into news across Africa. We are very excited to add this channel to our repertoire, as it joins us at a most crucial time.

“Plus TV Africa will cater to a special audience, giving them deep insight into news and events across Africa.”

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MultiChoice backs coronavirus battle

Pay TV company MultiChoice Nigeria has pledged millions of naira as part of a commitment to support the federal government in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

John Ugbe

The firm has committed up to N400m to a salary fund to support creative professionals during the crisis.

In addition, MultiChoice is providing cash support of N200m to the federal government and N50m to Lagos state, and has donated 10,000 test kits to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

It has also committed N550m worth of inventory to airing public-service announcements on virus prevention tips in English, pidgin, Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa languages on more than 10 channels across its DStv and GOtv platforms.

Adewunmi Ogunsanya, chairman of MultiChoice Nigeria, said: “We are doing this because we recognise the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has on Nigerians and the economy. We hope our contributions to NCDC, the federal and state Governments, alongside other donations, will go a long way towards effective management of the outbreak.”

MultiChoice Nigeria CEO John Ugbe added: “The creative industry salary payment of up to N400m will offer a much-needed financial reprieve for producers, actors, and technical talent currently contracted to MultiChoice Nigeria, whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the pandemic.”

MultiChoice said the move was in line with its values as a responsible corporate organisation and leader in the media and creative sector whose aim is to support the authorities in fighting the pandemic and reducing its attendant impact on Nigeria’s economy.

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MultiChoice sets up Easter TV channel

Pay TV operator MultiChoice will launch a special Easter weekend pop-up TV channel on April 9.

This African Easter channel is being organised by TBN Africa and is designed for Christian viewers who subscribe to DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Family and Access.

Its aim is to provide religious content to viewers who cannot attend church services because of the national lockdown caused by the spread of Covid-19 in South Africa and also broadcast content for various Christian denominations who celebrate Easter.

Lucky Mbiko, TBN’s MD, says the channel is “partnering with churches and some of the biggest gospel artists to bring you the best Easter worship experience to as many viewers as possible. Join us on the African Easter channel 343 on DStv for four days during the Easter weekend.”

Calvo Mawela, MultiChoice Group’s CEO, said the pay TV operator will assist millions of South African worshippers who regard Easter as a pivotal period of worship.

“As a responsible broadcaster, we are more than happy to partner with the department of communications and digital technologies as we afford worshippers to observe Easter from the comfort of their homes,” said Mawela.

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, South Africa’s minister of communications and digital technologies, said the department appreciates MultiChoice’s move.

The programmes will be aired on channel 343 and will broadcast music programmes, sermons, church services and religious programming until Easter Monday April 13.

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DStv, GOtv expand content offerings

MultiChoice-owned pay TV platforms DStv and GOtv have re-organised their content offerings to help subscribers stay up to date with information regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

Africanews will now be available on GOtv Max and Plus, while educational channels Da Vinci and Mindset and kids’ entertainment net Cartoon Network  will be on DStv Access until the end of May to help engage young viewers.

Nickelodeon (Channel 305) has also been opened up to DStv Compact, Family and Access subscribers until April 14.

In addition, library sports content is being made more widely available. Select 4 will be opened to compact customers to re-live English Premier League football, while Select 5 will showcase past WWE content.

MultiChoice Group CEO Calvo Mawela said: “We have been in constant communication with health authorities such as the World Health Organisation and we will be rolling out Africa-wide public service announcements on Covid-19. It is important that all of us take heed of the announcements and advice from trusted experts so that we can look after our own health and that of our loved ones.

“In light of the disruptions to the school year in some markets, we are also working to provide access to the best available educational content, to help keep young minds stimulated and engaged.”

MultiChoice has also moved to reassure its staff during the pandemic. “We are taking great care for our staff during this time and have encouraged those that are able to work from home to do so,” said Mawela.

“In light of this, we have advised our customers that there may be a delay in our ability to attend to customer queries. However, we have a number of self-service and online platforms available, and we will do our best to sort out any issues they may have, timeously.”

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Ultimate Love to conclude early

Pay TV operator MultiChoice has decided to cut short reality show Ultimate Love because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The show began airing on February 9 and had been due to run for eight weeks, but will now come to an end this Sunday. Today is the last day viewers can vote on the series.

MultiChoice said: “While we know the show has garnered appreciable fans and viewers across Africa, it has become pertinent for us to join the ongoing efforts by the government and global public health officials to flatten the curve against the coronavirus.”

The concluding part of the show will be broadcast on DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 29.

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Africanews added to DStv, GOtv

Pan-African news channel Africanews has been made available on MultiChoice’s DStv and GOtv in more than 40 countries across Africa, including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Angola.

Launched in 2016 from Pointe-Noire, Congo, the channel is a subsidiary of Euronews Groupnow. It now reaches 20 million homes across the continent, offering a range of programmes on culture, lifestyle, sport, business, travel and science and technology.

