Eurosport to keep Africa Cup of Nations

Just after the competition reached a thrilling conclusion with Zambia triumphing over Ivory Coast, Eurosport has announced that it will continue to show live coverage of the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament. The pan-European sports broadcaster secured the exclusive TV rights for the tournaments in 2013 the 2015, financial details have not been disclosed.

The agreement covers the broadcast rights in all countries and territories in which Eurosport can be received with the exception of France.

Source: www.rapidtvnews.com

Distribution - In Brief

- Music and sports broadcaster Trace has appointed Laurent Dumeau as CEO of Trace Sports. Dumeau will oversee all activities of the recently launched channel that is dedicated to sports celebrities. He will also be in charge of global affiliate sales for Trace music channels Trace Urban HD, Trace Tropical HD and Trace Africa. Dumeau was previously senior-vice president of global affiliate sales at Universal Networks International. Already available in over 30 countries, Trace Africa, the music channel dedicated to African music, has launched in France on SFR’s IPTV platform.

AEF’s websites record a traffic rise

All of Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France’s (AEF) Internet sites recorded an increase in traffic in December 2011 with over 15,000,000 visits (7.7 million unique browsers and a total of approximately 58 million pages viewed) including several VoD services. *

Source: AEF

Senegal: RTS sells football rights to private TV channels

In Senegal, RTS gained exclusive broadcasting rights for football’s African Cup of Nations (CAN) that it acquired from LC2. However, the public broadcaster is in partnership with Senegalese private television for the resumption of its CAN 2012 matches broadcasting signal. In addition, RTS has spent almost 150 million CFA francs for special envoys to Bata.

Source: leral.net

Zuku signs carriage agreement with the African Movie Channel

Zuku, the three-in-one service provider announced that it has signed a carriage agreement with the African Movie Channel (AMC). The deal will see Zuku screen Nollywood and other top quality African movies, and the ongoing agreement will see AMC launching on Zuku at the beginning of February (2012).

Source: 1 Feb. 2012.Source: Wananchi

Distribution - In Brief

- Benin - Medias: private channels are looking for finance. There are four competitors: the public broadcaster, ORTB. LC2, Golfe TV and Canal 3 have entered into tough games to keep their audience and advertising revenues.

Strategy: Local cinema offers residents international fare

Cinema Vietnam, which takes place in the township of Franschhoek North, at Mooiwater, presents a free varied programme of quality movies and documentaries, local and international productions, including classics and undiscovered recent treasures for three nights only from tonight, Thursday 12 January 2012.

Source: cinemavietnam.blogspot.com

East Africa: African film is online

Film makers in the region who converged in Kampala for the 8th Annual Congress on East African Cinema explored the possibility of exploiting the Internet, film training initiatives, alternative means of fundraising and distribution including the networks of the film pirates as some of the means to propel the industry forward.

The congress, held during the Amakula Kampala Cinema Caravan Festival from December 14-17 2011, focused on how to leverage the East African Common Market for cinema.

Source: The East African

Distribution - In Brief

- SES Astra has announced that it has signed a capacity agreement with the South African pay-TV operator On Digital Media (ODM) for three transponders on its Astra 4A satellite, and has also contracted to provide the related broadcasting services via its affiliate Astra Platform Services. ODM will use the capacity on Astra 4A to deliver TopTV, a new pay-TV bouquet that will be offered to South African viewers from in May.

SuperSport secures Africa TV rights for 2012 Olympics

South African pay-TV broadcaster SuperSport has acquired the television rights for the London Olympics in 2012.

Coverage from Naspers-owned SuperSport will be spread across a number of channels, broadcasting in high definition and for 24 hours a day. Each channel will transmit up to 14 hours of live sport, using the live feed produced by the International Olympic Committee.

Africa's leading sports network, SuperSport is carried on the DStv satellite pay-TV platform in South Africa and across sub-Saharan Africa, as well as having feeds on M-Net, CSN, and M-Net HD.

Source: RapidTVNews
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