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Apr 28, 2017   Ethiopia Launches Own Satellite TV Transmission Platform: 'Ethiosat.'

Ethiopia is launching a Satelitte TV Transmission platform called 'Ethiosat'. It is described as an integrated satellite transmission platform to cover the nation. A spokesperson for the government in Ethiopia said that Ethiosat will should provide "a unified transmission platform" ...

Apr 28, 2017   Nigeria: Set Top Boxes To Be Blocked For Non Payment Of 4 Dollars Digital Access Fees

Digital TV customers in Nigeria risk their set top boxes being remotely shut-out of services if they are unable to pay a required digital TV access fee of N1,500 (4 Dollars US). During the pilot to digital TV switchover  which ...

Apr 28, 2017   GOtv Malawi's Innovation: Collect Payment For Services Door-To-Door

GOtv (part of Multichoice) in Malawi is rolling out an 'innovative', (albeit old-fashioned) way of receiving payment for its services.  By visiting customers at home and knocking on doors for payment. A statement from the company in Malawi said they ...

Apr 28, 2017   Charles Oshuremi Appointed Africa Executive For WhiteSpace Alliance

The WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA), a global industry body involved with the management and optimisation of spectrum have announced the appointment of Mr Charles Oshunremi has its executive adviser for Africa. Mr Oshunremi is tasked with driving forward WSA activities on ...

Apr 27, 2017   Startimes Collaborates With Govt. To Provide Digital TV Services In Rural Rwanda

The Rwanda government is working with the Chinese firm Startimes to help improve access to digital broadcasting and information in the country. Press reports from Kigali indicate that a USD 92 million initiative has been launched that will see up ...

Apr 27, 2017   YouTube Puts Kids App On Smart TV Sets - Available In Parts Of Africa

YouTube Kids TV app that can now be accessed on smart TVs, smartphones and tablets. In a statement, YouTube said that bringing their entertaining content for kids to the television screens for all the families to enjoy is a "perfect ...

Apr 27, 2017   South Africa: Multichoice Box Office To Carry Afrikaans-Speaking Movies

Multichoice movie rental service (Multichoice Box Office) is now offering Afrikaans-speaking titles; starting with Droomdag, an Afrikaans flix by Willie Esterhuizen, which premiered on Multichoice Box Office earlier in the week.TV executives believe that local Afrikaans films have come of ...

Apr 27, 2017   SABC Looking To Fill Posts For Group CEO, Group COO, Other Positions Urgently

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is now actively in a search-for-executives mode, with key positions needing to be filled urgently "to stabilise the organisation". The following vacant post are currently been searched for: Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) Group ...

Apr 26, 2017   90 Percent Local Content Policy Resulted In Loss Of 16 Million USD At The SABC

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) lost more than USD16 million as a direct result of adopting the policy of a 90 percent local content quota. A policy instituted by former COO of the corporation, Mr Hlaudi Motsoaneng. According to ...

Apr 26, 2017   D.R. Congo: Orange Delivering Connectivity Via Gilat's Satellite Infrastructure

Orange networks Africa is increasing its broadband service delivery capabilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the help of satellite capacity from Gilat Satcom. Gilat Satcom said the deal with Orange now positions it as a cost-effective connectivity infrastructure ...

Apr 26, 2017   Morocco: Intelsat Connectivity To Support Operator's Broadband Service Delivery

Intelsat, a leader in integrated satellite communications, have announced a deal with the Moroccan mobile operator and broadband provider INWI. INWI is said to be deploying Intelsat's EpicNG platform, and leverage the 35e satellite infrastructure. According to Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat's ...

Apr 25, 2017   CNN International, Cartoon Network And Boomerang Added To Kwese TV Platform

Econet Media have signed new content programming deal with TURNER. With this deal, Econet Media, via their Kwese platform could now broadcast, on a multi-territory basis, programmes such as CNN International, Cartoon Networks and Boomerang TV. Commenting on the deal, ...

Apr 25, 2017   Best Of South Africa Radio Personalities Acknowledged At Liberty Radio Awards

Top achievers from across the public service, community, campus as well as private radio stations in South Africa were recently recognised and awarded for service excellence in radio broadcasting at a ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa. The 'Liberty Radio Awards' ...

