MultiChoice & Icasa fight over Pay Tv laws

Following Icasa recent inquiry into subscription of TV broadcasting services where findings highlight ways to improve competition and lower subscription prices in the pay-TV market, the pay TV market inquiry and sports broadcasting regulations both pose a risk for MultiChoice, as the company’s DStv and SuperSport brands often acquire exclusive broadcasting rights to major sporting events – both local and international.

The acquisition of these rights allows DStv to broadcast sporting events to subscribers, and therefore make DStv’s packages attractive to customers.

It is the non-DStv customers who are the focus of the regulator’s sports broadcasting hearings, however, as in their view national sporting events need to be broadcast to the whole country.