SuperSport acquires TV rights to SA football league

South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) has awarded a $277 million, five year television rights deal to the country’s SuperSport satellite channel, operated by media conglomerate Naspers. The deal, which begins in a year’s time, extends the arrangement SuperSport entered into with PSL in 2007, covering the five years to May 2012 at a cost of $200 million (1.6 billion rand).

Source: Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews

Kenya: Kiss TV wins English Premiership and Champions League rights

Kiss TV on Friday won the exclusive live soccer rights for the world famous Barclays English Premier League (EPL), the Uefa Champions League, Bundesliga and the Europa League.

The multi-million shilling deal signed this weekend, gives Kiss TV access to five live games every week including two major live matches every Saturday in the English Premier League and Bundesliga, as well as three weekday games - two Uefa Champions League matches and one Europa Cup match. This is the first time any TV station in the country has won such extensive rights for live football screening.

Source: Nairobi Star

Distribution - In Brief

- Zuku, the three-in-one service package from Wananchi Group, today announced that it will carry STAR channels across Wananchi's cable and DTH platforms immediately, as part of a drive to increase the all inclusive TV offering from Zuku. Its  one year carriage agreement with Indian entertainment giant STAR, which broadcasts to over 300 million people every week across India and over 65 countries across the globe, will see four channels – STAR Plus, Gold, News and One, being broadcast.

South Africa: Film industry growing nicely

With South Africa's longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival having concluded this past weekend, the industry has shown growth with 55 of the 193 films screened being South African.

According to the research manager at the Gauteng Film Commission, Sebastian Ndayi, recent research reveals that the local film industry generates approximately R2.2 billion nationally of the estimated R12 billion for domestic entertainment in the country and has created over 30,000 employment opportunities on a full-time, part-time/contract and freelance basis.

Source: www.businesslive.co.za

Distribution - In Brief

- At the end of July 2011, BBC announced that it is launching an international version of its on-demand video service, the iPlayer, for Apple iPad users. Customers who pay a monthly subscription will get access to a range of current and classic programmes. The app will have one feature not available in the UK - the ability to download content and watch offline. The project is being run by BBC Worldwide, the corporation's commercial arm, which said that money earned would help supplement licence-fee income.

Interview: Seemahale brings Cloud TV to Africa

Seemahale Telecoms is an authorised Nangu TV reseller in Africa, which gives the company the rights to resell Internet Protocol (IP) television solutions to telecommunications companies as well as broadcasters on the continent.

“Nangu TV is an interactive TV and multimedia platform. It allows access to TV over the Internet using other devices like tablets, smartphones and the desktop,” says Thabo Lehlokoe, Chairman of Seemahale Telecoms.

Mokolo African Online Platform introduced to help distribute African films

Named after the largest open-air market in Yaoundé, Cameroon, Mokolo is a partnership between organisations and independent practitioners aimed at strengthening the African film and TV industries. It is envisioned as an open online platform that will connect distribution, information and networking websites through an easy accessible one-stop-portal.

Mokolo's was at the Durban Film Mart to the present the initiative for colleagues in the film and TV industries, and to attract future potential partners and platform users.

Source: ScreenAfrica

Distribution - In Brief

- The Kenyan government should look into television rights monopoly by some digital TV broadcasters to level the playing field, digital media firm Wananchi group said yesterday. The firms CEO Richard Bell said the monopoly has led to lack of price wars and hence competition amongst pay television providers in Africa leading to high subscription fees. "Home entertainment will to the next ten years be what mobile phones were to the last," said Bell.

TV Globo Internacional enters second phase…and eyes Africa

TV Globo Internacional, the international version of Brazil's main broadcaster TV Globo, is to celebrate 12 years in the TV market with a major push into new markets. The channel already reaches 575,000 subscribers in 115 countries, through some 70 cable TV operators, satellite TV platforms and IPTV platforms worldwide.

According to Marcelo Spinola, the international signal's CEO, said to 'Todo TV News' that nowadays the channel is going through its second phase after its launch in the countries where large numbers of Brazilian migrants live in Portugal and Angola.

Source: Iñaki Ferreras at RapidTVNews

MTN inks deal with music channel Trace

As African telecom players innovate to beat their competitors, South Africa's MTN Group has pulled a first by announcing a brand and content licensing agreement with Trace, an entertainment television channel.

Trace is largely a music video channel that promotes urban contemporary music videos and is available on various cable and satellite pay television platforms.

Source: IDG
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