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DStv To Cut Three Popular Channels Across Africa

DStv recently announced that it would be cutting three favourite channels from its network at the end of October – Lifetime, History and Crime + Investigation.
These three channels have been enjoyed by DStv Premium as well as DStv Compact Plus subscribers for years.

The contract term for all these channels, which are provided by the American broadcasting firm A&E Networks, reportedly ends on 1 November 2019.

Benedict Maaga, MultiChoice’s Corporate Communications Senior Manager, told MyBroadband that the decision was part of a plan to refresh the DStv line-up.
He said that the ending of the contract term for the three channels gave MultiChoice a chance to evaluate the value it offers its subscribers.

MultiChoice released a statement saying that it is continuously reviewing its channel selection and content line-up to improve its entertainment offering.

The well-known independent TV expert Thinus Ferreira reported that the real reason for this decision is that negotiations between MultiChoice and A&E Networks and broke down and contract renewal negotiations between the two companies turned ugly.

A&E Networks issued a statement saying that South African fans of its channels would now miss out on new and unique shows.

As part of its announcement about cutting the three channels, MultiChoice said it would soon announce two new channels.
The company added that it would continue to increase its investment in local content and shows which it said have fantastic resonance with subscribers and are a vital driver of engagement.


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