MultiChoice Group, the owner of DStv and Showmax, surprised investors on Monday when it revealed that France’s Groupe Canal+ has acquired 6.5% of its equity, sending its shares leaping higher.
South Africa’s digital television migration project has once again come unstuck. Is it time to give up on the project altogether? By Duncan McLeod.
Streaming services pose a significant threat to MultiChoice’s future growth potential, but they are by no means the only risks exercising the minds of the pay-television operator’s management team.
When Chinese media company StarTimes entered Ivory Coast’s pay-TV market two years ago, Canal+ appeared to take notice. A few months later, the unit of France’s Vivendi cut the cost of its decoder by a third. StarTimes has
Fifteen years ago, a South African media company invested US$34m in an obscure Chinese Internet developer. Today that stake is worth $88bn. All Naspers, now Africa’s most valuable company, has to do is figure out how
The number of pay-television subscribers in Africa will reach 30m by 2021, almost double 2015’s 16m, according to new research. Data published by Dataxis suggests digital satellite pay-TV subscribers will
Troubled pay-television broadcaster StarSat, formerly known as TopTV, is being forced to retrench staff, according a report in the Sunday Times. The newspaper says StarSat issued section 189 notices to employees last week and has blamed difficult
There’s a growing trend for consumers to choose video over other forms of content, watching across devices wherever and whenever it is convenient for them. The launch of ShowMax
The television entertainment industry in South Africa is in for significant disruption in the next 18 months. And couch potatoes look set to be the biggest beneficiaries as competition intensifies between traditional broadcasters and new Internet streaming providers
Pay-television operator StarTimes, which owns South Africa’s StarSat, is suing the Ghanaian government for US$200m (about R2,5bn) over alleged wrongful termination of contract. The Chinese company, which competes