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Padayachie pulls plug on broadcasting bill

Communications minister Roy Padayachie has withdrawn the controversial Public Service Broadcasting Bill pending further consultation, and wants to consider new models for funding the SABC and community media.

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TopTV to launch HD channels

TopTV will launch high-definition channels next year as it takes its fight for subscribers with incumbent pay-TV operator MultiChoice to the next level. The company, owned by On Digital Media (ODM), says it expects to launch

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Naspers forecasts leap in earnings

The Naspers growth story continues apace. The technology and media group said on Thursday that expects core earnings per share to leap by up to 35% in the six months to 30 September 2010. The news sent the group’s share price

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Mohapi vows to shake up Sentech

Sentech looks set to close loss-making divisions, including its once much-vaunted telecommunications carrier-of-carriers division and its direct-to-home satellite television business, to focus on its core business of signal distribution.

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Caxton loses dispute with MultiChoice

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has rejected a three-year-old complaint by publishing company Caxton over foreign ownership of MultiChoice and M-Net. Caxton lodged the complaint in August 2007, claiming the broadcasters were in breach of the Electronic Communications Act.

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Korean TV standard to make SA debut

The Mobile TV Consortium has been granted a licence to test the Korean standard for mobile television, digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB), in SA. The consortium, controlled by businessman Richard Moloko’s Moloko Investment Group and backed by high-profile shareholders including former Telkom chairman Shirley Lue Arnold, says it expects to have a service ready for pilot in about a month.

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MultiChoice awarded mobile TV licence

MultiChoice, which operates the DStv service, has been awarded a digital mobile television broadcasting licence by default after the other bidder, Super 5 Media, withdrew its application. The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) announced on Friday morning that MultiChoice would become the second mobile TV broadcaster after e.tv was awarded a licence earlier this year.

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Super 5 Media opens up about its troubles

Pay-TV licensee Super 5 Media has finally admitted publicly that it is facing big problems. But newly appointed director Muhammad Lockhat says the company is still working to get a pay-TV product to market, despite it recently retrenching all of its employees. It was recently granted another extension by industry regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), allowing it until February 2011 to launch a service.

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Super 5 gets another reprieve

Pay-TV licensee Super 5 Media has been granted another extension by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to launch a service. Icasa spokesman Paseka Maleka says the regulator has granted the company another six months to get a service off the ground.

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More service providers get DStv streaming

MultiChoice has added three additional Internet service providers as distribution partners for its DStv On Demand Internet streaming service. They are Vox Telecom, Neology and Cybersmart. The company launched its first online on-demand video offering through MWeb just two months after the Internet service provider came to market with an aggressively priced uncapped broadband service.

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