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Mar 31, 2017   SABC's New Interim Board Promises To Restore 'Tarnised' Image

The newly-appointed interim board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has pledged to do its utmost to restore the 'tarnished' image of the Corporation. In a clear-the-air meeting with SABC's 'rank and file' staff, the board, after listening to ...

Mar 31, 2017   e.TV South Africa And Disney In Free-To-Air TV Broadcast Deal

e.TV South Africa and Disney Africa have entered into a content agreement enabling e.TV to broadcast feature films, animations and other shows from the stables of the Walt Disney and ABC Studios as well as from Disney Pixar. Industry sources ...

Mar 31, 2017   Kenya: DStv And Telkom To Attract Customers With Data And TV Bundle Offers

DStv and Telkom Kenya have agreed to work together to offer more value added services to keep existing subscribers and attract new ones. Both companies are looking to leverage and cross-sell data bundles (from Telkom) and TV bundles (from DStv). ...

Mar 31, 2017   Avoid Signal Interference, Focus DSO Awareness On Border Towns - SA Minister

The South Africa Minister of Communications, Ms Faith Muthambi said that she would be driving forward the public awareness campaign for digital switchover in the country by prioritising the border towns and villages in South Africa. According to the Minister, ...

Mar 31, 2017   Kwese, SuperSport, SABC, StarTimes All Bag Broadcasting Rights From FIFA

The announcement made by FIFA regarding broadcasting rights for the FIFA tournaments (including the Confederation Cup and 2018 World Cup) reveals the following: Kwese Sports (Econet Media) has broadcast rights on Pay TV and Free-to-air across all African territories (sub-Saharan) ...

Mar 30, 2017   Optima Takes Bloomberg TV Africa To Court For Terminating Contract

According to news reports, Optima Media Group (a Nigerian based media company) is actively suing Michael Bloomberg's TV outfit in Africa (Bloomberg Television Africa) for USD60M for 'unlawful' termination of their contract. Sources close to the matter say that  Bloomberg ...

Mar 30, 2017   Trace Launches TracePlay (SVoD, OTT And Streaming Services) For Urban Audience

Announced by Trace as a hybrid service, TracePlay will deliver subscriber video-on-demand (SVOD), live TV (OTT TV), streamed Radio and entertainment to urban audiences. The platform is available across Africa (part of a global release) in English and French. For ...

Mar 30, 2017   Entries And Submissions Open For Durban International Film Festival

The Durban International Film Festival submissions for the 2017 edition of the festival are open! The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) invites filmmakers from across the world to submit their Short, Documentary or Feature Fiction films to screen in the ...

Mar 30, 2017   MultiChoice Works With Accenture To Expand Video Test Automation Capabilities

MultiChoice is implementing StormTest from Accenture to broaden its video test automation capacity. This will enable Multichoice drive further its strategy of enhancing the viewing experience for customers and aim is to deliver the right kind of programming tailored to ...

Mar 30, 2017   SES And iDirect Test Over-The-Air DVB-S2X Tech

SES, the global satellite and media operator and US-based iDirect have announced the positive testing of the innovative over-the-air DVB-S2X Technology over C-Band. According to the two organisations, this test will enable the crucial lessons and adaptations to be made ...

Mar 29, 2017   Nigeria: NBC Cannot Guarantee Migration Of Digital Broadcast Signal

Reports from Nigeria are suggesting that the country might miss the 2017 set deadline for the switchover of broadcast signal from analogue to digital. In a recent statement, Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria (charged with regulating the ...

Mar 29, 2017   Digital Innovations Will Keep Advertising Industry Relevant In Nigeria

Emeka Okeke, CEO of Media Fuse Dentsu Aegis Network Nigeria is urging the advertising industry in Nigeria and across Africa to adapt quickly to the current digital revolution, or face an uncertain future Addressing industry stakeholders in Nigeria, he stated ...

Mar 29, 2017   Cape Verde Multimedia Deploys Interactive TV Platform From Beenius

Cape Verde Multimedia (part of Cape Verde Telecom group) have selected Beenius (a provider of Interactive TV platforms) to provide it with next generation interactive TV systems. The CEO of Capo Verde Telecoms, Mr Rui Fortes, said that Beenius would ...

