Television antitrust saga continues, MultiChoice in the cross-hairs again

Interest group seeks antitrust investigation in free-to-air channels According to a press release by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the organisation proposed last Friday a Competition Commission investigation into purportedly horizontal agreements between the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and MultiChoice.  “This follows an agreement entered into between the two parties in […]

“Your choice”: After Botswana and S.A., MultiChoice to be investigated by yet another antitrust authority?

MultiChoice has now appeared thrice in these blog pages… After having investigations into its alleged abuses of dominance opened in Botswana (reported here) and South Africa (here), the Naspers-controlled company MultiChoice (which owns DStv as well as SuperSport) has now been accused by Kenyan rivals Wananchi Group (Zuku TV) and StarTimes. Their complaints reportedly focus […]

Botswana opens probe into pay-TV provider MultiChoice

According to Botswana publication Mmegi, the domestic competition authority** has opened a probe into business practices surrounding MultiChoice’s so-called “bouquets” of pay-TV programs.  (Personally, I’d call it a bundle or package.  Maybe the local euphemism authority could look into the “bouquet” moniker, as well). The paper reports that MultiChoice has over 6 million Botswanan customers […]

South Africa: MultiChoice may face competition authorities for abuse of dominance

On Digital Media (“ODM”), owner of TopTV, has filed a complaint with the South African Competition Commission (“Commission”) against the Naspers controlled company, MultiChoice (which owns DStv as well as SuperSport) alleging abuse of dominance. ODM alleges that SuperSport unfairly refused to share rights to all Premier Soccer League (“PSL”) matches from 2011 until 2016 […]

Kenya competition landscape active

Zuku pay-TV launched complaint against DStv in Kenya As we reported in “Your Choice“, MultiChoice has been an active (if unwilling) player in African antitrust news.  Zuku pay-TV has recently requested the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) to impose a financial penalty on DStv for refusing to re-sell some of its exclusive content like the English […]

Commissioner calls agency’s work “reactive”, will appeal SABMiller case, counters “toothless dog” moniker

Revelations from Bonakele’s interview with CNBC Africa South African interim Competition Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele called his agency, the Competition Commission (“Commission”), a “kind of reactive” enforcement body, aiming primarily to uncover cartel conduct.  In an interview with CNBC Africa‘s “Beyond Markets” segment, journalist Nozipho Mbanjwa asked the acting Commissioner tough questions on the Commission’s enforcement […]