Browsing: ODM

TalkCentral: Ep 85 – ‘Trouble in TV land’

In this week’s episode of TalkCentral, your regular hosts Duncan McLeod and Craig Wilson delve into the news, which TechCentral broke on Friday, that MultiChoice and SuperSport could be facing a probe soon by the competition authorities after On Digital Media, owner of TopTV, lodged a complaint against the companies

Pule set to crack open TV rights

Could pay-TV operator MultiChoice, which owns DStv, be forced to allow rival broadcasters access to premium sports and entertainment content that it has bought rights to? If communications minister Dina Pule gets her way, this could happen.Pule told parliament on Tuesday

Vodacom hunts for future growth

Vodacom expects demand for data to offset a decline in voice revenues in the next few years, but with the margins on data slimmer and the price of data being driven down by a competitive market, the operator is also hoping so-called “over-the-top” services – content, social networking and financial services are three examples

Battle lines drawn over digital TV

Kagiso Media, which has previously expressed interest in launching both free-to-air and pay-television services, says digital terrestrial broadcasting may be on the “brink of irrelevance” and the longer the process is delayed, the less likely new players are to be successful. CEO Omar Essack made the comments

TopTV flop gobbles up state funds

Perhaps best known for its foray into ­pornography, TopTV’s anti-climax in the world of broadcasting has resulted in a little-known fact: South Africa has suffered a loss of almost R1,2bn because of this venture, which critics say it should not have flirted with in the first place. Three arms

TopTV wished upon a Chinese star

China’s digital pay-television company StarTimes walked away the winner on Tuesday in the TopTV takeover saga, although at least one of the losing consortiums is considering challenging the legality of the deal. Government will be the biggest loser with losses over R1bn. The meeting

TopTV shareholders accept China bid

The shareholders and creditors of troubled pay-television operator On Digital Media (ODM), which owns TopTV, have approved a business rescue plan that involves an offer by China’s StarTimes to purchase a direct 20% stake. The required majority of creditors

Now Wananchi Group bids for TopTV

Just a day after it was revealed that a consortium led by MSG Afrika, backed with funding from MultiChoice, was making a bid to buy troubled pay-television operator TopTV, it has emerged that a second company, Wananchi Group, has submitted an expression of interest of its own

MultiChoice to help in TopTV rescue bid

DStv operator MultiChoice, which is owned by media giant Naspers, has agreed to back a bid by a broad-based consortium wanting to buy into and rescue the financially troubled On Digital Media (ODM), owner of TopTV. A broad-based consortium led by businessmen

New bidder for TopTV

A consortium led by businessmen Given Mkhari and Malose Kekana has made an unsolicited offer to buy a stake in struggling pay-television operator TopTV, website BDlive reported on Monday. TopTV is owned by On Digital Media, which is currently trading under a “business rescue” in

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