September

Sep 28, 2017   Zimbabwe: MultiChoice Cuts DStv Subscription Rates, Introduces New Packages

Africa's Leading Pay-TV provider, MultiChoice, has announced another round of reduction in the prices of its bouquet subscription in Zimbabwe.  News from the company confirmed that the DStv subscription rates for Premium, Compact Plus and Compact had been reduced by ...

Sep 28, 2017   South Africa: TV Channel For Mixed-Race Community Launches Soon On StarSat

Rebranded ASTV set to launch South Africa’s first coloured TV channel OnseTV on Friday 29 September on the StarSat satellite Pay TV service of the Chinese Startimes Media in South Africa. Onse TV, a predominantly Afrikaans-speaking broadcast TV channel is ...

Sep 28, 2017   Cote D'Ivoire: Orange TV Streaming Service Launched With Norigin

Orange TV, part of Orange Group, is launching a video streaming service in Cote d’Ivoire using the multi-screen TV apps developed for it by Norigin Media. This service is linked to Orange Money, providing users with television streaming on their ...

Sep 28, 2017   Nigeria: Dope TV Hopes To Compete Well In A Crowded Market

Dope TV, a free web-based digital urban youth and family entertainment multi-TV platform has launched its first operations in Nigeria, with free and unlimited access to movies, news and other entertainment TV shows for the young and old. This aggregated ...

Sep 27, 2017   SADC Region Moving At A Slower Pace Towards Digital Transition

The South African Minister of Communications, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, has confirmed that only 4 of the 15-member states of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have fully migrated from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT). SADC countries committed the International ...

Sep 27, 2017   Financially Embattled SABC Declares Massive Revenue Loss For 2016/17

The South African Broadcasting Corporation has recorded a ZAR977m loss after tax for the fiscal year 2016/17. According to its annual report published on Tuesday. This recent loss more than doubles the loss recorded in 2016 because of its continuing ...

Sep 27, 2017   MultiChoice To Launch An Online 'Smart' TV Guide Soon!

MultiChoice is in the process of developing what it is calling ‘’The Guide’’ -  user-friendly online TV guide and recommendation system - on October 3, 2017. According to Ms Aletta Alberts, Multichoice's head of content, the online TV guide will ...

Sep 26, 2017   Nigeria: MultiChoice Says It Is Not Looking To Offer The Pay-Per-View Model For Now!

Multichoice - Nigeria's largest Pay-TV provider - has debunked recent reports that it will offer its content on a pay-per-view basis. In a public statement from the organisation, it said it has at "no time announced it was launching a ...

Sep 26, 2017   South Africa: Signal Distributor Sentech Records 5 Percent Revenue Growth In Fiscal Year 2016/17

Sentech, the South African state-owned broadcasting signal distributor, has announced a 5 percent growth of in overall revenue in the financial year 2016/17 to ZAR 1.2 billion (US90 Million Dollars). The group said it was proud of its achievements during ...

Sep 26, 2017   Guinea-Bissau Enters Partnership With StarTimes For DTT services

The Government of Guinea-Bissau has signed a partnership agreement with the pan-African Pay Tv provider, StarTimes, for the installation of DTT in the country. According to the Guinean minister of Social Communication, Vitor Pereira, they had reached an advanced stage ...

Sep 25, 2017   Nigeria: TStv Launch Of Pay-As-You-Consume TV Rattles DStv, StarTimes, Others

In Nigeria, Multichoice DStv/GOtv and StarTimes and other emerging payTV providers seem to be facing a tough competitive change as the new Pay-Tv company, Telcom Satellite TV (TStv) launches Pay-as-You-Consume model and data bundle. TStv plans to roll out its ...

Sep 25, 2017   South Africa: DStv Seeks To Stop Content Repeats Across Channels

DStv South Africa is redirecting its focus to the reduction of repeats across its TV channels including probably cancellation and or merger of certain channels. The aim is to achieve zero repeats during prime-time viewing hours and increase its ...

Sep 25, 2017   MultiChoice Announces Expansion Of 'DStv Now' Video-On-Demand Service

MultiChoice is set to extend its 'DStv Now' video-on-demand platform to all bouquets by December 2017, thereby making the service non-exclusive to DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact subscribers, announced the company’s head of digital media, Graeme Cumming. This expansion ...

Sep 25, 2017   SABC Considers Disposal Of Assets In London (UK) In The Face Of Financial Meltdown

The SABC is looking at the possible sale of real estate assets in London (United Kingdom) as a result of its continuing financial downturn. The South African Minister of Communications, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo stated the readiness to dispose of the ...

Sep 22, 2017   Nigeria: TStv To Launch Pay-As-You-Consume TV - Sets Up Competition With DStv

A new Nigeria-based Pay-Tv company, Telcom Satellite Tv (TStv) is, in partnership with ABS Global, to start a ‘’Pay-As-You-Consume’’ TV model. According to the company, the plan will allow their subscribers pay for only programmes they watch, with over 200 ...

Sep 22, 2017   BBC World Service Targets Rapid East African Expansion

BBC World Service has announced it is seeking to rapidly expand its East African services. To this end, the BBC World Service is launching three new services targeting audiences of these two East African countries; Ethiopia and Eritrea. The services ...

Sep 22, 2017   AU Sets Up The African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission (AACC) To Bolster AfricaÂ’s Film Industry

The African Union (AU) has finalised the formal establishment of the African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission (AACC) to promote the film and audio-visual industry in Africa. The AACC was first put in place in Ethiopia in 2016 as a specialised ...

