technology & convergence

Senegal's EXCAF Telecom Selects Spacecom's AMOS-5 at 17°E to Implement National DTT Project

Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC), the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, today announced that the AMOS-5 satellite has won a long-term contract from Senegal's EXCAF Telecom for satellite capacity to digitize the country's broadcast services.  Located at the 17°E prime orbital position, AMOS-5's peak satellite signal over Senegal enables EXCAF Telecom to create West Africa's first digital terrestrial network.

FRANSAT enables a secure access to new TV user experience on NEOTION’s CI Plus 1.3 CAM

This year's IBC will see FRANSAT and NEOTION unveil the FRANSAT CI+ CAM module associated with an HbbTV Connected TV as a solution for enhancing the user experience for satellite TV viewers.

On top of broadcast linear content, FRANSAT, the French free DTT satellite platform belonging to Eutelsat, is offering users interactive services such as an advanced EPG, catch up and VOD streaming services through its FRANSAT Connect portal which is based on HBBTV version 1.5 and OIPF specifications.

Al Jazeera Media Network Opens Innovation Challenge

The Innovation and Research group at Al Jazeera Media Network has kicked off its first major community initiative with an online Innovation Challenge. This is an open competition aiming to surface new ideas about storytelling in mobile and web applications.

The Innovation Challenge competition offers substantial rewards, including the possibility of future incubation of winning ideas, invitations to large innovation events in the future, and $25,000 in cash prizes.

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

More global content for an African VoD platform: iROKOtv announced last week that it will diversify its catalogue: it is branching out to include Hollywood, Bollywood, Korean and Telenovela television series and movies as part of its offering. - Read the full story here. 


Balancing Act has revealed that VoD is exploding across Africa. Click on the below chart to find out more...

South Africa's Tuluntulu now has ten channels

Tuluntulu, one of South Africa's top 10 startup companies this year, has recently launched ten channels that are available 24/7 on mobile.
The content ranges from international news, African documentaries to fashion and music channels. The app is available on Apple iOS and Google Android App Store.

Traditional media can claim back its edge with innovation

IBM believes that traditional media and entertainment companies that move fast to embrace and monetise digital channels stand to win back their audiences and their advertising revenue, despite doomsayers who say it is dead.

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Twitter is looking to boost its advertising business by letting more businesses pay to include video in their tweets. The company on Tuesday announced the beta test of a new advertising program, called "promoted video." It will let brands upload video to the site inside their tweets, and measure the videos' reach through analytics, similar to how advertising already works for non-video formats on Twitter.

OSN launches VOD, DVR in Egypt

Middle East pay-TV operator, OSN, supported by Cable Network Egypt has launched internet-enabled satellite receiver and recorder with full 3D and high definition (HD) capabilities in Egypt, in an attempt to counter content piracy.

OSN Plus HD provides a digital video recorder (DVR), allowing viewers to pause and record live television for the first time. The service also features video-on-demand (VOD) with premium movies, TV series and children’s entertainment.

Siyaya pay-TV to launch before year-end - report

South African pay-television provider Siyaya TV plans to launch some channels before the end of 2014 via a direct-to-home satellite platform, according to MyBroadband. It said a report in City Press said Siyaya was one of five new broadcasters to receive conditional licences to be pay-TV broadcasters that had now submitted the necessary additional information required of them to Icasa. Siyaya has signed a deal with the South African Football Association (Safa) that is reported to be worth ZAR 175 million per year over six years.

DStv to open PVR to the Internet

MultiChoice will soon begin selling a Wi-Fi dongle, which users of its Explora PVR will be able to use to access a range of online services, including video on demand.

MultiChoice, the owner and operator of pay-television service DStv, intends opening a data pipe on its Explora personal video recorder (PVR) decoder this year, paving the way for consumers to be able to watch on-demand services via the Internet.

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