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Competition heats up in Pay-TV domain

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South Africans could be in for a bumper Christmas in 2008, with the entry of new Pay-TV operators already starting to stimulate competition and better subscription rates. 

Telkom Media has signed an exclusive three year multi-platform volume deal with international award-winning cartoonist and founder of Speedy Productions, Tim Mostert, whose popular cartoon strip Speedy is a household name in South Africa.
The deal with Speedy Productions is part of Telkom Media’s plans to acquire world class content in preparation for the launch of its online and pay-TV offering in June 2008.
“We believe that Tim is a talent to be reckoned with, and we are happy to be supporting him. This kind of content, apart from its high entertainment value and wide appeal, also lends itself perfectly to deployment across multiple platforms,” says Hannelie Bekker, GM: entertainment at Telkom Media.
Meanwhile, MultiChoice hasn't been resting on its laurels and has added five new channels to its DStv bouquet.
The new channels are M-Net Stars, SET (Sony Entertainment Television), Animax, One Gospel and Style Network Channel and  will all be launched in space of a week, starting from 1 November.
Meanwhile, MultiChoice is also relaunching it low-cost EasyView package which now boasts 10 video channel instead of the previous four; five data channels and 28 radio stations – for a monthly fee of R20.00.