DStv has been struggling to keep its Premium subscribers in recent years due, in part, to the rise of Netflix in South Africa.
Netflix has performed well internationally thanks to its low price when compared to traditional pay-TV services like DStv Premium.
The rise of Netflix has also coincided with the growth of high-speed Internet access across South Africa.
The competition from the likes of Netflix has therefore raised questions about the future of DStv.
To see what this future may hold, MyBroadband asked South Africa’s tech experts whether they believe Netflix will overtake DStv in terms of market share.
The Internet barrier
Managing director of World Wide Worx Arthur Goldstuck believes that Netflix will struggle to reach DStv’s 5-million subscriber mark.
“Netflix is growing its customers in SA via the broadband user base of ADSL and fibre users,” said Goldstuck.
“That will take many years to reach the 5-million mark, and all the while DStv will continue penetration of low-end markets and areas with limited broadband.”
However, Goldstuck believes that Netflix poses a serious threat to DStv’s Premium package.
“Netflix is eating rapidly into the DStv Premium subscriber base, as that is also the typical broadband user,” said Goldstuck.
“So, while it won’t overtake DStv any time soon, it is taking away its most profitable subscribers.”
“Once DStv loses rights to the English Premier League and local rugby, it’s game over for the premium bouquet,” he added.
Director of the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) Kate Skinner agrees that sport is one of DStv’s biggest draw cards.
“If DStv continues to provide excellent sport coverage and Netflix can’t then that will slow the speed of people switching to Netflix,” said Skinner.
Skinner added that the ability of Netflix to surpass DStv is also dependent on the rollout of fast Internet connections.
The problem of pricing
William Bird, director at Media Monitoring Africa, believes that if things are left as they are, Netflix will “just about decimate” DStv over time due to the difference in pricing.
However, Bird added, DStv is likely to fight back aggressively to ensure that this doesn’t happen.
“DStv are not wilting wall flowers,” he told MyBroadband.
“They have been prepared in the past to do almost whatever it takes to get a deal or squash an opponent.”
“They will almost certainly have to look at offering pay-per-view of some kind rather than the limiting bouquet available currently,” said Bird.
He also speculated that in the long term, MultiChoice may seek to work with Netflix rather than compete against it.
According to Bird, DStv’s continued support of local content makes them a crucial cog in the local film industry – particularly given the SABC’s financial issues.
“Across the world, regulators are looking to protect their own content and markets, and with DStv’s weight, we shouldn’t be surprised if our own regulator starts to look at ways of taxing entities like Netflix,” said Bird.
“Tempting as it may be to wish the downfall of a DStv behemoth, we have to ask: at what real cost?” asked Bird – adding that switching out DStv for an international company like Netflix will likely leave us in a worse position overall.
Skinner agrees that DStv is a crucial part of local content creation, adding that this gives them an advantage over Netflix.
“If DStv continues to produce quality local content, then that will be a competitive edge for DStv,” she said.
Netflix’s international challenges
Bird also highlighted that Netflix has challenges of its own globally, which may reduce the power that it holds over local companies.
The likes of Amazon and Disney are running their own content streaming services, and these massive organisations could make it difficult for Netflix to remain head-and-shoulders above the competition.
While Netflix is gaining steam locally and abroad, it is too early to see who will reign supreme in the coming years.
Kelly Khumalo humiliated as EFF supporters blame her for causing Senzo Meyiwa’s death
Thousands of EFF supporters chanted the name of slain Bafana Bafana star Senzo Meyiwa when Kelly Khumalo took to the stage yesterday.
This was at the Chatsworth Sports Stadium, south of Durban, where the supporters gathered for the party’s provincial manifesto launch. Kelly Khumalo had been dating a married Senzo Meyiwa when he was fatally shot allegedly by intruders at her home in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, five years ago.
After performing one song and getting ready to perform another, members of the crowd towards the back of the stadium grew louder with chants of Meyiwa’s name, to which Khumalo signalled the DJ and said “one more and then I’m out of here”.
She left the stage after the second song. Khumalo’s manager, Gavin Gutu of Universal Music, later told Sowetan: “I’m not aware of the incident and I don’t have a comment about it.”
Beyond this incident, other performers, including Kelly’s sister Zandie Khumalo, L’Vovo and Danger of Big Nuz fame, kept party supporters in good spirits.
Over a week ago, Khumalo criticised the police for their lack of accountability and action in the Meyiwa’s murder case.
She insisted on eNCA that officials had everything they needed to make arrests.
“I don’t know why police have not found the perpetrators. There were fingerprints. A hat (belonging to one of the armed men) was found. There were witnesses,” she said at the time.
A frustrated Khumalo added that she didn’t know “what the public wants from me”.
The Orlando Pirates goalie and Bafana Bafana captain was shot and killed in 2014 in what was believed to be a botched robbery. Police minister Bheki Cele had promised that there would be arrests in the case by December, then “maybe even by Easter”.
Meanwhile, EFF’s commander-in-chief Julius Malema was expected to address supporters at 1pm but by then he had yet to deliver his keynote address at the Maphiniki Sports Complex in Kuruman, Northern Cape.