Apr 25, 2017   Report: Viewing Of Content On TV Sets Is Falling Rapidly - Accenture

A recent survey by Accenture indicates that more people now prefer to watch their favourite television programmes via desktops, laptops and smartphones and other devices - rather than on the traditional TV sets. In the survey report, titled "Winning Experiences ...

Apr 24, 2017   Zuku TV Sale Stalling Due To of Shareholders' Disagreement

According to press reports in Kenya, internal strife between the shareholders and owners of Zuku may be preventing the company's sale. Business Day in Kenya is reporting that the East Africa Capital Partners Management (co-founders and investors in Zuku) have ...

Apr 24, 2017   Startimes and Mediacore Bag DTH TV Licences In Botswana

Startimes Satellite and Mediacore are two companies that have now obtained a Direct-To-Home (DTH)/Satellite TV licenses in Botswana. The licenses were issued by Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) under its Subscription Management Services (SMS) platform. According to BOCRA's chief, Mr ...

Apr 24, 2017   Intelsat To Power Liquid Telecom's Pan-African Delivery Of Broadband Services

Satellite company Intelsat says it has entered into agreement with Liquid Telecom to deploy theur EpicNG satellite services across its' networks. This deal will enhance Liquid Telecom's capacity to provide higher broadband bandwidth customers with greater efficiency. It will also ...

Apr 24, 2017   Multichoice In Ghana Tells Consumers To Lookout For 'Illegal Decoders' From Nigeria

The General Manager of Multichoice Ghana, Mr Cecil Sunkwa-Mills have decried the influx of 'illegal' digital TV decoders that are coming into the country from Nigeria. These decoders, according to him, have not been approved for use in Ghana and ...

Apr 20, 2017   African Shows And Productions Doing Well As Web Series

Internet television is 'exploding' and is set to be the biggest rival to traditional TV networks, according to the online magazine Africa.com. Many African filmmakers are now going to the web to distribute their content. Africa.com did a round-up of ...

Apr 20, 2017   I'm Not Responsible For SABC Financial Woes - Hlaudi Motsoeneng

The former COO of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng, has said that he is not at all responsible for the current financial situation of the organisation. Making this declaration at a press conference in Johannesburg, South ...

Apr 20, 2017   Netflix Not Keen On Doing Sports Content - For Now!

Netflix have confirmed that they have no immediate interest in Amazon's move and going into sports content and programming. Although Amazon is moving into the sports content and programme franchise (for example via NFL football), a statement coming from Netflix ...

Apr 20, 2017   TV White Spaces - SA Regulator Publishes Draft Framework And Position Paper

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) have recently published a draft regulation and position paper on the use of TV White Spaces in the country. TV white spaces technology can help provide 'low-cost' broadband internet by using gaps ...

Apr 19, 2017   Netflix At 100 Million Subscribers, Acknowledges Competitive Pressure

Latest released figures show that Netflix currently has 98.7 million streaming subscribers. 50.8 million of these are in the United States and 47.9 million international customers. Despite the impressive growth numbers, Netflix says it is very aware of the competitive ...

Apr 19, 2017   Startimes To Start A Dedicated 'Igbo-Speaking' Channel In Nigeria

Startimes Nigeria have announced the launch of a new, dedicated Igbo-Speaking TV Channel on its pay-TV platform. The new channel is called "Isi Mbido" (meaning "the Source"). According to the company, the channel will provide entertaiment shows and other programming ...

Apr 19, 2017   SABC Considers Possibility Of Reverting Its Local Content Policy

Press reports in South Africa have indicated that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) may be looking to abandon its 'laudable' 90% local content policy. Accroding to news sources in the country, the SABC interim board is of the opinion ...

Apr 18, 2017   New Digital Entertainment On Demand (DEOD) Service To Launch In SA

Discover Digital SA has announced it will be launching a new 'internet-only' entertainment platform - Digital Entertainment On Demand (DEOD). The new platform, according to the company, will be Africa's first converged TV service delivered solely over the internet. The ...

Apr 18, 2017   Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) Faces Uncertain Financial Future - Report

Recently seen reports indicates that Kenya Broadcasting Corporation is 'waste-deep' in debt and may struggle to manage its financial obligations. According to the Auditor General's Report, the national broadcaster in Kenya is reported to have accumilated a trading loss of ...

