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The Broadcasting Industry and Manufacture of Decoders
The broadcasting industry has been disrupted by technological advances and it faces competition from streaming and other online services. The internet has threatened the existence of traditional players such as the SABC, which continues to have internal problems relating to its finances and corporate governance, and other large players such as MultiChoice, which owns DStv, and e.tv.
Consumers are using connected devices to access media and they are increasingly choosing what to watch and when to watch, rather than tuning in to prescribed times and programmes on traditional media. Online streaming services are changing the way audiences consume content. While platforms such as Netflix provide competition for traditional television such as MultiChoice, e.tv and SABC, they do not have rights to broadcast sports events and generally do not carry news, so they are often subscribed to as complementary services and may not necessarily affect the established players. However, these platforms have a competitive advantage in terms of affordability and convenience.
There are 333 radio stations including community stations in South Africa. Radio is a widely accessible entertainment format, and despite the rise of new technologies such as streaming and podcasts, radio remains popular in South Africa. The SABC operates 19 radio stations and nine of the 10 most listened to stations.
This report focuses on the television and radio broadcasting industry and the manufacture of decoders. It includes information on the state and size of the sector, advertising revenues and viewership figures and factors that influence the sector including increasing competition, regulation and corporate governance and financial issues at the public broadcaster. There are profiles of 39 companies that include major players such as the SABC, MultiChoice and Primedia, international players such as Amazon.com and Netflix and numerous radio stations.