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Dutch operator KPN renews its agreement with channels 2M and Antena 3
On February 1st, the Dutch operator KPN has renewed its contract to broadcast the Moroccan channel 2M and the Spanish channel Antena 3. Both general interest channels had entered KPN's Basic TV pack in January 2013. The renewal was carried out with the collaboration of THEMA's Dutch agent IBSBM.

Vidi gets Sherlock, Atlantis, other BBC shows

Vidi has announced that it will soon offer a number of BBC shows, including Sherlock and Atlantis

Vidi, the video on demand (VOD) service from Times Media Group which launched in September 2014, has announced that it has signed a deal with BBC Worldwide.

With the signing of the deal a number of new shows will become available on its platform from the beginning of February, Vidi said.

Among the series coming to Vidi is Sherlock, the hit show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and Atlantis.

Other BBC shows that will be available on Vidi include:

Lifetime announces Four Weddings SA

A+E Networks UK has commissioned a South African version of the reality series Four Weddings after signing a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment for the format.

This is the first locally commissioned series for Lifetime in Africa, and the second for A+E Networks UK, which launched Pawn Stars South Africa on HISTORY in October 2014. The series will premiere later in 2015.

Kenya: Zuku launches new sporting channels

In Kenya, Zuku has launched a new set of channels on its platform. According to the broadcaster, these channels are mainly aimed at broadcasting sporting events across the country. According to the Wananchi Group CEO, Richard Alden: “The new additions were in response to client comments on viewership.”

Broadcast – In Brief

Kenya's High Court has stopped advertisements sponsored by NTV, KTN, Citizen TV and QTV, asking the public to boycott GOtv and wait for their set-top boxes. The High Court also told Royal Media Services, Nation Media Group and Standard Group to appear in court on 02 February, when the case will be heard. GOtv Kenya general manager Felix Kyengo has welcomed the move by the High Court and said that the company's interest is to safeguard the rights of its customers and to seek justice.

VoD: BUNI.TV Launches Embeddable Player and Affiliate Program

Top African video-on-demand platform Buni.tv is launching a new embeddable player and affiliate program, which will allow blogs, film festivals, and the filmmakers themselves to share movies directly on their websites and get paid for it.

Buni.tv’s premium subscription service Buni+, which launched last year, gives users unlimited access to top African films such as Flower Girl, Viva Riva!, Nairobi Half Life, or House of Lungula for $5/month, and is accessible on any internet-connected device at www.buni.tv/plus.

MultiChoice launches Arise News on DStv, GOtv

One of the topmost   satellite cable TV service providers in Nigeria, MultiChoice Africa, has launched an emerging global news and entertainment channel known as ARISE NEWS on DStv and GOtv.

Speaking at the launch, MultiChoice Managing Director, Mr. John Ugbe, explained that ARISE NEWS would be on DStv channel 416 and GOtv channel 44 respectively, saying that it will join other global news channels such as CNN, BBC, SKYNews, CCTV, Al Jazeera and Bloomberg on the MultiChoice platforms.

Three new pay-TV stations set to launch in Kenya

Three Nairobi-based companies have applied for commercial free-to-air television broadcasting licences, as Kenya migrates from analogue transmission to digital, The Star reported. Acme Communications, Global Konnect and Number One TV have been issued with temporary permits by the Communications Authority of Kenya to roll out digital broadcasting services, pending public feedback within 30 days from 20 January.

FOX International Channels Africa kicks Off 2015 With Seven Brand New Shows!

FOX International Channels Africa will be offering great viewing in 2015 with several first-run shows directly from Twentieth Century Fox in the US, headlined by star-studded hip-hop drama, Empire.

FIC Africa are happy to announce the addition of seven new shows to FOX and FOX Crime’s line-ups in 2015.

Broadcast – In Brief

Kenya's newly launched free-to-view television platform, Bamba TV, has signed on the Italian men's football league, Serie A. Bamba TV will now screen a major weekly match free of charge on its digital TV. The agreement was signed with MP & Silva, the international TV rights holders for the Italian league. Bamba TV is a free to view platform with no monthly subscription fee. It includes cartoon, news, documentary, movies, sports ,telenovela and religious channels.

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