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

Zuku licensed with NBCUniversal ITD in East Africa

Zuku, the three-in-one service package from Wananchi Group, has entered a licensing agreement with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution for the pay television rights in the East Africa region to a broad selection of library feature films, it was announced today.  The agreement is part of the ongoing drive to increase the all inclusive entertainment offering from Zuku.

Source: 4 Jan. 2012.Source: Wananchi

Distribution - In Brief

- DStv will add 2 more Discovery channels to its platform – Discovery ID and TLC. Both these channels will be available to DStv Premium and DStv Compact subscribers in South Africa and across the African continent. The launch of the channels takes Discovery Networks’ portfolio on DStv to six channels including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery World and Discovery HD Showcase. Both of the new channels will also have commercial airtime added in Q1 2012.

UEFA: Canal+ Afrique wins sub-Saharan Africa rights

The 2012–15 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League French-language media rights in sub-Saharan Africa have been awarded to pay operator Canal+ Afrique.
Pay operator Canal+ Afrique will offer comprehensive coverage of the UEFA Champions League in the French language with two live matches as well as a highlights programme being broadcast each match night.

Source: UEFA.com

MBC Group channels in HD extended to North Africa via YahLive

SES has announced that the United Arab Emirates company YahLive, in which SES is a shareholder, closed a long-term agreement with the Dubai-based free-to-air satellite broadcaster MBC Group to broadcast its large portfolio of High Definition (HD) channels. With this strategic partnership, which was announced in Dubai today, viewers of YahLive can watch seven top rated MBC Group channels in HD across the Middle East and North Africa: MBC 1, MBC 2, MBC 4, MBC Action, MBC Drama, MBC MAX and Al Arabiya News Channel.

Source: 5 Dec. 2011.Source: SES
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