MultiChoice-owned video-on-demand provider Showmax has added seven live news channels to the platform to keep subscribers up to date during South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown.
Communications regulator Icasa is “engaging the sector on possible ways of radio frequency spectrum relief” during the national state of disaster declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
MultiChoice Group-owned pay-television service DStv is offering free access to its 24-hour news channels, including to non-subscribers, it said in a statement on its website.
MultiChoice will hike the price of some DStv bouquets on 1 April, but the increases have been kept well below inflation as the broadcaster battles weak consumer spending and rivalry from online streaming platforms.
A major electronics manufacturing facility in East London, which until recently made decoders for MultiChoice, faces possible liquidation after it reportedly failed to make repayments on a R200-million loan.
There is a “pretty good” chance that MultiChoice Group will launch its standalone “dishless” streaming product by the end of its financial year in March 2020, the company said on Thursday.