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Broadcasting Tech  |  Study: 'Satellite Is Preferred Digital Video Infrastructure For Africa' - Eutelsat

Eutelsat - the global Satellite company, has remarked - in a recently released industry study - that Satellite TV will become the dominant means of reaching households across Africa with TV and video services. The report, based on a benchmark ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: Cell C Bags Streaming Rights For Fox TV Channels

To prove its seriousness about entry into the video and TV streaming business, Cell C South has gone ahead to secure more content for it "Black" platform. According to reports from 21st Century Fox, Cell C have secured the rights ...


Content Services  |  Kwese To Boost Programming Line-Up With Content From US-Based TV One

Pan-Africa's TV Broadcaster, Kwese TV, have concluded a content and programming deal with US-based cable network "TV One". The exclusive deal will allow Kwese TV to add TV One content to its programming line-up.  TV One offers a variety of ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Nigeria Delighted With Take-Up Of Pay-Per-Day Subscription Offer

Mr Justin Zhang, Chief Executive, Startimes Nigeria has expressed delighted at the initial reception received from their customers in Nigeria with regards their pay-per-day offering. Speaking to the media in Nigeria to reflect on the service launch, he said that ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  South Africa: e.tv Presents Five Channels. One Colour. Unlimited Entertainment

Mr Marlon Davids, the managing director of e.tv, has announced the launch of a new branding campaign that will help market the organisation products and services in preparation for the South African summer season. The new campaign with the message ...


TV Rights  |  Multichoice Did Not Agree On A USD10 Million Carriage Rights Contract With ANN7

DStv South Africa has said that it did not agree to pay the Gupta family linked media organisation ANN7 the sum of USD 10 Milion as carriage rights fees for its TV channels. A source of Multichoice DStv confirmed that ...


Content Services  |  AFRIMA 2017: Digitisation Is The Best That Can Happen To African Music

Participants in one of the various Roundtables at the that the All Africa Music Award (AFRIMA) 2017 have submitted that digitisation of music is the best that could to ever happen to African music. It ensures its competitiveness at the ...


Telecom  |  Fast-tracking Digital Switchover Is Key To A Connected Africa - ATU

The Secretary-General of the Africa Telecommunications Union (ATU), Mr Abdoulkarim Soumaila have urged African nations to push for an accelerated migration to digital broadcasting as the key to ensuring that the desired goal of an all-inclusive digital connectivity is achieved. ...


Content Services  |  DStv Canned Disney Channel Kids Show Because Of Homosexual Storyline.

DStv South Africa is said to be pulling the Disney Channel's teen show Andi Mack off its platform because a storyline seems to have homosexual intonation.  The told storyline is where Andi Mack's main character, Cyrus, develops and pursues its ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Cell C Enters Africa's OTT TV and VOD Market With "Black"; In Partnership With Vubiquity

BMA understood that Cell C (a South African mobile telecom operator) is entering the OTT TV and VoD market with content provider Vubiquity. Cell C is coming to this market with the brand "Black" and will offer sports, kids and ...


Content Services  |  African Animation Network (AAN) Hope To Extend Industry's Reach With Animation Magazine

African Animation Network (AAN) and the world-renowned Animation Magazine have reached a partnership agreement to launch a dedicated section for African-focused animation of the industry flagship AnimationMagazine.net platform. This move will help drive the reach of AAN to a global ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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. ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  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) ...


Video-On-Demand  |  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 ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Cameroon: Government To Close TV Platforms With Pro-Secession Channels

The government of Cameroon has reaffirmed its resolve to shut down any satellite and cable platforms that are carrying 'pro-secession' television and radio stations. The country's authorities have earlier in January 2017 banned a few stations who were believed to ...


Pay TV  |  VOD Platform, Showmax, May Be Absorbed Into DStv - Industry Sources

According to MyBroadband (a South Africa's industry news outfit), pay-TV giant Multichoice is currently in the process of "integrating" Showmax (it's hitherto standalone VOD platform) with DStv. Quoting other industry sources, MyBroadband has reported that Multichoice is looking to make ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Africa To Broadcast Live Major European Football Leagues

Startimes, one of Africa's major Digital Pay-TV organisations has announced a comprehensive line-up of top-level live football broadcast from a whole swath of European football leagues and global tournaments. Startimes have over the years secured rights, many of the exclusively, ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  SuperSport Has No Immediate Plan To Offer "Streaming-Only" Service

Just as many major global media platforms are moving towards streaming-only access services, where consumers can access content online on an "over-the-top" (OTT) basis, SuperSport was also asked whether it would be going in that same direction anytime soon. According ...


Content Services  |  Multichoice South Africa Warns Of Possible Increase In Content Piracy

Multichoice South Africa and its subsidiary M-Net have raised fresh concerns about the changes in the copyright laws being proposed in South Africa. The company is saying that the new laws are not enough to protect owners, producers and publishers ...


Digital Migration  |  China's Startimes Launches Digital Satellite TV Services Into Rural Africa

Following from the commitment made by the Chinese government to support the provision of digital satellite services to rural Africa, Startimes (the Chinese owned digital pay TV company) have started to make good on this commitment by launching a satellite-based ...


