On April 24, after a lengthy process, it gave permission to TopTV to broadcast three adult-content channels which, once running, are expected to be lucrative.
But it didn’t come soon enough for the pay-TV station. On April 30, shareholders adopted a business rescue plan that will result in Star Times, a Chinese pay-TV company, buying a 20% stake in the company for less than R100-million.
Instead of normal pr0n, there will be no pr0n channels, or the pr0n channels will now have Engrish subtitles and perhaps some kung fu midgets in the mix?
I cancelled my DSTV subscription years ago and subscribed to TopTv from inception in the hopes that TopTv would find a way of actually competing with MonoChoice, even though I and everyone else already knew that the glaring absence of sports channels (rugby for example) was going to be TopTv's downfall.
I have been waiting to see if the content improves (not pr0n, that's what the Internet is for) with this Chinese deal but I seriously doubt that the endless repeats will ever end and nothing will improve.
In an ideal world, TopTv could have partnered with Neotel / Broadband Infraco / Telkom to provide FTTH and VoD services but very few people would have been able to afford it.
I dunno about the gloom about the Chinese coming in and getting so much for their small outlay. Can only judge them in the results. What is the point about bitching about it, Top Tv so far is a failure with potential that S.A.has failed to unlock.