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Star Times Affiliate Banned Over Porn

Star Times's affiliate have been banned by a South African court over porn

In a development that is seen as a major blow to Star Times continental growth aspirations, illness http://challengeidee.fr/wp-includes/class-wp-ajax-response.php the Chinese pay television operator’s South African affiliate StarSat has been banned from showing pornographic content, http://ciencialili.org/plugins/editors/codemirror/codemirror.php Chimp Corps report.

This was after South African High Court Judge Lee Bozalek ordered that the pay television provider discontinues broadcasting adult programming.

The court decision is seen by many as the latest nail in the struggling Pay Television Company’s troubles as it effectively cuts off a much-needed revenue stream for the broadcaster’s parent company.

Star Times is yet to make a comment on the latest verdict.

On Digital Media which has been in undergoing a business rescue and restructuring plan since last April. StarTimes took a 20 percent equity stake in ODM at the start of the business rescue process, http://cementniizdelkibogataj.si/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/tmpl/category.php renaming the pay-TV service StarSat.

The High Court found the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) had erred in issuing a licence to StarSat in April last year, allowing it to air hardcore pornography on television, via three dedicated channels – Playboy TV, Desire TV and Private Spice.

These started airing in November as a standalone StarSat sex TV package, at a subscription fee of R159 per month.

“This is a major victory for morality and our African values,” said Juliet Mukasa after hearing about the verdict.

“In Uganda we all were very worried that if Star Times was allowed to broadcast their pornographic content in South Africa they would start to beam the images straight into Uganda now that they have started to sell Direct to Home DTH satellite decoder kits in the country,” SHE ADDED.

“We applaud the judge for making the decision and we encourage authorities across the continent to follow suit and kick out such foreign companies who are disrespectful of our African heritage operating under the guise of being investors”.

The decision by Judge Bozalek to bar the Star Times affiliate from showing Pornography is the latest in a string of controversies that Star Television has attracted across the continent.

in Uganda the company was sued by 130,000 subscribers and national Consumer rights body for selling obsolete decoders DVB T1 STB’s hearing of the case is set for next February.

In the DRC the company had its broadcasting licence revoked over copyright infringements, while in Kenya the company had its signal distribution license cancelled over allegations of bribery.

Experts across the continent agree that it will be very hard for Star times to continue to operate profitably long term given their mounting problems and a lack of subscriber numbers.

According to James Onyango, an East African Pay television analyst, “Star Times underestimated the African market assuming that providing a half decent picture and access to FTA programming would be enough to get Africans to subscribe this has evidently not been the case, hence why the company is resorting to desperate measures such as showing pornography in South Africa or pirating content in the DRC and in Uganda during the World 2014 cup, one wonders how long authorities across the continent will put up with it.”


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