Legal showdown between MultiChoice and Icasa
The regulator wants to open up the sector, but DStv-owner MultiChoice says the proposed conditions impose far-reaching restrictions on its business
A legal battle is looming between pay TV giant MultiChoice and the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) as the regulator pushes ahead with it plans to open up the market.
On April 12, Icasa published its draft findings following an inquiry into subscription TV broadcasting services. The findings highlight remedies to boost competition and lower subscription prices in the pay-TV market. These include reducing contract duration, specifically for sports rights, splitting content rights and selling them to more than one broadcaster, and halving the number of Hollywood studios MultiChoice may enter into exclusive contracts with.