Broadcast - In Brief

South Africa, Audience results by TV programme:

The week of 10 March — 19 March 2014

saw’s Big Momma movie sequels keep in our Top 5 on our SAARF/MarkLives #Top40TVratings national chart, while the Absa Premiership also scored a Top 10 position on our national table.

On the DStv chart: grabbed the no. 3 slot with Big Mommas: Like Farther Like Son. Mzansi Magic took the no. four slot on our DStv chart with Isibaya.

SatLink global TV distribution partner for Ethiopian Television Agency

Satellite distribution across Africa, North America, Europe and the Middle East is to extend ERTA global audience reach.

Two new African channels available via satellite in West Africa

Two African Channels Benie TV and Ouest TV Choose Globecast for Access to Canalsat Bouquet on SES-4.

Source: Globecast — 25 March 2014

Discovery launching ID Xtra channel in CEE and MEA

Discovery is launching ID Xtra in Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. The new channel, ID Extra, will roll out on April 1, 2014.

Discovery already operates the Investigation Discovery channel in the region and the new service will sit alongside the existing brand.

The new female-skewed channel will be programmed with real-life mystery, crime and suspense factual and lifestyle programming. The launch in the CEE and MEA regions follows the success of Discovery’s ID channel in the US.

VoD, a threat to pay TV in Africa?

MultiChoice: Netflix, Apple pose ‘real threat’:

MultiChoice CEO Imtiaz Patel says online streaming services offered by Apple, Google, Netflix and others pose a “real threat” to DStv. By Duncan McLeod.

Netflix, Apple, Google and other online streaming video providers are the real threat to MultiChoice in South Africa’s subscription broadcasting industry, the pay-television operator’s CEO says.

Broadcast - In Brief

The international division of Discovery is launching its TLC HD channel in the MENA region, sealing a carriage deal with OSN.
The pay TV platform will exclusively carry the female-skewing channel on its service. The channel will be programmed with international and US TLC content as well as showcasing content from Discovery’s OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
TLC HD will roll out on OSN on March 24, 2014. More here

Intelsat FY 2013: oversupply environment in Africa affects pricing


Intelsat Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013 Results. Key highlights:

MTG and Trace TV: A Synergy of Convenience

Trace and MTG have announced a strategic partnership that is based on a pragmatic, synergetic and visionary business alliance, according to Mr Olivier Laouchez CEO of Trace. For Balancing Act’s broadcast newsletter and website, Themba Ndlwana interviewed Laouchez  and provides the essence of the deal.

Source: Themba Ndlwana for Balancing Act March 2014

Trace and MTG look to Africa for growth

Trace’s strength in Africa was a key factor in Modern Times Group’s decision to acquire a controlling stake in the sports lifestyle and music broadcaster and the pair will jointly look to exploit free-to-air and non-broadcasting related opportunities across the continent, according to Trace CEO Olivier Laouchez (see next story for interview).

Trace offers channels such as Trace Sport Stars and Trace Urban via third party distribution deals in more than 160 territories worldwide, including all 55 in Africa, where MTG is rapidly expanding.

Source: DTVE channels - 27th February 2014

Eurochannel makes African push

TV network Eurochannel has expanded into Africa, as part of a wider expansion effort that has also seen it increase its European footprint over recent months.
The channel, which specialises in European movies, music, and television series, signed a deal with African operator Montage TV in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Source: dtvechannels - 28 February 2014