Pay TV providers in Uganda are bracing themselves for a bruising battle for market share. Already, a new player, Azam Media Uganda Ltd, has entered the market with an attractive proposition, and several other providers have lodged their applications with the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), a development that has made the UCC excited ahead of next year’s deadline for digital migration. The consumer too, should be looking ahead to a good future in terms of excellent customer care and affordable prices.
An increase of 185% in digital TV homes from 2010–2020 to 1.68 billion will see a total global penetration of 97.9% according to a report from Digital TV Research.
If realised, says the Digital TV World Household Forecasts report, based on forecasts for 138 countries, this would mean an increase from a penetration rate of 67.7% at the end of 2014 and will mean that 94 countries would be completely digital compared with only 12 at the end of 2013. About 124 countries will have more than 90% digital penetration by 2020.
News from the BBC Hausa service is now available via BBMTM in Nigeria, thanks to collaboration between BBC World Service and BlackBerry. Subscribers to the service will receive up to five BBC Hausa news alerts daily, each with shareable story links, with users able to engage with the BBC by sharing their comments and story ideas.
Vibes of Africa is a web portal dedicated to African music videos. The website promotes music video clips from Nigeria, Uganda, Ivory coast, Congo, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia and Rwanda. It embeds videos from other web platforms such as YouTube and iROKO.
Ster-Kinekor has signed an agreement with Imax to install a second Imax theatre, following the opening of its first theatre at Gateway in Durban, in November 2013.
The site for the second cinema will be at the recently opened Ster-Kinekor cinema complex at The Grove Mall in Pretoria East. The installation of The Imax Experience, including Imax 3D, will commence shortly, with the doors expected to open to the public in June this year.