Euronews CEO Michael Peters said: “Amid the current Covid-19 crisis, Euronews and Africanews’ mission has never been so important: helping people access real-time, up-to-date information, empowering them to make sense of what’s going on in the world by presenting a diversity of viewpoints.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the MultiChoice group once again to offer their DStv and GOtv subscribers access to Africanews, after Euronews launched on DStv last November. Euronews and Africanews have always been recognised and valued for their fact-based impartial and independent newsgathering. In these times of uncertainty, millions of more people in Africa will now have access to these trusted sources of information.”

Yolisa Phahle, CEO MultiChoice Group Africa, added: “In these unprecedented times, the importance of having access to precise, reliable information becomes paramount for our customers and their families. We have increased access to news channels already, and the launch of Africanews confirms our commitment to doing all we can to provide the best possible service.”

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MultiChoice to drop ITV channel

Pay TV operator MultiChoice is to remove British entertainment channel ITV Choice from its offering at the end of May after five years on its DStv platform.

Although the channel stopped broadcasting across the Middle East and Asia in August 2019, it has continued to air in South Africa.

An ITV Choice spokesman said: “DStv has decided that ITV’s international TV channel, ITV Choice, will no longer be carried on the DStv platform in Africa from June 4, 2020. The ITV brand will continue as a video-on-demand service in other territories.”

The news follows the removal of A+E Networks UK channels Lifetime, History and Crime+Investigation from MultiChoice’s offering in October 2019.

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DStv Now service to stream online

MultiChoice’s DStv Now

Pay TV company MultiChoice is to offer live streaming of its DStv channels to almost all subscribers for three days from this Friday.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, DStv Compact, Compact Plus, Access and Family customers will be able to stream the channels via the DStv Now site or app.

All subscribers except for those on the EasyView package will have access to unlimited entertainment, news, documentary and sports content that is usually exclusively for DStv Premium customers.

The three-day initiative is an attempt to test whether MultiChoice servers can handle a large influx of DStv viewers logging in and using the streaming platform for concurrent live streams. Last year, the service crashed during the final season of Game of Thrones and some Rugby World Cup matches.

MultiChoice plans to introduce a streaming version of its DStv service that is similar to DStv Now, with the launch expected soon.

In November 2019, MultiChoice’s connected video CEO, Niclas Ekdahl, said the company hoped to have the standalone DStv Now service ready by the end of this month.

“I think the stuff that we’ve done on DStv Now in the past 12 months is actually bringing us much closer to saying, ‘Yeah, this is a service I can stand behind’, and that this is going to be delivering a seamless user journey for our consumers,” Ekdahl said.

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Awards to go ahead despite virus fears

African pay TV group MultiChoice has revealed that it will still go on with the production of two of its own award shows in Nigeria despite coronavirus cases being confirmed in Nigeria and South Africa.

The ceremonies, the 2020 DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (MVCAs) in South Africa and the seventh Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs), are both set to be held on March 14.

According to MultiChoice: “Next Saturday’s live televised award ceremonies are both still a go and we are monitoring the situation closely and taking it day by day.”

No events or productions have been cancelled or scaled back. Production is also continuing on M-Net’s eighth season of Survivor South Africa, entitled Survivor SA: Immunity Island, while BBC Studios Africa is continuing with a media event and press screening on Saturday of its new documentary series Seven Worlds, One Planet, coming to BBC Earth (DStv 184).

South African public broadcaster e.tv News, eNCA, MultiChoice, M-Net and StarSat are yet to make any public statements about what they might be doing differently in light of the coronavirus and its spread across the continent.

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MultiChoice blamed for SA digital delay

Former South Africa communications minister Yunus Carrim has blamed pay TV company MultiChoice for the slow progress of the country’s migration to digital.

Yunus Carrim

In his testimony to SA’s Zondo Commission, an ongoing judicial inquiry into political corruption, Carrim claimed a hefty R553m (US$35m) deal between MultiChoice and pubcaster SABC was intended to ensure the latter’s support in the pay TV giant’s anti-encryption strategy.

MultiChoice has long been opposed to signal encryption, and Carrim said this was because it would make it easier for rivals like E.tv to enter the African pay TV market and compete with its DStv pay service.

To prevent that from happening, the company inserted a clause into its SABC agreement that ensured the public broadcaster followed its stance on encryption, according to Carrim.

The former communications minister said MultiChoice’s then CEO, Imtiaz Patel, made it clear that the clause was a deal-breaker.

“This, for me, is a very clear example of regulatory or policy capture whereby irregular means are used to shape government policy. There is absolutely no reason to include, in a commercial transaction between the SABC and DStv, a clause which deals with government policy on encryption,” Carrim said.

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“Lobbying by MultiChoice was very primitive. Very backward. It is not consistent with the social democracy we are. It has caused a huge setback to the digital migration process. It suits them because they can retain their monopoly.

“The delay in digital migration and the subsequent allocation of valuable new spectrum to operators is costing South Africa dearly.”

In response, Joe Heshu, MultiChoice group executive for corporate affairs, said Carrim’s allegations were baseless.

“MultiChoice and its officials deny these allegations. Carrim confirmed under oath that he cannot attest to having personal knowledge of any fraud or corruption in respect of the SABC/MultiChoice agreement.

“We have informed the Zondo Commission that we will respond to the allegations made against us in due course and reserve all of our rights.”

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