MultiChoice will drop four of eMedia Investments’ TV channels on April 1, including eMovies, eMovies Extra, eExtra, and eToonz, however the eNCA (DStv 403) TV news station and etv (DStv 194) will remain available.
According to eMedia’s statement released on Wednesday, MultiChoice has opted “not to carry certain eMedia channels, particularly eMovies, eMovies Extra, eExtra, and eToonz,” the above mentioned comes after eMedia, had renewed a channel carriage agreement with the pay-tv operator.
“DStv will only broadcast eNCA (DStv 403) exclusively, and the daily Afrikaans eNuus news bulletin on kykNET (DStv 144) effective April 1.”
“e.tv, which is licensed under a separate agreement, will continue to air on the DStv platform,” eMedia added.
“All e.tv channels will continue to broadcast and are still available on the Openview platform. In addition, viewers can access eMovies, eMovies Extra, eExtra, eToonz, and much more on the Openview platform,” eMedia said in a statement.
In response to a media inquiry, MultiChoice was requested to comment on why eMovies, eMovies Extra, eExtra, and eToonz were removed from DStv in April, why it opted not to renew the carriage deal for these channels, and what research or financial factors influenced the decision.
The four channels will be removed from DStv on the same day that MultiChoice’s annual price hike for DStv subscriptions for 2022 takes effect.
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