Broadcast - In Brief

- Over 51,000 people you won't be able to watch their favourite soap or news broadcasts beginning midnight today (July 31) as the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (Rura) will switch off their analogue TV sets as it concludes the migration from analogue transmission to digital broadcasting. "Out of those, 141,260 (70 per cent of all people with TV sets) homes have acquired decoders," the regulators said.

SA will not meet digital TV deadline: Ovum

South Africa will fail to meet the mid-2015 deadline, agreed to with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to switch off analogue terrestrial television broadcasts, according to an international research firm. Consulting and research firm Ovum says most sub-Saharan countries, including South Africa and Nigeria, will fail to meet the deadline they agreed to with the ITU, which forms part of the United Nations.

Countries in the region agreed to the deadline, after which the ITU will not protect their traditional analogue TV frequencies from cross-border interference.

Nigeria: 'How Plateau Is Preparing to Pioneer Digitaltv Broadcasting in Nigeria'

Jos city which pioneered colour television broadcasting in 1974 is set to achieve another first.  Sunday Rogo, General Manager of Plateau Radio Television Corporation (PRTV) , the pilot station for Nigeria's analogue-digital switchover, states how the station is preparing for the task.

How do you feel being the boss of the broadcasting station to pioneer analogue to digital switchover in Nigeria?

Lifetime launches on DStv and plans to have a lekker local flavour

Lifetime (DStv 131) has been launched on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform in South Africa and across Africa, upping the competition for female viewers and increasing the choices when it comes to drama, made-for-TV movies, scripted reality shows and factual entertainment programming..

M-Net - Now you can watch your favourite TV show only 24 hours after it airs in America

M-Net is set to break new ground as the South African pay-TV broadcaster goes full throttle forward into a new age of foreign television delivery. The almost 28-year-old M-Net has always had and secured premium television content but two factors the past half a decade, prompted - almost forced them to up the stakes dramatically and bring it to viewers sooner writes Thinus Ferreira

Firstly competitors edged in on the action and secondly illegal downloads prompted swift action.

Broadcast - In Brief

TV viewing broke records in first FIFA World Cup matches according to FIFA:
34.1 million watched Japan play Côte d’Ivoire on Japanese channel NHK, twice the size of the next biggest sports broadcast of 2014. 11.1 million watched the USA v. Ghana match on ESPN in the United States – a record high for ESPN’s coverage of men’s FIFA World Cup matches

New channel launched: Maghreb TV-SAT

Maghreb TV, a Belgo-Maghreb TV has launched its new channel Maghreb TV-SAT, an independent and pluralistic media that wants to promote links between Moroccans of the world and their country of origin, said a statement.

Digitization in Nigeria: States Concerned Mainly With Content

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku has asserted that Nigeria has a lot to gain with the digital switchover, stating that quality content and signals are expected from broadcasting organizations.

Africa included: EUTELSAT 3B satellite fully fired up at 3° East

Following its successful launch on May 26, 2014 Eutelsat Communications announces that the EUTELSAT 3B satellite is now fully fired up and providing commercial services at 3° East.

MultiChoice: We are committed to digital TV migration

Nico Meyer, MultiChoice Africa CEO says the pan-African satellite pay-TV operator which runs DStv and GOtv across sub-Saharan Africa is "committed to the digital migration process in Africa". by Thinus Ferreira

Meyer is in Mauritius, speaking at the MultiChoice Content Showcase which kicked off on Tuesday evening with African artists, 80 journalists, international content distributor executives as well as guests flown to the Trou Aux Biches Resort & Spa.

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