This week the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) is holding hearings into "the subscription television broadcasting sector ... to determine whether there are competition issues in the sector which require action to be taken by the Authority through the imposition of pro-competitive conditions on relevant licensees". Let’s decode this doublespeak from the Government Gazette of August 25 2017 where the announcement for the hearings was made. Icasa is essentially asking: does MultiChoice have a monopoly? I can save Icasa the time and effort. The answer is yes. Does it matter? No. MultiChoice is the only operator that provides subscription television in the country, but Icasa’s hearing is pointless. Pay TV as we know it is rapidly being overtaken by streaming services like Netflix and YouTube. The origins of what was first M-Net, then DStv, might have been an economic gift from the old government to the Afrikaans-language newspapers. But 30 years later MultiChoice has bu...

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