1. Hanno Labuschagne

    DStv battling against Netflix and assault on sports streaming rights

    DStv battling against Netflix and assault on sports streaming rights MultiChoice’s South African business is facing headwinds with increased competition, declining subscriber growth, and an assault on its exclusive sports rights. To appreciate MultiChoice’s battle in South Africa, you have to...
  2. Jan

    Nigeria fines MultiChoice R200,000 for BBC bandit documentary

    DStv slapped with R200,000 fine for airing bandit documentary Nigeria's broadcasting regulator has fined DStv and several other broadcasters for airing a BBC documentary about the ultra-violent bandit groups operating in the country's northwestern parts. In a statement on Wednesday, the...
  3. Jan

    ANC supports replacing SABC TV Licences with household levy

    ANC wants to replace TV Licences with a tax to fund the SABC Communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni revealed that the African National Congress (ANC) wants the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to scrap TV licence fees in favour of a broadcasting household levy. During a...
  4. Jan

    MultiChoice ordered to reinstate four eMedia channels to DStv

    Competition Court orders DStv to bring back four dropped E-tv channels The Competition Appeal Court has ruled that MultiChoice must reinstate four eMedia channels on the DStv platform after cutting them at the beginning of June. This comes after the Competition Tribunal initially ruled in...
  5. Jan

    Newzroom Afrika operator supplying new movie channel to DStv

    DStv launching new movie channel MultiChoice will launch a new movie channel called Movie Room on its DStv satellite service later this month. The channel will be packaged and operated by the Ngwato Nkosi Group, the same company that supplies DStv with the 24-hour news channel Newzroom Afrika.
  6. Jan

    Netflix, Disney+, Prime Video must be regulated - ANC

    ANC wants to regulate Netflix and Disney+ in South Africa The ANC has proposed that South Africa develop a governance framework that allows domestic broadcasters to compete on fair terms with big international players like Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video. This includes regulations on...
  7. Jan

    MultiChoice CEO, CFO, and board chair salaries for 2021/22

    MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela's R43-million payday MultiChoice Group CEO Calvo Mawela received a total pay package of $2,578,000, or around R43.2 million at current exchange rates, during the company’s last financial year. Mawela is based in Dubai — hence his salary being denominated in US dollars.
  8. Jan

    Adverts on DStv are often louder than regular shows and movies

    We compared the sound volume of ads on DStv to regular content MyBroadband has tested the volume of ads on various DStv channels and found their peak volume is often louder than the content, even when the average volume is lower. We used a Sound Meter app on a Samsung Galaxy S22+ device to...
  9. Jan

    DStv vs StarSat after hikes prices

    StarSat hikes prices — How it compares to DStv Access, Family, and Compact StarSat recently increased its pricing by around 10% for each package, bringing its Special, Super, and Max products to R120, R230, and R330, respectively. The Chinese-owned broadcaster attributed its price increases to...
  10. Jan

    DStv positioned to lead the way with Africa-first streaming service - MultiChoice

    DStv unfazed by existential streaming threat MultiChoice appears unfazed by the threat posed by Netflix and other streaming services, despite its average revenue per user (ARPU) declining as high-end subscribers dump its top-tier subscription. As affordable uncapped broadband becomes more...
  11. Jan

    Questions after Vodacom shuts down Video Play

    Why Vodacom shut down Video Play Vodacom says its shutdown of Video Play is because several subscription-based services have rolled out to South Africa in recent years, and it plans to offer bundles for some of these on its VodaPay super app. The operator quietly pulled the plug on Video Play...
  12. Jan

    Uncapped fibre with Netflix for the price of DStv Premium

    DStv Premium versus uncapped fibre and Netflix MultiChoice-owned DStv hiked the price of its Premium package to R839 per month earlier in 2022, with the broadcaster highlighting that the increase was significantly less than projected inflation for the year. A MyBroadband analysis revealed that...
  13. Jan

    SABC lodges Competition Commission complaint against SuperSport

    DStv's SuperSport hauled to the Competition Commission The SABC has lodged a Competition Commission complaint against MultiChoice’s sports broadcasting division, SuperSport. “The SABC can confirm that the Corporation has lodged a complaint with the Competition Commission,” SABC communications...
  14. Jan

    DStv EasyView and Openview price and channel comparison

    DStv EasyView versus Openview — channels and pricing compared Openview recently increased its hardware pricing from R1,499 to R1,699 for a complete installation, while DStv's decoder, dish, and installation bundle has remained at R499. However, once the installation is complete, Openview...
  15. Jan

    Canal+ increases MultiChoice stake to over 20%

    French media giant increases stake in DStv-owner MultiChoice MultiChoice has notified shareholders that French media company Groupe Canal+ SA has increased its stake in the company to 20.12%. "MultiChoice remains committed to acting in the best interest of all shareholders and to create...
  16. Jan

    Sports streaming services slowly encroaching on SuperSport dominance

    DStv SuperSport's fight against sports streaming services DStv's most attractive feature is arguably SuperSport, but dedicated sports streaming services now offer an alternative to MultiChoice's sports broadcasting dominance. For those who want the complete catalogue of SuperSport channels...
  17. Jan

    SABC's plan to replace TV licences with a tax - and make MultiChoice collect it

    Goodbye TV Licence — South Africans say no to paying for SABC The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has a significant problem collecting TV licence fees. Even its registered users are refusing to pay them. The broadcaster had a TV licence fee evasion rate of 82% in 2021 — up from...
  18. Jan

    Competition Tribunal publishes reasons for disallowing E-tv from forcing DStv to carry four channels

    Why DStv was allowed to drop four E-tv channels The Competition Tribunal has released its reasons for dismissing eMedia's application to force MultiChoice to keep four of its channels on DStv. In early March 2022, DStv first announced it would stop airing the E-tv Extra, eToonz, eMovies, and...
  19. Hanno Labuschagne

    DStv's price conundrum

    DStv's price conundrum MultiChoice continues to hike DStv prices annually even as it bleeds its most valuable subscribers, despite the growing competition from more affordable video streaming services. The satellite TV broadcaster dominated the home entertainment industry in South Africa for...
  20. Jan

    DStv says it has fixed its streaming app issues, and announces new features

    DStv streaming app issues fixed — and new features subscribers can expect MultiChoice says it has resolved the issues on its DStv streaming app and promised that viewers could look forward to new features, including auto-play for next episodes in a series and a "continue watching" row. "The...