SA's Siyaya wins full commercial pay-TV licence
Rebecca Hawkes
| 21 November 2014
Siyaya has been issued with a commercial subscription broadcasting service licence by the South African regulator, following its provisional selection in May 2014.

The broadcaster has now officially satisfied the requirements of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), an official communiqué stated.

Siyaya welcomed the move, saying it had passed the criteria pertaining to financial guarantees, research, and corporate structure.

The pay-TV broadcaster has already entered a ZAR1 billion (US$100 million) deal with the South African Football Association (SAFA) to broadcast the national team's matches for six years from May 2015. It plans to offer a package of 15 to 20 channels to viewers, including a dedicated Bafana Bafana channel.

Siyaya also says it will work with other broadcasters, including the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and to provide coverage of games free-to-air.

Digital TV technology provider Motive is to install, integrate and operate Siyaya's video-on-demand (VOD) platform in conjunction with the launch of Siyaya's television services on the Sentech Freevision direct-to-home (DTH) satellite service.