Technology & convergence

DStv BoxOffice, Catch Up coming to Xbox One

MultiChoice is busy developing applications for its DStv BoxOffice and Catch Up services for the Xbox One, a spokesperson for Microsoft South Africa told MyBroadband.

Microsoft launched the Xbox One to the South African market at an event in Bryanston on Monday, 22 September 2014, with the console going on sale on 23 September 2014.

In addition to its video gaming features, Microsoft also talked up the ability of the console to plug into users’ home entertainment centres and control them via voice commands.

Samsung’s Off‐grid TV Improves User Experience in Rural Kenya

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.

Nigeria - GOtv Carries 0ut Scheduled Software Upgrade

In a tweeter message to its customers, the Station said, “All GOtv services will not be accessible to subscribers during the upgrade…We apologize for the inconvenience caused”.

GOtv, a home of African television, said it is committed to delivering family entertainment to Africa.

Altech Node: video-on-demand without broadband for R299 per month

Its launch follows that of Vidi, an online VOD service from Times Media Group which has a similar entertainment offering to what Node will provide.


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Eutelsat and Cisco demonstrate “Cloud video over satellite” using "smartLNB" technology at IBC

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.

Com Dev awarded contract for high throughput satellite to North Africa

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.

Nigeria: Firms Prepare for Analogue to Digital Switch Over

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.

Senegal's EXCAF Telecom Selects Spacecom's AMOS-5 at 17°E to Implement National DTT Project

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.

FRANSAT enables a secure access to new TV user experience on NEOTION’s CI Plus 1.3 CAM

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.

Al Jazeera Media Network Opens Innovation Challenge

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.