Pay-TV operator MulticChoice has announced that it is removing three long-running channels of History, Crime+Investigation Network and Lifetime from DStv’s channel bouquet, both in South Africa and across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Reports indicate that DStv and A+E Networks, owners of the three channels failed to reach a new channel carriage agreement, with the latter suggesting that it was DStv’s fault. A+E Networks said:
Our channels are available to viewers in over 160 countries around the world, and we negotiate several of these deals every year.
We are willing to keep negotiations open, and we sincerely hope DStv will find a way to work with us to keep our channels so we can continue to share our great upcoming local and international programmes with our loyal fans.
The three channels will all be removed at the end of October 2019. The channels are currently available to DStv Premium and DStv Compact Plus subscribers in South Africa and across sub-Saharan African countries.