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- The SABC says there will be no need for South Africans to buy the new digital terrestrial television (DTT) product in order to see all the Confederations Cup and…

SuperSport acquires Euro 2012 and 2016 media rights

SuperSport’s promise of broadcasting major world football took another giant leap on 17 November 2010 with the acquisition of media rights for the 2012 and 2016 Uefa Euro Football Championships.…

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- The Universal Music Publishing Group has reached a new agreement with YouTube which will allow its Anglo-American repertoire to be played on the social media website in 127 countries…

African Film Library about to be launched

African Film Library is still in beta phase and will be launching the full video-on-demand service shortly, Dstvo confirmed to Sylvain Beletre at Balancing Act. “we have no official launch date just…

M-Net and A24 media enter into partnership

On 3 Nov 2010, A24media announced that it has entered into a partnership with South African subscription-funded television channel, M-Net. The deal gives A24media exclusive rights to distribute M-Net's home…

Multichoice fights off competition with low-end pay TV

To protect its flanks from attacks by competitors targeting the middle and low-end consumers of pay-tv services, TV subscription company, Multichoice recently floated a new television company, GOtv.A product of…

Kikulacho – the Bite Within: soon distributed globally

On July 16th. 2010, A24 Media and Camerapix, in collaboration with Transparency International-Kenya, launched a deeply insightful and powerful documentary titled Kikulacho - The Bite Within, at the Silverbird Cinemas…

Distribution News - In Brief

- RTV has secured broadcasting rights for the upcoming Senior Challenge Cup in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. "They (RTV) are expected to pay $20000 (approx.Rwf11.7m) so as to broadcast the…

Telenovela Inkaba extends reach to Africa

South African local content pay-TV channel Mzansi Magic has announced that the channel’s first telenovela Inkaba is now available to audiences in Sub-Saharan Africa, including countries such as Angola, Botswana,…

South Africa in the running for 5 Golden Globe Awards

Football isn't the only reason why 2010 will be a good year for South Africa. With five Golden Globe nominations directly linked to the country, Hollywood is sure to take…

Distribution News: In Brief

- On July 18 2010, as eyes across the continent turn to DStv channel 198 for the launch of M- Net’s “Big Brother All Stars”, Jamaican dancehall superstar Sean Paul…

Four South African films at box office

Joining the South African films currently on release at the local box office - Material, Semi-Soet and Ordinary People - is the newbie, A Million Colours, which is a sequel…

Multichoice Unveils New EasyView Package for US$30 a year

MultiChoice Africa, the leading pay-TV operator on the continent, has launched a new low-cost product called DStv EasyView. With an annual subscription fee of just US$30 a year (the equivalent…

Madagascar: National stations get new transmission mast funded by Radio Nederland in Anosy

National stations RNM and TVM have a new transmission mast in the Anosy region funded by Radio Nederland. This news was announced by Nathalie Rabe, Minister of Communication, in a…

Distribution News - In Brief

- Ster-Kinekor Movie Theatres has launched a new concept cinema to its audience, Cine Prestige, which opened yesterday 3 April 2012 at the Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Likened to a…

Nigeria: NTA’s Jos station becomes a zonal network centres

General Manager of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Jos Alhaji Ibrahim Damisa has confirmed the upgrading of the station to a zonal network center from where news and other features…

Distribution In Brief

* Thomson Grass Valley representatives met with Hadj Gley, Tunisia’s Minister of Technology and Communications to discuss the country’s TV digitalisation programme «Télévision numérique terrestre» (TNT). The Government has put…

Times Media Films enters distribution deal with CodeBlack Films

CodeBlack Films, a division of leading global entertainment company Lionsgate, announced that it has entered into an agreement with Times Media Films to distribute films in South Africa. Times Media…

Distribution In Brief

- Radio Télévision Ivoirienne’s (RTI) television output is now available on Canal Horizons on channel 115 and its national radio output on channel 161. - CNBC Africa, the continent's first…

Tata Communications and PCCW Global join forces to expand global network capabilities for video and data

Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, and PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider, have signed a high…

Sony FIFA World Cup Documentary airs in South Africa and Egypt

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced on 7th June 2010 that it has secured numerous sales across multiple territories of its groundbreaking, new football documentary, How to Win the FIFA World…

Locarno’s Open Doors Co-Prod Mart To Focus On Africa’s Maghreb Region

The 13th edition of Locarno’s Open Doors co-production mart, dedicated to cinematographies in areas where making movies is especially tough, will focus on Africa’s Maghreb region, comprising Algeria, Libya, Morocco,…

France's CanalPlus to Launch Pan-African Entertainment Channel

French pay TV giant CanalPlus hopes to make the grade with the Friday launch of A+, a new pan-African entertainment channel.The Vivendi unit called the channel’s programming lineup “vast and…

South Africa: Soccer Cinema took World Cup out to villages and townships

The FIFA Football World Cup taking place in South Africa is a unique event for South Africans. It has the potential to unite South Africans as no other event since…

Distribution - In brief

- uSkroef noSexy, the straight to DVD film which was released internationally in 2013 by South African producer Uzanenkosi Mahlangu of Ants Multimedia, has been turned into a 26 episode…

Aflix Launches Affiliate Partner Programme to Help Your Earn More

Video on Demand mobile streaming service available as an Android app via the Google Play store or as an app on select set top boxes in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and…

Distribution News: In Brief

- 28 May 2010: The government of Malawi announced during the national budget that functions of the Malawi Television Limited (TVM) would be merged with the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).…

Flower Girl wins four Nollywood Awards

Flower Girl, a Nollywood film produced by Blu Star Entertainment, has taken four awards out of nine nominations at the 2014 Nollywood Movie Awards. The ceremony was held in Lagos,…

West African TV channels from Ghana and Benin now available on satellite

Two TV channels – one Beninois and the other Ghanaian – announced satellite distribution deals last week. French triple play oiperator “Free” has added ORTB to its African TV pack…

Shortage of capacity in South Africa for the World Cup will benefit Satellites

Shortage of capacity over Africa is likely to present a major challenge for OU providers as they prepare for the World Cup next year, and will be good news for…

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- Television licence fees will increase 11%, the SABC said on Tuesday. The increase, effective from last Saturday, was approved by Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said…

African Vision Exchange supports North-South cooperation

African Vision Exchange (AVE) is a learning and network programme in which Europe-based Film Festivals explore the artistic, educational and creative potential of African and African diaspora film. The exchanging…

Nollywood movies to target U.S. audience with pay-per-view launch

A Lagos-based media company has signed an expanded deal to distribute Nollywood movies on demand.The deal between Brandcast Media and Comcast, Time Warner, Cox and Brighthouse cable TV service providers…

It's a GRIMM affair on VIDI this week

It’s all twists and turns, dark fantasy and dystopian action on VIDI this week. Not only do we have the fantasy blockbuster Into The Woods, starring the incredible and multiple…

Mr. Lyons interested in taking PBS to other international markets, including Africa

PBS (America's Public Broadcasting Service) is a late entrant to the (UK) market, largely because the public broadcaster has little extra money on hand for such projects. The push for…

African producers will pitch their programs at BFMA Nairobi

On 26, 27th June 2013, BFMA Expo in Nairobi will host several Pavilions and Special Features as an ideal event for local filmakers to propose their programme catalogue and meet…

‘Sembene!’ Documentary On ‘Father Of African Cinema’ Acquired By Kino Lorber

Sembene! is a new documentary on the life and legacy of the Senegalese director, producer and writer widely regarded as the ‘Father of African Cinema,’ Ousmane Sembene. Co-written/directed by Senegalese-born…

3rd Lola Kenya Screen Unveils Winning Films – Swedish film wins 3rd place in children’s film competition

Hoppet (Leaps and Bounds), a film by Peter Naess of Sweden. beat a strong field of 24 well crafted, award-winning internationalfilms that competed in seven categories, including that of Best…

OSN to offer convenient cash payment solution with Western Union

Western Union, a leader in global payment services, and OSN, the leading pay TV platform in the MENA region, have entered into an agreement which will allow OSN cash subscribers…

Gulf Bank and VISA offer special packages through OSN payTV

Gulf Bank, along with VISA International, are offering the Bank’s VISA cardholders special packages through OSN, the leading Pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa. The packages include…

Cameroon: Donga-Mantung Community Radio Goes International

The Director of Radio Active, London-based Marx Graef Ta-Nformi, recently confirmed the international recognition of the two-year-old Donga-Mantung Community Radio, DMCR, based in Nkambe. Graef Ta-Nformi, who personally installed the…

Distribution - In Brief

- Afrika Eye film festival which took place at Bristol’s Watershed over 28th-30th October 2011, showing films from Africa and the African Diaspora was a resounding success with most of…

Cannes Film Market: Kenya is going to have its own Pavilion

This year, the Cannes Film Market has offered to focus on Kenya.This provides a great opportunity for Kenya and specifically the Film industry to expose its work, connect and network…

Kenya: StarTimes Media launches approved set top boxes

Chinese digital pay-TV firm StarTimes Media on Tuesday launched its approved DVB–T2) free to air set top box in the Kenyan market.The development would give an option to those who…

MENA: WAVO online TV platform, ‘Go by WAVO’

Dubai, UAE-based WAVO - the region’s leading pay-TV network - launched  premium online TV platform, ‘WAVO’.Growing Internet consumption and multi-platform viewing trends spur WAVO’s digital expansion.Tapping into the growing appetite…

Distribution In Brief

- Already the most popular football competition in Ghana, the Premiership will have a bigger presence on free-to-air television for the first after years of dominance by pay TV.Three free-to…

Distribution - In Brief

- From April 23 to April 28 2013, TRACE Africa (channel 581) was clear on French telecoms network SFR. TRACE channels are part offers "Select" and "Big Show" bouquet of…

Distribution - In Brief

- The OIF organised a seminer on distribution of films from the South at the Cannes film festival. The room was packed and heated debates took place at the round…

