GOtv lands court order stopping damaging messages
20 January 2015, 18:10
Nairobi - GOtv has landed a court order stopping 4 media houses from sending damaging messages to the public for airing their stations on their platform.
The South African digital TV firm, owned by Multichoice, landed the order Tuesday after placing an urgent plea in court over the matter.
The four media houses, KTN, NTV, Citizen TV and QTV have been airing messages stating that Kenyans should not buy set top boxes sold by GOtv and Chinese firm Star times as they are in breach of copyright an soon will not be showing their channels.
But in a ruling, the High Court ruled that the four stations must stop the messages until the case is determined.
The three TV stations have been embroiled in a long standing battle with the two digital TV firms over analogue- digital migration.
The four stations were initially opposed to the two firms having broadcast licenses and even after they were granted their own, have cried foul over several other matters, including the analogue switch-off date.
They had also at some point last year, switched off signal to thew two firms and their customers, a move that had been contested by the two firms as unfair.
The stations say that they will import their own set top boxes and market them to Kenyans as the worldwide switch-off date for the analogue signal nears.
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