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.
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.
Giants Dynamos want ZBC to pay them US$30 000 to beam live their Champions League tie against AS Vita at the National Sports Stadium this Saturday. DeMbare will host the side from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the first leg before travelling for the return leg next week.
There were efforts to screen the match live on television but the negotiations appear to have hit a snag as the Harare giants are demanding a flat fee of US$30,000, which ZBC have indicated are not in a position to pay.
Source: 26 February 2014Source: The Herald - Eddie Chikamhi
- Capacity equivalent to almost 5,000 hours of transmissions has been booked with Eutelsat by TV channels and service providers to cover the Sochi Olympic Games. Coverage is transmitted to Europe via the EUTELSAT 16A, EUTELSAT 7A and EUTELSAT 3D satellites, which offer single-hop reach between Europe, Russia, North Africa and the Middle East.
Of what value is an expired licence especially a broadcasting licence ? None. Nil. Zero. That exactly is the situation with a large number of the country's broadcasting organisations. Technically (and actually) many broadcasting organisations are ineligible to keep doing what they are doing, given their repeated failure to pay for the renewal of their respective licences. Up until 9 January, the scale of default in payment by radio and television organisations, including cable and pay TV services providers, to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), stood at over N3trillion.
Channel ED will join the DStv family of channels on Tuesday, 10 December, on channel 318. The channel will give all DStv customers access to an exciting knowledge portal offering a combination of global high-end documentaries and new locally-produced content that aims to inspire audiences to remain curious.
For those who subscribe to cable and satellite providers participating in coverage of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, streaming events to any device will be possible.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded SuperSport International the broadcast rights for South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. This will include pay satellite television, as well as internet and mobile platforms.
- RFI - Mahamat Saleh Haroun: “TV in Chad is doing well, because it has new means today. It has a budget, a seat that is under construction and will be ready within a year, an eleven-storey building. It now produces its own programmes, buys films from young directors who produce their films in Ndjamena. There is a political establishment that allows the emergence of some Chadian film directors. So the movement is initiated. I hope that the forthcoming creation of the film school in Ndjamena really can become a place of brainstorming, but also pulse something new for cinema in Africa.”
In 18 months time, Euronews will have a sister channel in Africa. In partnership with the national television channel of the Republic of the Congo, Euronews will bring to Africa its unique know-how as a multi-lingual and multi-cultural news channel, broadcasting around the clock. Starting with English and French, and then adding other languages widely-spoken on the continent, Africanews aims to become the first Pan-African rolling news channel. The headquarters will be in Brazzaville and regional offices will be set up across the continent.
AMC/Sundance Channel Global, the international division of AMC Networks, has announced numerous acquisitions from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to premiere exclusively on Sundance Channel internationally shortly after the festival this spring. Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC/Sundance Channel Global, made the announcement from Park City, Utah where Sundance Channel is celebrating its biggest year of growth across its international television networks and video-on-demand (VOD) services.