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SA's MultiChoice, Disney+ renew distribution deal

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South Africa's MultiChoice Group and The Walt Disney Company Africa have signed a multi-year distribution deal, allowing MultiChoice to retain its current portfolio of Disney linear channels until 2027.

The announcement comes two years after Disney+ teamed up with MultiChoice's direct broadcast satellite service DStv to debut in the African market.

The partnership means that National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, ESPN and ESPN 2 will continue to be available on DStv for the next four years.

"This distribution renewal ensures that we will be able to continue bringing our six 24-hour channels to audiences across the continent and marks another proud milestone in our long-term relationship with the MultiChoice Group," said The Walt Disney Company Africa's senior VP and GM, Christine Service.

"With a strong foundation of creativity, storytelling, exploration, and multi-generational emotional connection, we are proud to continue offering DStv viewers the very latest from our high-quality, premium kids, factual, and sports content," Service continued.

The MultiChoice and Disney partnership means that National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, ESPN and ESPN 2 will continue to be available on DStv for the next four years.   (Source: Image by Freepik)
The MultiChoice and Disney partnership means that National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, ESPN and ESPN 2 will continue to be available on DStv for the next four years.
(Source: Image by Freepik)

MultiChoice South Africa's General Entertainment CEO, Nomsa Philiso, said extending the company's partnership with The Walt Disney Company and the linear channels on DStv elevates its offering.

"Championing our mission to enrich lives and elevate entertainment experiences, we're thrilled to ensure our customers can savor their favorite shows and movies effortlessly, anytime, anywhere, thanks to our state-of-the-art platforms," she added.

MultiChoice in the headlines

Earlier this month, MultiChoice decided not to continue buyout talks with Canal+ after its board concluded that the French pay-TV company's acquisition offer significantly undervalued the company.

The decision to discontinue talks came after Canal+ offered 105 South African rands (US$5.55) per MultiChoice ordinary share – which represented a 40% premium on MultiChoice's closing share price on the JSE of R75 ($3.13) on January 31, 2024.

In March 2023, MultiChoice partnered with US-based Comcast's NBCUniversal and UK-based Sky to create a pan-African streaming service.

Under the deal, 70% of the new Showmax streaming service is owned by MultiChoice and 30% by NBCUniversal and powered by Peacock's globally scaled technology.

That partnership led to the companies relaunching MultiChoice's streaming video entertainment offering Showmax and committing to investing heavily in the platform.

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— Matshepo Sehloho, Associate Editor, Connecting Africa

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