MultiChoice says it’s impossible but in India you only pay for channels you pick

Starting on 1 February, India’s satellite pay-tv customers will get to pick and only pay for channels they want.

MultiChoice says doing the same in South Africa is impossible.

Indian consumers won’t be allowed to pick and pay for just one TV channel.

Every subscriber must pay for a basic package of 100 standard definition formerly free-to-air channels.

Beyond that basic bundle, subscribers may add channels one at a time, each at a different cost.

Regulators have set a maximum fee for an individual channel.

Ray White (in for Bruce Whitfield on The Money Show) interviewed Jan Vermeulen, Editor-at-Large at MyBroadband.co.za.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for quotes from it).

It seems that paying for individual channels will be cheaper… but the truth is it might not be… India is a very different market to South Africa…

Jan Vermeulen, MyBroadband.co.za

If this was enforced a couple of years ago it may have been doable…

Jan Vermeulen, MyBroadband.co.za

It’s far more complicated than simply getting what you paid for.

Jan Vermeulen, MyBroadband.co.za

Netflix has made all kinds of noises of doing local productions in South Africa… it’s going to be hard for MultiChoice to compete…

Jan Vermeulen, MyBroadband.co.za

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