DStv’s Internet threat

Naspers CEO Koos Bekker says that competition to its digital television offering, DStv, will come from the Internet rather than other satellite providers like TopTV.

Bekker said in a Moneyweb interview that “a few years ago we thought competition [to DStv] will come in the form of other satellite providers and conventional TV, but it is actually coming from the Internet”.

“I think the time, frankly, for launching a new satellite-based TV service is probably over. I can’t think of any successful satellite Pay-TV service launched in the last ten years anywhere in the world. The launches are all coming from the Internet,” Bekker said.

“We don’t fear another conventional old style TV service,” he added. “What we fear is some sort of Netflix that sits out in the States and they offer what we offer on the Internet.”

The Naspers CEO added that MWEB has become a strategic asset for the group in the pay-TV market because of the growing importance of the Internet as a movie and TV series delivery medium.

“We now start studying how we can bring TV products to your home more elegantly, cleaner, faster and MWEB’s got some expertise we can use,” Bekker said.

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