Sep 22, 2017   Econet Media Looking To Expand Its Content Delivery Networks (CDN) In Africa

Econet Media, a subsidiary of Econet Group, is set to expand its content delivery networks (CDNs) to host internet-based TV channels such as Netflix and YouTube in Africa.   This comes after a successful launch of Kwese Play in many ...

Sep 20, 2017   Turkey's Natural TV Beams Content Into West Africa On SES Astra Satellite

Natural TV, a specialised television service from Turkey focusing on health, agriculture and general culture-based content will be broadcasting to the West-African region. The TV company has agreed with to use SES's Astra 2G satellite capacity with uplink services coming ...

Sep 18, 2017   Canal+ And Nagra Extend Content Protection Partnership

Canal+ (Canal Plus) has announced it is to extend its content protection partnership with Nagra. Under this partnership agreement, Nagra, part of the Kudelski Group will provide the pan-African Pay-TV broadcaster with both a smart-card as well as a cardless ...

Sep 18, 2017   BBC Worldwide To Deepen Content Sales To Kwesè TV

BBC Worldwide has announced that it is ramping up it's content sales and provisioning to Econet Media Kwesè TV. According to the deal, BBC Worldwide is providing more than 50 hours 'mixed-genre' programming to Kwesè TV for use across all ...

Sep 18, 2017   Econet Media Work With Roku And Netflix To Deliver Kwese Play

Econet Media is said to have reached an advanced stage in its entry into the African streaming service with its Video On Demand (VOD) platform Kwese Play. The company is reported to be working with Roku (for the streaming box) ...

Sep 13, 2017   The Africa Channel Joins The 'Busy' Africa's Video Streaming Market

The Africa Channel has announced it will be launching a subscription video-on-demand (VOD) service for the African market. Bringing the platform into a market that is as uncertain as it is hectic. According to Mr Narendra Reddy, the Executive Vice ...

Sep 13, 2017   Kenya: StarTimes To Ramp Up Free Digital TV Provisioning To Rural Africa

StarTimes - the Chinese Pay TV company - has confirmed that it is driving forward its commitment to provide free digital TV to rural Africa. The company had announced, a few months ago, that it was setting up, as part ...

Sep 13, 2017   CBeebies - BBC Worldwide Children's Flagship Programme - Added To Kwese's Stable

Kwese TV's content catalogue is reportedly adding BBC's Worldwide children's flagship programme - CBeebies - to its stable. CBeebies is one of the best export of the children/kids category from BBC Worldwide, targeted at children aged six and below. The ...

Sep 13, 2017   Kwese TV Set To Re-Launch In Zimbabwe Following Court Victory

Kwese TV is said to re-commence its services in Zimbabwe following the favourable decision from the local courts - that annulled the ban it was given by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ). Last Friday, a Zimbabwean local high court ...

Sep 12, 2017   South Africa: Multichoice's Subscribers Given Free Access To Showmax Catalogue

As first reported on our platform last month, it has now seem fully confirmed that Showmax is now effectively part of MultiChoice Digital in South Africa. To cement the integration of both platforms, MultiChoice is now offering subscribers to its ...

Sep 12, 2017   Kenya: TVU Networks To Help Broadcasters Cover National Election

TVU Networks has announced it will be providing additional mobile transmitters to major broadcasters in Kenya to cover, adequately, the forthcoming presidential elections in the country. A statement from the company said it is providing hundreds of its mobile uplinks ...

Sep 12, 2017   Nigeria: MultiChoice Nigeria To Launch Pay-Per-View Model

News from MultiChoice Nigeria is that it may be considering adopting and introducing the Pay-Per-View (PPV) model for some of its content. Under this model - already used by many major cable and satellite TV platforms in Europe and the ...

Sep 11, 2017   NIGERIA: Mobile Phones Will Be The Television Of The Future - Strive Masiyiwa

TV content to be consumed only via mobile phones and tablets in less than 10 years! Dr Strive Masiyiwa, owner and executive Chairman of Kwese TV has claimed that most, if not all of the TV content will be consumed ...

Sep 11, 2017   Cape Town TV Looks "Confidently" To The Future As It Celebrates 10 Years On Air

Cape Town TV, a community TV station in the South African province of Cape Town is celebrating the ten years milestone of uninterrupted broadcasting serving its community. Based in 'cosmopolitan suburb of Observatory' the TV station operates two working studios ...

Sep 11, 2017   South Africa: Netflix Preferred To Showmax In The Streaming Market - My Broadband

South Africa's MyBroadband.com have published the result of their recent Piracy and Streaming Survey for South Africa. And according to the survey, carried out amongst "1,587 tech-savvy individuals in South Africa who subscribe to streaming services". The objective of the ...

Sep 05, 2017   South Africa: SABC Reviews Options For Editorial Code And Content Policy

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is assiduously working to revamp and realign its editorial code and content policy. To this end, it is rigorously looking at the submissions received stemming from its call to the public and civil societies ...

Sep 05, 2017   Nigeria: National Police Force To Launch The "Nigerian Police Broadcasting Service"

According to industry news report from Nigeria, the Nigerian national police service is finalising arrangements to launch a dedicated broadcasting operation, which, if the report is correct, will start broadcasting on the 28 of November 2017. A statement attributed to ...