October

Oct 23, 2018   South Africa: Free State Will Be First To Receive Digital Terrestrial TV

In South Africa, the Free State will be the first province to switch over from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT). The switch is expected to be done by December 2018. Nomvula Mokonyane, Communications Minister, made this announcement in Tshwane ...

Oct 22, 2018   SAFA To Fight The SABC All The Way Over Free-To-Air Airing Of Local Football Games

According to a report issued by the South African Sunday Times, the South African Football Association (SAFA) has announced that it will be going to Parliament to request that it not be forced to share Bafana and Banyana soccer games ...

Oct 22, 2018   Turner Africa Teams Up With Greenworld Communications in Nigeria

Turner Africa was excited to announce a fantastic new partnership with Greenworld Communications in Nigeria. This partnership will allow Greenworld’s client’s access to advertising solutions on some of its great, high-quality channels operating across the continent, namely, Cartoon Network, Boomerang ...

Oct 22, 2018   BBC Africa Rolls Out A New Pan-African Business Show

BBC News Africa is introducing Smart Money, a new half-hour weekly magazine programme, across the African continent. The show will provide an extensive look at current money and business subject matter from across Africa. The show will also feature practical ...

Oct 19, 2018   MultiChoice, SABC and MTV To Air Live Broadcast Of The Global Citizen Festival Globally

MultiChoice, SABC and MTV To Air Live Broadcast Of The Global Citizen Festival Globally MultiChoice, the SABC, Viacom International's MTV and YouTube have acquired the broadcasting rights of the upcoming Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100. SABC and YouTube that will ...

Oct 19, 2018   Nigeria: Central Bank and MTN to Strike a Deal in $8.1Bn Dispute

South African telecommunications provider, MTN and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) are on the verge of striking a deal and coming to an amicable resolution in their dispute over the repatriation of $8.1 billion, according to Nigeria’s Minister of ...

Oct 19, 2018   Senegal: Canal Plus Sport To Provide Live Screening of Boxing Gala

Vivendi Sports is expanding its reach in Africa. The group specialises in the creation and carrying out of sporting events and was previously responsible for organising a cycling race authorised by the Union Cycliste Internationale in Cameroon. Now Vivendi Sport ...

Oct 18, 2018   MultiChoice Opens West Africa Academy In Nigeria

The MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy has been unveiled in Lagos. The launch of the academy has warranted much praise for MultiChoichoice from the Lagos State Government, and the academy is expected to provide Africa’s up and coming television and film ...

Oct 18, 2018   Nexflix Experiences Major Subscriber Growth - Globally!

Netflix Inc. is growing faster than ever and putting to bed doubts about its global prospects. The world’s largest paid online TV network added much more subscribers than expected in the third quarter. Netflix also announced that it looks forward ...

Oct 18, 2018   SPI Rolls Out New Turkish TV Series Channel In SA

SPI/FilmBox revealed some news that will be welcomed with great excitement by fans of Turkish drama and Turkish telenovelas. The HD content provider is extending its global TV channel portfolio with the Timeless Drama Channel featuring Turkish TV series such ...

Oct 18, 2018   Kwesé and Vodafone Join Forces To Bring VOD Content To Ghana

Vodafone Ghana has signed a deal with highly acclaimed broadcaster Kwesé, to provide video-on-demand and live TV content to Ghana through the platform’s video streaming service Kwesé Play. This partnership will allow viewers to connect a Kwese Play digital TV ...

Oct 17, 2018   Airtel Malawi Joins Forces With Kwese TV For Mobile Money Subscription Payments

Malawi’s leading smartphone service provider, Airtel Malawi has teamed up with KWESE TV to facilitate that subscription payments be made via mobile money. According to the two companies, this new way of making payments will save their customers time and ...

Oct 17, 2018   Africa Mobile Networks (AMC) Partners Intelsat To Connect Rural Sub-Saharan Africa

Intelsat has made a tactical investment in Africa Mobile Networks (AMN). The main purpose of the investment is to accelerate the installation of mobile connectivity to rural, unserved communities across multiple states in sub-Saharan Africa. AMN provides operators with a ...

Oct 17, 2018   DStv Teams Up With Joox To Provide Free Streaming Music

DStv has signed a deal with the music app Joox to offer a new package to its subscribers. Thabiet Allie, the Chief Commercial Officer of Tencent Africa, declared that The new Joox VIP family package would be available exclusively to ...

Oct 17, 2018   Open News Prepares To Take Television News By Storm

eMedia Investments will be launching Open News, on Thursday, 1 November 2018. The channel will provide the free-to-air satellite platform’s latest news offering, and this news broadcast will be available exclusively on Openview. Open News will keep its viewers entertained ...

