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Broadcast Rights  |  MultiChoice, SABC and MTV To Air Live Broadcast Of The Global Citizen Festival Globally

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


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Central Bank and MTN to Strike a Deal in $8.1Bn Dispute

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


Sports Rights  |  Senegal: Canal Plus Sport To Provide Live Screening of Boxing Gala

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


Broadcasting Services  |  MultiChoice Opens West Africa Academy In Nigeria

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


OTT - Internet TV  |  Nexflix Experiences Major Subscriber Growth - Globally!

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


Content Services  |  SPI Rolls Out New Turkish TV Series Channel In SA

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


Content Services  |  Kwesé and Vodafone Join Forces To Bring VOD Content To Ghana

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


Convergence  |  Airtel Malawi Joins Forces With Kwese TV For Mobile Money Subscription Payments

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


Connectivity  |  Africa Mobile Networks (AMC) Partners Intelsat To Connect Rural Sub-Saharan Africa

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


Entertainment and Media  |  DStv Teams Up With Joox To Provide Free Streaming Music

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


Content Services  |  Open News Prepares To Take Television News By Storm

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


Industry Meeting  |  SES To Discuss Unleashing Digital TV's Potential At SABA's Broadcasters Convention

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


Broadcast Rights  |  Radio Africa Partners With KRU To Air Cup Matches Live In Kenya

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


Video-On-Demand  |  iFlix Joins Forces With Vewd To Offer Entertainment Service

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


Regulation  |  South Africa: Film Publication Board Is Collapsing Under Severe Mismanagement

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


Broadcast Rights  |  SABC Responds To SAFA's 'No Bafana On TV' Allegation

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


Connectivity  |  Facebook Closes Deal To Install Optical Fiber In Uganda

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


Broadcast Rights  |  SAFA Announces SABC Will No Longer Broadcast Bafana Games

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


Broadcasting Services  |  First Shopping TV Channel Launches In Ethiopia

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


Entertainment and Media  |  African Movie Channel Introduces Production Hub

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


Entertainment and Media  |  Vodafone Icons Finale Set For Live Screening in Ghana

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


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Expert Says SABC Must Drop TV Licence Funding Model

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


Content Services  |  Sony Movie Channel Partners With Freesat in The UK

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


Entertainment and Media  |  PwC Will Work With Media Stakeholders To Future-proof Its Forecasts

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


Content Services  |  Nigeria: DStv Introduces M-Net Movies Pop-Up Channel

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


Connectivity  |  GSMA Rolls Out Innovation Fund For Rural Connectivity

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


Content Services  |  Films From Six African Countries Submitted For Oscar Consideration

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


Content Services  |  South Africa: SABC1’s Uzalo Breaks Ratings Records

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


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Is Spending Billions On Salaries! Is That Why It's Neck Deep In Trouble?

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


OTT - Internet TV  |  Seventy-Two Percent Of South Africans Will Choose Netflix

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


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Tightens Its TV Licence Rules

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


Content Services  |  South Africa: eNCA Take Content From Bloomberg Media Distribution

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


Appointment  |  Matt Forde Is New Boss Of BBC Studios International Production And Formats

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


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Central Bank Slaps MTN Nigeria With A Counterclaim

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


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC's CEO Promises Improved Programming and Diversity Across All Channels

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


Connectivity  |  SES To Provides Global Direct Connectivity To IBM Cloud

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


OTT - Internet TV  |  TelOne Launches DEOD Entertainment Service in Zimbabwe

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


OTT - Internet TV  |  South African Streaming TV Network To Operate In Tanzania

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


Appointment  |  Nkateko Mabaso Appointed As New CEO Of M-Net

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


Pay TV  |  South Africa: MultiChoice Losing Premium Subscribers To Netflix

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


Telecom  |  MTN May Stop Proposed IPO Over $10Bn Demand By Nigeria

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


OTT - Internet TV  |  Netflix About To Launch Interactive TV shows

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


Broadcast Rights  |  Kwesé To Broadcast Petrolex Kanu Cup 2018

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


Content Services  |  AfricaXP and SES Launch New Free-To-Air TV Bouquet In Nigeria

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


Pay TV  |  Old DStv Decoders To Be Replaced As New Channels Come Online

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


Broadband  |  Gabon: Optical Fiber Accessible Through Canal-box

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


Content Services  |  Adom TV Introduces Children’s Music Show "Nsromma" In Ghana

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  SABC May Get In Trouble With South Africa's Watchdog

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


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Ditches Sony Channel And Sony MAX

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


Music and Entertainment  |  Nigeria: COSON Operating License To Remain Suspended

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


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Downsizes Unfunded Digital TV's Dream For DTT

As the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) falls deeper into financial disaster, the broadcaster is cutting down its envisioned digital TV channels collection from eighteen to just a possible nine. SABC executives together with the SABC board told parliament in ...


Pay TV  |  DStv To Put An End To Its Mobile TV service

MultiChoice has announced that on 31 October 2018 its DStv Mobile service will be ending. DStv Mobile TV was launched in 2010 allowing users to gain access to DStv on their phones, laptops, or tablets via a Drifta mobile decoder. ...


Entertainment and Media  |  Kwesé iflix and Clickatell Transact Allys For Streaming Entertainment In Nigeria

Millions of Nigerian subscribers will be offered the best line-up of news, sports and entertainment, via the Kwesé iflix platform, as a result of the collaborative alliance between Clickatell Transact, Kwese iflix, GT Bank and other leading banks in Nigeria. ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigerian Copyrights Commission Accuses TV Stations of Theft

After a surveillance visit to the transmission site in Kaduna, Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCC) said there is a possibility that it might shut down ABG Communications and QQTV Digital Satellite Station because of piracy and illegal broadcast of foreign television ...


 |  SABC's Possible Imminent Collapse Due To Non-Payment Of TV Licence

Pinky Kekana, South Africa’s Deputy Communications Minister, has requested that South Africans start paying their TV licenses to save the SABC from complete financial disintegration. Kekana made her emotional plea on Tuesday, before Parliament’s communications committee. The Deputy Minister said ...


TV Rights  |  Trace Urban and Trace Sports Stars Are Being Offered For Free On Iflix

The SVOD platform Iflix has agreed to a partnership with TRACE, a youth media afro-urban entertainment channel, to provide two of its channels for free to iflix users globally. This collaborative effort is aimed at iflix’s younger audience. iflix has ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Comcast’s Stages A More Than $US40Billion Response To Netflix

Since the whirlwind rise of Netflix jump-started the online-TV revolution, media executives have been conflicted about how to respond. These executives have been wondering if it is better to own must-see programming or the conduits that deliver it to millions ...


Telecom  |  MTN Operating Licence Will Be Renewed In Uganda - UCC

Uganda Communications Commission will reinstate the operating licence of the local unit of the MTN Group, a South African telecom company, albeit coming with “new stricter terms.” According to Mr Frank Tumwebaze, Uganda's Minister of ICT, MTN was given the ...


Investments  |  United Kingdom: Comcast Beats 21st Century Fox For Sky

Comcast, The American pay-TV operator, has put in a bid higher than that of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox in a blind auction to take over Sky. The auction was held on Saturday, and the two telecommunications giants had been ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Invests $220m Into The Nigerian Economy, Pays $US25 Millon In Tax

StarTimes Invests $220m Into The Nigerian Economy, Pays $US25 Millon In Tax The Chinese direct-to-home Pay-TV service, StarTimes said it had invested over $220 million in Nigeria, in the last eight years to enrich the country’s television viewing experience and ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa - Hlaudi Motsoeneng Will Not Be Getting His Old Job Back At The SABC

Last Thursday, Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the former SABC chief operating officer (COO) finally lost his bid to get his job back at the state broadcaster. The Commission for Conciliation‚ Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) dismissed Motsoeneng’s bid to be reinstated in ...


Content Services  |  Disney Africa To Launch Mickey The "True Original" Campaign In SA

In honour of the nine decades of Mickey Mouse and his legacy, character and position as a pop-culture icon, Disney Africa will be launching their Mickey the True Original campaign. The 18 November 2018 will symbolises 90 years since Mickey ...


Pay TV  |  StarTimes Exposed In Dodgy Dealings Controversy In Ghana

Ghana and other African countries have sold out their public broadcasting systems to China through very similar dubious deals with Chinese pay-TV company, StarTimes - so says influential industry watchers. The betrayal in Ghana has happened through allowing direct Chinese ...


Pay TV  |  Naspers To Spin-Off MultiChoice And List It On The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)

Africa's most prominent TV services operator, MultiChoice, may soon be a public company in its own right, as plans are already afoot for it to be listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). According to industry sources, Naspers, the principal ...


Broadcast Infrastructure  |  Delivering Growth In The Last Mile - The SES ELEVATE Programme Accelerating DTH Growth On The Ground

For any business, the last mile is critical, as that final leg of customer delivery can make or break a customer relationship. At the same time, it offers a promising space to explore new opportunities, as has happened with the ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Netflix Is Finally Paying Attention To Africa’s Largest Movie Industry - Nollywood.

The global streaming service, Netflix, is investing US$8 billion in Nigeria’s Nollywood movie industry - according to several industry sources. Netflix is reportedly buying worldwide rights to the first-ever original Nigerian film, Lionheart - a comedy starring some of Nollywood’s ...


Industry Meeting  |  Nigeria: Broadcasters, Advertisers And Media Marketers To Parley On Advertising And The Digital Broadcasting Ecosystem

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and key industry partners in Nigeria are staging a 2-day industry forum to review the evolution and future of advertising and media marketing in the evolving landscape of the digital broadcasting ecosystem in Nigeria.   Advertising ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  MultiChoice (South Africa) Under Pressure As DStv Platform Struggles - Looks To Cut Jobs

Up to 200 employees face the risk of losing their jobs at Multichoice, South Africa due to the effects of increased competition in the video entertainment industry. The Sunday Times (a leading South African newspaper) reports that South Africa’s leading ...


Sports Rights  |  SABC Secures Live Broadcast Rights To Some English Premier League Matches

The South Africa Broadcaster Corporation (SABC) has announced that it has secured the rights to live broadcasts of some of the games of the prestigious English Premier League (EPL). What this means that EPL fans in South Africa can now ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  South Africa: Cell C's Black Video Streaming Gaining Ground And Market Share

Cell C's video streaming platform seems to be gaining popularity in South Africa. According to data released for the last quarter (by the company), indications are that it is experiencing huge upwards swing in subscribers to the service on a ...


Appointment  |  Naspers Chooses Industry Veteran, Niclas Ekdahl, To Head New Streaming Video Unit

In a fight-back bid against Netflix's encroachment into its business in Africa, Naspers - who are the owners of Multichoice/DStv platform - has announced the appointment of a new head for its Showmax and DStv Now streaming platforms. Mr Niclas ...


Digital TV  |  SES Sees Escalating Digital TV Growth Across Africa!

Africa has been dubbed the land of opportunities and the proliferation of technology across the continent is playing a major role in the growth of digital TV. While the global technology players would previously manage operations from abroad, now they ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Is The Financial Crisis At The SABC Deepening?

The Johannesburg (South Africa) based City Press newspaper recently published an updated report of the state of financial affairs at the South African public broadcasters - the South African Broadcasters Corporation (SABC). According to City Press, the institution is currently ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria: StarTimes Seeking To Gain Market Share - Offers Free Viewing In August

Startimes Nigeria has insisted that it would not be joining the clamour for subscription price increases in the Nigerian pay-TV market. According to Mr Quasim Elegbede, Startimes Nigeria Brands and Marketing Director, the recent price rises that DStv customers are ...


Broadcast Rights  |  South Africa: SABC Confirms It Will No Longer Broadcast Offer PSL Matches On Radio

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has said that, following its failure to reach a workable agreement with the South African Premier Soccer League, it will no longer be broadcasting any PSL matches 'Live' on any of its radio stations. ...


Connectivity  |  Google Join Other Partners To Provide Free WiFi In Nigeria, Rest of Africa

Global Internet behemoth, Google, has announced that it will be helping resolve the connectivity challenges that most African countries face. At a recent event in Lagos, Nigeria, Google made it known that it has finalised plans to offer around 200 ...


Content Services  |  South Africa Gets Its First Digital and Audio-Visual Content Hub

The newly launched digital content hub known as Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct is an incubator of innovative and creative audio-visual content, that is founded by the University of the Witwatersrand in partnership with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Sees Viewers Peak As FIFA World Cup Games Advances

MultiChoice has revealed that it experienced an increase in the number of users on its streaming platform, DSTV Now app in June which was five times higher than a year ago. Among the contents that are offered to viewers, live ...


Broadcasting Services  |  DStv Subscribers Gets SuperSport For Free

South Africa's MultiChoice has announced that from 13-31 July 2018, DStv customers on DStv Access, Family, Compact, and Compact Plus customers will receive access to all 13 SuperSport channels at no extra charge. MultiChoice said this two-day promotion was its ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Netflix Is Seeking Local Heroes In South Africa

Popular streaming service Netflix will soon begin the streaming of a new hero series titled "A love letter to Heroes and Culture" inspired by an American Web series titled Luke Cage, a production of leading entertainment powerhouse, Marvel Studios.   ...


Connectivity  |  MTN, Vodacom Urges SA To Begin Immediate Use Of 5G Networks

Leading Telecommunications firm, MTN and South African Mobile Communications Company Vodacom have warned that unless the government ensures that 5G spectrum is released quickly, South Africa will find itself for the first time completely left behind at the release of ...


