Why DStv's big Netflix deal is great news

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Why DStv's big Netflix deal is great news

MultiChoice's deals with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video could benefit South Africans and may bolster competition in the entertainment industry.

The company announced back in June that it secured agreements with the streaming heavyweights to integrate their services on its new Explora decoder.
 

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dont they still want Netflix to apply for and get its subscribers to pay for TV licenses.
 

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Why DStv's big Netflix deal is great news

MultiChoice's deals with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video could benefit South Africans and may bolster competition in the entertainment industry.

The company announced back in June that it secured agreements with the streaming heavyweights to integrate their services on its new Explora decoder.
But does it include

++netflix tax
++sabc license
 

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How does the technology work?
Will the Netflix app be installed on the DSTV decoder (similar to how Showmax is installed on the decoder)?
 

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its not great news, DSTV will bring its usual stupid monopoly into play.

wait for it, they'll prob try strong-arm Netflix into not allowing ZA users to have direct accounts with them and you'll be forced to go through MultiCrap.
 

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Ferreira said that consumers could benefit financially, as it was “highly conceivable” that MultiChoice and the streaming companies negotiated for a discount on the services when accessed through the DStv platform.
Lol and also it's “highly conceivable” those savings won't be passed on to Joe Soap.
 

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its not great news, DSTV will bring its usual stupid monopoly into play.

wait for it, they'll prob try strong-arm Netflix into not allowing ZA users to have direct accounts with them and you'll be forced to go through MultiCrap.
Yeah no Netflix will never allow that...
 

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“In the same way that DStv has a BBC channel, Discovery, or an ESPN channel with a separate channel carriage agreement for each for a specific time period that gets renewed or renegotiated, MultiChoice wants to add streaming services,” Ferreira explained.
Ummm, the internet carries streaming services like Netflix.
MultiChoice needs an agreement to pre-load the Netflix streaming app on the decoder.
There might be some agreement to allow single (discounted) billing.

Channel carriage agreements normally have exclusivity clauses and the like which Netflix will not allow.

The other possibility is that Netflix content is licensed to broadcast on a channel which kind of defeats the purpose of VoD.
 

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its not great news, DSTV will bring its usual stupid monopoly into play.

wait for it, they'll prob try strong-arm Netflix into not allowing ZA users to have direct accounts with them and you'll be forced to go through MultiCrap.
They can try but it will never work, I had a Netflix account long before they were available in SA. There will always be a workaround.
There is no benefit to having anything to do with Monochoice.
 

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How times have changed.


MultiChoice will dominate netflix for the next 10 years or more based on the whole of Africa numbers, as internet is kak expensive and not easily accessible across the continent. It's easy to set up a satellite dish and get entertainment vs needing a fixed fibre connection.

Interesting that they use whole of Africa vs just South Africa. I bet if you had to plot subscriber growth, just for SA, over the last 5 years you would see the headline change to Netflix destroys DStv subscribers. DStv aren't lying, they just choosing to show their current situation in a light that makes them look better. Everyone knows they're pretty much dead in the water.
 

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its not great news, DSTV will bring its usual stupid monopoly into play.

wait for it, they'll prob try strong-arm Netflix into not allowing ZA users to have direct accounts with them and you'll be forced to go through MultiCrap.
:rolleyes: :ROFL:
You really think Multichoice with a market cap of $3.5 Billion can strong arm Netflix with a market cap of $210 Billion?
 

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I pay R139 for Netflix, can DStv beat that price, then how is this great news?

Probably bundled with DSTv subscription at reduced fee. So it increases your overall DSTv bill, but you'll maybe pay R39 less for Netflix.

How does the technology work?
Will the Netflix app be installed on the DSTV decoder (similar to how Showmax is installed on the decoder)?

AFAIK their decoders are already struggling with the demands placed on them. Not sure this will make sense, unless they roll out new decoders.
 

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How does the technology work?
Will the Netflix app be installed on the DSTV decoder (similar to how Showmax is installed on the decoder)?

This article is a bit different.


Very simply, in fact. The DStv Streama and Explora Ultra come with apps such as Showmax and Netflix pre-installed on the boxes. They’ll all be accessible right from the start, shown in DStv’s proprietary UI. All you need to do is select the one you want (we’ll stick with Netflix for the example), log into your existing account and you’re ready to browse the full catalogue of series and movies.

If you set up a new Netflix account, you’ll have the option of either paying Netflix directly or including the fee for Netflix in your DStv account. If you’re using the Streama there’s no need to do this given that the box itself isn’t on a subscription and functions as a once-off payment, as we clarified last week.
 

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This article is a bit different.


Very simply, in fact. The DStv Streama and Explora Ultra come with apps such as Showmax and Netflix pre-installed on the boxes. They’ll all be accessible right from the start, shown in DStv’s proprietary UI. All you need to do is select the one you want (we’ll stick with Netflix for the example), log into your existing account and you’re ready to browse the full catalogue of series and movies.

If you set up a new Netflix account, you’ll have the option of either paying Netflix directly or including the fee for Netflix in your DStv account. If you’re using the Streama there’s no need to do this given that the box itself isn’t on a subscription and functions as a once-off payment, as we clarified last week.
THANKS for the link to Stuff magazine - best explanation of how DSTV/netflix will work.
https://stuff.co.za/2020/08/25/how-...e-new-dstv-explora-ultra-and-streama-devices/
on the same site also useful.
 
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