MultiChoice and Viacom renewed channels agreement

MultiChoice and Viacom have renewed their contract for distribution of television channels broadcast on the African Pay-TV service. The new contract extension means that BET, Comedy Central, MTV, MTV Base, MTV Music 24, Nickelodeon, NickToons and Nick Jr. will remain on DStv in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

The terms of the contract are not disclosed. Fathima Beckmann, spokesperson for Viacom Africa, did not respond to a media survey on the duration of the new contract. MultiChoice recently made the news of TV channel distribution when they announced that it would terminate its partnership with A + E after extensive negotiations to renew the distribution between MultiChoice and A + E Networks International. Networks and its 3 channels, followed by urgent renegotiations and a new agreement recorded the History and Lifetime channels, but with Crime + Investigation Network eliminated.

After the new A + E Networks agreement, followed by the latest Viacom extension, BBC Studios is the next major contract to renew by March 2020 for all BBC Studios Africa channels available on DStv.

Yolisa Phahle, CEO of MultiChoice for entertainment in general, said the Randburg-based pay TV operator was “delighted to share this announcement from the Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) market.”

Alex Okosi, executive vice president and general manager of VIMN Africa and BET International, said in a statement on the new distribution agreement that “This continued partnership demonstrates the shared commitment between VIMN Africa and MultiChoice to invest in local and international content that resonates with our audiences across the continent”.

“We truly value our collaboration with MultiChoice as it also enables us to consistently deliver great African productions”.