Multichoice Africa has urged DSTV customers to subscribe in their respective countries as rights for programming and channels are cleared for specific countries.
This comes amid allegations that Multichoice South Africa will be shutting down pirate decoders operating outside the country using a newly-installed geo-location system. The system was reportedly going to detect all decoders being used outside South African territory and close them as viewing them is said to be illegal.
Multichoice Zimbabwe’s public relations and publicity manager Elizabeth Dziva dismissed the claims suggesting that the company only wants to protect its customers. “We take piracy of our products and services seriously in order to protect our valued DSTV customers, our business, the entertainment industry and society at large.
“Subscribing in other countries ultimately does not support the local businesses, which creates local employment and tax, and encourages local industry growth,” Dziva said in a statement.
There are reportedly some DSTV subscribers in Zimbabwe with South African-registered accounts that were paying half-price to watch any DSTV bouquet since last year.