Mar 28, 2017   Netflix Still Refuses To Pay South Africa For Online Video Distribution - Claims Extortion

South Africa's Film and Publication Board (FPB) says it is owed more than 1.6 million South African Rands (USD 125,000) in licensing fees by Netflix, the global Video-On-Demand and streaming behemoth. These sums were allegedly accumulated by Netflix over the ...

Mar 28, 2017   South Africa: Awards To Drive Radio Broadcasting To Greater Heights

A review of South Africa’s Liberty Radio Awards nominations shows that recognition is accorded to the best-in-class, which according to the organisers is crucial. Lance Rothschild, CEO of the awards described it as the fulcrum for motivating and inspiring the ...

Mar 28, 2017   Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium Assembly To Hold in Zurich, Switzerland

The Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium's annual General Assembly 2017 is set to take place on the 10th - 11th May in Zurich, Switzerland. It has been confirmed by the DRM secretariat. According to Chairperson of the organisation, Ruxandra Obreja, ...

Mar 28, 2017   Showmax Entices Subscribers With Free 3GB Data

Showmax, the Naspers-owned VoD and online streaming service, is in a marketing push for more subscribers and are offering free data for use on their platform. In partnership with Vodacom (South Africa), the free data package (said to be up ...

Mar 27, 2017   Kwesé To Show Friday Night Live Boxing Across Africa

Kwesé TV is said to have finalised arrangements with a "licensed Boxing" promoter to bring Friday Fight Nights show to subscribers in Africa. According to reports, the three-year deal with Kaladoka Promotions is set to position Kwesé TV as a ...

Mar 27, 2017   Startimes To Expand Into More Of Africa With 'Quality' Content

Startimes, the Chinese digital television company has said it will drive further expansion into Africa with more "quality content". Speaking on Monday in Kenya at the launch of integrated digital TV sets to the Kenyan market, Mark Lisboa, Vice President ...

Mar 27, 2017   SABC Gets Interim Board - Asked To Sort Out Its Issues - Fast!

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) now has its interim board confirmed. The South Africa presidency have upheld the following to the organisation's board: Khanyisile Kweyama as Board Chair, and Mathatha Tsedu as Deputy Board Chair. Others include: John Matisson, ...

Mar 24, 2017   Startimes Introduces No Set-Top Box Digital TV Sets In Kenya

Pay TV company Startimes Media is introducing HD digital television sets to the Kenyan market. Mark Lisboa, Vice President of Startimes, said the product was a new business initiative under the company's premium offering and would allow users to receive ...

Mar 24, 2017   Zambia: Muvi TV Rebrands To Launch As Diamond TV

Vivacious Journalist Costa Mwansa has gone from hosting successful tv show The Assignment, on Muvi TV, to starting Diamond TV. A move he describes as groundbreaking for the local broadcasting industry. The former Muvi TV GM emphasised the importance of ...

Mar 24, 2017   Uzalo From SABC Most Viewed Programme In SA - February 2017 Poll.

The Broadcast Research Council of South Africa has published its television audience measurement results for February 2017 with shows such as Uzalo, Generations, Skeem Saam and Muvhango with the highest viewership. The report, however, does not include overall viewership of ...

Mar 24, 2017   South Africa: KZN Film Commission To Host Conference On Innovation

South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is bringing together filmmakers, government officials and media at a conference on the 27th and 28th March to provide innovative solutions for the industry. According to KZN Film Commission CEO, Carol Coetzee, the two-day event ...

Mar 23, 2017   Senegal's Religious Channel - Touba TV - Broadcasts X-Rated Movie, Inadvertently!

The National Audiovisual Regulatory Council of Senegal is demanding a full and detailed explanation from Touba TV, a religious TV channel in the country, as to why it broadcasted what has been described as a highly explicit (x-rated) movie, right ...

Mar 23, 2017   More Drama As Big Brother Naija Is Dragged To Court By Compulsive Viewer

MultiChoice Nigeria is being taken to court in a bid to get Big Brother Naija removed from the DStv and GOtv platform by a concerned citizen. Reason? He and his family had become compulsive viewers of the show. Press reports ...

Mar 23, 2017   Content Protection System From Conax To Be Used To Fuel Growth In MENA.

