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MultiChoice Renews their Distribution Deal with Disney+

By Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

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Disney and MultiChoice Group have extended their multi-year distribution agreement so that Disney’s portfolio of linear channels—which includes ESPN, ESPN2, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney—will be available on DStv in South Africa through 2027.

The six 24-hour English and Portuguese-language channels in Africa are run by The Walt Disney Company.


How The MultiChoice and Disney Deal Keep Viewers Happy

Leading provider of entertainment and associated consumer services, MultiChoice Group (MCG) has been in business for nearly 40 years and has a growing ecosystem supported by scalable technologies.

With a daily reach of up to 100 million people, the MultiChoice Group is expanding its platform to offer fin-tech services, ed-tech, sports betting and interactive entertainment, household services (with an emphasis on internet connectivity and emergency response), and sports betting.

The technology division of MCG, Irdeto, offers platform cybersecurity services that safeguard over 6 billion devices and applications worldwide for some of the top media and technology companies in the world as well as customers in the connected industries market.

The Walt Disney Company, along with its affiliates and subsidiaries, is a preeminent global family entertainment and media conglomerate that comprises Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution; International Content and Operations; Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products; and three content groups that were devoted to creating and producing content for theatrical, linear, and direct-to-consumer platforms were Studios, General Entertainment, and Sports.

The fact that these fantastic deals between the two businesses are still in place indicates that their top priority is keeping the viewers happy. This is undoubtedly a wise choice that will benefit both businesses greatly.

What Both Businesses Say About The Continuous Agreement

“This distribution renewal ensures that we will be able to continue bringing our six 24-hour channels to audiences across the continent and marks another proud milestone in our long-term relationship with the MultiChoice Group,” says Christine Service, senior vice president, and general manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa.

We are delighted to keep providing DStv viewers with the newest from our top-notch, premium kids, factual, and sports content, all built upon a solid foundation of creativity, storytelling, exploration, and multigenerational emotional connection,” they further said.

The channels will stay accessible on the DStv packages listed below: Disney Junior: Access and Up, Disney Channel: Compact and Up, ESPN: Access and Up, and ESPN2: Compact and Up are the National Geographic programs for families and up.

The Walt Disney Company runs 24-hour networks in Africa that feature programming for families (Disney Channel and Disney Junior), factual (National Geographic, National Geographic Wild), and sports (ESPN and ESPN 2). The networks are available in both English and Portuguese.

“Championing our mission to enrich lives and elevate entertainment experiences, we’re thrilled to ensure our customers can savor their favorite shows and movies effortlessly, anytime, anywhere, thanks to our state-of-the-art platforms,” said Nomsa Philiso, CEO of General Entertainment, MultiChoice South Africa, in a statement about the partnership.

“We are enhancing our offering and amplifying the joy of entertainment by extending our partnership with The Walt Disney Company and the incredible linear channels on DStv!”

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Abdullahi Kafayat
Abdullahi Kafayat

Abdullahi Kafayat is an enthusiastic writer interested in the tech world. She's a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University and has a BSc in Chemistry. You can reach her at Kafayatabdullahi17@gmail.com.

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