Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) probes DStv to resell English Premier League rights to rivals
For a long time now Supersport serves as the only gateway to the premium European football matches. This is so unless you are subscribed to the famous or otherwise Zuku fibre. With Zuku you can literally stream any football match. Well DSTVs competitors are not happy with this. The competitors have been claiming for quite a while now that DSTV has unfairly monopolised broadcasts of popular European football matches.
Well this time they seem to have the backing of the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK). This is the body that is charged with the mandate of regulating and creating a fair field in all sectors of the economy. According to local paper Business Daily, the Competition Authority of Kenya carried out an investigation on this claim. CAK sought to find out whether DStv has unwarranted concentration of power that makes it lock the majority of Kenyans into its network, thus new operators fail to break even.
CAK found that indeed DSTV had an advantage in the market owing to the monopolization of the English Premier League as well as the local Kenya Premier League. Now CAK seeks to probe DSTV to resell the rights to rivals so as to open up the industry. On the other hand Multichoice claims that any firm can bid for the broadcast rights. They also do the same.
It is not a surprise that Supersport is the only pay-tv channel showing the English premier league. DSTV owns the exclusive rights to the English Premier League. Alternatively football fans can watch at least one English premier league match every weekend on Kwese-Sports. This is because Kwese TV owns the free-to-air rights in sub-Saharan Africa.