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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.

Broadcast - In Brief

Kenyan pay-TV provider StarTimes has reduced the prices of its decoders to enable more Kenyans to access digital television and grow the company’s market share. The StarTimes Pay Television Digital Box has been reduced to KSh1,999 (US$23) from KSh2,999 (US$34), while the Free to Air STB is now KSh4,499 (US$51), down from KSh4,999 (US$57). Read the full story here:

Naspers pay-TV services reach over 8 million African homes

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.

Source: itweb 23 June 2014

African Continent Contributes to World Cup Viewing Creating Three Times More Internet Traffic than a Month of Internet Usage in Brazil

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).

Source: Cisco 19 June 2014

Nigeria vs. Iran World Cup Game Draws More Than 17.5 Million Nigerian TV Viewers

GeoPoll Releases Unprecedented Findings on World Cup Television Audiences in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda

Source: GeoPoll 18 June 2014

Broadcast - In Brief

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:

Project for an Arabic cultural television channel

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.

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