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Digital Migration  |  Nigeria Not Tied To June 2017 Digital TV Switchover; Needs 32 Million Set-Top Boxes - NBC

The National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria (NBC); the body responsible for implementing the country's migration from analogue to digital broadcasting has conceded it might not achieve the self-imposed switchover deadline on 17th June 2017. According to a statement from the ...


Industry Meeting  |  Nigeria: BON Says Key Industry Leaders Will Attend Broadcasting Summit In August

The Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) has confirmed the great and best of the Nigerian broadcast and media industry will be participate at the 3rd International Summit on Digital Broadcasting in Nigeria. The high-level summit will take place on the ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria: Six States To Go Digital Within The Next Month - Minister

Nigeria's  Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed has stated that six (6) States in the country will be switching over to digital broadcasting within the next month. Although the States concerned were not named at the time of the statement, ...


Digital Migration  |  SA Communication Minister Insists On Set-Top Boxes (STBs) Encryption

South Africa's Communication Minister, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, has vowed that government subsidised set-top boxes will stay encrypted, even as the highest Court in South Africa ruled against encryption of set-top boxes in South Africa. Ms Ayanda Dlodlo told industry press ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria: 75 Percent Local Content Requirement Will Help Digital TV Services

The Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria, Alhaji Issaq Modibo-Kawu has stated that the requirement for a 75 percent local content for TV and Radio platforms in the country will facilitate the adoption and growth of digital broadcasting ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Cameroon: CRTV Ready To Move From Broadcasting To 'Narrowcasting.'

The Managing Director of Cameroon Radio and TV - the public TV broadcasting service of Cameroon - Mr Charles Ndongo have announced a call for tender to implement an internet TV streaming solution for the country. Mr Ndongo said the ...


Digital Migration  |  US$ 26 Million Spent On 620,000 Set-Top Boxes For Nigerians, So Far - NBC

Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) - the body in charge of the broadcast media industry in the country - has confirmed it has spent $26 Million (US) to procure 620,000 set-top boxes so far for the Nigeria digital switchover programme. ...


Digital Migration  |  Digital Migration: Will Nigeria Meet The June 2017 Deadline Date?

After missing the original deadline for the migration of broadcasting signals from analogue to digital as set by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Nigeria set a new internal deadline of June 2017. Now, as June 2017 is here, the entire ...


Digital Migration  |  Zambia: Multichoice Wins Landmark Case Against ZNBC And China's TopStar Communications

Multichoice Zambia has won an injunction stopping the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and Chinese digital TV services provider TopStar Communications from interfering with arrangements for the broadcast of local free-to-air channels in the country. Presently, Multichoice Zambia's GOtv customers ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  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 ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Industry Meeting  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Ethiopia Launches Own Satellite TV Transmission Platform: 'Ethiosat.'

Ethiopia is launching a Satelitte TV Transmission platform called 'Ethiosat'. It is described as an integrated satellite transmission platform to cover the nation. A spokesperson for the government in Ethiopia said that Ethiosat will should provide "a unified transmission platform" ...


Digital Migration  |  Startimes Collaborates With Govt. To Provide Digital TV Services In Rural Rwanda

The Rwanda government is working with the Chinese firm Startimes to help improve access to digital broadcasting and information in the country. Press reports from Kigali indicate that a USD 92 million initiative has been launched that will see up ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Exclusive: NBC Will Not Be Revoking Broadcasting Licences - After All!

Sources from inside the Nigerian Broadcasting space have told Broadcast Media Africa that the National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria (NBC) may have decided not to revoke the licences of 'errant' broadcasting stations after all. This decision was apparently reached following ...


Digital Migration  |  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, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Broadband  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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. ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  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 ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  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 ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria's NBC Instructed To Look Into Big Brother Nigeria's Issue

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) of Nigeria has been told by the Federal Government of Nigeria to look into the arguments around the recording and production of the Reality Show Big Brother Nigeria in South Africa. The NBC was instructed ...


Content Services  |  BBC Shows Planet Earth II In South Africa

Planet Earth series has captured the imagination of a worldwide audience of over half a billion people, by providing a never seen before view of life on Earth. Since debut broadcast over a decade ago, it has changed how viewers ...


Digital Migration  |  RLG Ltd Awarded The Contract To Manufacture Digibox For Digital TV In Ghana

RLG Ltd, a Ghanaian-owned technology company, has been given the contract to assembly Set Top Boxes (STBs) for Ghana as the country moves to the final stage of its Digital Migration. The local production of STBs in Ghana prompted the ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria To Use Digital Access Fund To Support Migration Plan

Digital Access Fund, which is revenue from annual TV license payments will be utilised by Nigeria's government to comply with the June 2017 digital migration deadline. Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) made this announcement ...


Content Services  |  Egypt To Challenge CAF Over Sale Of Broadcasting Rights To Lagardere Sports

Egyptian Competitions Authorities has filed a violation charge against the Confederation of African Football (CAF) relating to the granting of football broadcasting rights in Africa The president of CAF, Mr Issa Hayatou is being accused of using his position to ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  Ghana Media Practitioners (GJA) Advocates For Independence Of State-Owned Media

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is advocating for the independence of state-owned media from the government come January 2017. Akufo-Addo berated the state broadcaster of being biased and acting “like a propaganda wing of the ruling party.”  GJA also urged ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  GatesAir And Pinnacle Communications Collaborate In Nigeria

Nigeria's Pinnacle Communications Ltd. in conjunction with GatesAir,  have announced the launch of a turnkey DVB-T2 transmission system stationed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. The DVB-T2 system supports the switch-on of a new over-the-air DTV ...


Video-On-Demand  |  MTN Rwanda Announces Mobile TV Platform

MTN Rwanda has announced the introduction of a Mobile TV Platform known as MTN TV. Touted as  is touted as a cutting-edge innovation in the digital space, The platform enables streaming and sharing of videos on data-enabled handsets at a ...


Digital Migration  |  Inview Unveils ‘Free TV’ - A Digital TV Service In Nigeria

A digital TV service known as ‘Free TV’ has been launched in Nigeria by Inview, the UK-based digital TV software company. Nigeria's Vice President, Mr Yemi Osinbajo was at the launch which took place in the Nigerian capital city Abuja. ...