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May 31, 2017   SABC Seeking To Overturn Deal With Gupta Owned 'The New Age' and 'ANN7.'

The interim board of South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is looking to review and possibly reverse its arrangements with the Gupta family-owned outfits 'The New Age' and 'ANN7.' According to reports from The Business Day (a South African newspaper), a ...

May 31, 2017   Burkina Faso: Eutelsat Enters Multi-Year Free-To-Air DTT Deal With Digital Agency

In Burkina Faso, the Societe Burkinabe De Telediffusion is the country's agency responsible for delivering digital terrestrial television (DTT) channels, and it has now entered a transmission deal with satellite provider Eutelsat. Under the terms of the multi-year deal, Eutelsat ...

May 31, 2017   DStv South Africa To Pay 13 Million US Dollars Fine For Price Fixing

DStv South Africa has agreed to pay a fine of US 13 Million US Dollars to the Competitions Commission of South Africa for price fixing. According to a statement from the Commission, DStv Media Sales believes it might be foul ...

May 30, 2017   South Africa: ICASA Holding Public Meetings For Free-To-Air TV And Radio Licenses

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) announced the dates and locations for its proposed series of public workshops with respect to the applications for "Individual Commercial Free-to-Air Television Broadcasting Service Licence(s) and Radio Frequency Spectrum Licence (Mux 3 ...

May 30, 2017   SABC Finds Use Of 'Landmark' Platform For Managing Radio Ads Challenging

The South African Broadcasting Corporation is reportedly finding it challenging to manage its Radio ads inventory successfully. Industry reports seen by Broadcast Media Africa showed that the SABC might have lost upwards of US 16 Million Dollars since deploying the ...

May 30, 2017   StartTimes Grants US 7Million Dollars To Rwanda Broadcasting Agency

The Chinese Government, via the Startimes Group, will be providing a grant of up to US$ 7Million To Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) to help it establish a modern, state-of-the-art, media production and broadcasting facilities in Rwanda. According to RBA's Director ...

May 26, 2017   Kenya Leads DTT Migration In Africa, Says President Of Startimes Group

President of StartTimes Group, Mr Pang Xinxing, has declared Kenya as the leading country regarding the transition from analogue to digital TV signal in Africa. He made the declaration at the ongoing African Digital TV Development Conference taking place in ...

May 26, 2017   Generating Quality Content Is A Big Issue, Says Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC)

Mr Waithaka Waihenya, the Managing Director of Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) has acknowledged that the ability to generate and access quality original local content is one of the biggest challenges faced by his organisation. Kenya's regulatory authorities require broadcasters to ...

May 26, 2017   Future of Nigeria’s Digital Broadcasting Ecosystem: Technology, Content, Platforms and Devices - BON

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) has confirmed that the upcoming international industry meeting in Lagos, will be based on the theme: The Future of Nigeria’s Digital Broadcasting Ecosystem: Technology, Content, Platforms and Devices. In a statement to Broadcast Media ...

May 24, 2017   Data Center Business In Africa Not Driven By OTT/VOD But By Financial Services

Broadcast Media Africa understands that the main reason why data centre development are still lagging in Africa is because most of the online video data consumed in Africa are hosted in data centres across Europe. This issue has been highlighted ...

May 24, 2017   Multichoice To Carry Sundance TV On DStv South Africa From June 1st

Multichoice have signed what is reported as 'an exclusive deal' with AMC Networks International (AMCNI) that will bring Sundance TV to the DStv platform in South Africa. The deal will - commencing on 01st of June 2017 - see a ...

May 24, 2017   Cameroun Targets 2018 To Complete Digital Switchover

The Inspector General in Cameroon's Ministry of Communications, Prof. Felix Zogo have told industry press that he expects Cameroun to complete the analogue to digital migration by the end of 2018. Speaking in Beijing, China, Prof Zogo said further funding ...

May 23, 2017   StarTimes Glad-Hands Africa's Ministers And Regulators At Beijing TV Summit

ICT and Media ministers from a variety of African nations are in Beijing China to attend the 'African Digital TV Development Summit' at the invitation of StarTimes. Ministers, policy makers and regulators from countries including Nigeria, the Central Africa Republic, ...

