South Africa: ODM loses legal wrangle against Super5Media


The court has ruled that Super5Media’s commercial launch can go ahead.  A court interdict was brought against Super5Media, formerly known as Telkom Media, by licensed pay-TV provider On Digital Media (ODM) to block its entry into the market. ODM’s urgent interdict filed in January was dismissed with costs by the Johannesburg High Court.

ODM contended that Super5Media’s licence should first be reviewed before it could proceed with its plans to launch its products and services. ODM said that Super5Media should undergo the same strict process which other pay-TV subscription bidders had had to be subjected to by the regulator in 2007.

Telkom Media and ODM were awarded a licence in 2008, but Telkom decided to sell its 75 percent stake to a consortium led by a Chinese company, Shenzhen Media.

After the sale, Telkom Media was awarded a new licence under its new name Super5Media and new shareholders. The licence carried the requirement to have 40 channels on satellite and 40 channels on cable.

Screen Africa 04 Feb 2010