My-Media will deploy Conax content protection system to drive further growth across the Middle East and North Africa. According to sources from Kudelski (Conax parent company), the cloud-based system included versatile innovations and extensive modular characteristics. The partnership between Conax ...

Mar 23, 2017   Kenya: iSAT Partners Avanti To Introduce Broadband To Schools

iSAT Africa and Avanti Communications have signed a deal to supply 500 Kenyan schools with satellite broadband connectivity. iSAT will provide broadband to schools and prepaid services to locals via Avanti's Hyla 2 Ka-band satellite. The two-year cooperation will focus ...

Mar 23, 2017   Netflix To Bring 4k High Resolution Video To Platforms In Africa?

Netflix has announced that it is also growing the compatibility of its offering to now enable Firefox users on Linux to access its services. The company stated that this was just a tip of the iceberg since it had also ...

Mar 22, 2017   SES Delivers TV And Media Services To 325 Million Homes

Recently released figures showed that SES (the leading Satellite services company) helped deliver TV and media services to more than 1 billion people (325 million households) around the globe. The industry report breaks down SES service delivery global coverage till ...

Mar 22, 2017   Eutelsat And Nilesat Lead With HDTV Services In MENA

Eutelsat has said it was steadily ahead with HD broadcasting in MENA. Speaking at the industry summit CABSAT in Dubai, Eutelsat, VP / Business Development & Strategy, Ghassan Murat, said the company was committed to the integration of HD and ...

Mar 22, 2017   Commonwealth Cyber Security Conference Takes Place In London - UK

Cyberspace has the benefit of building cross-country relationships and advancing socio-economic development, but cyber attacks and crimes stifle its impact. These are the reasons why the Commonwealth CyberSecurity Summit in London cannot come too soon. Organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications ...

Mar 22, 2017   SES Partners With Intersat To Deliver Internet Connectivity Across Africa

SES and Intersat have partnered in a long-term deal that will see Intersat provide internet services across Africa through SES's broadband connectivity. The partnership is an extension of previous collaborations between the two companies in East Africa and will also ...

Mar 21, 2017   South Africa Loses Media Icon Joe Mafela

South Africa has lost a great media superstar in Joe Mafela who died on 18 March 2017. Dubbed "the face of South African entertainment". His 50 year plus career started at the age of 22 and saw him take on ...

Mar 21, 2017   Zambia: ZNBC To Launch News Exchange Portal

Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) has announced the introduction of a news portal to advance cultural interchange with Egypt According to Mr Richard Mwanza, Director General of the ZNBC, the news portal will carry a wealth information that would educate ...

Mar 21, 2017   Sentech Enters Partnership With Intelsat To Deliver DTH and DTT Services Across Africa

Sentech (the South African signal distributor) and Intelsat have announced a partnership that would enable Sentech deliver its services across Africa. Sentech wants to provide Direct-to-Home and Digital Terrestrial Television at low costs in South Africa - and into sub-Sahara Africa. ...

Mar 21, 2017   Pirated Video Content Popular In MENA - Irdeto Reports

A report by Irdeto had shown that over half of the people in the Middle East and North African countries watched pirated videos and millennials were most likely to consume the illegal content and pirated more than once weekly. The ...

Mar 21, 2017   Morocco's SNRT Partners With EVS To Deliver HD Content

Moroccan Broadcaster, Societe Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Television (SNRT), has signed a deal with EVS to drive more integration of its current affairs and breaking news programminf. The deal will help the broadcaster integrate and access content easily across ...

Mar 20, 2017   Market Stranglehold By Multichoice And DStv Must Be Addressed - ANC

South African ruling political party, the ANC, is suggesting the break-up of Multichoice and DStv's market dominance of the South Africa's Pay-TV market. In a policy discussion document titled "Towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution", the ANC noted that "the likelihood ...

Mar 20, 2017   Is The SABC On The Brink Of Financial Collapse? Is The Former COO To Blame?

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is apparently so cash-strapped that it is now using the reserve to pay Staff and finance programmes. The organisation's financial situation is said to be worse than 2008 when it required a massive public ...

