Technology & convergence

MultiChoice launches Zapper decoder

MultiChoice Uganda, a leading pay television service provider, has launched its latest single view High Definition (HD) decoder called DSTV Zapper. The new product will replace the existing standard definition decoder, which is being phased out.

Bryan Muwonge, the marketing manager MutiChoice, said the introduction of the new product is one of MultiChoice’s ways to prepare for digital migration. He added that customers would view a better picture with the new product.

Kenya’s media consortium orders internet-enabled decoders

Digital TV subscribers in Kenya will soon be able to procure internet-enabled decoders from the country’s three major media companies Nation Media Group (NMG), Royal Media Services (RMS) and Standard Group (SG).

They ordered for more than 150,000 digital TV set-top boxes which are expected to become available within the next three weeks.

“These set-top boxes will be quite different from what is already there in the market. The devices will be sold at a one-off price of between Kshs 2,000 and Kshs 2,500,” said NMG board chairman Wilfred Kiboro.

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

South Africa’s Department of Communications (DOC) has officially been given the mandate over the country’s digital terrestrial television migration; the responsibility was earlier held by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services. Read the full story here

CEO Weekends: Kenyan middle class pushing the uptake of connected televisions

Samsung Electronics East Africa is predicting an increase in the uptake of connected televisions in the country, propelled by a growing middle class.

According to Robert Ngeru, Vice President and COO, Samsung Electronics in East and Central Africa, the global electronics manufacturer is projecting growth in the year 2015 for its high-end televisions. Currently Samsung tops the televisions market with over 40 percent market share.

Kenya's Able Wireless shifts focus to content delivery

Kenyan on-demand wireless streaming service provider Able Wireless has shut its network down and announced that it will focus on content delivery network, adding that it has learnt lessons from the initial test phase. According to ITWeb, the provider has recalled all black box equipment that was distributed to individuals as part of a test phase.

MultiChoice unveils new DStv HD decoder in Nigeria, Kenya

Pay-TV operator, MultiChoice, has unveiled its HD single view decoder in Kenya and Nigeria. The DStv HD decoder, which will replace the existing standard definition single view decoder, delivers HD signals and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound accessible to DStv subscribers.

“The launch bears testament to our continued investment in technology to ensure DStv delivers the best TV experience in Africa. The DStv HD decoder will ensure that more subscribers will have access to DStv’s HD channel offering,” said John Ugbe, managing director, MultiChoice Nigeria.

Morocco's Atlantic FM Upgrades to NETIA's Radio-Assist 8.2

NETIA has announced that Moroccan radio group Atlantic FM, part of the Eco-Medias Group, has upgraded to version 8.2 of NETIA's Radio-Assist™ digital audio software suite. Bringing Atlantic FM to the forefront of audio technology, the installation provides the foundation for a complete shift to digital broadcasting while enabling operators to take advantage of the familiar functionality and interfaces they know from the initial Radio-Assist system deployed in 2006.

The Live Streaming Revolution South African live streaming site is changing the way we engage with music

SkyRoomLive (SRL) – supported by Virgin Mobile South Africa - is a local online music portal, which is setting the live streaming world on fire. SRL gives music fans the opportunity to watch top South African music events via their computers and connected devices.

On an international level, live streaming is rising fast as a form of entertainment with heavy-weight YouTube providing more than six billion hours of streamed video content every month to viewers.

UCC says fall in decoder prices sparked by new players

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) said that the current price war among pay-TV companies was caused by new players in the decoder importation business, the Monitor reported. Currently, most pay-TV companies have cut their decoder prices in what is assumed to be a stock clearing move. Fred Otunnu, the UCC corporate communications manager, said government opened up the decoder importation market because it is not planning to import set top boxes (decoders) and there are now mechanisms for the private sector to import the decoders and compete with other pay-TV service providers.

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Tuluntulu has recently released an app available for iOS and Android that gives mobile users access to online video. Ranging from international news to African documentaries, the app delivers ten 24/7 channels including Al Jazeera, ANN7, AfriDocs and Fleur TV. Apart from the content, what’s meant to be Tuluntulu’s hook is the fact that the content is cheap, fast and easy to access. The app is available for free and Tuluntulu hopes that content creators as well as advertisers will jump on board in order to reach a potential audience of millions of people across the African continent.

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