Apr 13, 2017   Kwese Partners With Safaricom To Deliver Video Content To Customers

Kwese TV and Safaricom have agreed on a video content distribution partnership that will see Kwese offer some of its premium content to subscribers of Safaricom - the Kenyan mobile operator. Kwese TV will provide access to some of its ...

Apr 13, 2017   NIGERIA: Ghana's RLG Wins 31 Million Dollars Contract To Produce Digital Set-Top Boxes

The Ghanian-owned RLG have been awarded the contract to manufacture and deliver Set-Top Boxes for the Nigerian DSO programme. The contract is valued to the tune of 31million US Dollars. RLG will work with a local partner - Adulawo Technology ...

Apr 12, 2017   We Have 'Licensed Over 400 Hours Of Programming In South Africa' - BBC Worldwide

Coming out of MipTV, BBC Worldwide has announced sales of over 400 hours of programming and content in South Africa. According to Joel Churcher, VP and GM for Africa, BBC Worldwide have been working in partnership with Rapid Blue - ...

Apr 12, 2017   SuperSport Corners The Premier League Until May 2022

SuperSport have extended the rights to Premier League from England until 2020. According to a press release from the organisation, the new extension means that SuperSport will retain the rights to all 380 league matches across all the distribution channels. ...

Apr 11, 2017   CAF Looking To Review And 'Reverse' 10-Year TV Broadcast Rights Deal With Lagardere

The new boss of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has strongly suggested that the organisation might review the TV broadcast rights awarded to French company Lagardere by his predecessor, Mr. Issa Hayatou. Mr Ahmad Ahmad, from Malagasy, told reporters ...

Apr 11, 2017   Mozambique: TVM To Run New TV Channel Targeted At International Audience

TVM International, a 24-hour TV channel for the international audience was recently launched in Mozambique. The channel will broadcast in Portuguese and targeted at Mozambicans abroad and Portuguese speaking people interested in Mozambique. Speaking during the launch, Mr Jaime Cuambe ...

Apr 11, 2017   NIGERIA: RayPower FM Has A New Boss As Former Head Launch Kennis FM

The owners of Ray Power FM in Nigeria have announced the appointment of a new Managing Director - Mr Ambrose Somide. Mr Somide is taking over from erstwhile head of the organisation, Mr Kenny Ogungbe who left to start Kennis ...

Apr 11, 2017   Africa Movie Channel Adds 'Nolly Africa' To 'Freeview' In Nigeria.

The Africa Movie Channel (AMC) have launched a new 'Nollywood-based' channel on the Freeview digital platform in Nigeria. Executives of the company said they are delighted to be able deploy and present this new channel to complement their current AMC ...

Apr 10, 2017   SES Unveils 'SES Video' And 'SES Networks' As Separate Business Units

SES, the global satellite company, have established two different business units to build on the capabilities of MX1 and O3b. Commenting, SES Chairman, Mr Romain Bausch says the new structure will help drive the execution of a 'market-centric strategy' to ...

Apr 10, 2017   SuperSport Terminates Contract With The Kenyan Premier League

Reports say that the USD 3million a year agreement between SuperSport and the Kenya Premier League will come to an end. After almost a decade of collaboration that has seen SuperSport with live broadcast rights to the Kenyan league, the ...

Apr 10, 2017   Netflix Loses Company's Chief Product Officer Of 18 Years

Neil Hunt, the executive that has been in charge of Netflix's products development for upwards of 18 years, will be leaving the organisation, to be replaced by Greg Peters. According to Netflix, they have also parted ways with Tawni Cranz, ...

Apr 07, 2017   UK's Talksport Takes Premier League To Kenya With Radio Africa Group

Talksports, a UK-based sport broadcasting radio station, have entered into an agreement with Kenya's Radio Africa Group to broadcast commentary of the English Premier League across Kenya in English and Swahili. Talksport has the international audio/radio broadcast rights and currently ...

Apr 07, 2017   Lagardere Studio Plans To Expand Content Distribution Business In Africa

Lagardere Studio - the France-based content production and distribution studio - part of the Lagardere Group, has announced plans to broaden its content production and distribution business in Africa. According to a statement attributed to Mr Christophe Thoral, a senior ...

Apr 07, 2017   YouTube TV Goes Live In The US - Coming To Africa Soon!

Google's YouTube TV is now accessible to subscribers in the United States for a membership fee of USD 35 monthly. The cancel anytime package provides access to live feeds from FOX, ABC, CBS, ESPN, Comcast and many more TV and ...