South Africa: Playboy 'has played' Icasa

Playboy allegedly duped the Independent Communications Authority of SA into granting pay TV station StarSat a licence to broadcast porn movies by saying it would only depict "sex between couples…

South Africa: SABC Millions to Clinch Deal on British Soccer Matches

The dispute over the sale of Premier Soccer League (PSL) broadcasting rights took another twist yesterday when it emerged that the SABC had bought rights to Monday night English Premier…

Burundi Only EAC Member Yet to License a TV Signal Distributor

With less than one year to ITU's June 2015 deadline for all countries to migrate their TV broadcast from analogue to digital platform, Burundi, one of the East African Community…

South African minister visits US to boost film industry

Rob Davies, the Minister of Trade and Industry is currently in Los Angeles visiting some of the major film studios in an attempt to persuade the United States to make…

South Africa: Italian Serie A TV rights assigned

Media Partners & Silva agreed a deal with South African pay-broadcaster SuperSport for the TV rights for Italy’s Serie A in South Africa. Under the three-year deal, SuperSport will broadcast…

Namibia: NBC Renews Contract With French Broadcaster

Namibia’s national broadcaster NBC this week signed two cooperation agreements with Radio France International. A renewed 5-year contract between the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation and Radio France International was signed on…

“People will start to move away from TV as the only medium”

Paul McDonough, Lead Technical Analyst, Web & Online Platform, VirginMediaExclusive interview with VirginMedia’s Paul McDonough, who reveals the media giant’s thoughts on TV’s ongoing, and breakneck, evolution.IP&TV News: What have…

RSA: Local Films show an increase in revenue at the Box Office

On 8 August 2014, the National Film and Video Foundation (nfvf) has released its South African Box Office Report for the first half of the year. The report shows that…

Kenya: KenTV, Sky to Air Local News in Europe

More than 300,000 Kenyans living in Europe can now access home news on television following the launch of a partnership between pioneer Internet television firm KenTV and satellite broadcaster Sky.…

Cinetoile highlights achievements and asks: what next?

Cinetoile, an African cinema network which has already organized 250 film screenings for hundred of thousand spectators in 8 African countries organised a conference on Wednesday 11th May 2011 in…

GOtv makes digital migration debut in Jos

Table above: extract from Balancing Act market report 'DTT: Analogue to digital migration in Africa - Strategic choices and current developments (Full report - 2014)' In support of the National Broadcasting…

Distribution - In Brief

South Africa: Epic Outdoor Cinemas, represented by Cinevation/Popcorn has secured the rights from the film studio to take the hugely successful, locally produced movie - Pad Na Jou Hart on…

Distribution briefs:

Jean Christophe Ramos, CEO of pay TV Canal + Horizons is currently in Gabon to discuss with the National Council of Communication. Content broadcasted by Canal + Horizons in Gabon…

NFVF sponsored nine film-makers to go to Cannes Festival

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) led the South Africa delegation to the Cannes International Film Festival scheduled from 11 – 21 May 2011 in Cannes, France. The festival…

Distribution - In brief

Imagine being able to watch the latest hit shows on South African television just hours after they’ve been aired in the US. That’s what local pay-television viewers can now look…

Distribution - In Brief

- In Cannes, 12 young filmmakers were invited to participate to Made of World Cinema, a program established by the Pavilion “Cinemas of the World” to promote the emergence of…

Sithengi to set re-launch this autumn

Sithengi CEO Judy Nwokedi announced that plans have been put in motion to see that the film and television market will be held at a date yet to be determined…

Canal + seeks to re-enter the Maghreb market with a new offer

After several years in which it stayed clear of North Africa because of high levels of piracy, francophone Pay-TV channel Canal + is seeking to re-enter the Moroccan market with…

Satellite firms switch on to Africa's potential

European satellite companies are spending millions to roll out coverage of Africa, betting that rising wealth will translate into increased demand for digital television. The world's poorest continent portends to…

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- France Telecom's Orange has added a bouquet of seven English-language channels to its French pay-TV service 'Orange TV' (delivered via IPTV and satellite), as well as a further three…

English Club TV reaches MENA region

English Club TV has signed an agreement for distribution of the channel in the Middle East and North African regions. ECTV Network Ltd and Mediastream FZE have signed an agreement…

Compliance with ORANGE AFCON South Africa 2013 television and Radio broadcast rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

The television and Radio rights of ORANGE AFCON South Africa 2013 granted in exclusivity to LC2   AFNEX The television and Radio rights of ORANGE AFCON South Africa 2013, taking…

Distribution - In Brief

- The recent deal between Nazara Technologies based in Dubai and games publisher Electronic Arts to sell its games portfolio into Africa on mobile puts the spotlight on what will…

DStv On Demand CatchUp and Series Recording Service Now on HD PVR 2P Decoders

MultiChoice announced that its DStv On Demand CatchUp and series recording services are now available on the HD PVR 2P decoders. As of 9 December 2010, all DStv Premium Subscribers…

Top British Series including Downton Abbey coming to Vidi in April

Downton Abbey - the award-winning and critically acclaimed British period drama which has become one of the most widely watched television drama shows in the world – is coming to…

SA: Mobile TV launches test network

Black-owned broadcaster “Mobile TV” has begun test transmissions using Korea's digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) technology from Sentech's tower in Brixton, Johannesburg.Mobile TV, formerly known as the Mobile TV Consortium, was…

Eutelsat refutes Interference Claims

Eutelsat categorically refutes recent reports that claim it is generating interference to its own satellites in order to prevent reception in Iran of international Farsi satellite channels. These allegations are…

Scatzy bags top SA movies, TV shows for US and worldwide VoD

Scatzy.com  has announced that they have bagged the top SA theatrical titles for release on their US and worldwide platforms aimed at the South African diaspora. Titles include "Semi-Soet", "Liefling",…

GOtv introduces Milele FM in Kenya

Kenyan pay-TV operator GOtv has launched Milele FM in all GOtv bundles. Subscribers in Kenya can now listen to their favourite music as well as sports programming on channel 302…

Ghana telecom strikes deal with Indian operator to offer IP-TV

Ghana’s telco incumbent Ghana telecom has struck a deal with Indian operator Wisenet to offer an IP-TV service to its broadband subscribers. Ghana Telecom provides the marketing and delivery and…

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- In Uganda, Orange is preparing to rollout mobile TV by mid next year but the network has no plans to engage in a sort of triple play offering where…

PCCW embarks on strategic expansion of OTT video business Joining forces with Vuclip, a leading mobile video service provider for emerging markets

In line with PCCW’s group strategy to address opportunities in the increasingly digital world as consumers embrace digital lifestyle, PCCW Media has entered into an agreement to acquire a controlling…

Francophone Africa Is the New Land of Opportunity for the French Media Industry

The Francophone film industry has experienced a nice boost recently thanks to the success of a few recent films, including “Timbuktu” by Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako and the Malagasy documentary…

South Africa: Cinemas must go digital to survive

With the rise of video downloads, South African movie theatres will have to step up their game if they hope to remain operational. According to George van Gils, head of…

African Football Factory releases its new catalogue to TV broadcasters

African Football Factory - AFF is a sports marketing agency focusing Africa and its football. With activities structured around three types of expertise (Consulting / Events / Audiovisual), AFF supports…

Azam Media Scales up Capacity with Eutelsat to Expand African Pay-TV Offer

Azam Media, owned by Tanzanian conglomerate Bakhresa Group, is ramping up satellite capacity through a new transponder leased on the powerful EUTELSAT 7B satellite. Complementing capacity used on the copositioned…

Distribution – In brief

English Club TV is now available across Africa. The channel has partnered with Canal Overseas Africa to expand its presence in the continent. The channel began broadcasting in Africa from…

Distribution In Brief

- With telecommunications operators grappling with the anger of customers following the industrial action embarked upon by staff of telco incumbent NITEL, Nigeria' s Pay TV operator Hi-Tv, has appealed…

More music streaming for SA

UK streaming music service rara.com was launched in SA this week. Craig Wilson spoke to its director, Tim Hadley.A new music streaming service, rara.com, was launched in SA earlier this…

Now KBC directed to hand over Signet

The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation has been directed to relinquish to the National Treasury its shareholding in digital signal distributor Signet.The management of the national broadcaster, which at 99 per cent…

New Afrikaans musical film 'Pretville' opens in cinemas on 23 November 2012

'Pretville', the brand new Afrikaans musical film from Hartiwood Films, opens in cinemas nationwide on 23 November 2012. The film is a rollicking romantic musical comedy set in the 50s,…

Now KBC directed to hand over Signet

The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation has been directed to relinquish to the National Treasury its shareholding in digital signal distributor Signet.The management of the national broadcaster, which at 99 per cent…

London: African Film Fever Grips the city of London!

