August

Aug 30, 2017   Cameroon: Government To Close TV Platforms With Pro-Secession Channels

The government of Cameroon has reaffirmed its resolve to shut down any satellite and cable platforms that are carrying 'pro-secession' television and radio stations. The country's authorities have earlier in January 2017 banned a few stations who were believed to ...

Aug 29, 2017   VOD Platform, Showmax, May Be Absorbed Into DStv - Industry Sources

According to MyBroadband (a South Africa's industry news outfit), pay-TV giant Multichoice is currently in the process of "integrating" Showmax (it's hitherto standalone VOD platform) with DStv. Quoting other industry sources, MyBroadband has reported that Multichoice is looking to make ...

Aug 21, 2017   StarTimes Africa To Broadcast Live Major European Football Leagues

Startimes, one of Africa's major Digital Pay-TV organisations has announced a comprehensive line-up of top-level live football broadcast from a whole swath of European football leagues and global tournaments. Startimes have over the years secured rights, many of the exclusively, ...

Aug 21, 2017   SuperSport Has No Immediate Plan To Offer "Streaming-Only" Service

Just as many major global media platforms are moving towards streaming-only access services, where consumers can access content online on an "over-the-top" (OTT) basis, SuperSport was also asked whether it would be going in that same direction anytime soon. According ...

Aug 11, 2017   Multichoice South Africa Warns Of Possible Increase In Content Piracy

Multichoice South Africa and its subsidiary M-Net have raised fresh concerns about the changes in the copyright laws being proposed in South Africa. The company is saying that the new laws are not enough to protect owners, producers and publishers ...

Aug 11, 2017   Angola Cables To Boost Broadband With Launch Of South Atlantic Cable System (SACS)

Angola Cable has announced that it is about to complete the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) - a subsea cable system that is due to add more than 40 Tbps capacity to the cable connectivity infrastructure in Africa. SACS is ...

Aug 11, 2017   China's Startimes Launches Digital Satellite TV Services Into Rural Africa

Following from the commitment made by the Chinese government to support the provision of digital satellite services to rural Africa, Startimes (the Chinese owned digital pay TV company) have started to make good on this commitment by launching a satellite-based ...

Aug 11, 2017   Fox Networks Group Investing In Africa Local Content and VOD Service

Gary Alfonso, the head of Fox Africa have confirmed that his organisation is ready to put substantial investment into pure-play African content to enable it to compete favourably in the market. Owned by Fox Networks Group, Fox Africa says they ...

Aug 09, 2017   Liberia: State Broadcasting Service To Go Off-Air Over Budget And Pay!

It is being reported that the staff and workers of the Liberian Broadcasting Service (LBS) are looking to down tools and take the station off-air in a dispute with the state government over lack of proper funding due to 'low ...

Aug 09, 2017   SABC To Add 'Viewer Discretion Warning' To Shows With 'Suggestive Sex' Content

The South African Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCCSA) has ordered that the country's public broadcasters SABC to consider adding a "Viewer Discretion Advised" notification to some of their shows and programmes with suggestive sexual content shown on TV before the "watershed ...

Aug 09, 2017   Troubled Wananchi (Owners of Zuku) To Raise Charges On Consumers

The Wananchi Group, owners of the entertainment and communication business under brand Zuku has announced that it will be increasing the subscription fees for some of its pay TV, telephone and internet services. It is to be recalled that the ...

Aug 09, 2017   "South Africa Should Complete Digital Migration By End of 2017" - Communications Minister

Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, South Africa's minister of communications, has committed her country to completing the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting by end of 2017. The minister made this declaration after a major stakeholder meeting of the South Africa Digital ...

Aug 07, 2017   Security Of Content On Africa's Digital Free-To-Air Broadcasting Is Paramount - Verimatrix

Verimatrix, a leader in provisoning security for digital television services, have said it is paramount for TV operators to take seriously the question of security of digital TV services (especially in a free-to-air environment). Verimatrix will be addressing this 'seemingly ...

Aug 07, 2017   Nigeria: John Momoh, Channel TV Boss, Challenged By Content Aggregator Company

Broadcast Media Africa have learnt that an 'unwanted' feud may be brewing in the Nigeria digital ecosystem between the countries broadcasters and the licensed digital content aggregator. Reports from Nigeria suggested that the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) - the ...

Aug 07, 2017   South Africa's Digital Migration Hampered By Set-Top Boxes Procurement Irregularities

The already troubled digital migration programme in South Africa is set to be further marred by controversy with the recent situation surrounding the alleged state-sponsored set-top boxes procurement irregularities. According to reports from South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper, it is ...

Aug 07, 2017   Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Powers On With Content Delivery Deals Across Africa

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) appears to be further scaling-up its content delivery business in Africa with a string of confirmation on existing contract as well as the signing of new platforms to deliver its content. A state-of-business statement by ...

Aug 03, 2017   Packaging Our Stories And Content To High Global Standards Must Be Our Aim! - Anita Erskine

Ms Anita Erskine, Managing Director of Anita Erskine Media, is one of Africa's most influential media executives. She spoke to BMA with regards to her participation at the forthcoming International Summit on Digital Broadcasting In Nigeria on 22nd - 23rd ...

Aug 03, 2017   360+ Applications Received To Fill Permanent Board Positions At the SABC

The South African's Parliamentary Communications Committee charged with processing and filling of the vacant board positions at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced that it has already received more than 360 legitimate applications from interested persons to be ...

Aug 03, 2017   Iflix And Econet Media Join Forces To Deliver Video-On-Demand (VOD) Service Across Africa

Iflix (a content streaming company similar to Netflix) and Econet Media have announced they have entered into a strategic partnership to roll-out their video content streaming services in the major markets across Africa. According to the statement released from the ...

Aug 03, 2017   Zambia: Startimes Bringing More Chinese Dramas And Movies To African TV Sets

Startimes, the Chinese pay-TV company operating across Africa has launched the 2017 season for broadcasting TV dramas and movies from Beijing, China to African television station via the Startimes platform. The company said the 2017 season has kicked off in ...

Aug 01, 2017   Clyde Broadcast To Reflect On The Challenges And Dynamics Facing The Digitisation of Radio In Africa

Clyde Broadcast - an international supplier of radio equipment - has said a major part of its mission is to help current and new Radio broadcasters across Africa to deal with the challenges and dynamics of the digitisation of Radio ...

Aug 01, 2017   Kenya: Court Case On The Sale Of Wananchi Group (Zuku) Should Go Ahead!

It does appear that the high legal drama surrounding Wananchi Group (the owner of brand Zuku) is not abating anytime soon. A recent ruling by a High Court in Kenya has confirmed that the legal challenge to stop the sale ...

Aug 01, 2017   SABC's Contract With TV License Fee Collection Agency Has Been Revoked!

A High Court in Johannesburg, South Africa has struck-off the contract between the South African Broadcasting Corporation SABC and LornaVision, its TV license fee collection agency. The Court said that the contract to collect TV license fee awarded to LornaVision ...

Aug 01, 2017   Canal+ Lines Up Turkish Football As Part Of TV Offering In Africa

Canal+ (or Canal Plus), the France-based pay TV operator has confirmed it has the exclusive distribution rights for the Turkey's premier league football; and it will be including the games in its new A+ Sports channel available for Francophone Africa. ...