Technology & convergence

StarTimes taps Conax and ALi for Africa expansion

Digital TV service provider StarTimes has adopted a range of Conax certified set-top boxes based on ALi chipset solutions to further expand in Africa.

“The collaboration with global leading partners, ALi and Conax, helps us deliver optimised total solutions in terms of performance, security, and costs that drive DTV expansion in Africa,” said StarTimes chairman XinXing Pang.

NBC, firm sign agreement on digital broadcasting

Towards moving the Nigerian broadcast industry from analogue to digital broadcasting, the National Broadcasting Commission has signed an agreement with Inview Technologies Limited for the provision of a National Common Set-Top-Box system.

A statement issued by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, NBC, Mrs. Maimuna Jimada, in Abuja on Thursday, said the agreement would see Inview Technologies Limited, in collaboration with MTS Communications Limited, make available the software for the provision of key services.

Source: Issue no. 200 27 March 2015 [nid:33449]

Kenya: CA given authority to invade NMG, Standard and RMS transmitters in Menengai

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has obtained court orders allowing its agents to switch off upcountry analogue transmissions by three television broadcasters it has been battling in a contentious digital migration process.

The orders empower the authority to invade and disable transmission bases at Menengai Hill used by Nation Media Group, Royal Media Services and the Standard Group to broadcast TV signals to Nakuru and its environs.

Digital migration delay worries Ghana's operators

The Ghanaian government's inability to meet the set deadline for the migration from analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is proving a costly setback for telecommunication companies hoping to bank on the yet-to-be released spectrum to boost quality of experience, Ghanaweb reported.

South Africa will not meet digital TV deadline

South Africa’s Department of Communications has confirmed that the country will not meet the allotted deadline for the switch-off of analogue television signals.

The primary objective of digital migration in South Africa is to clear the radio frequency spectrum currently occupied by broadcasters to enable the provision of wireless mobile broadband services and other applications.

The timeline, set by the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU), denoted 17 June 2015 as the switch-over date.

Deadline for the switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting in the UHF Band remains 17 June 2015

Despite stories appearing in the Kenyan press to the contrary, the deadline for the switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting in the UHF Band remains 17 June 2015, and this includes a list of 30 African nations. There is no extension for this deadline has been granted to any country. There is a separate deadline for 33 countries in Africa for the transition in the VHF Bands set for 17 June 2020, but that should not be confused with the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting.

New Regulations for Drone in the South African Film Industry:

As the process of creating new regulations for RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems, commonly referred to as drones) comes to completion, the film industry is very eager to begin using camera drones again. Legal drone operations will be possible with the full blessing of the SACAA (Civil Aviation Authority), and through some 50 pages of new regulations and technical specifications, specific to RPAS drone operations in SA airspace. It is anticipated that the new drone regulations will be promulgated towards the end of March 2015.
Benefits of Camera Drones in the Film Industry:

Startimes Free To Air Set Top Box To Retail At Just Ksh 3,299

Digital Television Company StarTimes Media has  slashed its DVB T2 Free-To-Air(FTA) set top boxes by 17.5 percent today; the company did this to ensure that many Kenyans can afford the boxes as they do not attract monthly subscription charges.

StarTimes FTA set top box will now retail at a one off fee of Ksh 3,299 down from 3,999 with free access to one month Unique bouquet worth Ksh 1,499 giving Kenyans over 75 premium international channels.

Free ADSL data with Vidi video on demand streaming

Netflix-like video streaming service Vidi has promised to pay for your ADSL data

Vidi, the Netflix-like video streaming service from Times Media Group, has announced a promotion which offers subscribers free ADSL data for watching videos on the service.

Queried about how it works and which ADSL service providers are supported, Vidi said it supports all ISPs.

"If you are using ADSL and ADSL only, the player will detect whether point-to-point tunnelling protocol is enabled and available via your router,” Vidi said.

Startimes Kenya lowers cost of FTA receiver

Kenya's StarTimes Media has effected a 17.5 percent cut in the cost of acquiring its DVB-T2 free-to-air set-top box with the move aimed at making it more affordable for Kenyans. The receiver will now retail at a one-off fee of KES 3,300, down from 4,000, with free access for one month the 'Unique' bouquet worth KES 1,500 and offering over 75 premium international channels. The FTA offer includes over 55 local channels.

Source: Telecompaper 24 February 2015

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