Multichoice, the company that owns pay-tv service DStv, has taken both Safaricom and Jamii Telecommunications Limited (JTL) to court over what it terms as copyright infringement.
According to court records, Multichoice says that on October 29, the company sent letters to the ISPs requesting them to take down sites that stream pirated SuperSport content. The two ISPs ignored this request and this led to Multichoice turning to the courts to help them compel the ISPs to block said sites.
Multichoice argues that allowing Kenyans to access the sites that stream live football and other sports content is copyright infringement in the sense that SuperSport is the only one licensed to showcase such matches in the country.
This is the first case of its kind and we’re yet to see the outcome but the question is, do you think Multichoice is right in seeking to compel ISPs to block streaming sites?
DStv is joining the streaming game
Away from the law courts but still on Multichoice, DStv has announced that early next year, it’ll be launching its DStv Now as a standalone app.
Currently, DStv now is only available to DStv subscribers and allows them to stream live shows as they broadcast or catch up with past shows depending on their subscription package.
The announcement comes amidst growing concern over DStv losing market share to streaming services. The move seems to be a way for DStv to get into this space.
What’s not yet clear is how the app will work. We have a lot of questions that we’ve aired here.
Safaricom and Posta Kenya Are Turning Phone Numbers into Postal Addresses
A while back, the Postal Cooperation of Kenya, popularly known as Posta launched a virtual postal address service known as MPost. The service would allow Kenyans to get virtual postal addresses that would allow them to receive mails and packages without the need for a physical box.
The service never really caught on and Posta is now back, this time partnering with Safaricom. What this means is that Safaricom subscribers will have the option of signing up for a virtual postal address attached to their phone number for as little as 300 bob.
Nokia is Making a Smart TV
Smartphone maker Nokia is rumored to be getting into the smart TV game. The TV, which is set to launch “soon” (we don’t know what that means). The TV is believed to have some powerful audio with features like Minimal Harmonic Distortion and Clear Vocal Tones powered by JBL, which will be a first for TVs.
According to reports, Nokia stands pretty confident about the TV’s appeal to sound enthusiasts. Other than that, the TV will be a 55-inch with a display optimized to 4K resolution. It will run on Android 9 with users getting access to the Google Play Store.
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