Content Services  |  Fox Networks Group Investing In Africa Local Content and VOD Service

Gary Alfonso, the head of Fox Africa have confirmed that his organisation is ready to put substantial investment into pure-play African content to enable it to compete favourably in the market. Owned by Fox Networks Group, Fox Africa says they ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Liberia: State Broadcasting Service To Go Off-Air Over Budget And Pay!

It is being reported that the staff and workers of the Liberian Broadcasting Service (LBS) are looking to down tools and take the station off-air in a dispute with the state government over lack of proper funding due to 'low ...


Content Services  |  SABC To Add 'Viewer Discretion Warning' To Shows With 'Suggestive Sex' Content

The South African Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCCSA) has ordered that the country's public broadcasters SABC to consider adding a "Viewer Discretion Advised" notification to some of their shows and programmes with suggestive sexual content shown on TV before the "watershed ...


Pay TV  |  Troubled Wananchi (Owners of Zuku) To Raise Charges On Consumers

The Wananchi Group, owners of the entertainment and communication business under brand Zuku has announced that it will be increasing the subscription fees for some of its pay TV, telephone and internet services. It is to be recalled that the ...


Digital Migration  |  "South Africa Should Complete Digital Migration By End of 2017" - Communications Minister

Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, South Africa's minister of communications, has committed her country to completing the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting by end of 2017. The minister made this declaration after a major stakeholder meeting of the South Africa Digital ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Security Of Content On Africa's Digital Free-To-Air Broadcasting Is Paramount - Verimatrix

Verimatrix, a leader in provisoning security for digital television services, have said it is paramount for TV operators to take seriously the question of security of digital TV services (especially in a free-to-air environment). Verimatrix will be addressing this 'seemingly ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: John Momoh, Channel TV Boss, Challenged By Content Aggregator Company

Broadcast Media Africa have learnt that an 'unwanted' feud may be brewing in the Nigeria digital ecosystem between the countries broadcasters and the licensed digital content aggregator. Reports from Nigeria suggested that the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) - the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa's Digital Migration Hampered By Set-Top Boxes Procurement Irregularities

The already troubled digital migration programme in South Africa is set to be further marred by controversy with the recent situation surrounding the alleged state-sponsored set-top boxes procurement irregularities. According to reports from South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper, it is ...


Content Services  |  Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Powers On With Content Delivery Deals Across Africa

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) appears to be further scaling-up its content delivery business in Africa with a string of confirmation on existing contract as well as the signing of new platforms to deliver its content. A state-of-business statement by ...


Content Services  |  Packaging Our Stories And Content To High Global Standards Must Be Our Aim! - Anita Erskine

Ms Anita Erskine, Managing Director of Anita Erskine Media, is one of Africa's most influential media executives. She spoke to BMA with regards to her participation at the forthcoming International Summit on Digital Broadcasting In Nigeria on 22nd - 23rd ...


Broadcasting Services  |  360+ Applications Received To Fill Permanent Board Positions At the SABC

The South African's Parliamentary Communications Committee charged with processing and filling of the vacant board positions at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced that it has already received more than 360 legitimate applications from interested persons to be ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Iflix And Econet Media Join Forces To Deliver Video-On-Demand (VOD) Service Across Africa

Iflix (a content streaming company similar to Netflix) and Econet Media have announced they have entered into a strategic partnership to roll-out their video content streaming services in the major markets across Africa. According to the statement released from the ...


Content Services  |  Zambia: Startimes Bringing More Chinese Dramas And Movies To African TV Sets

Startimes, the Chinese pay-TV company operating across Africa has launched the 2017 season for broadcasting TV dramas and movies from Beijing, China to African television station via the Startimes platform. The company said the 2017 season has kicked off in ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Clyde Broadcast To Reflect On The Challenges And Dynamics Facing The Digitisation of Radio In Africa

Clyde Broadcast - an international supplier of radio equipment - has said a major part of its mission is to help current and new Radio broadcasters across Africa to deal with the challenges and dynamics of the digitisation of Radio ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kenya: Court Case On The Sale Of Wananchi Group (Zuku) Should Go Ahead!

It does appear that the high legal drama surrounding Wananchi Group (the owner of brand Zuku) is not abating anytime soon. A recent ruling by a High Court in Kenya has confirmed that the legal challenge to stop the sale ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC's Contract With TV License Fee Collection Agency Has Been Revoked!

A High Court in Johannesburg, South Africa has struck-off the contract between the South African Broadcasting Corporation SABC and LornaVision, its TV license fee collection agency. The Court said that the contract to collect TV license fee awarded to LornaVision ...


Content Services  |  Canal+ Lines Up Turkish Football As Part Of TV Offering In Africa

Canal+ (or Canal Plus), the France-based pay TV operator has confirmed it has the exclusive distribution rights for the Turkey's premier league football; and it will be including the games in its new A+ Sports channel available for Francophone Africa. ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: We Are The Treasure Base Of Original And Authentic Content - Royal Roots

Mr Gregory Odutayo, CEO of Royal Roots Nigeria (a content production and broadcasting company in Nigeria) has declared that Nigeria in particular (and Africa in general) will continue to lead the world in Authentic and Original content. Greg Odutayo made ...


