Subscription numbers for Naspers pay-television businesses have grown by 1.3 million to reach over 8 million homes across 50 countries in Africa.
Naspers’ pay-TV services take the form of MultiChoice’s satellite offering DStv and digital terrestrial television (DTT) service GOtv. Other units included in Naspers’ pay-TV division are the likes of M-Net and SuperSport.
With the FIFA World Cup 2014 now well underway, tens of millions of people are viewing games and/or highlights via the Internet. Video streaming and IP broadcast of the World Cup is anticipated to generate 4.3 exabytes of Internet traffic, which is three times the amount of monthly traffic generated by Brazil (this year’s World Cup host country).
Acting Director of the BBC World Service Group, Liliane Landor, has called on the Ethiopian authorities to stop jamming BBC broadcasts in the Middle East and North Africa. She joined directors from Deutsche Welle, France 24, and the US Broadcasting Board of Directors which oversees the Voice of America, in condemning the flagrant violation of the clearly established international procedures on operating satellite equipment. Read the full story here:
The 22nd General Conference of ALECSO (Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization) was held from 27 to 29 May 2014 at its headquarters in Tunis. It was the opportunity to present the project of an Arabic cultural television channel which will be funded by the organization.
More and more video being consumed on smartphones and tablets, more ad dollars moving from print to mobile video and a gradual evolution away from channels to Apps. That’s the vision venture capitalist and analyst Mary Meeker presented in the 2014 edition of her annual Internet Tends report at the Code Conference Wednesday.
AFRICA'S MOST popular reality TV show Big Brother is back. This year, Rwanda will participate in the show which will have representatives from 14 countries eyeing $300,000 (Rwf 210 million) up for grabs. Rwanda will take the place of Angola in the 9th season which starts on September 7, 2014.
Social critics say Rwanda's strict culture might clash with the values depicted in Big Brother Africa, which moralists across the continent have openly castigated.
Balancing Act’s Associate editor Sylvain Béletre attended the opening of a new exhibition at the heart of Paris dedicated to the history of Television and interviewed a member of the scientific commission, Monique Sauvage, the event’s project manager, Céline Daridan and Xavier de Montfort, head of marcom at cnam.
This event is the occasion to review the impact of the digital transition in France since 2005 and how it could shape up across Africa over the next ten years.
With over 20 privately owned radio stations and migration from analogue to digital broadcasting, Rwandans have now (since early 2014) started to view local private television channels. There are currently four private TV stations projected to reach eight or ten before the end of this year. Full story here: