DStv, Communications Department take Etv to court over digital TV

The Communications Department and MultiChoice (operating DStv) have lodged appeals at the Constitutional Court over the legal battle surrounding the roll-out of unencrypted digital terrestrial television services in South Africa.

According to a report by EWN, the pair have accused Etv of “wanting government to pay for it to be able to start encrypted pay-TV services”.

The move follows the Supreme Court of Appeal ruling for Etv in its case against Communications Minister Faith Muthambi over the use of unencrypted set-top boxes.

Durban International Film Festival 2016 award winners

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) announced its award winners on the evening of 25 June at the closing ceremony of the festival s 37th edition which took place at The Playhouse in Durban, prior to the screening of the closing film The Space in Between by Marina Abramovic from Brazil.

Infront secures Rio 2016 broadcast deals in key African territories

Infront Sports & Media has sealed media rights agreements in eight additional territories for broadcast coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This latest deal extends the reach and the exposure of the games across Sub-Saharan Africa.

A release from Infront notes that key territories including Nigeria, Kenya, Angola, Mozambique, Congo and Cote d’Ivoire ‘demonstrate the significant success of the Infront rights distribution effort – operating as exclusive media rights partner to the International Olympic Committee across 43 countries and territories in Sub-Saharan Africa.’

Kenya - KBC set to be split into two in pursuit of profitability

The government has moved to split state broadcaster Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) into two companies —public and commercial— in line with proposed recommendations in a draft ICT policy.

The proposed changes are contained in the draft National ICT policy June 2016.

KBC’s Managing Director Waithaka Waihenya said the move is aimed at making the corporation more competitive while at the same time protecting its role of informing the public without the headache of pursuing profits.

Establishment of the African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission (AACC)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 23, 2016/ -- The Ministers of Culture, Youth and Sports of African Union Member States have today established the long awaited African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission as a specialized agency of the African Union.

Zanzibar - Italian NGO ACRA to sponsor ZIFF

ZIFF announced the signing of a sponsorship agreement with the Italian NGO, ACRA. This move will not only support ZIFF, one of Zanzibar s major festival events, but also support the island s tourism and cultural development.

ACRA will fund the Difficult Dialogues Public Forum, held during the festival each year, as well as an Artist-in-Residency programme and exhibition in collaboration with NAFASI Art Space held from 9 to 17 July 2016, and the workshop My Heritage in collaboration with UQ Produzioni of Italy.

Controversial documentary Black Lives Matter premieres at DIFF

Black Lives Matter, directed by Joseph Oesi, is a powerful and damning indictment on the current state of affairs for tens of thousands of miners working and living in abysmal conditions across South Africa. The film had its global premiere at the Durban International Film Festival on 19 June 2016.

Taking the Marikana Massacre as its starting point, the film digs into the history of the mining sector as well as the political backstory that led up to the tragedy, and demonstrates that even since this defining moment, nothing has changed for most miners across South Africa.

SES Reaches 2.81 Million TV Homes in Nigeria, New Study Reveals

SES S.A. (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), the world’s leading satellite operator, today announced the results of its first Satellite Monitor study on the Nigerian market, which provides insight on the important role SES plays in the growth of the satellite television reach in the country.

Zambezi Magic and NBC to broadcast a new Zimbabwean soap

Wenera, a Zimbabwean film production currently available on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) Television is all set to be broadcast on Zambezi Magic and Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) screens. The soapie, which was created, written and directed by Eddie Ndhlovu, was premiered on ZBC-TV in July last year and is currently under viewing on Zambezi Magic TV South Africa.

[ED] to broadcast live from the continent’s premier film festival

[ED], DStv channel 190 and GOtv channel 65, will again broadcast live from the Durban International Film Festival from 21-25 June, 2016. The Urban Brew Studios managed channel, which seeks to inspire and engage young Africans, will stage interviews with key stakeholders at the festival and will also screen selected AfriDocs documentaries.

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