Controversial Ghanaian rapper, Kwaw Kese has sent a strong message to major Ghanaian TV stations regarding their ‘pay for play’ policy on music videos. The rapper contended that it should be the reverse of TV stations paying artists royalties for airing their music videos. “ If you can’t pay us for playing our videos, then you should at least play it for free”, Kwaw said.
M-Net – the multi-channel Pan-African content provider – has today announced that it has signed a deal with PANA TV, one of the leading online TV services for African content. M-Net has licensed over 1,000 hours of content to stream on the PanaTV.com platform.
- 17 Jan. 2013: Israel-based satellite provider Spacecom, operator of the Amos satellite fleet, has been chosen to provide broadcast capacity for the 29th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be held in South Africa from January 19 to February 10 this year. Spacecom’s Amos-5 satellite at 17°E will transmit every game from all five South African stadiums in high-definition (HD) via its pan-African C-band beam.
South Africa’s digital entertainment space is about to get rocked. The recent arrival of leading distributor of Nigerian movies and music, iROKO Partners, in the country and opening of its offices in the Maboneng precinct, Johannesburg, represents a new chapter in the development of the local industry.
iROKO Partners launched in 2010 and, according to its website, has built a global audience of six million unique users from 178 countries.
"Asad", shot on the west coast of Cape Town and featuring Somali refugees living in the South African city, has received an Oscar nomination in the Best Short Film category.This film is the result of a collaboration between American director Bryan Buckley’s Hungry Man Films and Cape Town producer Rafiq Samsodien of The Asylum.
Newly launched utd. by content last week announced its further global expansion through a recent deal with WB Cape Media, a company spearheading the secure distribution of digital media throughout Africa.
The two companies have already worked together on tent-pole films for Warner Bros. and other Hollywood majors across cinemas in South Africa. This deal paves the way for ongoing high profile titles to be serviced and delivered directly in territory for many years to come.
African pay TV operator Naspers ended September with 4.3 million DStv subscribers in South Africa, up from 3.7 million a year earlier.
Revenue from pay TV operations in South Africa was up 16% at the end of September to ZAR11.5 billion (€1 billion).
The company, which has pay TV operations in 48 countries in Africa, ended the second quarter with a total of six million subscribers. Revenue from operations outside South Africa increased by 14% to ZAR439 million.
- The recent deal between Nazara Technologies based in Dubai and games publisher Electronic Arts to sell its games portfolio into Africa on mobile puts the spotlight on what will be a growing seam of new content. Russell Southwood spoke to Savio Saldanha, Chief Executive, Middle East and Africa, Nazara Technologies and reviews the progress of some local developers.