The South African pay-TV service DStv, which is operated by Naspers-owned MultiChoice, goes from strength to strength despite growing competition from On Digital Media’s TopTV.
According to results published by Naspers, it added 450,000 subscribers in the year to March 31, 2010, ending the period with a total of 450,000. DStv now offers nine different bouquets and three HD channels, with a strong focus on football, general entertainment and movies and the mid-priced Compact bouquet proving particularly popular.
Naspers’ pay-TV interests in Africa’s 47 other countries meanwhile secured an additional 184,000 subscribers in the year to March 31, bringing the total to 1.1 million. The number receiving either the Compact or Family bouquets stood at 447,000.
Naspers has also recently launched mobile TV interests in Ghana, Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria and is awaiting a licence to operate one in South Africa.