The proposed regulatory changes government wants to make that will affect DStv and Netflix

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The proposed regulatory changes government wants to make that will affect DStv and Netflix

The South African government plans to make a number of changes to broadcasting and other regulations which could have major repercussions for platforms like DStv and Netflix.

These include the imposition of a digital tax on international services, a crackdown on TV licence compliance, quotas for local content, and new laws that would make more sports events free-to-watch.
 

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SABC's problem with regard to TV licenses, is that their chosen audience will not, nor can they afford to pay TV licenses. Broadening the definition of licensing devices will not bring in the envisioned income, because of this.

The fact that they are unable to currently collect license fees from these people, who are thrir targeted audience is not going to change. So good luck with their misguided efforts.
 

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The SABC on their license renewal page already states that you require a license for any streaming device like a laptop, smartphone or tablet.

As is typically happening, has already been decided beforehand by the cANCer. Putting it through parliament is just a formality.
 

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Want Want Want - we all want.

AKA another stealth tax on ZA consumers.

They going to have to get around international tax agreements to do that, and if they do, they will lose more than they gain, but that is their problem.
 

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I would like my inequalities addressed in regards to access to Lamborghinis. I'm pretty sure that is a way larger deficit percentage than the inequalities which exist in respect of pay television.
 

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which aims to “reposition the audio-visual media sectors for future growth and promote investments”.
We need to control the media in all forms to not show the truth that we as government are useless, incompetent lazy bunch sacks of shXt.
 

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This is for 10% of the population? Most people do not have DSTV or Netflix. Then again do you think anyone in shacks pay for TV lisence possibly not even for the electricity powering the TV. How will this help SA? Just make more people poorer and more looting to happen.
 

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They going to have to get around international tax agreements to do that, and if they do, they will lose more than they gain, but that is their problem.
I don't want to give SARS any ideas, but simplest way would be to have a different higher VAT rate for digital services.
I suspect this would be easy to get around by using an international payment system (eg bitcoin)

Imposing company tax on an international company that has no office is ZA unlikely to be agreed by USA.

In the end, the CONSUMER pays the tax.
This is the same as the CO2 tax and the Sugar Tax - the consumer always pays.
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If they impose more taxes (especially on digital), many will find ways to bypass and ultimately SARS gets less money.
 
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We need to control the media in all forms to not show the truth that we as government are useless, incompetent lazy bunch sacks of shXt.
this, still waiting for them to "attempt" to block or "control" what websites we can view.

like the Chinese they want to emulate so badly.
 

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This is for 10% of the population? Most people do not have DSTV or Netflix. Then again do you think anyone in shacks pay for TV lisence possibly not even for the electricity powering the TV. How will this help SA? Just make more people poorer and more looting to happen.

More than likely they did not pay for the TV either ... , and then the SABC wonders why they cannot get them to pay a TV license.
 

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This is for 10% of the population? Most people do not have DSTV or Netflix. Then again do you think anyone in shacks pay for TV lisence possibly not even for the electricity powering the TV. How will this help SA? Just make more people poorer and more looting to happen.

Only 4% of Alex residents paying for electricity - City Power​


If they don't pay for electricity, they are unlikely to be paying an SABC TV License.
 

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Only 4% of Alex residents paying for electricity - City Power​


If they don't pay for electricity, they are unlikely to be paying an SABC TV License.

Yep!!!

Thems the Folks, the SABC has targeted, as their audience. Thats where their problems start.
 

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The human race has a few very bad things to answer and apologize for. One of these is the continued existence of the African National Congress. A political party that currently runs the government of the Republic of South Africa. Never before in all recorded history of mankind has its citizens been administered and ruled over by those who are useful and pertinent as dog shXt.

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If they would force people with laptops to pay TV license, just think what it would do to big corporations.
Not all people with laptops, watch TV with it either. So fun and games!
 

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Good luck to them .
Goodby DSTV hello VPN .
They can make as many laws as they like , that does not mean any one will take any notice of them .
This whole TV licence thing will end in court cases and disaster .
People are sick and tired of the government trying to milk more and more money from them .
They can kiss my ass .
 
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