Technology & convergence

New Regulations for Drone in the South African Film Industry:

As the process of creating new regulations for RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems, commonly referred to as drones) comes to completion, the film industry is very eager to begin using camera drones again. Legal drone operations will be possible with the full blessing of the SACAA (Civil Aviation Authority), and through some 50 pages of new regulations and technical specifications, specific to RPAS drone operations in SA airspace. It is anticipated that the new drone regulations will be promulgated towards the end of March 2015.
Benefits of Camera Drones in the Film Industry:

Startimes Free To Air Set Top Box To Retail At Just Ksh 3,299

Digital Television Company StarTimes Media has  slashed its DVB T2 Free-To-Air(FTA) set top boxes by 17.5 percent today; the company did this to ensure that many Kenyans can afford the boxes as they do not attract monthly subscription charges.

StarTimes FTA set top box will now retail at a one off fee of Ksh 3,299 down from 3,999 with free access to one month Unique bouquet worth Ksh 1,499 giving Kenyans over 75 premium international channels.

Free ADSL data with Vidi video on demand streaming

Netflix-like video streaming service Vidi has promised to pay for your ADSL data

Vidi, the Netflix-like video streaming service from Times Media Group, has announced a promotion which offers subscribers free ADSL data for watching videos on the service.

Queried about how it works and which ADSL service providers are supported, Vidi said it supports all ISPs.

"If you are using ADSL and ADSL only, the player will detect whether point-to-point tunnelling protocol is enabled and available via your router,” Vidi said.

Startimes Kenya lowers cost of FTA receiver

Kenya's StarTimes Media has effected a 17.5 percent cut in the cost of acquiring its DVB-T2 free-to-air set-top box with the move aimed at making it more affordable for Kenyans. The receiver will now retail at a one-off fee of KES 3,300, down from 4,000, with free access for one month the 'Unique' bouquet worth KES 1,500 and offering over 75 premium international channels. The FTA offer includes over 55 local channels.

Source: Telecompaper 24 February 2015

MultiChoice weighs options as ‘tsunami’ looms

MultiChoice boss says encryption is wrong for South Africa’s digital migration project, but is worried broadcasters are "rearranging the furniture" instead of preparing for an incoming "tsunami" of international online competitors. By Duncan McLeod.

Though MultiChoice remains strongly opposed to the use of encryption, or conditional access, for South Africa’s free-to-air digital television migration project, it has not yet decided whether it will challenge government in court if cabinet decides to implement such a system.

Zuku looking to launch VOD in Kenya

Kenya’s video on demand market should prepare for a major player at the end of the year, as Wananchi owned Zuku aims to launch the service.

Speaking to ITWeb Africa, Richard Alden, chief executive officer of the Wananchi Group said that they would be launching by December this year.

“The service is currently at product development phase and will be ready for piloting and hopefully full roll out before end of 2015,” Alden said.

Already, Zuku’s decoders have capabilities of a video on demand service but currently it is non functional.

Multichoice seeks Sh153m tax refund from import agent

Multichoice Kenya claims that Mainkam Limited, a clearing and forwarding agent, failed to remit the amount to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) over a four-year period. Multichoice now wants Mainkam to refund it the Sh153 million it claims lost as a result of the non-remittance, which was unearthed by a KRA audit on its books.

Multichoice Kenya has sued a clearing and forwarding agent that allegedly defrauded it Sh153 million that was meant to be taxes payable to the taxman for imported satellite dishes and decoders.

Lack of Fund Threatens Digital Migration in Nigeria – NBC

Plans by the Nigerian government through the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to meet the June 15 deadline for the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting may have suffered major setback following the non-release of required funds to facilitate the migration.

To ensure a successful switch over, NBC said it needs NGN69 billion but so far, no money has been released according to the Director General of the commission, Mr. Emeka Mba.

Spectrum: Satellite operators stress importance of C-band for vital satellite services in Africa

Speaking on behalf of the international satellite1 community, Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelsat, has warned African states of the consequences for the continent if C-band resources are reallocated to mobile operators.

Nigeria's ACTV to broadcast via Amos-5

Nigerian pay-TV company ACTV has agreed a multi-year contract to lease Ku-band transponder space on the Amos-5 satellite, operated by Israel's Spacecom, to broadcast its 60-channel network.

"Creating the ACTV platform is an exciting project and with the support of Amos-5 at 17° East we look forward to an exciting future. Nigerian viewers deserve choice, and we at ACTV are giving them new and stimulating offerings for their pleasure," said Godfrey Okreh, CEO of ACTV.

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