- 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.
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.
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.
- 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, 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.
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.
- Cote Ouest Audiovisuel has released its total number of hours distributed over 2010 which amounted to approximately 20,000 (this includes repeats from TV channel clients). The company’s recent expansion from the francophone to the anglophone market brought the number of markets covered from 37 to 67 and the number of client channels jumped from 89 to 111. The leading film distributor in Africa currently has a stock of nearly 17,000 hours of programs including 8,000 hours of recent or very recent titles.
The First Grader the first co-production between South Africa, the United Kingdom and Kenya which was released in the United States by National Geographic Entertainment on 13 May 2011 has been embraced by both critics and general audiences. It is a BBC Films and UK Film Council production in association with Videovision Entertainment, Lipsync and ARTE France. The film was released on an additional twenty five screens in the United States 27 May 2011 bringing it to a total of 50 screens.
African TV stations broadcast to the pace of the ‘Make Music celebration’ on 21 June 2011. CFI worked to support them as they programme a special musical schedule. Throughout May, CFI offered musical programmes to enhance the schedules of its TV partners in Africa. Key programmes disseminated included:
- ‘Lobola’ has sold a staggering 70 000 DVDs locally (Zimbabwe) in just under two months, selling an average of thousand copies a day. Of this figure, sales from the main distributors amounts to over $US 43 000. Direct, international and online sales accounts for the rest. An Ivory Pictures film, ‘Lobola’ ran 25 November 2010 and for two months at the local Rainbow cinemas where, according to producer Rufaro Kaseke, it became the highest ever grossing local production. The DVD was released on 11 February in Harare.