Mar 20, 2017   The South African Film And Television Awards (SAFTAs) Held At Sun City

The elite of SA's entertainment industry attended the South Africa Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) to celebrate local TV and film industry. The show, presented by Katlego Moboe and Thando Thabethe was broadcast on SABC 2. Winners in Television category ...

Mar 20, 2017   Nigeria: Install Aviation Warning Lights On Broadcast Masts By End Of March - NBC Demands!

The National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria (NBC) have pointed to the lack of Aviation Warning Lights on many broadcasting masts across the country as a very grave safety problem It has therefore given notice to all broadcast organisations in the ...

Mar 17, 2017   South Africa: Five New Board Members Recommended For SABC

The Parliament in South Africa has recommended five new members to the SABC Interim Board. The National Assembly has endorsed Ms Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, Mr Mathata Tsedu, Mr John Mattison, Ms Khanyisile Kwayema and Mr Krish Naidoo. The Interim Board is ...

Mar 17, 2017   M-Net Set To Launch A Fast And Furious Channel

M-Net (part of the Multichoice brand) if planning to turbo-charge its entertainment offering following recent successes in movie pop-up channels. The company is said to be launching a Fast and Furious movie channel with a selection of movies that will ...

Mar 17, 2017   Kwese And Sky Vision In Content And Programming Partnership

Sky Vision has signed a content and programming deal with Africa newest pay-TV broadcaster - Kwese TV. This deal brings new content to the Kwese platform through licensing from the US and the UK. Managing Director of Sky Vision, Jane ...

Mar 17, 2017   SABC Clears The Air Over State Of Its Finances!

A recent report from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is affirming the organisation's commitment to educate, inform and entertain South Africans and audiences worldwide. The statement acknowledges the SABC's main funding streams of advertising revenue, sponsorships and TV licenses ...

Mar 17, 2017   Streaming On DStv Now Increases By 90 percent

According to Multichoice, its 'DStv Now' service, which allows DSTV subscribers to stream live TV channels through the website or app, saw more than 4 million titles streamed in 2016. Over 38 percent of the streams was on web platforms, ...

Mar 16, 2017   DStv Trigger Channel Free-To-View In Month Of March

MultiChoice DStv new male audience entertainment channel Trigger is, according to reports from the company, free-to-view for all subscribers on the DStv platform until 21st March and will after that only be accessible to qualified customers. The channel is being ...

Mar 16, 2017   MultiChoice Promises To Improve On Quality Of Service.

MultiChoice Nigeria has pledged to deliver better quality services to subscribers at its recently held Customer Forum meeting in Lagos, Nigeria. Caroline Oghuma, DStv Public Relations Manager, said the company was familiar with some of their customer concerns raised and ...

Mar 16, 2017   Zap, Angolan Pay-TV Operator To Stop Distributing SIC Channels

Zap, the Angolan pay-TV satellite operator (owned by Isabel dos Santos) is suspending the broadcast of Portuguese TV channels SIC in Mozambique and locally in Angola. According to news reports, this is coming after recent negative reports of the Angolan ...

Mar 16, 2017   Liberia: K3 Telecom Introduces Triple-Play Services

Swiss operator, K3 Telecom is adding fixed line, broadband and IP TV services to its Liberian platform using Air Last mile solutions. With its triple-pay services, the company is committing to a faster internet that is cheaper than in any ...

Mar 15, 2017   SABC And MultiChoice Access-To-Public-Archives Deal Under Investigation

A South African parliamentary inquiry is recommending investigations into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and MultiChoice agreement that would see the SABC supplying MultiChoice's DStv with a 24hour news channel, an entertainment channel and access to its public archives. ...

Mar 15, 2017   MultiChoice Still In Full Operation In Zimbabwe

MultiChoice has denied claims that it has stopped its pay-per-view services in Zimbabwe. According to MultiChoice Zimbabwe CEO, Mr Lovemore Mangwende DStv services in Zimbabwe remained fully operational. There have been speculations as to whether the Zimbabwean government was shutting ...

Mar 15, 2017   Copyright Society Of Nigeria Sues Mobile Operator Etisalat

The Copyright Society Of Nigeria (COSON) is filing a lawsuit against Etisalat over intellectual property rights infringements. COSON, the organisation that advocates for intellectual property rights of creative talent and investors in Nigeria. COSON is asking the court to order ...

