technology & convergence

Innovations for African broadcasters at AfricaCast 2014

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

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.

Nigeria: Zamfara Radio and TV Ready for Digital Transmission

The Managing Director of Zamfara State Radio and Television services, Alhaji Adamu Muhammad, has said the state is ready for the National Broadcasting Corporation's (NBC) deadline on the digitization of all radio and television stations operation in the country.

He said the NBC's deadline on stoppage of the use of analogue equipment, before June 17, 2015 is achievable given the fact that they have gone far in digitalizing their services even before the announcement.

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Cosmo City, an underprivileged suburb undergoing major social and economic development in Johannesburg, is the latest community to receive the Samsung Digital Village model which will provide residents with access to the internet as well as education and health services. Full story here:

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.

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