Technology & convergence

Botswana: BTV&R implements Broadcast Master to streamline scheduling and traffic

Imagine Communications has implemented its Broadcast Master traffic and scheduling system at the headquarters of Botswana TV and Radio (BTV&R) in Gabarone, Botswana. BTV&R is embarking on a transition to a fully digital, tapeless environment, and Broadcast Master is central to delivering the transition and to developing new and efficient workflows.

Minister Updates Parliament on DTT Migration in South Africa

Cape Town — The Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) team will this morning present a progress report on digital migration to the Portfolio Committee on Communications as well as Telecommunications and Postal Services in Parliament. The team, which will be led by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, will table the report which will reflect the progress and state of readiness of the country to roll-out the digital migration project.

Airtel Unveils New Digital Content Products in Kenya

Airtel has announced the launch of two new innovative digital products. The Airtel Jam Sessions, a music show and Airtel Future Shapers, a written feature on innovative young Kenyans in a move aimed at providing great local multimedia content online for consumers as well as in support of people doing great work in the arts, culture and technology.

IROKOtv goes mobile-only in Africa, adds features elsewhere

African movie streaming company iROKOtv has begun modifications to its mobile platform, days after it went mobile-only in Africa. The company will now allow users to initiate playbacks before they have finished downloading. This particular modification will only be available outside Africa, Techcabal reported.

Mzansi Magic on DStv goes HD

Another M-Net provided TV channel packaged for MultiChoices satellite pay-TV platform is changing from a standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD) feed with Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) becoming Mzansi Magic HD from this Friday, 24 July on DStv. by Thinus Ferreira

Its still breaking news when a TV channel goes HD in South Africa and Africa and now MultiChoices DStv and M-Net is finally upgrading Mzansi Magic.

DIFF associated films available on iTunes

For the first time in its history the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which runs from 16 to 26 July, appears on iTunes where audiences will be able to enjoy films that complement the official selection this year. Staying within DIFF’s areas of focus, the films which fans can enjoy include Palme d’Or winners such as Marty, or experience the musical frenzy that is the Director’s Cut of Woodstock.

iTunes has a history of working with film festivals around the world such as Cannes, Tribeca, Toronto Film Festival and more and DIFF will now also have a presence on the store.

4DX to Debut in 5 South African Theaters

The South Korean cinema technology featuring moving seats and environmental effects will launch in two locations in South Africa this year with three more planned in the days to come.

South Korea's CJ 4DPlex announced additional sales for "4DX" at CineEurope on Wednesday, where it signed a pact with South Africa's Nu Metro Cinemas to launch the immersive cinema technology in five locations. This is the latest development for the fast-expanding South Korean brand, which is available in 182 cinemas in 34 countries and is aiming to reach 300 auditoriums by the first half of 2016.

Uganda sets digital migration deadline to August

Uganda has confirmed that it is switching off analogue broadcasting by end of August, East African Businessweek reported. Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Director for Broadcasting Fred Otunnu announced the country's TV migration policy during the launch of a Zuku Television channel. The East African nation is one of the few in the region that seems to be ready for the digital migration.

Nigeria - Consat agrees CAM deal with SmarDTV

Nigerian pay TV platform Continental Satellite Limited (Consat) has signed a conditional access modules (CAM) deal with Kudelski Group-owned company, SmarDTV.

The DTH satellite operator’s pay TV service will soon be available via any integrated digital televisions (iDTVs) that incorporate a CI+ interface, having already launched using Nagra’s anyCAST content protection system.

Technology & Convergence - In brief

The governments of Mozambique and South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to reduce interference during the technological migration from analogue to digital terrestrial TV, reports Jornal. In the case of any interference, technicians from the two countries will meet and find solutions during the switchover process.
Source: Telecompaper 19 June 2015

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