February

Feb 16, 2018   Nigeria: Conference On Content Building And Management For Broadcasters In Lagos, Next Week

Delegates are geared up to participate at the 4th international conference on Content Building And Management For Broadcasters, coming up on the 20th and 21st of February at the Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel in Lagos - Nigeria. The industry summit ...

Feb 16, 2018   Kenya's A24Media Wants To Create A US 1Millon Dollars Fund For Media Innovation.

Kenya-based A24Media has stated that it is looking to set up a "Media Technology Investment Fund" of  US 1 Million Dollars. According to Mr Asif Sheikh, co-Founder of A24Media, the fund will support the need for innovation around technology development ...

Feb 16, 2018   Supersport Agrees For SABC To Broadcast Rugby Tournaments Free-Of-Charge

Cash-strapped South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has secured a concession from DStv's Supersport that will allow them to broadcast SA Rugby tournament on SABC radio stations. According to Mr Gideon Khobane, the Chief Executive Officer of SuperSport, they decided to ...

Feb 16, 2018   Nigeria: Are DStv And StartTimes Broadcast Licenses About To Be Cancelled?

The Federal government in Nigeria may, via the National Broadcasting Commission -  Nigeria's regulatory authority for the broadcasting industry - have already read the riot act to both Multichoice Nigeria and StarTimes concerning their license to operate in the country. ...

Feb 13, 2018   Nigeria: Broadcast Regulator (NBC) Sanctions 78 Media Outfits In Quarter 4 Of 2017

The regulatory body for the Nigerian broadcasting and media industry, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has said it issued a variety of sanctions against 78 broadcasting and electronic media organisations in the country between October and December of 2017. According ...

Feb 13, 2018   Multichoice Puts Out Request For Bids For A 24-Hour CNN-Style News Channel

Multichoice South Africa is said to be announcing a request for bidders to launch a 24-hour news channel on the DStv platform. According to a report from South Africa's Techcentral, Multichoice is keen to see how many bids it receives, ...

Feb 08, 2018   Nigeria: Startimes Invests US 20 Million Dollars Annually In Entertainment Industry

Startimes, a leading Pay-TV company in Nigeria has declared that it had invested more than US 200 Million Dollars into the Nigerian entertainment industry over the past ten years. This assertion was made by Ms Guo Zi Qi, Vice President ...

Feb 08, 2018   South Africa: March 31st Is Deadline Date To Receive Subsidised Set-Top Boxes

The South African Department of Communications (The DoC) has announced that Saturday 31st March 2018 is the deadline date for registration of citizens that are qualified to receive government subsidised digital set-top boxes in the Free State and North West ...

Feb 08, 2018   Nigeria: COSON Unhappy With Copyright Infringement Case Won By MCSN

With barely a week since a Nigerian Court awarded the sum of US 17Million Dollars to Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria, MCSN as special damages for copyright infringement against Multichoice Nigeria, COSON has stated its disagreement with the judgement. According ...

Feb 06, 2018   Nigeria: Linda Ikeji To Launch Lifestyle And Entertainment Channel On DStv

Linda Ikeji, the acclaimed Nigerian entertainment and lifestyle blogger, is set to launch an entertainment and lifestyle channel on DStv and online streaming platforms. According to sources close to the 37-year-old blogger, Ms Ikeji has been working assiduously to line ...

Feb 06, 2018   Avanti And Global Partnership for Education Give Access To Education In Africa

Avanti Communications Group - a leading provider of global satellite data services, has entered into a partnership with Global Partnership for Education (“GPE”), to provide access to quality education for kids in rural Africa. Based on its “Every Community Online” ...

Feb 06, 2018   South Africa: Multichoice Did Not Lean-On Communications Minister For Favours, Says CEO

Multichoice South Africa has refuted allegations in recent industry press that it had lobbied the Department of Communications (DoC) under the leadership of Ms Faith Muthambi for favourable decisions on the country's digital migration. According to a statement from the ...

Feb 06, 2018   South Africa: MultiChoice To Ditch ANN7; Plans For A New 24-Hour News Channel

Multichoice South Africa has announced that from the 1st of September 2018, it will no longer carry the 24-hour news channel ANN7. The Gupta Family owns the channel. A statement from Mr Calvo Mawela, the CEO of MultiChoice South Africa ...

