Naspers rejects Vivendi offer to buy MultiChoice
March 21, 2018 10.08 Europe/London By Julian Clover
A multimillion Euro offer from Vivendi to buy African pay-TV platform MultiChoice has been rejected by owners Naspers.
The French business channel BFM reports an approach was made by the Canal+ owner in the past few months.
Whilst Canal was shedding subscribers in France, the one high-spot was its international platform in French-speaking Africa. A combination with the English MultiChoice would have been the perfect fit.
Rumours of a sale first surfaced in May 2017 after a period in which profits at MultiChoice had come under increasing pressure from cheaper rivals. Any sale would not have featured the lucrative MultiChoice Africa.
MultiChoice covers 48 countries and counts 4.6 million subscribers, 2.6 million by satellite and over 3 million DTT subscribers in 10 countries in the region.
In addition to MultiChoice itself, the company also uses the SuperSport and DStv brands. SuperSport will be a familiar name to readers in the Benelux and Scandinavia through Canal’s purchase of the FilmNet business inn 1996.
Neither Naspers or MultiChoice have commented on the BFM story.