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DStv kicks off BoxOffice Online trial

Pay-TV operator MultiChoice has opened its Internet-based video-on-demand (VOD) service, BoxOffice Online, to beta testers. It follows the July launch of the satellite-based version of BoxOffice, which allows DStv users to rent movies on their personal video recorders. Consumers interested in

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The Hashim Amla of SA telecoms

MTN SA chief financial officer Zunaid Bulbulia came to the telecommunications industry almost by accident. It was December 1993 and Bulbulia, the son of a shoe salesman, was doing his articles for his CA degree at a Johannesburg accounting firm when he was asked by one of the firm’s senior

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New satellite to power DStv

Assuming there are no launch delays or other problems, DStv operator MultiChoice will switch to a new orbital satellite in 2012 on which it has secured significantly more capacity for new channels and high-definition broadcasts. The Intelsat 20 (IS-20) satellite will replace two satellites

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‘Decades’ before 3D TV goes mainstream

It will be decades before three-dimensional television (3D TV) becomes a mainstream way of consuming entertainment, much like it has taken high-definition TV decades to become commonplace in people’s homes. That’s the view of Gerdus van Eeden, chief technology officer at MultiChoice

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MultiChoice, others snub JSE trading platform

Listed companies whose empowerment share schemes have come out of their lock-in periods have largely shunned the JSE’s black economic empowerment (BEE) trading platform for their own options. The stock exchange’s BEE platform, launched in February

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How much SA’s telcos spend on advertising

SA’s four largest telecommunications companies together spent nearly R1bn on advertising in the first eight months of 2011, with Vodacom leading the pack with spend in the period of R348,8m. The findings, which are contained in the annual AdFocus magazine

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MWeb upgrades its network

Internet service provider MWeb has completed what it calls a “four-phase infrastructure and backbone upgrade” that now means it’s running a 10Gbit/s connection between SA’s three biggest cities and offering subscribers in Durban a more direct route into its network

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MultiChoice BEE shareholders to begin trading

Shareholders in Phuthuma Nathi, the black empowerment vehicle that owns 20% of MultiChoice SA, have the right to begin trading the shares next Thursday, 8 December, when a five-year lock-in period expires. MultiChoice SA group CEO Imtiaz Patel says

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Comedy Central coming to DStv

Jon Stewart fans rejoice! Comedy Central, which broadcasts the popular Daily Show, is coming to SA and other markets in sub-Saharan Africa. It will be available on MultiChoice’s DStv Premium platform from 6 December and is being provided by MTV Networks Africa. The channel

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Pay TV slows, Internet grows at Naspers

Multinational media company Naspers released its interim results for the six months to 30 September on Tuesday. They show subsidiary Multichoice has enjoyed far slower growth than in 2010 but the group’s Internet interests are expanding rapidly and accounting

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