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Only half of TopTV buyers still subscribe

DStv rival TopTV has sold 360 000 decoders since its launch two years ago, but of these only about half are actively using the service, the company’s chairman and acting CEO, Eddie Mbalo, has revealed. He tells TechCentral that TopTV, which is owned by On Digital Media (ODM), has between 160 000 and 200 000

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New pay-TV operators on the way?

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) wants to license new pay-TV operators to compete with incumbent MultiChoice, which owns DStv, and recent entrant On Digital Media, with TopTV, despite little interest in launching commercial services

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Restructuring looms at TopTV as CEO steps down

It’s official. TopTV founding CEO Vino Govender is stepping down from the satellite pay-TV operator with immediate effect amid plans for a “possible restructure” at the company to ensure it “remains competitive and relevant in the pay-TV environment in SA”. Eddie Mbalo, chairman of TopTV

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TopTV confirms CEO exit talks

On Digital Media (ODM), owner of satellite pay-TV service TopTV, has confirmed the company’s board is in talks with CEO Vino Govender about a “mutual separation”. In a statement, ODM chairman Eddie Mbalo says the board is “in discussions with the CEO on a mutual separation, but those discussions are not

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Drama at TopTV as CEO negotiates exit

TopTV is set for a shake-up at the top, as the CEO of parent company On Digital Media, Vino Govender, looks set to leave the broadcaster. A source that spoke on condition of anonymity said that Govender would be leaving On Digital Media this week

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Court blow for TopTV porn plans

Top TV may not broadcast pornography channels without the permission of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), the high court in Johannesburg ruled on Monday. The pay channel applied to Icasa in September for permission to flight three porn channels. When it received no response after two months

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Prospective DStv rival limps on

Super 5 Media, formerly known as Telkom Media, still wants to offer pay-TV services to South Africans, more than three years after first being licensed, and has requested yet another extension from the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to launch its products. In a notice published in the Government Gazette

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DStv, TopTV to fight consumer commission

Pay-TV broadcasters MultiChoice, owner of DStv, and On Digital Media (ODM), which owns TopTV, have signalled their intention to fight a proposal by the National Consumer Commission that would, if implemented, force them to offer consumers the ability to

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Football propels DStv subscriber growth

MultiChoice, which operates the DStv satellite television service, grew revenues by 19% to R21bn in the past financial year, despite the introduction of competition in SA’s pay-TV market. In the year to 31 March 2011, MultiChoice added almost 1m subscribers

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Pay TV’s new contender

SA ’s pay-TV market is hotting up with news last week that the country will get its first satellite-based video-on-demand service on 1 September. VOD:TV plans to offer a “subscription and transactional” system that

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