Feb 02, 2018   Mali: TNSSAT Describes Itself As The Sole Signal Carrier DTT

According to the Ecofin Agency, TNTSAT Africa is, authoritatively, the sole signal carrier for Mali's digital terrestrial network (DTT). Before now, there has been constant confusion in the country over whom was responsible for carrying digital TV signals to homes ...

Feb 02, 2018   Kenya: TV Stations Still Blocked - Despite Court Ruling To The Contrary

Further to our report on Tuesday 30th January that the government of Kenya has blocked some TV stations from broadcasting in protest to their planned coverage and broadcast of a mock presidential "inauguration" of opposition leader Raila Odinga, it seems ...

Feb 02, 2018   South Africa: ICASA Sets Up Major Investigation Into 'Suspicious' Payments By MultiChoice

ICASA, the regulator for South Africa's Broadcast and Communications industry, is said to have launched an investigation into some 'suspicious' payment activities that have been conducted by DStv Multichoice. Sources report said that following a complaint lodged by the South ...

Feb 02, 2018   Hisense Aims To Deliver FIFA World Cup Games Via TV Apps In South Africa

Hisense, a manufacturer of TV and technology equipment, is reported to have approached DStv and Cell C in South Africa with a bid that would allow it distribute and provide coverage of the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia to ...

Feb 27, 2017   Morocco Re-Joins The African Union Of Broadcasters (AUB)

Morroco have been elected to rejoin the the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB). This decision was ratified at the organisation's10th general assembly, which ended in Dakar, Senegal on Friday 24th February 2017. The re-joining request was launched the Moroccan radio ...

Feb 23, 2017   SES And Globecast To Drive Content Distribution For TRT World

Satellite and media company, SES, has shown strong intent with expanding its global distribution initiative by announcing a collaboration partnership with  the news platform TRT World. TRT World, a Istanbul (Turkey) based news organisation,  will provide news content that will ...

Feb 22, 2017   Showmax Partners With The Q You In East Africa

Showmax, the South African based video-on-demand (VOD) provider has entered into an agreement with The Q You (a short-form video channel) to help develop and deliver 'localised' content in East Africa. According to ShowMax, The QYou was selected for its ...

Feb 22, 2017   EBS Will Provide Kwese With EPG Services

Broadcasting & Media Africa understands Kwese TV (the Econet Media pay TV platform) will deploy metadata services from EBS. Recognising the need for consumers to be able to locate content easily and quickly across a variety of devices, KWESE TV ...

Feb 21, 2017   Nigeria's 'Niger Radio' In New N300m ($1m) Deal To Digitise

In a recent statement the acting general manager of Radio Niger, Mr Andrew Achanya announced that state government had signed a contract to digitise the radio station. This announcement comes in commemoration of World Radio Day. Mr Andrew Achanya said ...

Feb 21, 2017   South Africa Communications Regulator Postpones Spectrum Auction

ICASA, the South Africa communications regulator, has announced via a Government Gazette that it will be postponing the planned auction of the Spectrum in the 700MHz, 800MHz and 2,6GHz bands "until further notice". Watchers are asking whether this move has ...

Feb 20, 2017   Facebook To Launch TV App - Globally.

Facebook recently announced that it would launch a new television app enabling them to compete with traditional TV channels and the likes of Youtube. The app will be available from app stores for  Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung ...

Feb 20, 2017   Neotel Finally Completes Joining The Liquid Telecom Group

Neotel, a South African communications network operator, is finally now a member of the pan-African group Liquid Telecom. Liquid Telecom is a subsidiary of Econet Global. Liquid Telecom plans to spend the spend the next few months expanding an upgrading ...

Feb 20, 2017   RedTV Enters Francophone Africa With A Launch In Cote d’Ivoire

Online lifestyle channel RedTv recently launched a Francophone version in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The Launch event also saw the screening for RedTv’s first Francophone TV series, Boutique Hotel. The move sees RedTv expand into 10 French speaking countries, all of ...

