Puppet satire show ZANews broadcast on TopTV

Fans of the web-based satirical TV puppet show ZA News can tune in on Sunday, 11 September at 9:00 pm on Top One, Top TV’s main TV channel in South Africa.

The weekly slot will feature some of the countries most famous and infamous characters, who will make you laugh (and sometimes cringe) at South Africa’s foibles, its people, its leaders and the country as a whole.

Source: TopTV

Côte Ouest enriches its catalogue for the Anglophone market

Headquartered in Abidjan, Côte Ouest, a leading TV content distributor in Francophone Africa is proud to announce the expansion of its catalogue to include cutting edge African TV content for sale and distribution to the Anglophone market. Côte Ouest has traditionally focused on Hollywood and Latin American productions; the recent sub-distribution partnership with Africa’s largest Pay television station M-Net, provide a unique opportunity for Côte Ouest to celebrate Africa’s rich axis of cultural excellence.

Source: Côte Ouest

Distribution - In Brief

- NewsFlash News Agency, founded in 1995 specifically to provide news to radio stations, including stations that were going on the air for the first time countrywide, has announced that it now reaches more than 2.6 million weekly radio listeners.
As an independently owned agency, it supplies ready-to-read radio news bulletins, with sound bites, to 37 commercial and community radio stations in South Africa and one in Namibia.

- Multi Choice's SuperSport and the Ugandan Super League on August 18 launched a partnership deal to broadcast USL on DSTV.

DStv launches DTT platform: GOtv launches in Africa on DVB-T2

Africa’s first commercial operations using the next generation Digital Video Broadcast standard - DVB-T2 - have been rolled out with the launch of GOtv in Lusaka, Zambia (29 June 2011) and Entebbe/Kampala, Uganda ( 29 August 2011). These launches represent two of the most advanced digital terrestrial television (DTT) broadcast systems and infrastructures established in Africa and the rest of the world. The DVB-T2 technology used is an upgrade of the outdated T1 technology which was used by first movers in the digital migration.

SuperSport acquires TV rights to SA football league

South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) has awarded a $277 million, five year television rights deal to the country’s SuperSport satellite channel, operated by media conglomerate Naspers. The deal, which begins in a year’s time, extends the arrangement SuperSport entered into with PSL in 2007, covering the five years to May 2012 at a cost of $200 million (1.6 billion rand).

Source: Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews

Kenya: Kiss TV wins English Premiership and Champions League rights

Kiss TV on Friday won the exclusive live soccer rights for the world famous Barclays English Premier League (EPL), the Uefa Champions League, Bundesliga and the Europa League.

The multi-million shilling deal signed this weekend, gives Kiss TV access to five live games every week including two major live matches every Saturday in the English Premier League and Bundesliga, as well as three weekday games - two Uefa Champions League matches and one Europa Cup match. This is the first time any TV station in the country has won such extensive rights for live football screening.

Source: Nairobi Star

Distribution - In Brief

- Zuku, the three-in-one service package from Wananchi Group, today announced that it will carry STAR channels across Wananchi's cable and DTH platforms immediately, as part of a drive to increase the all inclusive TV offering from Zuku. Its  one year carriage agreement with Indian entertainment giant STAR, which broadcasts to over 300 million people every week across India and over 65 countries across the globe, will see four channels – STAR Plus, Gold, News and One, being broadcast.

South Africa: Film industry growing nicely

With South Africa's longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival having concluded this past weekend, the industry has shown growth with 55 of the 193 films screened being South African.

According to the research manager at the Gauteng Film Commission, Sebastian Ndayi, recent research reveals that the local film industry generates approximately R2.2 billion nationally of the estimated R12 billion for domestic entertainment in the country and has created over 30,000 employment opportunities on a full-time, part-time/contract and freelance basis.

Source: www.businesslive.co.za

Distribution - In Brief

- At the end of July 2011, BBC announced that it is launching an international version of its on-demand video service, the iPlayer, for Apple iPad users. Customers who pay a monthly subscription will get access to a range of current and classic programmes. The app will have one feature not available in the UK - the ability to download content and watch offline. The project is being run by BBC Worldwide, the corporation's commercial arm, which said that money earned would help supplement licence-fee income.

Interview: Seemahale brings Cloud TV to Africa

Seemahale Telecoms is an authorised Nangu TV reseller in Africa, which gives the company the rights to resell Internet Protocol (IP) television solutions to telecommunications companies as well as broadcasters on the continent.

“Nangu TV is an interactive TV and multimedia platform. It allows access to TV over the Internet using other devices like tablets, smartphones and the desktop,” says Thabo Lehlokoe, Chairman of Seemahale Telecoms.

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