Multichoice


Round-up: Fugitives strike South African drama pact; Starzplay welcomes ‘Dr. Death’; Int’l nets add ‘Angelo Rules’

Fugitives strikes South Africa drama pact Production and financing company Fugitive has struck a deal with South African entertainment company MultiChoice that will see it becoming the exclusive distributor for scripted originals made available on its M-Net channel and Showmax SVOD platform. The partnership will see Fugitive launching three new drama series – Lioness, Dam […]

Pay TV in Russia, Turkey, Africa adapt to Covid-19 with free channel offers

Pay TV operators around the world have launched a range of free windows to audiences who have been placed into lockdown. In Russia, pay TV operator NTV+ has de-encrypted its TV channels, movies and shows on satellite and OTT platforms throughout the country until the end of April. Non-subscribers will have access to 190 TV […]

CuriosityStream strikes distribution pacts in Africa, NZ and Bahamas

Science streamer CuriosityStream is growing its international reach, striking distribution pacts in Africa, New Zealand and the Bahamas. Founded by John Hendricks in 2016, the platform features series and feature docs spanning science, nature, history, technology, society and lifestyle programming. It has now struck deals with DStv’s MultiChoice for Africa, which will begin on 21 […]

Fremantle to develop South African drama with Multichoice

Fremantle is set to join forces with African pay TV operator Multichoice to develop an eight-part contemporary South African investigative crime thriller, Reyka. Set against the tropical coastline and vast sugarcane field of KwaZulu Natal, the story follows the life of Reyka Gama, a flawed but brilliant female detective, who is haunted by her past. […]

The Story Lab staffs up, opens new offices

Production and distribution group The Story Lab has hired seasoned execs to run new international offices, hired a permanent formats chief, and opened a new office in the UK as part of aggressive expansion plans, TBI has learned. TBI understands that The Story Lab is also looking for an exec to run a new scripted division, […]

South Africa’s Southern styling

South Africa has become a key strategic territory for international players, while local producers seek new ways to retain rights in a constricted market and subscription on-demand services emerge as the latest battleground. Juliana Koranteng reports. Locally and internationally, the South African TV production business is buzzing. Thanks to an exotic but diverse geography and […]

Africa tipped for ‘pay TV surge’

African pay TV operators will lead growth across the EEMEA group of emerging markets between now and 2020, according to Digital TV Research’s latest regional report. Digital TV Research predicts that MultiChoice-owned pay DTT platform GOtv will gain 5.84 million subscribers between 2014-20 to reach 7.5 million, while rival operator StarTimes will grow by 4.39 […]

Triple channel launch for Worldwide in Africa

BBC Worldwide is launching its three fledgling channel brands in Africa for the first time with a launch on DStv in South Africa. Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, has revamped its channels offering across three core brands: fact-ent service BBC Brit, factual offering BBC Earth and premium drama service BBC First. The DStv […]

Viacom to launch BET in South Africa

Viacom International Media Networks has partnered with African pay TV provider MultiChoice to launch a new localised BET channel in South Africa. The channel will be available exclusively on MultiChoice-owned pay TV platform DStv from April 2, and will be found at channel slot 129 on the EPG. The launch will mark the tenth African […]

State House opens doors to African drama

Having moved into original entertainment programming, East African pay TV operator Zuku is starting to invest in its own dramas, including Kenya’s answer to The West Wing. Local execs believe the region could be set for a booming scripted trade. East Africa’s Zuku has moved into originals as a way to differentiate itself from larger […]