Content Services  |  Scoop Network To Reach Africans With Localised Contents On Kwesé TV

Programming contents from the new Scoop Network would include music, fashion, light entertainment magazines, celebrity news, and movie. As an accurate representation of the African continent, the channel will engage their viewers with fully localised contents and voice-overs done by ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Introduces PBS Kids Content For Summer Holidays

As the summer season begins and kids go on break, MultiChoice's DSTV has added kids content from America's PBS Kids to its DStv Catch Up service as part of its DStv Now streaming service with plans to make it available ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: The Future Of SABC News Channel On DStv Is Still Unkown

Some heavy dust has been raised in the broadcasting sector in South Africa as Multichoice's DSTV is letting go of the rebranded AfroWorld View, and surprisingly, the country public broadcaster, SABC News as both organisations have not signed a new ...


Regulation  |  ICASA To Make More Room For pay-TV Operators In South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced that says that it would give ease of access to players into the pay-TV market in the country despite objections from the dominant cum leading pay-tv firm MultiChoice. The national ...


Industry Meeting  |  Content Creation and Financing Is The Focus As SADC Broadcasters Convene In South Africa

The Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) is bringing together content and programmes executives from across the region and beyond on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th Johannesburg to discuss critical issues surrounding the development, financing and monetisation of broadcasters content in ...


Regulation  |  Tanzania: TCRA Sanctions Radio Stations For Violating Content Regulations

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) through its content committee has slapped Family Radio, RASI FM and Dar es Salaam-based Magic FM with a fine of TZS 6 million for breaching content regulations. The Content Committee Vice-Chairman of TCRA, Joseph ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: MultiChoice Implores ICASA To Soft-Pedal With Pay-TV Regulation

The CEO of Multichoice South Africa, Mr Calvo Mawela has again alerted that DStv, as a satellite pay-TV service, was running on 'borrowed'. He said that over-regulating the pay-TV marketplace would hand business to international behemoths like Netflix and Amazon ...


Video-On-Demand  |  South Africa: ONTAPtv.com Goes Quiet

Viewers of ONTAPtv.com, an on-demand video channel by Hong Kong-based telecommunications provider, PCCW Global can no longer have access to content provided by the streaming platform, and they are asking why? ONTAPtv.com, when it launched in September 2015 with 2500 ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: CPC And NCC Collaborates To Protect Telecom Subscribers

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) together with Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has joined forces to investigate the practices of call masking in the country. NCC's Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta who spoke at the meeting between both government ...


TV Rights  |  It's France Vs China As StarTimes Joins West Africa's TV Market

Players in the pay-tv industry in Africa see a tug of war for media supremacy between France and China through the Canal + and Startimes respectively. It was observed that a few months after Chinese media company StarTimes entered Ivory ...


Content Services  |  EbonyLife TV Moves To StarTimes, Ends Exclusivity with DSTV

Entertainment-focused Channel, EbonyLife TV in a bid to expand globally, has announced that from August 1, 2018, its channel will begin broadcasting on the Chinese owned StarTimes Network (Satellite 191 and Digital Terrestrial 107), bringing an end to its exclusive ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  South Africa Is Ready To Implement Digital Radio Transmission - Communications Minister

South Africa's Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has announced to all broadcast media stakeholders that she will issue a policy directive to the country's media regulator, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), in the next few weeks to hasten the ...


Content Services  |  DStv Makes Plan Remove EbonyLife TV From Southern Africa Region Bouquet

Following the result of poor viewership, MultiChoice has announced that it would remove EbonyLife TV channel - owned by media mogul Mo Abudu - from its South Africa Bouquet from the end of June 2018. This move comes less than ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: MTN In Suspense Over NCC's Decision To Review Visafone Licence

The plans of leading telecommunications company MTN Nigeria to acquire Visafone's license, frequencies and subscribers, has been suspended by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to enable the commission to examine the acquisition more closely. The network regulator released a statement, ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: NCC Introduces Spectrum Acquisition Palliatives To Encourage Emerging Telecom Operators

The Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC) through the Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, has disclosed that new measures have been approved to accommodate all telecom operators in the country. According to the Prof Danbatta: "There are palliatives for spectrum, reduction ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  MTN, StarTimes Allies To Launch TV App in Uganda

Leading telecoms operator MTN Uganda has announced its collaboration with the Chinese owned pay-tv company, StarTimes Uganda to offer special promotional MTN TV bundles for viewers to watch StarTimes channels for as low as $0.51 US (for two hours) and ...


Industry Meeting  |  African Leaders Confers At Startimes 4th Forum Of China-Africa Media Cooperation

Beijing, China hosted about 400 delegates and senior government officials from 42 African countries at the fourth Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation to improve media cooperation and exchange between China and Africa as well as boost the development of China-Africa ...


Content Services  |  The Mandela 100 Tribute Pop-Up Channel Launches On DSTV

Wednesday 18 July Marks the 100th birthday of legendary statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner late Nelson Mandela and to join the world in celebrating one of the world's most respected leader, DSTV will be launching a pop-up channel, "Mandela ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: Entry for Multichoice Talent Factory Academy Draws Near

Leading pay-tv company, Multichoice has announced that entries for its Multichoice Talent Factory Academy would close at 6 pm on Thursday, 5 July 2018. According to Multichoice, thousands of entries have been pouring in from different parts of Africa giving ...


Digital TV  |  Zambia: StarTimes Plans To Execute Digital TV Initiative In Zambia

Zambia has entered into a partnership with Chinese owned StarTimes to launch a  digital television project which will give 500 villages in the nation access to satellite tv services. With plans to be completed at the end of 2018 this ...


Appointment  |  South Africa Choose Aldred Dreyer To Lead In DTT Project

The Minster of Communications South Africa, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has announced the appointment of media and communication expert, Aldred Dreyer to manage, execute and complete the delayed Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) project.  The new appointee who is also an executive ...


Content Services  |  Kwese Iflix and 9Mobile In A Digital Entertainment Deal In Nigeria

Kwesé iflix - a recent Joint Venture of Econet Media and Iflix - has announced the launch of its premier digital entertainment platform in Nigeria with the 4th largest network provider, 9mobile. At the ceremony, CEO Kwesé iflix, Mayur Patel, ...


Telecom  |  MTN Group To Introduce New Products In Namibia

Giant telecoms provider MTN has announced plans to introduce new services in Namibia by August 2018. According to MTN Namibia Executive, Hester Marais, MTN will be using Namibia’s state-owned network for its services, with further plans to also make its ...


Appointment  |  South Africa: Public Broadcaster - SABC - Appoints New Group CEO And CFO

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced the appointment of a new Group Chief Executive Officer (Group CEO) in the person of Madoda Mxakwe; as well as a new Chief Financial Officer, Yolande van Biljon. The new executives who ...


Broadcast Rights  |  MultiChoice Ghana Stops Local TV From Unauthorised Broadcast Of 2018 FIFA World Cup

MultiChoice Ghana - the operators of DStv, GOtv and agents of SuperSport International, has secured a court injunction against Nour Vision the operators of Fly TV from the unauthorised broadcasting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the country. Multichoice ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Concerned About Rapid Decline Of DStv Premium Subscribers

Global media and entertainment group, Naspers has published its financial report for the year ended 31 March 2018, which shows a massive decline in the premium subscription of MultiChoice’s DStv. According to the report, over the last year, subscribers on ...


Content Services  |  Iflix Signs SVOD Licensing Deal With Pop-Culture Company

Iflix has announced a "ground-breaking 10 video series" content partnership with American based media platform for youth culture, Complex Networks, to create localised versions of world-class proven content formats. Some of these shows that would be localised and distributed include ...


Video-On-Demand  |  SA Study Indicates More Pressure On Pay-TV Due To SVOD Players

A GfK ViewScape study has published data which shows that, in South Africa, younger subscribers are turning away from the linear TV, as well as pay TV, in favour of SVOD alternatives - bringing into focus how much market share ...


Content Services  |  Apple, Sesame Street Collaborate To Develop Kids’ Programming

Premium technology company, Apple Inc. has teamed up with Sesame Workshop, a not for profit organisation operated by Sesame Street,  to create a new generation of worldwide kids’ programming. The contents of the workshop which promises to be wholly original ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Nigeria Gets More Movie Streaming Platforms

Film Makers in Nigeria are raising concerns at the way at poor internet connections, and intense competition is posing as obstacles to the growth of the industry as they make efforts to create a local African rival to Netflix. These ...


Telecom  |  Ethiopia Plans To Sell Stakes Of National Telcom

The government of Ethiopia's has announced its decision to open up its telecoms market to international investors. The country's Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed who made this announcement said that 5 percent of the equity in each company would be opened ...


Connectivity  |  Amazon Launches Cloud Services In Africa

Giant e-commerce company, Amazon has launched what it calls two new "Edge" locations in Johannesburg, South Africa and another in Bangalore, India with the aim of expanding its global CloudFront content delivery network (CDN). To bolster digital infrastructure in Africa ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Government Votes Against Changing Botswana TV

Botswana's Vice-President, Mompati Merafhe has told Parliament that converting the Department of Information and Broadcasting Services (DIBS) from state to public media is not negotiable as it would depict the present administration with a dim view. Merafhe stressed that "DIBS ...


Broadcasting Services  |  MultiChoice Introduces Talent Factory For Young FilmMakers Across Africa

MultiChoice Africa, has announced MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), a new Pan-African social investment initiative focused on making Africa’s creative industries as vibrant as it can be. MTF is a 12-month long filmmaking boot camp where students will go through an ...


Regulation  |  South Africa: Johannesburg High Court Orders ICASA Against New Data Rules

A South African high court has made a ruling that the country's communications regulator,  the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) could not implement the planned data regulations surrounding out-of-bundle (OOB) billing and rollover data. These regulations will thus ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kwesé And WorldRemit Enters Partnership Commitment

Digital Money Transfer Service, WorldRemit, has signed a partnership with Pan-African broadcaster Kwesé TV to use the game of football to scale up its global operations and help more people save money on international transfers. As a result of this ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Vision 4 Channel To Launch In Togo

Cameroun based television channel Vision 4 will be entering the Togolese market. The introduction of Vision 4 in Togo continues the process of exporting the channel to the continent's audiovisual landscape. According to the owner, Jean-Pierre Amougou Belinga "We have ...


Regulation  |  Nigeria: NCC May Introduce Regulatory Framework For Over-The-Top (OTT) Services

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) has published a report on the benefits and challenges of OTT services in Nigeria suggesting that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), should set up a regulatory framework to control Over-the-top (OTT) technology services. The telecommunications ...


Media Statement  |  SES Reaches Thirty Million TV Homes Across Africa!

According to the Satellite Monitor study, world-leading satellite operator SES has expanded its reach in Africa and now delivers TV channels to 30 million TV homes in the region, broadcasting directly to satellite homes and feeding terrestrial networks.   The ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Government Accused Of Using SABC To Promote Political Agenda

South Africa's opposition party, Democratic Alliance (DA) has filed a complaint against the SABC for allowing its platform to be used to carry out irresponsible political point scoring instead of communicating government’s work. The DA believes that as a result, ...


TV Rights  |  PRIME Television Partners With Kwese For Broadcast Rights To Russia 2018

Kwese has offered a sub-license to PRIME TV a local TV in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia to televise the world's most recognised Football tournament. While speaking in Lusaka during the signing ceremony, the Managing Director for Prime TV Gerald ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: State Broadcaster NTA Hits 1.3 Million Views in Africa

Research Company, GeoPoll has released a study in which State-owned Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), has been recorded with the highest TV viewership of the currently running 2018 FIFA World Cup. GeoPoll is considered a leading research company that provides research ...


ICT  |  ITSO Elects South African ICT Minister As Chairperson

For the first time, South Africa would be chairing the International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (ITSO) as its Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, becomes the elected chairperson. The elections took place recently at the ITSO 38th Assembly of Parties ...


Content Services  |  SABC New Drama "Uselwa" To Be Suspended Amidst Allegations

The production of an epic new Zulu historical series, Uselwa, may now be suspended after the resignation of its line producer Megan Firth and a revolt of the cast and crew against its executive producer Mkhomazi Mashinini. On Thursday night, ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Lawmakers Orders The 'Expulsion' of Samsung Chief Executive

Samsung Managing Director Mr Young Ho Jo has been expelled from Nigeria back to South Korea for entering the country without accurate documentation, it is being reported. The Nigerian Senate ordered the removal of Mr Young Ho Jo, after the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  "We Won't Share Our Database with Anyone" Multichoice Tells SABC

Multichoice South Africa has forewarned the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) not to interfere with its consumer database information and to find other ways of generating ideas to solve thier financial problem. The response came from Multichoice after it has ...


Broadcasting Services  |  New $100 million TV and Radio Broadcast Stations To Be Built By China In South Sudan.

According to the Director-General of the South Sudan’s Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) James Magok, the South Sudan government signed a memorandum of agreement with the Chinese government to build a modern broadcasting facility in South Sudan. The SSBC Director said “It ...


Content Services  |  Cartoon Network in Collaboration With Gulli To Make Animation In Africa Accessible

Kids across Africa should get a bump in content as the the world largest cartoon providers Gulli will be collaboration with Cartoon Network. A statement by Gulli stated said it has has acquired an animated TV series by Togo’s Ingrid ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Former SABC's COO Seeks Reinstatement As Chief Executive

The former COO of SABC, Hlaudi Motsoeneng has appeared at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA)  to challenge his unfair dismissal by the SABC. At the hearing, the introduction of a 90 per cent quota for local content ...


