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Call for OTT TV regulation in Africa

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Spooked by Netflix’s growing popularity among African viewers, the continent’s largest television operator wants the disruptor to be regulated, reports Quartz Africa. “This call for regulation is a common call from established monopolies who find their grip on a local market challenged by a tech disruptor, and MultiChoice is no different. At first the South African company tried to compete, launching its own streaming service as eyeballs moved online. Now it’s resorted to calling for stricter rules in its own market.” MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela has blamed an unregulated Netflix for the loss of more than 100,000 subscribers in the last financial year, and an additional 40,000 in this cycle. In aa interview with the Business Day newspaper in South Africa, Mawela called on regulators to clamp down on Netflix and other over the top services. Though Netflix numbers in Africa have not been formally disclosed, it is still nascent in a continent where it has only been available for since January 2016 and where bandwidth costs and speeds could limit its reach. There are estimates it has between 300,000 to 400,000 subscribers in South Africa, the continent’s most advanced economy. “MultiChoice itself is currently opposing increased regulations from the communications authority. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is looking into the lack of competitiveness in South Africa’s PayTV market and the high costs to subscribers.” Read more

  • Monday, 23 July 2018

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