Mar 15, 2017   Kenya: Communications Authority Not Planning To Split Safaricom

Kenya's Communications Authority (CA) has dismissed rumours that it is planning to split Safaricom. According to its Chairman, Mr Ben Gituku, I would like to put to bed any fears that the CA may break-up Safaricom or take any action ...

Mar 15, 2017   StarTimes Not Permitted To Provide Services In Zimbabwe - BAZ Official

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe has rubbished reports that international media company StarTimes is set to start broadcasting locally. BAZ Chief Executive, Obert Muganyura, announced that these reports are false and StarTimes had not been granted a license to operate ...

Mar 14, 2017   Kenya Television Network Strikes Content Deal With BBC

Kenya Television Network, a subsidiary of Standard Group of Kenya, has reportedly agreed a new content licensing deal with BBC Worldwide. According to Mr Joel Churcher, BBC Worldwide VP and General Manager for Africa, "the deal ushers in new and ...

Mar 14, 2017   Nigeria: National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Withdraws 54 Broadcasting Licenses

Nigeria's broadcasting regulator the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has cancelled the licenses of 54 broadcast stations for refusing to pay their fees withing the 60-day range. According to reports from the organisation, these includes both private and public broadcasting stations. ...

Mar 14, 2017   Netflix Refuses To Pay Fee And Give Content For Classification In South Africa

South Africa's Film and Publication Board (FPB) has urged Netflix to pay the online content distributor fee and submit content for classification. Otherwise, it will fall foul of regulations.   According to reports from the organisation, Netflix is among the ...

Mar 14, 2017   Radio Africa Group Joins ABS Broadcast To Deliver Sports Content

European broadcast giant, ABS Broadcast, has partnered with Kenya's Radio Africa (owners of the Bamba TV platform, Kiss FM, Classic 105, Kiss television) to air sports content from international rights company, MP & Silva. With the new partnership, Bamba Sports ...

Mar 13, 2017   Kenya Broadcasting Corporation Services May Face Devolution

In a bid to drive its media development agenda, the Kenyan Government is planning to decentralise the services of Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation (KBC). According to the Principal Secretary of Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Mr Samuel Itemere, devolving KBC services to the ...

Mar 13, 2017   DStv Considering A Streaming-Only Option In South Africa

Multichoice is deliberating on launching a streaming-only version of DStv which will not be offered through satellite subscriptions but exclusively over broadband connections. Multichoice CEO, Mark Rayner, announced at a press conference that the streaming-only version of DStv was on ...

Mar 13, 2017   NIGERIA: TV Anchor, Suleiman Aledeh Reveals Why He Quit Channels Television

Nigeria's Channel Television's reporter and producer, Mr Sulaiman Aledeh recently resigned from the company to join AriseTV. Mr Aledeh was with Channels Television for eight years and co-anchored the popular breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily. He said he left the organisation ...

Mar 13, 2017   Martin Scorsese, UNESCO and FEPACI Collaborate On African Film Preservation

Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation is presenting the African Film Heritage Project to locate, restore and preserve African films. In collaboration with the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) and UNESCO, the project will at first restore an initial selection of ...

Mar 10, 2017   ESPN Returns To Africa With Econet Media's Kwese Sports

Kwese Sports and ESPN are launching an exclusive channel on Kwese TV bouquet.  Sources reveal that the new channel is to broadcast some of the most comprehensive sports. The channel will also provide the latest news, updates and diverse sports ...

Mar 10, 2017   South Africa: ICASA Tells SABC - Editorial Policy Amendments Not Valid

ICASA (South Africa's communications industry regulator) has approved recommendations made by the Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on the issue of editorial policy amendment. According to the CCC, the SABC have not complied ...

Mar 10, 2017   SuperSport To Launch Dedicated eSports Channel

SuperSport has announced that it will be launching a dedicated eSport channel with GINX. According to Gideon Khobane, CEO of SuperSport, "as the company is now competing squarely in the domain of the internet... the GINX offering is being developed ...

Mar 09, 2017   Nigeria Ready For June 2017 Digital Migration - Modibo Kawu (NBC)

The Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (Nigeria), Mallam Issaq Modibo Kawu, has announced that Nigeria is ready for the digital switchover (DSO) scheduled for June 2017. Broadcastingandmedia.com understands that although the DSO plan will not initially cover the ...

