CNN: most watched international broadcaster in Africa

CNN has cemented its position as the most watched international broadcaster in Africa, according to the latest EMS Africa survey released by market research organisation Ipsos Synovate. The survey was released at a time when broadcasters are making moves to strengthen their Africa focus, with the BBC launching its first dedicated weekday TV news programme focusing exclusively on Africa this month, and CNBC Africa launching its 10th bureau in Africa.

Source: Business Day 2 Aug 2012

AfricaFilms.tv signed 50 hours of African content at Durban FF

On July 31st, 2012, AfricaFilms.tv (AFTV) paid VOD platform dedicated to Africa's culture announced that its directors signed 50 hours of African content at Durban FF, and looks for 100 more from South Africa. 

Behind the initiative are IDmage which provides a global paid VOD portal, AfricaFilms.tv; and 'MobiCiné', a mobile cinema tour in Africa (see previous top stories). The company grants free digital distribution of African films globally for rights owners.  

Source: IDmage

Cameroon: films sold in the street can get you 38,000 Euros

Transformed into street vendors, they offer their own movies on the street by building on their reputation to attract customers. This informal trade aims to create a film industry. The relatively poor production, authors' amateurism and the disorganization of the sector make it all difficult. 

Source: Stephanie Dongmo - AfricinéSource: Yaounde

Distribution News - In Brief

- TV5MONDE confirmed its first position as an international channel in Kinshasa, as showed by the latest audience indicators delivered by the TNS Sofres - Africascope 2012 *.In the Congolese capital, TV5MONDE is watched weekly by 64.8% of the population aged 15 and over. Daily, nearly one in four people watch the channel (24.6%, up 1.3 points).

Octagon provides African audiences with Free To View Olympic Games coverage on mobile and web through MeTV Africa

Octagon is excited to use African based video on demand (VOD) service meTVafrica, as the delivery platform bringing viewers across the African continent highlights of the London 2012 Olympic Gamesfree to their mobile phones and desktops for the duration of the Games..

This comes after the company secured rights to distribute the Olympic Games with partnerships with some of the continent’s leading network operators and ISP’s. All content is free access, meaning the content is openly available in Africa excluding South Africa.

Kenya: London Olympics free stream on YouTube

The stage is set for the 30th Olympics in London from 27th July to 12th August where Kenyans are waiting for a rich harvest from their world beating distance running exponents.

Through Google+ and YouTube this Olympics experience will be brought into the homes, hearts and minds of Kenyans since the country is one of 54 who have the rights to live stream the Games online.

YouTube has purchased non-exclusive digital rights to stream the 2012 summer edition where viewers can choose to watch each event via a live stream.

Source: Capital FM (Nairobi)

Zimbabwe: New movie from Go-Chanaiwa soon on screen and DVD

Many people believe that he is fulltime police detective and others think he is just a local Shaft (from the 1970s movie of the same name) impressionist.
But very few would know that Von Tavaziva (pictured above), well-known as Detective Sergeant Chanaiwa, of the popular TV series, Go-Chanaiwa-Go, is actually a film actor, writer, producer and director of his own movies.

Source: Financial Gazette (Harare)

South Africa: What’s really killing the video store

As many as a quarter of South Africa’s video stores closed down last year, with some arguing that the distribution model is as much to blame as piracy.

Media group Avusa said last week that 25% of SA video stores had shut up shop in the past year. Rather than the usual culprits of piracy, video on demand and the weak economy, one major industry player is laying the blame squarely at the door of Avusa-owned Nu Metro.

Source: Craig Wilson Tech Central

Distribution News - In Brief

- Youtube.sn was launched July 12, 2012 in Senegal. Tidjane Deme, head of Google Francophone Africa, said he was "extremely excited to launch version You Tube in Senegal," noting that "local content is a key element in the mission we set ourselves to make the Internet more relevant in sub-Saharan Africa.

TV5MONDE strengthens its cable distribution in Kenya

TV5MONDE has signed a distribution agreement with Wananchi - a pay TV operator present in Kenya - allowing the francophone channel to be included in the basic package of "Zuku" cable TV in Nairobi which has about 13,000 subscribing households.

Zuku, Wananchi Group’s trademark, offers a multichannel TV subscriptions across Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. In Nairobi, Wananchi’s modern cable infrastructure has allowed the brand to become the first operator of the continent to offer a "triple play" package.

Source: TV5MONDE - July 17
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