About Us

We entertain, inform and empower the communities that inspire and build us in return

Since 1995, MultiChoice has been quietly getting on with the business of bringing you world-class entertainment. But more importantly, we’ve taken to heart the responsibility of uplifting our communities and our country. Take a scroll down memory lane and see how far our business has come.

1985
M-Net is launched

South African media company Naspers (along with several other South African media businesses) forms a pay television company called M-Net.

M-Net is launched
1986
SuperSport launches

SuperSport starts as a small offering on M-Net.

SuperSport launches
1988
M-Net expands beyond South Africa

M-Net, the home of magic, sees its popularity soar after 1988 when multi-award-winning actuality show Carte Blanche grace our screens.

In the late Eighties, M-Net embarks on an expansion drive beyond South Africa.

M-Net expands beyond South Africa
1992
M-Net launches analogue service in Africa

M-Net launches their analogue service to more than 20 countries throughout the African continent. Due to highly diverse operating environments within each country, M-Net forms joint partnerships with local businesses to ensure customer needs are met appropriately.

M-Net launches analogue service in Africa
1993
SuperSport the "Channel of Champions"

SuperSport experiences a growth in popularity. They become the “Channel of Champions”.

SuperSport the "Channel of Champions"
1994
M-Net expands its sports offering

SuperSport becomes a 12-hour-a-day channel, and is beamed throughout Africa.

M-Net expands its sports offering
1995
MultiChoice is formed

M-Net divides its operations and MultiChoice is formed to oversee subscriber management, signal distribution and cellphone operations – M-Net continues to deal with the delivery of entertainment channels.

MultiChoice is formed
1995
MultiChoice establishes in Africa

MultiChoice Africa establish offices in Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe with franchises in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Angola, Ethiopia and Mozambique. By this stage, SuperSport becomes a 24-hour-a-day channel.

MultiChoice establishes in Africa
1995
Dstv launches with satellite service

MultiChoice introduces digital technology to the continent with the launch of DStv. This satellite service is one of the first to exist outside of the United States and allows MultiChoice to reach even remote regions while delivering exceptional quality.

Dstv launches with satellite service
1995
Irdeto becomes responsible for MultiChoice's security

As MultiChoice is operating in a digital realm (and increasingly so as the years go on), security becomes paramount. This task falls to Irdeto, a company focused on protecting digital platforms and applications for media and entertainment, games, connected transport and IoT connected industries.

Irdeto becomes responsible for MultiChoice's security
1997
MIH purchases Irdeto

MIH purchases 49% in Irdeto in early 1997, and the rest is acquired later that year.

MIH purchases Irdeto
2005
First PVR decoder launched

MultiChoice launches its first PVR (Personal Video Recorder) decoder. Not only is it the first PVR device to come out of Africa, it’s also the first dual-view PVR in the world.

First PVR decoder launched
2010
DStv Catch Up is launched

DStv Catch Up – a video-on-demand service that lets subscribers watch anything from series to kids’ shows, documentaries, sports highlights and movies – is launched. The app also lets users watch what they want, when they want; even while away from home.

DStv Catch Up is launched
2011
GOtv launches

Digital becomes the playing field of modern entertainment which leads to MultiChoice launching GOtv in 2011. This digital terrestrial television platform brings affordable entertainment to customers across 11 countries throughout the continent.

GOtv launches
2011
Introduction of BoxOffice

BoxOffice is introduced, which lets DStv and non-DStv customers rent the hottest movies – either at home or on the move. Content can be viewed on a PVR, streamed directly from the dedicated website or via the DStv Desktop Player.

Introduction of BoxOffice
2013
DStv Explora is launched

The DStv Explora – a flagship PVR, and winner of the Most Innovative Product of the Year award in 2015 – gets launched.

DStv Explora is launched
2014
DStv Now app is launched

The DStv Now app is released. It lets customers enjoy their favourite TV channels on the go – on a tablet or smartphone; anywhere, any time.

DStv Now app is launched
2015
Showmax is introduced

Showmax, an internet-TV service, is introduced to the market and soon expands to 70 countries. Showmax allows customers to stream content through their decoder, via web browsers, or by using apps for smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, computers, media players as well as gaming consoles – all for a single monthly fee.

Showmax is introduced
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