Namibia: One Africa TV now on Gotv

One Africa TV is now on GOtv! This week, One Africa TV joins a line-up of channels that have given GOtv subscribers thrills, chills and spills with international movies, series, music as well as local productions and content.

MultiChoice Namibia General Manager Roger Gertze says that One Africa TV's arrival on GOtv is another example of the vast quantity and continuing quality that GOtv brings to subscribers.

Source: Waldo 15 Feb 2013 Naminia Economist

Rwanda: more STBs needed to implement DTT

Rwanda: Search for TV Digital Converters Still On.

The scarcity of Set Top Boxes (STBs) that will enable viewers access digital TV images is hampering migration from analogue signals.

The problem is exacerbated by failure to get suppliers for the decoding devices in the country, officials say.

The Rwanda Utility Regulation Authority (Rura) say no investor has expressed interest to supply the number of STBs needed in the country.

STBs are decoding devices that convert analogue images to digital and allow viewing digital content.

Source: The New Times 20 Feb 2013 Frank Kanyesigye

MTN South Africa set to offer IPTV

The operator looks set to offer video on demand and interactive video services, with an Internet protocol television product set to be launched, possibly as early as this year.

MTN South Africa looks set to launch a commercial Internet protocol television (IPTV) product, quite likely later this year or early next year, as it looks to expand into offering “over-the-top” services on its mobile broadband infrastructure.

Source: 2013 NewsCentral Media - Duncan McLeod on 6 March 2013

South Africa’s YouTube videos making money

South Africa’s YouTube stars are making a good income from the platform - as is the video-sharing website’s parent, Google, writes Craig Wilson.

Google’s video platform is making celebrities out of regular South Africans and generating income for them, with some making in excess of R100 000/month.

Use of YouTube in South Africa is growing exponentially, particularly on mobile devices, which now account for a quarter of all YouTube views worldwide, according the company.

Source: 2013 NewsCentral Media Craig Wilson on 7 March 2013

Distribution - In Brief

- Faced with increasing difficulties, many African film festivals located in Europe put together a network over Fespaco 2013. At the initiative of Mane Cisneros (Director of Festival of Cordoba, Spain) and Heidi Lobato (AITP, Holland), a meeting of several leaders of European festivals devoted to African cinemas decided to set up a network. The first meeting outreach was held Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 17h at Liptako Gourma - where the Media Centre has its headquarters FESPACO. The idea is to share information and form a network that will allow festival concerned to be less fragile.

South Africa: Fashion One gets presence on TopTV

Fashion and lifestyle channel Fashion One has expanded its presence in Africa on the TopTV platform.The Fashion One Africa feed will launch on the alternative TopTV pay TV platform in South Africa in March 2013. The channel will debut on the platform with shows including Fashion Frontline, and African Fashion International 2012.

Source: digitaltveurope.net

Bloomberg Television Announces Partnership with Nigeria's Optima Media Group

Content will be packaged and distributed via satellite delivery and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) as well as traditional terrestrial formats. The Bloomberg Media Group, a division Bloomberg L.P. , has announced a multi-year rolling partnership agreement with Nigeria-based content provider, Optima Media Group, strengthening Bloomberg’s position as a leading supplier of global business and financial news television across the African continent. This partnership will create a new entity – Bloomberg Television Africa.

Source: Bloomberg Press Release

Gabon, 15 + audience survey: TV5MONDE, first international generalist French TV channel

With a weekly cumulative audience of 36.1% and 92.9% of global awareness on the target 15 years old+, TV5MONDE is the first international generalist French TV channel in Gabon according to the latest TNS / Africascope * audience survey.

Export of African audiovisual productions: 44,000 euros allocated by the OIF, 3 distributors

Aid recipients - OIF distribution of French-language works from the South:

•    Patou Films International (Cameroon / France): 15,000 euros
•    Holders of Images (Mauritius): 14,000 euros
•    Encounters Short Film Madagascar: 15,000 euros

Source: imagesfrancophones

Distribution - In Brief

- The younger ‘YouTube generation’ is listening to music on demand wherever it is available, and has never bought a disk said Yann Thebault, CEO of Spotify in France, an industry leader. Tomorrow, they might even abandon their MP3 player. " Streaming could well replace download, prevailing since the late 90s.

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