Multichoice, the parent company for the largest pay TV service in Africa, DStv, recently announced that it will be cracking down on illegal DStv operations in Malawi that are providing illegal DStv South Africa accounts in the country.
That same announcement was made by MultiChoice Zimbabwe less than two months ago when it also announced that it would be taking measures such as legal action to deal with Zimbabwean subscribers accessing South African content.
In both countries, there are subscribers who register for DStv South Africa as it provides a wider variety of content at a much cheaper cost. Copyright laws make it illegal for South African content to be broadcast outside the country.
However, this has not deterred a number of agents who have started cashing in on viewers preferences. MultiChoice has been aware of the practice and prior to the threats of clampdown it had professed an inability to stop it. It even terminated some accounts in 2015.
As far as the “illegal subscribers” and the agents are concerned, though, as long as DStv isn’t offered at a competitive price, the “contraband” alternative will always be worth the risk.