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March 26, 2008

Free2View in trouble in South Africa

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by David Allen
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Free2View in trouble in South Africa<br />

The fight for airspace continues around the world with a battle looming in South Africa between the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa and the free to air operator Free2View. Basically what is happening is the Authority has asked or some may say has told the UK based satellite company to stop broadcasting or they will be taken to court.

The satellite set up has only been operating for the last two months, providing 24 hour news, entertainment channel and MSNBC. Because this is a free service all that a viewer would need to receive these channels is a satellite dish, as this totally free service is funded by advertising.

The authority is claiming that Free2View are operating illegally and that they do not have a licence to broadcast in South Africa. They are waiting for the satellite company to respond to the claims. But they may not have that much time to think about it because the Authority is planning to disable their equipment and force them off the air. Free2View feel that they are allowed to offer this service and in fact are planning to add more channels.

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4 Comments »
  1. I am an ex-subscriber of DSTV and due to their shameless prices I decided to stop viewing their channels, not because I cannoy afford it, but because I wanted to stop my drop in their ocean of profits. I will welcome any competition coming in SA to companies like DSTV and Telkom that made (and still make)huge profits due the monopoly that SA government afforded them. It is a shame that ICASA is serving the interests of giants and not individuals by not allowing the progress of telecomunications

    Comment by Adrian — April 5, 2008 @ 8:48 am

  2. “the Authority is planning to disable their equipment and force them off the air.”

    HAHA! What are they going to do? Shoot the satellite out the sky? I don’t think so! HAHA! There is nothing that Lame Duck ICASA can do.

    Comment by Vincent — July 29, 2008 @ 11:54 pm

  3. Hi you brave Guy’s,
    So did I,ie giveup on “singlechoice”. Now I have FTA multichoice. I even receive F2V.Great programs. Can’t wait for the other channels to come on “South African forbiden etherspace” Let the world take notice of the South African monopoly system.Those fat cats will soon have to learn the hard way.
    Keep the pressure on them until they overheat,like they do to us viewers.
    Arnie

    Comment by Arnie — December 21, 2009 @ 10:13 pm

  4. Free2View’s website no longer functions and I have lost the channels from 4.8E.Have free2view given up. Sad if ICASA has succeeded

    Comment by Paul — April 2, 2010 @ 9:58 am

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