Namibia: Digital broadcast migration needs N$350 million

Namibia will experience the impact of digital terrestrial television (DTT) in the next one to three years, says Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology Stanley Simataa.

Simataa informed the National Assembly on Thursday that the national broadcaster, NBC “is at an advanced stage of completing the commercial negotiation on Namibia’s blueprint for the DTT migration.


Investment - In Brief

International Jewish News 1 launched on September 21, 2011. Jewish News 1 (JN1) is a new 24-hour Brussels-based English-language channel offering news from a Jewish perspective. The channel, which currently has studios in Tel Aviv, Brussels and Kyiv, plans to air in seven further languages, including Hebrew, French, Italian, Russian and German, later. It also has plans to open studios in Washington, Paris and London over the next few months.

The African Union launches the Pan-African Media Network Project

The African Union (AU) will, from 17 to 20 September 2011, participate in the Pan-African Conference on Access to Information (PACAI) in Cape Town, South Africa. This major event will bring together the cream of journalism in Africa and commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration on freedom of expression.

On the sidelines of the Conference, the AU, as a PACAI partner committed to promoting freedom of expression, access to information and the practice of independent journalism, will, on 19 September, launch the Pan-African Media Network (PAMEN).

Source: AllAfrica

South Africa: co-productions budget reaches R111 million in 6 months

International co-productions are an essential tool for the South African film and television industry. They not only allow the local industry to pool financing, but also attract creative talent with those from partner countries to make film and television products that enjoy the status of national productions in each of the respective countries.

Source: NFVF

Investment - In Brief

- Organisers of DISCOP Africa, Basic Lead, has announced the launch of an umbrella event, TV Loves Africa, which will feature markets and conference programmes dedicated to the making, the distribution and the monetizing of content across all platforms in Africa, including radio and will take place at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 30 October to 2 November 2012.

International broadcasters RFI, TV5Monde and Deutsche Welle promote language learning by mobile

RFI and TV5MONDE, as promoters of the French language around the world, have combined their know-how in audiovisual media to create a new iPhone application to learning French from current affairs. With the 'Learn French with the news' application, you can stay informed while learning and improving your French, especially as it is spoken daily in the media.
« Learn French with the news » ('Apprendre le français par l’info'), the application's French title, exists in eight versions: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Russian and Vietnamese.

Source: RFISource: TV5 Monde and Deutsche welle

Eutelsat showcases innovative satellite broadcast solutions for Africa

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.

Inverstment - In Brief

- 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.

Safa says TV rights valued at R150m a year

The South African Football Association (Safa) values its television rights at between R130-million and R150-million a year, an official revealed this week.

"The figure is the association's own evaluation after having obviously viewed audience potential," said the official, who asked not to be named.

"It's difficult because before we couldn't make evaluations based on real figures, and cannot use the previous deal that we had with the SABC as a benchmark for the new one."


$10,000 for short films in Africa

$10,000 in financing for pre-production, production and/or post-production on narrative short films has been granted in continental Africa.

Source: a division of NBC UniversalSource: Universal Networks
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