Broadband  |  Connectivity: English Prof. In Rural England Get Broadband Services Directly From Africa

The story of Professor Christopher Spry is an interesting story. Although Prof. Spry currently lives in rural the English county of Brecon Beacons, he is reported to be getting his internet connectivity and broadband services from a satellite that is ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwe: DStv Customers Are Asked To Pay Only In Cash And In US Dollars

DStv's customers in Zimbabwe are protesting the move by the company, asking them to pay for the services only in cash and in US Dollars. It is common knowledge Zimbabwe currently has issues with her monetary and fiscal arrangements, but ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria Govt. Might Change Broadcasting Law To 'Punish' Advertisers Not Supporting Local

In a dramatic move to drive advertisers and sponsors to support local media properties in Nigeria, the country's Government is considering a change of the broadcasting code - the set of laws and regulations governing the industry - to ensure ...


Digital Migration  |  Canal+ To Launch A New Sports Channel Across 25 African Countries

France's Canal+ has confirmed it has launched a brand new digital sports channels A+ Sport. The new subscription channel was started on the 21st of July 2017 and will be broadcasting across 25 French-speaking nations across sub-Saharan Africa. The new ...


Content Services  |  DStv SuperSports Enters Multi-Year Deal With World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)

DStv's SuperSport have announced a new deal that will bring wrestling shows such as 'Raw' and 'SmackDown' to their platform. They have agreed to a multi-year contract with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to show their content and programming across ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  TSTV And ABS Global To Promote A New Satellite Broadcasting Service For Africa

ABS Global - a Europe-based technology company - has joined venture with a Nigeria's outfit - Telecom Satellite TV (TSTV) -  to set up a new Direct-To-Home (DTH) satellite TV service to compliment the digital transition currently taking place across ...


Broadcasting Services  |  NIGERIA: National Government To Create Venture Capital For Creative Industry

The Nigerian government has announced it will establish a US$ 1 million venture capital fund to drive and boost the nation's Creative Industry including music, films, and others. Making the announcement at an industry event on Creative Industry Financing in ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Licence Fee Collection Agency Seeking Payment From SABC

The agency responsible for collecting TV licence in South Africa is chasing its principal - the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) - over unpaid service fees for work done. Lorna Vision says it is now considering legal options available to ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Hits 100+ Million Subs - Many Coming From Africa

The second quarter financials from Netflix - the video on demand (VOD) Titan - has revealed that it has reached the significant 100 million subscribers (actual declared number is 104 Million subs). The Netflix report indicated that its customer base ...


Content Services  |  Leading International Content Distributor Looks To Make Block-Bursting Formats In Nigeria

Industry reports indicate that All3Media International is looking at the possibilities of local production of the popular formats: 'Undercover Boss' and 'The Cube' in Nigeria. The company is reportedly in dialogue with Nigeria’s EWA Media Productions in order to assess ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Will Sue Former COO To Recover ZAR14 Million (USD 1.1 Million)

Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the beleaguered former COO of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) should expect another court summons shortly, as his former employer - the SABC - has decided to sue him in order to recover the sum of ZAR14 ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: e.tv Takes Over Screening Of 'Days Of Our Lives' From SABC

The popular classic soap, Days of Our Lives, will now show on South Africa's e.tv from September 2017. The programme, which had been with the SABC for some time will now get a primetime slot of 5.30pm at e.tv. Industry ...


Telecom  |  Connecting Africa: Intelsat To Offer Cheaper 2G Solutions To Operator

Intelsat, the global satellite and connectivity services organisation, has announced it will launch a connectivity solution that will provide 2G services in remote locations via the Africa wireless networks initiative. The new service, IntelsatOne Mobile Reach will collaborate with service ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Internet Radio For Children Launched With A Focus On Edutainment

A new, web-based radio station targeted at children and young ones from year eight old and above has just been launched in Nigeria. Called 'Auntie Mo Kids Radio' it is the brainchild of Mr Rotimi Ogunjobi. The thrust of this ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Ericsson Partners With QYOU To Monetise Online Video With "UDN"

Ericsson - the global telecoms and media company - and QYOU - a premium short form video content provider - have announced a strategic partnership for the distribution and monetisation of content. Under the agreement, Ericson will tap into, and ...


Pay TV  |  StarSat Squares Up To Multichoice - Aims For 1Million Subscribers

Africa's Pay TV market is set for another dramatic competitive shakeup, going by the renewed ambition and drive from the pay TV service provider StarSat. According to Mr John Yan, the CEO of StarSat, he wants the company to acquire ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa: Minister Parleys With Broadcasters On New 2018 Digital Switchover Deadline

South Africa's Minister for Communications, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo is scheduled to hold urgent talks with the country's broadcasters with a view to bringing the digital migration process back on track. South Africa is now looking to complete the analogue to ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Integrated Television Service (ITS) Deploys 30 Digital TV Channels In Nigeria

Integrated Television Service (ITS) - a key player in the Nigerian digital TV space - has announced the addition of 30 Free-to-air TV channels to its platform. ITS is a joint venture initiative between the country's leading state broadcasters, the ...


Content Services  |  DStv Pulls Plug On 'Gay-Themed' Kids Content On Its Platform Across Africa

Multichoice Africa has confirmed it will stop the broadcas of children's programmes with "homosexual theme". It says the content will be removed from its DStv platforms across Africa with immediate effect. The affected programmes will include, but not limited to, ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  South Africa: Radio Broadcaster Sacked By SABC For Calling The President A "Zombie."

A presenter with Lotus FM radio (in South Africa), Mr Ravi Govender, has been reportedly fired by the South African Broadcasting Corporation for calling the country's President Jacob Zuma a "Zombie". Mr Kaizer Kganyago, the spokesperson for the South African ...


