Broadcast - In Brief

- 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.

Nigeria: Broadcast Regulator NBC highlights broadcast companies unpaid licence fees

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.

Source: Vanguard Pade Olaniyonu February 8 2014

Channel ED offers DStv Customers a Portal to Knowledge

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.

Source: Multichoice - December 3 2013

Africa can watch the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Game on any device

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.

Source: screenafrica February 12 2014

Broadcast - In Brief

- 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.”

Africanews, 1st Pan-African multilingual news channel to be launched by Euronews

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 launched in North Africa

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.

Source: iptv-news Thomas Campbell 23 Jan 2014.

The END of broadcasting (as we know it), says Web TV producer

“I don’t see broadcasting as something that will stay on beyond two years,” declares Ahigyan Jha, founder and CEO of Underground Productions. “It’s going to crumble far more quickly than print did.

Source: iptv-news Thomas Campbell 23 Jan 2014.

Broadcast - In Brief

- BBLACK AFRICA TV channel is now available on bouquet CanalSat, canal 61.

Bloomberg TV Africa launches weekly football show - 'Football Dynamics' - with BSports

Football Dynamics is a fresh new studio-based show combining unique analytics from Bloomberg Sports with expert opinion to give viewers the inside track on the game’s hot topics and focus on distinctive, data-driven football insights.
In the year when the World Cup will be staged for the first time in Brazil since 1950, with five African nations represented, Bloomberg Sports (BSports) is teaming up with Bloomberg TV Africa, part of the Optima Media Group.

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