Regulation & Policy - In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- How DStv Is Fighting Online Piracy: John Kotsaftis - who heads DStv Online, the MultiChoice-owned business that develops the DStv BoxOffice and DStv On Demand services - says if content suppliers don’t make it easy for broadcasters to make their content available timeously and easily to their customers, then consumers will “find a way of doing it themselves”. The studios are reacting by making their content available to broadcasters much earlier than before. So, in the case of series such as the BBC’s Top Gear, the shows are aired in South Africa just weeks — and sometimes even just days — after they are broadcast in their home markets. (…) “We are now moving closer and closer to the release date in the US.” He adds that MultiChoice has also pressured its suppliers to release content earlier to offset the threat posed by online piracy...

Source: pctech Magazine. April 2013.