Tag Archives: Independent Communications Authority of South Africa

Court orders to halt StarSat’s adult channels

The Western Cape High Court ordered On Digital Media (ODM) and Chinese StarTimes run pay-TV platform, StarSat, to stop broadcasting adult channels in South Africa arguing that the South Africa’s broadcasting regulator, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), erred in providing a licence to the broadcaster. ODMs first application to air adult channel to [...]

SA court reserves judgment on StarSat case

The Western Cape High Court has reserved judgment on whether or not a review of the licensing of three adult channels by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) needs to be reviewed. South African group, Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA), had earlier this month challenged the communications regulators decision to allow three [...]

ICASA reviews TV content regulations

South African regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) declared that it is reviewing the country’s content regulations for television and radio on how local content quotas can protect and develop the country’s national cultures and identities, promoting local industries. “The discussion document is an inquiry in terms of section 4B of the Icasa [...]

ICASA demands proof of intent from new pay-TV entrants

South African regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), has demanded five new broadcasters- which received provisional license last month, to submit a written guarantee of having the necessary funding to provide subscription TV services giving extensive proof of the new operators’ ability to go live. The provisional licensees include – Kagiso Media [...]

ICASA grants five provisional pay-TV licences

South Africas communications industry regulator, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has granted provisional subscription TV broadcasting licences to five new applicants. The operators – Close-T Broadcast Network Holdings, Kagiso TV, Mindset Media Enterprises, Mobile TV and Siyaya TV- had applied for pay TV licences in 2012 and also participated in ICASAs public hearings [...]

ICASA asks Competition Commission to investigate MultiChoice-SABC deal

South Africas communications industry regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has asked the Competition Commission to investigate a possible restrictive horizontal practice between the public broadcaster, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), and pay-TV operator, MultiChoice in a July 2013 agreement between the two parties involving SABCs 24-hour news channel on MultiChoices DStv [...]

ICASA to probe competition in broadcast industry

South Africas communications industry regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), plans to launch a probe into the state of competition in the broadcast industry which is currently dominated by pay-TV operator, MultiChoice. Foremost in our mind is the fate of TopTV, said William Currie, ICASA councillor. Questions have been posed to us [...]

ICASA aims to open up SA’s pay-TV market

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) plans to carry out an inquiry into premium content delivery after conducting hearings last year with would-be subscription TV licensees in an effort to open up SA’s monopolistic pay-TV market and introduce competition to MultiChoice, which holds more than 95% of the market. The public hearings in [...]

StarSat license ownership stuck in court

South African pay-DTH operator, On Digital Media (ODM), which had applied to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to transfer its ownership licence of StarSat (formerly known as TopTV) to StarTimes Media, is still facing several obstacles which is delaying the transfer process. StarTimes is financing a bailout of the near-bankrupt ODM, which [...]

ICASA criticises MultiChoice’s sports monopoly

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) says that MultiChoices dominance in premium and sports-related content must be broken as it is impossible for other subscription TV services to enter the market. This outstanding issue is what is holding up the launch of competitive subscription TV offerings in South Africa, said Pakamile Pongwanahe, newly [...]