London will host a variety of African rich films festival from 1st of November to the 10th of November which will feature 70 African Films, music nights, workshops and Q&As…

New satellite for Middle East and North Africa broadcast markets to host new advanced features

Dubai Paris, 9 March 2015 – The EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite of Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) is in the final stretch of manufacturing and on track for…

Radiodiffusion Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI) now showing in 40 countries on CanalSat Horizons bouquet

Ivorian state broadcaster RTI will now be broadcast in 40 countries globally as part of CanalSat Horizon’s bouquet. The country’s President said he believed that this will promote the country’s…

A24 Media signs new deal to represent ITN Source archive footage in Africa

A24 Media, Africa’s first online delivery site for material from journalists, African broadcasters and NGO’s from around the Continent, announces a new deal with ITN Source, the footage sales arm…

Film 'Otelo Burning' makes its U.S. theatrical premiere

City of God meets Blue Crush in Otelo Burning, a beautiful, coming-of-age drama by award-winning filmmaker Sara Blecher. The new South African feature film presents a gripping story of township…

Distribution News - In Brief

- South African free-to-air commercial broadcaster e.tv has announced that one of the dramas from Season 3 of its popular eKasi: Our Stories series has been selected to screen at…

South Africa’s YouTube videos making money

South Africa’s YouTube stars are making a good income from the platform - as is the video-sharing website’s parent, Google, writes Craig Wilson.Google’s video platform is making celebrities out of…

Distribution – In Brief

MultiChoice and AMC Networks International Zone (AMCNI Zone) have entered into a distribution deal. As a result, MultiChoice will add a Latin American telenovela TV channel, Eva, to its DStv…

South Africa: SABC Has Left Us in Dire Straits, Say Production Houses

Jocelyn Newmarch - 8 June 2009 - Johannesburg - THE SABC's financial woes have grabbed headlines but the plight of independent companies that rely financially on the broadcaster has received…

Chad's only cinema dusts off its silver screen

It is still dusty and silent inside the shuttered Normandy, the only real cinema left in Chad and whose last picture show was 20 years ago, but its doors are…

Zuku has secured rights to French soccer

East Africa pay-TV operator Zuku has secured rights to broadcast Ligue 1 French football for the next three season in Kenya.Zuku Sports will broadcast five live and short-delay matches from…

MTN South Africa set to offer IPTV

The operator looks set to offer video on demand and interactive video services, with an Internet protocol television product set to be launched, possibly as early as this year. MTN…

South Africa: Libraries and cinemas will be built in rural areas

Libraries and cinemas will be built in rural areas across South Africa as part of the ministry of arts and culture's efforts to bring art to the people, Parliament heard…

Distribution - In Brief

- The next DISCOP AFRICA will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, 7-8-9 September 2011 at the Hilton Nairobi hotel. With the complimentary events African Sports Rights Market and DISCOPRO, DISCOP…

Distribution News - In Brief

- Pay-TV local content channel in South Africa Mzansi Magic, on the DStv platform, has scooped up the rights to screen the acclaimed Harry Belafonte documentary, Sing Your Song. The…

Rwanda: more STBs needed to implement DTT

Rwanda: Search for TV Digital Converters Still On.The scarcity of Set Top Boxes (STBs) that will enable viewers access digital TV images is hampering migration from analogue signals.The problem is…

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- Over 4000 South Africans picked up free tickets this past weekend to watch the opening games of the 2009 Confederations Cup at Ster-Kinekor Theatres (SKT) - who is screening…

Namibia: One Africa TV now on Gotv

One Africa TV is now on GOtv! This week, One Africa TV joins a line-up of channels that have given GOtv subscribers thrills, chills and spills with international movies, series,…

Nu Metro boosts film productions in Kenya

Nu Metro cinema theatre has finally inaugurated the Africa Sinema Club, a move seen as an attempt to lure more Kenyans into their theatres. Supported by Kenya Film Commission, the…

Distribution - In Brief

- The Rwanda Utility Regulation Authority (Rura) say no investor has expressed interest to supply the number of STBs needed in the country. Jean Baptiste Mutabazi, Rura's head of Communication…

Tanzania: Media Owners Issue say no more ads to Defaulting Advertising Agencies

Nearly 10 advertising agencies, which owe media organisations about Sh3 billion in outstanding payments, were yesterday given until September 30 to pay up or be denied advertising services. The Media…

VoD: Everything you need to know about Netflix coming to SA

Netflix, the growing video internet streaming service which is accelerating its worldwide accessibility, will definitely be available in South Africa before the end of 2016, a Netflix spokesperson told Channel24.…

Distribution In Brief

- The UK-based broadcaster, SW Radio Africa that beams its programming back to Zimbabwe, has been overwhelmed by requests for its SMS news feeds. The station, backed by a range…

Orange TV adds African content to its bouquet to target diaspora

At a time when competition is fierce among French TV broadcasters, Orange TV is expanding its offering to try and seduce more TV fans and increase its penetration rate. Orange…

Satellite could become a mean to deliver films to African cinemas

Satellite is a mean to deliver films across European cinemas and that could become a reality with African cinemas. Marc Welinski, Director of Marketing at Eutelsat told Balancing Act on…

Isango Ensemble's Breathe Umphefumlo in Official Selection Berlin 2015

Fortissimo Films has acquired world-wide rights (outside of South Africa) to Mark Dornford-May’s highly-anticipated Breathe Umphefumlo, which will have its World Premiere as an Official Selection at the upcoming Berlin…

Liberia: DSTV Reduces Subscription Fees

Consolidated Group, the service provider of DSTV in Liberia has announced a reduction in its services with the aim of making DSTV available to all. The General Manager of Consolidated…

S.A.: NFVF releases its “box office report”

The second edition of NFVF’s Box Office report shows some welcom developments in the distribution and exhibition arena. Though in its infancy, the report, reviewing 2010 second trimester, captures the…

Cape Town-production 'Zambezia' released in international markets

Adventures in Zambezia, the first animated feature film produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, opened in Russia last week on over 800 screens in 150 cities across the country,…

South Africa: Fox International Channels exits TopTV

On 1 July 2013, Fox International Channels (FIC), the multimedia company focused on distribution of high quality Pay TV channels and digital services has announced it will, from today, discontinue…

VoD: DStv BoxOffice tops 600,000 movie rentals monthly!

Naspers' pay-TV division MultiChoice grew with an additional 342,000 DStv subscribers in the first half of the financial year while DStv BoxOffice rentals have now reached a massive 600,000 movies…

Namibia: DSTV Feels Wrath of Soccer Fans

Thousands of Namibian football fans were left frustrated at the weekend after DStv failed to screen most of the English Premier League (EPL) matches on its SuperSport channels. Angry football…

Distribution News - In Brief

- CFI announced recent distribution contracts in Africa. Using satellite, it continues to broadcasts a 20 minutes international and pan-African daily news programme, and it continues to foster the circulation…

France Télévisions and CFI reinforce partnership

Rémy Pflimlin, CEO of France Télévisions and Etienne Fiatte, Managing Director of Canal France International (CFI) have signed a new framework agreement which reinforces the existing agreement and defines the…

Cape Town TV to be available on DStv

From September this year community television station Cape Town TV (CTV) will not only have a stronger signal in Cape Town but will also be available throughout the sub-continent on…

Trade event: Introducing DISCOP Africa EXPRESS to launch in Abidjan in June

DISCOP Africa Express will take place from June 2nd – 4th, 2015 at the Sofitel Ivoire Hotel in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. With a strong focus on the African content industry, an…

Kenya: Lola Kenya Screen

Lola Kenya Screen is an audiovisual media movement that seeks to place audiovisual media production tools in the hands of children and youth for the advancement of literacy, gender equity,…

Uganda: GTV, Fufa Deal Operational Oct. 15

GTV's sh8.4b sponsorship of Uganda's soccer governing body Fufa takes effect from October 15, with the respective stakeholders receiving their first cash installments. But this will come after a meeting…

Distribution News - In Brief

- At the Sarit Center, today, LG held a media gaming competition to mark the launch of their Cinema 3D Smart TV range in East Africa. The Cinema 3D Smart…

Senegal: www.tele-ecole.tv to boost schools' performances

The "cabinet de communication et de management "Show me," will on 5 December 2012 in Dakar launch the "first online television channel specifically dedicated to education and training", with students…

iROKOtv launched free TV Series

iROKOtv has now launched TV Series on its platform for free. This new addition of TV series to its catalogue of over 5,000 Nollywood movies shows iROKOtv ‘s commitment for…

South Africa: SABC spin on Mbalula and sports quotas

'We will soon be releasing a fairness assessment of the (election) news coverage across all media being monitored and will be among the first to highlight concerns around fairness in…

IAB Digital Summit in association with BBC.com and Bookmark awards

South African digital industry’s most prestigious event takes place on the 19th of February 2015 in JohannesburgIAB South Africa  is pleased to announce that BBC.com  has come on board as…

South Africa: Is Supersport Soccer Deal Under Threat?

The enthusiasm and joy that followed the signing of a multibillion rand soccer deal between the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and SuperSport seems to be fading away, as the SABC…

Nigeria: EbonyLife Signs TV Rights deal With Multichoice

EbonyLife, a leading media and entertainment platform has announced the signing of its Channel Distribution Agreement with Multichoice to broadcast on the DStv platform.The ceremony was sequel to an earlier…

Distribution - In Brief

- The Middle East online video streaming platform icflix, due to launch this month, has signed content deals with Turner Broadcasting of the US, Canada's DHX Media, and Italy's Mondo…

Ghana: New Card Offering From GOtv

In Accra, GOtv, the leading pay television service in Ghana, has released another product onto the market. GOcard, introduced in partnership with Hisense and Neotion, is said to be first…

Positioning BFMA to meet the educational and marketing needs of an emerging electronic media industry

Now entering its fourth year, BFMA has established itself as a valuable annual industry event, providing a platform for film-makers, broadcasters and music producers and distributors to share knowledge and…

VoD: House of Lungula to Show on Buni TV

Kenyan blockbuster House Of Lungula will from next month be available on the online television, Buni.tv. With the film, available on the online platform starting May 4, Buni.tv will be…

Africa in Motion hits its stride with third year at Edinburgh Film Festival

Edinburgh will turned into a hub of African film culture last weekend as the UK’s largest African film festival opens. According to festival founder and director Lizelle Bisschoff, Africa in…

Distribution - In Brief

-To avoid misinformation and polemics, LC2  has clarified the situation of TV and radio broadcast for the ORANGE CAN South Africa in 2013 within the territories of Cape Verde, Ethiopia…

Samsung Video Hub for TVs in SA

The video on-demand service for Samsung TVs has received a South African launch date.Samsung Electronics South Africa announced in a press statement on Friday, 20 September 2013, that its video…

mobiCINE Education Celebrated its 150.000th school student-viewer

On 29 April 2014, mobiCINE Education Celebrated its 150.000th. school student-viewer at the House of Culture Douta Seck in Dakar.mobiCINE was set up as a new system of screening films…