Connectivity  |  Eutelsat's Satellite Fleets To Carry 5,500 Hours Of HD Content For Russia 2018

As preparations are on top gear for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia, Eutelsat has announced that it currently has satellite capacity bookings for the equivalent of 5,500 hours of ad-hoc HD programming from several TV channels and service ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: MTN Looking To Sell Some 30 Percent Share Capital To The Public

Reports are indicating that the leading mobile network operator, MTN Nigeria, may sell about 30 percent ordinary shares to Nigerians in a much-awaited initial public offering (IPO). Interested parties in the IPO indicated that MTN Nigeria could sell the said ...


TV Rights  |  Egypt Acquires Rights To Broadcast 22 World Cup Games On National TV

The World Cup frenzy is at its peak, and Egypt and FIFA has finally agreed that 22 of the 64 World Cup games will be aired on its National TV. This decision finally came through after the talks between both ...


Content Services  |  Ghanaians To Watch Russia 2018 Games On The Go On StarTimes App

StarTimes Ghana is offering Ghanaians the opportunity to enjoy the World Cup games anytime and anywhere by officially launching "ON SPORT" its App video streaming service ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. During the launch of the new service, ...


Broadcast Rights  |  Ghana: GBC, Metro TV And Kwese Partner To Broadcast the 2018 World Cup

As the world countdown to the most anticipated global spots event, Ghana Television (GTV) has entered into a partnership with Metro TV and Kwesé TV for the terrestrial rights (Free to Air) to the 2018 World Cup. According to the ...


Industry Expos  |  South Africa: Limpopo To Host First-Ever Summit For Young Filmmakers

In response to the call by the President of South Africa to address the menace of unemployment in the country, especially among the youths, the International Film Festival and Inside Education have partnered to host a summit for Young FilmMakers ...


Broadcast Rights  |  CAF Ready To Fight Against Piracy Of Football's Broadcasting Rights

Africa's football governing body, CAF, issues a warning on Tuesday against any practice of infringement on the broadcasting rights held by beIN Sports, a Qatari-owned network. The Sports channel has acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast CAF competitions, as well ...


Connectivity  |  Angola Prepares For Angosat-2 After First Failed Attempt

Not long after Angola’s first telecom satellite - Angosat-1 - failed soon after reaching orbit, the country is already implementing activities that will help them get a second shot at satellite ownership with the planned launch of Angosat-2 in the ...


Advertising  |  South Africa: Brands Spent R45 Billion On Advertising 2017/18 - Neilsen Study

Nielsen South Africa Watch (Media) has published a study which indicates that in 2018, the South African market experienced an investment of R45-billion from brands spend on advertising and sponsorships. Managing Director, Nielson Terry Murphy who was speaking at a ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Kwesé And Safaricom Partner To Provide Kenyans Live Feed Of 2018 World Cup Games

Smartphone users in Kenya now have the opportunity to stream the fast approaching Russia World Cup matches on the Kwesé iflix platform anywhere, anytime on their devices thanks to the launch of Giga Football Passes a unique data bundle by ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  South Africa: SABC TV Goes HD As Russia 2018 Draws Near!

With the World Cup fever now spreading across different nations in the world, South Africa has decided not to be left behind as South Africa's national broadcaster SABC1, and SABC3 has finally switched its TV channels from Standard Definition (SD) ...


Broadcasting Services  |  StarTimes Says It Now Has 3 Million Subscribers In Nigeria

Chinese owned subscriber TV company, Startimes has announced that it has hit three million subscriptions in Nigerian across the country’s six geopolitical regions. Public Relations Director Mr William Masy, StarTimes Overseas said: "Nigeria always has represented the largest market for ...


Film and Cinema  |  What You Need To Know About Classifications Of Movies and TV Content In South Africa

The Film and Publication Board (FPB), is the content-classification and censorship authority in South Africa that has the responsibility of registering and classifying media contents (terrestrial and digital) in the country. For a start, before distributing media contents like a ...


Content Services  |  Cartoon Network Seeks New Animation Talents From Africa

In order to reinforce the local relevance of its brand, leading entertainment network for kids, Cartoon Network Africa has announced the introduction of their new initiative called "Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab", an African project designed to bring innovative, local ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana: Metro TV Under Closed By Taxman For USD490,000 Tax Default

The Debt Management Compliance Enforcement Unit of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has sealed media company, Metro TV for not paying its taxes worth GH¢2.3 million as at when due. It is being reported. The Assistant Commissioner for GRA's Public ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SES Boasts Of 3.3 million TV Home Reach In Tanzania

SES has released a report through its annual market survey - Satellite Monitor - which indicates that SES distributes TV channels to 3.3 million homes in Tanzania. It is being reported as a milestone for the company. Results from the ...


Telecom  |  Uganda: MTN Receives License Renewal Conditions

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has released a policy which states that for MTN Uganda to renew its licence, it must widen its current 4G coverage in urban areas and cover all other areas with 3G. The leading telecom provider ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Amazon Video Acquires English Premier League Streaming Rights For 3 Years

Amazon Video Acquires English Premier League Streaming Rights For 3 Years The English Premier League and tech giant Amazon.com has announced that from 2019, exclusive and live matches including weekly highlights will be available on Amazon's Prime Video platform in ...


Content Services  |  Universal TV Introduces New All-Female Crime Drama In South Africa

NBC Universal International Networks’ general entertainment brand, Universal TV, has acquired exclusive television rights to air, in Africa, the crime drama titled "The Detail", from Entertainment One (eOne). The show was first shown exclusively on Universal TV on DStv. This ...


Pay TV  |  Uganda: UCC Raises Pay-TV Licence To USD25,000 (Shs 95 Million)

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has issued a new licencing regime for pay-TV service providers scrapping the disputed Shs550m the regulator had imposed at the start of the year. However, pay TV services providers rejected the proposal sparking a war of ...


Entertainment and Media  |  UK Entertainment And Media Sector To Grow By USD 10.76 Billion Growth By 2022 - PWC Report

PwC has released its latest Global Entertainment & Media (E&M) Outlook 2018-2022 which forecasts that the Entertainment And Media Industry in the UK would grow by almost USD 11 billion over the next four years, making the UK the second ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Nigeria: StarTimes Introduces Video Streaming Service Ahead Of Russia 2018

One of Africa’s largest pay-TV service provider, StarTimes is launching a video streaming App which will enable Nigerians to Subscribe to "ON Sport" to watch all 64 World Cup matches Live and in HD.  According to the company, from 7th ...


Appointment  |  Countdown To AMVCA 2018, Debbie Odutayo Announced As Head Judge

Africa Magic has announced the appointment of renown filmmaker, Deborah Odutayo popularly called “Debbie”, as Head Judge of the anticipated sixth edition of the prestigious Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) scheduled to hold in Lagos, Nigeria, September 1, 2018. ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: AfroWorld View Owner "Confident" Of DSTV Channel Listing

Mzwanele Manyi, the owner of the new Afro World View Channel, formerly known as ANN7 news, has expressed "quiet confidence" that the channel, in which Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter is a shareholder, has what it takes to hold its spot on ...


Appointment  |  MultiChoice Names Kenyan Stephen Isaboke As Head Of All Units Across Africa

Subscriber TV firm, MultiChoice Africa has appointed a Kenyan, Stephen Isaboke, to run the affairs of units of its company across the continent. The newly appointed Isaboke whose base will be in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,  joined MultiChoice Africa in ...


Content Services  |  DStv Introduces Africa's First Live TV Shopping Channel

DSTV is reported to be launching the first Shopping Channel in Africa channel titled, TV Mall . Presenters and product experts will offer information and educate viewers on a wide range of shopping choices from fashion to furniture, technology, toys, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SES Now Serves 2.7 Million TV Homes In Uganda - According To A Study!

Leading satellite operator, SES  through its annual market research study known as Satellite Monitor has released a report which indicates that SES now transmits TV channels to 2.7 million TV homes in Uganda. The study which was conducted for the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC News Rebrands With An Editorial Identity Defined By Social Consciousness

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced the rebranding of SABC News programming across its TV, radio and online platforms with the aim of keeping up with the dynamic broadcast landscape and emerging digital opportunities. South Africa's premier broadcaster ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: ECWA Church Unveils TV Station To Spread The Good News

The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) has added a television broadcast station to its portfolio in Jos with the aim of advancing the course of evangelism and propagation of spiritual messages to its teaming worshipers in Nigeria and other parts ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Survey Shows Kenyans Consume Video Contents For Over Six Hours Daily

Consumer Market Research Firm GFK has published the result of a survey conducted in Kenya which indicates that  97 percent of Kenyan adults who have access to the Internet are using some form of online service, with nearly two-thirds paying ...


Connectivity  |  Zimbabwe: ICT Minister Calls For Additional Spectrum For Africa

Zimbabwe would like more spectrum to support growth for its broadcast and Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector. This declaration was made by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security, Engineer Sam Kundishora while speaking ...


Industry Expos  |  South Africa: Durban FilmMart Announces 2018 Festival For African Filmmakers

Africa is set to hold the 9th edition of its leading film industry events known as the Durban FilmMart (DFM), from 20 to 23 July 2018 in Durban, South Africa. According to Head of the Durban Film Office, Toni Monty: ...


Content Services  |  Kwese TV Unveils Kwese Play and Kwese iFlix Apps In Zimbabwe

Kwesé TV has announced the launch of two applications, Kwesé Play TV and Kwesé iFlix to strengthen its presence in the broadcast space ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. According to Econet, operator of Kwese TV, both apps will ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa: Communications Minister To Ask USAASA Off Digital Migration Project

South Africa's Communications Ministry through its leadership, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has issued a directive to the effect that the communications ministry will no longer deal with digital migration or procurement of Set Top Boxes (STBs) through the USAASA. According to ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Nigeria: Linda Ikeji, Renowed Blogger, To Launch Online TV Platform

The new Linda Ikeji TV, an online streaming service, has launched with the hope becoming the leader in African online video content just like its blog did in the blogging world. On the new channel, viewers and lovers of the ...


Content Services  |  Facebook To Introduce 'Watch', A News Video Streaming Platform To Combat Fake News

Facebook is planning to launch an exclusive "News shows" for its video platform to be called "Watch".  It will likely include contents from Fox News and CNN and will be financed by the social media company. The new News programs ...


Connectivity  |  SES O3b Satellites Geared To Provide Access To Underserved Communities

Globally recognised Satellite operator, SES has announced its readiness to provide increased capacity across the world through its expanded O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellation. The constellation of Ka-band satellites orbits at approximately 8,000 km from planet Earth which is ...


Pay TV  |  South Africa: Survey Result on DStv Shows People Still Subscribe Despite Its Offerings

After much dust has been raised over the issue of taxing OTT TV and VOD by MultiChoice a survey conducted by MyBroadband on DStv and Netflix has revealed that many people still subscribe to DStv. According to MyBroadband, a total ...


Content Services  |  Liberia: Kwesé Launches TV Services In Partnership With Orange

Econet Media's Kwesé TV will be entering the Liberian through its distribution deal with telecoms provider, Orange Liberia, says reliable industry reports. According to Kwesé's Group Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Hundah: “With the launch of our pay-TV service last year, ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Cell C Enters Roaming Partnership Deals With MTN

The South African mobile company, Cell C has announced it has entered into a "far-reaching roaming agreement" with Africa's telecoms giant MTN with an aim to complement its high-quality network. According to Cell C's CEO, Jose Dos Santos, “We conducted ...


Connectivity  |  Nigeria: NigComSat Implements Technology To Boost E-Learning In Schools

Nigerian Communications Satellite company, NIGCOMSAT has announced that it has commenced the implementation of satellite-enabled connectivity solutions for e-Learning facilities for Nigerian schools. NigComSat is seeking to further partner with relevant stakeholders to deploy internet connectivity not only Nigeria but ...


Telecom  |  Ghana: MTN To Raise About $750 Million In Initial Purchase Offer (IPO)

Reports have indicated that MTN’s Ghana operation is making efforts to raise 3.47 Billion Ghanian cedis (USD750 million) in a 35 per cent Initial Public Offering (IPO). IPO monitors are saying that the leading telecoms operator MTN, in what is ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: MultiChoice Supports Advancement In Artificial Intelligence (AI) Skills

South Africa's media giant MultiChoice and the University of Pretoria has entered into a partnership that aims to develop and sustain skills in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and specifically machine learning technology. In this collaboration, MultiChoice will be sponsoring a research ...


Content Services  |  Cartoon Network Returns Toya Delazy In "The Powerpuff Girls" To African Screens

Cartoon Network Africa is making plans to offer viewers with an all-new episode of kids favourite, "The Powerpuff Girls", in June 2018.   South African pop sensation, Toya Delazy, in her ongoing collaboration with Cartoon Network, will again voice out ...


Advertising  |  Kwesé Signs Major Advertising Gigs Ahead Of FIFA World Cup 2018

Leading Sports media company, Kwesé TV has announced that it has signed advertising deals with major brands for the FIFA World Cup 2018 taking place in Russia. Alongside that agreement, the company has sub-licensed its rights to the football tournament ...


Content Services  |  GHOne TV Introduces Cooking Show For Kids In Ghana

Ghana-based entertainment TV channel, GHOne TV is staging a new children’s show titled "Mystery Basket Junior"  to give an opportunity to children to show their cooking skills on television. In the newly introduced cookery programme, kid chefs will be given ...


Connectivity  |  Uganda: UCC Wants Connectivity For All, Partners With Intelsat

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has signed a partnership contract with Satellite operators, Intelsat and Gilat Satellite Networks to provide high-speed telecom services to under-served locations of the Eastern African country. The agreement stated that the communications regulatory body would ...


