OpenView HD to close four channels

The free-to-air satellite broadcaster will pull the plug on four channels off its platform in the next two months as it rejigs its line-up, it said on Wednesday. sister company and free-to-air satellite

Duncan McLeod
A tale of six ministers

It all started in the late noughties, I think around 2006 or 2007, when the former communications minister, the late Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri – a former chairwoman of the SABC – declared that South Africa would complete

Dirk de Vos
Why is SA broadcasting in such an awful mess?

A recent supreme court of appeal decision that pitted and others against MultiChoice and the SABC on the issue of the digital migration and the specifications of set-top boxes – itself a reversal of a high court decision – is now heading to the constitutional

Encryption will hurt the poor: MultiChoice

Encrypted digital television set-top boxes risk being expensive for government and burdening poorer South Africans with defunct technology, says pay-TV provider MultiChoice. Set-top boxes are key to South Africa’s

Encryption battle headed to SA’s top court

Communications minister Faith Muthambi’s spokesman, Mish Molakeng, has confirmed that government on Wednesday lodged papers at the constitutional court to challenge the supreme court of appeal’s judgment over

Expert: TV encryption is ‘anti-consumer’

MultiChoice and the department of communications have launched appeals against the supreme court of appeals ruling on encryption for set-top boxes. Both the pay-TV provider and the department disagree with the appeal court’s

Ministers in war of words over digital TV

Communications minister Faith Muthambi has lashed out at her cabinet colleague Blade Nzimande after the higher education minister and South African Communist Party leader said that she had gone against the ANC

Accept TV judgment, Shinn tells Muthambi

Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn has urged communications minister Faith Muthambi to accept the judgment of the supreme court of appeal over the long-running battle over encryption of free-to-air digital terrestrial television signals in

Fear and loathing in digital TV land

If you think that Faith Muthambi is the first politician to wreck the media party, then you simply aren’t paying attention. Take “Poison” Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri. Following a career of unmitigated failure, she was elevated to the post of minsiter of communications

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