technology & convergence

Uganda: Epic pay TV battle

Pay TV providers in Uganda are bracing themselves for a bruising battle for market share. Already, a new player, Azam Media Uganda Ltd, has entered the market with an attractive proposition, and several other providers have lodged their applications with the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), a development that has made the UCC excited ahead of next year’s deadline for digital migration. The consumer too, should be looking ahead to a good future in terms of excellent customer care and affordable prices.

Sub-Saharan Africa: digital TV base to triple by 2020

An increase of 185% in digital TV homes from 2010–2020 to 1.68 billion will see a total global penetration of 97.9% according to a report from Digital TV Research.

If realised, says the Digital TV World Household Forecasts report, based on forecasts for 138 countries, this would mean an increase from a penetration rate of 67.7% at the end of 2014 and will mean that 94 countries would be completely digital compared with only 12 at the end of 2013. About 124 countries will have more than 90% digital penetration by 2020.

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

The month started off with Amazon announcing Fire TV, its long rumored ' and eagerly awaited ' streaming set-top box.

MTN Rwanda has partnered with Tele10 to enable customers to pay their DStv, Canal+ and GOtv subscriptions using MTN Mobile Money. Full story here: 

Nigeria: collaboration between BBC World Service and BlackBerry

News from the BBC Hausa service is now available via BBMTM in Nigeria, thanks to collaboration between BBC World Service and BlackBerry. Subscribers to the service will receive up to five BBC Hausa news alerts daily, each with shareable story links, with users able to engage with the BBC by sharing their comments and story ideas.

Eutelsat-Nilesat 7/8' Wvn breaks barrier of 50 million homes in MEA

Audience of the Eutelsat-Nilesat 7/8' West video neighbourhood breaks barrier of 50 million homes in Middle East and North Africa.

Nigeria, VoD: Multichoice's BoxOffice Launches Locally

In Lagos, Multichoice has officially launched its BoxOffice offering in the country.

This would provide digital satellite television (DSTV) subscribers with the ultimate in home television entertainment, according to the company.

BoxOffice is a service that allows subscribers to conveniently rent and watch the latest blockbuster movies in the comfort of their homes.

With BoxOffice, the company said subscribers can now rent and keep movies for up to 48 hours, for N400 per movie.

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Vibes of Africa is a web portal dedicated to African music videos. The website promotes music video clips from Nigeria, Uganda, Ivory coast, Congo, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia and Rwanda. It embeds videos from other web platforms such as YouTube and iROKO.

Innovations for African broadcasters at AfricaCast 2014

AfricaCast will take place from 11th - 13th November 2014 at the Cape Town Convention Centre, South Africa. www.africacast-event.com

Speak alongside Marie Lora-Mungai, CEO, Buni TV as well as many other major African innovators

RSA: Second Imax (with 3D) cinema theatre in Pretoria East

Ster-Kinekor has signed an agreement with Imax to install a second Imax theatre, following the opening of its first theatre at Gateway in Durban, in November 2013.

The site for the second cinema will be at the recently opened Ster-Kinekor cinema complex at The Grove Mall in Pretoria East. The installation of The Imax Experience, including Imax 3D, will commence shortly, with the doors expected to open to the public in June this year.

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