Telecom  |  Angola To Experience A Boost In Mobile Subscriber Penetration

Mobile subscription penetration in Angola is forecast to reach 72 percent in 2023, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company. Angola which is considered Africa’s second largest oil producer after Nigeria, reached 43 percent of mobile subscription penetration in ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Nigeria: Rebranded 102.3 Max FM Clinches No.1 Music Station In Lagos

The rebranded 102.3 MAX FM is shown to have increased its audience share from 14 percent in March to 26 percent in April  according to figures just released by All Media and Products Survey (AMPS) Max FM has been now ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  Kwesé TV Brings 2018 FIFA World Cup For Free To Malawi

The leading pay-Tv company, Kwese has announced that viewers in Malawi, a South Eastern African country now have the opportunity to watch the FIFA 2018 World cup games just by purchasing a Kwese decoder. Country Manager, Kwese Television, Wonder Msiska, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kwese Signs Former Chelsea's Midfielder John Mikel Obi As brand Ambassador

Leading Pay-TV operator in Africa, Kwesé has signed John Obi Mikel, Nigeria's Super Eagles captain as their first official brand ambassador. The former UEFA Champions League, Premier League and now Chinese Super League player, will represent the sports broadcaster’s services ...


Sports Rights  |  Ball-By-Ball Commentary As BBC Radio Gets Cricket World Cup 2019 Rights

The BBC has acquired the radio commentary rights to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 for BBC Radio. Test Match Special will broadcast live commentary of next summer’s tournament on the BBC Sports website. The 12th ICC Cricket World Cup ...


Telecom  |  The DRC Mobile Operators In A 4G Rollout Race

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a decision by the government to issue 4G licenses has kindled an immediate response from mobile operators who are moving to outpace each other to roll out the 4G service in the country. ...


Pay TV  |  South Africa: Subscribers Still Can't Choose Their Preferred Channels On DSTV

Leading Pay-Tv operator, Multichoice South Africa is embracing several strategies that would help it deal with the “unregulated’ competition it faces from over-the-top (OTT) internet streaming services. However, the company has said that despite all the strategies it will be ...


Content Services  |  Tastemade Joins YouTube TV And Available To South Africans

Youtube, the world's number one video streaming platform is adding to its lineup, a 24-hour linear channels from Tastemade, a travel, food and lifestyle media company. This channel will also be available in South Africa. One of the key reasons ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kenya: Tottenham FC's Victor Wanyama Becomes DSTV SuperSports Ambassador

With a few weeks to the 2018 Fifa World Cup, MultiChoice has signed Tottenham Hotspur’s midfielder, Victor Wanyama as "DStv Connect with Greatness Ambassador" on SuperSport. MultiChoice Kenya Managing Director, Eric Odipo, while speaking at yesterday deal signing event said ...


Connectivity  |  South Africa: ICASA Prepares For 5G Networks; Hosts The 5G Huddle!

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in support of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) will be hosting the 5th Annual 5G Huddle on the 29 to 30 May 2018 in Durban, South Africa.  The 5G Huddle, which ...


Connectivity  |  Camtel And SatADSL In Alliance To Expand BroadBand Service In Cameroon

Satellite broadband services specialist SatADSL has signed an agreement with Camtel, Cameroon's national telco to make available broadband service across the central African country, as well as its rural communities. As part of a pilot launch, SatADSL is already providing ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: MTN Checks Out Huawei Technologies To Solve Spectrum Challenge

Reports have revealed that MTN Group have commercially deployed the CloudAIR 2.0 offering in South Africa, using technology from Huawei Technologies that allows it to share spectrum between 2G, 3G and 4G services, instead of allocating resources entirely to one ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: StarTimes Is Adding Exciting New Channel To Its Bouquet

Chinese owned digital Pay TV Company, StarTimes have added a new channel called St.Nollywood+, dedicated to Nigerian and Ghanian movies. The company said this is in fulfilment of its commitment to see that customers enjoy the best possible entertainment they ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: NBC Shuts Down Reach FM With Linked A Politician

Regular listeners of eastern Nigeria based radio station Reach Fm 104.7 would be wondering why they can't receive a signal from its frequency anymore. The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has put the lid indefinitely on Reach FM, a newly established ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  SES Demonstrates The First Ever Broadcast Of 8K Television

Satellite operator and video provider SES will be breaking world record by broadcasting for the first time an 8K television signal via its satellite system. The incredible 8K demonstration will be transmitted via an Astra with four times as many ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Ghana: PlayBox Technology Help Upgrade Citi TV To A New HD Channel

Information technology company, PlayBox Technology in partnership with TV & Communication Systems (TVC) a system integrations company and Vision in Motion has announced the completion of a significant project for Ghana’s Citi TV. The project includes the design and integration ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: eMedia Group Suffer A USD128 Million Loss, Blames Tough Economic Conditions

eMedia Holdings, owners and operators of free-to-air e.tv channel, the 24-hour news channel eNCA and OpenView HD platform has announced declared a USD 128 Million loss for the 2018 financial year, from a profit of USD 12.8 Million in 2017. ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom Tanzania Seeking Better Revenue Opportunities

In Tanzania, the leading telecoms network provider Vodacom, which is also the main telecoms organisation listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, is consulting with the Tanzanian government and other cellphone administrators in the nation about a possible expansion ...


Connectivity  |  Comsol, Samsung And Verizon Collaborates To Bring 5G To South Africa

Telecommunications provider Comsol Networks has announced its collaboration with tech giants Verizon and Samsung, to roll out 5G wireless service in South Africa. In a signed agreement, there will be the distribution of a wireless solution that rivals ‘FTTx’ offerings, ...


Content Services  |  Kwese Free Sports Partners With NTV To Bring FIFA World Cup To Kenyans

With just three weeks to the 2018 Fifa World Cup kick-off, NTV Kenya and Kwese Free Sports (KFS) hosted an “advertisers’ experience” in Nairobi on Tuesday to announce the tournament’s viewing package and advertising opportunities available for viewers in the ...


Video-On-Demand  |  South Africa: Cell C's 'Black' To Compete With Netflix With Its Local Content Advantage

South Africa's Black, the new streaming platform launched last year by mobile operator Cell C, is responding to pressure to succeed in the streaming business to avoid being a number in the statistics of local players who tried and failed. ...


Content Services  |  BON Works With Kwese Free Sports To Bring Live World Cup Matches To Nigeria

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) and Kwese Sports have signed an agreement to delight football fans in Nigeria with the free live action of every  FIFA World cup matches on terrestrial television. BON Chairman, Mr John Momoh while explaining ...


Video-On-Demand  |  South Africa: Cell C’s Black Is Convinced OTT Platforms Are No Threat To Broadcasters' Jobs

The CEO of 'Black' - the new streaming platform from South Africa's Cell C -  Ms Surie Ramasary has said that although Netflix is a competitor, it is not preventing local media companies from thriving and it does not pose ...


Connectivity  |  SES Expands It's Commitment To Global Disaster Relief Efforts

Leading satellite operator SES alongside other members of the satellite community has signed a contribution agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP), to support the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster’s (ETC) global disaster relief efforts. This contribution agreements are an urgent and ...


Content Services  |  M-Net Announces New Epic African Series

M-Net is showing its commitment to local storytelling with an updated slate of new productions that will offer compelling viewing for DStv subscribers and take African stories to the world. The giant entertainment company has announced the launch of a ...


Content Services  |  Kwesé TV and TBC Partners To Bring The 2018 FIFA World Cup To Tanzanians

Kwese Free Sports (KFS) a sports channel on Kwese TV has signed an agreement with the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), allowing the state Broadcaster to air live the 2018 FIFA World Cup scheduled to kick off  in Russia from June ...


Broadcasting Services  |  ZBC Plans To Launch Security Service Channel During Digital Switchover

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has announced its plans to introduce a security services channel as part of a line-up of programmes planned for digital television broadcasting. According to the CEO of ZBC, Patrick Mavhura, the security and other channels ...


Telecom  |  Vodacom To Offer LTE Services In Democratic Republic Of Congo (DRC)

Leading Mobile Network Provider Vodacom has announced that it will provide Long Term Evolution Services (LTE) services, with speeds in exceeds 20Mb/s in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Chief Operating Officer International Markets at Vodacom Diego Gutierrez has said ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Zimbabwe: BAZ Grants TelOne License To Operate VOD Service

TelOne, a telecommunications operator in Harare, Zimbabwe has acquired an operating license from  the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) to provide a video-on-demand (VoD) service The announcement was made by BAZ reads: “Please note that TelOne (Pvt) Ltd has been ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: BRCSA Report On TV Shows With The Highest Audiences

The Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA) has released its television audience measurements for April 2018, detailing the most-watched shows on leading pay and Free-to-Air TV in the country. The BRCSA report does not give the total viewership of ...


Telecom  |  South Africa: Vodacom Group Grows Customer Base And Increases Revenue

Vodacom Group has reported a 6.3% increase in annual revenues to $6.9 Billion which came from mainly service revenues. In the 12 months leading to the end of March 2018, Vodacom reported that it had won 7 million new customers ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: 9Mobile In Muddy Waters For Violating Regulatory Rules On Promotion

The troubled 4th largest network provider in Nigeria, 9Mobile has entered into the black books of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for allegedly running promotion without approval which is in violation of the regulator's rules. The Enforcement and Compliance Monitoring ...


Advertising  |  e.tv Gets Go Ahead To Show Condom Ads During Scandal TV Programme!

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa has ruled that commercial free-to-air broadcaster, e.tv, is allowed to broadcast condom adverts during its prime-time soap, Scandal! The Reckitt Benckiser's ad shows a man and woman touching and kissing each other, and ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Sentech Loses USD 12 Million Yearly Due To Digital TV Delay

South Africa's broadcasting signal distributor Sentech has announced that the delay in the execution of its digital migration programme costs it a yearly loss of R150 Million (12 Million US Dollars). According to the Communications Minister of South Africa. South ...


Content Services  |  Vuclip Launches A Variety Of Ramadan Shows For Viewers In MENA

Leading Video-on-demand service, Vuclip has announced the introduction of Hob El Tayebin on Viu, a-15 episode family comedy show featuring Saudi social media stars to mark the Ramadan. The show through a flashback technique that is full of humour and ...


Broadcasting Services  |  StarTimes Supports SOS Children’s Villages For Vulnerable Families In Africa

Chinese owned StarTimes Media, and the philanthropic SOS Children’s Villages International have signed an agreement in Nairobi (Kenya) geared towards supporting families and children that are vulnerable, with an emphasis on youth empowerment which is an item on the United ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Teleology Determined To Succeed in 9mobile Take Over Bid, Releases A 10-Point Agenda

Teleology Holding's acquisition of the embattled 9mobile may succeed, despite the controversies that have followed the process since inception. Reports are saying that even though Teleology Holdings will most likely not be disqualified from acquiring Nigeria's 4th largest network, the ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Malawi: MACRA Instructs Broadcasters To Submit Audited Accounts Or Face Penalty

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has urged broadcasters in the country to adhere to the obligation which states that they should submit their annual audited accounts or risk license revocation. The regulatory body's technical advisor on digital migration, Benson Tembo ...


Content Services  |  VIMN Africa And Multichoice's MNet In Collaboration To Produce New Local Contents

Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) has entered into a partnership with MultiChoice, to produce and broadcast exciting lineups of local content that showcases the best of Africa’s talent and creativity in May and June 2018. VIMN Africa’s channel ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: eTV Operator, eMedia Launches News Focused TV Channel

The owner of etv and eNCA André van der Veen has announced that it would launch a second television news channel which will be named OpenNews and will be aired on the OpenView platform. The CEO said the timeline for ...


Content Services  |  StarSat Collaborates With SPI International To Launch FilmBox in SA

SPI International owners of FilmBox’s channels plans to launch  FilmBox Africa HD, and FashionBox HD plans on  StarSat DTH and OTT platforms in South Africa which will give StarSat Africa subscribers access to FilmBox Africa. StarSat Customers also have the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  MultiChoice Plans To Offer Streaming-Only Service From 2019

Africa's Pay-TV - MultiChoice has said that in the coming year, it will fully launch a stand-alone internet or over-the-top (OTT) version of DStv to attract pay-TV subscribers who can and want to watch premium pay-TV content online. MultiChoice South ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zimbabwe: Broadcasting Authority Bestows Broadcasting Licence To Zimpapers TV

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe has granted the thirty-eight-year-old Zimbabwe Newspapers Ltd a tv broadcasting licence making the media firm the first and only fully integrated media house in the country with a footprint in publishing and digital, printing and ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Why Streaming Services Like Netflix Can't Be Regulated - ICASA

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has said that over-the-top services like Netflix are not regulated like their subscription TV counterparts because these streaming services do not fall within the authority of ICASA or the Film and Publications ...


Music and Entertainment  |  YouTube Upgrades, Adds Trending Chart Listing Features To Include Kenyan Music

The most popular online video viewing channel, YouTube has carried out an upgrade of its app and has added a Trending Chart listing on its application in addition to top songs, artists and videos. In a post, Chris Clark, Product ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: MultiChoice Launches World Cup Campaign, Reduces Prices DStv And GOtv Decoders

The General Manager, Sales and Marketing for Multichoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho while speaking at the launch of its world cup campaign programme announced a price slash for DSTV and GoTV decoders during the 2018 World Cup period. The leading pay-TV ...


Content Services  |  YouTube Red: Why Is Yet To Be Available In South Africa?

YouTube the most popular video streaming app began to improve its original programming production and distribution in 2018, which it released through a premium subscription service known as YouTube Red. One of the contents that landed very recently on YouTube ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: The Morning Show Replaces Sunrise On e.tv

The management of e.tv has decided to replace Sunrise with The Moning Show after a decade of struggling to retain viewership. The Morning Show is a production of Cheeky Media, producers of "Real Talk with Anele" on SABC3 and the ...


