July

Jul 16, 2018   South Africa Gets Its First Digital and Audio-Visual Content Hub

The newly launched digital content hub known as Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct is an incubator of innovative and creative audio-visual content, that is founded by the University of the Witwatersrand in partnership with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the ...

Jul 12, 2018   MultiChoice Sees Viewers Peak As FIFA World Cup Games Advances

MultiChoice has revealed that it experienced an increase in the number of users on its streaming platform, DSTV Now app in June which was five times higher than a year ago. Among the contents that are offered to viewers, live ...

Jul 12, 2018   DStv Subscribers Gets SuperSport For Free

South Africa's MultiChoice has announced that from 13-31 July 2018, DStv customers on DStv Access, Family, Compact, and Compact Plus customers will receive access to all 13 SuperSport channels at no extra charge. MultiChoice said this two-day promotion was its ...

Jul 12, 2018   Surprising, TV Ratings In South Africa Improved in June 2018

The television ratings in South Africa has shown impressive ratings especially with traditional media in June with the kick-off of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament but what is surprising is that these increased TV ratings have nothing to do ...

Jul 11, 2018   Netflix Is Seeking Local Heroes In South Africa

Popular streaming service Netflix will soon begin the streaming of a new hero series titled "A love letter to Heroes and Culture" inspired by an American Web series titled Luke Cage, a production of leading entertainment powerhouse, Marvel Studios.   ...

Jul 11, 2018   MTN, Vodacom Urges SA To Begin Immediate Use Of 5G Networks

Leading Telecommunications firm, MTN and South African Mobile Communications Company Vodacom have warned that unless the government ensures that 5G spectrum is released quickly, South Africa will find itself for the first time completely left behind at the release of ...

Jul 09, 2018   Scoop Network To Reach Africans With Localised Contents On Kwesé TV

Programming contents from the new Scoop Network would include music, fashion, light entertainment magazines, celebrity news, and movie. As an accurate representation of the African continent, the channel will engage their viewers with fully localised contents and voice-overs done by ...

Jul 09, 2018   MultiChoice Introduces PBS Kids Content For Summer Holidays

As the summer season begins and kids go on break, MultiChoice's DSTV has added kids content from America's PBS Kids to its DStv Catch Up service as part of its DStv Now streaming service with plans to make it available ...

Jul 09, 2018   South Africa: The Future Of SABC News Channel On DStv Is Still Unkown

Some heavy dust has been raised in the broadcasting sector in South Africa as Multichoice's DSTV is letting go of the rebranded AfroWorld View, and surprisingly, the country public broadcaster, SABC News as both organisations have not signed a new ...

Jul 09, 2018   ICASA To Make More Room For pay-TV Operators In South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced that says that it would give ease of access to players into the pay-TV market in the country despite objections from the dominant cum leading pay-tv firm MultiChoice. The national ...

Jul 09, 2018   Content Creation and Financing Is The Focus As SADC Broadcasters Convene In South Africa

The Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) is bringing together content and programmes executives from across the region and beyond on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th Johannesburg to discuss critical issues surrounding the development, financing and monetisation of broadcasters content in ...

Jul 04, 2018   Tanzania: TCRA Sanctions Radio Stations For Violating Content Regulations

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) through its content committee has slapped Family Radio, RASI FM and Dar es Salaam-based Magic FM with a fine of TZS 6 million for breaching content regulations. The Content Committee Vice-Chairman of TCRA, Joseph ...

Jul 04, 2018   South Africa: MultiChoice Implores ICASA To Soft-Pedal With Pay-TV Regulation

The CEO of Multichoice South Africa, Mr Calvo Mawela has again alerted that DStv, as a satellite pay-TV service, was running on 'borrowed'. He said that over-regulating the pay-TV marketplace would hand business to international behemoths like Netflix and Amazon ...

Jul 03, 2018   South Africa: ONTAPtv.com Goes Quiet

Viewers of ONTAPtv.com, an on-demand video channel by Hong Kong-based telecommunications provider, PCCW Global can no longer have access to content provided by the streaming platform, and they are asking why? ONTAPtv.com, when it launched in September 2015 with 2500 ...

Jul 03, 2018   Nigeria: CPC And NCC Collaborates To Protect Telecom Subscribers

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) together with Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has joined forces to investigate the practices of call masking in the country. NCC's Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta who spoke at the meeting between both government ...

Jul 03, 2018   Ghana: Multichoice Introduces DSTV Business Lite To Curb Piracy

A leading pay-tv company, MultiChoice in Ghana has announced the launch of the new DSTV business lite for its commercial subscribers. The General Manager of MultiChoice Ghana, Mr Cecil Sunkwa-Mills while launching the package mentioned that the company had decided ...

Jul 02, 2018   It's France Vs China As StarTimes Joins West Africa's TV Market

Players in the pay-tv industry in Africa see a tug of war for media supremacy between France and China through the Canal + and Startimes respectively. It was observed that a few months after Chinese media company StarTimes entered Ivory ...

Jul 02, 2018   EbonyLife TV Moves To StarTimes, Ends Exclusivity with DSTV

Entertainment-focused Channel, EbonyLife TV in a bid to expand globally, has announced that from August 1, 2018, its channel will begin broadcasting on the Chinese owned StarTimes Network (Satellite 191 and Digital Terrestrial 107), bringing an end to its exclusive ...

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 ...