Kenya’s Wananchi Group, the owner of pay television firm Zuku, has removed free-to-air (FTA) channels from its subscription list for Tanzanian customers in order to comply with the TCRA regulations.
Zuku made the announcement on Sunday noting that it was in line with the directive made by Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) last week that threatened to withdraw licences of players charging subscribers for FTA channels.
The move comes after the regulator last week said it would suspend Multichoice Tanzania’s licence for carrying the stations on its service despite its permit barring it from doing so.
With both Zuku and Multichoice removing the channels from their subscription list, it means that stations like Imaan TV, StarTV, Clouds TV, TVE and Chanel 10 are no longer available on DStv, Zuku and Azam decoders.
This means that Tanzanians using DStv, Zuku and Azam services will need to buy FTA decoders to enable them have access to the five free-to-air stations.