Technology & convergence

AlwaysOn Streaming – Wi-Fi just for video streaming

AlwaysOn has expanded its new streaming package to include traffic from Vidi, the video on demand service from Times Media Group.

The streaming-only package was first announced at the launch of OntapTV in September, with AlwaysOn offering 15GB and 50GB bundles intended for video streaming.

The packages only work through AlwaysOn’s Super Wi-Fi locations.

Its Super Wi-Fi hotspots are backhauled by fibre links with speeds of up to 1Gbps, while its browser Wi-Fi zones are typically backed by DSL connections with speeds of up to 40Mbps.

Naspers H1 revenue rises 24% to ZAR 74.3 bln

Naspers reported revenues of ZAR 74.3 billion for the six months to end September, or in US dollar terms, up 5 percent to USD 5.9 billion. On an organic basis, excluding the effects of foreign exchange and acquisitions, revenue grew by 20 percent. Core headline earnings increased 45 percent to ZAR 8.8 billion, with Tencent and the South African video-entertainment business being the main contributors. In US dollar terms, core headline earnings were up 22 percent to USD 693 million.

Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe chooses Eutelsat to accelerate transition to digital TV

Cape Town, Harare, Paris, 17 November 2015 — Eutelsat Communications announces it has sealed a three-year contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) for Ku-band capacity on the EUTELSAT 3B satellite. The capacity will be used to deliver twelve free-to-view channels to a nationwide network of 48 Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) transmitters so that Zimbabwean viewers can benefit from improved image quality and a wider choice of television programmes.

WRC-15 safeguards sub-700MHz band for broadcasting in EMEA

European public broadcasters body the EBU has applauded a decision reached at WRC-15 to safeguard the 470-694MHz spectrum band for digital-terrestrial broadcasting in ‘ITU Region 1’ – covering Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa, into the next decade.

The decision followed pressure by the mobile telecom lobby to bring the 470-694MHz range into play for alternative uses along with the 694-790MHz range, the part of the UHF spectrum that the WRC decided earlier this week to re-allocate to mobile broadband applications.

Technology & Convergence – In brief

Spain's Egatel has been selected by APD to supply DTT transmitters for Kenya's transition to a digital TV system. The project involves the supply, installation and commissioning of ten high power sites located at various locations across the country, which are configured with 1+1 redundancy systems based on 2.3 KWrms DVB-T2 Egatel transmitters. The transmitters are part of the Wideband High Efficiency Transmitters (WHET) series which have air cooling and provide high energy efficiency throughout the UHF band on Wideband Doherty technology, significantly reducing energy consumption.

Benin’s Golfe TV AFRICA favours EUTELSAT 16A satellite for transition into High Definition

 

First free-to-air channel in Sub-Saharan Africa to upscale to High Definition standard

Tailored Multiplatform Marketing Campaigns & Innovative Experiences Prove the key to forging Connections Between Brands & Their Consumers

In an environment of ever-increasing information overload, advertisers and brands are constantly seeking innovative ways for their voice to be heard, and to connect on a personal level with their consumers.  Tailor-made experiences are increasingly being recognised as a cost-effective way of achieving maximum targeted reach and a healthy return on their investment, versus the “one size fits all” approach.

MultiChoice taps Elemental for digital VOD in Africa

MultiChoice has selected Elemental for live streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) delivery of its DStv online service in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The operator will use Elemental to support sports and entertainment content on smartphones and tablets to more than ten million subscribers. It is also employing Elemental to power the launch of its time-shift satellite VOD service, which will support MultiChoice DStv Box Office and MultiChoice DStv catch-up; premium subscribers can watch the latest movies, sports and television shows up to seven days after they air.

Eutelsat to accelerate Zimbabwe’s transition to digital TV

Eutelsat Communications announced that it has sealed a three-year contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) for capacity in Ku-band on the Eutelsat 3B satellite. The capacity will be used to deliver 12 free-to-view channels to a nationwide network of 48 Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) transmitters so that Zimbabwean viewers can benefit from improved image quality and a wider choice of television programmes.

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.

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