Film makers in the region who converged in Kampala for the 8th Annual Congress on East African Cinema explored the possibility of exploiting the Internet, film training initiatives, alternative means of fundraising and distribution including the networks of the film pirates as some of the means to propel the industry forward.
The congress, held during the Amakula Kampala Cinema Caravan Festival from December 14-17 2011, focused on how to leverage the East African Common Market for cinema.
- SES Astra has announced that it has signed a capacity agreement with the South African pay-TV operator On Digital Media (ODM) for three transponders on its Astra 4A satellite, and has also contracted to provide the related broadcasting services via its affiliate Astra Platform Services. ODM will use the capacity on Astra 4A to deliver TopTV, a new pay-TV bouquet that will be offered to South African viewers from in May.
South African pay-TV broadcaster SuperSport has acquired the television rights for the London Olympics in 2012.
Coverage from Naspers-owned SuperSport will be spread across a number of channels, broadcasting in high definition and for 24 hours a day. Each channel will transmit up to 14 hours of live sport, using the live feed produced by the International Olympic Committee.
Africa's leading sports network, SuperSport is carried on the DStv satellite pay-TV platform in South Africa and across sub-Saharan Africa, as well as having feeds on M-Net, CSN, and M-Net HD.
Zuku, the three-in-one service package from Wananchi Group, has entered a licensing agreement with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution for the pay television rights in the East Africa region to a broad selection of library feature films, it was announced today. The agreement is part of the ongoing drive to increase the all inclusive entertainment offering from Zuku.
- DStv will add 2 more Discovery channels to its platform – Discovery ID and TLC. Both these channels will be available to DStv Premium and DStv Compact subscribers in South Africa and across the African continent. The launch of the channels takes Discovery Networks’ portfolio on DStv to six channels including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery World and Discovery HD Showcase. Both of the new channels will also have commercial airtime added in Q1 2012.
The 2012–15 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League French-language media rights in sub-Saharan Africa have been awarded to pay operator Canal+ Afrique.
Pay operator Canal+ Afrique will offer comprehensive coverage of the UEFA Champions League in the French language with two live matches as well as a highlights programme being broadcast each match night.
SES has announced that the United Arab Emirates company YahLive, in which SES is a shareholder, closed a long-term agreement with the Dubai-based free-to-air satellite broadcaster MBC Group to broadcast its large portfolio of High Definition (HD) channels. With this strategic partnership, which was announced in Dubai today, viewers of YahLive can watch seven top rated MBC Group channels in HD across the Middle East and North Africa: MBC 1, MBC 2, MBC 4, MBC Action, MBC Drama, MBC MAX and Al Arabiya News Channel.
DStv Mobile has made it even easier for subscribers to access the DStv Mobile service. From 30 November 2011, subscribers can activate their DStv Mobile device Online by visiting the website here, and following a few simple steps.
Previously, devices could only be activated telephonically through the MultiChoice call centre. With the introduction of online activations consumers now have a convenient, quick way to activate their device at any time.
Most African countries are facing financial hurdles and social problems in their quest for migration to digital broadcasting system a regional summit heard last week.
Representatives of various African governments attending the Digital Migration and Spectrum policy Summit in Nairobi all acknowledged challenges in equipment and capacity building funding problems and social problems associated with public understanding of the process.