In Johannesburg, Satellite TV offering, TopTV, launched in May 2010 as a rival to MultiChoice's DStv, has started offering airtime sales on some of its channels for the first time.
"We are pleased to announce that following a successful testing phase with various stakeholders, TopTV airtime sales is now ready to accept advertising on eight commercial channels," the group said in a statement.
- Modern Times Group (MTG) has launched its Viasat History and Viasat Nature pay TV channels in Uganda and Tanzania, following the signing of a distribution agreement with China-based digital-terrestrial television operator StarTimes.
MultiChoice Africa and Discovery Networks have announced that TLC, its flagship female brand and ID: Investigation Discovery, the fastest growing cable channel in the US, will launch on DStv in Africa on Friday 14 October 2011 on channels 252 (ID) and 186 (TLC) under the documentary and lifestyle genres.
IPTV-news interviewed Eugene Nyagahene, CEO of Tele-10 Group, which has pay-TV operations in a number of countries across eastern Africa.
Q: What developments have you witnessed in Africa's broadcasting industry in the past 12 months?
A: We have been involved in analogue transmission since 1993 in Burundi, and since 1997 in Rwanda. We had secured analogue licenses in ten countries across Africa, but investment was stopped due to the digital migration.
- In France, ‘Thema’, distributor of TV package "Le Bouquet Africain” announced start of Oct. 2011 that it signed an agreement with French telecoms operator SFR for the inclusion of a new TV channel, TFM (Television Future Media), previously unreleased in France. TFM is a private Senegalese TV channel founded by Senegalese singer and businessman Youssou Ndour. It is accompanied by the resumption of the TRNC (Congolese National Radio and Television), Democratic Republic of Congo’s public television. The two channels are available as of 4 October 2011 in SFR neufbox TV offering.
International music brand Trace Urban TV comes to Anglophone Africa, founder Oliver Laouchez and Head, Sam Onyemelukwe says it is set to launch in Lagos.
Nigeria makes another leap in global entertainment reckoning with the official launch of the global Trace brand in the country this month. Trace Urban, the company’s number 1 international urban music channel has officially set up its offices in Nigeria to reach Nigeria and Anglophone Africa, with a mission to drive the industry with hit music videos, unique content, platforms, and reach.
On 30 September, 2011, Multi channel Pan African content provider M-Net has licensed the North American rights to over 300-hours of its HD content to global television network Africa HD. Africa HD will premiere the acquired content on multiple platforms when the network launches in the U.S. and Caribbean in 2012. The announcement was made by Mike Dearham, Head of Sales & Library, M-Net.
A historical contract has been signed between the producers of the Afrikaans film, ‘Roepman’, and the American production and distribution company, D Street Media Group (deleted). In terms of the contract, Roepman will be released in all media across North America. This is a massive breakthrough for the South African film industry and especially for Afrikaans language films. (source: NFVF, 14 Sept 2011).
The award-winning gangster thriller feature film "Viva Riva!", directed by Congolese Djo Tunda wa Munga, is set to open in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland on 7 October 2011 and in several parts of the USA .
The film has won several awards, including the inaugural 2011 MTV Movie Award for Best African Film, six African Movie Academy Awards and best feature from the 2011 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. The international co-production also screened at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
M-Net, the South African terrestrial pay-television channel, has sub-licensed the rights of its AfricaMagic content to international distributor THEMA TV. In a groundbreaking initiative, this deal will see a selection of AfricaMagic’s Nollywood content dubbed into the French language for the first time for television broadcast in Francophone Africa.
Source: interview with Thema TV and Mnet.Source: original communiqué from Mnet