According to the EFF’s official Twitter account, Malema was meant to address supporters in the Northern Cape at 10am and then travel to KwaZulu-Natal. Just after 2pm, the EFF tweeted that Malema had arrived in the Northern Cape. There was a strong police presence in Chatsworth. Despite the long wait in the heat for Malema, the spirits by his followers remained high despite the delay.
In the wake of major unrest in the province, pertaining to a high-profile political murder case, ongoing issues of a lack of basic services and high levels of corruption and crime, Malema’s KZN keynote address was expected to be a major talking point and subjected to scrutiny by opposition parties, vying to gain a foothold in the country’s third poorest province.
NOT AGAIN!!! Twitter MOCKS Itu Khune for his ‘trash’ fashion sense!
Itumeleng Khune mocked by Twitter for his jeans. On Monday, the Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana star took to Twitter to share a motivational message with his followers. But it appears fashion sense has managed to dribble past Mzansi’s number one keeper and put one in the back of the net.
Itumeleng Khune is well known for his brilliance between the posts. Strikers become terrified when they have to face him as not many are able to score against him. His tweet received an overwhelming reaction. But the focus was not on the message itself.
Khune tweeted a message with a picture of himself: “I still don’t understand how people are afraid to see each other WIN!? There is so much room in the industry for your uniqueness! Don’t let people try to dim your light because it shines too bright for their eyes to see!!
#Fact ?? #MondayMotivation.” Tweeps focused on his pair of jeans instead, saying it was not stylish. His fans said it was a “No no”.
And this is how Twitter reacted to Khune’s sense of fashion:
I still don’t understand how people are to afraid to see each other WIN!? There is so much room in the industry for your uniqueness! Don’t let people try to dim your light because it shines too bright for their eyes to see!! #Fact 😉 #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/X6b5M0i3UA
— IIKHUNE3216 (@IIKHUNE_32_16) March 18, 2019
Mara eish lo jean wakho ungenza uncomfortable, bewu diver ngawo phantsi kuma training?
— Xhosa 🔥🔥🇿🇦 (@TakaTina1) March 18, 2019
Ke late ka style or your jean nje😧🙌 pic.twitter.com/w6KNnLLzt5
— Megacy over Everything 👑Scorpio Queeno🌷 (@HopePotley) March 18, 2019
Angikho happy ngo kotini wakho pic.twitter.com/p9g2BX7Fn6
— Payneee (@Payne_beee) March 18, 2019
Hayi lo Kotini pic.twitter.com/gULW1KLhT5
— Umoya wam uyavuma 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆⭐️👆 (@23Lungsta) March 18, 2019
UNDER FIRE!!! DJ Zinhle dragged for taking AKA back!
A picture truly does tell a thousand words, doesn’t it? One glance at the recent photograph of musicians and seemingly couple, DJ Zinhle and AKA, it is quite obvious that love lives there. These two were photographed during a special and sacred moment as they smooched away, with no care in the world.
Twitter was set abuzz regarding a particular image of house DJ Zinhle and entrepreneur and Rapper and businessman, AKA. The exchange happened at the rapper’s long awaited concert at The Square in Pretoria. #AKAOrchestraOnTheSquare was trending at number one earlier today hence AKA took a rather unconventional presentation of his music in general, with a 30 piece orchestra and the usual live band.
During some backstage interactions, AKA and Zinhle got down to their own sweet and short moment as they were photographed sharing what seemed like a smooch. This is not the first time they have shared a kiss, their lips crossed paths recently at an event in Kwa Zulu Natal.
At the end of the day love wins 😍😍❤❤
— King Bryan 👑 (@_BlackZA) March 17, 2019
However DJ Zinhle who is all about women empowerment left many of her followers a tad disappointed as she had been regarded as a ”Queen” and patching things up with a AKA might not be the wisest of moves. Below are just some of the interesting comments on Twitter.
Clearly Dj Zinhle NEVER moved on😳
— Koketso Seomane (@KoketsoJessica) March 18, 2019
Can’t believe y’all dragging Dj Zinhle for doing what she wants 😂 a grown ass woman with a whole 3 year old kid is told by a twitter nobody who to love and who to forgive yeses niyahlekisa kweziztrato.
— Sango Nqayi (@FanaNqayi) March 18, 2019
In a recent article on TimesLive, Dj Zinhle reportedly gushed about her man spoiling her with shoes that cost a whopping R25,000. She admits she is in a relationship and although she doesn’t say who she is dating, the pictures speak for themselves. Speaking of those expensive shoes, The mother of one said the following:
”I went to Louis Vuitton so many times looking for these shoes. So many times. And I couldn’t find them in my size. But my boyfriend found them. Amazing. Thank you baby.”
The many times that AKA and Zinhle have spent together include, enjoying some down time on Zinhle’s turntables and also who could ever forget those cryptic photos that these two posted on their respective Instagram accounts when they were on holiday together.
The pure love between AKA and DJ Zinhle is palpable in these recent pictures that they keep posting across social media platforms. That kiss revealed a lot about the state of their relationship.
There is more to this relationship than meets the eye. We can’t wait for more enthralling revelations.