1. Hanno Labuschagne

    Openview lied about 3.2 million people missing out on World Cups

    Openview lied about 3.2 million people missing out on World Cups eMedia has admitted in court papers that Openview does not have 3.2 million viewers potentially missing out on the Rugby World Cup. This comes after the broadcaster repeatedly claimed the number in media statements, full-page...
  2. Jan

    eMedia launches fresh court fight against SuperSport over World Cup rights

    DStv's SuperSport breaking the law — Openview launches fresh court fight eMedia has filed fresh court papers against MultiChoice’s SuperSport over its sub-licensing restrictions prohibiting the SABC from broadcasting the Rugby and Cricket World Cup on Openview. This comes after the High Court...
  3. Jan

    MultiChoice's Rugby World Cup restrictions on SABC cause technical drama

    South Africa's Rugby World Cup mess South Africans hoping to watch the SABC’s broadcast of the Springboks’ first World Cup match against Scotland faced a mountain of complications on Sunday. DStv parent company MultiChoice and South Africa’s public broadcaster reached a last-minute deal on...
  4. Jan

    Icasa publishes updated broadcast advertising regulations

    South Africa gets new TV advertising rules The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has released updated regulations for advertising, infomercials, and sponsored programmes broadcast on the country’s airwaves. Contravening the regulations could carry a fine of up to a...
  5. Jan

    eMedia celebrates 800,000 eVOD registrations

    E-tv’s eVOD: 800,000 registrations — DStv’s Showmax: It’s a secret E-tv owner eMedia’s streaming service, eVOD, has reached a significant milestone, accumulating 800,000 registrations within two years of launch. DStv owner MultiChoice, on the other other hand, has steadfastly refused to report...
  6. Jan

    eMedia promises new PVR and Wi-Fi Openview decoders... again

    Openview getting new decoders E-tv and Openview owner eMedia has promised that it is working on upgraded decoders for its satellite TV platform. In its annual financial results published on Thursday, eMedia said Openview would get “a smarter set-top box” with “memory facilities and Wi-Fi...
  7. Jan

    eMedia sold eNCA exclusivity to DStv for another 5 years

    DStv buys exclusive rights to eNCA for five years E-tv owner eMedia has reported in its annual financial results that it secured a five-year extension with MultiChoice to carry eNCA on DStv. It sold MultiChoice the exclusive rights to carry its flagship news channel, blocking its own platforms...
  8. Jan

    Ultraview launching Spice bouquet on Easter weekend

    Openview’s Ultraview pay-TV service gets new channel package Ultraview is adding a new channel package to its platform called Spice, featuring two channels: Star Select and Zee Family. The channels will broadcast Hindi content and will include English subtitles.
  9. Jan

    DStv and Openview launch new channels dedicated to repeats

    DStv and Openview launch "anti-load-shedding" channels "Anti-load-shedding" is a fancy way of saying repeats.
  10. Jan

    Showmax, eVOD, and SABC+ comparison

    South African streaming battle — Showmax vs eVOD vs SABC+ South Africans have a plethora of home-grown video streaming services to choose from, and three major ones carry most of the content that enjoys some widespread appeal. These streaming services are eVOD, SABC+, and Showmax, each owned...
  11. Jan

    MultiChoice's DStv channel changes in 2022

    DStv's channel shake-up in 2022 South Africa's biggest pay-TV provider — DStv — made several changes to its channel packages in 2022, dropping four channels and adding seven. The MultiChoice-owned satellite TV provider also dropped four eMedia channels in July but was forced to reinstate them...
  12. Jan

    Minister announces proposed analogue TV switch-off date, says network quality deteriorating

    Goodbye analogue TV — Hello 4G and 5G The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) has proposed 31 March 2023 as the switch-off date for analogue broadcast signals in South Africa. During a media briefing on the progress of the broadcast digital migration programme...
  13. Jan

    DStv launching BBC UKTV in mid-December

    DStv to launch new channel MultiChoice will launch a new channel called BBC UKTV on its satellite TV service DStv in mid-December, allowing customers access to various natural history, comedy, soap, and children's shows. The broadcaster said the new channel would be available on channel 134...
  14. Jan

    eMedia's half-year profit drops 20%

    Openview and E-tv owner reports drop in profits due to rand weakness, legal battles E-tv owner eMedia has reported a half-year profit from continuing operations of R144.8 million, down from R180.2 million a year ago. This represents a 19.7% decrease compared to April–September period a year ago.
  15. Jan

    All eMedia's changes to the Openview channel line-up in 2022 so far

    Openview channel changes in 2022 eMedia-owned Openview has made several changes to its channel offerings in 2022 and promises to add more toward the end of the year. Openview has added three channels and removed two during the year. It also planned to launch the BBC UKTV channel on 18 October...
  16. Jan

    Openview adding BBC UKTV channel

    DStv competitor Openview adding new channel Openview has partnered with BBC Studios to launch a multi-genre channel — BBC UKTV — on its free-to-view broadcasting platform. BBC UKTV will go live on Openview channel 114 on Tuesday, 18 October 2022, and will provide a range of programming...
  17. Jan

    DStv quietly launched two channels available to all packages

    DStv quietly added two new channels in June and July DStv quietly added NHK World-Japan and Hilaal TV to its channel list over the past two months, and they are both available to subscribers on all packages. NHK World-Japan launched on DStv channel 431 and covers a variety of programming...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. Jan

    Minister announces new analogue switch-off plan after ConCourt loss

    South Africa's new plan to switch off analogue TV and release mobile network capacity Communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says a new date for South Africa's analogue switch-off will be announced after September 2022. The Constitutional Court declared the department's 30 June 2022...