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Battle rages for Africa’s pay-TV market

When Chinese media company StarTimes entered Ivory Coast’s pay-TV market two years ago, Canal+ appeared to take notice. A few months later, the unit of France’s Vivendi cut the cost of its decoder by a third. StarTimes has

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Naspers worth less than what it owns

Fifteen years ago, a South African media company invested US$34m in an obscure Chinese Internet developer. Today that stake is worth $88bn. All Naspers, now Africa’s most valuable company, has to do is figure out how

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Pay TV in Africa to double in size

The number of pay-television subscribers in Africa will reach 30m by 2021, almost double 2015’s 16m, according to new research. Data published by Dataxis suggests digital satellite pay-TV subscribers will

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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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StarTimes seeks R2,5bn from Ghana

Pay-television operator StarTimes, which owns South Africa’s StarSat, is suing the Ghanaian government for US$200m (about R2,5bn) over alleged wrongful termination of contract. The Chinese company, which competes

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DStv rival StarSat goes offline

Pay-television provider StarSat has gone off-air, apparently because of technical problems. Viewers say the signal stopped transmitting on Monday afternoon. StarSat subscribers have called

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SA will not meet digital TV deadline: Ovum

South Africa will fail to meet the mid-2015 deadline, agreed to with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to switch off analogue terrestrial television broadcasts, according to an international research firm. Consulting and research firm Ovum says most sub-Saharan countries, including

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StarSat to bulk up sports offering

On Digital Media (ODM), the owner of pay-television operator StarSat (formerly TopTV), is making a more aggressive play into sports, reserving an entire channel number range to sports channels and launching a new sports

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