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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

MultiChoice cuts off all its content in the Seychelles; blocks all of its DStv channels and SuperSport to Intelvision subscribers.


Pay-TV subscribers in the Seychelles are fuming after MultiChoice cut of all of its content in the Seychelles and blocked all of its DStv channels - including SuperSport - that was available on the island nation's pay-TV provider Intelvision.

That leaves angry TV viewers with no access to any premier international sport.

Intelvision owes MultiChoice Africa millions in outstanding payments.

The Seychelles News Agency reports that Intelvision is going to give its subscribers a refund of one week's pay-TV subscription value on the next invoice due to the blackout of MultiChoice's DStv channels on its system.

Intelvision told the Today in Seychelles newspaper that MultiChoice's content was cut off and will be replaced "by better quality channels" following complaints from subscribers about too many repeats.

The ongoing legal wranglings and litigation between MultiChoice Africa and Intelvision dates back to 2010, which started when MultiChoice Africa demanded that Intelvision stop downlinking and transmitting MultiChoice content after its contract between the satellite pay-TV providers had ended.

That court case resumed in July last year, and in November 2013 yet another tussle between MultiChoice Africa and Intelvision bubbled up with MultiChoice Africa demanding $24 million in unpaid fees from Intelvision.