Africa Movie Channel shows its first ever Gambian film in October

The Africa Movie Channel is showing its first ever Gambian film this October. Arrou (Prevention) is an award-winning film from the stable of Vinasha Productions of The Gambia. Directed by…

Vod in Africa: Buni TV reaches 1 million views

Buni TV , one of Africa’s leading video-on-demand platforms, announced today that it had reached 1 million views. About 60% of this traffic came from Africa, and 22% from North America…

StarTimes introduced six new additional channels

Pay TV and DTT provider StarTimes introduced six new additional channels to its platform in Africa.  The launch includes GET TV, OH Africa, NBA TV, Setanta Action, Fine Living, and…

5th Durban FilmMart Project Selection announcement

 It's that exciting time of the year again when the Durban FilmMart proudly reveal the names of the African filmmakers whose film and documentary projects have been officially selected to…

Film Indaba 2008

The 2010 FIFA World Cup will offer opportunities for showcasing the province and its locations, and is already having an impact on the technological and infrastructural asset base. From locations…

FESPACO 2013: Producers and TV channels to meet with Cote Ouest, leading distributor of TV content in Africa

Committed to serving Africa as leading distributor of TV content, COTE OUEST AUDIOVISUEL is proud to announce its presence at the 23th edition of FESPACO held in Ouagadougou from 23…

Top movies on BitTorrent, iTunes, DStv BoxOffice

The top 10 pirated movies from Torrentfreak are compared to what is available through legal channelsTorrentfreak has released its list of the top 10 most downloaded movies using the BitTorrent…

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africaone.tv  - proposes an aggregation of videos from various sources.AfricAvenir & FNCC host yet another Namibian Film Event. In order to promote public awareness in Namibia about Namibian film heritage,…

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filmindaba@tepg.co.za - The Algerian Minister of Communication Abderrachid Boukerzaza announced that digital television broadcasts will be available in several cities in the country in Q3, 2010.

Discop Africa: 72% of exhibits already booked

 DISCOP Organization announced record breaking pre-bookings for the next edition of the DISCOP AFRICA TV content market and co-production forum, which will take place from 6 to 8 November 2013…

‘The future of African cinema lies on reinventing smart cinema’

The online distribution platform Africafilms.tv cements its collaboration with the African Film Festival of Cordoba-FCAT, offering five titles from the 18th October Cordoba, 18th October 2013. The professional forum at the…

Tele-10: "VOD is the future for the African TV market"

IPTV-news interviewed Eugene Nyagahene, CEO of Tele-10 Group, which has pay-TV operations in a number of countries across eastern Africa.Q: What developments have you witnessed in Africa's broadcasting industry in…

Arabsat: BBC renews contract and Sudanese Blue Nile Channel signs up

Satellite operator Arabsat and the BBC have renewed their deal whereby the BBC will broadcast its BBC Arabic TV and radio programmes via the Badr-4 satellite at 26° East.“This agreement…

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- Several African films are screening until 13 October as part of the African Creative Economy Conference in Cape Town. Titles include Karamoja Joint (Uganda, 2011), a dance workshop film…

Germany’s Deutsche Welle offers African broadcasters programmes and multi-media content

Deutsche Welle is comprised of a team of around 1,500 employees and hundreds of freelancers from more than 60 countries. Its services reach more than 86 million listeners and viewers…

New DStv HD sports channel on DStv April

DStv subscribers can look forward to another High Definition channel in April 2011.MultiChoice recently announced via its forum and DStv Twitter account that they will launch another sports channel in…

Discovery TLC and Discovery ID now on Dstv

MultiChoice Africa and Discovery Networks have announced that TLC, its flagship female brand and ID: Investigation Discovery, the fastest growing cable channel in the US, will launch on DStv in…

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- The younger ‘YouTube generation’ is listening to music on demand wherever it is available, and has never bought a disk said Yann Thebault, CEO of Spotify in France, an…

Germany’s Deutsche Welle offers African broadcasters programmes and multi-media content

Deutsche Welle is comprised of a team of around 1,500 employees and hundreds of freelancers from more than 60 countries. Its services reach more than 86 million listeners and viewers…

SABC takes BET and MTV shows

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has acquired a variety of programmes from Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. The broadcaster has picked up BET Networks'…

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- Modern Times Group (MTG) has launched its Viasat History and Viasat Nature pay TV channels in Uganda and Tanzania, following the signing of a distribution agreement with China-based digital-terrestrial…

Africa: Cash-strapped WorldSpace considering sale & leaseback

Cash-strapped satellite radio broadcaster is about to have its annual accounts “qualified” by auditors Grant Thornton, “expressing doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern based on…

North African broadcasters look to MyContent media market in November

Koichi Yokoyama, Project Manager at MyContent is reminding North African broadcasters that there are only 2 months left for the Middle East's first entertainment content exhibition and conference MyContent which…

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- Start of April 2011, large African producers and distributors should consider attending MIPDoc which is where key international buyers, sellers, producers and commissioners of documentary and factual programmes screen…

South Africa: M-Net's Power-Cut Solution is a special prime-time repeats channel

To ensure that sporadic load shedding and power cuts do not hinder viewers from enjoying all their favourite television shows, pay-television operator M-Net is now rebroadcasting its prime-time series on…

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- In South Africa, two broadcasters face the challenge of finding the right business model to monetize Mobile TV Content. Cellular network operators and television broadcasters MultiChoice and e.tv who…

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- Cote d’Ivoire’s La Maison de la presse has received US$50,000 dollars from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa to carry out capacity building with community radio stations.

Movie Mary Slessor airs on the African Movie Channel

The African Movie Channel (AMC ) continues to blaze the trail as the home of Africa’s top creative talent and most captivating entertainment. From Friday, 26th June, AMC will make…

Only 2 out of 54 African countries completed analogue TV switch off

A state of play has been made after the work of the 7th Conference of the Network of African communication regulators (Réseau des instances africaines de régulation de la communication…

South Africa: Black Business Takes on Icasa to Reverse Multiplex allocation to M-Net

A Black business consortium is to serve papers on the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) opposing the publication of digital terrestrial television (DTT) regulations governing the allocation of additional…

Naspers increases pay TV base

African pay TV operator Naspers ended September with 4.3 million DStv subscribers in South Africa, up from 3.7 million a year earlier.Revenue from pay TV operations in South Africa was…

Al Jazeera English: first episode of “Orphans of the Sahara”

Award-winning Al Jazeera filmmaker May Welsh captures the complex conflict and events in Mali and Niger, as seen unfolding from within the Tuareg community.Orphans of The Sahara is a documentary…

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- The story of the Nigerian movie industry’s success has been examined in an interesting documentary called "Nollywood Babylon," by Canadians Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal. It traces Nollywood's roots…

Mnet launched its African Film Library in VoD with 100 titles so far

AFL online has been on beta test for about a year. Mnet finally and officially announced its launch just on time for MIPTV.On 26 March 2012, M-Net – the multi-channel…

On Africa Cup of Nations broadcasting deals

SABC wins £4.6MN Africa Cup of Nations broadcasting dealThe South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has finalised a broadcasting deal with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the Africa Cup of…

A24 Media in partnership with Indian players

A24 Media has formed a partnership with NBS News in India. With this, news coverage from the Indian sub-continent will be made available to emerging Africa. It will also create…

utd. by content taps into the African film market with new partnership

Newly launched utd. by content last week announced its further global expansion through a recent deal with WB Cape Media, a company spearheading the secure distribution of digital media throughout…

Angola: Côte Ouest signs distribution deal with Semba Comunicação for “Windeck” soap opera

 Semba Comunicação and Côte Ouest have signed an agreement regarding the distribution of the hit telenovela Windeck. Côte Ouest will be in charge of the distribution of English and French…

MultiChoice launches DStv on demand

MultiChoice has launched DStv on Demand pc, which allows subscribers to enjoy selected programming covering a full spectrum for download or online streaming. Comments Richard Fyffe GM: MultiChoice New Media,…

MIPTV: BBCWorldwide will distribute Planet Earth filmed in Africa

BBC Worldwide unveiled major wildlife series Planet Earth Live today at MIPTV.The corporation described it as the biggest live wildlife broadcast they had ever undertaken. The series is being made…

African consumers 'underestimated' by Western firms

Frank Braeken is the executive vice president of Unilever in AfricaHe says African consumers have been underserviced by western firms A Nielsen report has identified seven types of African consumers;…

Promising distribution deals for South African shot film

"Asad", shot on the west coast of Cape Town and featuring Somali refugees living in the South African city, has received an Oscar nomination in the Best Short Film category.This…

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- ‘L'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie’ (OIF) resumes its action in favour of francophones audiovisual content from the South. Over the past 2 years, OIF grants and supports have enabled…

Hollywood distributor to release SA crime drama “iNumber Number” in US spring 2014

Los Angeles-based production and distribution company Wrekin Hill Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to 'iNumber Number', the South African thriller written and directed by Donovan Marsh. The story…

Motive TV begins South African implementation

Hybrid TV technology specialist Motive TVs services unit has begun the installation of its Content Express platform in South Africa following it deal with Siyaya Free to Air TV for…

DVD piracy kills cinemas in Mauritius

Due to the developments in VCR and DVD piracy, cinema halls find it increasingly difficult to attract viewers. The Mauritian public find it easier and more economical to go for…

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- ESPN has made the announced of a new deal with the Australian Football League (AFL) to bring viewers live television coverage of the AFL Premiership in the United Kingdom,…

Rwanda: Another Pay Television Network Enters Local Market

The recent launch of Canal+Afrique is set to tighten competition in the pay television market.Francoise Le Guennou-Remarck, the communication strategist of Canal+ Afrique, says they are introducing a new era…

What Does IROKO Have In Store For SA’s Consumers?

