Regulation & policy

StarSat won’t withdraw DStv complaint

StarSat parent On Digital Media (ODM) has no intention of withdrawing a complaint it lodged against DStv parent MultiChoice in 2013 at the Competition Commission in which it accused its rival of engaging in anticompetitive behaviour. ODM, which is close to completing a business rescue process it went into in 2012 after running into financial trouble, accused MultiChoice of abusing its monopoly by not supplying it with access to two SuperSport channels for broadcasting on StarSat (at the time known as TopTV). “As you know, the Competition Commission takes its time.

ICASA blamed for pay-TV monopoly

ICASA has so far chosen not to enable competition in the pay-TV space, say observers.

The local pay-TV market will remain dominated by a single, entrenched player, unless the county's communications regulator decides to get serious about introducing real competition into the space, market observers have warned.

It is up to the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) to regulate the market in such a way as to open the door for real competitors to incumbent MultiChoice, which holds about 90% of the South African pay-TV market.

ICASA, NCC sign consumer complaints agreement

An MOU has been signed between ICASA and the NCC to help deal with telecoms-related consumer complaints faster.

The National Consumer Commission (NCC) and the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) have entered into a cooperative working agreement to help resolve telecommunication and broadcast-related complaints.

Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari vows to 'save' Nollywood from piracy

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to save the country's entertainment industry from pirates.

He said the Nollywood film industry was doing well but unless it was backed, it would be "ruined by pirates".

The industry is worth $5bn (£3bn), but filmmakers still struggle to make a profit because of piracy.

Despite being hastily shot on low budgets, their focus on love, betrayal and witchcraft is hugely popular across Africa.

President Buhari ordered security agencies to identify those involved in copyright piracy and bring them to justice.

ACTV condemns high pay-TV subscription rates

A new direct to home cable television service provider, African Cable Television, has kicked against the subscription rates being paid by Nigerians to view pay-TV.

It said it had always been against such ‘high rates’, which was why it chose to offer content in four bouquets at affordable prices on an apple-to-apple comparison lower than those already available in the market.

The ACTV made its entry to the pay-TV market some months ago, and industry observers have noted that it is gradually winning its own share of the market.

Committee closes legal opinion on SABC board members

The Portfolio Committee on Communications has officially closed the legal opinion that was sought following the removal of three board members of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

The purpose of the legal opinion, which was sought from Parliament s Constitution and Legal Services Unit, was to advise the committee on the legality of the SABC board s decision.

It concluded that any removal of a SABC board member that was not in line with the provisions of the Broadcasting Act was invalid and unlawful. vs Muthambi: read the judgment in full

The high court in Pretoria this week handed a significant victory to communications minister Faith Muthambi as well as broadcasters opposed to the idea of subsidising an encryption system in the set-top boxes that government intends providing free to 5m poorer households as part of the country’s migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television.

New family friendly pay-TV service coming

Another dormant pay-TV broadcaster, WoWtv which got a pay-TV licence in 2007 is finally ready to start its commercial pay-TV service in South Africa offering 19 TV channels and 8 radio stations.

Walking on Water Television (WoWtv) was granted a licence in September 2007 to start a subscription TV service.

CA issues 6 more broadcast licences

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has awarded six firms broadcasting licences, stepping up competition in local content delivery.

In 2014, CA set June as the deadline for broadcasters to air 40 per cent local content under a new regulatory regime. The regulator has also compelled new broadcasters to commit to the rule as they seek licences.

Kenya Beats Digital Migration Deadline | Free-to-Air Channels No Longer Free

As the world marks the June 17th global deadline for analogue switch-off as per the International Communications Union (ITU) Geneva 2006 Agreement, Kenyans are expected to start paying for content from local TV stations apart from the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) which is free.
According to a report by  the Daily Nation new regulations  if passed might require Pay TV providers to only air only the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) as FTA to help other TV firms earn from their content and meet their infrastructure costs.

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