Samsung’s determination to leverage the large consumer market in Africa is glaringly clear with it’s latest innovation of a multi‐power TV which allows both AC and DC supply, meaning rural households can enjoy their viewing experience even with unsteady power supply.
Robert Ngeru, Samsung Electronics VP and COO for East and Central Africa hinted that the new innovation was a move in line with the company’s “Built for Africa” initiative.
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) and Cisco are unveiling the integration ETL of Cisco Videoscape and Eutelsat’s “smartLNB” technology at this year’s IBC exhibition. The two companies are combining their expertise for a demonstration of live IP streaming and Push Video On Demand (VOD) services accessed through an easy-to-navigate user interface that can offer broadcasters the most advanced turnkey solution for connected TV services.
Manufacturer of space and hardware subsystems, Com Dev International has been awarded an Authorisation to Proceed (ATP) contract to deliver Multiplexer Equipment, Waveguide and Coaxial Switches and Microwave Components to be used on a high throughput communications satellite designed to provide direct-to-home premium television content to the Middle East and North Africa.
Global satellite company, SES, in cooperation with Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG), a leading pan-African ICT company, launched a new digital television platform, on SES's ASTRA 2F satellite, at 28.2 degrees East that would provide access to a greater number of stations to households in Nigeria and across West Africa, at a relatively low cost.
Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC), the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, today announced that the AMOS-5 satellite has won a long-term contract from Senegal's EXCAF Telecom for satellite capacity to digitize the country's broadcast services. Located at the 17°E prime orbital position, AMOS-5's peak satellite signal over Senegal enables EXCAF Telecom to create West Africa's first digital terrestrial network.
This year's IBC will see FRANSAT and NEOTION unveil the FRANSAT CI+ CAM module associated with an HbbTV Connected TV as a solution for enhancing the user experience for satellite TV viewers.
On top of broadcast linear content, FRANSAT, the French free DTT satellite platform belonging to Eutelsat, is offering users interactive services such as an advanced EPG, catch up and VOD streaming services through its FRANSAT Connect portal which is based on HBBTV version 1.5 and OIPF specifications.
The Innovation and Research group at Al Jazeera Media Network has kicked off its first major community initiative with an online Innovation Challenge. This is an open competition aiming to surface new ideas about storytelling in mobile and web applications.
The Innovation Challenge competition offers substantial rewards, including the possibility of future incubation of winning ideas, invitations to large innovation events in the future, and $25,000 in cash prizes.