Broadcast Rights  |  South Africa: ANN7 New CEO Is Asking SABC To Pay R144 Million Debt

The new owner of ANN7 and The New Age, Mr Mzwanele Manyi, is demanding R144 Million from the SABC for the business breakfast shows they held with the public broadcaster. Industry reports suggest that Manyi has begun arbitration proceedings on ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: ICASA Needs Empirical Evidence That Netflix Is Affecting DStv Revenue

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is yet to believe that streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon are the reason  MultiChoice’s is experiencing massive revenue loss. Chief Executive of MultiChoice South Africa, Calvo Mawela had presented his ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Free-to-air TV In South Africa In Jeopardy: Broadcaster e.tv Forewarns

The South African free-to-air commercial broadcaster e.tv has alerted the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)  on the urgent need for protection because the free-to-air TV market in the country is in a hazardous situation and risk losing their ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Telcos May Face Sanctions Unless They Publish QoS Performances- NCC

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has given a directive to mobile network providers to publicly publish their Quality of Services (QoS) performances or face penalty in line with the regulations guiding the telecoms industry.   According to the Executive Vice ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Broadcasters Calls For A Limit On Pay-TV Advertising Revenue

Free-to-air commercial broadcaster in South Africa has informed the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)  of its concerns over the sudden proliferation of digital streaming services like Naspers' Showmax, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and others in South Africa. In ...


Video-On-Demand  |  iflix Begins Business Operation in Egypt, Aims To Dominate MENA

Video-on-demand streaming service, iflix, has announced it has signed an agreement with Vodafone Egypt to provide unlimited access to its digital content to mobile users in the North African nation. Vodafone would bring to subscribers the iflix library consisting of ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: MultiChoice Is Concerned About Netflix; Says Thousands of Jobs At Risk

MultiChoice is worried that if Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) proceeds with unfriendly regulations for the pay-TV market, thousands of jobs in South Africa would be at risk. Netflix employs around 4,000 staff for the whole group in ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Telcos May Face Sanctions Unless They Publish QoS Performances- NCC

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has given a directive to mobile network providers to publicly publish their Quality of Services (QoS) performances or face penalty in line with the regulations guiding the telecoms industry.   According to the Executive Vice ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Telco Stakeholders Appear Before Nigerian Senate Over Dropped Calls, Others Issues

The Nigerian Senate Committee on Communications has summoned the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the country's network providers to appear before the house in a bid to resolve the incessant complaints from subscribers over unsolicited adverts and dropped calls. According ...


Connectivity  |  Burkina Faso Announces Extension Of The O3b Access Agreement With SES Networks

The Burkina Faso government and SES Networks have signed an extended new multi-year deal which will enable the local administration of the West African country to continue using high-speed connectivity to roll out e-government, e-health and e-education services. SES announced ...


Digital TV  |  South Africa: As Vumatel Rolls Out Across The Country, DStv Market Share Would Dip

Digital TV operators in South Africa are worried that as fibre broadband rolls out in the country's townships, people will migrate from satellite TV services to online platforms. Research that DStv made this statement, which indicates that once a subscriber ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: TVC Collaborates with The BBC To Broadcast African Focused Contents

One of Nigeria’s leading independent Television and radio broadcasting company, TVC Communications has today announced a major programme partnership deal with BBC News. The agreement indicates that the two television channels (TVC News and TVC) both operated by TVC Communications ...


Connectivity  |  South Africa: Vodacom Group CEO Advocates For 5G Spectrum

Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub has said that South Africa risks falling further behind the rest of the world if the 5G spectrum is not allocated as soon as possible adding that they should not wait for current policy discussions ...


Appointment  |  Fox Networks Group Restructures, Announces New Executive Team In Africa

Giant media firm, Fox Networks Group (FNG) Europe and Africa have installed a new executive team structure for the business in Africa with Evert van der Veer joining the team as General Manager and Vasilis Iliopoulos as Senior Vice President ...


Data Services  |  South Africa: Cell C Shakes Up Industry With Big Streaming Deals To Subscribers

South Africa Cell C have notified the public of new data offerings designed to increase use of social media and streaming services on their networks. Cell C has said that, for the next three months, it will provide all customers ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Multichoice Gives An Estimate Of Number of Subscribers on NetFlix in South Africa

MultiChoice has revealed that video-on-demand platform, Netflix, has an estimated subscriber base that ranges between 300,000 and 400,000 in South Africa since its launch in January 2016. Netflix however, does not break down its international subscriber numbers by country. CEO ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Kenya: StarTimes Introduces Pay-Per-View Service, Launches App

StarTimes Marketing Director Japhet Akhulia has announced that viewers can now pay for various bouquets ranging from daily, weekly and monthly plans. Akhulia made said this launch of Kenya’s first mobile TV platform- Startimes App which will enable users to ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Burundi Suspends Operation of BBC, VOA Ahead of May 17 Referendum

Burundi's National Communication Council announced on Friday that they had suspended operations by the British Broadcasting Association (BBC) and Voice of America (VOA) for six months accusing them of breaching press laws in the country. This ban by Burundi media ...


Telecom  |  MTN, Africa's Telecom Giant, In USD450 Million Repatriation Problem

Reports state that MTN faces the risk of not being able to repatriate about R4.6 billion from Iran if US President Donald Trump persuades his allies in Europe to re-enforces ban on the middle east nation. MTN Group has been ...


Music and Entertainment  |  Nigeria: NCC Suspends Operating License Of COSON Over Breach Of Regulation

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has withdrawn the operating license of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) as a Collective Management organisation for music and sound recordings in the country. The decision of the commission to suspend COSON is under ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zimbabwe: Econet Acquires Broadcasting License

Leading telco network provider in Zimbabwe, Econet, has landed a government license to distribute broadcast content, do webcasting and provide Video-on-Demand (VoD) services under its Econet Media unit. Econet Media owns Kwese TV, a pay-TV platform that directly competes with ...


Content Services  |  BBC To Get More Funding Via Adverts On Podcasts Outside UK

The BBC has announced it will start running adverts on its podcasts available outside the UK; a move made to source for new funding to supplement the BBC Worldwide's existing financial income. Listeners can listen or view global podcasts with ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: MultiChoice May Consider Pay-As-You-Watch Television

Reports are indicating that Multichoice Nigeria might consider adopting a 'Pay-As-You-Consume' soon depending on if available technology enables it. The pricing scheme of the pay-as-you-watch would mean subscribers who opt to such would be charged according to their content consumption. ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Pay TV Players In South Africa Push For Regulation Of Netflix And Amazon

Leading video and entertainment company, MultiChoice has called on the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to ensure an equal level playing field for all broadcasters in the country regardless of the platform or technology through which they make ...


Connectivity  |  StakeHolders Discuss How To Realise Shared Spectrum Access At DSA Global Summit 2018

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) Global Summit 2018, the world's largest conference on wireless spectrum sharing held its sixth annual conference in London with a focus to solving the challenge of access to spectrum. A discussion panel at the event themed: ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria, Ghana Stimulates MTN's Quarter One Growth

MTN has reported a 9.1% year-on-year increase in service revenues for its first quarter of 2018, explicitly naming its Ghana and Nigeria operations as responsible for driving the growth. Shuter also noted that MTN, a dominant mobile force in South ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: NBC Warns Broadcast Media To Steer Clear Of Divisive Broadcasting

The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) through its Director-General, Ishaqu Mobiddo Kawu,  advised the media to avoid broadcasting contents that are divisive because of the critical role it is playing in Nigeria's democratic dispensation. Kawu said this while speaking at the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  DStv To Develop "Streaming-Only" Packages

Africa's leading pay-TV platform, DStv is working on a streaming-only version of the service which will put them in competition with video-on-demand service providers like Netflix, iflix and Showmax. MultiChoice South Africa CEO Calvo Mawela told MyBroadband. This report comes ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Uganda: UCC Stops Existing Pay TV Licensing Structure, For A Revised One Within A Week

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has suspended the implementation of the existing licensing framework for pay TV service providers, with a promise to release a revised version within one week. The existing licensing regime, which had come into force very ...


Content Services  |  Orange, Vivendi And Canal Olympia Cinemas Network Partners To Bring More Big Screen To Africa

Orange and Vivendi have signed an agreement with CanalOlympia, the leading network of cinemas to launch twenty cinemas by the end of 2018 and several dozens in the next few years in Africa. This collaboration is aimed at meeting the ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: M-Net launches "The Wild Ones" - A Local Wildlife Series

M-Net channel 101 has announced its plan to launch a new South African wildlife series titled "The Wild Ones" which covers a variety of ecological topics and will debut on the channel on Sunday, 6 May at 15h00. The Wild ...


Content Services  |  BBC Launches "Africa Eye" - A New Investigative TV Programme For Africa

Africa Eye is a new documentary platform from the BBC. The new strand which launches today will provide up to 20 original and high-impact investigations from across Africa on a yearly basis. Commissioning Editor for TV  Nisha Kapur, says: “Africa ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Channels TV Joins The International Press Institute As Corporate Member

Channels TV, a leading Nigeria's news and current affairs station has joined the International Press Institute's (IPI) (IPI) as a corporate member ahead of the IPI 2018 World Congress scheduled to take place in Abuja, Nigeria. Channels TV is considered ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Kenya: Communication Authority Aims For 60 Percent Local Content Programming By 2022.

The Communication Authority (CA) of Kenya through has announced that there is a new goal for all broadcasters to air at least 60 percent local content programming on all their platforms. The Communication Authority says it believes the country can ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Nigeria: StarTimes To Broadcast 'Uninterrupted' World Cup Action To Viewers

Chinese owned Pay-TV Company, StarTimes has announced that it will provide all of the exciting experiences of the 64 matches that make up the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup without signal interruption caused by rain, storm or any technical issue. ...


Telecom  |  Nigerian Communications Commission Warns Telcos To Stop Cheating Subscribers

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed all service providers in the country to desist from act capable of making communication difficult and unduly expensive for their subscribers. NCC wants operators like MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9Mobile, among others, to ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria: NIGCOMSAT And TURKSAT Sign Deal On Satellite Deployment

Nigerian Communication Satellite Company Limited (NIGCOMSAT) and the Turkish Satellite Company (TURKSAT) have come into a partnership understanding that will see to the deployment of satellite solutions across the African continent.  A statement released yesterday by NIGCOMSAT stated that both ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Yahlive Clinches Over 10 Million Viewers In North Africa

Research conducted by Satellite Monitor reports that more than 10 million households across Nothern Africa have their dishes pointed to Yahlive at 52.5 degrees East. Yahlive is a UAE-based satellite joint venture between satellite operator SES and UAE-based satellite operator ...


Appointment  |  Eutelsat Appoints Jean-Claude Tshipama To Oversee Broadband Services in Africa

Eutelsat Communications has named Jean-Claude Tshipama as the head of its broadband services business in Africa thus completing the staffing of its teams in charge of broadband activities in the region. Tshipama’s important responsibility in his new role is to ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: Hectic On 3 Debuts On SABC3 For Pre-Teens

SABC 3 has set the stage for a brand-new pre-teen show titled 'Hectic On 3' which will debut on Monday 30 April 2018 and will broadcast from 15h00 to 15h30 every weekday. Hectic On 3 provides young viewers from age ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Senegal: Avid And StudioTech Revamp TV News Production For RTS Senegal

RTS Senegal is experiencing a transformation by standardising their end-to-end news production workflow that can now seamlessly support HD and SD formats in a highly flexible and fast-turnaround environment. RTS, headquartered in Dakar (the capital of Senegal in Africa), was ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Study Shows SES Reaches Over 11 Million TV Homes In Nigeria

A satellite monitor study shows that SES has notably increased its technical reach in Nigeria from 3 million TV homes in 2015 to over 11 million in 2017. According to the study, out of the 11 million TV homes,  3.5 ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Rwanda: US-Owned Gospel Radio Station License Revoked For Disparaging Comments About Women

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has shut down, Amazing Grace Christian Radio, a community Christian radio station for saying women are evil. The radio station that airs religious sermons was shut down after one of its presenters, Nicolas Niyibikora, ...


Appointment  |  SABA Re-Appoints Cecil Nguvauva As Secretary-General

The Southern Africa Broadcasters Association (SABA) the umbrella body that coordinates broadcasting organisations in Southern Africa, has announced the return of Mr Cecil Jarurakouje Nguvauva as its new Secretary General with immediate effect. This follows the exit of former office-holder, ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: Kawu Asks Set-Top Box Manufactures To Deliver Or Face Withdrawal of License

The Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has directed all licensed Set-Top Box (STB) manufacturers to deliver as promised or face the penalty. The NBC found it worrisome that out of thirteen authorised STB manufacturers in Nigeria, seven are are yet ...


Pay TV  |  Uganda: UCC Orders Pay-TV Operators To Pay New Fees Or Face Shut Down

The Ugandan communications regulator has issued a warning to Pay-TV operators in the country over non-compliance with the new licence fee framework. It has given the operators until April 30 to comply or face close down. The Commission, in a ...


Content Services  |  AfriDocs And Channel24 Offers Free Streaming Of Oliver Tambo Documentary

In honour of South Africa's Freedom Day 2018, AfriDocs and Channel24 would offer viewers free streaming of the thrilling biopic titled Oliver Tambo: Have You Heard From Johannesburg? The focus of this extraordinary newly released piece is to give viewers ...


