MultiChoice (DStv, Gotv) Unifies Walt Disney (ESPN), Netflix, Amazon Prime for Africa

MultiChoice (DStv, Gotv) Unifies Walt Disney (ESPN), Netflix, Amazon Prime for Africa

In June 2020, I wrote, “The weakest link in MultiChoice’s DStv business is defending itself from Netflix. Netflix was picking some of its best customers in South Africa. Also, because Netflix was not under the high voltage searchlight DStv was subjected as a local operating company, by regulators, the cost was not optimized to compete against  the global juggernaut which does not need to open many African locations to do business in the continent. No matter how you look at it, DStv was going to struggle for years to manage the problems from Netflix.” Then, magically, there was a truce and Netflix chose DStv as a distributor. That was wisdom as Disney+ and Amazon Prime were coming after it; the distraction in Africa was not evidently necessary.

On the same day, I wrote another piece, noting, “By 2022, I expect Disney+ and Apple to also arrive on DStv. It is a natural trajectory: supply while great does not matter that much in fragmented markets in Africa when there is a dominant player with demand. DStv has been around for decades, and catching up with it would take years. But working with DStv, these American firms can move into revenue accelerations since the presence of Netflix and Amazon will strengthen DStv brand.”

Today, I report that MutiChoice, owner of DStv and GOtv, has signed partnership with Walt Disney to bring ESPN into its decoders.

MultiChoice Group (MCG) and The Walt Disney Company Africa today announced that they have signed an exciting partnership, which will see a significant addition to the sports available to its customers across the continent. The agreement will result in two 24-hour ESPN channels being made available to DStv customers from 29 July, where they will be able to enjoy the very best of US sports.

Featuring every major US sport as well as European football, fans across the continent can now look forward to popular premier American leagues including the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL)and Major League Baseball (MLB), via ESPN & ESPN2. The channels will also feature live football from the English Football League (EFL), Scottish Premier Football League (SPFL), Dutch Eredivisie and Major League Soccer (MLS), as well as local sports including the West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations and featured boxing tournaments and events.

That brings that unification to another level. In this business, supply is not absolutely the  king,  the person with demand has a great positioning. DStv has demand and will use it to milk much from these players before the cost of data drops to the extent that most Africans will go direct to streaming. As it stands, only the very “rich” can afford streaming since it has two elements of costs: the subscription and broadband data. The PayTV option remains fairly cheaper for most families in the continent.

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3 thoughts on “MultiChoice (DStv, Gotv) Unifies Walt Disney (ESPN), Netflix, Amazon Prime for Africa

  1. No Nigerian wants to take up the National League challenge, and package it into a product companies and football lovers can pay for. It looks like it’s a lost course, but wait until a foreigner does it, magically, it becomes a national security concern, and so must be handed back to Nigerians!

    Everywhere you look around Nigeria, you see opportunities waiting to be harvested, and while Nigerians are queuing up at immigration offices, some smart Chinese and Indians are busy moving in the opposite direction.

    This week we requested for list of construction companies for building projects, and it was surprising that out of eight firms submitted by an engineering consulting firm, about six of them have foreign roots.

    MultiChoice can continue enjoying the solo party for now, until some things mature…

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    1. “No Nigerian wants to take up the National League challenge, and package it into a product companies and football lovers can pay for. It looks like it’s a lost course, but wait until a foreigner does it, magically, it becomes a national security concern, and so must be handed back to Nigerians!” That is a very brilliant line.

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    2. Nigerians are ready for all those. The major challenge is the system. The system fail entrepreneurs in every angle. 98 percent of people with ideas and innovation have no access to funding I strongly believe one day things will work for the entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

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