Technology & convergence

East Africa: Rural, off-grid consumers can now watch TV

Kenya-based consumer finance company M-KOPA has unveiled a 16-inch, solar-powered digital flat-screen TV, targeted at low-income consumers residing in off-grid areas.

ELEMENTS Media Workflow Solutions enter the South African Market

Dusseldorf, GER, Mar 8, 2016: ELEMENTS, developer of advanced solutions for unrestricted collaboration in shared media workflows, is bringing its exceptional SAN and NAS appliances    to the South African market for the first time. André Kamps, CEO and founder of ELEMENTS, announced that the Company has signed a reselling partnership agreement with Rocket Science, a leading full-service system integration and solution provider.

Safaricom's M-Kopa targets 1 mln buyers of solar TV

Solar energy provider M-Kopa has set a target to supply 1 million households in the country with solar-powered digital flat screen television sets by next year, Mobile Business Daily reported. M-Kopa CEO Jesse Moore said the solar power TVs innovation will offer off-grid households living below a dollar a day an alternative form of energy and access to television programming. Moore estimated that 69 per cent of Kenyan adults are in the "dark" for either lack of access to power or failure to afford TV sets.

Jamii fires up pay TV market with low cost Internet device

Kenya’s pay television and theatre market is headed for a major shake-up with the entry of high speed Internet connectivity devices that enable the streaming of movies, premium sports content and live television shows.

Jamii Telecoms is leading the onslaught with a television Android box- that is priced at about Sh10,000 and gives subscribers access to thousands of Over the Top (OTT) content from Netflix, Huluplus, Kodi and Cloud TV among others.

ShowMax concludes deals to get vouchers into Massmart and Edcon stores

 

 

ShowMax, the internet TV service owned by Naspers, has concluded agreements that will see ShowMax vouchers going on sale in 125 Game stores and more than 100 CNA stores across South Africa. ShowMax vouchers have also been available in Pick n Pay stores since December 2015.

E.tv expands Volicon Observer System to support growth

E.tv has expanded its Volicon Observer digital video monitoring and logging system to accommodate compliance recording for simulcast channels, as well as to support reconciliation of visual as-runs and in-house air-fault investigation.

Aadil Jaffer, senior engineer at e.tv commented, We knew that implementation of the system would be easy, and our staff members already were comfortable using the interface to browse and monitor any channel on the internal IT network and to create clips for mail distribution as needed.

Weak rand spells higher than usual DStv price hike

The ongoing weakening of the rand foreshadows a possible bigger price hike this year than usual for South African DStv subscribers as local pay-TV subscribers will have to bear the brunt of the currency that continues to slide.

Last years depreciation, coupled with the rands ongoing weakening in 2016, spells a bigger than usual subscription increase for DStv subscribers since the local currency has lost a third of its value since 2015. MultiChoice usually announces at the end of February what the increase will be that comes into effect by April.

RR Media Selected for Eutelsat Broadband Initiative for Africa

RR Media, a provider of global digital media services to the broadcast and media industries, announces today that it has been selected to support Eutelsat's African satellite broadband initiative. RR Media's Middle East Media Center will host an important hub to connect and deliver new-generation broadband services to Sub-Saharan Africa. This initiative will leverage satellite technologies to increase the number of African Internet users through innovative, reliable and affordable solutions.

iOS users can now download their favourite ShowMax shows

 

People accessing ShowMax from Android devices have been able to download content for offline viewing since December last year. Now their iOS-using counterparts can join in on the fun.

The Naspers-owned video-on-demand (VoD) service on Tuesday announced downloads for its iPhone and iPad apps, aiming to both address the cost of internet connectivity in South Africa and to help people use the service while on the move.

Africa: 4G-LTE was launched in 24 countries! And Netflix took the continent by storm

 

Many industry professionals know that -LTE 4G services were launched in some African countries, but few people know exactly where these  broadband services are operational.

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