New pay TV network: Montage TV unveiled in Lagos

Montage Cable Network, (MCN), a digital satellite television company which promises to offer top of the range family conscious entertainment, lifestyle, news, documentaries, movies, children movies and sports channels was yesterday (1st April 2014) launched in Lagos.

Nigeria: StarTimes offers Subscribers an Early Easter Gift through its Open Week

StarTimes offers its dormant and active subscribers access to free viewing for 13 of its channels during its Open Week, from April 7 to 13, 2014


Free Channels were derived from a survey conducted on the StarTimes Nigeria Facebook page
Channels include WAP TV, Orisun, AMC Movies, JimJam and BBC

Source: StarTimes

Ghana: Launch Factory 4th Healthline TV show launched

Launch Factory announced the launch of the fourth season of the award-winning television show, Healthline, in Ghana. The 13-part TV series produced by Launch Factory & developed by Vodafone Ghana responds to the need for credible and reliable health information for the Ghanaian population. The show addresses some of Ghanaians most pressing health concerns and changes the lives of people who otherwise would not have access to healthcare.

Broadcast to VoD: Mayibuye Film Festival is on Wabona

In South Africa on April 1, 2014, Wabona, one of Africas premiere video streaming services is happy to announce a ground breaking partnership with Cape Town based Gravel Road Entertainment.

On the 13th of April 2014 Gravel Road Entertainments Retro Afrika Bioscope launches the Mayibuye Film Festival on SABC 1.  The festival will run for three weeks, airing two never before seen films every Sunday in which Wabona and Cinemo, Wabonas mobile service, will be released 2 hours after broadcast free for its users on both services.

Tanzania: Dar Ready for Science TV Channel

The Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) is to introduce a television channel that highlights scientific innovations in the country. In its latest communication, the Commission has made a call for content providers to express interest in the initiative. The move is likely to increase local content. Local content is generally defined as programming which is produced under the creative control of nationals of the country.

Broadcast - In Brief

South Africa, Audience results by TV programme:

The week of 10 March — 19 March 2014

saw’s Big Momma movie sequels keep in our Top 5 on our SAARF/MarkLives #Top40TVratings national chart, while the Absa Premiership also scored a Top 10 position on our national table.

On the DStv chart: grabbed the no. 3 slot with Big Mommas: Like Farther Like Son. Mzansi Magic took the no. four slot on our DStv chart with Isibaya.

SatLink global TV distribution partner for Ethiopian Television Agency

Satellite distribution across Africa, North America, Europe and the Middle East is to extend ERTA global audience reach.

Two new African channels available via satellite in West Africa

Two African Channels Benie TV and Ouest TV Choose Globecast for Access to Canalsat Bouquet on SES-4.

Source: Globecast — 25 March 2014

Discovery launching ID Xtra channel in CEE and MEA

Discovery is launching ID Xtra in Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. The new channel, ID Extra, will roll out on April 1, 2014.

Discovery already operates the Investigation Discovery channel in the region and the new service will sit alongside the existing brand.

The new female-skewed channel will be programmed with real-life mystery, crime and suspense factual and lifestyle programming. The launch in the CEE and MEA regions follows the success of Discovery’s ID channel in the US.

VoD, a threat to pay TV in Africa?

MultiChoice: Netflix, Apple pose ‘real threat’:

MultiChoice CEO Imtiaz Patel says online streaming services offered by Apple, Google, Netflix and others pose a “real threat” to DStv. By Duncan McLeod.

Netflix, Apple, Google and other online streaming video providers are the real threat to MultiChoice in South Africa’s subscription broadcasting industry, the pay-television operator’s CEO says.

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