Lifetime launches on DStv and plans to have a lekker local flavour

Lifetime (DStv 131) has been launched on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform in South Africa and across Africa, upping the competition for female viewers and increasing the choices when it comes to drama, made-for-TV movies, scripted reality shows and factual entertainment programming..

M-Net - Now you can watch your favourite TV show only 24 hours after it airs in America

M-Net is set to break new ground as the South African pay-TV broadcaster goes full throttle forward into a new age of foreign television delivery. The almost 28-year-old M-Net has always had and secured premium television content but two factors the past half a decade, prompted - almost forced them to up the stakes dramatically and bring it to viewers sooner writes Thinus Ferreira

Firstly competitors edged in on the action and secondly illegal downloads prompted swift action.

Broadcast - In Brief

TV viewing broke records in first FIFA World Cup matches according to FIFA:
34.1 million watched Japan play Côte d’Ivoire on Japanese channel NHK, twice the size of the next biggest sports broadcast of 2014. 11.1 million watched the USA v. Ghana match on ESPN in the United States – a record high for ESPN’s coverage of men’s FIFA World Cup matches

New channel launched: Maghreb TV-SAT

Maghreb TV, a Belgo-Maghreb TV has launched its new channel Maghreb TV-SAT, an independent and pluralistic media that wants to promote links between Moroccans of the world and their country of origin, said a statement.

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
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