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

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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.

Nigeria: Nollywood Movies Debuts On American Cable Networks

A welcomed innovation in the entertainment industry is here, as Nollywood movies will now be available on major cable television networks in the U.S. courtesy of Brandcast Media, Inc. Nollywood, the leader in the African movie industry, is currently the third-largest producer of feature films in the world, ranking only behind Hollywood in the United States and India's Bollywood as number two.

Source: Vanguard

Digital TV Penetration Accelerates in Sub-Saharan Africa

A new market research report, "Digital TV Sub-Saharan Africa" by Digital TV Research highlights the following.

About 35.3% of TV homes (14 million) in the sub-Saharan region of Africa took digital signals by year end 2012. According to the report, digital TV penetration will jump to 95.5% by 2018 with household numbers quadrupling to 49 million. Full digital transition is expected to be completed in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia by the end of 2015.

Source: 2013Source: giiresearch - January 22nd

AFCON Fans Diaries to air on Sky TV, UK, MultiTV Ghana

For the first time, Ghanaians based in the United Kingdom will get closer to the ''behind the scenes'' action at the ongoing AFCON 2013 tournament.

In a landmark agreement, two UK based TV stations Voxafrica and Klear TV have agreed to air 10 episodes of the Fans Diaries produced by Oxigen.

Fans Diaries, (inspired by Black Stars Diaries from Afcon 2006 in Egypt), is sponsored by energy giants Ghana National Petroleum Corportion (GNPC) and will also be aired on Multi TV.

Source: sports.myjoyonline.com

Ghanaian TV Stations Show Our Music Videos For Free

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.

Source: spyghana - ameyawdebrah.com

M-Net has licensed over 1,000 hours of content to stream on the PanaTV.com platform

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.

Source: M-net via Franklin Rae

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- 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.

What Does IROKO Have In Store For SA’s Consumers?

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.

Source: ITNews Africa - 10 Jan 2013

Promising distribution deals for South African shot film

"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.

Source: Kevin Kriedemann
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