‘DStv must fall’ – Icasa candidate calls for drop in subscription prices

A former E-tv employee competing for a seat on the board of the communications regulator‚ the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa)‚ wants DStv to make its subscriptions cheaper.

According to a report by TimesLive, Natalie Delport is being interviewed by MPs for three vacancies on the Icasa board.

Responding to a question from EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi‚ Delport agreed that there was a monopoly in the pay television space and this needed to be addressed.

“I think more can be done to share the benefits that pay TV (offers),” she said.

“I’d be saying‚ ‘Koos‚ I think you need to make the DStv bouquet more accessible and affordable’. In the pay TV space I think there is monopoly and something can be done about that‚” said Delport.

DStv came under fire last week when the Congress of South African Trade Unions announced that it plans to picket Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash between South Africa and New Zealand in Cape Town.

The trade federation claimed that the primary reason for their protest was DStv’s monopoly over national rugby broadcasting rights in the country, and the lack of freely accessible games broadcast by the SABC.

As it stands, only those with DStv subscriptions and access to SuperSport are able to watch Springbok matches live.

The protest action later fell through, but Cosatu vowed to continue tackling DStv about its monopoly over sports in the country.

Read: DStv’s monopoly on sports comes under fire

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