ODM launches Trace Sport Stars, QYOU channels

South African pay-DTH operator On Digital Media (ODM), is adding two channels, namely the US video clip linear TV channel QYOU and Trace Sports Stars. According to Nextvame, the channels will be aired on ODM's StarSat, on channels 165 and 250 respectively. At the same time MultiChoice has downgraded Trace Sports Stars from its DStv Premium package and made it available to DStv Extra, DStv Compact and DStv Family subscribers.

Source: Telecompaper 3 October 2014

KTN, NTV and Citizen back on StarTimes

Three major local stations KTN, NTV and Citizen which have been absent from the StarTimes pay TV platform are now back just two days after the Supreme Court made a ruling on a case that had the stations on opposing sides.

Subscribers with the StarTimes decoder will now be able to watch the three stations in addition to over 70 international channels hosted by the digital television service provider.

Kenya: Local broadcasters to air 40% local content or risk penalties from CAK

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has directed television stations operating in Kenya to air 40% local content or risk penalties from the authority.

Although the authority is yet to come up with the said penalties, CA’s Director General Francis Wangusi said that among them would be asking the offending media house to pay more to the Universal Service Fund , money that will be used to support the production of local content in the country.

Ubuntu Village film project inspires connection and understanding

The Ubuntu Village project is a film driven initiative which began as a festival at Colorado State University (CSU) in 2011. Created by graduate Namuyaba Temanju, the project aims to connect people and create awareness around social issues by sharing with them stories which encompass the African philosophy of Ubuntu.

Three new channels set for DStv

If there is one thing any TV fan in South Africa would agree with, it would be the exponential growth of several channels in the past 24 months. The viewer is spoiled for choice as there is more diverse content out there. Of late is the addition of three channels from Viacom and these are Nick Jr, Nicktoons and BET International.

We caught up with Alex Okosi (pictured), Senior Vice President and Managing Director, VIMN Africa, and he shed light on the developments.

StarTimes unveils new Hausa channel

StarTimes has unveiled a new Hausa channel, Dadin Kowa. The channel is dedicated to airing a variety of Hausa programmes, which include drama, documentary, talk shows, movies, music and education.

Aflix Extends To 30 African Countries

Newly launched mobile video streaming app, Aflix, which was initially launched in Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana, has extended its Hollywood mobile streaming service in thirty other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The services will be available in Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Hyena Boys Wins Best Documentary Short At 2014 California International Shorts Festival

The Gadawan Kura, or hyena handlers of Nigeria, were first introduced to a wider audience via South African photographer Pieter Hugo‘s striking 2007 series The Hyena and Other Men. Hugo spent two years photographing the itinerant hyena wranglers who subsist off the money they make from selling herbal remedies and performing with their semi-domesticated hyenas, baboons and snakes for awestruck audiences in towns throughout Nigeria.

BET and two new channels coming to DStv

DStv is adding Nicktoons as a new TV channel from 30 September and also adding Nick Jr and BET to DStv. All three TV channels are supplied by Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) as part of new carriage agreements with MultiChoice. by Thinus Ferreira

VIMN Africa already supplies channels like MTV, MTV Base, Nickelodeon, VH1 Classic and Comedy Central Africa to MultiChoice's DStv.

BET's spin-off channel BET on Jazz was available on DStv in South Africa for a period in the past but was discontinued.

Beats of The Antonov Takes Major Prize At 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

Sudanese filmmaker and war reporter Hajooj Kuka‘s directorial debut Beats of the Antonov premiered earlier this month at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, winning the audience-selected People’s Choice Documentary Award. The narrative feature takes its name from the Russian cargo planes used by the Sudanese government in its air raids on the makeshift mountain hideouts and refugee camps located in the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains.

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