GOtv given greenlight to broadcast in TZ

MultiChoice Africa CEO Tim Jacobs (2nd R) along with other senior officials addressing the media roundtable Wednesday

MultiChoice Africa CEO Tim Jacobs (2nd R) along with other senior officials addressing the media roundtable Wednesday

Digital Satellite television giant MultiChoice has reportedly reached deal with the Tanzanian government granting the company’s pay tv service, GOtv to broadcasting license.

The digital terrestrial transmission platform has been issued license to operate the East African nation exexpands its reach in the region as it already broadcasts in Uganda and Kenya.

“We had not been operating in Tanzania due to lack of operating license, but now we are ready to roll out operations,” Tim Jacobs, CEO MultiChoice Africa told a Media round table Wednesday in Mauritius where the company is showcasing its content.

Sources close to the agreement said both sides have resolved all the issues that have been holding up the deal and hence Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has authorized GOtv to operate.

“They (Multichoice) returned the license requesting some issues be rechecked. We have reviewed the terms in question and our Director General (Dr Ally Simba) has signed the new license today,” a source told Afrika Reporter

MultiChoice and GOtv have been pursuing Tanzanian market for some time but the two sides couldn’t agree on technical terms.

Speaking on the booming digital service providers in the East Africa, MultiChoice Africa CEO acknowledged the internet has revolutionized the broadcasting and that changes are happening quite fast.

“Competition is coming very fast, television, internet, require us to change very fast as well … The challenge is to modify content,” Tim Jacobs says.

Speaking at the launch of the content showcase, Theo Erasmus, MultiChoice Channel Director for East and, Southern Africa announced subscribers should expect two new channels this week without divulging names.

MultiChoice’s DStv clientele has grown significantly since its launch in two decades ago, the company now boasts about 12 million subscribers in Africa, a big chunk of these being in South Africa and Nigeria.