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MultiChoice Reverses Move To Remove History and Lifetime Channels

Pan African pay-tv supplier of DStv has announce it will no longer cut Lifetime and History channels from its packages after it reached a new contractual agreement with partner A+E Networks Africa.

In mid-October, DStv announced that it would cut the these A+E channels starting November 1, as the contractual agreement with partners came to a close, a move that would affect the Compact Plus and Premium subscribers. The firm had also said in the notice that it would announce two new channels.

“We are excited to have reached this agreement as it allows us to ensure we meet commitment to get the best programming for our customers based on commercial terms that make sense and provide a value for money offering to customers,’ said Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO for General Entertainment. “We appreciate our customers’ patience and feedback and have their best interests in mind as we continue to work hard to improve our entertainment offering.”

MultiChoice also announced that Lifetime channel, previously available to the Premium bouquet subscribers only, would be available to Compact customers beginning today. DStv customers will, however, loose the Crime + Investigation channel effective 1st November.

“We are pleased to have agreed to a long-term renewal of our flagship brands, History and Lifetime in Africa with our partners, DStv. As part of this renewal, the new distribution of Lifetime in Compact presents an exciting opportunity to reach millions of new viewers with our unique programming offering,” said Dean Possenniskie, Managing Director A+E Networks EMEA.

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