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25 Aug 2015 Media & Broadcasting

OPENVIEW HD REACHES 200 000 CUSTOMERS

Cape Town – OpenView HD will reach its 200 000th installation and activation within days since the free-to-air satellite TV service launched in South Africa in October 2013. OpenView HD is operated by Platco Digital with its head office in Johannesburg and is backed by e.tv’s parent company Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI). In 2014 Ellies, […]

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28 Jul 2015 Media & Broadcasting

BE FREE WITH “e”

Will re-configured Seardel Investment Cor­poration – which now holds a 64% interest in Sabido Investments as its only asset – become a broadcast media giant? Cape Town-based Seardel is controlled by empowerment giant Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI,) while Sabido – which has Remgro as a sig­nificant equity partner – controls free-to-air broadcaster e-tv. HCI has […]

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13 Jul 2015 Media & Broadcasting

SABC LICENCE NEEDED FOR DIGITAL TV

Cape Town – South African TV viewers will now likely have to provide a SABC TV licence to get an expensive set-top box (STB) required for digital terrestrial television (DTT) – even the poorest of the poor who won’t get one of the 5 million free STBs government hand-outs without a valid licence. It raises […]

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29 Jun 2015 Media & Broadcasting

COURT RULES THAT GOVERNMENT DTT POLICY STANDS

On Thursday, 25 June, the North Gauteng High Court dismissed e.tv’s application to review aspects of Government’s DTT Policy. e.tv’s chief operating officer, Mark Rosin, says, “e.tv is disappointed with the court judgment and is considering its options but remains committed to the roll-out of DTT and other digital platforms such as free satellite platform, […]

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26 Jun 2015 Media & Broadcasting

e.tv LOSES SET-TOP BOX ENCRYPTION BATTLE

E.TV on Thursday lost its challenge to the state’s digital migration policy, with the High Court stating firmly that the government should not have to pay for the private, commercial aims of individual broadcasters. Unless it is appealed against, the judgment clears the way for the government to implement the migration from analogue to digital […]

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26 Jun 2015 Media & Broadcasting

E.tv ‘COMMITTED’ TO DIGITAL TV

E.tv chief operating officer Mark Rosin has said the free-to-air broadcaster is “disappointed” after losing a high court application brought against communications minister Faith Muthambi. E.tv chief operating officer Mark Rosin has said the free-to-air broadcaster is “disappointed” after losing a high court application brought against communications minister Faith Muthambi over the use of encryption […]

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15 Jun 2015 Media & Broadcasting

SA MISSES MORE THAN DIGITAL TV DEADLINE

Government has failed to meet a crucial deadline to switch off analogue broadcasting signals. In doing so, it has made a mockery of its own promises to bridge the digital divide and lift millions of South Africans out of poverty. More than a decade after South Africa started preparing to switch off analogue terrestrial television, […]

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31 May 2015 Media & Broadcasting

MULITCHOICE DIGITAL TV HIJACKING ALLEGATION

There is widespread evidence of the pay-TV operator clearly trying to dictate state policy. Pay-TV operator MultiChoice waged a campaign to overturn a crucial government decision that critics claim crossed the line between acceptable lobbying and capturing state policy. At issue is the government’s plan to move all television broadcasting to a digital system that, […]

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25 May 2015 Media & Broadcasting

SET-TOP BOXES: e.tv SQUARES UP TO GOVERNMENT OVER ITS POLICY

A BATTLE over government policy on television set-top boxes will take place in court this week, in a case that could have far-reaching consequences for free-to-air television. If the government wins the case, e.tv says those who cannot afford to subscribe to pay-TV would end up with a second-rate viewing experience, unable to access premium […]

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22 Apr 2015 Media & Broadcasting

SECRET DSTV-SABC DEAL NOT NEFARIOUS : MULTICHOICE

The application brought before the Competition Tribunal against MultiChoice regarding its deal with the SABC is full of inaccuracies, MultiChoice has argued. MultiChoice has not forced the SABC into changing its stance on the encryption of South Africa’s digital TV signals, nor has it taken control of the public broadcaster’s content portfolio. That’s the word […]

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