Television is one of the most important mediums of relaying information and providing entertainment to the masses. In the modern day, digital media is the most popular and is preferred by the audience over auditory media. In Africa, the first terrestrial broadcasting television network occurred on 31st October 1959. This critical milestone belonged to Western Nigeria Television Service and now Africa has over 600 television stations. There are a few companies that are at the top of their game, providing impeccable services and prices to their customers throughout Africa.
1. South African Broadcasting Company (SABC)
One of the biggest public broadcasters in Africa is the South African Broadcasting Company which provides 19 radio stations and 5 television channels. The SABC introduced a television service in 1976 before which it was primarily a radio service. Color TV service was introduced in 1975 which began its experimental broadcasting from 5th May 1975 and finally went national on 6th January 1976. Initially, the programs were broadcasted in English and Afrikaans but later, they were dubbed into other regional languages as well. The programs that were broadcasted included soap operas, religious shows, and various musical shows by native artists. The 5 SABC television channels are available in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Eswatini.
MultiChoice is a company that operates two of the most famous television services in Africa- DStv and GOtv. Digital Satellite Television or DStv is a direct broadcast satellite service which was launched in 1995. It is a pay-TV operator and has subscribers all over the country including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Mauritius, and many more. GO TV is also a paid TV terrestrial service which primarily consists of international and African programming. It was established in October of 2011. It is p more affordable and thus is more popular. Available in 9 different countries, there are several GOtv packages Kenya along with other countries like Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Ghana, etc. Multichoice has a total of 20.1 million subscribers in 2020 and is the fastest growing pay-tv network.
M-Net was established in 1986 by Naspers and is a pay-television channel. The channel broadcasts international as well as local programming in several languages like Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, etc. along with English. It broadcasts several genres of shows and movies including local drama, murder mysteries, comedies, and reality shows along with famous international shows.
These are the most famous and widely known television companies in Africa.