Apr 06, 2017   Nigeria Leads Africa In Digital Switch-over, According To Government Minister Lai Mohammed

The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has declared that Nigeria is leading the rest of Africa in the race to migrate broadcast signals from analogue to digital. He made the statement at the MIPTV event in Cannes, ...

Apr 06, 2017   SES Deploys Digital Transparent Processor Onboard SES-17 Satellite

SES has recently announced that in collaboration with Thales, they have successfully deploy the 'powerful' Digital Transparent Processor onboard the SES-17 satellite. This deployment allows SES to provide offer unrivalled flexibility in bandwidth management to many of its mobile infrastructures ...

Apr 06, 2017   Communications Minister Tasks SABC Board To 'Quick-Fix' Finances

South Africa new Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has reportedly charged the recently constituted SABC interim board with the 'urgent' task of fixing the organisations finances. The minister and deputy made this call during their inaugural visit to the SABC, where ...

Apr 06, 2017   MultiChoice' Supersport To Broadcast The Indian Premier League

Multichoice - Africa PayTV leader - has entered into partnership with Dubai OSN to screen the T20 Cricket Indian Premier League 2017 show. The broadcast is scheduled to commence shortly and will be live on its Supersport platform. The agreement ...

Apr 05, 2017   Amazon Video: Multi-Local Strategy Is Key To VoD Success

'There are no global customers; content must be truly local if we are to succeed." This view was shared by the worldwide head of content for Amazon Video speaking at the MIPTV in Cannes yesterday. He said that while there ...

Apr 05, 2017   Multichoice MNET Screens Italian Mafia Series 'Gomorrah'!

After acquiring screening rights of the Sky Italia's mafia 'Gomorrah', The series is now due to be screened on MNET. Beta Films and Multichoice European production recently signed a deal that will see the Italian show - subtitled in English ...

Apr 05, 2017   South Africa: SABC TV Share-Of-Viewers At Lowest Point

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is witnessing the lowest share of audience across its stations. Local reports are saying that the current audience share across SABC 1, 2 and 3 is currently hovering at around 45%. Industry watchers and ...

Apr 05, 2017   SABC To Adapt Hat Trick International Show 'Dinner Date' For SA Viewers

Dinner Date, the 'entertainment reality' show from Hat Trick International is set to be adapted for South Africa viewers following the agreement between The SABC and production company. The SABC adaptation is said to launch shortly on SABC 3. In ...

Apr 04, 2017   Mozambique: Cabo TV To Add 15 New Channels Before 2017 Ends

Cabo TV has announced it will be launching new 15 channels on its platform in Mozambique before the end of the year. New additions will include Mov+ dedicated to new movies and TV series channels Cabo TV has also indicated ...

Apr 04, 2017   After A Successful Season 1, 'The Voice Nigeria' Returns For Season 2

M-Net will run season two of the formatted TV show 'The Voice' called 'The Voice Nigeria' on its Africa Magic channel. A statement from M-Net said the company is "delighted to bring back The Voice Nigeria for season two". An ...

Apr 03, 2017   Exclusive: NBC Will Not Be Revoking Broadcasting Licences - After All!

Sources from inside the Nigerian Broadcasting space have told Broadcast Media Africa that the National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria (NBC) may have decided not to revoke the licences of 'errant' broadcasting stations after all. This decision was apparently reached following ...

Apr 03, 2017   PayTV Giant DStv Hikes Subscription Prices In Nigeria, South Africa

It is evident that subscribers to the DStv platforms in two of its principal markets will experience price increases for the services they get from the company. According to reports, Multichoice Nigeria will from 1st May 2017 increase it package ...

Apr 03, 2017   SA New Communications Minister To Deliver On Analogue To Digital Migration, Hopefully

Post the ministerial changes that took place at the Department of Communication in South Africa, it is now hoped that the new Communications Minister, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo will 'speedily' and 'efficiently' conclude the digital switchover process in South Africa. South ...

Apr 03, 2017   Subscribers Ask DStv To Remove ANN7 From Bouquet

A petition requesting that Multichoice stop carrying the Gupta-owned station - the Africa News Networks (ANN7) on its platform is gathering momentum. The petitions signed on a South Africa website 'petitions24' are claiming that ANN7 is a politically motivated and ...