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Netflix unveils its first SA original series

Netflix is working to release its first-ever South African – and African – original television series, it was reported on Monday. Original Link

President accepts resignations of four SABC board members

President Cyril Ramaphosa has accepted the resignations of four board members of the financially distressed SABC, placing pressure on parliament to appoint replacements on an urgent basis. Original Link

Ndabeni-Abrahams foments a crisis at the SABC

Well, that didn’t take long. Newly appointed (tele)communications minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, has a full-blown crisis on her hands at the SABC – and it’s of her own making. Original Link

DStv Now finally gets an Xbox app

MultiChoice’s streaming video platform, DStv Now, is now available on Microsoft’s Xbox gaming consoles, the broadcaster said on Monday. Original Link

MultiChoice reports strong subscriber growth but premium segment suffers

Netflix and other streaming video providers may be a long-term threat to MultiChoice, but the pay-television operator isn’t seeing too much of a challenge just yet, an analysis of the latest financial numbers from parent Naspers suggests. Original Link

OpenView grows active set-top box base to 1.4 million

Free-to-air satellite broadcaster OpenView is fast closing in on 1.5 million active set-top boxes, growing its customer base by 42% in the past 12 months. Original Link

Encryption clause comes back to bite MultiChoice, SABC

The Competition Commission said on Monday that the controversial channel-supply agreement between MultiChoice and the SABC, signed in 2013, amounted to a merger. Original Link

Cell C to slash price of Black premium subscriptions by 80%

Black, the streaming video entertainment platform owned by Cell C, has announced it will cut the price of its premium subscription plan by 80%. Original Link