Oct 16, 2018   SES To Discuss Unleashing Digital TV's Potential At SABA's Broadcasters Convention

SES is proud to be the primary sponsor for the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) Broadcasters' Convention and 26th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 29th - 30th October 2018. The convention will take place at the Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel ...

Oct 16, 2018   Radio Africa Partners With KRU To Air Cup Matches Live In Kenya

The free to air TV channel of Radio Africa, Bamba Sport and Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) have announced a new broadcast partnership that will award the television station exclusive rights to air Kenya Cup matches for the next five years. ...

Oct 16, 2018   iFlix Joins Forces With Vewd To Offer Entertainment Service

iFlix, the entertainment platform for emerging markets, will now be accessible on millions of Vewd enabled devices. The new development is because of the recently unveiled collaboration between Vewd and iflix. iflix’s rapid growth has made it a necessity in ...

Oct 15, 2018   BBC Studios Reveals Fresh New Look For BBC Lifestyle

At its bi-annual Upfront event held in Johannesburg, BBC Studios in Africa unveiled the fresh and playful new look branding for it's BBC Lifestyle channel. The lifestyle channel’s brand makeover will be launched from 20th November, and it will be ...

Oct 15, 2018   South Africa: Film Publication Board Is Collapsing Under Severe Mismanagement

According to South Africa's City Press, the country's Film and Publication Board (FPB) is falling apart because of mismanagement and non-compliance. The FPB handles the categorisation of video games and films before they get released in South Africa. City Press ...

Oct 15, 2018   SABC Responds To SAFA's 'No Bafana On TV' Allegation

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has responded to a statement made by the South African Football Association (SAFA) regarding the broadcasting of Bafana Bafana and other international games. The conflict began when SAFA released a statement claiming that the ...

Oct 15, 2018   Facebook Closes Deal To Install Optical Fiber In Uganda

Facebook and Uganda have not always had the best of relationships. Last August Facebook announced that it would be halting its services in the country, but now, because of the introduction of the tax on social networks, Facebook has changed ...

Oct 14, 2018   SAFA Announces SABC Will No Longer Broadcast Bafana Games

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has announced that the upcoming Banyana Banyana international matches and the Bafana Bafana AFCON matches will not be broadcast on the SABC channels. SAFA released a statement declaring that as matters currently stand, the ...

Oct 14, 2018   First Shopping TV Channel Launches In Ethiopia

Nahoo Television launched Ethiopia’s first shopping channel ‘Mazesha Zone’, dedicated solely to commercials, demonstrations and presentations of products. The broadcaster has already set up delivery systems, warehouses, e-payment mechanisms and credit schemes to make the operations of the satellite channel ...

Oct 14, 2018   African Movie Channel Introduces Production Hub

African Movie Channel (AMC) has created a production division, AMC Original Productions (AMCOP). This division is set to officialise AMC’s journey into developing and producing its own movies and TV series. The African film industry has become exposed to a ...

Oct 14, 2018   Vodafone Icons Finale Set For Live Screening in Ghana

The finale of Vodafone Icons 2018 edition is scheduled to air live on television this weekend in Ghana. The 60-minute production will be viewed live on Saturday at 5 pm on Adom TV, at 5:30 pm on TV3, and at ...

Oct 11, 2018   South Africa: Expert Says SABC Must Drop TV Licence Funding Model

According to Martin Van Staden, a Free Market Foundation researcher, the SABC TV licence has overstayed its welcome in the country, and it is time for the SABC to stop forcing consumers to fund its operations by charging TV licence ...

Oct 11, 2018   Sony Movie Channel Partners With Freesat in The UK

Freesat is adding the Sony Movie Channel to its line-up. The addition means that the Sony Movie Channel will become available on all major digital platforms in the UK. Before this partnership, the Sony Movie Channel was available on a ...

Oct 11, 2018   PwC Will Work With Media Stakeholders To Future-proof Its Forecasts

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) came under scrutiny three years ago when many raised concerns and questions about some of its Media and Entertainment Outlook research numbers. It was alleged that the forecast data was an inaccurate reflection of what was really going ...

Oct 11, 2018   Nigeria: DStv Introduces M-Net Movies Pop-Up Channel

M-Net Movies will be rolling out an exciting DC Heroes pop-up channel for DStv Premium customers in November. Chief Customer Officer of MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho, said that DStv Premium customers would be spoiled for choice with a selection of ...

