How the likes of DSTV and M-Net may survive the Video-On-Demand assault

DSTV is looking into letting consumers subscribe to only the channels they want.

Yolisa Phahle, M-Net CEO

Our biggest competitors are the Netflixes and Amazons, not other channels.

Yolisa Phahle, M-Net CEO

There is huge room for us to improve our content discovery. In that way we’ll reduce the frustration of repeats.

Yolisa Phahle, M-Net CEO

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield spoke to M-Net CEO Yolisa Phahle for his weekly “The Science Of” feature.

Phahle spoke about how her company is reacting to disruption in the industry by players such as ShowMax and Netflix.

In a world where Netflix can launch in 130 new countries in a single day, it’s easy to assume that content is becoming more globally homogeneous. But the reality is that content is being redefined by forces of globalisation and localisation simultaneously - and that while much of the industry is growing more global, content tastes and cultures remain steadfastly local.

Vicki Myburgh (author of PwC’s Entertainment and Media Outlook 2016)

Is it true that DSTV subscribers are only in it for the sport?

Does M-Net’s “local is lekker” strategy work?

Listen to the speculative interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

M-Net was the second pay-TV channel in the whole world!

Yolisa Phahle, M-Net CEO

We have more local than international channels.

Yolisa Phahle, M-Net CEO

It’s about creating content that is not available anywhere else.

Yolisa Phahle, M-Net CEO

We have so many more subscribers than five years ago.

Yolisa Phahle, M-Net CEO

Click here (then“like” the page) to follow Bruce on Facebook.

Enter your email address in the form below to receive a newsletter containing the most-read articles of the week from Bruce Whitfield’s The Money Show every Friday morning in your inbox.

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter

Article brought to us by Old Mutual.

Read More
Netflix, ShowMax... Data prices in South Africa must fall!

Netflix, ShowMax... Data prices in South Africa must fall!

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Arthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx.

Netflix vs ShowMax – the battle lines are drawn

Netflix vs ShowMax – the battle lines are drawn

What does South Africa’s main competitor – Naspers owned ShowMax – make of Netflix’s entry into the market?

Google’s YouTube to take on Netflix and Amazon with streaming service

Google’s YouTube to take on Netflix and Amazon with streaming service

YouTube is aiming to get rights for streaming TV series and movies to compete with the likes of Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com.

Yet another Netflix-like video-on-demand (VOD) service launches in South Africa

Yet another Netflix-like video-on-demand (VOD) service launches in South Africa

TechCentral Editor Duncan McLeod discusses the new players in this space as well as the ones closing down.

Naspers launches Showmax, a Netflix-like video on demand service

Naspers launches Showmax, a Netflix-like video on demand service

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed John Kotsaftis, CEO of DStv Digital Media – Showmax.

Naspers to launch its own streaming service. You snooze you lose, Netflix?

Naspers to launch its own streaming service. You snooze you lose, Netflix?

Naspers will launch its own streaming service more than a year ahead of Netflix.

Popular articles
I paid for it, says Police Commissioner Phahlane. No you didn't, says Ipid

I paid for it, says Police Commissioner Phahlane. No you didn't, says Ipid

John Maytham interviews EWN’s Barry Bateman about the allegations against the Acting National Police Commissioner.

Orcas spotted in Langebaan Lagoon must've been hunting, says conservationist

Orcas spotted in Langebaan Lagoon must've been hunting, says conservationist

Capetonians are accustomed to seeing whales playing along the coast, but it is very rare to hear of orcas in the Langebaan Lagoon.

Photographer captures Cape's dwindling dam levels with a drone

Photographer captures Cape's dwindling dam levels with a drone

The latest figures show dam levels at 36.8%, which means they could run almost empty by the time 2017 the winter rains come.

Culprits spotted deliberately starting fires in the Cape

Culprits spotted deliberately starting fires in the Cape

Chief Fire Officer at Overberg District Municipality says arson is a problem they are all too familiar with.

Find out what the city-approved borehole sign looks like

Find out what the city-approved borehole sign looks like

Cape Town residents are concerned that residents might be wasting water and lying about having boreholes by using fake signs.

Meet Chuma Somdaka, a homeless artist who blogs about art

Meet Chuma Somdaka, a homeless artist who blogs about art

Chuma spends her days making art and her nights on a bench in The Company's Garden in Cape Town where she displays her artwork.