Content Services  |  Namibia: State TV Station Gets Programmes Content From Japan

Content and TV programming from scores of television stations in Japan have been given to Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) free of charge. According to sources close to the Japanese Foreign Affairs department, the cost of paying for the rights of ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria's Telecom Satellites TV (TSTV) To Launch New Direct-To-Home (DTH) Platform

A new DTH TV platform is coming to the Nigerian broadcasting marketplace, and this new platform is the brainchild of Mr Bright Echefu and his Telecom Satellites TV (TSTV) outfit. Telecom Satellites TV (TSTV) has reportedly entered into a technical ...


Broadband  |  Charity Organisation To Renew Contract For Satellite Connectivity Across Africa

Save The Children International; a charity organisation headquartered in the United Kingdom has confirmed it will be renewing the deal with Speedcast to provide 'Connectivity' to over 40 of its sites across Africa. Speedcast to provide C-band virtual network services ...


Content Services  |  IROKO To Add 'Afrobeats' Music Channel To Canal+ Platform

Leveraging on his newly-found partnership with Canal+, Mr Jason Njoku of IROKO has announced he is adding the Nigerian Afrobeat music genre to the IROKO music channel, to be carried on the Canal+ platform. Afrobeats is the quintessential style of ...


Digital Migration  |  Kenya: Startimes Plans To Cover Rural Areas With Digital TV Signal

Startimes - the pan-African digital TV company - has announced it will expand digital TV coverage to more counties covering rural Kenya. A statement attributed to the company says it is aiming to enable digital terrestrial TV signals reach rural ...


Pay TV  |  South Africa: DStv Made USD 3.2 Billion In Revenue During 2016 - 2017

Multichoice - Africa's digital TV behemoth - has announced a relatively 'modest' set of financial result for the year ended 31 March 2017. According to results, DStv South Africa generated a total of USD 3.2 Billion in gross pre-tax revenue ...


Content Services  |  Coke Studios Merged Across Africa, Broadcast To Reach 30 Participating Countries

Coke Studios, owner and producer of the "Coca-Cola Company Show" has announced it is combining the Coke Studio in Africa and South Africa. The merger will see the number of participating countries to 16 and  the show will now reach ...


Content Services  |  DStv SuperSport Gets Major UEFA And FIFA Football Rights

SuperSport announced it has secured the rights to a handful of major football tournaments with UEFA and FIFA. DStv's SuperSport says they now have the rights for TV, mobile and internet platforms for UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers; UEFA Nations League ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: eNCA Announces Mapi Mhlangu As New Managing Director

eNCA, South Africa's premier dedicated news channel have announced that Ms Mapi Mhlangu is the new Managing Director of the organisation. The appointment commences on 1st of July 2017. Ms Mhlangu has been with eNCA since 2009, having served in ...


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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kenya: Film Board To Stop Content On DStv With Alleged 'Homosexual' Themes

The Kenyan Film Classification Board (KFCB) says it has had to ban a number of children's programme on the DStv and GOtv platforms for allegedly promoting gay themes. Mr Ezekiel Mutua, CEO of KFCB said it had taken the precaution ...


Advertising  |  DStv Promises To Stop 'Misleading' Ads On BoxOffice Channel In South Africa

DStv has pledged to desist from showing 'misleading ads' on its BoxOffice channel. This undertaking was given to the South Africa's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) following a string of public complaints about some of their commercial ads being misleading to ...


Broadcasting Services  |  BBC 'Focus On Africa' Programme Celebrates 5th Year Anniversary

Focus on Africa, the BBC World Service weekday news and current affairs programme is celebrating five years since it was launch in 2012. Statement from the BBC press office said the organisation is delighted that the programme has been instrumental ...


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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Former COO To Take Legal Action Against SABC For Wrongful Dismissal

Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the former Chief Operating Officer of the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has stated his intention to take the corporation to court over his dismissed. In a briefing, lawyers for Mr Motsoeneng said he is 'aggrieved' by ...


Video-On-Demand  |  IROKO TV And Orange Cameroon In Video-On-Demand Partnership

Nigerian based IROKO TV is reported to have agreed on a Video-on-demand deal with Orange Cameroon. Under the terms of the deal, Orange Cameroon would offer its customers a data package that will cost less that 50cents (US) in return ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Will Broadcast All FIFA Confederation Cup Games Live

Startimes - Africa digital Pay TV company - have announced that it will broadcast live all the games from the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017. A statement from the organisation said the live channels where the games can be seen are ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: 'SABC To Lose US$ 87Million In 2016/17 Financial Year' - Reports

According to reliable sources close to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the organisation may announce a projected nett loss of R1.1 Billion for the fiscal year of 2016/2017. Also, the state of SABC's finances have convinced SA's Communications Minister ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: MultiChoice Delighted With Digital TV 'No-Encryption' Verdict

MultiChoice South Africa has expressed great delight with the recent South Africa's Constitutional Court judgement in favour of non-encryption of set-top boxes for digital TV services in the country. Earlier in the battle, the former communications minister of South Africa, ...