Oct 10, 2018   GSMA Rolls Out Innovation Fund For Rural Connectivity

The GSMA has started an Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity, aimed at broadening digital inclusion through alternative new technology solutions for connecting unserved rural communities. The GSMA is managing the fund, and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is ...

Oct 10, 2018   Films From Six African Countries Submitted For Oscar Consideration

More and more African countries have been submitting their entries in the Academy Awards foreign language category lately, and this year Malawi and Niger became first-time entrants in the film race that has received 87 approved submissions for the Oscars ...

Oct 10, 2018   South Africa: SABC1’s Uzalo Breaks Ratings Records

South Africa and SABC1’s most-watched TV show, Uzalo has broken records with the second episode of its recent two-part wedding storyline that was watched by 10.2 million viewers - a new record-high for South African television. Although Uzalo was already ...

Oct 09, 2018   SABC Is Spending Billions On Salaries! Is That Why It's Neck Deep In Trouble?

The South African state-owned broadcaster is in over its head in financial turmoil, and its biggest cost-driver is salaries. With a salary bill that is R3.1bn, representing 42% of revenue, the SABC is in the deep end and desperately needs ...

Oct 09, 2018   Seventy-Two Percent Of South Africans Will Choose Netflix

A recent survey conducted by MyBroadband revealed that 72% of the participants would choose Netflix over other competing products, including Showmax, DStv, and Amazon Prime. Netflix is available in South Africa from R99 per month. Netflix Premium, the most expensive ...

Oct 09, 2018   SABC Tightens Its TV Licence Rules

In South Africa, the public broadcaster has decided to strengthen the regulations around TV licences. The need for a TV licence now extends further than only presenting it when you purchase a new TV at a store or online. The ...

Oct 08, 2018   South Africa: eNCA Take Content From Bloomberg Media Distribution

South Africa's leading 24-hour news channel, eNCA and Bloomberg Media Distribution - a leading supplier of business news, video, data and photos have signed a new content agreement to dispatch Bloomberg's business and finance news within the channel's new flagship ...

Oct 08, 2018   Matt Forde Is New Boss Of BBC Studios International Production And Formats

BBC Studios has announced that Matt Forde has been appointed as their new Managing Director of International Production & Formats. The global content company is home to Top Gear, Dancing with the Stars and many other highly successful television shows ...

Oct 08, 2018   Nigeria: Central Bank Slaps MTN Nigeria With A Counterclaim

The Central Bank of Nigeria has responded with a counterclaim to MTN Nigeria’s request for an order to stop the bank that is forcing it to repatriate a staggering amount of USD8.1 billion that CBN claims was illegally sent out ...

Oct 07, 2018   SABC's CEO Promises Improved Programming and Diversity Across All Channels

SABC CEO, Madoda Mxakwe, announced at the SABC’s Eastern Cape regional office in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, that he would be ensuring that better programming is provided and that diversity is displayed on the SABC's SABC2 and SABC3 channels. The ...

Oct 07, 2018   Africa's pay-TV Market Growth-Rate Set To Lead Globally

According to the latest research, Africa’s pay-TV growth rate is on the rise and is expected to overtake all other international regions by 2022, even amidst all the competition that has been brought by video streaming services in recent years. ...

Oct 07, 2018   SES To Provides Global Direct Connectivity To IBM Cloud

SES Networks is enabling direct connectivity to IBM Cloud customers globally. SES Networks has announced that delivering an improved online experience to a broad variety of customers by utilising satellite-based connectivity. With cloud adoption increasing worldwide, SES Networks has joined ...

Oct 07, 2018   TelOne Launches DEOD Entertainment Service in Zimbabwe

TelOne, Zimbabwe’s state-owned telecommunications company, has secured a partnership with Discover Digital, to offer a streaming service called Digital Entertainment on Demand (DEOD). The service was launched on October 3 and will be competing with Netflix, Kwese’s Iflix and MultiChoice’s ...

Oct 04, 2018   South African Streaming TV Network To Operate In Tanzania

ZMTN, a South African based streaming TV Network that is already operating in 54 different countries is planning to begin rendering its services in Tanzania in December this year. The Zillionaire Mobile TV Network’s Revolt Decoder boasts over 300 free ...

Oct 04, 2018   Nkateko Mabaso Appointed As New CEO Of M-Net

MultiChoice has announced that Nkateko Mabaso has been appointed as the new CEO of M-Net in Sub-Saharan Africa with immediate effect. He had been made the Acting CEO in February this year and has now been placed permanently as the ...

