ICASA announces new sport broadcasting regulations

Hanno Labuschagne

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ICASA announces new sport broadcasting regulations

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has published new regulations for the broadcasting of sports in South Africa.

ICASA said the changes to the Sports Broadcasting Services Regulations were aimed at addressing the inequalities in how television is accessed by people and the nature of the services available to individuals.

The regulator stated it had observed a trend in which national sporting events were primarily broadcast live on subscription TV - like DStv - which many South Africans cannot afford.
 

haroldj

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If Dstv had a cheaper streaming service, this wouldn't have happened, its about time that someone put greedy Multichoice in their place, thank you ICASA.
 

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I read TFA, twice.
What's changing?

ICASA said the following national sporting events may be broadcast live, delayed live, or delayed by free-to-air broadcasting services:

Under what conditions may free-to-air broadcast?
Do free-to-air pay for the stream?

free-to-air does not mean:
  • Broadcaster makes no profit
  • Broadcaster entitled to any content without paying
Are free-to-air pirates?

Why is SABC, a taxpayer funded organisation, being allowed to compete with a private tax paying entity like DSTV?

It is never good when taxpayer funds are used to put private companies out of business.
 

Death

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Most people want to watch games live. (social media and hearing from people tends to spoil it)
Having a delayed showing (let's say 1hr) on free to air with their terrible ads should be allowed and sold to the SABC at a fairly cheap rate (not free).
I see their list included "super rugby" which is no more. We are now part of the Pro14 Rainbow Cup so multichoice will probably say "but you said" and not offer those games...
 

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I don't understand. Those events are already being broadcast in those ways. How is it even possible to contravene it?
 

fishfly

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This is just hogwash...

In order to broadcast live matches it costs an arm and leg for the broadcasting license, so if SABC wanted to broadcast the sports they would have payed the sporting body for broadcasting rights... demanding DSTV to relinquish broadcasting rights still means SABC/ETV have to put money up to broadcast the matches... SABC doesn't have the money.

ETV will only do a selected few sports so essentially DSTV will still have be the one broadcasting the matches

Yes DSTV now doesn't have the right to buy up exclusive broadcasting rights but you never going to see SABC showing all the curry cup matches or all the football matches or F1 etc
 

boboudts

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More free shyte for the indolent “our people” given away by their commie anc masters and paid for again by the 6% free market, capitalist Taxpayers!

Ain’t blk nationalism and communism just dandy!
 

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Well done ICASA. Another massive effort on your side. You must have worked long and hard to jump to this amazing conclusion. Idiots.
 
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