Feb 13, 2017   Andrew Hanlon Is New CEO Of Nigeria's Continental Broadcasting Service (CBS)

Continental Broadcasting Service (CBS) Limited announced that Andrew Hanlon would its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective mid-February 2017. Andrew Hanlon, who is from the Republic of Ireland, has extensive experience in the industry. He is a founding director of TV3 ...

Feb 12, 2017   SA Companies Consider Legal Action After Digital TV Box Orders Are Suspended

Cz Electronics and Leratadima, two black-owned South African businesses have entered an arbitration process with Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa). The two companies were set to provide Usaasa with decoders for South Africa’s digital TV migration ...

Feb 07, 2017   Kwese TV Now Offering AMC Channels

Kwese TV announced that it would be offering a 24 hour AMC channel for African audiences. This forms part of Kwese TVs expansion; it recently launched its full entertainment and sports bouquet. AMC, available on Channel 130, offers fan favourites ...

Feb 07, 2017   Vodacom To Help Showmax Launch ShowMax Select

ShowMax and Vodacom recently launched ShowMax Select exclusively to Vodacom subscribers. For only R45 per month, customers will receive access to ShowMax’s comprehensive catalogue of Tv shows and movies. ShowMax Select has a particular focus on local content with over ...

Feb 05, 2017   Africa's ShowMax Launches VOD Service In Poland

African video on demand (VOD) service, ShowMax announced that it would be expanding into Europe by launching its platform in Poland. The move will make ShowMax, which is already offered in 36 African countries, a multi-continental VOD service. ShowMax Poland ...

Feb 03, 2017   ICASA - SA Communications Regulator - Say No To E.TV’s Prime Time News Move

E.tv’s plans to move news out of primetime have been halted after South Africa's communications regulator, ICASA denied their request to have their licensing conditions changed. ICASA rejected the plans because such a move would not be in public’s interest ...

Feb 01, 2017   Monetisation Opportunities For Live Streaming Platforms In Africa

Riding on the explosion of the mobile/smartphone market penetration, live video streaming has experienced a tremendous expansion of both social media and traditional mobile platforms. The live streaming field is one that is growing at a very fast pace. Video ...

Feb 01, 2017   DSTV Watching UHD/4KTV Landscape Closely

As the global industry standard for the acclaimed ultra high definition (UHD/4K) broadcast technology emerges, DSTV - Africa’s leading Pay-TV company says they are monitoring developments closely. Asked why DSTV is yet to follow other leading broadcasters around the world ...

Feb 01, 2017   "Media Must Be For The People And Accessible To All" - Faith Muthambi, SA Communications Minister

South Africa’s Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi has re-emphasised media's role in the social transformation of South Africa. Addressing delegates during an engagement breakfast meeting of the Media Development and Diversity Agency of South Africa, she highlighted the importance of readily ...

Feb 01, 2017   OTT Television and Video Streaming In Africa - Resolving The Data Challenge

The advent of non-linear television has merged streaming quality with real-time viewing. Today’s viewers are easily bored, have very short attention spans and have a variety of content and viewing options available. There is no-tolerance to glitches or buffering delays ...

Feb 01, 2017   Content Exchange Hubs and Platforms - Scenarios for Broadcasters in Africa

Now more than ever, broadcasters in Africa need to meet the demand for high-quality content. The market for African TV content is expanding rapidly, with a growth of more than 20% each year. The move to digital content has brought ...

Feb 01, 2017   Africa’s Broadcast Media And The Digital Ecosystem - The Content Challenge!

With the plethora of TV, Radio and media content readily available on various kinds of platforms, it goes without saying - or even thinking - that the consumer, these days, can afford to choose at leisure not only what they ...

Feb 01, 2017   Funding and Financing of Local Content - Understanding the Challenges & Opportunities

The need for funding and financing of high-quality local content has drastically increased over the past few months. This is because the migration from analogue to digital television means more bandwidth is freed up and available. More local channels will ...

Feb 01, 2017   Protecting Broadcast and Audio-Visual Content - Resolving Africa’s Piracy And Digital Rights Issues

Protecting audio-visual content is about tackling piracy and achieving successful digital rights management. Many broadcasters and other content producers and publishers across begin to deliver content over the internet, either as a streamed or on-demand offering, protecting and securing these ...