May 23, 2017   Massive Investment Required To Drive Data Explosion In Africa: Funke Opeke, CEO, Main One

Ms Funke Opeke, the Chief Executive Officer of Main One, has urged global TMT investors to participate in the 'data explosion' happening across Africa. She joined other key players in Africa's data wholesale business at the International Telecoms Week summit ...

May 23, 2017   Nigeria Govt. Starts "N-Power Creative Programme" To Supercharge Media Industry

The Nigeria government has announced a 'massive' development and support programme for the country's creative and media industry. Tagged the "N-Power Creative Programme", the initiative is planning to equip up to 70,000 creative industry professionals with the requisite mordern skills ...

May 23, 2017   'China Radio & TV' Tops Global Pay TV Operator's List, Followed By 'AT&T.'

Research published by Digital TV Research showed that China Radio & TV is the world largest Pay-TV operator (by subscriber numbers) with more than 200million subscribers. In revenue terms, the report stated that most of the income generated within the ...

May 22, 2017   MultiChoice To Allow Compact+ Subscribers Access New Premium Channels

Multichoice is offering its Compact and Compact+ customers the opportunity to access and watch some of its more premium content and channels free-of-charge. Calling it the 'Open Window', DStv Compact+ customers will from the 29th May to 23rd of June ...

May 22, 2017   e.tv Not Planning To Close OpenView HD Platform

Despite the launch of four previously 'exclusive' OpenViewHD channels on DStv, e.tv says it is not planning to phase-out or close its OpenViewHD platform. On the contrary, eMedia Investments have confirmed that the OpenView HD business is growing ever stronger ...

May 19, 2017   Is Naspers Looking At Selling 'Multichoice Africa' To MTN?

Broadcast Media Africa understands that media giant Naspers is contemplating the sale of its Pay-TV property - MultiChoice Africa. As we understood it, the potential sale will not include MultiChoice South Africa, which is still considers "very profitable". The thinking ...

May 19, 2017   SABC Will Pay Royalties Owed To Artists As Soon As Finances Improve

The Southern African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has informed the Public Accounts Committee of the South African Parliament that it owes up to 75 Million Rands (about 6 Million USD) in outstanding royalty payments to artists, with the assurance that the ...

May 18, 2017   Zuku Owner - Wananchi - To Sell Telecoms And Internet Services Businesses

Further to the restructuring taking place at Wananchi Group, the company has now agreed to sell three (3) of its underperforming businesses - Wananchi Telecom, SimbaNet and iSAT - to Synergy Communications. As previously reported on this platform, Wananchi Group, ...

May 18, 2017   Kwese Agrees To Provide TV Content To Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has entered into a content services arrangement with Kwese TV. The deal will see the Namibian public service provider tapping into Kwese TV for some music and sports programmes. The agreement, concluded earlier this week ...

May 18, 2017   Reports: Hundreds Of Industry Jobs To Go At Wananchi Group

Sources close to Wananchi Group are reporting that the company is about to lay-off hundreds of staff. The company is currently undergoing major restructuring aimed at helping it better compete with smarter and more focused companies. Alongside the retrenchment exercise, ...

May 17, 2017   Scrap TV Licenses Altogether In South Africa, Says Consumer Union

In South Africa, the South African National Consumer Union (SANCU) has objected to the proposed extension of TV licence fees to people's PCs, smartphones and tablets. According to reports by the website My Broadband, SANCU is also asking the authorities ...

May 17, 2017   e.tv Brings Four New Channels To The DStv Platform In South Africa

South Africa's broadcast giant, e.tv, has announced it would be adding four (4) of its packaged channels currently on OpenView HD to the South African DStv bouquet. The channels are going to be available on DStv from today, 17th May ...

May 17, 2017   SABC's Acting CEO James Aguma Removed From Position!

Industry news sources in South Africa have reported that Mr James Aguma - South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s incumbent CEO - has been relieved of his position. According to news websites My Broadband and FIN24, the Communications Minister, Ms Dlodlo, has ...

