Broadcast

Conax a driver for Africa's pay-TV expansion with strong regional track record in secure digital migration - robust operator roadmap to ensure future-oriented business

Conax, part of the Kudelski Group and provider of total service protection for pay-TV service providers, content owners and entertainment services, today announced its continued commitment to furthering African pay-TV growth through targeted solutions for secure content, pricing and user experience.

Umlilo premieres this March on e.tv

A story of revenge set against the backdrop of a polygamous family, Umlilo is e.tv's new ground-breaking drama that makes its debut on Monday, 2 March 2015 at 21h00. Umlilo offers both a heart-stopping mystery, and a deeply affecting family drama.

The show features a moderately affluent Johannesburg family headed by the dynamic patriarch Mnqobi (played by Hamilton Dhlamini), a self-made man in his 40s. Mnqobi is a successful businessman and global player on the brink of landing a lucrative business deal that would make him and his partner happy.

M-Net closing Maisha Magic over lack of viewership

Subscription based channel M-Net has decided to shut down its less than a year old Maisha MSubscription based channel M-Net has decided to shut down its less than a year old Maisha Magic channel due to low popularity.

In a press release sent to newsrooms, M-Net said this was a business decision .

WGSA Muse Awards 2014/15 nominations

The Writers' Guild of South Africa (WGSA) and M-Net have announced the nominees for the WGSA Muse Awards 2014/15. At the event - set for late April 2015 - performance writers in film, television, radio, stage and new media industries will gather to recognise and celebrate the integral role played by their peers in the South African entertainment industry.

On this, the second annual WGSA Muse Awards, WGSA is elated to have M-Net as a headline sponsor for the competition and awards ceremony, which honours the best local performance writers in the industry.

Broadcast – In Brief

Dutch operator KPN renews its agreement with channels 2M and Antena 3
On February 1st, the Dutch operator KPN has renewed its contract to broadcast the Moroccan channel 2M and the Spanish channel Antena 3. Both general interest channels had entered KPN's Basic TV pack in January 2013. The renewal was carried out with the collaboration of THEMA's Dutch agent IBSBM.

 

Vidi gets Sherlock, Atlantis, other BBC shows

Vidi has announced that it will soon offer a number of BBC shows, including Sherlock and Atlantis

Vidi, the video on demand (VOD) service from Times Media Group which launched in September 2014, has announced that it has signed a deal with BBC Worldwide.

With the signing of the deal a number of new shows will become available on its platform from the beginning of February, Vidi said.

Among the series coming to Vidi is Sherlock, the hit show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and Atlantis.

Other BBC shows that will be available on Vidi include:

Lifetime announces Four Weddings SA

A+E Networks UK has commissioned a South African version of the reality series Four Weddings after signing a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment for the format.

This is the first locally commissioned series for Lifetime in Africa, and the second for A+E Networks UK, which launched Pawn Stars South Africa on HISTORY in October 2014. The series will premiere later in 2015.

Kenya: Zuku launches new sporting channels

In Kenya, Zuku has launched a new set of channels on its platform. According to the broadcaster, these channels are mainly aimed at broadcasting sporting events across the country. According to the Wananchi Group CEO, Richard Alden: “The new additions were in response to client comments on viewership.”

Broadcast – In Brief

Kenya's High Court has stopped advertisements sponsored by NTV, KTN, Citizen TV and QTV, asking the public to boycott GOtv and wait for their set-top boxes. The High Court also told Royal Media Services, Nation Media Group and Standard Group to appear in court on 02 February, when the case will be heard. GOtv Kenya general manager Felix Kyengo has welcomed the move by the High Court and said that the company's interest is to safeguard the rights of its customers and to seek justice.

VoD: BUNI.TV Launches Embeddable Player and Affiliate Program

Top African video-on-demand platform Buni.tv is launching a new embeddable player and affiliate program, which will allow blogs, film festivals, and the filmmakers themselves to share movies directly on their websites and get paid for it.

Buni.tv’s premium subscription service Buni+, which launched last year, gives users unlimited access to top African films such as Flower Girl, Viva Riva!, Nairobi Half Life, or House of Lungula for $5/month, and is accessible on any internet-connected device at www.buni.tv/plus.

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