MultiChoice said that it plans to work with South Africa’s regulatory authorities “to curb the illegal download of movies”.
Many South African consumers have turned to the Internet to download the latest TV series and movies, especially after the advent of affordable uncapped broadband.
DStv owner MultiChoice said that it is planning to throw its weight behind the fight to stop online piracy.
MultiChoice said in a Sunday Times report that they are concerned about illegal downloads because they negatively impact the industry.
“At the same time, we encourage our channels to broadcast their series close to US broadcast dates to further discourage piracy,” the DStv owner said in a statement.
MultiChoice recently launched its online DStv Box Office service where any Internet user can download movies for between R10 and R30 per movie.
Internet piracy therefore competes directly against MultiChoice’s commercial online entertainment service.
MyBroadband asked MultiChoice which authorities they are planning to work with and how they think online piracy should be fought in South Africa, but MultiChoice said it preferred not to comment further on the matter.