Multichoice is to limit the number of devices able to view content on its DStv service at anyone time.
In a notice to customers, the African operator described password sharing and piracy as “challenges for streaming providers globally”.
As of March 22, Multichoice said it would be limiting the number of concurrent streams to just one. Customers will still be allowed to watch content that has previously been downloaded on a second device.
In all, Multichoice subscribers will be able to register up to four devices that can be used to watch content at various times.
In contrast, Netflix allows four concurrent streams on its top tier and two within its standard tier. The Multichoice-owned Showmax has a two-stream limit, which the broadcaster says it doesn’t plan to change.
There’s also no change to the XtraView proposition, where customers can have 3 different decoders linked to a single subscription.