StarTimes secures rights for major sporting events

Satellite Pay-TV network StarTimes has secured broadcast rights, some of which are exclusive, for a number of major sporting events. This includes the FIFA Under20 (U-20) World Cup New Zealand 2015 matches from 30 May 2015; the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015TM from 6 June 2015; and the Euro 2016 qualifiers from June to November.

In Africa, StarSat will be broadcasting a number of Kenyan Harambee Stars football matches from June to November 2015.

Broadcast – In brief

The Malawi Broadcasting Corporation Television (MBCtv) said it has acquired the broadcast rights of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA). The broadcaster will air all 22 games in the tournament live in the country.

M.I.A. Says She “Can’t Put Out A Video Because It’s Shot In Africa”

On Monday, M.I.A. took to Twitter to voice her thoughts on “cultural appropriation” and open the floor for discussion. “I wanna talk about cultural appropriation!,” she wrote. “I’ve been told I can’t put out a video because it’s shot in Africa.” The 39-year-old artist, born in London of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage, then asked, “What happens when I shoot videos in America or Germany it makes no sense to the 00.01% of artists like me.”

SA actresses pair up to launch latest African streaming TV network

Salamina Mosese and Stephina Zwane are no strangers to South African television. Both practically grew up in front of our screens in their roles as presenters and actresses – particularly in sitcom Abo Mzala and Scandal, respectively – but now these ladies are aiming to build a name behind the scenes with the launch of a new online TV network.

AzaTV (Aza meaning “powerful” in kiSwahili) will be launching tomorrow under Mosese and Zwane’s company, Sorele Media.

AfriDocs presents the official African premiere of Virunga

AfriDocs presents the official African broadcast premiere of the BAFTA and Academy Award nominated Virunga in all 49 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

From Netflix Originals and executive producer, Leonardo DiCaprio, feature documentary Virunga has won over 40 international awards since its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014.

GOtv Nigeria overhauls channel packages

GOtv Nigeria is overhauling its channel bundles in June, replacing 'Entertaining Africa' by 'Live It'. The original GOtv bouquet, which offers over 21 channels ranging from news and documentaries to lifestyle, music, religion and sport, will be renamed GOtv Value.

FAZ ink Muvi TV deal

THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has partnered with Muvi Television to start televising Division One league games.

Speaking on Muvi TV’s Tuesday Sport, FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said the live broadcast of games will enhance the development of the sport.

Tembwe said the deal will also help Division One teams to expose players.
He commended Muvi TV for the cooperation.

Broadcast - In brief

Internationally renowned actress Leleti Khumalo, known for her leading roles in the movie and stage play “Sarafina” and “Yesterday” which was nominated in the 2005 Academy awards for the Best Foreign Language film has been confirmed as one of the official guest to attend the 2015 Zanzibar International Film Festival in July.

AfricAvenir hosts African film screenings in June

In June 2015 AfricAvenir screens a number of African films at the Goethe-Centre, Hope Initiatives Southern Africa (HISA) Community Centre and Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) in Windhoek.

TV Connect Awards winners announced

TV Connect, a connected entertainment event, has announced the winners of the 2015 TV Connect Awards. The award ceremony was held at the Gherkin in Central London, and celebrated the industry’s continued efforts to innovate and transform 4K, cloud TV, multiscreen, OTT, TV Everywhere, VoD and more.

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