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African broadcast TV news going online and multi-platform – One broadcasters’ story points the way to the future

TV news in Africa is an important element in the TV schedule and as a draw for audiences. But how people get their news is changing rapidly and the African broadcasters that understand the digital transition will be more competitive. Russell Southwood spoke to Timothy Spira, eNCA’s Head of the Online Division to try and sort out what will work now and in the future.

Ethiopia: Moby Group launches free-to-air satellite station Kana TV in JV with local partners

Dubai-based Moby Group is launching a new satellite entertainment channel in Ethiopia in a JV with local partners. For years the TV sector in Ethiopia was just Government channels but two satellite stations are now launching. Russell Southwood spoke to Elias Schulze, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Kana TV.

Nigeria: New premium business TV Show On The Money launches on Key TV networks

On The Money is a new premium business TV Show launched in Lagos. Balancing Act’s Sylvain Beletre interviewed Michael Akindele, founding partner of JohnRhoda Enterprise, the company behind the show.

Q. What is On The Money about?

A. On The Money is a weekly 30-minute programme providing educational, leadership, management and market value to target audiences across Africa and in the diaspora.

Africa - VoD: 4G -LTE has been launched in 24 countries! And Netflix takes the continent by storm

Netflix’s announcement that it will roll out across all of Africa came as a big and rather welcome surprise. It had already announced its intentions to go into South Africa but no-one really knew the scale of its ambition. Alongside this announcement, the pace of 4G-LTE roll-out announcements continues to increase. Balancing Act’s Senior Analyst Sylvain Beletre looks at how these two things will impact Africa’s broadcast industry.

4G progress in Africa

Broadcast Christmas Message No 2028

Dear readers, viewers, contributors and advertisers

The year continued to be dominated by the painfully slow progress of Africa’s transition to digital broadcasting. But much else has happened that brings better news:

DTT - Shuffling to the finish line: As predicted, the majority of African countries did not make the ITU’s June 2015 deadline. Even now, six months later, only a handful of countries have actually finished the transition process.

Nigeria: DTT Process snarled up in legal battle over number of signal carriers

Nigeria’s signal carrier licensing process is in a mess because too many different interests have had to be satisfied. Nigeria was never going to meet the ITU deadline of June 2015 but legal action by one of the successful bidders means that the whole process will be considerably delayed.

In May 2014, the broadcast regulator, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), issued a tender for a second DTT Network Operator Licence in Nigeria: “Licence to roll-out and operate a national terrestrial broadcasting signal distribution network in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Tele 10 launches its Watch Africa service in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda with NTT-Docomo’s Net M

Rwanda’s Tele10 has launched its digital box and app service in Kenya and will soon be rolling it out in Uganda and Rwanda. The platform has been supplied by Net M, which is now a subsidiary of Japanese giant NTT-Docomo. Russell Southwood caught up with Tele 10’s Eugene Nyagahene at AfricaCom this week.

TV channels strategies in Africa : TV5Monde lays out its stall


Above: TV5Monde Afrique VoD website.

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As the largest buyers and sellers market for TV programs in Africa is about to kick off (Discop Johannesburg), it is time for producers, distributors and broadcasters to get ready.

Hong Kong’s PCCW makes its first content play in Africa – ONTAPtv.com enters the South African market

There’s been much talk of telecoms companies entering the African content space but with a few exceptions not much sign of them. However, Hong Kong’s PCCW is not a classic telecoms operator as it already has significant TV holdings in Hong Kong. Russell Southwood caught up with the Head of ONTAPtv.com, Lindsay Servian.

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