South Africa’s digital entertainment space is about to get rocked. The recent arrival of leading distributor of Nigerian movies and music, iROKO Partners, in the country and opening of its…

StarTimes reaps US$143M a year in African TV revenues

Chinese pay-TV operator StarTimes had 1.5 million active subscribers across Africa by the end of 2013, with annual revenues of US$143 million, according to a report from Dataxis.StarTimes currently has…

Africa: Convergence leads to increased demand for tablets

The shifting dynamics of how people are opting to utilise their personal computers has resulted in a change in the type of device being chosen. Increasingly consumers are requiring mobile…

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- Euronews has changed its branding from 4 June 2008 and is seeking to increase its profile with a higher level of media spend in Europe and the Middle East.…

Al Jazeera Sport nets FIFA World Cup TV rights for North Africa and Middle East

The next three FIFA World Cup tournaments will be televised by Al Jazeera Sports across the Middle East and North Africa after football’s world governing body struck a new deal…

THEMA TV acquires rights for AfricaMagic, great Nollywood content

M-Net, the South African terrestrial pay-television channel, has sub-licensed the rights of its AfricaMagic content to international distributor THEMA TV. In a groundbreaking initiative, this deal will see a selection…

TV5MONDE strengthens its cable distribution in Kenya

TV5MONDE has signed a distribution agreement with Wananchi - a pay TV operator present in Kenya - allowing the francophone channel to be included in the basic package of "Zuku"…

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- 17 Jan. 2013: Israel-based satellite provider Spacecom, operator of the Amos satellite fleet, has been chosen to provide broadcast capacity for the 29th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to…

Namibia: projection of ‘Kolmanskop’ film

AfricAvenir and FNCC, with support of M-Net presents Kolmanskop (NAM/SA), by David Pupkewitz, from 1983, on 12 March 2014.Directed by David Pupkewitz in 1983, the 60-Minute film "Kolmanskop" is set…

Launch of Ster-Kinekor EFC Africa partnership

Extreme Fighting Championship EFC Africa 28 will be screened in select Ster-Kinekor cinemas around the country for the first time on 27 March 2014, following a partnership agreement between the…

Senegal: Switching from analogue to digital TV signal

With the transition from analogue to digital, Senegalese audiovisual media should be prepared to make more local content, the Senegalese Minister of Communication and Telecommunication, Moustapha Guirassy said in Daka.…

Award-winning "Viva Riva!" from Congo opens across the World!

The award-winning gangster thriller feature film "Viva Riva!", directed by Congolese Djo Tunda wa Munga, is set to open in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland on 7 October 2011…

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- Youtube.sn was launched July 12, 2012 in Senegal. Tidjane Deme, head of Google Francophone Africa, said he was "extremely excited to launch version You Tube in Senegal," noting that…

SA animation makes history with DVD release in 3 languages

In a first for South African film, 'Khumba' – the 3D, computer-animated adventure comedy –will be available on DVD in English, IsiZulu and Afrikaans.The film, which took the number one…

Kenya: Old TV Sets to Go Off As World Goes Digital Way

Analogue television sets could soon be phased out as the June 17, 2015 deadline for migration to digital broadcasting draws closer. Secretary general of UN's International Telecommunications Union Hamadoun Tour…

Ethiopia: GTV sets up shop with Metro plc

GTV is to partner with Metro plc in Ethiopia to offer new pay television services after searching for a partner in the country for over six months. According to Dinir,…

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There have been talks in Chad that cinema theatres will soon be renovated in Senegal (two in Dakar and Saint-Louis), in Mali (Bamako) and in Cameroun.There are only 8 days…

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A historical contract has been signed between the producers of the Afrikaans film, ‘Roepman’, and the American production and distribution company, D Street Media Group (deleted). In terms of the…

MIPTV: Côte Ouest, premier distributor of content for and from Africa, brings award-winning drama to Cannes

Côte Ouest, the premier distributor of content for and from Africa, brings award-winning drama to Cannes this April.  Headlining Côte Ouest’s impressive slate of programming will be the Emmy-award winning…

Cote Ouest clinches International deals for quality African films

Cote Ouest, the premier distributor of content for and from Africa, announces an impressive range of international sales for Pokou Princess Ashanti, Africa Zapping and Emmy-nominated Angolan soap-opera Windeck. The…

South Africa: PVR Gets New Features As Sales Rocket

It was entirely predictable that Multichoice would vastly underestimate the popularity of its personal video recorder (PVR) when it launched last November. By now they'd forecast to have sold about…

Mzansi Magic good news for South Africa’s local production

South Africa’s local production industry received a boost back in 2010, with M-Net’s announcement of a new local content channel, Mzansi Magic, which show cases on screen since the 12…

Cameroon: films sold in the street can get you 38,000 Euros

Transformed into street vendors, they offer their own movies on the street by building on their reputation to attract customers. This informal trade aims to create a film industry. The…

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On 11th March 2014, audience of the Eutelsat-Nilesat 7/8° West video neighbourhood breaks barrier of 50 million homes in Middle East and North Africa. Eutelsat announced headline results of its…

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Save Guimbi Theater! (Bobo-Dioulasso - Burkina Faso)Today Guimbi Theater stands as a ruin of no archeological value. It must be saved so that it will step out of its urban…

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- The ITU has announced the first set of global standards for providing television services over the Internet, a move that is expected to fuel innovation and competition in an…

Kenya to Market Films Online As Sector Reels From Lack of Exposure

The government will develop a content management web portal to market Kenyan films on a digital platform to raise international visibility. The portal, to be run by the Kenya Tourist…

AfricaFilms.tv signed 50 hours of African content at Durban FF

On July 31st, 2012, AfricaFilms.tv (AFTV) paid VOD platform dedicated to Africa's culture announced that its directors signed 50 hours of African content at Durban FF, and looks for 100 more…

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In South Africa, and according to the 2010 cinema attendance figures of over 27.4 million visitors, 2010 was the best year for cinema since 2005. This is a good omen…

CNN: most watched international broadcaster in Africa

CNN has cemented its position as the most watched international broadcaster in Africa, according to the latest EMS Africa survey released by market research organisation Ipsos Synovate. The survey was…

Nigeria: Quiz Line Records 964 Winners, Pays N10m

Officials of frontline TV programme, Quiz Line have been reliving the contributions of the programme to the lives of the viewers and to the broadcast industry in general. Having paid…

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- Johannesburg based production company Moments Entertainment is delighted to announce the release of their new and ground breaking African musical – Cry of Love.  Starring the legendary South African…

TV series ‘The Only Way is Essex’ heading to BBC in South Africa

BBC Worldwide Channels has acquired the BAFTA award winning reality TV series ‘The Only Way is Essex’ for BBC Entertainment in South Africa.A consistent ratings hit in the UK, The…

VIMN Africa connects with local audiences

SCREEN AFRICA EXCLUSIVE: On 2 April 2015, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa officially switched on its new localised BET channel, which appears on DStv channel 129. The channel is…

South Africa: Only half of those who have TopTV decoder subscribe

DStv rival TopTV has sold 360,000 decoders since its launch two years ago, but of these only about half are actively using the service, the company’s chairman and acting CEO,…

Ghana: Optimum Media Prime Fulfils Pledge to GFA

Optimum Media Prime (OMP), the exclusive Global media and TV rights holders of the Black Stars World Cup/Africa Cup home matches has presented GH ¢97,500 cheque to the Ghana Football…

South Africa Distribution: DStv launches DVB over IP for corporate customers

In what is DStv’s first public step into IP-TV, MultiChoice has launched Digital Video Broadcast over Internet Protocol (DVB over IP) to commercial establishments. The service will be provided to…

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To penetrate this market requires access to sports content. In the niche that Top TV seem to be bent on, that means soccer - both PSL and Premier League.Just because…

Hollywood, Bollywood for Mother City

The Cape Film Commission (CFC) has set off on an ambitious strategy to turn Cape Town and the Western Cape into a globally competitive film industry destination. Major deals on…

Kenya’s Wananchi will DTH and IP services on SES World Skies in September

Kenyan cable operator Wananchi has signed up SES World Skies to deliver DTH and IP services across Africa. Known for its popular Zuku brand of cable, broadband and IP phone…

Kenya: Kiss TV wins English Premiership and Champions League rights

Kiss TV on Friday won the exclusive live soccer rights for the world famous Barclays English Premier League (EPL), the Uefa Champions League, Bundesliga and the Europa League.The multi-million shilling…

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- Africabox TV continues its expansion in Africa with GlobeCast via Astra 4A. The 100% African music channel is now distributed end to end through sub-Saharan Africa with a viewership…

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- Africalia will present its Cinetoile project, a network for the distribution of African films present in 8 African countries at FESPACO this week. It will also give an example…

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Cameroonian private TV companies providing local and foreign channels are on strike until Ministry of Communications find a solution to their dispute with international pay TV Canal OVERSEAS Africa. Companies…

SuperSport acquires TV rights to SA football league

South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) has awarded a $277 million, five year television rights deal to the country’s SuperSport satellite channel, operated by media conglomerate Naspers. The deal, which…

DStv launches DTT platform: GOtv launches in Africa on DVB-T2

Africa’s first commercial operations using the next generation Digital Video Broadcast standard - DVB-T2 - have been rolled out with the launch of GOtv in Lusaka, Zambia (29 June 2011)…

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- NewsFlash News Agency, founded in 1995 specifically to provide news to radio stations, including stations that were going on the air for the first time countrywide, has announced that…

Launch of digital outdoor network in South Africa

Primedia Outdoor is launching what is billed as the first large-format, high-resolution digital outdoor network in South Africa. As a result, it reports that many early adopting advertisers have already…

Kenya: Postal Corporation and GTV sign sales deal

The Postal Corporation of Kenya has entered into an agreement to receive subscription payments on behalf of pay -TV service provider GTV. The deal is part of the corporation’s effort…

