technology & convergence

BET Networks Launches Its First Ever Brand App BET NOW

Functionalities Include TV Everywhere Authenticated On-Demand Viewing of Its Award-Winning Shows:

The New BET App is Available for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets
Download now for free at the App Store or Google Play Store

South Africa will not use CA to cut off non-payers, says minister

Multichoice clashes with SA government over digital switchover plans:

The South African government has no intention of using conditional access in digital-terrestrial set-top boxes to cut off viewers who dont pay the country's TV licence fee, according to communications minister Yunus Carrim.

Global index: A 719% surge in mobile and tablet video time

If you thought mobile video was growing fast, think again: it's growing incredibly fast. Ooyala's Q4 Video Index reports that time spent watching video on tablets and mobile devices is up an astounding 719% since Q4 of 2011.

In Q4 of 2013 alone, mobile and tablets increased their share of all video watched online by 43%. In fact, Ooyala now predicts that by 2016, half of all online video viewing will be done on mobile and tablet devices.

Mobile is the present and the future of video.

Ghana: DVB-T2 Digital TV Labs, neighbouring countries to co-finance?

Ghana's National Communications Authority has appointed the UKs Digital TV Labs as an accredited test centre for DTT receiver conformance in Ghana, supporting the countrys digital switchover.


Nigeria: GOtv Re-Introduces Antenna Swop Campaign

As part of efforts to boost subscribers viewing experience, GOtv has announced the re-introduction of its antenna swop campaign. The campaign which involves exchanging indoor stub antennas for external UHF antennas (GOtennas) will provide GOtv customers with an improved signal. The swop out process will take place for a limited time only, commencing on March 17 through April 23, 2014 at MultiChoice offices, dealer and vendor outlets.

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Sierra Leone: MIT discovered Kelvin, an engineering whiz kid. MIT found a 15-year-old scouring trash bins for parts. He built a radio and batteries, and wants to set up a windmill and promote innovations in his community. What he's built will leave you stunned." target="_blank">Watch the documentary here

TV Connect 2014: Google reveal TV “end-game”

At TV Connect this morning, during a fireside chat with Informa’s Rob Gallagher, Francisco Varela, Global Head of Platform Partnerships, YouTube, revealed Google’s TV “end game “ when asked directly by Gallagher about Google Chromecast…

DStv launches new VOD services

Downloads are now available for DStv Catch Up on iPhone and iPad, with live streaming available from SuperSport.

MultiChoice has added new features to its DStv application for iPhones and iPads, allowing DStv Premium subscribers to download selected videos from its Catch Up service.

Review: Durban-made Piko TV smart stick

A South African company is selling a “mini PC” on a stick that converts a user’s television set into a smart, Internet-connected TV able to stream video and launch apps.

A Durban-based company, Maslow Holdings, has developed a gizmo that promises to turn any HDMI-enabled television set into a smart TV. The R1 195 Piko “smart stick” is the size of a USB flash drive and connects to a TV through HDMI.

The Piko smart stick, which is manufactured in Durban, runs Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”, has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (about 2GB available to users) and built-in Wi-Fi.

Samsung debuts TVs built for Africa

New TVs and tablets were on show at the Samsung Forum in Spain this week.
Samsung Electronics has unveiled a line of curved, ultra-high-definition televisions at the Samsung Forum in Málaga, Spain, along with a set that has been designed specifically for consumers in Africa.

The 23-inch entry-level high-definition LED TV will be available in South Africa and the rest of Africa at the end of the second quarter for less than R 4 000.

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