Eutelsat categorically refutes recent reports that claim it is generating interference to its own satellites in order to prevent reception in Iran of international Farsi satellite channels. These allegations are in total contradiction with reality. They are also totally inconsistent with the statement issued in September by the BBC which associates Eutelsat with their renewed appeal for action by regulatory authorities to combat this violation of international rights.
- Afrika Eye film festival which took place at Bristol’s Watershed over 28th-30th October 2011, showing films from Africa and the African Diaspora was a resounding success with most of the films on the first two days selling out.
Western Union, a leader in global payment services, and OSN, the leading pay TV platform in the MENA region, have entered into an agreement which will allow OSN cash subscribers the option of paying their subscription fees using the Western Union QuickPaySM service, effective 1st November 2011. OSN is offering its customers in the MEA region this payment option without any additional fees to ensure all OSN customers’ continue to enjoy the widest choice of premium entertainment in the region.
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.