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THE MEDIA APRIL 2018

CABLE TV Cord cutting not a problem in South Africa… yet Luke Cage, a Netflix original While cord cutting is a rising trend in the US and UK pay TV markets, it hasn’t reached the same levels in South Africa… not yet anyway. GLENDA NEVILL reports. While South Africans might not be severing their subscriptions to pay TV packages, many are certainly signing up for cheaper options, and showing a growing interest in streaming video services such as Netflix and Showmax. Meanwhile, mobile operators are making moves into the space, utilising their infrastructure and striking deals for everything from sports rights to series. Speaking at an investor presentation in New York in December 2017, Naspers boss, Bob van Dijk, said, “I do not think five years from now people will be picking up newspapers any more or watching linear TV.” As Chris Botha, group managing director of The MediaShop, said in a tweet shortly afterwards, “Interesting quote from one of the biggest publishers of newspapers, and one of the biggest broadcasters of linear TV.” Naspers, parent company of Media24, which also owns MultiChoice and its pay TV business, DStv, reported that while subscriptions to DStv had risen 11% to 12.2 million in September 2017, it had lost 115 000 Premium subscribers in all markets during that time, which came on top of a loss of 235 000 the year before. P 22 The Media | wagthedog.co.za


THE MEDIA APRIL 2018
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