Vodacom plans to take its video-on-demand (VOD) service, Video Play, to other countries in Africa − after attracting over 80,000 users in South Africa so far.
"Vodacom will expand its Video Play services into its regional countries subject to concluding the relevant commercial agreements on content licences and network readiness," Ashraff Paruk, managing executive of digital services at Vodacom, told ITWeb.
Besides SA, Vodacom also operates in Mozambique, Lesotho, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Cartoon Network (DStv channel 301) announced the winners of its first Cartoon Network Imagination Studios competition. The brand new initiative, a specially-crafted, creative online platform, was created to inspire, motivate and celebrate the wild imaginations of children. In its first year, the competition drew a total of 5159 entries, with activations implemented in more than 200 schools in Nigeria, which resulted in inspiring the creativity of 18 056 learners.
Zuku has launched a new channel offering a blend of content packaged to appeal to a female audience.
The new channel called Glam, will showcase locally produced shows, Music, Realities, Lifestyle, Drama and Comedies, will be available from July 1, 2016. Glam will replace the US basic cable and satellite television network, TLC.
Glam is a blend of female-skewed content and is Zuku’s flagship General Entertainment channel targeting ladies aged between 18-45 years.
20th Century Fox has entered into a strategic partnership with Les Films 26 for the distribution of its films in 21 countries across Africa. Among the titles to be included are ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’, ‘Assassin’s Creed’ from New Regency, ‘The Birth of a Nation’ from Fox Searchlight and DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Trolls’.
NBCUniversal International Formats today announces the launch of its successful reality cooking completion show, Top Chef, in South Africa. The local version will be broadcast by SABC3 and produced by Urban Brew Studios who have bought the Top Chef format rights in South Africa. The 13 episodes will start airing from 12 July 2016.
South African Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng has joined the presenting team on The Cure, Al Jazeera’s award-winning medical series. She presented segments in both Liberia and Zimbabwe for the show’s fifth season, which is currently screening.
Born in the Free State but based in Gauteng, Mofokeng is a sexual and reproductive health doctor and activist, best known locally as Kaya FM’s resident doctor, Dr T.