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Multichoice still locked in a bitter tax battle with Nigerian authorities

Last month we learnt that Nigerian authorities had either frozen or were attempting to freeze the bank accounts of several big companies over tax issues. By far the biggest name on the list was the South African entertainment giant Multichoice. The company is now involved in a heated battle over ₦1.8-trillion (US$4.3 billion) tax bill. […]

Showmax Pro to stream EPL, La Liga & more but only SA will get UCL

After the successful live streaming of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Showmax Pro will be bringing the world’s best football to its subscribers. Showmax Pro is the only streaming service in Africa to stream all matches of the English Premier League (EPL), La Liga and Serie A and the DStv Premiership, courtesy of SuperSport. The new […]

The Olympics are here and ShowMax Pro is offering a two for the price-of-one deal

Earlier this week we covered how you can stream the Olympics 2020 events (the event is taking place this year due to the pandemic). One of the easiest (but not cheapest) methods is to stream the events you want to watch using ShowMax Pro. Thankfully it seems someone at Multichoice was listening. ShowMax Pro is […]

South Africa’s SABC licence bill is less controversial than expected

Recently South Africa published its South African Broadcasting Corporation SOC Ltd Bill of 2021 as approved by Cabinet on 30 June 2021. At its heart, the bill deals with how SABC licences will be paid and collected from the public going forwards. I have to say, contrary to what we had been warned to expect, […]

Multichoice embroiled in a spat with the Nigeria tax authorities

Multichoice Nigeria, a subsidiary of the South African giant and pay-TV operator has had their Nigeria accounts frozen. They are embroiled in a spat with the Nigerian Tax authorities (Nigerian Federal Inland Revenue Services i.e. FIRS) who claim that the pay-tv operator owes them a staggering US$4.3 billion (1.8 trillion Naira) in taxes. According to […]

Zimnat introduces decoder insurance

ZIMNAT wants you to keep your happiness.

You may soon no longer need a satellite connection to enjoy DStv

DStv South Africa is in talks with Internet Service Providers to create a bundled offer. This could mean that you may no longer need a dish to watch DStv.

DStv to broadcast certain sports events for free?

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 […]

DStv’s bundling with Netflix being investigated by SA Competition Commission

In June, Multichoice announced that they had reached agreements with Netflix and Amazon Prime to offer a bundled service. Strangely, when DStv announced two new sets of decoders that will offer streaming capabilities, not a word was said about Netflix or Prime. Why was that the case? Well, it’s simple really – SA’s Competition Commission […]

DStv plans to partner with internet providers once Xplora Ultra is released

DStv is launching new hardware. That much we’ve known for a while now and we wrote about the 2 (Xplora Ultra & Streama) new decoders here. There were questions regarding how the decoders would go online. Multichoice has revealed some details regarding how they plan on doing it (in South Africa). One of the questions […]

Multichoice announces new sets of decoders – DStv Streama & Xplora Ultra

Yesterday, Multichoice announced a new set of DStv decoders; Xplora Ultra and Streama. The new decoders come as no surprise considering that earlier this year, MultiChoice announced that DStv would come bundled with Netflix. The current DStv hardware only supports Showmax but not 3rd party apps so it makes sense that newer hardware is now […]

DStv announces new channel and overhauls coming to existing Supersport channels

SuperSport has announced that from the 1st of September, Supersport channels are getting new names. Out with the confusing numbers at long last. SuperSport says this was done to make for a better navigation and viewing; This thinking has driven SuperSport’s decision to drop the numbering system it has used for its channels for more […]

DStv brings back NBA & more American sports with new ESPN deal

SuperSport has announced a partnership between MultiChoice Group and The Walt Disney Company which will result in the airing of a host of American sporting content and two new channels on DStv. The two new ESPN (ESPN & ESPN2) channels which will start airing on the 29th of July will offer the following content; National […]

How Significant Is Local Content To DStv?

When Kwese Pay TV met it’s untimely death last year and even well before that, one of the things we lamented was the lack of local content on the platform. Kwese’s crash came down to a combination of factors and not just ultimately down to local content but looking at the role localised content plays […]

DStv Loses Nearly 100k Subscribers In Zim, Economic Woes & Electricity Crisis To Blame

Multichoice recently announced financial results for their financial year ending on the 31st of March 2020 and the situation in Zimbabwe is “sub-optimal”. That’s if sub-optimal can be used as a euphemism. Put plainly, DStv is actually haemorrhaging customers and lost 92 000 subscribers in that period placing the blame on power outages and economic woes […]

DStv Explains Why They Had To Increase Prices

Earlier this month, Multichoice Zim announced that subscribers would have to pay more for all DStv packages due to VAT adjustment. For many people there was confusion since Value-Added-Tax actually fell from 15% to 14.5%. If VAT paid is actually lower why are you paying more? Well, Multichoice has explained this saying before 2020 the […]

