Browsing: Times Media Group

Duncan McLeod
The revolution will be televised

Driven by the rise of broadband, the era of linear television broadcasting will draw to a rapid close in the next decade. New media empires will be built on the back of this change. Established broadcasters that don’t adapt will crumble. A revolution is at hand — a revolution that is going

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MultiChoice moves on VOD rivals

Hot on the heels of the launch of two new video-on-demand (VOD) services in South Africa, MultiChoice has announced that it is expanding its transactional VOD platform, BoxOffice, to subscribers of its lower-cost DStv Compact bouquet. Previously, BoxOffice was available only to DStv Premium

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MultiChoice move angers customers

A decision by MultiChoice no longer to allow DStv customers to suspend their DStv packages any time during the month is generating unhappiness among some of its clients. TechCentral has received a number of complaints from unhappy customers, who say the

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Altech Node: we reveal all the details

Technology group Altech, part of the JSE-listed Altron stable, on Thursday evening announced that it is making a big play into the video-on-demand and home automation markets with a new, satellite-based home entertainment product called the Node that it hopes will become a

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VOD in SA a niche for now: IDC

Online video-on-demand services in South Africa will remain a relatively niche service until the cost of data connectivity falls to levels that are affordable for the mass market. That’s the view of advisory and services firm International Data Corp, which believes that despite

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TalkCentral: Ep 111 – ‘Watch out’

It’s all Apple in the latest episode of TalkCentral. Your hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg unpack the big keynote, ask whether Apple was right to introduce bigger-screen iPhones, and look at the company’s new Watch

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Vidi: Inside Times Media’s VOD play

Times Media Group on Wednesday took the wraps off a “cord cutting” video-on-demand (VOD) service called Vidi. Vidi offers both subscription streaming and movie rental services via the Internet. The JSE-listed media group is attempting

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Icasa issues ITA seeking e.tv, SABC rivals

Communications regulator Icasa is powering ahead with a plan to license new free-to-air television broadcasters in South Africa to compete with the SABC and e.tv. If new players are licensed, it will be the first time South Africa has had a new free-to-air broadcaster since e.tv

Duncan McLeod
Free rival to SABC, e.tv on the cards

Icasa is set to crack open South Africa’s free-to-air television industry to more competition. As South Africa moves to digital broadcasting, the communications regulator is planning to license a third terrestrial player to compete head-on with the SABC and e.tv. If it goes ahead, which