May 17, 2017   BBC Looking To Spend 10 Million Dollars (US) On New Production Studios In Africa

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has again indicated that it is looking to invest up to 10 million USD in the future of Africa's digital media industry. According to the organisation, the investment will focus on establishing and developing new ...

May 15, 2017   Canal+ Loses Customers, Sees Africa As Source Of Growth

France's Canal+ is reported to have lost more 400,000 subscribers in past 12months. It now has just over 5million customers on its platform. That said, the Canal+ Group still is very bullish about its future, saying it is now witnessing ...

May 15, 2017   Eutelsat Experienced A 4 Percent Dip In Revenues In Quarter Three (Q3)

Eutelsat, the global satellite services operator, has reported a dip in revenues from its array of services. According to a press statement by the company, Eutelsat experienced a drop in sales of about 4% for the quarter end of March ...

May 15, 2017   South Africa: Content Creators Want SABC 90 Percent Local Content Policy Continued

South Africa Creative Workers Union (Cwusa) is pleading with South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s interim board to consider carefully, and engage extensively, with all stakeholders before it takes the decision to axe the 90% local content policy. Cwusa is the ...

May 11, 2017   Is Strive Masiyiwa Spending Another 1.2 Billion Dollars On Kwese TV?

Is Econet Media ready to invest another 1.2 million US dollars to support its Pay TV platform - Kwese? The answer is yes! According to the website Techzim. Techzim said a leaked Econet Media 2016 business plan indicates that Mr ...

May 11, 2017   Eutelsat Selected To Provide Capacity For 'Ethiosat TV' Platform

Ethiopia's Information Network Security Agency (INSA) has agreed on a multi-year contract with Eutelsat for the Ethiosat TV platform. Recently launched Ethiosat TV is to provide 'a unified transmission platform' for TV and media services in Ethiopia. It will also ...

May 11, 2017   SABC Seeks To Amend Broadcasting Act To Generate More Revenue

Channel24, a South Africa's News website is reporting that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is looking for new ways to generate additional revenue from viewers. Accordingly, Mr James Aguma, SABC CEO is reported to be lobbying the country's parliament ...

May 11, 2017   Ericsson's Nuvu To Link Up With Airtel Nigeria For An SVOD Play

In Nigeria, the Nuvu platform from Ericsson is teaming up with Airtel Nigeria - a mobile operator - to offer video on demand (VOD) and OTT TV services to its customers. Under the terms of engagement, Airtel subscribers will be ...

May 10, 2017   3rd International Summit On Digital Broadcasting In Nigeria Opens For Registration

Registration is open for participation at the 3rd international summit on digital broadcasting in Nigeria slated for the 22nd - 23rd of August 2017 in Lagos Nigeria. Presented by the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) with Multichoice Nigeria as Lead ...

May 10, 2017   Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Gets A New Management Board

A new management board is in place at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). Chief Duro Onabule will chair the board with,  members comprising of Abdul Hamid, Steve Egbo, Salisu Dembos, Fatima Bada, Mohammed Labo, Wole Coker and Stephen Okpanachi. The ...

May 10, 2017   MTN To Launch A Brand New TV Service...In Cyprus!

MTN, Africa's largest mobile network, is reportedly launching a new TV service. To be called MTN TV, it will operate out of Cyprus. MTN TV, according to industry reports, will initially take content and channels from the BBC, Scripps and ...

May 09, 2017   South Africa Digital Migration Status: New Minister Favours Set Top Box Encryption?

Reports from local press and sources close to the new Communication Minister of South Africa, Ayanda Dlodlo, are suggesting a readiness to abandon the policy of a 'non-encrypted digital set-top box' that is currently in place in South Africa. Former ...

May 09, 2017   YouTube To Drive Further Into Original Content And Programming

YouTube, the global OTT TV giant, has announced that it will further focus on bringing blockbuster original content and programming to its platform, a move that will further pile the pressure to traditional TV. YouTube has decided to enter the ...

