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DStv monopoly inquiry rebooted

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced that it will relaunch consultations for its Inquiry into the Subscription Broadcasting Services Market.

“Upon considering the draft findings emanating from the Inquiry — is of the view that further consultation and engagement with stakeholders is required,” said Icasa chairperson Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng.
 
There should never be a monopoly on any commercially available product, including streaming. No company should be allowed to purchase any rights that prevent access to similar rights by any other company.
The root cause of the issue is that IP is a stupid concept in general. It is the use of government coercion to limit the spread of information.
 
Take away their exclusive rights to sport....then what else do they have ? Nothing
This is hardly a local problem. All over the world, specific networks have the exclusive on certain events, sports, leagues, games etc. Having exclusive broadcasting agreements outlawed sounds very nice, but I'd be surprised if such a thing can be done. This market is so small we may either cave to external pressure or lose access to the best sports coverage.

Big broadcasting agreements are probably only worth billions in each country on account of being exclusive, and the international sporting bodies presumably don't want to start a precedent of non-exclusive arrangements.
 
Nothing will come from this. DSTV will not lose any exclusive rights, nor their monopoly. China will f**k the ANC up so badly, they will all run for the hills.

Have a nice day.
 
All sporting bodies in SA should do there own recording and sell it to everybody. The absa cape epic was live on YouTube and for years to come they will get an income from YouTube
 
DStv monopoly inquiry rebooted

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced that it will relaunch consultations for its Inquiry into the Subscription Broadcasting Services Market.

“Upon considering the draft findings emanating from the Inquiry — is of the view that further consultation and engagement with stakeholders is required,” said Icasa chairperson Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng.
They obviously have not greased the right palms with enough whatever.
 
This is hardly a local problem. All over the world, specific networks have the exclusive on certain events, sports, leagues, games etc. Having exclusive broadcasting agreements outlawed sounds very nice, but I'd be surprised if such a thing can be done. This market is so small we may either cave to external pressure or lose access to the best sports coverage.

Big broadcasting agreements are probably only worth billions in each country on account of being exclusive, and the international sporting bodies presumably don't want to start a precedent of non-exclusive arrangements.

Allow Sky to sell pay per view rugby in SA and any more SA people will actually be able to watch their national and provincial teams play.
And DSTV will suddenly actually have to consider being a real TV channel/service in stead of a state supported robber.
 
Allow Sky to sell pay per view rugby in SA and any more SA people will actually be able to watch their national and provincial teams play.
And DSTV will suddenly actually have to consider being a real TV channel/service in stead of a state supported robber.
Sky can do that. They just need to outbid Multichoice for the broadcasting rights in SA, which they obviously don't currently see any value in doing. These licensing agreements are upstream of the SA gov and individual networks around the world.
 
IMO we need a law similar to what the Brits have regarding sporting rights. I'll link to Tom Scott to explain it.

P.S Good that there's being looked into regarding DSTV and its monopoly on pay TV.
 
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