Changes at Canal+ and Canalsat in Africa

Since 3 July 2012, Canal + has become a unique and accessible offer with or without Canalsat at 10,000 CFA / Month only. In addition and to maxime viewers' comfort zone, Canal + Africa now offers two innovative Canal + channels specifically dedicated to subscribers whether they live in West Africa and Central Africa: "Canal+Ouest" and "Canal+Centre".

Source: July 2012

AfricaCast cements its status as a major broadcast event in Africa

AfricaCast brings together the continent's biggest broadcasters and TV stakeholders and will take place on 14th-15th November 2012 in Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa.

Source: Informa Aug. 2012 - Stephen Scott.

'The Wild' TV series not renewed by M-Net

South African pay-TV broadcaster M-Net has announced that it will not commission a third series of its location-based soapie, The Wild, due to high production costs, unsatisfactory ratings and issues around the location itself. The Wild, which was launched in April 2011, will come to an end on the M-Net channel in March 2013.

Source: - 7 Aug 2012

Investment News - In Brief

- Investments in Tencent Holdings Ltd. (700), China’s biggest Internet company, and (MAIL), the largest Russian-language Internet firm and a 1.5 percent owner of Facebook Inc. (FB), account for almost 90 percent of Naspers’ $23 billion market value. That calculation puts a price tag of about $2.7 billion on Naspers’ media operations -satellite and cable TV across Africa, broadcast rights to English Premier League soccer, South Africa’s biggest newspaper, and dozens of other businesses in 133 countries from Argentina to Zambia. 

Extreme sports film from Award-winning South African filmmakers using crowd-source funding

Inspiring Ghanaian polio survivors pioneer extreme sports combination of skating and soccer / Award-winning South African filmmakers crowd-source funding via Kickstarter for the documentary

Skate soccer won’t be featured at this month’s Paralympics, but a new documentary aims to raise the profile of the bruising new sport.

Rollaball will tell the story of The Rolling Rockets, an inspiring team of Ghanaian polio survivors who are pioneering an extreme sport combination of skating and soccer.

Nigeria: Dons seek investment in educational TV

If Nigeria can emulate South Africa by establishing an educational television channel, performance in public examinations could improve, some educationists have said.

This is coming as outgoing president of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), Dr Prince Okorie, commended Mobil Producing Nigeria for funding the radio broadcast of the final of its science quiz competition nationwide.

Source: The Nation online

Investment News - In Brief

- In Uganda, Bukedde TV from the Vision Group has imported new equipment. The aim is to improve on the services and to have a wider coverage, according to Mark Walungama, manager Vision Group Television Stations. The equipment imported includes a transmitter, which will be able to provide clear TV signal. It has already been installed at a mast stationed at Kololo. Walungama said they imported the new equipment because they had a problem with the old ones. "In some areas, our viewers were experiencing poor signals," he added. (Source: The New Vision). 

StarTimes Enters Kenya Pay TV Market

Doubts over viability of the $75 Million investment where predecessors have failed miserably ,the Kenyan Pay TV market last week witnessed the entry of yet another player despite the evident unavailability of the market. 

Chinese firm, StarTimes launched in Nairobi Wednesday evening at a ceremony presided over by Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the Chine Ambassador to Kenya. 

Source: East African Business Week H. Liloba 6 Aug 2012

South Africa: Government issues RFP for digital TV

The request for proposals gives interested bidders just one month to respond. It also makes no specific mention of a return path for Internet access.

Prospective manufacturers of the set-top boxes that government will subsidise for as many as 5m poorer SA households to receive digital terrestrial television signals have just a month to submit their proposals to the department of communications. 


Nigeria: More Film Makers to Benefit as Nexim Bank Disburses U.S.$200 Million Fund

In line with the Federal Government's directive, the Nigerian Export and Import Bank (NEXIM) has announced plans to give more film makers the opportunity to benefit from the USD200 million fund meant to boost the entertainment industry in the country. The Managing Director of the bank, Roberts Orya disclosed this development to newsmen in Lagos, last weekend. 

Source: Vanguard Benjamin Njoku
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