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- The Botswana branch of Multichoice Africa, has joined the fray and increased its subscription fees for its Digital Satellite TV (DStv) service. Multichoice increased its prices on April 1, blaming the move on escalating operating costs. Tshepo Maphanyane, spokesperson for Multichoice Botswana confirmed the adjustments, but defended the move, saying they had been able to cushion the costs of the BWP devaluation last year. "It is however encouraging that Multichoice Africa absorbed substantial costs in delaying the price increase so long after the 12.5 percent devaluation", Maphanyane explained. Under the new price adjustments, DStv customers in Botswana will now pay P335 from P305 for the premium bouquet, while they pay P170 for compact bouquet.

- A Lagos-based firm, Hydra Entertainment, has instituted an action against Multi Choice Nigeria Ltd, at a Lagos Federal High Court over alleged infringement on the plaintiff's copyright. In the suit, the plaintiffs, Hydra and Mr Akinwumi Sydney (the second claimant), had claimed that the copyright of the literary work entitled; Big Brother Nigeria belonged to them.