Distribution - In Brief

- The Kenyan crime drama, Nairobi Half Life, which was Kenya’s selection for the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2012, making it just the second film from Kenya to be entered into the race, screens in 46 cinemas in the US for one day only.
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Cape Verde TV distributed by Thema/Eutelsat in Africa and in Europe

Cape Verde TV has chosen Thema to act as its exclusive distributor in Europe.

Nigeria: StarTimes Increases Channels to Mark Easter

As part of strategies to sustain the growth of NTA Star TV- StarTimes - in the DTT market, handlers of the pay TV brand have announced a new offering to celebrate with subscribers during and after the Easter festival.

Tagged 'Easter Family Reward' the Public Relations Manager of the Pay TV, Irete Anetor, said that the three bumper family packages for the Easter season came with more channels across all the bouquets at no extra cost. He also disclosed that the M35 mobile TV has been slashed for subscribers while the promo lasted.

Source: R. Akingbolu for This Day 1 April 2013

Chinese TV series gaining popularity in Africa

Chinese TV shows that depict young people's lives in modern society are crossing the cultural divide and attracting a growing set of global audiences. One of the examples is the Chinese TV series "A Beautiful Daughter-in-law Era," a 36-episode light comedy about a modern Chinese couple.

The TV series was first aired in Shanghai in November 2009. It was dubbed in Swahili and broadcast in east African countries in 2011. Kenyan actress Josephine Moeni Waweru and actor Khamis Juma Swaleh were chosen to do voice dubbing for the two leading roles in the African version of the series.

Source: Xinhua 26 March 2013

Malawi: lack of market affecting local movies

Renowned Malawi film maker, Charles Shemu Joyah, has said Malawi lacks a market for local movies. He was speaking when he addressed students of the two-week long Film in A Box Training in the capital city Lilongwe organised by the pan-African Africa Movie Academy Awards’ (AMAA) on Thursday.

Film director Joyah, who is famous for his touching Seasons of a Life (2010), a 102 minutes US$100,000 movie/television film told the students training in various disciplines of movie making that it was difficult to sell movies in Malawi for many reasons, including the challenging economy.

Source: Patricia Masinga for Nyasa Times March 25 2013

Distribution - In Brief

- The Rwanda Utility Regulation Authority (Rura) say no investor has expressed interest to supply the number of STBs needed in the country. Jean Baptiste Mutabazi, Rura's head of Communication and Media Regulation, said they have already advertised the specifications of the devices. "We haven't received a prospective supplier yet. We have only received one bidder, who wanted to supply 1,000 STBs, but these are far from the number we need," he said. Full story here: 

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
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