How ICASA proposes the MultiChoice DStv "monopoly" should be broken

satanboy

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Deukom and StarTimes are considered MultiChoice’s competitors in pay TV.

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ICASA said sports rights should be unbundled, similar to Europe, and rights should be sold under the following conditions:

  • Allowing more than one buyer.
  • No excessive exclusivity, with three being considered the general norm
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100% agreed

ICASA also proposed decoder interoperability, where viewers can use one set-top box/decoder for all direct-to-home satellite services.

100% agreed
 

Fuzzbox

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Exactly how do they propose to do this.
Most content goes to the highest bidder.
SABC is broke .
Now what?
 

Magnum

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Exactly how do they propose to do this.
Most content goes to the highest bidder.
SABC is broke .
Now what?

More pirating options. Multi-choice will stop bidding so high... and less of a monopoly.
 

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Imbeciles, the lot of them.

I've said it before, they do not need to do any of that, all that needs to be happen is, sign into law certain sport events as national interest, which means it must be carried on the public broadcaster. Create another category of sport events that must have a "wholesale option". Done. Anything of national interest trumps any private contract signed.

Its been done for years in Europe.
 

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Imbeciles, the lot of them.

I've said it before, they do not need to do any of that, all that needs to be happen is, sign into law certain sport events as national interest, which means it must be carried on the public broadcaster. Create another category of sport events that must have a "wholesale option". Done. Anything of national interest trumps any private contract signed.

Its been done for years in Europe.
Yes, it's always possible to use the heavy-handed fascist tactic of simply expropriating the sport owners and subjecting their property to government dictat enforced by the police. Just what SA needs. The people love it.
 

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Yes, it's always possible to use the heavy-handed fascist tactic of simply expropriating the sport owners and subjecting their property to government dictat enforced by the police. Just what SA needs. The people love it.
The public broadcaster are allowed to broadcast in 540p only. DSTV, or other, may do 1080p.

People will then get quality for their money.
 

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Those poor ICASA board members - their brakes are going to fail under very suspicious circumstances very shortly... :crylaugh:
 

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The public broadcaster are allowed to broadcast in 540p only. DSTV, or other, may do 1080p.

People will then get quality for their money.
Yup the PB never gets the quality but rather it's about access to national events. Always astonishes me how it is ok for some that MC got protection for decades but now don't have to pay the piper.
 

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Anything that destroys Multichoice would be good, and government is really good at destroying. Except that I think this will go nowhere. Too much money involved.
 

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Always astonishes me how it is ok for some that MC got protection for decades but now don't have to pay the piper.
It was never ok that any business gets state protection from competition. Not then. Not now. Not MultiChoice. Not the SABC. Not diamond and gold producers/miners. Not telecommunications companies. Not MNOs. Not electricity generation. Not taxis. Not anyone. The usual government mechanism for this protection is called "licensing". It is iniquitous and a structure of corruption. It is always justified in the name of "maintaining standards" and "protecting the public from exploitation".
 
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And behind the scenes talk of Multichoice and Showmax getting it together.
Shows the fear in Icasa's power.
 

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Won't happen, sports rights are extremely expensive, and that's not thanks to Multichoice but the actual holders of the rights. They charge a fortune just to watch their sport. If they were made to not charge millions and millions for the rights that would be a saving. I'd all be for a non-sports package, that should be a bit cheaper, but the sports package would probably be about the same price.
Also rights to show Game of Thrones, Ballers and and is also not cheap, hence E-TV only shows them about 3 years after they premiered if it gets showed at all. Also why Comedy Central is a piece of crap on SA TV as it's just the old shovelware thrown in with another channel bundle.
You cannot break the monopoly until the whole broadcast industry is changed, which it is thanks to streaming. The government cannot do it, until it pulls it's fingers out and actually migrates to digital (in 2028 probably).
 
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