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- In a historic move, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has brought together public broadcaster SABC and pay-TV operator M-Net to participate in the South African Pavilion at…

Poignant Burkinabe “Looking for My Brother” docu broadcast on TV and screened at leading festivals

NuMetro Cinemas, the second largest cinema operator in Southern Africa has been sold by Times Media Group (TMG) to Subcocept (Pty) Ltd, a purpose-built company funded by private equity company,…

Nigeria: NTA Urged to Establish Network Centre in Kano

The Kano State government has called on the management of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) to establish a network center in the state. The state's Commissioner for Projects, Monitoring and…

Zuku licensed with NBCUniversal ITD in East Africa

Zuku, the three-in-one service package from Wananchi Group, has entered a licensing agreement with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution for the pay television rights in the East Africa region to a…

Uganda: Epic pay TV battle

UCC optimistic ahead of 2015 digital migration deadline.Pay TV providers in Uganda are bracing themselves for a bruising battle for market share. Already, a new player, Azam Media Uganda Ltd,…

Namibia: Fan to Launch Film Website

The Filmmakers Association of Namibia (FAN) will launch a website next month, it has been learnt. According to FAN board member, Michaela Bauer, the website will cover a wide field…

Uganda: GTV to Change Its Billing System

Distressed by recent customer complaints, Gateway Television has said it is undertaking a chain of measures to bring to table a convenient billing system that will save its subscribers from…

SuperSport secures Africa TV rights for 2012 Olympics

South African pay-TV broadcaster SuperSport has acquired the television rights for the London Olympics in 2012.Coverage from Naspers-owned SuperSport will be spread across a number of channels, broadcasting in high…

FRED Media and African Business Channel ink three-year deal

Australian producer/distributor FRED Media has licensed over 30 hours of lifestyle & reality sport content to South Africa’s African Business Channel.African Business Channel has secured a number of award winning…

South Africa: TV Stations Object to Paying SABC

Multichoice says it is already paying millions to carry SABC channels on its DStv platform, after the public broadcaster's "must carry, must pay" submission to the Independent Communications Authority of…

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Recently the Namibian Film Commission (NFC) launched Film Location Namibia, a public-private sector partnership (PPP) programme formed out of an alliance between the German Development Service, DED and four private…

Keynote decision for Africa: UK Sky told to cut wholesale prices by regulator Ofcom

Regulator Ofcom has told Sky it must cut the price it charges rival cable, terrestrial and internet broadcasters to show its premium sports channels, particularly for the English Premier League.…

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- SES Astra has announced that it has signed a capacity agreement with the South African pay-TV operator On Digital Media (ODM) for three transponders on its Astra 4A satellite,…

Online distribution offers global reach, helps sidestep pirates

As increased Web access and mobile phone penetration transform the way more than 1 billion Africans live and do business, a growing number of websites are looking to solve the…

Talk Talk launches the African TV Boost

 THEMA is pleased to announce the launch of a new suite of premium African TV Channels with Talk Talk: the African TV Boost. This new pack extends TalkTalk’s pay TV…

Satellite : RRSat expands access to Africa via Telstar 11N

RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd , a provider of content management and global distribution services to the television and radio broadcasting industries, announced last week that it has started operating…

Ten films of Love from ten Southern African countries

Love - Stories, a series of 10 short films for television from 10 countries in southern Africa, will explore the many facets of love. In a time of HIV and…

Bafana TV deal worth R28m

SABC and SportFive formalised the three-year agreement on Bafana Bafana's competitive away matches on the continent on Thursday. The France-based company holds media and marketing rights to all Confederation of…

Benin: ORTB gets trained for regionalization

From May 12 to 20 2014, a delegation from ORTB ( Benin ) visited France 3, a national TV channel in France. Meetings allowed the ORTB delegation ledby Ms. Pascaline…

HiTV’s reality show goes international through deal with French IPTV operator.

When Koko Mansion, a television reality show facilitated by HiTV Nigeria, finally begins, viewers in France and Nigeria’s next door neighbour, Ghana as well as other African countries, will have…

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- Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications unveiled its plans on Wednesday 24 March for its extensive cross- platform coverage plans for the soccer World Cup in South Africa which starts on…

iROKOtv, the “Netflix of Africa”, reaches 500,000 subscribers in less than six months

iROKOtv, the “Netflix of Africa” and the continent’s first legal online source of Nollywood films, is delighted to reveal that it has recorded over 500,000 registered users in less than…

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Shahid is a new application that provides video content to high-end application and regionalized via the Samsung Smart TV. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced the signing of a partnership with…

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- One of the leaders in specialised distribution in Africa and French Overseas territories, CFAO is taking part in the launch of the spectacular movie Home, on 5 June, World…

MIPCOM: Africa almost a “no-show” – time for a continental stand

Last week Balancing Act’s Sylvain Beletre attended MIPCOM 2009, the international event for co-producing, buying and selling media content, held in Cannes, France, 5-9 October 2009. He went in search…

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- Channel O, part of the DStv pay-TV bouquet, celebrated Africa Day from Monday 21 May until Friday 25 May with programming that put African music in the spotlight. Africa…

MIPCOM: Orange distributing content in Africa

Orange had a stand at MIPCOM and was showing demos of its products and services (Internet, TV, Mobile). Xavier Couture, Orange’s EVP for content, presented new opportunities opened up to…

DIFFA is happy to announce the first sale of a French-speaking African TV series to the English-speaking market

DIFFA has announced the first sale of a French-speaking African TV series to the English-speaking market: « The kings of Ségou ». The kings of Ségou is a TV series…

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- Echo Bridge has appointed Daro Film Distribution to manage thousands of hours of content across the African continent.

The African DTH TV Provider – MultiChoice Africa’s fresh update

MultiChoice Africa has 4.5 million subscribers in South Africa and 2.3 million in other countries in Africa. Gerdus van Eeden, MultiChoice Africa’s chief technology officer, predicts that in 18 months,…

Africa: Pan-African Mobile Coverage of UK Football Tournament

The mobile content firm, MTech and OSMi, a sports marketing company say that they have won the rights to power a ground-breaking mobile Premier League highlights and news service across…

Zuku signs carriage agreement with the African Movie Channel

Zuku, the three-in-one service provider announced that it has signed a carriage agreement with the African Movie Channel (AMC). The deal will see Zuku screen Nollywood and other top quality…

Video on Demand Poised to Change How Africa Watches (BBC)

On taxis, buses and trains across Africa, people are plugging in and tuning out as they catch up with the latest episode of the XYZ Show from Kenya or reminisce…

South Africa: Naspers braces for pay-TV price war in South Africa

South African pay-TV monopoly Multichoice expects the onset of competition next year to spark a profit-eroding price war and says fixed-line phone operator Telkom will be its toughest rival. Multichoice,…

Senegal: RTS sells football rights to private TV channels

In Senegal, RTS gained exclusive broadcasting rights for football’s African Cup of Nations (CAN) that it acquired from LC2. However, the public broadcaster is in partnership with Senegalese private television…

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- Across Africa, Comarex is currently distributing TV series and telenovelas produced by Azteca (one of the leading producers of Spanish speaking content), four series by VIACOM Latin America (Popland,…

South Africa: SABC Seeks Soccer Rights Freeze

The SABC has taken legal action against the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and broadcasters SuperSport and e.tv to freeze a R1.6bn broadcast rights deal to prevent any party entering into…

Mokolo African Online Platform introduced to help distribute African films

Named after the largest open-air market in Yaoundé, Cameroon, Mokolo is a partnership between organisations and independent practitioners aimed at strengthening the African film and TV industries. It is envisioned…

AEF’s websites record a traffic rise

All of Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France’s (AEF) Internet sites recorded an increase in traffic in December 2011 with over 15,000,000 visits (7.7 million unique browsers and a total of…

Botswana: New Pay TV Exploits Legal Loophole

The National Broadcasting Board (NBB) has said they have no official dealings with GTV - the recently established pay TV. NBB chairman Dr Masego Mpotokwane told Mmegi that so far,…

Uganda: Pay Television Ease Reconnection

To better service delivery through innovation, pay TV companies in Uganda have introduced automatic reconnection, a move that will save subscribers the hassles of queuing for the service. Multichoice last…

Interview: Seemahale brings Cloud TV to Africa

Seemahale Telecoms is an authorised Nangu TV reseller in Africa, which gives the company the rights to resell Internet Protocol (IP) television solutions to telecommunications companies as well as broadcasters…

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- Music and sports broadcaster Trace has appointed Laurent Dumeau as CEO of Trace Sports. Dumeau will oversee all activities of the recently launched channel that is dedicated to sports…

Africa: Fuel launches pan African digital solution

Fuel last week announced its expansion into Africa and the Middle East, allowing the group to offer a greater degree of ease and targeting for brands looking to exploit African…

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- At the end of July 2011, BBC announced that it is launching an international version of its on-demand video service, the iPlayer, for Apple iPad users. Customers who pay…

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- BT Global Services recently extended its Global Media Network (GMN) to South Africa. The country is now connected via undersea cable and fixed line networks to 16 production centres…

Gabon: Mobile cinema focuses on nature and environment

On the occasion of the first edition of the Masuku Film Festival held in Franceville, Gabon from 15 to 17 August 2013, the “Cinéma Numérique Ambulant Cameroun” (CNAC, mobile cinema)…

North Africa: Arabsat, Globecast launch TV distribution platform

Satellite operator Arabsat has teamed up with Globecast to offer teleport facilities, playout services and the service provider's network for broadcasters seeking to distribute television programming in North Africa.The Algerian…

Africa: ZTV Screens Nations Cup

Zimbabwean soccer fans from last night joined in the fun and action at the 2008 African Cup of Nations finals after the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings secured the rights to beam…

