Broadcast - In Brief

The international division of Discovery is launching its TLC HD channel in the MENA region, sealing a carriage deal with OSN.
The pay TV platform will exclusively carry the female-skewing channel on its service. The channel will be programmed with international and US TLC content as well as showcasing content from Discovery’s OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
TLC HD will roll out on OSN on March 24, 2014. More here

Intelsat FY 2013: oversupply environment in Africa affects pricing


Intelsat Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013 Results. Key highlights:

MTG and Trace TV: A Synergy of Convenience

Trace and MTG have announced a strategic partnership that is based on a pragmatic, synergetic and visionary business alliance, according to Mr Olivier Laouchez CEO of Trace. For Balancing Act’s broadcast newsletter and website, Themba Ndlwana interviewed Laouchez  and provides the essence of the deal.

Source: Themba Ndlwana for Balancing Act March 2014

Trace and MTG look to Africa for growth

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.

Source: DTVE channels - 27th February 2014

Eurochannel makes African push

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.

Source: dtvechannels - 28 February 2014

Zimbabwe: football, Dembare Demand U.S $30 000 From ZBC

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

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
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