PBS (America's Public Broadcasting Service) is a late entrant to the (UK) market, largely because the public broadcaster has little extra money on hand for such projects. The push for the U.S. broadcaster to cross the Atlantic originated with a request from a wealthy rank-and-file viewer.
IPTV News spoke to Christoph Limmer, senior director for Africa at SES. Issues: “… Looking at pay-TV operators, the biggest challenge is the existing distribution network infrastructure. The number of qualified and trained installers across Africa is very low, leading to poor installation quality and long fulfilment time.“ Independently of new technologies, content providers certainly have to make sure they offer content that is relevant to the consumer.
- On 11.03.2011 the National Hockey League (NHL, USA) announced the addition of nine broadcast partners that will provide live game coverage of the NHL in countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. ESPN America has secured the rights to show live NHL games per week in Pan-European countries as well as in Sub-Saharan Africa this season. Setanta and Zulu Sports has secured the rights to show live games per week on free-to-air, pay and cable/satellite channels for the next three seasons in Sub-Saharan Africa.
State controlled Zimbabwe Television Corporation (ZBC) is being shunned by over 60% of the television owning public in the troubled southern African nation, who are instead predominantly watching free to air regional and international channels via satellite.
New research from the Zimbabwe All Media Products Survey (ZAMPS) published in The Zimbabwean found that locals have increasingly bought small satellite dishes from South Africa and Botswana in reaction to intensified propaganda by Zanu (PF) over the past five years.
In Johannesburg, Satellite TV offering, TopTV, launched in May 2010 as a rival to MultiChoice's DStv, has started offering airtime sales on some of its channels for the first time.
"We are pleased to announce that following a successful testing phase with various stakeholders, TopTV airtime sales is now ready to accept advertising on eight commercial channels," the group said in a statement.
- Modern Times Group (MTG) has launched its Viasat History and Viasat Nature pay TV channels in Uganda and Tanzania, following the signing of a distribution agreement with China-based digital-terrestrial television operator StarTimes.
MultiChoice Africa and Discovery Networks have announced that TLC, its flagship female brand and ID: Investigation Discovery, the fastest growing cable channel in the US, will launch on DStv in Africa on Friday 14 October 2011 on channels 252 (ID) and 186 (TLC) under the documentary and lifestyle genres.
IPTV-news interviewed Eugene Nyagahene, CEO of Tele-10 Group, which has pay-TV operations in a number of countries across eastern Africa.
Q: What developments have you witnessed in Africa's broadcasting industry in the past 12 months?
A: We have been involved in analogue transmission since 1993 in Burundi, and since 1997 in Rwanda. We had secured analogue licenses in ten countries across Africa, but investment was stopped due to the digital migration.
- In France, ‘Thema’, distributor of TV package "Le Bouquet Africain” announced start of Oct. 2011 that it signed an agreement with French telecoms operator SFR for the inclusion of a new TV channel, TFM (Television Future Media), previously unreleased in France. TFM is a private Senegalese TV channel founded by Senegalese singer and businessman Youssou Ndour. It is accompanied by the resumption of the TRNC (Congolese National Radio and Television), Democratic Republic of Congo’s public television. The two channels are available as of 4 October 2011 in SFR neufbox TV offering.
International music brand Trace Urban TV comes to Anglophone Africa, founder Oliver Laouchez and Head, Sam Onyemelukwe says it is set to launch in Lagos.
Nigeria makes another leap in global entertainment reckoning with the official launch of the global Trace brand in the country this month. Trace Urban, the company’s number 1 international urban music channel has officially set up its offices in Nigeria to reach Nigeria and Anglophone Africa, with a mission to drive the industry with hit music videos, unique content, platforms, and reach.