Broadcast - In Brief

Digital TV Research’s Simon Murray told ‘Via Satellite’ that Africa and Asia could be the most interesting opportunities for DTH over the next few years. “There is still plenty of room for growth for satellite TV as new markets open up,” Murray said. “Satellite TV is easier to set up in new markets, such as Sub-Saharan Africa, where there is little infrastructure for cable, IPTV or even DTT.

Hip TV will launch as a 24-hour channel on DSTV

Smooth Promotions, the umbrella body of Hip TV, the urbane contemporary music and lifestyle channel is proud to announce that the TV brand will launch as a 24-hour channel on DSTV, the largest digital satellite TV platform in Africa, broadcasting to over 40 countries around the continent and also on the GOTV platform.

Source: hiphopworldmagazine 4th September 2013.

S.A.: Sentech to carry’s DTT signal

Free-to-air broadcaster has appointed state-owned signal distributor Sentech to provide signal distribution for digital terrestrial television (DTT) services, which intends to launch.

The broadcaster said that the parties had signed a memorandum of understanding. was granted a minimum of 50 percent of a DTT multiplex by the industry regulator last year. This would enable the television station to launch multiple channels on the digital platform.

Source: Asha Speckman 19th August 2013

Uganda: Digital Broadcasting Begins

Signal testing of digital broadcasting in Uganda has commenced, starting with Kampala, officials have said. This marks the automatic migration from analogue to digital broadcasting.

The move follows the installation of the digital antennae at the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) mast in Kololo yesterday. According to Mr Paul Kihika, the UBC managing director, when TV and radio stations are switched back on air, the corporation will start the gradual signal test-run for the greater Kampala area.

Source: Daily Monitor 12th August 2013

Kenya: MCSK Launches Triple P

There is a new 24-hour TV show in town, Triple P. It is a 24-hour channel that is the ultimate one stop shop for local content in a single package tailored for both home and public entertainment. It is available on Star Times' digital television platform. The development is a shot in the arm to the growing appeal for local content among Kenyans leading to increased local productions, development of existing talent and emergence of new talent in the competitive entertainment industry.

Source: The Star 10th August 2013

S.A.: New free satellite TV in SA boosts local product providers

Free-to-air TV company Sabido, which owns and is backed by HCI and Remgro, plans to launch a new satellite TV service in October this year.

Sabido will launch the OpenView HD service to South African and later to regional viewers. The service will initially include 15 television channels and operate according to the same advertising led, free-to-air model that is built on. However consumers will need to invest in a satellite dish and set top box to access the new service.

Source: Moneyweb Sasha Planting 10th August 2013

Broadcast - In Brief

- Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET) reported on 6 August 2013 that it has launched its first-ever ad campaign highlighting what's most important to it "as a news organisation telling the world about entertainment and celebrities from Nigeria and the rest of Africa."

Foxcrime on South Africa's DStv network

The pay channel, which bows on South Africa's DStv network, features procedurals including “Criminal Minds,” “CSI” and new FX series “The Bridge.”

Fox International Channels has launched its crime-themed pay channel Foxcrime in Africa, with the branded net going out on South Africa's DStv network, which reaches 1.6 million subscribers.

Source: hollywoodreporter

‘Billo from Dakar’ UK Premiere on the Africa Channel

On the Africa Channel on Wednesday 28th August at 9pm, Africa Picture House presents the UK Premiere of this new award-winning film produced in Italy and Senegal.

Source: The Africa channel August 2013

Namibia: Free Your Mind to Hit Our TV Screens, As Chiro Wins

Free Your Mind (FYM), Namibia's monthly comedy initiative recently celebrated their fifth anniversary. The brainchild of Ndemufayo 'Chicken' Kauxuxena and Onesmus 'Slick' Upindi, whose love for entertainment sparked the idea of forming a comedy collective.

Having seen FYM grow to theatre busting proportions, through much sacrifice and laughter, the FYM brand can now look forward to hitting our television screens, when it airs on NBC every Wednesday at 19h00, starting from 4 September.

Source: The Namibian Y. Coetzee 6 August 2013
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