May 09, 2017   Nollywood Film Directors To Be Recognised At The Paris Film Festival

Five leading Nollywood directors from Nigeria are to be highlighted and appreciated during the forthcoming Paris Film Festival from 11 May to 14 May 2017. The film festival will have a dedicated section to promote Africa's largest film industry - ...

May 08, 2017   Pay TV Market In Sub-Saharan Africa Could Be Worth 7 Billion Dollars (US) By 2020

The Pay TV market in sub-Saharan Africa may be worth 7 billion US Dollars by the year 2020, according to Mr Simon Murray of Digital TV Research (a UK-based industry research company). A recently released report indicated that the Pay ...

May 08, 2017   Pay TV Will Drive 90% Of Global Video Market - Gartner Research

Gartner Research latest industry report shows that Pay TV will substantially drive the global video market. According to the international research firm, Pay TV services will make up almost 90% of the world's USD 314 billion video market. The main ...

May 08, 2017   DEOD Signs Telecom Operator Partners In Zimbabwe and Zambia

In our previous report on DEOD - Africa's newest VOD platform - we asked whether the organisation has plans to roll-out across Africa. It turns out that they might do. Industry sources are saying that Discover Digital (owners of DEOD) ...

May 05, 2017   Nigeria: NTA Launches New 'TV Series' To Promote Social Values

The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), in collaboration with a consortium of private producers and funders, is launching a new TV series called "100 Ways To Win A Husband." According to the TV station, the thrust of the show - which ...

May 05, 2017   Multichoice To Allow Subscribers 'All-You-Can-Watch' With M-Net Binge

Multichoice MNET is promoting its new all-you-can-watch channel called "MNET Binge". According to the organisation's official website, the new channel is a 'weekends-only' service that provides DSTV premium customers across Africa with the opportunity to watch and also record their ...

May 05, 2017   'DEOD': A New Video Streaming Service Debuts In South Africa

Just as MTN VU is withdrawing from the African Video-On-Demand (VoD) space, a new service provider entered the market yesterday. The new service is "DEOD", brought to the market by the South African company 'Discover Digital'.  "DEOD" is offering live ...

May 05, 2017   Canal+ Adds Showtime Channels/Shows To Its Platform

French Pay TV giant, Canal+, is reported to have entered into an 'output' distribution agreement with CBS Studios International to bring Showtime's channels and shows to its platform. According to online industry magazine, TBI Vision, this distribution agreement will see ...

May 03, 2017   MTN Exits Video-On-Demand (VOD) Market - Shuts Down MTN VU

MTN, Africa's largest mobile operator, has called time on its VOD service offering - MTN VU. In a recent communication to its customers, MTN said that the VOD service will cease, effective today 3rd May 2017. The company's foray into ...

May 03, 2017   South Africa May Miss New Digital Migration Deadline Of June 2018

A South Africa parliamentary committee have raised fresh concern about the ability of the country to meet its new digital migration deadline of June 2018, which was set by the former Communications minister. Reports indicates that a variety of issues ...

May 03, 2017   BBC To Put African Viewers As Front And Center Of A Global Strategy

The BBC it seems, is taking the African TV viewer (and radio listener) more seriously. The UK's leading public service broadcaster have embarked on an 'aggressive' strategy to provide content and services that are "pan-African" and reflects "a wide range ...

May 02, 2017   East Africa Capital Partners Out As OPIC Takes Over At Zuku (Wananchi)

The control of Wananchi Group Holdings, the company that owns and runs the Zuku (the triple-play media services company based in Kenya) is now reported to be in the hands of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Overseas Private Investment ...

May 02, 2017   South Africa: Digital TV Set-Top Box Makers To Take Govt. Agency To Court

A few digital TV set-top boxes manufacturers in South Africa are resorting to taking legal action against the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA). The contracted set-top box manufacturers, it is understood, are seeking redress for their ...

May 02, 2017   Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) Will Host Key Global Industry Leaders

The Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) has announced that it will hold its 3rd Annual International Summit on Digital Broadcasting In Nigeria (and 68th General Assembly) on the 22nd – 23rd August 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria.  BON is the umbrella ...