According to the latest data by Dataxis for the year ending 2016, the number of pay-TV subscribers in Africa stood at approximately 18.7 million.
Most of the main pay-TV operators in Sub-Saharan Africa lowered their prices during 2016 to ward off competitors. The knock-on effect was that other platforms lowered their fees.
AMC Networks International – UK announced will launch telenovela channel Eva+ in Africa, a sister channel to Eva that first aired in spring 2015.
The Intelsat 36 satellite has entered service, providing broadcasting and direct-to-home (DTH) services for Africa’s MultiChoice, a DTH platform in South Africa.
BBC Brit, BBC Earth and BBC First will launch on MultiChoice’s DStv platform in South Africa.
ITV Choice will launch across Africa for the first time following a deal between ITV Studios Global Entertainment and African pay-TV operator MultiChoice.
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa has partnered with MultiChoice to launch a new localized BET channel exclusively on DStv in South Africa.
Trace has secured an agreement with Multichoice that will significantly increase the reach of its proprietary channel Trace Sport Stars across Africa.
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa has announced that MTV will be available to a wider audience from August 25.
African pay-TV provider MultiChoice has signed a 15-year service agreement with Intelsat. MultiChoice will take capacity on Intelsat 36, the new satellite launching in late 2015 to 68.5 degrees East, the orbital slot it has used since 1995.