- Globally, people have accessed Love Island South Africa through pirate viewing on the internet.
- MutliChoice has not made any of the episodes available of DStv Catch Up.
- Since its premiere on Sunday, the show has been plagued with technical issues and received backlash for its lack of diversity.
The pirates have come for Love Island South Africa, with all three episodes of the M-Net reality show being uploaded illegally to the internet.
MultiChoice has not made any of the episodes available on its DStv Catch Up service and has put up a note which reads: "Our Magic Makers are working getting the South African edition of the global reality TV sensation Love Island that is full of drama to you as soon as possible."
However, globally people have accessed Love Island SA through pirate viewing on the internet, including the debut episode that can be watched in pristine 1080p high-definition clarity.
The dating show produced by Rapid Blue, has become the second South African series after Survivor SA, an Afrikaans production also done for the channel that has been illegally ripped and uploaded for sharing to the internet.
Channel24 checked to verify the content but haven't downloaded anything and won't publish any links.
The much-maligned debut episode of Love Island SA is indeed viewable through services like Google Drive uploads and even includes at least one unlisted upload on YouTube where viewers can stream it with all its flaws where it has garnered hundreds of views already.
There are also handy-cam filmed Love Island SA episodes with pirates who had apparently turned video cameras to their TV screens and uploaded copies of episodes of this to the internet.
With an expanding digital video economy, piracy in South Africa and across sub-Saharan Africa is a fast-growing problem for not just MultiChoice and M-Net delivering subscription television services across the continent, but for all broadcasters desperately trying to protect their content and intellectual property (IP).
*Channel24 reached out to M-Net for comment and will update the article should more information become available.