Eutelsat will showcase a slew of innovative satellite-based solutions for broadcast and Internet markets at this year's IBC, the premier annual show for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of broadcasting media and entertainment.
Visitors to the Eutelsat stand will be able to see the expansion of the Group's portfolio of services and partnerships to deliver competitive tools for TV channels, news agencies, service providers, telecom operators and ISPs.
- The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has applied for R6.9-billion in government funding over the next three years, according to the national treasury.
- TV channel broadcasting continued to drive growth for satellite operators in 2010, with over 29,000 TV channels distributed by satellite worldwide, according to Euroconsult. Growth in the number of channels broadcast was supported by 15 new satellite pay-TV platforms which were launched in emerging regions, for a total of 126 satellite TV platforms serving around 155 million subscribers worldwide.
- Satellite operator SES – very active in Africa - reported first half recurring revenues of €853.2 million, a 3% year-on-year increase.
- Africalia set up “The Africaliennes” to showcase the work of African partners in Belgium. It recently organised an event in Brussels raising awareness of the work done in South Africa with projections and discussions (in English, subtitles in Dutch).
Ottawa's International Datacasting Corp. (IDC) has partnered with an African technology company to bring direct-to-home broadcasting to the continent. The agreement with Wananchi Group Ltd. includes a vendor financing package and credit facility for an undisclosed amount, plus two support and operations contract worth almost US$1 million.
According to an IDC statement, Wananchi launched the first broadband, cable and telephony network in Africa and also added Zuku satellite to provide video, voice and data services to the sub-Saharan area.
“The increase in the number of awards we will be making at this, the second edition of Durban FilmMart (DFM), is a tangible sign of the increasing support for the growth of African film product and an encouraging endorsement of the Durban FilmMart,” says Durban Film Office (DFO) acting CEO Toni Monty. “These awards provide producers with much needed support in further developing their projects and make these projects more attractive to financiers.”
- A UNAMID radio station finally took to the airwaves in the restive region of Darfur end of June 2011 after years of wrangling with the Sudanese government, which seeks control media programmes there. Titled Yala Nabni Darfur (Let's Build Darfur), the new radio broadcasts besides the local radio stations, the US based Afia Darfur Radio and the Netherlands based Radio Dabanga which broadcast on the short waves.
Digital TV Labs, which provides independent, specialised receiver conformance products and services, has announced that it has been contracted by NGB – Next Generation Broadcasting, which operate as the consumer brand Smart TV – to supply a DVB-T/T2 receiver conformance regime which will assist the successful rollout of DTT services in select African markets.