Content Services  |  Médiamétrie And Omedia To Launch Digital Transmission Television Barometer In Africa

Médiamétrie and Omedia, two companies, that specialises in the collection of figures and analysis of data on media activities will launch the first barometer of DTT in Africa. In a press release, the companies said: “Broadcasters, operators,  content producers, institutions, ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  SES Study Shows That Satellite Can Help Boost Television Operations

An SES Satellite Monitor Study across countries in Africa have revealed that Ghana has the highest satellite penetration to bolster TV broadcasting to directly to homes. According to the study, satellite delivery has proliferated in Ghana with 65 percent of ...


Content Services  |  QYou Celebrates Global Milestone, Surpasses 300 Million Viewers

Content packaging and distribution company, QYou Media, has announced that its programming formats now reach a vast audience of more than 300 million consumers around the world! QYOU is focused on the curation and programming of short-form video content. They ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: NCC Withdraws 41m Subscriber Numbers Belonging To Starcomms, Zoom Mobile, Others

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reportedly withdrawn 41,095,448 telephone numbers mainly assigned to Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators, effectively putting a lid on the troubled CDMA segment of the telecommunications sector in the nation. According to New Telegraph, ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: NBC Calls Out Daar Communications For Breach Of Due Process

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has directed Daar Communications Plc, owners of AIT and Raypower to stop further test transmission of its FM radio signals in Yola (North Eastern Nigeria) until Daar Communications Plc has obtained statutory approvals from NBC. ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Angola Accepts the Roscosmos offer to build AngoSat-2

Reports are citing that Angola's Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Jose Carvalho Da Rocha announced that the nation had accepted Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos' offer of to build Angola’s second satellite, AngoSat-2. The report said that it would ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Africanews TV Clocks Two

Africanews, the first pan-African and multilingual media platform is celebrating two years of offering 'credible' and 'unbiased' information around Africa in French and English. The award-winning channel is unique among the media landscape in sub-Saharan Africa. The platform is already ...


Music and Entertainment  |  Nigeria: MTN Nigeria Music Streaming Service Partners With Sony Music

The  Music + streaming service of the giant telecommunications company MTN Nigeria has entered into a partnership with Sony Music Entertainment to distribute on its platform contents of the label’s catalogue. The agreement between MTN's Music+ and Sony Music Entertainment, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Sentech Halts Suspension Of Community Radio Stations

South Africa's signal distributor, Sentech, has agreed to lift its suspension of 15 radio stations with outstanding signal distribution fees after having a meeting with the South African Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and stakeholders in the industry. The meeting, which ...


Content Services  |  ANN7 Rebrands, Changes Name To 'Afro Worldview' From 30 April 2018

Afro Worldview is the re-brand name for ANN7 - the South African TV station formerly linked to the Gupta family. Afro Worldview will be a new 24-hour news, business and current affairs platform, and will be on the DStv channel 405. ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: Cartoon Network Ranks Number One on Pay TV Channel Ranking

Cartoon Network, the leading kids’ channel in South Africa, has hit number one in the pay-TV market with the broadcast of "Power Rangers: Clash of the Red Rangers" movie on its channel. On 10 March, about 171, 000 kids between ...


Broadcasting Services  |  M-Net Collaborates With HBO To Launch Apprenticeship Programme

M-Net and HBO have launched an innovative Producer Apprenticeship Programme aimed at benefiting the local television community. In the Apprenticeship program will give six South African producers complete access to the set of the new HBO/Cinemax series Warrior, currently being ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Looks Up To Treasury To Help Curb Cash Crisis

The Chief Operating Officer at SABC, Chris Maroleng has said the recent changes that are ongoing within the SABC are meant to control the organisation's losses. Maroleng alongside SABC delegation of acting CEO Nomsa Philiso, acting chief financial officer Thabile ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: New Investment Firms Appointed By MTN Group For Nigeria Unit’s IPO

MTN has newly appointed Chapel Hill Denham, a Nigerian investment firm, as the lead issuing house for its Nigerian initial public offering (IPO). The joint issuers that were appointed as well are Renaissance Capital, South Africa’s Rand Merchant Bank, and ...


Content Services  |  Is Kwese TV Experiencing Cash-Flow Issues?

Kwese TV, the Pan-Africa pay-TV service provider - part of the Econet Group, may, according to reports, have a "cash-flow and funding problem". It is alleged to have defaulted on payments for important content it is seeking to broadcast - ...


Sports Rights  |  BBC And ECB's Partnership Ends As TalkSport In Negotiation For SA Rights

The association between BBC and ECB has come to an end after TalkSport acquired a free-to-air radio right. Reports show that TalkSport is also in negotiating to secure rights for England’s 2019-2020 tour to South Africa. The last time BBC ...


Data Services  |  Fibrelike Satellite Connectivity Will Improve Telecoms Reach In Africa - SES Chief

SES Africa Sales and Market Development, VP Clint Brown, has said that satellite connectivity provides a vital link in Africa's telecommunications ecosystem through the improvement of the delivery of data services and digital video content. This improvement will happen in ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: Nu Metro Wants Piracy Sites In South Africa Blocked

Nu Metro has said to MyBroadband the effect of Piracy in the creative content industry is detrimental, therefore, blocking sites that enable such act will help curb the scourge of piracy in South Africa. Nu Metro added that anti-piracy measures ...


Content Services  |  Netflix's Mobile Viewers Will Now Enjoy 30 Seconds Trailers.

Netflix has introduced a 30-second trailer for mobile so that as soon as they open their Netflix app, they’ll find a scrollable row of circular thumbnails for different shows which, when clicked, will start playing a trailer for that show. ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Sudan: BBC Stations Shutdown In South Sudan Over Unpaid Debts

South Sudan: BBC Stations Shutdown In South Sudan Over Unpaid Debts Authorities in South Sudan’s capital, Juba has put on lock and keys the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) relay stations in the nation for unpaid debts which have accumulated for ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  ICASA Considers Additional Investigation Into MultiChoice Over Alleged 'Illegal' Payments

The leadership of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced it is still considering a probe into MultiChoice about allegedly inappropriate payments made to SABC and the Gupta-linked ANN7. This payment was allegedly in exchange for political ...


Content Services  |  AfriDocs Brings Best of African Documentaries To Channel24 Streaming Platform

It has been announced that an African documentary from the AfriDocs platform will be made available on Channel24’s streaming platform on a weekly basis. This collaboration was made possible by an agreement signed between the AfriDocs documentary streaming platform and ...


Advertising  |  South Africa: No Sexual Health Related Ads On SA TV Before 9PM, Says ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) has brought about a policy that states that commercials that sell early ejaculation and weak erection solutions can air only after 21:00 GMT on South African television. A viewer named Marcus Govender ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Gupta-linked Group's Application For Free-to-air TV Licence Raises Concerns

Concerned Civil society groups such as Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and Support Our Public Broadcaster (SOS), have written to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) about concerns that bother on by Infinity Media's application for a commercial free-to-air ...


Data Services  |  South Africa: Google Go App Newly Launches In South Africa

Google, the world leader in search engine, has publicised the launch of a new Google Go app that will enable users to search and browse using without consuming much data. Google Africa CMO, Mzamo Masito, said that Google Go is ...


Digital TV  |  Nigeria: TSTV To Begin Sale Of New Decoder Soon!

TSTV, one of the new players in the pay-TV market has announced on their social media platforms that they will begin the sale of a new decoder known as “Dexterity decoder”. Their TSTV’s Instagram page reads thus, “the sale of ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Show Of Technical Competence Is A Must For 9mobile Bidders – NCC

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has said it would not approve the sale of 9mobile to any bidder who does not meet the requirement of technical competence. The Executive Vice-Chairman of the regulatory body, Professor Umar Danbatta, said this in ...


Telecom  |  MTN Group Meets Nigerian Government Over Country's IPO Plans

MTN Group has met with the federal government of Nigeria to re-assure the government of its determination on the planned IPO and diversification of shareholding to Nigerians. The MTN  Group's delegation which was led by its Chairman Mr Phuthuma Nhleko ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Netflix Hits 125 Million Subscribers; Makes USD 3.6 Billion In Q1 2018

Netflix, the popular video-on-demand (VOD) platform has announced that now has 125 million subscribers. The VOD company has also released its Q1 2018 financial results, which reveal that the company made $3.6 billion in streaming revenue from its 125 million ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: SABC May Lose Up To 500 Million Rand If Ban Of Alcohol Adverts Becomes Reality

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) is currently lobbying for a fast-tracking of the Liquor Amendment Bill to stop the advertisement of alcohol-related substances by broadcasting organisations and also raise the legal drinking age to 21. The bill is ...


Content Services  |  Indian’s Zee TV Makes A Big Plan For Nigerian Viewers, Looks Forward To Collaborating With Nollywood

The head of the team at  Zee World, Harish Goyal has said that with the completion of the Zee studios, Bollywood is looking to have future collaborations with Nollywood. According to Mr Goyal, “Nigerians are passionate about music and drama, ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Starz Play Grabs 26% Market Share Of MENA’s OTT TV Sector In Three Years - IHS Markit

IHS Markit data has reported that Starz Play has gained about 26 percent of digital TV streaming market of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the first three years of operations. The Principal Research Analyst at IHS ...


Content Services  |  Zimbabwe: Online Registration Portal Opens For Big Sister Africa

Big Sister Africa is a reality TV show modelled after the famous “Big Brother Africa” show where participants, both male and female from all around African participate for a grand prize of $100 000. Big Sister Africa is organised by ...


Digital TV  |  Global pay-TV Revenues To Fall By 11 Percent In 2023 - Digital TV Research

According to the Global Pay TV Revenue Forecasts report from Digital TV Research, global pay-TV revenues were seen to have peaked in 2016 at $205 billion and is projected fall by 11 percent in the year 2023. This fall ...


Content Services  |  Congo: Trace Launches New Congolese Music Channel

The Trace Media Group has launched a new television channel, Trace Kitoko, that is dedicated to music from the Congolese region of Africa. Trace Kitiko will be devoted to the rhythms, sounds and dance that rock Democratic Republic of the ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Kenya Assures Customers Of The Best in FIFA World Cup Coverage

Lovers of the football game across Kenya will be sure to have a good time following Multichoice Kenya’s promises to provide the best world cup experience to subscribers on its platform, through the live broadcast of the FIFA 2018 world ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Sentech Switches Off 15 Community Radio Stations Because of Debt

Sentech, South Africa’s signal distribution company has switched off 15 local radio stations because the money they owe is too much. A report that was published by The City Press shows that the state-owned began its first batch of the ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  South Africa: ICASA Seeks To Increase Digital Radio Broadcasting In South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in an effort to improve digital radio services in the country has published a document on the future of Digital Sound Broadcasting Services in South Africa. The regulator has defined digital broadcasting ...


Broadcast Rights  |  Nigeria: Copyright Regulator Tells COSON To Comply With Its Directives Or Face Sanctions

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has released a statement asking the Governing Board of the Copyright Society of Nigeria, (COSON) to follow its directives regarding the disputed chairmanship of the organisation or face sanction. The statement signed by  Director-General NCC, ...


Content Services  |  American Idol Comes Back To SA Screens; Courtesy M-Net

South Africans can now enjoy one of the most popular reality music series - American Idol, as M-Net is bringing it back to the region.   Episodes of season 16 of American Idol will air Fridays and Saturdays. As a ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Morocco: iflix Introduces Subscription Video-on-Demand (SVOD) Services

iflix, a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service has now been made available in Morocco, with a one-month free trial. Members who are on ‘Club Inwi’ are being offered a whooping six-month unlimited access to iflix as part of subscriber privilege service ...


Content Services  |  Voice Of America (VoA) Africa's Division Lines of Programming

VOA's Africa Division Managing Editor, Mr Scott Stearns has announced that VOA is committed to co-operating with broadcast partners across the continent to deliver the latest news and information from Africa and the Diaspora. This commitment has led the American ...


Content Services  |  SuperSport Introduces Pop-Up Channels Ahead of 2018 Fifa World Cup

SuperSport, Africa’s leading sports broadcaster, will launch the build-up to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in earnest this month by starting a 24-hour pop-up channel dedicated to international football showpiece. The new channel, "SuperSport 13", will start broadcasting a ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: ICASA Publishes Its TV White Space Regulations

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has congratulated the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for publishing regulations on the utility of Television White Space for South Africa. This move marks a huge step in the right direction for the ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: NCC Approves Teleology Bid For 9 Mobile, Required To Pay $450m In 90 Days

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced that Teleology Holdings Limited, the preferred bidder of 9Mobile Nigeria is on course to take over the company, on the condition that they pay $450 million within the next 90 days. The commission ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria: Intelsat And Vodacom Nigeria Sign New Deal To Boost Broadband Connectivity

Intelsat South Africa, an operator of one of the world's globalised network, has signed an agreement with Vodacom Business Nigeria for the expansion of its enterprise broadband networks and enable new and improved services throughout the West African region. Part ...


TV Rights  |  BBC Studios Signs Raft Of New Deals With African Broadcasters

The new BBC Studios has announced that it has sold more than 300 hours of programming to broadcasters across Africa. Content that has been sold includes flagship titles like Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II and Hustle. Since the beginning ...