Content Services  |  ZEE Africa To Launch Specialist News Channel On Kwesé TV

Zee Africa announced it would be launching a premium news channel in English on Kwesé TV platform. The new channel called "The World is One Family" (WION) will reach Kwesé customers and viewers in Zambia, Rwanda, Lesotho and Ghana via ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: TVC and Radio Continental To Receive Multi-Million Dollar Investment

Mr Andrew Hanlon, CEO of Continental Broadcasting Services (CBS) - owners of Nigeria's Television Continental (TVC) and Radio Continental - have confirmed they are looking to ramp up financial investments into their TV and Radio platforms. Addressing the current restructuring ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Satellite Provider Intelsat Opens Regional Office In Nairobi, Kenya

Intelsat, a global satellite services provider, has confirmed it is setting up a regional office in Nairobi, Kenya. According to the company, the move is to "enhance the company's responsiveness to its media and connectivity customers". The organisation believe that ...


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. ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix To Reach 128 Million Subscribers And US$15 billion By 2022 - Report

Netflix, the global Video On Demand services behemoth is said to be on track to reach up to 130 million subscribers by 2022, with more of its users now coming from outside its home country - the United States. According ...


Content Services  |  Supersport Revamps Channel Offering For More Predictable Scheduling

DStv's Supersport is revamping its channel line-up in a bid, according to the company, 'to provide a better viewing experience' to all sports lovers. Accordingly, Supersports customers are now being promised up to 14 dedicated channels from the Supersports and ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Continental Broadcasting Services (CBS) To Close Down 'TVC News Africa'!

Broadcast Media Africa have learnt that Nigeria-based Continental Broadcasting Services (CBS) - owners of Television Continental (TVC) brand - have reached the decision to wind down its pan-African news operation, TVC News Africa. Sources close to the company said the ...


Content Services  |  CNBC Africa Celebrates 10 Years Of Daily Afrocentric Financial News

When CNBC Africa launched on 01 June 2007 to bring Africa's financial and economic story 'to a continent-wide and international audience', few wondered how long the franchise it would last. Fast forward ten (10) years, and it does seem it ...


Content Services  |  Euronews And Ivorian's RTI Accuse Senegalese Excaf Telecom Group Of Content Piracy

France's Euronews and Ivory Coast's Radio Télévision Ivoirienne (owners of the RTI1 and RTI2 channels) have reportedly issued a formal cease notice to the Senegalese firm Excaf Telecom Group, asking it to stop rebroadcasting their content without official authorisation. According ...


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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  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 ...


Industry Meeting  |  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 ...


Broadband  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


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 ...


Industry Meeting  |  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, ...


Broadband  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Broadband  |  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, ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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, ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  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 ...


Industry Meeting  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 - ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  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) ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  '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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


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 ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria: Set Top Boxes To Be Blocked For Non Payment Of 4 Dollars Digital Access Fees

Digital TV customers in Nigeria risk their set top boxes being remotely shut-out of services if they are unable to pay a required digital TV access fee of N1,500 (4 Dollars US). During the pilot to digital TV switchover  which ...


Broadcasting Services  |  GOtv Malawi's Innovation: Collect Payment For Services Door-To-Door

GOtv (part of Multichoice) in Malawi is rolling out an 'innovative', (albeit old-fashioned) way of receiving payment for its services.  By visiting customers at home and knocking on doors for payment. A statement from the company in Malawi said they ...


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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  YouTube Puts Kids App On Smart TV Sets - Available In Parts Of Africa

YouTube Kids TV app that can now be accessed on smart TVs, smartphones and tablets. In a statement, YouTube said that bringing their entertaining content for kids to the television screens for all the families to enjoy is a "perfect ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: Multichoice Box Office To Carry Afrikaans-Speaking Movies

Multichoice movie rental service (Multichoice Box Office) is now offering Afrikaans-speaking titles; starting with Droomdag, an Afrikaans flix by Willie Esterhuizen, which premiered on Multichoice Box Office earlier in the week.TV executives believe that local Afrikaans films have come of ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Looking To Fill Posts For Group CEO, Group COO, Other Positions Urgently

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is now actively in a search-for-executives mode, with key positions needing to be filled urgently "to stabilise the organisation". The following vacant post are currently been searched for: Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) Group ...


Broadcasting Services  |  90 Percent Local Content Policy Resulted In Loss Of 16 Million USD At The SABC

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) lost more than USD16 million as a direct result of adopting the policy of a 90 percent local content quota. A policy instituted by former COO of the corporation, Mr Hlaudi Motsoaneng. According to ...


Broadband  |  D.R. Congo: Orange Delivering Connectivity Via Gilat's Satellite Infrastructure

Orange networks Africa is increasing its broadband service delivery capabilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the help of satellite capacity from Gilat Satcom. Gilat Satcom said the deal with Orange now positions it as a cost-effective connectivity infrastructure ...


Content Services  |  CNN International, Cartoon Network And Boomerang Added To Kwese TV Platform

Econet Media have signed new content programming deal with TURNER. With this deal, Econet Media, via their Kwese platform could now broadcast, on a multi-territory basis, programmes such as CNN International, Cartoon Networks and Boomerang TV. Commenting on the deal, ...


Pay TV  |  Zuku TV Sale Stalling Due To of Shareholders' Disagreement

According to press reports in Kenya, internal strife between the shareholders and owners of Zuku may be preventing the company's sale. Business Day in Kenya is reporting that the East Africa Capital Partners Management (co-founders and investors in Zuku) have ...


