A private company in Mauritius called Parabole Maurice (the DSTV Multichoice representative in Mauritius) prevents DSTV Multichoice from having broadcasting rights over DSTV French channels in Mauritius. This means that Mauritian DSTV subscribers have to pay for both an English and French satellite package if they are bilingual. Parabole Maurice offers Canal Satellite (French channel) but this is another product and is not related to DSTV. Mauritians cannot afford to subscribe to two different satellite packages at a time.
A Mauritian DSTV Multichoice subscriber
Editorial response: If Parabole Maurice do not control the rights for Canal Satellite, they will inevitably have to charge separately for access to the service but you raise interesting issues because Mauritius is in many ways at least a bi-lingual country.