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.

Arabsat: BBC renews contract and Sudanese Blue Nile Channel signs up

Satellite operator Arabsat and the BBC have renewed their deal whereby the BBC will broadcast its BBC Arabic TV and radio programmes via the Badr-4 satellite at 26° East.

“This agreement helps to ensure that BBC channels are available to many millions of homes across the region as part of a bouquet of popular channels,” said Nigel Fry, head of distribution at BBC Global News.

Separately, Arabsat has signed a contract to carry the Sudanese Blue Nile Channel on the Sudanese bouquet on the Arabsat platform.

Source: digitaltveurope.net February 4 2013

Discop Africa: 72% of exhibits already booked

Source: Press Release Basic Lead 14 Feb 2013

FESPACO 2013: Producers and TV channels to meet with Cote Ouest, leading distributor of TV content in Africa

Committed to serving Africa as leading distributor of TV content, COTE OUEST AUDIOVISUEL is proud to announce its presence at the 23th edition of FESPACO held in Ouagadougou from 23 February to 2 March 2013.
For its first participation in this great Pan-African film event, the leader in the distribution of television programs in Africa aims to position itself as the partner of choice for African producers, thereby contributing to the development of the audiovisual sector on the continent.

Source: COTE OUEST February 12 2013

Vod in Africa: Buni TV reaches 1 million views

Buni TV , one of Africa’s leading video-on-demand platforms, announced today that it had reached 1 million views.
About 60% of this traffic came from Africa, and 22% from North America and Europe.
“We are thrilled to report these numbers. One million views is a big milestone for Buni TV and an impressive number for an African start-up to reach in just 9 months,” said Buni TV Founder and CEO Marie Lora-Mungai.

Source: Buni Media 6 Feb 2013

Distribution - In Brief

South Africa: The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is a statutory body set up by government to grow and develop the South African Film and Video industry. The NFVF invites suitable companies to submit bids for the establishment of digital screen facilities in underserviced areas.

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