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The Broadcasting Industry and Manufacture of Decoders in South Africa 2022

Yasmin Mahomedy | South Africa | 16 May 2022

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This report focuses on the television and radio broadcasting industry and the manufacture of decoders in South Africa. It includes information on the public and private broadcasters, digital migration, viewership and listenership trends, the performance of major players, regulation and developments. There are profiles of 33 companies including major players such as the SABC and MultiChoice, streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon, set-top box manufacturers including CZ Electronics and community stations including Soweto Community Television and Unitra Community Radio.

The Broadcasting Industry and Manufacture of Decoders in South Africa

Digital platforms have been evolving and consumer behaviour and preferences are shifting in terms of how people consume content. TV and radio broadcasting is now made up of many subscription/pay TV, free-to-air, satellite, commercial, and community broadcasters, over the top providers and subscription on demand players. Companies such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Spotify are disrupting the industry which for many years was dominated by the SABC, eMedia and MultiChoice’s DStv. Plans since 2015 to switch from analogue terrestrial television to digital transmission and distribute free digital set-top boxes to households earning less than R3,500 has still not been completed.

Radio

There has been no detailed radio audience data for well over a year, and the survey methodology was changed by the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa, making it impossible for industry players to discern meaningful trends. However, radio continues to play a major role for the dissemination of news, information and entertainment. Commercial radio services are diversifying their content through podcasts, some of which are sponsored.

Streaming

The rapidly-growing streaming market includes international players such as Netflix and Amazon, and local companies MultiChoice, eMedia, Telkom, and Vodacom, which all offer streaming services that provide on-demand access to TV shows and movies. Research indicates that while streaming is disrupting television, it is less profitable. Internationally, there is a high churn rate of subscribers and while people are attracted to streaming by the content, they often leave due to cost.

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Table of Contents

PAGE
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 6
2.2. Geographic Position 6
2.3. Size of the Industry 7
2.4. Key Success Factors and Pain Points 12
3. LOCAL 13
3.1. Key Trends 29
3.2. Notable Players 30
3.3. Trade 34
3.4. Corporate Actions 35
3.5. Regulations 36
3.6. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 39
4. AFRICA 41
5. INTERNATIONAL 42
6. INFLUENCING FACTORS 45
6.1. COVID-19 45
6.2. Economic Environment 46
6.3. Migration to Digital Terrestrial Television and Set-top Boxes 47
6.4. Labour 50
6.5. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 54
6.6. Loadshedding 54
7. COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT 55
7.1. Competition 55
7.2. Ownership Structure of the Industry 58
7.3. Barriers to Entry 59
8. SWOT ANALYSIS 59
9. OUTLOOK 60
10. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 61
11. REFERENCES 61
. Publications 61
11.2. Websites 61
APPENDIX 1 - SUMMARY OF NOTABLE PLAYERS 63
Broadcasting – Television 63
Broadcasting – Radio 65
Manufacture of Television and Radio Receivers, Sound or Video Recording or Reproducing Apparatus and Associated Goods - Digital Decoders 69
COMPANY PROFILES - BROADCASTING – TELEVISION 70
Amazon.com Inc 70
Arena Holdings (Pty) Ltd 74
Cape Town Community TV Collective 77
E Sat TV (Pty) Ltd 79
e tv (Pty) Ltd 81
Faith Broadcasting Investments NPC 83
MultiChoice Group Ltd 85
Netflix Inc 89
On Digital Media (Pty) Ltd 92
Platco Digital (Pty) Ltd 94
South African Broadcasting Corporation SOC Ltd 96
Soweto Community Television NPC 101
TBN Broadcasting in Africa NPC 103
Zatocron (Pty) Ltd 105
COMPANY PROFILES - RADIO 106
Arena Holdings (Pty) Ltd 106
Cape Town Radio (Pty) Ltd 109
CCFm Trust 111
Central Media Group (Pty) Ltd 113
Hot 1027 FM (Pty) Ltd 116
Jacaranda FM (Pty) Ltd 118
Kagiso Media (Pty) Ltd 120
Kasie FM NPC 123
Kaya FM (Pty) Ltd 125
Muslim Broadcasting Corporation Trust 128
Primedia (Pty) Ltd 129
Radio Heart 104 9 (Pty) Ltd 133
Radio iGagasi 99 5 (Pty) Ltd 135
Radio Tygerberg 104FM NPC 137
South African Broadcasting Corporation SOC Ltd 139
Thetha FM Broadcasting Foundation NPC 144
Umoya Communications (Pty) Ltd 146
Unitra Community Radio NPC 148
Vukani Community Media NPC 150
Yired (Pty) Ltd 152
COMPANY PROFILES – MANUFACTURE OF TELEVISION AND RADIO RECEIVERS, SOUND OR VIDEO RECORDING OR REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND ASSOCIATED GOODS - DIGITAL DECODERS 154
CZ Electronics Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd 154