When reports emerged in early February that French group Canal+, MultiChoice’s largest shareholder, had offered to buy the group outright in a deal that valued the company at R46bn, I was excited. As someone with a long career in the hospitality sector, I’ve had a front-row seat to the declining relevance of DStv, MultiChoice’s satellite and internet TV offering. 

I was hopeful that a Canal+ buyout would enable the group to bring in fresh blood and revitalise the DStv offering. While I was particularly hopeful that a revitalised MultiChoice would deliver an improved hospitality offering, I was also hopeful that it could turn DStv’s general fortunes around. ..

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