#35: MultiChoice - How the South African Pay TV pioneer became the largest entertainment provider across Africa
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Overview: Today, we’re going to talk about MultiChoice - The African video entertainment provider. We’ll explore the MultiChoice story across 5 areas:

  1. South African video entertainment market context
  2. MultiChoice's launch & growth over time
  3. MultiChoice's product & monetization strategy
  4. Competition, primary & emerging businesses
  5. Overall outlook

This episode was recorded on August 15, 2021

Companies discussed: MultiChoice (M-Net), Naspers, MTN, ShowMax, BetKing, Comcast, Sky, DSTV, MTN, Iroko TV, HiTV, StarTimes, Vivendi Canal+, ROK Media, English Premier League, Netflix, HBO Max, ShowMax, Showtime & BBC

Business concepts discussed: Pan-African expansion strategy, Entertainment content acquisition strategy, subscription & hardware monetization strategy


Conversation highlights:

  • (02:20) - Why we’re talking about MultiChoice
  • (06:50) - South African TV context
  • (15:28) - Origin and early history of MultiChoice
  • (26:10) - Product & monetization strategy
  • (34:05) - MultiChoice device / decoder strategy
  • (38:20) - Content, Partnerships & M&A
  • (42:30) - MultiChoice Financials and key metrics
  • (46:54) - Competition across different business lines
  • (51:40) - Non-core businesses and investments, BetKing
  • (1:05:00) - Bankole’s overall thoughts and outlook
  • (1:12:02) - Olumide’s overall thoughts and outlook
  • (1:26:28) - Recommendations and small wins


Olumide’s recommendations & small wins:


Bankole’s recommendations & small wins:


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