Broadband  |  Intelsat To Power Liquid Telecom's Pan-African Delivery Of Broadband Services

Satellite company Intelsat says it has entered into agreement with Liquid Telecom to deploy theur EpicNG satellite services across its' networks. This deal will enhance Liquid Telecom's capacity to provide higher broadband bandwidth customers with greater efficiency. It will also ...


Pay TV  |  Netflix Not Keen On Doing Sports Content - For Now!

Netflix have confirmed that they have no immediate interest in Amazon's move and going into sports content and programming. Although Amazon is moving into the sports content and programme franchise (for example via NFL football), a statement coming from Netflix ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  TV White Spaces - SA Regulator Publishes Draft Framework And Position Paper

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) have recently published a draft regulation and position paper on the use of TV White Spaces in the country. TV white spaces technology can help provide 'low-cost' broadband internet by using gaps ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix At 100 Million Subscribers, Acknowledges Competitive Pressure

Latest released figures show that Netflix currently has 98.7 million streaming subscribers. 50.8 million of these are in the United States and 47.9 million international customers. Despite the impressive growth numbers, Netflix says it is very aware of the competitive ...


Content Services  |  Startimes To Start A Dedicated 'Igbo-Speaking' Channel In Nigeria

Startimes Nigeria have announced the launch of a new, dedicated Igbo-Speaking TV Channel on its pay-TV platform. The new channel is called "Isi Mbido" (meaning "the Source"). According to the company, the channel will provide entertaiment shows and other programming ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Considers Possibility Of Reverting Its Local Content Policy

Press reports in South Africa have indicated that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) may be looking to abandon its 'laudable' 90% local content policy. Accroding to news sources in the country, the SABC interim board is of the opinion ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  New Digital Entertainment On Demand (DEOD) Service To Launch In SA

Discover Digital SA has announced it will be launching a new 'internet-only' entertainment platform - Digital Entertainment On Demand (DEOD). The new platform, according to the company, will be Africa's first converged TV service delivered solely over the internet. The ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) Faces Uncertain Financial Future - Report

Recently seen reports indicates that Kenya Broadcasting Corporation is 'waste-deep' in debt and may struggle to manage its financial obligations. According to the Auditor General's Report, the national broadcaster in Kenya is reported to have accumilated a trading loss of ...


Content Services  |  Kwese Partners With Safaricom To Deliver Video Content To Customers

Kwese TV and Safaricom have agreed on a video content distribution partnership that will see Kwese offer some of its premium content to subscribers of Safaricom - the Kenyan mobile operator. Kwese TV will provide access to some of its ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  NIGERIA: Ghana's RLG Wins 31 Million Dollars Contract To Produce Digital Set-Top Boxes

The Ghanian-owned RLG have been awarded the contract to manufacture and deliver Set-Top Boxes for the Nigerian DSO programme. The contract is valued to the tune of 31million US Dollars. RLG will work with a local partner - Adulawo Technology ...


Content Services  |  We Have 'Licensed Over 400 Hours Of Programming In South Africa' - BBC Worldwide

Coming out of MipTV, BBC Worldwide has announced sales of over 400 hours of programming and content in South Africa. According to Joel Churcher, VP and GM for Africa, BBC Worldwide have been working in partnership with Rapid Blue - ...


TV Rights  |  SuperSport Corners The Premier League Until May 2022

SuperSport have extended the rights to Premier League from England until 2020. According to a press release from the organisation, the new extension means that SuperSport will retain the rights to all 380 league matches across all the distribution channels. ...


TV Rights  |  CAF Looking To Review And 'Reverse' 10-Year TV Broadcast Rights Deal With Lagardere

The new boss of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has strongly suggested that the organisation might review the TV broadcast rights awarded to French company Lagardere by his predecessor, Mr. Issa Hayatou. Mr Ahmad Ahmad, from Malagasy, told reporters ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Mozambique: TVM To Run New TV Channel Targeted At International Audience

TVM International, a 24-hour TV channel for the international audience was recently launched in Mozambique. The channel will broadcast in Portuguese and targeted at Mozambicans abroad and Portuguese speaking people interested in Mozambique. Speaking during the launch, Mr Jaime Cuambe ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  NIGERIA: RayPower FM Has A New Boss As Former Head Launch Kennis FM

The owners of Ray Power FM in Nigeria have announced the appointment of a new Managing Director - Mr Ambrose Somide. Mr Somide is taking over from erstwhile head of the organisation, Mr Kenny Ogungbe who left to start Kennis ...


Content Services  |  Africa Movie Channel Adds 'Nolly Africa' To 'Freeview' In Nigeria.

The Africa Movie Channel (AMC) have launched a new 'Nollywood-based' channel on the Freeview digital platform in Nigeria. Executives of the company said they are delighted to be able deploy and present this new channel to complement their current AMC ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SES Unveils 'SES Video' And 'SES Networks' As Separate Business Units

SES, the global satellite company, have established two different business units to build on the capabilities of MX1 and O3b. Commenting, SES Chairman, Mr Romain Bausch says the new structure will help drive the execution of a 'market-centric strategy' to ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SuperSport Terminates Contract With The Kenyan Premier League

Reports say that the USD 3million a year agreement between SuperSport and the Kenya Premier League will come to an end. After almost a decade of collaboration that has seen SuperSport with live broadcast rights to the Kenyan league, the ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Loses Company's Chief Product Officer Of 18 Years

Neil Hunt, the executive that has been in charge of Netflix's products development for upwards of 18 years, will be leaving the organisation, to be replaced by Greg Peters. According to Netflix, they have also parted ways with Tawni Cranz, ...


