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iPhone, Android BBM downloads top 10m

BlackBerry appears to have scored a hit among Android and iPhone users with its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) application. According to the company, the long-delayed app has been downloaded more than 10m times in just 24 hours after release on the two platforms

Duncan McLeod
The astonishing rise of Naspers

Naspers is within a whisker of smashing through R1 000/share for the first time and reaching a market capitalisation of R400bn thanks to an 80%-plus surge in its share price in the past 12 months. The growth in its value in recent years has been nothing short of

Tencent now a $100bn company

The market capitalisation of Tencent has rocketed through US$100bn for the first time, helping lift the share price of South Africa’s Naspers, which holds a one-third stake in the fast-growing Chinese Internet company, nearer to the R1 000/share level. In trading in Hong Kong on Tuesday

Digital TV: a tale of dithering and delay

Broadcasters, tired of dithering and delays around the migration to digital terrestrial television (DTT), have cashed in on the gap in the market to introduce new satellite offerings in both the free-to-air and pay-TV sectors. The concern by some in the broadcast sector, in particular

Website accuses rival of plagiarism

Caxton’s online business news service Moneyweb is suing Fin24, the online business news service of Media24, for alleged copyright infringement, plagiarism and unlawful use of Moneyweb’s content, Beeld reported on Friday. Moneyweb, a rival of Media24

BEE shareholders score from MultiChoice

MultiChoice’s broad-based black economic empowerment companies, Phuthuma Nathi Investments 1 and 2, will receive ordinary and special dividends worth R900m, the Naspers-owned pay-television broadcaster said on Thursday. The companies will receive an ordinary dividends of R480m, compared

Carrim seeks to tame warring broadcasters

Communications minister Yunus Carrim plans to hold a high-level meeting between broadcasters in mid-September, to be mediated by an independent third party, in an effort to resolve a simmering dispute over whether government-subsidised set-top boxes for digital terrestrial

Duncan McLeod
Exciting times in SA broadcasting

For the longest time, little much has really happened in South Africa’s broadcasting sector. But big changes are now looming. Barely a week seems to go by now without significant new developments in broadcasting. In recent weeks alone, there’s been news of plans to launch South Africa’s first comprehensive trial of digital

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DStv’s new PVR: the inside story

In 2010, when MultiChoice began work on its radically redesigned new personal video recorder (PVR) decoder, the DStv Explora, the premise was that it would be a “connected box” that would offer on-demand services over the Internet. The Naspers-owned pay-television operator had

DA alarm bells over DStv, SABC deal

Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn has called on the SABC to provide clarity on the business case for its planned 24-hour news channel. The channel will be carried on DStv, owned by Naspers’s MultiChoice. Shinn says this is necessary given that she claims

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