Mar 09, 2017   MultiChoice Appoints Executives For GOtv And DStv Platforms

MultiChoice East Africa announced four new profile executive appointments to strengthen customer retention on GOtv and DStv platforms. The newly appointed executives are: Mwendwa Maunda is General Manager, Regulatory Affairs Kenneth Oyolla is now General Manager Commercial (overseeing DStv and ...

Mar 09, 2017   South Africa: ICASA To Review Community Broadcasting Framework

ICASA (The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) has proposed a process to examine the framework governing the community broadcasting sector. The move is aimed at finding solutions to the regulatory and operational environment within the industry. The process will ...

Mar 09, 2017   Iflix To Launch In Africa, Competing With Netflix, Showmax!

Netflix and ShowMax's biggest competition, Iflix, is set to launch in South Africa and six other African countries by June. The move will send the company head-to-head with the global industry giant Netflix, as well as South African-based, Showmax. Iflix, ...

Mar 08, 2017   Facebook Inspired By Learning From West Africa

Chris Cox, Chief Product Officer for Facebook, has described his recent visit to West Africa as inspiring with exciting learning from local developers and content creators in Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana. He lauded the region as being "at the leading ...

Mar 08, 2017   Survey: AfricaNews Viewers Increasing In Franco-Phone Countries

A study seen by Digitising Africa indicates that AfricaNews is gaining momentum across French-speaking African nations. According to Africascope, as at December 2016, 1.7 million people in 7 mainly French-speaking West and Central African countries watched the channel daily. Now, ...

Mar 08, 2017   Kwese To Launch Own Business Channel

Kwese TV is to start a new business channel called Kwese Inc. The platform will showcase global success stories and case studies to its African audience. Also, a feature of the channel - SHiFT Africa will focus on innovators and ...

Mar 08, 2017   Multichoice Introduces Rewards Programmes In Selected Markets

Multichoice has launched two new reward programmes: DStv Thanks and GOtv Wow.  The incentives plans offer rewards to loyal customers who are subscribed and remain continuously connected to services for three months or more. Awards include monthly airtime bonuses, Gogetters ...

Mar 07, 2017   Kenya: Standard Group Posts Full Year Profit In 2016

Kenyan media company, Standard Group, announced full year profit for 2016, attributing the gain to lower operating costs and higher revenues. BroadcastingAndMedia.Com understands that company recorded a pretax profit of USD 290,000 in 2016 resulting in a 7 percent increase ...

Mar 07, 2017   Egypt: Orange And ICFLIX Partners On Online Streaming Service

ICFLIX, the North Africa and Middle East's online streaming service, is reportedly partnering with Orange in Egypt to bring authentic productions and digital content to mobile customers. Orange Egypt customers will be able to access unlimited Jazwood, Nollywood and Hollywood ...

Mar 07, 2017   O3b Network Delivered Record Time Connectivity During Afcon 2017

O3b Networks announced its high-performance satellite-enabled network transformed the match-day experience for football fans during the recently concluded African Cup of Nations. According to the company, with little or no infrastructure in many of the stadia, O3b Network successfully deployed ...

Mar 07, 2017   Tuluntulu To Add Reuters Video To Its Streaming Platform

African mobile content platform, Tuluntulu, announced it will add videos from Reuters to its tNews4U channel. According to company's founder and managing director, Mr Pierre van der Hoven, he will keep adding quality international content to their offering to make ...

Mar 06, 2017   GOtv Subscribers Watched AMVCA 2017 - Live!

GOtv allowed its customers to watch the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) live on 4th March 2017. According to reports, the live broadcast of the show captured the awards' key stages from red carpet moments to performances by Timi ...

Mar 06, 2017   ShowMax Kenya Office Opens - In Recruitment Drive

ShowMax has opened a Kenyan office and is hiring staff to drive its East African growth. Head of ShowMax Africa, Chris Savides, said: "to succeed in Africa you need to recognise and cater for the differences in each market". According ...

