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.

Zimbabwe: Call to Revive ZBC-TV

Gweru residents have called for the revitalisation of ZBC-TV so that it becomes a broadcaster of choice. Contributing to an Information and Media Panel of Inquiry consultative meeting in Mkoba last week, residents said Zimbabweans were shunning ZBC-TV due to substandard programmes and poor picture and sound quality.

"It is disheartening to learn that people have resorted to international broadcasters because our own broadcaster is failing to cope with the people's expectations", said one resident.

Tunis Media City - Satellite Broadcasting Company Created

The creation of a city entirely dedicated to telecom services and satellite broadcasting, Tunis Media City, was announced Thursday in Tunis. Jordan-Saudi Company for Satellite (JASCO) is initiator of this project.

Broadcast - In Brief

For nearly four months, one of the oldest and most famous French TV programmes 'Intervilles' has settled in Abidjan. Broadcasted by the RTI the programme has been sold to TV5 Monde. Source: African Info News

FOX International Channels no. 1, delivered 94% brand awareness

In remarks made to global attendees at the Asia-Pacific Pay-TV Operators Summit in Indonesia, Fox International Channels President and CEO Hernan Lopez announced the results of a new brand study undertaken to measure the strength of channel brands in 20 countries outside of the United States.

Source: Fox International Channels - 29 April 2014

Gazprom Space Systems together with Telemedia allocated two platforms of Africa TV channels on Yamal-402 satellite

Telemedia has an extensive teleport in Rivonia just north of Johannesburg where they provide playout facilities, studios and correlate TV packages to form multichannel bouquets. Telemedia then provides the uplink onto Yamal 402 at 55' East to provide a DTH (Direct to Home) multichannel television service.

Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) provides the Yamal-402 satellite capacity on both the Sub-Sahara Beam and the European Beam which is cross strapped from South Africa.

Canal+ gets rights for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

CANAL+ AFRIQUE is pleased to announce the acquisition of broadcasting rights for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be held from 12 June to 13 July 2014 in Brazil.
CANAL+ AFRIQUE will broadcast the entire competition, on its CANAL+ channels, with every single match being aired live. CANAL+ FOOT will be fully dedicated to the competition for one month.

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