Content Services  |  Ivory Coast: Cote Ouest Audiovisuel And Globo TV Extends Content Arrangement

Cote Ouest, the first to introduce Latin American telenovelas to Africa has stretched its deal with Globo TV to last until 2023. The extended agreement will give Cote Ouest the position of sole distributor of the programming in the continent ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: MTN Nigeria Has Paid N165Bn Out Of N330Bn Fine To NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission ( NCC) said MTN had paid the sum of 165 billion Naira out of the 330 billion Naira fine it was charged due to its inability to disconnect SIM cards that were not registered properly. Executive ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Cape Verde Establishes New Company To Manage Digital Terrestrial Television

The government of Cape Verde, a northwestern African country, has established a company that will oversee the introduction of Digital Terrestrial Television  (DTT) in the country. The company called Cabo Verde Broadcast (CVB) will be public-owned and would be charged ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: eNCA To Broadcast Documentary On Winnie Mandela

The 24 hours Television news broadcaster in South Africa, eNCA, promises to bring Pascale Lamche’s Winnie documentary film to its viewers on Wednesday 11 April 2018, after which it will be made available to all South Africans on e.tv and ...


Connectivity  |  Showmax Want To Work With Telcos To Boost Internet TV Growth In Africa

Naspers, a global entertainment group, is urging telecoms operators in Africa to offer customers unlimited data to help bolster the growth of internet television on the continent. The group argued that the high cost of data in Africa is hindering ...


Content Services  |  StarTimes Nigeria Signs Movie Production Deal With Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello)

Adebayo Salami, a veteran Nigerian actor, director and filmmaker, popularly known by his stage name “Oga Bello”, has signed a movie production deal with, StarTimes, a pay-TV Company in Nigeria. There are indications that the signed deal is worth millions ...


Content Services  |  SABC Will Continue To Put Local Content Front And Center Of Its Programming

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is making efforts to resolve the issues of misrepresentation that it has been experiencing in the press with regards to its local content offering. The SABC in a written statement said it has always ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Kenya: 800 Villages To Have Access To Satellite TV Courtesy Of Startimes

It will now be possible for dwellers in eight hundred remote villages in Kenya to watch programmes on satellite television for free. This project is made possible in a collaborative effort of the Kenyan government and StarTimes (the Chinese technology ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria: MTN, Huawei Collaborate To Connect Rural Communities With Low-Cost Broadband Services

Nigeria: MTN, Huawei Collaborate To Connect Rural Communities With Low-Cost Broadband Services Telecommunications company - MTN Nigeria and technology company - Huawei are collaborating to provide remote communities in Nigeria with low-cost mobile broadband services. The project tagged ‘RuralStar 2.0’ ...


Content Services  |  SABC2 Introduces DEKATV Programming To Its Viewers

SABC2, a channel owned by The South African Broadcasting Corporation has announced the introduction of a favourite magazine content known as DEKATv to its Wednesday schedule as a part of its growing genre of magazine programmes that are educating and ...


Film and Cinema  |  South Africa: "Five Fingers for Marseilles" Is Coming To America

Five Fingers for Marseilles is a South African production that will be hitting American cinemas after it's premiere across South Africa on Friday, 6 April 2018. The plans is to release the fast-paced thriller in the United States of America ...


Content Services  |  BBC Studios: A New Content Creation Company

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has launched a new company called “BBC Studios”. This new move by the media giant is termed  “a new chapter” for the content creation of the firm. The newly launched BBC Studios is made possible ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  FRANCE24 TV Now Available To Kenyan Audience

TV audiences in Kenya will now have access to additional quality reportage of round-the-clock News, Current affairs, Documentaries, Business and other content courtesy of France 24. France 24, the Paris-based international news and current affairs television network have signed an ...


Industry Meeting  |  Africa's Creativity To Show At Global Content Bazaar in Cannes

The Creative Africa pavilion is coming back to the MIP TV Show in   Cannes. According to organisers, it will offer broadcasters, production companies, distributors, sales agents in the international community open sesame to the rapidly growing African TV market. The ...


OTT - Internet TV  |  Kwese To Drive Its OTT And Video Streaming Services Across Africa

Kwese TV, Africa's Pay-TV broadcaster has chosen Alpha Networks to deliver its over-the-top (OTT) services. These will include Kwese's TV App across Africa and Kwese Play  TV in South Africa. According to sources close to the matter, Alpha Networks’ responsibility ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  Yanga! A New Afro-Centric TV Channel Launches Free-To-Air On UK’s Freesat

Yanga! is the newly launched lifestyle entertainment channel targeted at the African diaspora audiences, and is now available as a free-to-air Channel on UK’s Freesat. Yanga! Is a Nigerian English Pidgin word interpreted 'Pride' or 'Flamboyance'. The word is also ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Nigeria: Another Varsity - Bayero University , Kano - To Launch Radio Station

The quest for hands-on training in broadcasting for students in Nigerian Universities has led to the establishments of some radio campus radio stations in Universities and some cases polytechnics. So far, there are about 20 campus radio stations in Nigeria. ...


Appointment  |  Vanessa O’Connor Becomes A Director Of European Broadcasters Union.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Europe's public broadcasters organisation has named Ms Vanessa O’Connor as director of member relations and communication. The former  Eutelsat corporate communications expert was in charge of activities in Eutelsat’s communications for about three decades. She ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SES Hits 1 Billion Viewers And 351 Million TV Households

SES can now boast of reaching a total of 351 million TV homes and 1 Billion individual viewers. It's Satellite Monitoring team released data which also showed that its broadcast signals are now reaching, a total of 325 million homes. ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Nigeria: TV Set-Top Box Issues Beset Nigeria's Digital Broadcasting Switch Over Project

The plodding pace of progress of the digital broadcasting switchover process in Nigeria (popularly referred as the DSO project) is the result of inadequate planning and execution, primarily as it concerns the delivery and access of TV set-top boxes. Two ...


Telecom  |  The 9Mobile Saga: Smile Communications Criticised For Being A Sore Loser

Stakeholders in Nigeria’s telecommunication industry are openly criticising Smile Communications, the second highest bidder for 9Mobile, for its seeming disrespect of the process since it lost out on the bid. Smile Communications, (Teleology the eventual winner), Glo, Airtel, and Helios ...


Content Services  |  Can MTN Create An E-Commerce Platform Exceeding Amazon, Alibaba And Netflix Combined?

The African market is not yet saturated with e-commerce initiatives because the likes of Amazon, Alibaba and Netflix are not active players in the continent. Speaking at the recently held Innovation Africa Digital Summit (IADS), in Addis Ababa the Group ...


Appointment  |  Kenya: BBC Africa Employs Larry Madowo As New Business Editor

Larry Madowo had landed a new job with the giant Media House British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as a Business Editor. Larry Madowow is an outspoken Journalist and TV news anchor in Kenya with interest in Technology, Current Affairs and entertainment. ...


TV Rights  |  Kenya Premier League On Why It Went With MediaPro Instead Of StarTimes For Broadcast Rights

Mr Jack Oguda, the Chief Executive Officer of Kenyan Premier League, has defended the decision of the League to reject the rights broadcast deal offered by StarTimes and also clarified his organisation's involvement with MediaPro in producing the Kenyan Premier ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nickelodeon Launches #KidsCan Project In Partnership With The KidRight Foundation

Nickelodeon International, the number one brand for children television programming has partnered with KidRight Foundation to launch #KidsCan which is an international campaign that focuses on educating young people about making positive changes to the world. This initiative will begin ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: Gau TV Blazes New Trail With Unconventional Programming

Gau TV is causing a ripple in South Africa through the launch of a new show that seeks to tackle LGBTQ issues titled “I was in the Closet” hosted on DSTV Channel 256. launched in 2015, GauTV is an entertainment ...


Telecom  |  Sale Of 9 Mobile May Be Stopped By Nigerian House Of Reps - As NCC, CBN Deny Teleology!

The Nigerian House of Representatives may be forced to put a stop to the ongoing sale of the embattled 9mobile to the acclaimed highest bidder Teleology Holdings. This was hinted at by Mr Saheed Akinade-Fijabi, Chairman of the Telecommunications committee ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Investigates Kamwendo Radio Show Incident

The executive management of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has launched an investigation asking for a full incident report in which SAFM Sakina Kamwendo’s show was apparently cut off the air in the middle of a show. The spokesman ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  ECOWAS Plans To Launch Independent Radio Station Broadcasting In Three Languages

The president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Dr Jean-Claude Brou has stated that ECOWAS Radio will begin broadcast in the three most spoken languages in the continent, English, French and Portuguese. The focus of the radio ...


Investments  |  Naspers To Dig Deeper Into India With More TMT Investments

Naspers, one of the largest technology investors in Africa, it has been revealed, is planning to execute early-stage investments across different sectors in India covering sectors like media, technology, education, and blockchain. Industry reports show that the Johannesburg based Naspers ...


Video-On-Demand  |  South Africa: Cell C OffersFree Streaming For Its Black Subscribers At Easter

Cell C, a Mobile Data Operator in South Africa has announced that it will be offering free online streaming services to subscribers on its 'Black' platform. Black is the platform from that Cell C in South Africa launched with a ...


Telecom  |  Teleology 'Finishes' Move To Acquire 9 Mobile (Nigeria) In US$500 Million Deal

After an extended period of rumours (and counter-rumor) about the change of ownership at of 9mobile, a youth-focused telecommunications brand in Nigeria ((formerly Etisalat), the interim board of the company seems to have finally accepted the US$500 million offer from ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria: Telcos Against FaceBook’s Free Internet Project In Sub-Saharan Africa

FaceBook, the global social media networking online platform says it is making plans to roll out satellite and drone activities to provide free internet services to rural and Sub-Saharan African. This plan, however, is causing unease with Telecom operators in ...


Digital Migration  |  GOtv Licensed As Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Operator

The Zambia Information and Communication Technology (ZICTA) has given license to GOTV, a signal distributor network to install and operate a Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) network in the nation. ZICTA is a government-owned regulatory body responsible for the regulation of ...


Content Services  |  MultiChoice Africa And ROK Nigeria To Launch Two Channels In April

MultiChoice Africa, a leading entertainment company and ROK, a Nigerian based award-winning film production and entertainment brand will be launching two brand new channels on the DSTV and GOTV platforms on Thursday, 5 April 2018. The two to-be-launched ROK 2 ...


Broadband  |  Nigeria: NCC To Issue More Infracos Licenses, Auction More Spectrum To Improve Broadband

In a bid to achieve the 30% target for universal broadband delivery set by the Federal Government of Nigeria for December 2018, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has said it would seek to offer additional infrastructure provider licences and auction ...


Pay TV  |  Naspers Rejects Multi-Million USD Offer From Vivendi's Canal+ For Multichoice Africa

Naspers Group, one of the largest global technology investors and owners of MultiChoice has rejected a multi-million dollar offer from Vivendi, a French-owned multinational integrated media and content group to acquire MultiChoice Africa.  In a report released by BFM TV, ...


Appointment  |  South Africa: Tebogo Leshope Appointed As New COO 0f Signal Distributor - Sentech

Sentech, a South African based broadcast signal distributor has appointed Tebogo Leshope as its' new Chief Operations Officer (COO). Sentech is a state-owned organisation that offers signal distribution services to most South African licensed broadcasters. Leshope, the newly appointed Chief ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Naspers Considering Separating MultiChoice From Other Group Businesses

Naspers, the internet and media group is on the reconsidering listing MultiChoice and some other brands within its group separately. According to Naspers CEO, Bob Van Djik this consideration is focused on the reduction of the discount to the value ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Sony Film Brings Internationally Acclaimed "Dating Game Show" To Africa

Sony Television Pictures (SPT) has announced that it will be introducing the show: "The Dating Game" one of the most watched show in Europe to Africa on EbonyLife in Nigeria. The "The Dating Game" is an internationally distributed video content ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Nation's Movie Industry Needs A Minimum of 774 Cinemas - Says NFVCB

Piracy has been a significant challenge in the Nigerian movie industry. For years, movie makers have recorded enormous loses to the Pirates despite the battles that have been fought and lost. As a way of tackling this seeming perpetual challenge, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Media Giants BBC And CBS Agree To Deepen Collaboration In South Africa

Two global media giants, CBS News and BBC News have revealed their plan to kick-start a joint news bureau in Africa, to be based in  Johannesburg, South Africa. This collaboration indicates an upward climb in the budding relationship of both ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: BBC Goes Big On Investing In Mentorship For Young African Journalists

The  British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has promised to invest in the next crop of journalists in Africa through the launch of a mentorship and internship scheme for young African Journalists in Nigeria. Jamie Angus, Director of the BBC World Service, ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Unions Unhappy Over The Commercialisation Of SA FM!

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has an axe to grind with unions over its plan to commercialise one of its radio stations, SA FM. Chris Maroleng, Chief Operating Officer of SABC's (a public owned media outfit that provides broadcasting ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Nigeria: Are DStv And StartTimes Broadcast Licenses About To Be Cancelled?

The Federal government in Nigeria may, via the National Broadcasting Commission -  Nigeria's regulatory authority for the broadcasting industry - have already read the riot act to both Multichoice Nigeria and StarTimes concerning their license to operate in the country. ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: Broadcast Regulator (NBC) Sanctions 78 Media Outfits In Quarter 4 Of 2017

The regulatory body for the Nigerian broadcasting and media industry, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has said it issued a variety of sanctions against 78 broadcasting and electronic media organisations in the country between October and December of 2017. According ...


Content Services  |  Kenya's A24Media Wants To Create A US 1Millon Dollars Fund For Media Innovation.

Kenya-based A24Media has stated that it is looking to set up a "Media Technology Investment Fund" of  US 1 Million Dollars. According to Mr Asif Sheikh, co-Founder of A24Media, the fund will support the need for innovation around technology development ...


Industry Meeting  |  Nigeria: Conference On Content Building And Management For Broadcasters In Lagos, Next Week

Delegates are geared up to participate at the 4th international conference on Content Building And Management For Broadcasters, coming up on the 20th and 21st of February at the Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel in Lagos - Nigeria. The industry summit ...


