Ster-Kinekor replaces all of its screens with digital technology

Film projectors will get the axe as the cinema chain moves to digital technology.

Cinema chain Ster-Kinekor Theatres will replace all of its screens countrywide with digital technology over the next 12 months in a deal that will probably be worth nearly R100m. About 400 screens are affected by the move.

The company, which is owned by Primedia, has signed an agreement with Arts Alliance Media, a digital cinema equipment supplier, to install the technology at all of its 59 sites. Roughly 12% of its screens are already digital.

Source: Duncan McLeod NewsCentral Media 19 June 2012

Investment News - In Brief

- 29 May 2012: Pay television channel M-Net has bought the rights to flight the SABC's weekly soapies - Isidingo and Generations. The move means that DStv subscribers across Africa can now watch the same Generations and Isidingo episodes that are being flighted locally on SABC. Generations, on SABC1, and Isidingo, on SABC3, premiered yesterday on the pay station's Africa Magic Entertainment channel.

Al Jazeera could launch French-language news channel for Africa

Al Jazeera plans to launch a French-language news channel for Africa between now and the end of the year, according to a report in French newspaper Le Figaro.

According to the report, the Qatar-based broadcaster is looking to challenge the hold of French-based media on Francophone West Africa, following its launch some months ago of a Swahili-language version aimed at the eastern part of the continent.

The new channel will be based in Dakar in Senegal, according to Le Figaro, avoiding complex licensing requirements and regulation that a base in Paris would involve.

Source: 2012Source: Digital TV Europe - May 29

Pay-TV broadcaster StarTimes launches in Kenya

StarTimes is now available across Kenya following the launch of the Chinese-owned pay-TV service by the Pan African Group - the country's second national digital television signal distributor - on Monday (11 June). StarTimes, which will be competing with Multichoice's DStv and GoTv, as well as the Wananchi Group's Zuku, reportedly claims to have invested US$75 million (Sh6.4 billion) to build a nationwide DVB-T2 compliant platform which provides 21 TV channels.

Source: Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 13-06-2012

Investment News - In Brief

- Following a three-year development of relationships and the training of Stage Audio Works as its first Certified Partner in South Africa, Christie, a global visual technology company, has announced the opening of a new office in Fourways, Johannesburg. The setting up of Christie's new office in Africa was effective from 1 June 2012.

Uganda: New Awards to Boost Media

Kampala, a city that takes pride in being alive with night entertainment, has now got an extra social event to add to its calendar. Last Friday, Radio and TV Academy (RTV) launched the Radio and TV Personalities' awards at Garden City Rooftop, with a promise of transparency and good entertainment.

Veteran broadcasters like Hajj Abdul Nsereko, Andrew Patrick Luwandagga, Drake Ssekebba and Andrew Benon Kibuuka, who co-emceed with Laila Kalanzi, graced the event.

Source: 31 May 2012.Source: The Observer (Kampala)- A.B. Mulumba

Ghana: AUCC to Establish Film and Muiltimedia School

After stamping its mark as a prime centre of excellence for higher education in Africa, the African University College of Communications (AUCC) is set to establish a School of Film and Multimedia Studies (SFMS) with the latest state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in September 2012.

Source: 1 JUNE 2012Source: A. Kapini AtaforiSource: Public Agenda (Accra)

Google's Youtube marks 7 years and 6 months in Uganda

YouTube recently celebrated its seventh birthday. Acquired by Google in 2006 for $1.6 billion, the investment is turning out to be a successful bet. YouTube has become the go-to destination for the best video content on the web.

Its content ranges from education to entertainment; amateur to professional. Over the last seven years, YouTube has gone through a remarkable period of transformation and growth.

Source: 31 May 2012.Source: The Observer (Kampala)

South Africa: DA Seeks Clarity On Imports of Set-Top Boxes for Digital Television

The Minister of Communications, Ms Dina Pule must state clearly and unambiguously whether foreign-made set-top boxes (STBs) or digital converters can be imported to and sold in South Africa.

STB or digital converters switch analogue television signals to digital and will have to be used by viewers to switch their signals in the digital migration process.

Source: Democratic Alliance (Cape Town)

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- Hollywood, Bollywood and now Nollywood, the Stream looks at Nigeria’s booming film industry. Watch the video here:

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