DStv Partners With Udemy To Offer Online Courses At No Cost In The DStv App

Multichoice has announced that SA subscribers will be getting a special bonus as part of their subscription from May until the end of July. The broadcasting company announced that they are partnering with Massive Open Online Course platform Udemy to offer premium subscribers access to 600 courses within the DStv app. As South Africans continue […]

DStv Announces Price Increase Coming Into Effect In June

Multichoice Zimbabwe has announced a price increase coming into effect on the 1st of June 2020. The media company has blamed the increase on the 14.5% VAT charge but makes sure to remind subscribers that this is the first upward review in 4 years. Package Current price per month new price per month Lite $7 […]

South Africans Who Pay Less Than DStv Subscribers From Other Regions Petition For Price Drop

Over a 150 000 South Africans have signed a petition asking MultiChoice to reduce their pricing during the COVID-19 crisis. The petition has a target of 200 000 subscribers with the originator of the petition highlighting how DStv is dropping subscription prices across the continent. It’s not entirely clear which price cuts are being referred […]

[Update] DStv Launches 3 New Channels, Including A News & Educational Channel

DStv recently added two new channels to its viewing roster. Africanews and Mindset Pop Africanews is a pan-African multilingual news service that is allied to the existing, popular Euronews channel and would have a focus on content from across the whole of Africa. Africanews was originally launched in 2016 from Pointe-Noire, Congo, and now reaches 20 […]

Multichoice SA Sets Aside R80 Million For Employees

The national lockdown currently underway in South Africa doesn’t exempt people working in the creative industry and with production coming to a halt, Multichoice has announced a list of measures they will be implementing to help cushion industry players during these tough times. R80 million fund Multichoice stated that they’ve set aside R80 million to […]

Standalone DStv Streaming Service Will Have Similar Price With Netflix

Analysts have predicted that DStv’s standalone streaming service will have pricing similar to that of Netflix. With plans in place to start offering DStv Now as a stand-alone service, some of the questions many of us have had is what the pricing will look like when it’s launched. The lower cost compared to DStv packages […]

ZBC’s 24-Hour News Channel To Launch At The End Of November

Remember the draft of new channels ZBC announced a few months ago? Whilst they are yet to materialise there are One of those channels will be a 24-hour news channel and according to the Minister of Information Monica Mutsvangwa, that channel recently completed its DStv assessment: This project seeks to facilitate the launch free to […]

DStv’s Festive Promotion Sees Subscribers Get A Free Package Upgrade

DStv has announced a new festive promotion that will allow subscribers of certain bouquets to get a free upgrade if they pay for their next subscription between the 20th of November to the 24th of December. Subscribing to the following bouquets will grant you the following upgrade: DStv Access subscribers will be upgraded to DStv […]

You Can Miss Out On Dstv’s New Channels If You Have One Of These Decoders

According to MyBroadband, DStv users with certain old decoders will not be able to watch future channels that will be broadcasted using high band frequencies. Since DStv started broadcasting, they have used the low band. Unfortunately, better quality comes at an increased cost of bandwidth. Therefore, DStv decided launched a high band frequency satellite to […]

Zimbabwe Gems Take On The World, Multichoice Promises All The Netball World Cup Games

Well it didn’t happen as we all desired at the continental soccer stage, perhaps there is some chance for Zimbabwe at the world stage in netball. The national netball team, nicknamed Gems will be fighting for the title in Liverpool together with 3 other African teams. Mutichoice, the Pan African satellite broadcaster has promised full […]

MultiChoice May Cut A Large Portion Of Their 2000 Customer-Service Jobs

The digital age is upon us which means every month or two we come across a company that’s ramping up their digital efforts which in turn results in making some part of the workforce expendable. The latest company to go down this route is MultiChoice which may be forced to retrench 2000+ employees in their […]

Pay Your DStv Subscription In RTGS Dollars

Having to go in the street or to bureau de changes and banks to buy US Dollars for paying your DStv subscription to Multichoice Zimbabwe can be somewhat a hassle for some folks. Good News! Techzim is here to spare you that hassle. You can now pay for your DSTV subscription in RTGS Dollars right […]

MultiChoice Clarifies Issues Over South African Registered DStv Accounts In Zimbabwe

Many people were left with many unanswered questions pertaining to the use of South African registered DStv accounts in Zimbabwe after a fake letter circulated on social media. Well today, Multichoice has sent us a list of questions and answers that provide DStv subscribers with information about what’s really going on. Here it is: Concerns about […]

Multichoice Finally Listed On The JSE

A few months ago Naspers announced that they would be listing Multichoice separately on the JSE. For many of us, this seemed like a sign of doom and gloom as our gut feeling was that this move was meant to ditch Multichoice and their satellite TV business model which looks to be on the verge […]