Broadcast Rights  |  Supersport Agrees For SABC To Broadcast Rugby Tournaments Free-Of-Charge

Cash-strapped South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has secured a concession from DStv's Supersport that will allow them to broadcast SA Rugby tournament on SABC radio stations. According to Mr Gideon Khobane, the Chief Executive Officer of SuperSport, they decided to ...


Content Services  |  Multichoice Puts Out Request For Bids For A 24-Hour CNN-Style News Channel

Multichoice South Africa is said to be announcing a request for bidders to launch a 24-hour news channel on the DStv platform. According to a report from South Africa's Techcentral, Multichoice is keen to see how many bids it receives, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: Startimes Invests US 20 Million Dollars Annually In Entertainment Industry

Startimes, a leading Pay-TV company in Nigeria has declared that it had invested more than US 200 Million Dollars into the Nigerian entertainment industry over the past ten years. This assertion was made by Ms Guo Zi Qi, Vice President ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: COSON Unhappy With Copyright Infringement Case Won By MCSN

With barely a week since a Nigerian Court awarded the sum of US 17Million Dollars to Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria, MCSN as special damages for copyright infringement against Multichoice Nigeria, COSON has stated its disagreement with the judgement. According ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Linda Ikeji To Launch Lifestyle And Entertainment Channel On DStv

Linda Ikeji, the acclaimed Nigerian entertainment and lifestyle blogger, is set to launch an entertainment and lifestyle channel on DStv and online streaming platforms. According to sources close to the 37-year-old blogger, Ms Ikeji has been working assiduously to line ...


Broadband  |  Avanti And Global Partnership for Education Give Access To Education In Africa

Avanti Communications Group - a leading provider of global satellite data services, has entered into a partnership with Global Partnership for Education (“GPE”), to provide access to quality education for kids in rural Africa. Based on its “Every Community Online” ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Multichoice Did Not Lean-On Communications Minister For Favours, Says CEO

Multichoice South Africa has refuted allegations in recent industry press that it had lobbied the Department of Communications (DoC) under the leadership of Ms Faith Muthambi for favourable decisions on the country's digital migration. According to a statement from the ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: MultiChoice To Ditch ANN7; Plans For A New 24-Hour News Channel

Multichoice South Africa has announced that from the 1st of September 2018, it will no longer carry the 24-hour news channel ANN7. The Gupta Family owns the channel. A statement from Mr Calvo Mawela, the CEO of MultiChoice South Africa ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: ICASA Sets Up Major Investigation Into 'Suspicious' Payments By MultiChoice

ICASA, the regulator for South Africa's Broadcast and Communications industry, is said to have launched an investigation into some 'suspicious' payment activities that have been conducted by DStv Multichoice. Sources report said that following a complaint lodged by the South ...


Content Services  |  Hisense Aims To Deliver FIFA World Cup Games Via TV Apps In South Africa

Hisense, a manufacturer of TV and technology equipment, is reported to have approached DStv and Cell C in South Africa with a bid that would allow it distribute and provide coverage of the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia to ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: 9Mobile (Formerly Etisalat) To Be Bought By Teleology For USD 500 Million

Adrian Wood's Teleology has agreed to pay USD 500 Million to buy Nigeria's fourth largest mobile network operator 9 Mobile (formerly known as Etisalat). Industry insiders will recall that Adrian Wood was the erstwhile managing director for MTN in Nigeria ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Cameroon: CRTV Launches Dedicated 24-Hour News Channel

Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) has launched a dedicated, specialised news channel: CRTV News. The new platform goes live on Sunday 28th January. According to Mr Charles Ndongo, the Director General and CEO of CRTV, the launch of a dedicated news ...


Pay TV  |  Court Orders Multichoice Nigeria To Pay USD 17 Million For Flouting Copyright

A Nigerian Federal High Court has ordered Multichoice Nigeria to pay the sum of USD 17 Million (6 billion Naira) as damages to the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria for copyright infringement. The Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria had instituted ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  SES Gets New VP, Boasts Of Video Sales Expansion in Africa

SES video, an acclaimed world leader in Satellite Operation, has announced the appointment of Clint Brown as the new Vice President, Sales and Market Development for the African Continent. This is part of a strategy that is formed to boost ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwe Set For 'Feverish' Pay TV Competition As Dr Dish Enters The Fray

Dr Dish, the former commercial partner in Zimbabwe of Econet Media's Kwese TV,  has declared that it will enter the Pay TV market in Zimbabwe and, further down the line, across Southern Africa. Those in the know are aware that ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: University of Lagos Television (UNILAG TV) To Start Operations Next Month

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported that the newly licensed University of Lagos Television (UNILAG TV) will start on-air operation before the end of February 2018. According to the University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the station - which ...


Industry Meeting  |  Nigeria: BON's International Summit On Content Building And Management Gathers Speed

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), the umbrella body for Nigeria's broadcast and electronic media have confirmed that the forthcoming summit on Content Building And Management for Digital Broadcasting and Media will be packed with valuable information and knowledge for ...


Pay TV  |  TRACE Boosted By Additional Investment From US Private Equity Firm

TRACE, the pan-African multimedia entertainment company have secured further substantial investment to boost its media and communications networks. TGG, the US private equity giant, via its TPG Growth is combining with Evolution Media to acquire a majority acquire in TRACE. ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Is New Entrant PayTV Company "TSTV" Up To Its Billing?

TSTV, the recently launched satellite-based Pay TV company in Nigeria, has been called out of "failing to deliver" what it has promised its customers. According to a section of the Nigerian industry press, the company - which was initially docked ...


Content Services  |  Zimbabwe: Religious Channel "Yadah TV" Goes On DStv Platform

Multichoice in Zimbabwe has announced that it is adding the Harare-based religious channel to it TV bouquet to be available on channel 281. Yadah TV was established and is run by Prophet Walter Magaya who has a projected congregation of ...


Pay TV  |  Iflix In Africa Gets Exclusive Run On The Run-Away Serial 'Britannia'

It is being reported that the blockbuster drama series from UK's Sky TV will be exclusive to Iflix Africa. Owned by Malaysia-based Iflix - operating in around 25 countries globally - Iflix Africa has announced that as from January 22nd, ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Channels TV Enters Into Content Co-Production With The BBC

Channels TV, Nigeria's foremost private TV station is said to be working with the BBC to co-produce a half-hour, weekly magazine show. According to reports, the live show - produced from Channels TV studios in Lagos, Nigeria - is an ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Kenya: "Broadcasters Not Meeting Children's Programming Quota" - CA

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has declared that most broadcasters in the country are not meeting their quota on children programming on television. According to the CA, the broadcasting regulations in Kenya requires television channels to provide a minimum ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  StartTimes To Add Hausa Language TV Station "Arewa 24" To Its Platform

Startimes Nigeria has announced it will be adding Hausa-Language TV channel "AREWA 24" to its line-up with a free-of-charge offer to its existing subscribers. The new addition will be on Channel 138 of its DTT platform in Nigeria. Sources from ...


Telecom  |  South Africa's CELL C Looks To Further Acquisition To Drive Growth

CELL C, South Africa's third-largest mobile telecommunications company, is pursuing more acquisitions to enable it to expand its services as grow its seemingly stagnant revenues. According to reports from Bloomberg South Africa, the company is seeking to expand into other ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa: The DoC Initiates Supply Of Subsidised Digital Set-Top Boxes

The South African Department of Communications (The DoC) has started the distribution of government-subsidised digital set-top boxes in the Eastern Cape region of the country. The Eastern Cape distribution is part of the five million government subsidises set-top boxes that ...


Telecom  |  Mobile Broadband: MTN Join With Ericsson For 5G Trials In Africa

Ericsson and MTN have announced that they have successfully launched the technology and applications for 5G in Africa. In a statement attributed the MTN Group, the trials enabled it to achieve just over 20Gbps throughput over the 5G network with ...


Digital Migration  |  The Nigerian Digital SwitchOver (DSO) - The Need To Think Outside The Box

The Nigerian Digital Switchover known in Nigeria as the DSO is the Nigerian Government’s programme for the migration of television from analogue to digital. The Nigerian DSO journey started with the inauguration of the Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC); this body ...


TV Rights  |  Canal+ Afrique And Kwese Sports Secures France's "Ligue 1" Broadcast Rights

The French "Ligue 1"  have agreed on broadcast rights deals for the sub-Sahara Africa region for the next six season, starting from 2018/2019 until 2023/24. The broadcast rights were awarded to Canal+ Afrique who will hold the rights to show ...


Content Services  |  SABC's Programmes 'Uzalo' And 'Generations' Are The Most-Watched In South Africa - BRCSA

Viewing figures just released by South Africa's Broadcast Research Council (BRCSA) revealed that SABC's "Uzalo" And "Generations: The Legacy" were the most-watched TV programmes in South Africa. According to BRCSA's television audience measurements report of December 2017, "Uzalo" had 9,151,710 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) To Re-Think The TV Licensing Model

Reports from Accra, Ghana, indicates that the TV Licence implementation regime currently in force could be revisited and possibly revised by the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC). It would be recalled that GBC facilitated the establishment of a "Special Court" to ...


Content Services  |  Case Closed: Justice Served To Debut On e.tv South Africa

e.tv, a leading free-to-air television station in South Africa has confirmed it will air the locally produced "crime and justice" television series, Case Closed: Justice Served. The 13-episode show, which provides insight on how local crimes are investigated and solved ...


Pay TV  |  Africa's Pay-TV Subscribers To Reach 17.4 Million By 2023

A new report from Digital TV Research has concluded that Sub-Saharan Africa will see a surge in pay-Tv subscribers between now and 2023 - up to 74% increase. The report also indicated that revenues from pay-Tv for the period would ...


Content Services  |  Trace TV Embroiled In Pay-Before-Listing Issues - Denies Allegations

Trace is one of Africa's online music and entertainment platform. According to the company, its channels such as Trace Naija, Trace Mziki, Trace Urban, Trace Africa and Trace Toca - on aggregate - are the number one regarding views across ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: StarTimes Promises Compelling Entertainment After Adding "Love World Plus" Channel

StarTimes Nigeria, one of the country's Pay TV giant, has promised to work assiduously to provide compelling entertainment and TV services to its customers in Nigeria. As a testament to this, the digital pay-TV company added a new channel called ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana: Multichoice Says It Contributed USD23Million To GDP In Past Three Years

The Chairman, Board of Directors of Multichoice Ghana, Mr Richard Darko claims the company added more than USD 23 million to the Ghanaian economy in the past three years and had also contributed tremendously to the development of the creative ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Nigeria To Borrow USD500+ Million To Procure Satellites From China For NigComSat

Industry reports have indicated that the Nigerian authorities are finalising plans to take a loan of more than USD 550 Million from the Exim Bank of China. The loan, it is said, is to be used to procure two new ...


TV Rights  |  Amazon May Bid For Streaming Rights To English Premier League

The US tech giant, Amazon.com Inc is reportedly planning a bid for the streaming rights to the coveted English Premier League games. Said to be part of its business strategy, the quest for EPL rights will, according to experts, bring ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Urges Changes To SA's Broadcasting Law To Check MultiChoice Alleged Monopoly

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is making representation to the ICASA (South Africa's broadcasting and telecommunication regulator) about the market structure in the country. According to SABC, the market is significantly skewed in favour of the dominant pay-TV operator ...


Content Services  |  Kwese TV Flourishes In Zimbabwe; Has 77 Channels, To Get 100 Soon!

Kwese TV has declared it is doing well in Zimbabwe. Its pay-TV platform now has more than 77 channels, some which are free-to-view; and it is on course to reach the 100-channel mark by the end of March 2018. Responding ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Lost But Found - Angosat-1 Re-Establishes Communication With Earth Station

Angosat-1, the Angolan satellite that was recently launched into orbit but declared lost when no signal contact was received back following the launch is now said to have re-established communications link with the earth station. Angola's Minister for Telecommunications and ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Tanzania Sanctions Five TV Stations For "Offensive And Unethical” Broadcasts

Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA)  has issued fines for some broadcasting organisations in the country for what it called "offensive and unethical broadcasts. The affected stations are Star TV, Azam Two, East Africa TV, Channel 10 and ITV. The total ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  ICASA Get Set To Give South Africa A New Terrestrial Pay TV Channels

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) - SA's broadcasting and telecommunication regulator has announced that it is opening applications for broadcasters to apply for a MUX3 television spectrum. According to ICASA, this license, when issued will enable the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana To Extend TV License To Content Viewed On Mobile Devices

Consumers of media content on mobile devices are to be liable for TV license fees in Ghana - this is according to Dr Akuffo Annor-Ntow, the Director General of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC). Ghana has recently been setting up a ...


Digital Migration  |  AfDB And The EU To Finance Central Africa National Fiber Backbone

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has confirmed its commitment to assisting the Central African Republic to achieve its digital potential. To this end, the Bank is partnering with the European Union to finance the building and deployment of the country's ...


Pay TV  |  South Africa: MultiChoice Plan To Expand Reach Of Internet TV

Multichoice DStv aims to extend the reach of its Internet Television services to cover more customers and their devices. DStv executives said they are keen to exploit advancement and improvements in technology and services to provide customers with media and ...


Content Services  |  NIGERIA: CONSAT Rebrands As PLAY TV, Boasts Of More Than 50 Channels At Launch

CONSAT in Nigeria has rebranded as "PLAY TV" and repositioned itself as a "media and entertainment company" with the aim of becoming the "leader in digital TV programming" in Nigeria by offering a combination of the "best-in-class entertainment channels" with ...


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 ...