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StarSat secures big victory at Icasa

Pay-television operator On Digital Media, which owns StarSat (formerly TopTV), has won a significant victory at communications regulator Icasa that will allow the company finally to emerge

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Layoffs looming at StarSat: report

Troubled pay-television broadcaster StarSat, formerly known as TopTV, is being forced to retrench staff, according a report in the Sunday Times. The newspaper says StarSat issued section 189 notices to employees last week and has blamed difficult

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ShowMax, Netflix and SA’s disrupted TV future

The television entertainment industry in South Africa is in for significant disruption in the next 18 months. And couch potatoes look set to be the biggest beneficiaries as competition intensifies between traditional broadcasters and new Internet streaming providers

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StarSat won’t withdraw DStv complaint

StarSat parent On Digital Media (ODM) has no intention of withdrawing a complaint it lodged against MultiChoice in 2013 at the Competition Commission, in which it accused its rival of engaging

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Why StarSat went down

A technical glitch connecting a satellite uplink station in Slovenia caused significant downtime for StarSat viewers on Monday and into Tuesday, but the company is confident the problem has now been

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Top names denied radio licences

Communications regulator Icasa has denied some prominent South Africans radio licences. Icasa refused to grant a licence to Durban-based Capital Radio 604, of which former South African Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni’s investment holding company would have owned 40%, according to the Sunday

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StarSat will be a ‘serious competitor’

StarSat, the pay-television platform previously known as TopTV, will emerge as a “serious competitor” to MultiChoice, the Naspers subsidiary that owns the dominant DStv service. That’s the word from Peter van den Steen, who is overseeing the business rescue of StarSat parent On

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High drama in TopTV saga

Vino Govender, the former CEO of On Digital Media, which operates DStv rival TopTV, has agreed to resign as director and CEO of First National Media Investment Holdings, one of the pay-television operator’s founding shareholders, after an ultimatum from the Industrial Development Corp

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TopTV flop gobbles up state funds

Perhaps best known for its foray into ­pornography, TopTV’s anti-climax in the world of broadcasting has resulted in a little-known fact: South Africa has suffered a loss of almost R1,2bn because of this venture, which critics say it should not have flirted with in the first place. Three arms

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China to the rescue for TopTV?

TopTV parent On Digital Media is turning to China in an effort to stave off business failure. The proposed deal will result in China’s StarTimes taking a 20% stake in the business, the maximum foreign shareholding allowed for South African broadcasters. The troubled operator

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