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Sony Pulls Two More Channels From Cell C Black

Cell C black is losing two more TV channels with the kids’ channel POP and True Movies - both from Sony Pictures Television Networks - also being taken down.

The removal of the two channels comes after Sony Pictures Television Networks abruptly removed its linear Sony MAX and Sony Channel from Cell C black in January 2019, with these two channels also having been pulled from MultiChoice's DStv pay-TV platform in November 2018.

The removal of the channels is part of Sony Pictures Television Networks’ decision to change its channel distribution business in South Africa and Africa.

Cell C black is suddenly down by 4 TV channels while its subscribers continue to pay the same subscription fee as before, but now for less content. Cell C black has not confirmed whether the four channels will be replaced or not.

POP, however, remains available on China's StarTimes (Africa) and on StarSat (South Africa) satellite pay-TV platforms. StarSat has not commented on whether or not POP will be removed from its platform.

Ntombi Gama, Cell C black's spokesperson, confirmed in a media briefing to TVwithThinus that POP and True Movies had indeed been cut from Cell C black in addition to Sony MAX and Sony Channel.

When asked why Cell C black doesn't notify its subscribers about the discontinuation of TV channels on its service publicly and why customers are kept in the dark when it comes to the changing channel line-up of the service, Ntombi Gama said that the changes had in fact been communicated with Cell C black subscribers.

TVwithThinus contacted Sony Pictures Television this week, and the television network responded with the same statement that it had released in January, again saying that as part of a review of its channel portfolio, Sony had decided to revise its offering in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sony Pictures Television added that it is actively exploring various other possibilities in Africa and is excited about the future programming opportunities in the continent.

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