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Spacecom provides East Africa with DTH + DTT Content

Spacecom, the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has won a five-year deal worth $5.9 million for providing broadcast services to an East African video service provider.

The customer will use capacity on AMOS-5 to provide both Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) and Direct To Home (DTH) operations for a digital migration project taking place in the region.

Transmitting on an AMOS-5 Ku-band, the broadcaster will provide local and international content including news, sports, entertainment and family programming to the region.

Source: Satnews Daily and screenafrica - October 2013

Broadcast - In Brief

- East African pay TV operator Zuku will launch its own kids’ channel this year, developed with former Disney Channels Worldwide and KidsCo chief Paul Robinson. The launch, set for November 1, will see Zuku Kids become the only children’s network of African origin available anywhere on the continent, said Zuku. Source: c21media, Oct 013.

- MNet in South Africa has picked up content from US independent distributor CableReady. The deal mainly includes 50 episodes of long running entertainment programme Hollywood One on One. Source: c21media, Oct 013.

South Africa: Sentech launches free-to-air platform

Sentech, the government-owned broadcast signal distributor, launched its free-to-air satellite television platform, called Freevision, yesterday.

The launch has overtaken that of Openview HD, which is being offered by Platco Digital, e.tv’s sister company, later this month.

The new platforms, which are expected to offer multiple channels, will operate as alternatives for customers who cannot easily afford MultiChoice’s subscription-based platform, which manages the M-Net channel and DStv.

Source: Asha Speckman fo iol 1 Ocotober 2013 -

Togo TV’s satellite achievement

Togo’s US$40 million investment that last month helped the country’s public broadcaster TV Togo (TVT) and its two radio stations, Radio Lomé and Radio Kara, to take its signal on satellite augurs well for the future of broadcasting, one expert told Biztechafrica.

The orbiting process was done by SKA Telecom, and split it into two, TV Togo for Africa and International TV Togo International for Europe and the two public radio stations, connecting the head-end to the selected satellite.

Source: BiztechAfrica - 25 September 2013

Zulu TV channel for sub-Saharan Africa

South African arts practitioner Mbongeni Ngema has announced that his company, Committed Artists Records and Films, will unveil a new Zulu TV channel on 30 September 2013 at KZN Music House in Durban.

The channel will be flighted throughout sub-Saharan Africa via a new satellite that has been launched by Sentech.

Source: bizcommunity 25 September 2013

Broadcast - In Brief

- Madagascar: A report traces the history and the major issues as well as the latest update of Digital Terrestrial Television in the country, click here to view the repost:

SABC2: The Big Break Legacy TV programme

Two contestants in The Big Break Legacy, Ntokozo Biyela and Tsepiso Makhubedu, will go head to head next week in the next elimination on SABC2.
One of them will miss out on winning the R5-million investment into their business and go home.

Source: ninesquared.co.za - 23 September 2013

Kenya: Film studio changes the broadcast scene landscape

MultiChoice Africa, the owners of DStv, has recently launched a Sh1 billion film studio in Nairobi, putting the Kenyan capital at par with South Africa and Nigeria where it runs similar studios.

MultiChoice subsidiaries, SuperSport and M-Net Africa, will use the facility to generate content that is relevant to the company’s East African audience.

The move follows a recent announcement by the government that it intends to increase local content quotient for broadcasters to 60 per cent from the current 40 per cent.

Source: businessdailyafrica - Okuttah Mark 5 September 2013

Ghana to benefit from neighbours on DTT migration

The Business Manager for GOtv Kingsley Afful, has told Biztechafrica that the country stands a great chance of learning from other neighbouring African states for a smooth migration from analogue to the digital terrestrial television. According to him the DTT platform has been tested and proving to be efficient in its implementation. Ghana will by the end of 2014 switch from analogue broadcasting services to digital broadcasting ahead of an international deadline of June 17, 2015.

Source: BiztechAfrica - Nana Appiah 12 September 2013

Ghana: Viasat1 to Broadcast English Premiership

Football is finally back on Viasat1! English Premier League fans in Ghana will be happy to hear that Viasat1 has acquired the rights to broadcast LIVE matches of the 2013-14 season. Viasat1 will telecast one LIVE match every Saturday and highlights of other matches once a week.

With football now being one of TV's most desirable properties in the country, there could be no better time to tap into it. Viasat1 kicks off the coverage on Saturday, 14th September 2013 at 2:00pm.

Source: The Chronicle – Chris Twum 13 September 2013
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