DStv adds HOOLEE kids channel from December

Cape Town – MultiChoice's next pop-up channel will be the kids channel HOOLEE from Turner Broadcasting System International that will run from the beginning of December 2015 to the end of January 2016 on DStv.

HOOLEE follows after M-Net and Disney's current Star Wars channel on 109 on DStv.

Turner already provides kids channels like Cartoon Network (DStv 301) and Boomerang (DStv 302) to DStv.

Turner Africa announced that HOOLEE will become Africa's first pop-up channel on DStv at the 5-day MultiChoice Content Showcase held this past week.

A Conversation On ‘MTV Shuga,’ The African Soap Opera That Broke Lupita Nyong’o

“I think one thing the campaign is trying to do is talk about how HIV and AIDS is not a death sentence,” Lupita Nyong’o said in 2010 interview with CNN. The now Academy Award-winning actress was speaking about her first major role, as the star of MTV’s hard-hitting, Kenyan-set soap opera.

“Shuga was so effective on Kenyan youth because of the fact that it was modern, it was hip, it was fast and furious,” Nyong’o added. “In Shuga, it’s young people telling young people, advising young people. So I think that is very effective and young people respond to that”.

Naspers Said to Plan Showmax Expansion to Take on Netflix

Naspers Ltd., Africa’s biggest company by market value, is planning to expand its video-streaming competitor to Netflix Inc. into three new continents next year while Samsung Electronics Co. has agreed to include the service on its smart TVs, according to a person familiar with the matter.

SkyVision Launches Two Broadcast Platforms Over ABS-3A Satellite to Deliver Comprehensive SD/HD Content to Customers in Africa

SkyVision Global Networks Ltd., a leading global satellite communications service provider, today announced a partnership with ABS, one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world, to launch two new video platforms on ABS-3A. This will provide quality DVB-S and DVB-S2 content, including HD, via satellite across Sub-Saharan Africa, including French speaking Africa and South Africa.

DISCOPRO expands across west and east Africa

Following the record-breaking attendance which marked the 4th edition of the DISCOPRO pitching, learning and networking programme earlier this month, plans are already in motion to further develop DISCOPRO. This expansion will include two additional satellite events in 2016 in Abidjan, from 31 May to 2 June, alongside DISCOP Africa Abidjan, and in Nairobi, from 24 to 26 August, alongside the Kalasha Festival.

South Africa urged to screen Emmy-winning Marikana film

Civil society demands South African Broadcasting Corporation screen Miners Shot Down after film scoops Emmy award.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has been urged by activists and civil society to broadcast a documentary depicting the Marikana massacre of 2012 on public television.

At least 44 people were killed during strikes at the Lonmin Platinum mines in the Northwest province in South Africa.

South Africa: BET ripped away from StarSat subscribers

StarSat subscribers have had their BET channel suddenly ripped away from them with no word nor warning. TVSA has been receiving queries about it through the day which strongly suggests that neither StarSat nor BET has bothered to tell anyone.

The reason it's gone: the BET International channel on StarSat was discontinued on Tuesday (1 December) to coincide with the discontinuation of the BET2 channel on DStv. They're both the same secondary BET channel with different names.

Broadcast – In brief

Eutelsat and Camusat have entered into a partnership agreement that will enhance turnkey connectivity solutions for mobile operators in Sub-Saharan Africa. Eutelsat will deliver satellite coverage of all African territories while Camusat will provide expertise in telecom infrastructure deployment, including building, providing electrical power and maintaining towers for mobile telephony networks via more than 1,000 employees in the African continent.

First DTT broadcasts in Cape Verde scheduled for early 2016

The first Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) broadcasts, originally scheduled for June of this year, are due to begin in early 2016, predicted Wednesday the president of the National Communications Agency (ANAC) of Cape Verde.
David Gomes, commenting on the status of the introduction of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in Cabo Verde, said the most important thing was that the content aggregator centre will be ready in December, so it can receive content from a variety of operators in the market in order to carry out its aggregation, transport and distribution.

Startimes Tanzania helps dealers improve customer services

StarTimes Tanzania has urged its dealers to deliver the best customer services to their clients if they are to thrive in business amid increasing rivalry, The Citizen reported. The company has hosted a special event which brought together all of its dealers. The event sought to help dealers share information with management and discuss the services, products and special promotional policies and share promotions with consumers.

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