Technology & convergence

DataMiner to manage hybrid STB services for over 2m households in East Africa

Skyline Communications, global leader in end-to-end multi-vendor network management and OSS software solutions for the broadcast, satellite, cable, telco and mobile industry, announces that DataMiner CPE Manager has been selected by a major service provider to manage a new network of interactive set-top boxes spanning across one of Africa’s biggest markets. The new network will provide over 2 million households with premium HD channels and on-demand online content, 3G/4G Internet browsing, a built-in WiFi hotspot, and more.

Uganda set for full implementation of digital TV

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) said 17 upcountry satellite stations have been completed and handed over to Signet to fully implement the digital migration of regions outside Kampala Metropolitan. Signet is the signal distributor in the country.

Hola Media seeks licence to launch FTA, IPTV and VOD services in South Africa

Liquid Telecom, the pan-African fibre telecommunications firm controlled by Strive Masiyiwa’s Econet Group partnered with Lincoln and Noli Mboweni to launch a new Internet protocol television (IPTV), video-on-demand (VOD) and digital terrestrial television broadcaster called Hola Media. Consequently, Hola Media is seeking a free-to-air broadcasting licence from the South African communications regulator Icasa.

StarTimes to launch novelty projection television in Africa

StarTimes will soon introduce a digital projection television (TV) device that enables television viewing on walls with the aid of a handy projector.

Television fans all across African countries including the rural areas would no longer purchase television sets but just an affordable digital dish which will project television contents on the wall.

MTN, iRokotv target N2tn from online streaming

Video on Demand platform, iROKOtv says it has a target to make about N2tn ($1bn) from online streaming in Nigeria by 2020.

The Chief Executive Officer of iROKOtv, Mr. Jason Njoku, said this on Monday, days after Ericsson’s ConsumerLab published its first-ever television and media report for Nigeria, which indicated that Nigerians spent about N54bn on VoD streaming between January and September 2015.

Technology & Convergence – In Brief

Eutelsat Communications announces that its new EUTELSAT 8 West B has been fully powered up and is already broadcasting TV channels to over 52 million homes in the Middle East and North Africa. Launched on August 20 by an Ariane 5 rocket, the new high-power satellite is co-located with a constellation of satellites operated by Eutelsat and Nilesat at the 7/8 degrees West neighbourhood.

Samsung Partners with eNCA to bring News on Demand

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 29 September, 2015 – Samsung Electronics South Africa has partnered with leading African news provider, eNCA, to bring its Smart TV users video news on demand via a purpose-built eNCA Smart TV app – the first of its kind in Africa.

TNT SAT Africa to launch 60 free channels in Mali

Africable Television group is planning to launch 54 to 60 free channels in Mali through TNT SAT Africa. The announcement was made by Ismaïla Sidibé, CEO of Africable during an official visit of the TNT SAT teleport found in the capital of Bamako. Ismaïla Sidibé further revealed that the official launch of TNT SAT Africa is scheduled for the 7 and 9 October 2015.

Canal+ Overseas chooses Enensys for TNT Africa roll-out

TNT AfricaCanal+ Overseas has chosen Enensys to provide technology for the rollout of its digital-terrestrial platform in Africa. The international arm of the Vivendi-owned pay TV company is rolling out TNT Africa, a multi-country sub-Saharan African project to complement its existing DTH service, Les Bouquets Canal+.

Enensys is supplying content insertion and regionalisation via its T2 Gateway product at Canal+’s Paris headend and T2-Edge systems at transmitter sites in each country.

M-Net introduces Express to Explora

M-Net is bringing the latest international programming to viewers faster than ever before, this time for the benefit of DStv Premium customers with a DStv Explora. Instead of waiting for a gap in the prime-time schedule on M-Net 101 or M-Net Edge, hand-picked series will be available exclusively on the DStv Explora within 24 hours of their US launch times.

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