Content Services  |  Lagardere Studio Plans To Expand Content Distribution Business In Africa

Lagardere Studio - the France-based content production and distribution studio - part of the Lagardere Group, has announced plans to broaden its content production and distribution business in Africa. According to a statement attributed to Mr Christophe Thoral, a senior ...


Broadband  |  SES Deploys Digital Transparent Processor Onboard SES-17 Satellite

SES has recently announced that in collaboration with Thales, they have successfully deploy the 'powerful' Digital Transparent Processor onboard the SES-17 satellite. This deployment allows SES to provide offer unrivalled flexibility in bandwidth management to many of its mobile infrastructures ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Communications Minister Tasks SABC Board To 'Quick-Fix' Finances

South Africa new Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has reportedly charged the recently constituted SABC interim board with the 'urgent' task of fixing the organisations finances. The minister and deputy made this call during their inaugural visit to the SABC, where ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Amazon Video: Multi-Local Strategy Is Key To VoD Success

'There are no global customers; content must be truly local if we are to succeed." This view was shared by the worldwide head of content for Amazon Video speaking at the MIPTV in Cannes yesterday. He said that while there ...


Content Services  |  Multichoice MNET Screens Italian Mafia Series 'Gomorrah'!

After acquiring screening rights of the Sky Italia's mafia 'Gomorrah', The series is now due to be screened on MNET. Beta Films and Multichoice European production recently signed a deal that will see the Italian show - subtitled in English ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC TV Share-Of-Viewers At Lowest Point

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is witnessing the lowest share of audience across its stations. Local reports are saying that the current audience share across SABC 1, 2 and 3 is currently hovering at around 45%. Industry watchers and ...


Content Services  |  SABC To Adapt Hat Trick International Show 'Dinner Date' For SA Viewers

Dinner Date, the 'entertainment reality' show from Hat Trick International is set to be adapted for South Africa viewers following the agreement between The SABC and production company. The SABC adaptation is said to launch shortly on SABC 3. In ...


Content Services  |  Mozambique: Cabo TV To Add 15 New Channels Before 2017 Ends

Cabo TV has announced it will be launching new 15 channels on its platform in Mozambique before the end of the year. New additions will include Mov+ dedicated to new movies and TV series channels Cabo TV has also indicated ...


Content Services  |  After A Successful Season 1, 'The Voice Nigeria' Returns For Season 2

M-Net will run season two of the formatted TV show 'The Voice' called 'The Voice Nigeria' on its Africa Magic channel. A statement from M-Net said the company is "delighted to bring back The Voice Nigeria for season two". An ...


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 ...


Pay TV  |  PayTV Giant DStv Hikes Subscription Prices In Nigeria, South Africa

It is evident that subscribers to the DStv platforms in two of its principal markets will experience price increases for the services they get from the company. According to reports, Multichoice Nigeria will from 1st May 2017 increase it package ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Subscribers Ask DStv To Remove ANN7 From Bouquet

A petition requesting that Multichoice stop carrying the Gupta-owned station - the Africa News Networks (ANN7) on its platform is gathering momentum. The petitions signed on a South Africa website 'petitions24' are claiming that ANN7 is a politically motivated and ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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). ...


Content Services  |  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) ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Advertising  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  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 ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  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, ...


Video-On-Demand  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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, ...


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 ...


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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


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 ...


Video-On-Demand  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


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  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


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  |  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, ...


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 ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  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. ...


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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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, ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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, ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  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 ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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, ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  SES And Globecast To Drive Content Distribution For TRT World

Satellite and media company, SES, has shown strong intent with expanding its global distribution initiative by announcing a collaboration partnership with  the news platform TRT World. TRT World, a Istanbul (Turkey) based news organisation,  will provide news content that will ...


Content Services  |  Showmax Partners With The Q You In East Africa

Showmax, the South African based video-on-demand (VOD) provider has entered into an agreement with The Q You (a short-form video channel) to help develop and deliver 'localised' content in East Africa. According to ShowMax, The QYou was selected for its ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  EBS Will Provide Kwese With EPG Services

Broadcasting & Media Africa understands Kwese TV (the Econet Media pay TV platform) will deploy metadata services from EBS. Recognising the need for consumers to be able to locate content easily and quickly across a variety of devices, KWESE TV ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Facebook To Launch TV App - Globally.

Facebook recently announced that it would launch a new television app enabling them to compete with traditional TV channels and the likes of Youtube. The app will be available from app stores for  Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung ...


Pay TV  |  Neotel Finally Completes Joining The Liquid Telecom Group

Neotel, a South African communications network operator, is finally now a member of the pan-African group Liquid Telecom. Liquid Telecom is a subsidiary of Econet Global. Liquid Telecom plans to spend the spend the next few months expanding an upgrading ...


Pay TV  |  Kwese TV Now Offering AMC Channels

Kwese TV announced that it would be offering a 24 hour AMC channel for African audiences. This forms part of Kwese TVs expansion; it recently launched its full entertainment and sports bouquet. AMC, available on Channel 130, offers fan favourites ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Vodacom To Help Showmax Launch ShowMax Select

ShowMax and Vodacom recently launched ShowMax Select exclusively to Vodacom subscribers. For only R45 per month, customers will receive access to ShowMax’s comprehensive catalogue of Tv shows and movies. ShowMax Select has a particular focus on local content with over ...