Mar 06, 2017   South Africa Records A Boost In Demand For Digital Set-Top-Boxes

The South African government has reported a high demand for its subsidised set-top-boxes seen through surging registrations across the country. Information from the Department of Communications (DOC) shows that 11,709 households registered for decoders in January 2017 increasing to 36,042 ...

Mar 06, 2017   MTN Ghana To Launch Heroes Of Change Season III

MTN Ghana announced that after months of screening thousands of entries for its MTN Heroes of Change, the show's Season III finals will be airing  on 4 March. This season will focus on Health, Education and Economic Empowerment. MTN Heroes ...

Mar 03, 2017   BBC To Use Pidgin English For News Reporting In Nigeria

The BBC has indicated that it will now deliver news in Pidgin English across Nigeria. According to sources, the Corporation, in a bid to deliver local content more efficiently, says it will now employ local reporters to provide BBC grade ...

Mar 03, 2017   Nigeria's NBC To Shut Down Stations Over USD16 Million Unpaid Debt

The Nigerian Broadcast Industry Regulator, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has issued a stern warning to all the broadcasting stations in the country that are owing it licencing fees to pay within three weeks of risk being shut down. The ...

Mar 03, 2017   Zee Channels Debuts On Mali's TNTSAT And DStv Africa

Zee TV entertainment and Hindi channels: Zee Magic and Zee Cinema will be on TNTSAT, a digital terrestrial network from Mali. Also, Zee Bollymovies will now be available on the DStv platform across Africa. CEO of ZEE TV Africa noted ...

Mar 02, 2017   South Africa: Is The SABC Really Unable To Keep Track Of TV License Holders?

Mr James Aguma, the acting CEO of South Africa Broadcasting Corporation, has reportedly told parliament that the organisation has no proper records of the country's TV licence holders. According to sources, Aguma told parliament that R17.7 billion had to be ...

Mar 02, 2017   YouTube To Deliver 'Regional' Content With New Live OTT TV Service.

YouTube has launched YouTube TV, a live TV streaming service that offers regional sports and cable networks. The service also provides cloud DVR with no storage limits with simultaneous recording and streamed to any and all devices. With a membership ...

Mar 02, 2017   Fox Networks Group Appoints Paolo Agostinelli To Head Channel Distribution For Europe And Africa

As executive VP to start in April, Paolo Agostinelli will manage deals for Fox Networks Group (FNG) with regards to their channels in Europe and Africa. Paolo Agostinelli comes to FNG from Tata Sky. In his new role, Agostinelli, based ...

Mar 01, 2017   South African Animation The Biggest Winner At Kidscreen Awards

Stick Man, Triggerfish Animation Studios’ collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, won four awards at the Kidscreen Awards this week, making it the most awarded animation on the night. Stick Man beat Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas and Bruno & ...

Mar 01, 2017   Kwesé TV Official Broadcaster Of The NBA Africa 2017

The news has been announced by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). The NBA Africa Game 2017 (NBA’s second game in Africa), will be kicking off in the month of August this year in ...

Mar 01, 2017   Vodacom Video Play Now Has A Comedy Channel

Vodacom's video-on-demand (VOD) service, Video Play, is launching a new local comedy channel called Gunga7.com. This follows a content licensing deal with production company Diprente Films and expands the channel bouquet to 10, to include music, gospel, sports, kids, news, ...

Mar 01, 2017   BBC Worldwide Grows Sub-Sahara African Content Sales By 800 Hours

BBC Worldwide has during their annual BBC Worldwide Showcase event claimed it had sold over 800 hours of television programming across different genres to a variety of leading broadcasters and media across sub-Saharan Africa. Digitising Africa understands from the BBC ...

Mar 01, 2017   Eutelsat Reaches The Milestone Of 1000 HD Channels.

High Definition (HD) television continues to grow across Africa with Eutelsat Communications broadcast satellites delivering with over 1000 HD channels launched in the past two years. Across Africa, Multichoice Africa and ZAP are seen as markets leaders in HD broadcast ...

Mar 01, 2017   Zee Africa Headlined At International Summit On OTT And VOD Summit 2017

At the recently concluded international summit on OTT TV and VOD Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa, Zee Africa headlined the show with a presentation on "Scenarios for a viable Local and Regional Content Discovery". Attended by the who is who ...