Oct 04, 2018   South Africa: MultiChoice Losing Premium Subscribers To Netflix

MultiChoice South Africa has revealed that it had lost many DStv Premium subscribers during the past financial year due to the aggressive competition from Netflix. Approximately 20% of South Africans who sign up for Netflix or Showmax, do so with ...

Oct 03, 2018   MTN May Stop Proposed IPO Over $10Bn Demand By Nigeria

In the midst of facing a combined $10 billion in claims from the Nigerian authorities, MTN Group Ltd said there might no longer be a need to raise capital through an initial public offering on Nigeria’s stock exchange. Africa's mobile ...

Oct 03, 2018   Netflix About To Launch Interactive TV shows

Netflix streaming service will be rolling out specials that will let viewers choose their desired storyline in a TV episode or movie. The first of these projects is expected to be released by the end of this year. In one ...

Oct 03, 2018   Kwesé To Broadcast Petrolex Kanu Cup 2018

Kwese has purchased the rights to broadcast the coverage of The Kanu Heart Foundation and Masters Football’s fundraiser, Petrolex Kanu Cup 2018 this week. African soccer legends and Premier League Masters will be taking each other in the charity soccer ...

Oct 02, 2018   AfricaXP and SES Launch New Free-To-Air TV Bouquet In Nigeria

The African digital content distributor, AfricaXP has launched Premium.Free, a bouquet of 13 channels that are being provided using SES Satellites. The new bouquet of FTA channels is made up of a lot of different types of contents, namely, movies, ...

Oct 02, 2018   Old DStv Decoders To Be Replaced As New Channels Come Online

MultiChoice recently announced that it is launching its first channel to be broadcast on high-band frequencies, using the company’s new DStv satellite launched in 2016. Because this new channel is broadcast on high-band frequencies and most older decoders and installations ...

Oct 02, 2018   Gabon: Optical Fiber Accessible Through Canal-box

Vivendi Africa Gabon (GVA) has recently launched its very high-speed internet offers in Libreville and the rest of Gabon. Mamadou Mbengue, CEO of Canal + Gabon expressed that the standardisation of access to optical fiber with the arrival of ” ...

Oct 02, 2018   Adom TV Introduces Children’s Music Show "Nsromma" In Ghana

Adom TV introduced a brand new children’s music reality show NSROMMA in Ghana. As from October 7, 2018, Ghana will be displaying the talent of Ghanaian children drawn from all over the country through music. Nsromma is a talent competition ...

Oct 01, 2018   SABC May Get In Trouble With South Africa's Watchdog

The Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) is holding a public hearing with regards to a complaint lodged by Media Monitoring and Support Public Broadcasting Coalition against the SABC. The charge stems from an interview on SABC 3’s Real Talk with ...

Oct 01, 2018   MultiChoice Ditches Sony Channel And Sony MAX

MultiChoice is ditching Sony Max and The Sony Channel from its DStv satellite pay-TV bouquet at the end of October after choosing not to renew the channel's carriage contract with Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN). When asked by industry press ...

Oct 01, 2018   Nigeria: COSON Operating License To Remain Suspended

Mr Afam Ezekude, the Director-General, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has reiterated that the license of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has been and shall remain suspended until further notice. Ezekude was responding to recent social media statements made by ...

Oct 03, 2017   After Nigeria, MultiChoice Ghana Announces GOtv MAX Package

Multichoice Ghana has followed, very quickly, the steps taken by their Nigerian counterpart by announcing that they are also launching the GOtv MAX packages. Making the announcement, GOtv Ghana's General Manager, Mr KIngsley Afful says that quality entertainment is at ...

Oct 02, 2017   Nigeria: MultiChoice Introduces GOtv 'MAX' And Subscribers Can Access Premium Content

Africa’s leading Pay-Tv provider MultiChoice has granted its GOtv subscribers a one-month ‘’open window’’ to access to watch ‘’live’’, the best of Spanish La Liga matches. This GOtv "open window" period will end on October 31, and it follows the ...

Oct 02, 2017   Netflix Announces Partnership With Kwese Media In South Africa; Launches On Play Streaming Box.

Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network, has signed a long-term partnership agreement with Kwese Media, a subsidiary of Econet in South Africa. This partnership which kicked off with the launch of Netflix on the Kwese Play streaming box aims ...

Oct 02, 2017   South Africa: OpenView HD Claims It Has Reached Its 1 Million Subscriber Milestone

OpenView HD, South Africa’s fastest growing TV satellite operator, has achieved a significant feat as the second largest satellite Tv provider in South Africa, by exceeding its target of 1 million decoder activation, in less than four years of operation. ...