The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is reviewing regulations around the broadcasting of sports. There is an expectation that the review could lead to some changes for DStv.
The review by ICASA is meant to regulate broadcasting of sporting events “in the public interest” and to promote wider reach of such events. The following events will be considered as being of national interest;
- Confederation sporting events involving a national team or a national representative
- Semi-final and final of a national knockout competition
- An opening game, semi-final, and final of a confederation sporting event
ICASA also proposed the following list of sports that they deem to be of national interest;
|Summer Olympic Games||Paralympics|
|FIFA World Cup||African Cup of Nations|
|Rugby World Cup||ICC Cricket World Cup|
|ICC T20 Cricket World Championships||International Boxing Federations|
|Netball World Cup||Commonwealth Games|
|IAAF World Atheltic Championships||Super 15 Rugby|
|All Africa Games||Cosafa Cup|
|CAF Champions League||CAF Confederations Cup|
|MTN 8||Telkom Knockout|
|Nedbank Cup||Currie Cup|
|TAFISA World Sport for All Games|
It will be interesting to see if DStv takes this lying down. Multichoice pays to acquire rights for the above competitions so broadcasting matches from these compettions at no cost disincentivises consumers from subscribing. Whether that will be a big enough chunk to actually have a huge impact will be another thing.
This is also most likely to be a regulation that affects South African subscribers exclusively so that will also soften the blow for Multichoice.
The final position on these regulations is expected later this year – in Q3 of 2020.