Technology & convergence

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.

Vodafone & Irokotv launch video on demand services in Ghana

Vodafone Ghana has signed a deal with Nollywood’s iROKOtv to launch VOD services in Ghana using its Fixed Broadband (FBB) service.

The deal aims to give users unlimited access to over 6,000 movies and TV shows present on iROKOtv as long as they sign up on Vodafone fixed broadband service which costs GH¢70/ month.

DW signs content deal with Tuluntulu

German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) and Tuluntulu have teamed up to provide DW's English TV channel as streaming content for mobile devices in Africa.The new partnership between DW and Tuluntulu will make it easier for mobile users in Africa to tune in to DW free of charge – no matter where they are. Tuluntulu is a mobile app that provides a range of TV streams at a lower bandwidth, making content available on mobile as well as wirelessn networks.


MultiChoice launches Zapper decoder

MultiChoice Uganda, a leading pay television service provider, has launched its latest single view High Definition (HD) decoder called DSTV Zapper. The new product will replace the existing standard definition decoder, which is being phased out.

Bryan Muwonge, the marketing manager MutiChoice, said the introduction of the new product is one of MultiChoice’s ways to prepare for digital migration. He added that customers would view a better picture with the new product.

Kenya’s media consortium orders internet-enabled decoders

Digital TV subscribers in Kenya will soon be able to procure internet-enabled decoders from the country’s three major media companies Nation Media Group (NMG), Royal Media Services (RMS) and Standard Group (SG).

They ordered for more than 150,000 digital TV set-top boxes which are expected to become available within the next three weeks.

“These set-top boxes will be quite different from what is already there in the market. The devices will be sold at a one-off price of between Kshs 2,000 and Kshs 2,500,” said NMG board chairman Wilfred Kiboro.

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

South Africa’s Department of Communications (DOC) has officially been given the mandate over the country’s digital terrestrial television migration; the responsibility was earlier held by the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services. Read the full story here

CEO Weekends: Kenyan middle class pushing the uptake of connected televisions

Samsung Electronics East Africa is predicting an increase in the uptake of connected televisions in the country, propelled by a growing middle class.

According to Robert Ngeru, Vice President and COO, Samsung Electronics in East and Central Africa, the global electronics manufacturer is projecting growth in the year 2015 for its high-end televisions. Currently Samsung tops the televisions market with over 40 percent market share.

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