The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is trying to find ways of breaking DStv’s stranglehold on the the pay-TV market after publishing its draft findings on competition in the industry.
It's now considering introducing restrictions on Multichoice, which owns DStv, to ensure it acts as less of a monopoly in the market.
Icasa councillor Bontlenyana Mokhele explains the limitations they are considering.
These are proposals. Amongst others, we are looking at unbundling of rights, limiting the duration of contracts and number of Hollywood contracts that Multichioce can get into.— Bontlenyana Mokhele, Councillor - Icasa
We are also proposing a way in which we can look into making the set box inter-operable.— Bontlenyana Mokhele, Councillor - Icasa
Mokhele says they have considered how DStv may be affected by the growing impact of streaming services such as Netflix.
We had considered that as part of our analysis and we have found that although these services are growing both in terms of scale and scope, at this point in time and over the next three years they do not pose such a significant threat to Multchoice's business.— Bontlenyana Mokhele, Councillor - Icasa
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