July

Jul 31, 2017   Nigeria: We Are The Treasure Base Of Original And Authentic Content - Royal Roots

Mr Gregory Odutayo, CEO of Royal Roots Nigeria (a content production and broadcasting company in Nigeria) has declared that Nigeria in particular (and Africa in general) will continue to lead the world in Authentic and Original content. Greg Odutayo made ...

Jul 31, 2017   Connectivity: English Prof. In Rural England Get Broadband Services Directly From Africa

The story of Professor Christopher Spry is an interesting story. Although Prof. Spry currently lives in rural the English county of Brecon Beacons, he is reported to be getting his internet connectivity and broadband services from a satellite that is ...

Jul 31, 2017   Zimbabwe: DStv Customers Are Asked To Pay Only In Cash And In US Dollars

DStv's customers in Zimbabwe are protesting the move by the company, asking them to pay for the services only in cash and in US Dollars. It is common knowledge Zimbabwe currently has issues with her monetary and fiscal arrangements, but ...

Jul 24, 2017   Nigeria Govt. Might Change Broadcasting Law To 'Punish' Advertisers Not Supporting Local

In a dramatic move to drive advertisers and sponsors to support local media properties in Nigeria, the country's Government is considering a change of the broadcasting code - the set of laws and regulations governing the industry - to ensure ...

Jul 24, 2017   Canal+ To Launch A New Sports Channel Across 25 African Countries

France's Canal+ has confirmed it has launched a brand new digital sports channels A+ Sport. The new subscription channel was started on the 21st of July 2017 and will be broadcasting across 25 French-speaking nations across sub-Saharan Africa. The new ...

Jul 24, 2017   DStv SuperSports Enters Multi-Year Deal With World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)

DStv's SuperSport have announced a new deal that will bring wrestling shows such as 'Raw' and 'SmackDown' to their platform. They have agreed to a multi-year contract with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to show their content and programming across ...

Jul 24, 2017   TSTV And ABS Global To Promote A New Satellite Broadcasting Service For Africa

ABS Global - a Europe-based technology company - has joined venture with a Nigeria's outfit - Telecom Satellite TV (TSTV) -  to set up a new Direct-To-Home (DTH) satellite TV service to compliment the digital transition currently taking place across ...

Jul 19, 2017   NIGERIA: National Government To Create Venture Capital For Creative Industry

The Nigerian government has announced it will establish a US$ 1 million venture capital fund to drive and boost the nation's Creative Industry including music, films, and others. Making the announcement at an industry event on Creative Industry Financing in ...

Jul 19, 2017   South Africa: Licence Fee Collection Agency Seeking Payment From SABC

The agency responsible for collecting TV licence in South Africa is chasing its principal - the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) - over unpaid service fees for work done. Lorna Vision says it is now considering legal options available to ...

Jul 19, 2017   Netflix Hits 100+ Million Subs - Many Coming From Africa

The second quarter financials from Netflix - the video on demand (VOD) Titan - has revealed that it has reached the significant 100 million subscribers (actual declared number is 104 Million subs). The Netflix report indicated that its customer base ...

Jul 19, 2017   Leading International Content Distributor Looks To Make Block-Bursting Formats In Nigeria

Industry reports indicate that All3Media International is looking at the possibilities of local production of the popular formats: 'Undercover Boss' and 'The Cube' in Nigeria. The company is reportedly in dialogue with Nigeria’s EWA Media Productions in order to assess ...

Jul 18, 2017   SABC Will Sue Former COO To Recover ZAR14 Million (USD 1.1 Million)

Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the beleaguered former COO of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) should expect another court summons shortly, as his former employer - the SABC - has decided to sue him in order to recover the sum of ZAR14 ...

Jul 18, 2017   South Africa: e.tv Takes Over Screening Of 'Days Of Our Lives' From SABC

The popular classic soap, Days of Our Lives, will now show on South Africa's e.tv from September 2017. The programme, which had been with the SABC for some time will now get a primetime slot of 5.30pm at e.tv. Industry ...

Jul 18, 2017   Connecting Africa: Intelsat To Offer Cheaper 2G Solutions To Operator

Intelsat, the global satellite and connectivity services organisation, has announced it will launch a connectivity solution that will provide 2G services in remote locations via the Africa wireless networks initiative. The new service, IntelsatOne Mobile Reach will collaborate with service ...

Jul 18, 2017   Nigeria: Internet Radio For Children Launched With A Focus On Edutainment

A new, web-based radio station targeted at children and young ones from year eight old and above has just been launched in Nigeria. Called 'Auntie Mo Kids Radio' it is the brainchild of Mr Rotimi Ogunjobi. The thrust of this ...

