Distribution - In Brief

- Opinion: Professor Duncan, Highway Africa Chair of Media and Information Society at the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University delivered his views on the digital transition in South Africa. ‘How many South Africans are aware of the massive changes in the pipeline for free-to-air television? Not many, it would seem’…full story here:

MIPTV: Francophonie brings 400 hours of films and television programmes from the South

With a supportive budget of 65,000 euros granted by OIF (l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie), five operators will in 2012 ensure the promotion of Francophone audiovisual content from the South over international events.

Source: OIF

African programmes on Canadian cable TV

In April 2012, for the first time on Canadian cable television, Canadians will be able to access and watch African movies, drama-series and entertainment programming on African Movies and Entertainment Television (AMET TV) in partnership with independent Canadian broadcaster, Channel Zero.

Source: The Moment

African Television to air in Europe following SES deal

SES has signed a capacity and uplink deal with Netherlands-based Scope Media TV for the free-to-air distribution of African Television (AFTV) via Astra’s 23.5° East orbital position.
Supported by various African broadcasters and embassies, AFTV aims to promote African culture, lifestyle, business and current affairs. AFTV will use the Astra distribution for DTH broadcasting and delivery to cable and IPTV operators in Europe. AFTV will commence its transmissions on 1 April 2012.

Source: digitaltveurope

Nollywood Cinema Series kicks off in America

Following the huge success of Nollywood films in cinemas across Africa and the UK, Movie lovers in the US, Canada and Caribbean can now enjoy Nollywood in American Cinemas courtesy of SnapFlix Incorporated, a distributor of African media content in the USA. The new brand, the ‘Nollywood Cinema Series’ is an ongoing showcase of new breed, top quality Nollywood movies (being referred to as the “New Nollywood”) in Cinemas across major cities in the Americas.

Source: www.snapflix.net

Distribution - In Brief

- Africabox TV continues its expansion in Africa with GlobeCast via Astra 4A. The 100% African music channel is now distributed end to end through sub-Saharan Africa with a viewership estimated at more than 400 million viewers.

- Taking place from 1st. to 4th. April 2012 at the ‘Palais des Festivals’ in Cannes, France, MIPTV is the spring market with the freshest international showcase of TV - in all its forms. On this occasion, Côte Ouest – the leading distributors of TV programmes in Africa will bring unique TV programmes’ catalogue to MIPTV 2012.

An interesting reader comment follows: “I've said it before, and I'll say it again...

To penetrate this market requires access to sports content. In the niche that Top TV seem to be bent on, that means soccer - both PSL and Premier League.

Just because DSTV currently has the exclusive rights should not prevent Top TV from engaging DSTV to negotiate re-distribution on Top TV.

If DSTV refuse, then Top TV can file a complaint with the competition authorities for abuse of dominant position. (Check developments in the UK for new entrants)

This would be a much more effective use of the legal resources, than this nonsense with the porn channel!”

Source: TechCentral

South Africa: Only half of those who have TopTV decoder subscribe

DStv rival TopTV has sold 360,000 decoders since its launch two years ago, but of these only about half are actively using the service, the company’s chairman and acting CEO, Eddie Mbalo, has revealed.

He tells TechCentral that TopTV, which is owned by On Digital Media (ODM), currently has between 160 000 and 200 000 paying subscribers at any given time.

Source: TechCentral

TV series ‘The Only Way is Essex’ heading to BBC in South Africa

BBC Worldwide Channels has acquired the BAFTA award winning reality TV series ‘The Only Way is Essex’ for BBC Entertainment in South Africa.

A consistent ratings hit in the UK, The Only Way is Essex introduced Britain to the vajazzle and catch-phrases such as ‘reem’ (lovely) and ‘jel’ (jealous) have found their way into the everyday vernacular.

Source: BBC Worldwide

Julian Fellowes’ Titanic drama sails onto BBC Entertainment in South Africa this April

 BBC Worldwide Channels has acquired Titanic – the lavish new costume drama from the pen of Oscar-winner and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes – to air exclusively on BBC Entertainment in South Africa the same day as the UK version concludes. Created to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the HMS Titanic, the 4 x 60” drama will transmit as double-bills on BBC Entertainment on 15 and 22 April 2012 from 19.30 CAT.

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