The Future of TV

More and more video being consumed on smartphones and tablets, more ad dollars moving from print to mobile video and a gradual evolution away from channels to Apps. That’s the vision venture capitalist and analyst Mary Meeker presented in the 2014 edition of her annual Internet Tends report at the Code Conference Wednesday.

Africa: Is Rwanda Ready for Big Brother Africa?

AFRICA'S MOST popular reality TV show Big Brother is back. This year, Rwanda will participate in the show which will have representatives from 14 countries eyeing $300,000 (Rwf 210 million) up for grabs. Rwanda will take the place of Angola in the 9th season which starts on September 7, 2014.

Social critics say Rwanda's strict culture might clash with the values depicted in Big Brother Africa, which moralists across the continent have openly castigated.

Despite DTT, TV is not dead - far from it!

Balancing Act’s Associate editor Sylvain Béletre attended the opening of a new exhibition at the heart of Paris dedicated to the history of Television and interviewed a member of the scientific commission, Monique Sauvage, the event’s project manager, Céline Daridan and Xavier de Montfort, head of marcom at cnam.

This event is the occasion to review the impact of the digital transition in France since 2005 and how it could shape up across Africa over the next ten years.

Broadcast - In Brief

With over 20 privately owned radio stations and migration from analogue to digital broadcasting, Rwandans have now (since early 2014) started to view local private television channels. There are currently four private TV stations projected to reach eight or ten before the end of this year. Full story here:

TBN's Al Horreya Network reaching nearly 400 M in the world

Al Horreya TV, Trinity Broadcasting Network's Arabic language faith channel, continues to take hope and healing to viewers across Egypt, the Middle East, and around the world.

Oscar Pistorius TV channel a massive viewership success

MultiChoice's Oscar Pistorius Trial TV channel is a massive viewership success story for DStv, lifting ratings on the South African satellite pay-TV platform to unprecedented levels and making the channel the 4th most watched TV channel on pay-TV in South Africa since the channel launched on 2 March. by Thinus Ferreira

The phenomenal viewership feat makes the Oscar Pistorius Trial TV channel, which has already earned millions, the most successful pay-TV channel launched in South African television history.

AFRICA 24 Media celebrates African broadcasters, tour on the way

Africa24 MEDIA, the continent’s premiere Pan African international quality media production house, announces the Mohamed Amin African Media Awards (MAAMA’s), to be inaugurated in Nairobi in 2015. 

To get ready for this seminal event honoring African broadcasters, media houses, journalists and filmmakers, AFRICA24 MEDIA is sending its COO & Senior Executive Producer, Daniel Furnad, on a continent-wide tour to identify excellence in our craft.

DTT in Africa: the deadline is now just over 12 months away

Balancing Act has kept track of recent DTT developments up until June 2014 as an update to its recently published market report: "DTT: Analogue to digital migration in Africa - Strategic choices and current developments (2014)".

If Africa is to meet the ITU deadline for the switchover to digital terrestrial television (DTT) it needs to complete it within just one year, by 17 June 2015.

Broadcast - In Brief

In support for their colleagues from the Agence Internationale d'Images de Télévision (AITV), a group of France Télévisions, POLITICO TV invites you every night at INFO Africa. Info Africa is a ten minute daily news programme broadcast on France ' and presented alternately by Eleonore Abouez and Anais Agbo'more

ICASA granted 5 licences for subscription broadcasting services

In Johannesburg, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa hereby notifies the media and stakeholders that it has conditionally granted five (5) licences for individual commercial subscription broadcasting services. Although the conditions imposed are specific to each of the five applicants, they generally relate to amongst others, confirmation of equity ownership, funding requirements, further research, confirmation of local content and programming content agreements.

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