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SABC Which has three separate television channels inside South Africa, as well as an external channel aimed at the rest of Africa.
e.tv The fast-growing private-sector rival to the SABC, has a more youthful, less serious image.
MultiChoiceWhich started life as the subscriber-management arm of M-Net, is now the pioneer of multi-channel digital satellite television across Africa. DStv, which has more than 900 000 subscribers, offers up to 55 video and 48 audio channels 24 hours a day.