1. Jan

    Karpowership willing to reduce 20-year South African contract to five

    Karpowership ready to cut South African contract from 20 years to five Turkish power ship company Karpowership is willing to reduce the period on a contract for providing emergency power to South Africa with its floating gas-powered plants from 20 to five years. That is according to feedback...
  2. 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...
  3. Jan

    André de Ruyter says he is leaving South Africa to ensure is safety

    André de Ruyter is leaving South Africa Former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter said he is leaving South Africa for a while to ensure his safety following an explosive interview exposing crime and corruption at the power utility. On Wednesday evening, Eskom announced that De Ruyter had left the power...
  4. 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.
  5. 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...
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Jan

    DStv cut channels while Openview gained in the last 3 years

    DStv vs Openview big channel changes in the last 3 years Despite the price of its Premium package increasing from R809 to R839 in the past three years, DStv has dropped more than double the number of channels it has added. In stark contrast, its satellite TV rival Openview has had a net...
  10. Jan

    Openview launches The Home Channel +

    Openview adds new channel eMedia has announced that it is launching a new lifestyle channel called The Home Channel + on its Openview satellite broadcasting service. The new channel features cooking tutorials, interior design and property content, and a gardening show.
  11. Jan

    SABC hiring inspectors to double-check Sentech's DTT STB installations

    SABC wants to inspect Sentech's digital decoder installations The SABC is appointing independent inspectors to double-check the number and quality of government-subsidised set-top-box installations around the country, The Sunday Times reports. The publication spotted the broadcaster's tender...
  12. Jan

    DStv's channel changes since January 2022

    DStv channel changes in 2022 DStv has announced several changes to its channel list this year, with the broadcaster shaking up its catalogue by dropping five channels and adding two. The MultiChoice-owned broadcaster announced that it would be adding three new channels in 2022. Two of them...
  13. Jan

    eMedia hauls MultiChoice to Competition Commission over dropped channels

    DStv and E-tv battle over dropped channels MultiChoice and eMedia Holdings are fighting it out over DStv's plan to cut four E-tv channels. On Monday, the Competition Tribunal heard eMedia's application for interim relief against MultiChoice's decision to drop the eMovies, eMovies Extra, eExtra...
  14. Jan

    Openview cutting eNews & Sport Channel - tonight

    Openview cutting two channels tonight Openview has announced that it will cut the eNews & Sport Channel from its catalogue, with effect from midnight. This follows a report from TV journalist Thinus Ferreira last month that staff at the channel were handed retrenchment notices as it was no...
  15. Jan

    Minister vs broadcasters - Big fight brewing over analogue TV signals in South Africa

    SABC wants South Africa's analogue TV switch-off delayed — and the minister is having none of it The SABC wants to delay the digital migration process as the rollout of decoder-like digital set-top-boxes has been too slow. According to the SABC, it still supports the digital migration but...
  16. Jan

    Openview cutting eRewind and adding eXplode

    Openview gets new channel — and cuts another Openview has announced that its subscribers will have access to a new eMedia channel, eXposed, from 4 April 2022. eXposed will replace eRewind, which Openview will cut from its channel catalogue on 1 April.
  17. Jan

    Spectrum auction could run for weeks - over R8 billion bid so far

    South Africa's mobile networks have bid over R8 billion in spectrum auction The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced that South Africa’s mobile network operators have already bid R8 billion in its radio frequency spectrum auction. Icasa also confirmed that...
  18. Jan

    Cape Town TV and Right2Know protest analogue TV switch-off

    Protest wants to delay analogue TV switch-off in South Africa Several civil society organisations and a community television channel are campaigning against the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies' plan to switch off all analogue TV signals in South Africa by the end of March...
  19. Jan

    DStv dropping four E-tv channels

    DStv cuts four channels MultiChoice is dropping four E-tv channels from the DStv platform on 1 April 2022, eMedia has announced. “eMedia and MultiChoice have renewed a channel supply agreement in which Multichoice have opted not to carry certain eMedia channels, namely eMovies, eMovies Extra...
  20. Jan

    Icasa says spectrum auction will go ahead

    Bring it on — Icasa to Telkom The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is forging ahead with plans to auction off sought-after radio frequency spectrum. This is despite threats from Telkom that it would reinstate an application to interdict the auction if Icasa did not...