Regulation & policy

Industry associations call on FPB to withdraw Online Content Regulation Policy draft

An alliance of civil society and industry associations has issued a firm call for the Film and Publications Board (‘the Board’) to withdraw its draft Online Content Regulation Policy, which was released for public comment on 4 March 2015. According to a press release issued by the group, the call for the withdrawal is based on the “unconstitutional, unlawful and unworkable nature of the draft, as well as the fact that it ignores several related Government processes.”

MultiChoice Objects to Reduction in DStv Subscription

A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed May 21, 2015 to rule on an application filed in objection to the suit seeking to restrain Multichoice Nigeria Limited from increasing subscription fees on the Digital Satellite television being operated by it.

Two Lagos-based legal practitioners,  Osasuyi Adebayo and Oluyinka Oyeniji, had filed the class action on behalf of themselves and all other DStv subscribers across the country.

StarTimes drops product and subscription fees for satellite TV viewers

StarTimes TV subscribers in Kenya with existing dish kits can now access StarTimes satellite TV service by acquiring a full High Definition (HD) decoder at just Shs 9999 upon subscribing to a bouquet of choice for Shs 1500.

This is after the digital television company revised the product cost and monthly subscription fees for its satellite TV service in a bid to making it more accessible to viewers.

Nigeria: NBC to License Free View TV Channels

National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has commenced the process of issuing licences for the provision of free view digital television content to be transmitted to Nigerian households.

Mr. Awwalu Salihu, director of Public Affairs, NBC, said the regulatory agency, after a detailed assessment of the current television market, observed serious gaps in the content available to serve the social and economic needs of Nigerians.

It, therefore, invited prospective service providers to submit proposals for meeting the gaps as a preliminary step towards applying for licences.

Court bars MultiChoice from DStv price hike in Nigeria

Cape Town – The Federal High Court in Nigeria has ordered MultiChoice to back off from its "arbitrary" monthly increase of DStv subscription fees which would have come into effect from April.

MultiChoice and MultiChoice Africa which runs the DStv as a satellite pay-TV service across Africa, hiked its monthly subscriber fees in South Africa and across the rest of the African continent with the increase leading to vocal consumer and subscriber outrage in especially Nigeria and Zambia.

ANC seals ‘messy deal’ on set-top boxes

THE African National Congress (ANC) has reached a "messy compromise" on the issue of digital migration and set-top boxes, which will see subsidised boxes manufactured with minimal security features and no capability to encrypt broadcasting signals.

The resolution of the tussle is a victory for Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and a defeat for those who opposed her, including members of the ANC economic transformation committee, the South African Communist Party and the Congress of South African Trade Unions.

Response: USAASA may lose set-top box tender

The public utterances of junior personnel in the Department of Communications are indeed unfortunate. While Solly Mokoetle is the DTT Programme Head at the Department of Communications, he - for all intents and purposes - is a junior official with no authority to make such declarations, public or otherwise.

USAASA is well aware of the intention of some in the sector to delay the broadcasting digital migration (BDM) and find the need to discredit credible brands doing diligent work. It is a pity Mokoetle has played into those tactics at the cost of the country.

Botswana on track to meet June digital migration deadline

The Botswana government expressed optimism it will meet the 17 June deadline for the digital migration. Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri said the country should be able to meet the set deadline, BOPA reported.

R8 million to censor SA’s Internet

The Film and Publications Board plans to spend over R8-million a year to police YouTube, but is about to have its child pornography wings clipped.

Soon, the Film and Publications Board (FPB) hopes it will “have the power to order an administrator of any online platform to take down any content that the Board may deem to be potentially harmful and disturbing to children of certain ages.”

In other words, if anyone again decides to display a presumed presidential penis online, the FPB will be there to save the day.

South Africa: Cabinet approves STB access control

The digital migration amendment policy, advocating STB access control, has been approved by Cabinet.

The digital migration amendment policy, advocating STB access control, has been approved by Cabinet.

The digital migration amendment policy, which advocates the inclusion of access control in set-top boxes (STB), has been approved by Cabinet.

Communications minister Faith Muthambi says the move will protect government's investment in STBs, so that they cannot be used outside of the boundaries of SA.

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