Telkom-DStv partnership on the cards

Telkom hinted during a recent press event in Johannesburg that it may have struck a deal with Naspers to offer DStv content, BusinessTech reported on Monday, 30 June 2014.

The report quoted Enzo Scarcella, who resigned from Vodacom in September to join Telkom as its chief marketing officer.

MultiChoice already operates an online movie rental service called DStv BoxOffice, which lets anyone register for an account and rent films which can be streamed to desktop, mobile, and web applications.

Asked how far away South Africa is from seeing content deals between operators and content providers, Scarcella was quoted as saying that it is “probably” as far away as fibre-to-the-home (FTTH).

Regarding the arrival of FTTH products, Scarcella said, “In a few months’ time, we may invite you to [an announcement] dinner.”

Hints about Telkom’s possible deal with Naspers comes after the telecommunications company previously confirmed that it was in talks with Netflix, as well as other content providers.

Telkom later issued an invitation for industry to bid on providing video on-demand services to its customers.

The tender was retracted, with the aim to re-issue it at a later stage.

Netflix, in the meantime, has said that it has no plans to enter the South African market.

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