Trace Sports on DStv

New Trace Sports channel started on 17 April 2012 on MultiChoice's DStv platform for DStv Premium subscribers. The channel, offered by the Trace Group whose Trace Urban music channel is already a part of the DStv bouquet, is a new channel that features magazine and profile shows about the world of sports stars.

Trace Sports, a new format channel dedicated to revealing intimate, behind-the-scenes views of the world’s favourite sporting heroes, will be launching on DStv Channel 129 on Tuesday 17 April 2012. The channel will be exclusively available to DStv Premium subscribers.

Source: dstv Online

Convergence and the challenge of infrastructure

Around the world, convergence is driving a new pattern of consumer demand, causing major communications platforms that were once separate to overlap. Experts say for Nigeria to reap the benefits of this new technology, investment in network infrastructure is vital, Adline Atili writes.

Source: www.thenationonlineng.net

Zuku to carry Hindi comedy

East African triple-play provider Zuku is adding a Sony India-owned Hindi comedy channel to its line-up. SAB TV, which airs Hindi comedy shows aimed at a family audience, will be available immediately via Zuku. The deal was brokered by Kenyan company Pamoja Telecom, which represents SAB TV in East Africa.

Wananchi Programming–owned Zuku has added the channel in order to provide more Hindi content for its Indian audience, having launched the Zee and Star channels last year.

Source: c21media.net

Distribution News - In Brief

- Ster-Kinekor Movie Theatres has launched a new concept cinema to its audience, Cine Prestige, which opened yesterday 3 April 2012 at the Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Likened to a 'business-class experience', it has 38 spacious single recliner leather seats and five double leather recliners for cosy dates, totalling a seating capacity for 48 patrons. Back on 29 March 2012, Ster-Kinekor also opened eight new cinemas at the refurbished Blue Route Mall in Tokai, Cape Town, including a 3D screen.

Four South African films at box office

Joining the South African films currently on release at the local box office - Material, Semi-Soet and Ordinary People - is the newbie, A Million Colours, which is a sequel to the 1975 apartheid era classic, e’Lollipop.

A Million Colours released over the weekend of 27 to 29 April with 51 prints and made R229,814.

Ordinary People (19 prints) has been on release for four weeks and has made R2.2m to date.

Source: Screen Africa

Telenovela Inkaba extends reach to Africa

South African local content pay-TV channel Mzansi Magic has announced that the channel’s first telenovela Inkaba is now available to audiences in Sub-Saharan Africa, including countries such as Angola, Botswana, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Mozambique and Uganda.

Source: Screen Africa

Multichoice fights off competition with low-end pay TV

To protect its flanks from attacks by competitors targeting the middle and low-end consumers of pay-tv services, TV subscription company, Multichoice recently floated a new television company, GOtv.

Source: bizhallmark

Distribution - In Brief

- Orange and Canal+ Africa -present in 20 countries across Africa- have signed an agreement by which Canal+ subscribers in Africa will be able to use Orange Money to renew their contract.

Namibia: NBC misses Television licence collection target

A campaign to get more Namibians to pay their television licences has led to the NBC collecting N$15.9 million in licence fees last year, 16 per cent more than it did the previous year. However, the national broadcaster didn't meet the target of N$18 million it had set for itself.

"It will probably be tomorrow's headlines - 'NBC misses target. DG's bonus compromised'," Albertus Aochamub, director general of the NBC, said tongue-in-cheek last week at the ceremony to announce the prize winners of the broadcaster's TV licence competition.

Source: The Namibian

THEMA supplies 47 ethnic TV channels to Virgin France

THEMA *, which specializes in the distribution of ethnic TV channels, is pleased to announce an agreement with Virgin France for the distribution of 47 channels. Within the framework of its new quadruple play offer (Telephony- Broadband- TV- Mobile) the 1st MVNO of the French market, broadcasts 47 "ethnic" TV channels addressing the main foreign communities from Arabic countries, Africa, Germany, Comoros islands, Turkey, Russia and Greece.

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