Nigeria: African Movie Channel launched

On 11 August 2013, the official Nigeria launch of Africa Movie Channel (AMC) took place at the Grand Ballroom of the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. The global…

Kenya: Pay-TV Firms Plan More Content At Reduced Rates

Local Pay-Television viewers will enjoy more content at reduced prices as competition for subscribers among two players hots up. The protagonists- MultiChoice Kenya and GTV- have unveiled their game plan…

DStv: Saffron TV to close

From 1 September 2013, Saffron TV (currently channel 195 on DStv) will stop broadcasting and will as result no longer be available on the DStv Indian package.Saffron TV- produced by…

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- Sierra Leone’s Communications Minister Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo praised the GSM providers in Sierra Leone for coming to the aid of the country's state broadcaster Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service…

Côte d'Ivoire: CIRTEF gave 38 digital documentaries to RTI

Côte d'Ivoire: In the context of RTI’s audiovisual archives recovery, CIRTEF gave in June 2013 this member organization a hard drive with a selection of 38 documentaries scanned and indexed…

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- On August 6, 2013, MultiChoice-owned South African pay TV provider DStv has added sports channel SuperSport 9 to its line-up to replace ESPN, which has ceased broadcasts outside the…

African Movie Channel announces new StarTimes deal

Following a new deal signed in April 2015 with StarTimes, UK based broadcaster African Movie Channel (AMC) has launched its latest offering, African Movie Channel Series (AMC Series) on the…

Namibia: Broadcasters Zero in on World Cup Showcase

The Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA), an association of state-run broadcasters in the region, has identified the 2010 World Cup to be held in South Africa, as one of its…

Rwanda: Animation Nation seeking distribution channels

For years, Rwandan children have watched foreign cartoons and television programming. Foreign characters speaking foreign languages in foreign places dealing with foreign situations. While many of these imported programs are…

Globecast Extends West African Reach with Sonatel PoP Partnership

Globecast has announced that it has extended its reach in West Africa via a new PoP partnership with Senegalese telco Sonatel. Sonatel is headquartered in Dakar with the company serving…

South Africa: SA's Most Expensive World Cup TV AD

The most expensive 30-second ad in South Africa's television history was auctioned last week, with the highest bid going to Supa Quick and its partner advertising agency, TinFish CLM Advertising.…

South Africa: Exciting new TV channel additions on OpenView HD

The New Year comes with fresh news, with OpenView HD launching three exciting new channels to their existing bouquet of 15 channels.In keeping with their commitment to consistently offer a…

Low-bandwidth mobile streaming app opens up distribution possibilities

“If content is king, then distribution is queen,” says Pierre van der Hoven, founder and CEO of Tuluntulu, the recently launched low-bandwidth mobile streaming platform.One of the main obstacles faced…

Angola: TV Globo to distribute Angola / Mozambique magazine series

A cultural magazine series, Revista África, filmed in Angola and Mozambique has been added to international distribution company TV Globo International’s content schedule. TV Globo delivers Portuguese language content across…

Initiative and Business Africa get wider distribution

Launched in 2000 and 2003 respectively, Business Africa and Initiative Africa are two 30-minute long magazine-format TV programmes produced in French, English and Portuguese by People TV press agency. Both…

Ghana: 'MTN Heroes of Change' Now On TV

MTN Heroes of Change, a mission by MTN to identify and recognize heroes who have provided unconditional services to their communities, has started showing on several television channels in the…

'Nigeria's Netflix' takes Nollywood to a global audience

An episode of Shuga, a popular soap opera set in Kenya, is playing on a screen at the offices of iRoko TV - an online platform commonly dubbed the "Netflix…

Telkom Media gets is licence but speculation persists about a buyer

Telkom Media has been issued a pay-TV licence by ICASA, the industry regulator. The licence allows Telkom Media to operate a commercial subscription television broadcasting service. "Our business plan consists…

MTG expands across Africa

Modern Times Group has launched a free-to-air channel in Tanzania.The TV1 channel has launched on the East African country’s digital terrestrial network, which reaches almost 15 million people.The general entertainment…

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- The Elgeyo Marakwet county government in Kenya will launch a TV and radio station to educate the public on development. Governor Alex Tolgos announced the plan as the county…

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- South Africa’s Seduction 101 is the first mobile series to be distributed via MXiT. An extensive social media and mobile marketing campaign supports the cross-platform distribution strategy. - GTV…

A24 Media distributes a docu on Niger Crisis

A24 Media has just done a unique feature on Niger’s current crisis that is available for wide distribution. In Niger 90% of the population depend on Agriculture. But with last…

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- Naspers, in its Integrated Annual Report 2013 confirmed that MultiChoice, leading provider of pay-television services, including mobile, under the DStv umbrella, serves 6,7m households in 48 African countries. Source…

SatLink Launches New DTH Platform to Africa

SatLink Communications Ltd. announced on 14 April that it has acquired its own capacity covering sub-Saharan Africa on ASTRA’s Astra 4A (Sirius 4) satellite located at 5° East. SatLink’s new…

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- From 28 July to 1 August 2010, CFI staff will be in Nairobi, Kenya, alongside African journalists commentating the 17th African Athletics Championship. Organised and produced by the Confederation…

Eutelsat, Globacom, Others Subscribe to Nigcomsat-1

The successful launch of Nigeria's communication satellite, NIGCOMSAT-1, has begun to yield dividends as both foreign and indigenous companies have initiated moves to subscribe to the services. Among the companies…

GlobeCast has launched new African DTH distribution platform

GlobeCast spokesman Matthew Rosenstein sais that GlobeCast has started transmissions on SES ASTRA’s Astra 4A (Sirius 4) satellite since March 2009. African broadcaster VoxAfrica is one of the first channels…

Habari Media and MTV Networks Africa partner in African online sales deal

African digital sales house, Habari Media, has partnered with multimedia entertainment platform MTV Networks Africa (MTVNA) to create a digital entertainment hub allowing advertisers the opportunity to connect with tech-savvy…

Afrinolly Film Competition: VoD partnership with Buni TV

Following the outstanding success of its first edition, Nigerian mobile app Afrinolly recently announced the commencement of its second Afrinolly Short Film Competition. Launched in November 2012, the competition recorded…

Kenya: New Plan on Media Signals Revealed

The Government plans to license signal broadcast carriers to avoid infrastructure duplication. Information and Communications minister Mutahi Kagwe last week said the Government would continue to prioritise the sharing of…

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- CNBC Africa concluded a satellite distribution agreement with Multichoice Africa on 16 April, 2009. The agreement makes the channel available to DStv viewers in 41 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.…

Discop Africa opens its second media market in Nairobi with over 200 companies in attendance

Discop Africa is the major matchmaking and networking events centred on audiovisual content production, distribution and funding in Africa. The event is not only a media market but is also…

Africa: On Digital Media to offer 30 channels

On Digital Media, the only pay-TV broadcaster still planning to go ahead out of the initial four companies granted licences for subscription television by Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA),…

Distributor Cote Ouest will launch its first local drama series – l’histore d’une vie – in October

Next month Cote Ouest, Africa’s leading francophone film distributor will launch its first commissioned drama series, l’histoire d’une vie, a love story set in Cote d’Ivoire during the civil war.…

CFI’s TV partners in Africa distributed music programmes

African TV stations broadcast to the pace of the ‘Make Music celebration’ on 21 June 2011. CFI worked to support them as they programme a special musical schedule. Throughout May,…

SES enables Chinese StarTimes to expand TV reach in Africa

SES announced today that StarTimes Communication Network Technology, a Chinese system integrator, technology provider and network operator, has signed a 10-year contract on SES-5 at 5 degrees East to expand…

Tanzania power utility TANESCO offers broadcasters fibre optic distribution

Tanzanian power utility Tanesco will form a separate subsidiary company to handle its fibre business. According to TANESCO’s David Mshana:”Our business is to generate and provide electricity, but it is…

Multichoice secures pre-launch satellite capacity on Intelsat 20

Intelsat, Ltd, announced last week that MultiChoice, signed a long-term, multi-transponder agreement for satellite capacity. The agreement extends and expands MultiChoice’s existing contract on the Intelsat 7 satellite at 68.5º…

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*MEMBERS OF the Akan Movie Producers (AMP) in Kumasi have expressed great dissatisfaction with the Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG), and movie vendors in Accra, for disallowing movies to…

SA 'First Grader' scores in the United States and Cannes

The First Grader the first co-production between South Africa, the United Kingdom and Kenya which was released in the United States by National Geographic Entertainment on 13 May 2011 has…

Tanzania: Television Penetration Remains Low

Twenty years down the lane after the first television station was established on the Tanzanian mainland, the country reportedly has just 6.7 million television sets distributed among its 45 million…

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CV Telecom has recruited 250 customers in six months for its IP-TV service but its new private competitor has come in with a cheaper service ($20-30, depending on bouquet) and…

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- Ryan Kampe and Sylvain Tron’s Visit Films has acquired international sales rights to NFVF funded film Shirley Adams (taking place in SA) which won multiple awards at the 30th…

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- Cote Ouest Audiovisuel has released its total number of hours distributed over 2010 which amounted to approximately 20,000 (this includes repeats from TV channel clients). The company’s recent expansion…

iROKOtv Selling Top Nollywood DVDs on Jumia

9 September 2013. Lagos. iROKOtv today announces that it is moving into Nigeria’s DVD market, launching its new arm of the business with 17 Nollywood top titles in HD-quality. Celebrated…

Cinema tour in Senegal, on a boat

November 30, 2010, Telegramme.com reported that two French nationals - Pauline and Yann – went by boat to project African films to Africans, and made a film out of it!Under…

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- iROKOtv PLUS is offering “Last Flight To Abuja”. This spellbinding movie received 5 nominations at the 2013 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) and won for the category of Best…

More ISPs Sign Up For Dstv On Demand

DStv On Demand is a service offered to DStv’s Premium subscribers which was launched in May 2010. It is offered free of charge and is a service in which selected…

