Mediatech Africa: home to the latest in ground-breaking technology

Mediatech Africa, the largest media and entertainment technology trade show for southern Africa, will be staged this year from 15 to 17 July at the TicketPro Dome at Northgate, Johannesburg.

Staged biennially, Mediatech Africa presents the latest technologies and trends to southern Africa’s broadcast and film sector and rapidly-growing live event and AV system integration industries.

African Movie Channel in new deal with StarTimes – AMC series launches

Following a new deal signed in April 2015 with StarTimes, the international Pay TV operator, UK based broadcaster, African Movie Channel (AMC) today launched its latest offering, African Movie Channel Series (AMC Series) on the StarTimes DTT and StarSat DTH African television platforms.

AMC Series is a premium African entertainment channel showcasing the best and award-winning TV soaps, comedy and drama from Nigeria, peppered with some of the best series from all over Africa, 24 hours a day for the whole family.

Africa's top documentary festival announces first films

CitizenFour, Laura Poitras’s Oscar-winning documentary about whistleblower Edward Snowden, will open the 17th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, running from 4-14 June 2015 in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Poitras won the Pulitzer in 2014 for her role in helping Snowden expose the widespread abuses of America’s National Security Adminsitration. Citizenfour is a first-person, fly-on-the-wall account of breaking the story of the decade, a real-life thriler unfolding minute-by-minute before our eyes.

Broadcast – In brief

Ghana's first private broadcaster, Crystal TV has entered into a carriage agreement with Filmbox International, a unit of SPI International Group. Crystal TV has added eight channels as a result, namely FilmBox, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, DocuBox, 360TuneBox, FilmBox Arthouse, MadscreenBox and FashionBox.

Nigeria’s Consat adds Fashion One channel to line-up

Nigerian pay TV platform Continental Satellite Limited (Consat) has added Fashion One’s international channel F.O. to its line-up.

F.O. is available as part of Consat’s pay-TV style bouquet package on channel 235. The female-focused network covers fashion, entertainment, lifestyle news and events.

iROKOtv Announce Two TV Channels and Netflix Partnership

Popular Nigerian video streaming service, iROKOtv, recently announced a deal with StarTimes to have two new television channels, iROKO Play and iROKO Plus on the digital TV operator’s platform. The move has the potential to increase the VOD platform’s reach considerably, especially since StarTimes currently has 4.6 million subscribers across 14 countries. The deal was signed at MIPTV in France this year.

StarTimes enhances digital TV access with new channels

Digital television service provider, StarTimes, says it is further enriching its content, enhancing access for viewers, and pushing the boundaries to delight viewers and attract more households.

This direction was highlighted as the digital television company made new strategic announcements on its digital TV offerings recently.

DStv rival StarSat goes offline

Pay-television provider StarSat has gone off-air, apparently because of technical problems. Viewers say the signal stopped transmitting on Monday afternoon.

StarSat subscribers have called TechCentral, complaining that they have not been able to contact the company through its call centre or through e-mail.

In a terse statement sent to TechCentral, StarSat says simply that it is “experiencing technical issues”.

Banda TV picks up “Love Lab” for Angola and Mozambique

Banda TV has commissioned 60 episodes of the reality dating show Love Lab to air in Angola and Mozambique. The deal marks the Israeli company’s first commissions from those countries.

The original version of Love Lab was produced by Abot-Hameiri and aired on Israel’s Channel 10. In the series, one bachelor, his three best friends and 14 single women live in a mansion cut off from the outside world in a bid to find love.

Hassan Hajjaj To Premiere Documentary About Badass Moroccan ‘Henna Girl’

After two years of working on a Marrakesh-set documentary project, Moroccan pop art photographer/filmmaker Hassan Hajjaj will soon unveil his new documentary, A Day In The Life Of Karima: A Henna Girl. In the lead-up to the film’s world premiere at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in May, Hajjaj has shared a high adrenaline trailer and an accompanying music video for an artist by the name of Koma. From the short clip, the film looks to be a live action version of Hajjaj’s iconic Kesh Angels photographs of Moroccan biker women.

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