Pay TV  |  Africa's ShowMax Launches VOD Service In Poland

African video on demand (VOD) service, ShowMax announced that it would be expanding into Europe by launching its platform in Poland. The move will make ShowMax, which is already offered in 36 African countries, a multi-continental VOD service. ShowMax Poland ...


Content Services  |  ICASA - SA Communications Regulator - Say No To E.TV’s Prime Time News Move

E.tv’s plans to move news out of primetime have been halted after South Africa's communications regulator, ICASA denied their request to have their licensing conditions changed. ICASA rejected the plans because such a move would not be in public’s interest ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  DSTV Watching UHD/4KTV Landscape Closely

As the global industry standard for the acclaimed ultra high definition (UHD/4K) broadcast technology emerges, DSTV - Africa’s leading Pay-TV company says they are monitoring developments closely. Asked why DSTV is yet to follow other leading broadcasters around the world ...


Content Services  |  KWESE TV Goes Live Across Selected Territories In Africa

Econet Media has announced that it's Pay TV Satellite broadcaster - KWESE TV has commenced broadcasting. According to the statement from the organisation press office, KWESE TV will offer a suite of entertainment and sports programming to subscribers in Ghana, ...


Video-On-Demand  |  SEACOM And ShowMax Enter Service Delivery Pact In East Africa

SEACOM (Africa's leading broadband and data services provider) has entered into a working agreement with ShowMax (a leading video-on-demand -VoD- player, owned by Naspers) to provide ShowMax with hosting and caching server services. The agreement will allow ShowMax videos to ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  MTN Ghana Offers African Movie Downloads On Smartphones

Africa Movies on the Go (AMGO) has collaborated with telecoms giant MTN to provide African movie lovers easy access to their favourite’s movies while on the move. Subscribers to AMGO, which is a Video on Demand Solution, are allowed to ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Mega-Choice Debuts News And Entertainment TV Platform In Ghana

Mega-Choice Digital Network, a subsidiary of Crystal TV, Ghana's first private television network officially launched its new Direct-to-Home TV service in Ghana at the International Summit on Content Management for Digital Broadcasting organised by BSP Media International (UK). A ten-year ...


Content Services  |  Streaming Growth Steady For Sony Music In Nigeria

Michael Ugwu, General Manager for Sony Music West Africa, said in a statement to Reuters that factors such as the decrease in internet data costs coupled with a growth spurt in population is the driving factors for music downloads in ...


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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Netflix Allows Downloads To Android SD Cards

Netflix Allows Downloads To Android SD Cards Subscribers to Netflix can now download content to their device’s SD card – removing the existing restriction to devise storage capacity when storing content users on Android devices. Netflix added a new feature ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  Selection Process For SABC Temporary Board Kicks Off

South Africa's Communications Committee for Parliament has highlighted the pressing need for the arrangement of a temporary SABC board. The consensus was to have members agree to have the chief whips of parties provide the house with possible names of ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Naspers Will Seek To Collaborate With Mobile Phone Operators For VOD Service

Bloomberg is reporting that Naspers - Africa’s biggest company by market value - is actively searching collaborations with mobile-phone operators in Africa to expand its video-on-demand business and push-up competition against rival Netflix. It was reported that last year, Naspers ...


Video-On-Demand  |  20th Century Fox TV’s DreamWorks Animated films to be distributed In Africa By Nuvu

20th Century Fox TV’s DreamWorks Animation films are set to be distributed by Ericsson’s Nuvu.   Thorsten Sauer, Head of Broadcast and Media Services at Ericsson said Ericsson is growing Nuvu its new SVOD service, via this partnership.  The deal ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  Reinventing Public Service Broadcasting A Must - BBC

Tony Hall, the Director General of the BBC,  revealed the growth plans for the organisation in a recent statement. A critical aspect of this plan involves the rebranding of public service broadcasting for a new generation. Hall also said that ...


Pay TV  |  Strive Masiyiwa's Broadcast Empire Set To Challenge Multichoice

MultiChoice's strangle of the payTV market in Africa is now facing a full-blown challenge by Strive Masiyiwa who is building up a broadcast empire for this. Econet Media houses the broadcasting platform Kwesé. To make this happen, his Econet Media ...


Content Services  |  BBC Collaborates For A Week Of Live Broadcasts in Uganda

From 23rd to 27th January, BBC Focus on Africa television and radio, as well as the BBC Swahili Dira ya Dunia, will collaborate to broadcast live from Uganda for a week. The show will be anchored by some of the ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Starts Viasat Life Across Africa

On January 2, 2017, Viasat Life in Africa, first-ever female-skewing entertainment channel was launched by Viasat World. The channel delivers true-life entertainment programming from everywhere. Featured shows include House of Curves, I Do Over, Bye Felicia!, The Three Day Nanny.  ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Voxafrica Purchases PlayBox Technology Neo

Multichannel PlayBox Technology AirBox Neo has been acquired by Voxafrica TV (one of the biggest providers of African, Caribbean and American entertainment) to enlarge its presentation resources. The new television playout system was designed and managed by TNP Broadcast, a ...


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 ...


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 ...