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Zambia: Multichoice Wins Landmark Case Against ZNBC And China's TopStar Communications

Multichoice Zambia has won an injunction stopping the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and Chinese digital TV services provider TopStar Communications from interfering with arrangements for the broadcast of local free-to-air channels in the country.

Presently, Multichoice Zambia's GOtv customers can watch all local free-to-air channels as part of their package. Now however, Multichoice Zambia is worried that this would change as soon as TopStar Communications successfully executes the joint venture agreement with ZNBC and brings TopStar-branded set-top boxes to the Zambia market. This, Multichoice argues, would stop its 400,000+ subscribers from being able to access the local free-to-air channels.

They contend that these free-to-air channels 'are delivered on public signals' and should therefore be available on every platform...; and the high court judge agrees, at least for now!


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