Distribution - In brief


Imagine being able to watch the latest hit shows on South African television just hours after they’ve been aired in the US. That’s what local pay-television viewers can now look forward to. Due to the growing threat posed by online piracy, M-Net, the pay-TV entertainment brand in the MultiChoice stable, has announced it will air the very latest American shows, sometimes barely an hour after they’ve been broadcast in the US. Full story here

Should Netflix arrive in South Africa — and there are strong rumours that the company already has servers in a data centre here — it will be as much of a game changer as it was internationally. The biggest threat is likely to be to MultiChoice, whose DStv has an unassailable monopoly with paid-for television and has already seen off a variety of challengers. Full story here