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MTN, MultiChoice to Ink Acquisition Deal this June

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Top management employees at the MTN Group head office in Johannesburg, South Africa, have hinted that the company will take a stand by the end of June on its plans to acquire MultiChoice Africa.

This is coming two years after MTN acquired a N34bn licence to provide digital pay television broadcasting services in Nigeria, and spent N25bn extra to get the service running in May 2016.

The National Broadcasting Commission had said in September 2015 that it gave MTN Nigeria part of the country’s 700MHz broadcasting spectrum solely for the purpose.

Talks between MTN and MultiChoice have been ongoing since the last quarter of 2016, it was confirmed  from two of the management employees on Tuesday.

“Should we (the MTN Group) finally come to agree to terms with MultiChoice, which is expected to happen before June ending, then the pronouncement will be made in July,” one of them said.

The source added, “Well, the whole gambit depends on the outcome we get from MultiChoice Nigeria, which is the cash cow for the pay television company.

“MultiChoice realises that in whatever acquisition plan it wants to get into, the Nigerian market must be strongly considered, given its peculiarities and the dynamics from rival companies.”

The source, however, added, “But above all, MTN is particularly bothered that the country (Nigeria) where it has its highest number of telecommunications subscribers will not be able to meet the June 2017 deadline for digital migration, despite having failed to meet the earlier deadline of June 2015. So, it is of the conviction that the acquisition will only present a stronger frontier to give Nigerians the opportunity to watch TV, even on their smartphones, after June 2017.

“Other countries in Africa that will be affected by the digital migration deadline will also benefit from the opportunities inherent.”

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MultiChoice Refutes Launch of Pay-Per-View Report

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Pay-TV service provider, MultiChoice Nigeria, has dismissed fresh reports saying it is about to make its services available via the Pay-Per-View model.

In a statement issued in Lagos, the company said reports currently circulating and suggesting that it is about launching Pay-Per-View are unfounded.

“MultiChoice wishes to correct the news currently being circulated and states that at no time was it announced that a Pay Per View service was about to be launched,” said the statement.

The company explained that before the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing fight, it explained to journalists at a media briefing premium subscribers on its DStv platform would watch the fight as part of their package, while subscribers to pay television services in the USA would need to pay an additional US$99 on Pay per view basis to access the fight.

It added that should it decide to offer a new service in the future, the media and its subscribers will be directly informed.

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DSTv, Startimes Panic as TSTV Unpacks PaSC, Data Bundle

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As the commercial launch of TStv, Telcom Satellite TV, in Nigeria beckons, DStv/GOtv and StarTimes, and other pay TV providers, are believed to be troubled, according to Independent.

Their anxiety may have arisen from the new operator’s introduction of the Pay-as-You-Consume (PaSC) model and data bundle.

Other pay TV providers had consistently argued that the model was not possible to implement in Nigeria on the grounds that they bought the contents they relay as a whole and not in bits.

TStv will roll out its Pay-As-You-Consume plan on October 1, 2017, and industry watchers predict that it would win over a lot of customers from its competitors.

Analysts have expressed the hope that TStv would, indeed, redeem its promise of offering unique services, and thus break the MultiChoice’s monopoly in the business in Nigeria.

The move by the incoming operator is aimed at attracting more subscribers to their service, which is considered to have been tailored along the yearning of Nigerian pay TV customers.

When the new plan begins, it is expected to replicate the revolutionary feat Globacom made in the telecoms industry through the introduction of per second billing (PSB).

Prior to the implementation of PSB by Glo, MTN and Econet (now Airtel) had insisted that it was not possible to operate the PSB until after seven years, but Glo made it possible immediately it hit the market in 2003.

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‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ on DStv Clocks Ten

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For the last decade, the E! mega hit series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, has grown steadily from a familial docu-series into a global phenomenon.

From break-ups to make-ups, weddings, births and all the drama in between, fans have “kept up” with the family’s constant evolution.

In the 90-minute Keeping Up with the Kardashians 10 Year Anniversary Special, airing on 25 September at 7pm, host and executive producer of the series and special, Ryan Seacrest, sits down with Kris, Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie to reflect back on the most monumental events in their lives.

Throughout the years, the family has remained genuine, compassionate, and vulnerable with the viewers, and this special will delve into what it’s been like for the family to live all the triumphs and hardships in front of the camera.

In preparation for the ten year anniversary celebrations, E! is airing a Kardash-a-thon, every day until 6 October. From 06:10am to 06:05pm, fans are given the opportunity to catch up on every episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians ever aired.

Fans can find out more about the Kardashian and Jenner sisters’ fashion style and signature looks in a series of E!’s Look Book specials, every day at 7pm.

On 7 October, E! will showcase the most popular episodes from Keeping Up with the Kardashians as voted by you, the fans, in Top 10 Fan Faves. Voting is open on the E! Africa Facebook page until 1 October.

Then, after a heavy and eventful year, Keeping Up with the Kardashians returns for a fun and flirty fourteenth season on 8 October at 7pm. From backyard camping and wine tasting in Santa Barbara to jet-setting to Mexico for birthday shenanigans, the family is determined to get back to basics, but not without some challenges along the way.

Kim debates removing herself from the spotlight to focus on her family after the traumatic experience in Paris.

Meanwhile, as Khloé’s relationship with Tristan heats up, she stresses over how to blend her two lives.

As Kourtney is burdened over how to unapologetically embrace her single life while co-parenting with Scott, Kendall finds herself under an immense amount of pressure as she struggles with being in the public eye and the rest of the family is along for the unpredictable ride.

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