Jul 17, 2017   Ericsson Partners With QYOU To Monetise Online Video With "UDN"

Ericsson - the global telecoms and media company - and QYOU - a premium short form video content provider - have announced a strategic partnership for the distribution and monetisation of content. Under the agreement, Ericson will tap into, and ...

Jul 17, 2017   Sony Pictures Television Appointed Kunle Falodun As Vice President Distribution

Sony Pictures Television has announced the appointment of Mr Kunle Falodun to a newly created position of VP distribution for Africa. Falodun will report to Mark Young who oversees Sony Pictures Television activities in the UK, Ireland, Iberia and Africa ...

Jul 17, 2017   StarSat Squares Up To Multichoice - Aims For 1Million Subscribers

Africa's Pay TV market is set for another dramatic competitive shakeup, going by the renewed ambition and drive from the pay TV service provider StarSat. According to Mr John Yan, the CEO of StarSat, he wants the company to acquire ...

Jul 17, 2017   Nigeria's Connectivity Issues Set For A Review At ITU Telecom World

Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has announced that a high-level delegation led by the Minister of Communication, Barrister Abdulraheem Adebayo Shittu will attend Telecom World 2017 (organised annually by the International Telecommunications Union - ITU). The event will take place from ...

Jul 07, 2017   South Africa: Minister Parleys With Broadcasters On New 2018 Digital Switchover Deadline

South Africa's Minister for Communications, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo is scheduled to hold urgent talks with the country's broadcasters with a view to bringing the digital migration process back on track. South Africa is now looking to complete the analogue to ...

Jul 07, 2017   Integrated Television Service (ITS) Deploys 30 Digital TV Channels In Nigeria

Integrated Television Service (ITS) - a key player in the Nigerian digital TV space - has announced the addition of 30 Free-to-air TV channels to its platform. ITS is a joint venture initiative between the country's leading state broadcasters, the ...

Jul 07, 2017   Ghana Unable To Meet September 2017 Digital Migration Deadline; No New Deadline Set!

Ghana's Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has conceded that Ghana cannot meet the new deadline set for analogue to digital migration. Speaking at a stakeholders' meeting in the country's capital, Accra, Owusu-Ekuful said she and her team were acutely ...

Jul 07, 2017   DStv Pulls Plug On 'Gay-Themed' Kids Content On Its Platform Across Africa

Multichoice Africa has confirmed it will stop the broadcas of children's programmes with "homosexual theme". It says the content will be removed from its DStv platforms across Africa with immediate effect. The affected programmes will include, but not limited to, ...

Jul 05, 2017   South Africa: Radio Broadcaster Sacked By SABC For Calling The President A "Zombie."

A presenter with Lotus FM radio (in South Africa), Mr Ravi Govender, has been reportedly fired by the South African Broadcasting Corporation for calling the country's President Jacob Zuma a "Zombie". Mr Kaizer Kganyago, the spokesperson for the South African ...

Jul 05, 2017   Namibia: State TV Station Gets Programmes Content From Japan

Content and TV programming from scores of television stations in Japan have been given to Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) free of charge. According to sources close to the Japanese Foreign Affairs department, the cost of paying for the rights of ...

Jul 05, 2017   Nigeria: 1st Asian Film Festival In Nigeria To Promote Collaboration

The film festival celebrating Nigeria's and Asian film cultures have opened in Abuja, Nigeria. Tagged 1st Asia-Nigeria Film Festival, the event will showcase the culture and way-of-life from the two continent through their audio-visual presentations. The five-day festivities will feature ...

Jul 03, 2017   Viva Africa And Vubiquity Enter Content Partnership Agreement

Vubiquity and Viva Africa have announced a long-term local content licencing agreement. The agreement, entered into earlier this year, will see both organisations collaborating to provide 1000+ premium content titles across West Africa, East Africa and South Africa.   Vubiquity ...

Jul 03, 2017   Nigeria's Telecom Satellites TV (TSTV) To Launch New Direct-To-Home (DTH) Platform

A new DTH TV platform is coming to the Nigerian broadcasting marketplace, and this new platform is the brainchild of Mr Bright Echefu and his Telecom Satellites TV (TSTV) outfit. Telecom Satellites TV (TSTV) has reportedly entered into a technical ...

Jul 03, 2017   Status Update On Nigeria's Digital Migration Process... Some Numbers!

Numbers from Nigerian's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) indicates that the digital broadcasting switchover process is going as slow as as one can possibly imagined. According to the Director General of NBC, Mallam Issaq Modibo Kawu, Nigeria has organised the import ...