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- Augusta Okon (in ArticlesBase SC #2197492) reported that “the Nollywood marketers who also double as financiers are of the view that sale of movies had declined in recent times…

Zuku to carry Hindi comedy

East African triple-play provider Zuku is adding a Sony India-owned Hindi comedy channel to its line-up. SAB TV, which airs Hindi comedy shows aimed at a family audience, will be…

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- South Africa: National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has released a study this week, intended to establish the attitude of the learners towards local films, while looking at their…

MultiChoice, MWeb eye triple-play services

MultiChoice may launch a bundle of uncapped broadband, pay TV, and even voice telephony to South African consumers. It’s working with sister company MWeb to determine whether there’s a market…

Convergence and the challenge of infrastructure

Around the world, convergence is driving a new pattern of consumer demand, causing major communications platforms that were once separate to overlap. Experts say for Nigeria to reap the benefits…

Global audience for SA Open

The SA Tennis Open, which starts on Monday, will be broadcast to 65 countries. Countries like Brazil, Russia, the US and also the Middle East region will see action from…

Kenya: Fight for Pay Television Market Down to the Wire

Competition in the Pay-TV market is getting stiffer with entry of new players breaking the price barriers that have hindered mass consumers from accessing premium programming.Coming from a regime of…

Trace Sports on DStv

New Trace Sports channel started on 17 April 2012 on MultiChoice's DStv platform for DStv Premium subscribers. The channel, offered by the Trace Group whose Trace Urban music channel is…

DISCOP Africa exceeds expectations

With just over three weeks to go before the first DISCOP Africa launches, the organizes confirmed that 350 participants have already registered for the event. This number is well over…

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- As Algeria is investing to switch to digital TV by 2015, it is also working on making radio digital by the start of 2011. This is according to Tawfik…

A24 Media and NBS News in India partner on content

A24 Media, producer of the long-running pan-African news magazine programme, Africa Journal, has entered into a new partnership with NBS News in India.An A24 statement reads: "This will bring the…

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- A fresh generation of British film-makers and stars are bringing Africa's political dramas and human stories to the small screen. For decades, Africa has been a minor player on…

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- A new feature film entitled "Harare" by film producer Lloyd Chikwama will premiere on the streets of Harare in a two weeks' time. The movie seeks to instill hope…

Africa focused VoD platform Buni TV gets 2 million views in 1 year

Buni TV  is celebrating its one year anniversary today and announcing that the platform has reached 500,000 unique visitors and 2 million views since it launched in April 2012. People…

Eurochannel extends reach in sub-Saharan Africa

Eurochannel, the international TV channel dedicated to European films and series, has launched on Euteslat 16A to reach sub-Saharan Africa.The move comes three months after its launch into Europe via…

A Nollywood distributor on Nigeria's Stock Exchange

Jason Njoku of iROKO Partners joins The Nigerian Stock Exchange as a Growth AmbassadorFrom Nollywood to Nigeria's Stock Exchange, Internet Entrepreneur is to Inspire Next Generation of Nigeria's Internet Start-ups.Jason…

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- The world's number one music singing talent reality TV show, "The X Factor", has berthed in Africa for the first time on the shores of Nigeria, courtesy of Globacom.…

Africa: Multichoice Africa boosts capacity leases

The leading pay-TV operator in sub-Saharan African, MultiChoice Africa, has boosted its capacity leases with Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) to support further expansion of its pay television and Internet…

Malawi: lack of market affecting local movies

Renowned Malawi film maker, Charles Shemu Joyah, has said Malawi lacks a market for local movies. He was speaking when he addressed students of the two-week long Film in A…

Chinese TV series gaining popularity in Africa

Chinese TV shows that depict young people's lives in modern society are crossing the cultural divide and attracting a growing set of global audiences. One of the examples is the…

East Africa: GTV to Up Roll Out With US$60 Million Kitty

Gateway Broadcast Services, a subsidiary of Gateway Telecommunications, has raised US$60 million to accelerate the roll out of its pan African pay-TV service, GTV. GTV is Africa's first widely accessible…

Nigeria: StarTimes Increases Channels to Mark Easter

As part of strategies to sustain the growth of NTA Star TV- StarTimes - in the DTT market, handlers of the pay TV brand have announced a new offering to…

Nigeria: Multichoice Promises 'Greatest'

MultiChoice Nigeria, has promised to give all its viewers the greatest coverage of the 26th edition of the African Nations Cup finals which gets underway in Ghana Sunday. Managing Director…

Cape Verde TV distributed by Thema/Eutelsat in Africa and in Europe

Cape Verde TV has chosen Thema to act as its exclusive distributor in Europe.The acquisition of a playout dedicated to the international signal of the channel, the installation of a…

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New software capable of stripping ads out of TV programmes seems to be yet another nail in the coffin of the die-hard 30-second TV commercial. A US company, VideoReDO, has…

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- The Kenyan crime drama, Nairobi Half Life, which was Kenya’s selection for the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2012, making it just the second film from Kenya to be…

Globecast Rises to the Challenge of the Orange Africa Cup Of Nations, EQUATORIAL GUINEA 2015

Globecast has announced that it has risen to the considerable challenges of this year's Orange Africa Cup of Nations, EQUATORIAL GUINEA 2015, football tournament, proving a variety of successful contribution…

Nigeria Export Promotion Council takes Nollywood on Kenyan road show

The Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) in partnership with Nollywood and the Nigeria High Commission in Kenya are to embark on a road show to promote the Nigerian movies industry…

ZBC to introduce multiple TV channels

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) acting chief executive officer Mr Patrick Mavhura has said national broadcaster will be introducing channels that will be accessible only after paying a subscription fee.Mavhura told…

Zanzibar: ZIFF’s campaign to re-open the Majestic Cinema

British Documentary maker Nick Broomfield talks to ZIFF bout Zanzibar’s Majestic Cinema. Q: You are a supporter of ZIFF’s campaign to re-open the Majestic Cinema, why is it important to…

EbonyLife TV to launch on DStv in South and Southern Africa

EbonyLife TV will be launching to DStv customers in Southern Africa (including South Africa) on 10 September 2014.  The channel is currently available to DStv customers in 44 countries in…

Startimes Introduces Nova Bouquet For Digital Switch Over

In a bold move to enable more Nigerians conveniently switch over to and enjoy full digital television experience, foremost cable TV service provider, StarTimes, today announced the launch of its…

SABC pushes ahead on 24-hour news channel

The SABC News International, a 24-hour news channel, is available in several countries but the SABC plan is to make it available worldwide. So far daily 12-hour broadcast deals have…

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- On 19 May 2011, SuperSport has acquired the rights for the AMA Motocross Championship Highlights Series (MX series) from 2011-2013. The programming, consisting of 15 hour-long programmes in SD…

StarTimes launches DTH service in Kenya

Chinese pay-TV provider, StarTimes, has unveiled digital Direct to Home (DTH) service in Kenya. The service which comes as a competition to DTH providers, MultiChoice and Zuku, will be broadcast…

Euronews inks distribution deal with DStv Africa, Quest TV

Euronews is expanding its reach in Sub-Saharan Africa with new distribution agreements with DStv Africa and Ouest TV, as well as launching on a DTT network in Mozambique, Broadband TV…

Uganda: GTV Subscribers to Pay Using Scratch Cards

GTV a pay television has unveiled a scratch card that enables customers to pay their monthly subscriptions. "The card comes in three denominations, catering for the three GTV bouquets -…

Africa: Funding Slows Continent's Digital Migration Rollout

Most African countries are facing financial hurdles and social problems in their quest for migration to digital broadcasting system a regional summit heard last week.Representatives of various African governments attending…

Movies that made the most money in SA

According to the latest South African Box Office Report published by the National Film and Video Foundation, revenue generated by locally-made films increased 43% to R33 million in the first…

TV Cabo rebrands business unit as Viv; extends FTTH network

Angolan cableco TV Cabo now offers corporate data, voice and TV services under the Viv brand, replacing the Fibra Business name previously used. The rebranding exercise means that TV Cabo's…

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- Wimpy in South Africa has signed an exciting on screen campaign with CineMARK. The latter is responsible for the majority of advertising sales in South African cinema complexes, and…

Online activations and new apps from DStv Mobile

DStv Mobile has made it even easier for subscribers to access the DStv Mobile service. From 30 November 2011, subscribers can activate their DStv Mobile device Online by visiting the…

FRANCE 24 now available on DTT in Tanzania

FRANCE 24 has concluded a new distribution agreement with Tanzanian operator Sahara Media and is now available on Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in the country. FRANCE 24 English version in now…

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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…

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Angolan cable TV operator TVCabo has announced it will update the prices for its TV packages from 5 March. As a result, the Mini package will cost AOA 1,600, the…

PAMRO: fighting film piracy in Africa - survey results

PAMRO (Pan-African Media Research Organisation) held its 11th Annual Meeting on 23-25 August 2009. One of the key topics was about film piracy. The presentation was geared to helping African…

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- In France, Bouygues Telecom is now carrying ‘Africa 24’ on channel 159.- Value-added services including IPTV added almost 37% to the value of basic broadband subscriptions in 2010, according…

INA acquired archive of post-genocide Rwanda footage

France’s Institut National de l’Audiovisuel acquired archive of post-genocide Rwanda footage from award-winning documentarian Anne Aghion.The Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA)—the organization charged with preserving and providing access to France’s…

South Africa: Rivals Gear Up for Battle Over Digital TV

A crucial set of regulations which will govern the television industry has resulted in court action by an incumbent broadcaster and aspirant entrants to the industry. The action is likely…

Coca Cola sponsors new Content 360 category

The Content 360 cross-media competition, which closes on 15 February 2010, has a new category, sponsored by Coca-Cola. The competition is calling for entries in six categories and is organised…

Namibia: Vision Africa prepares for MediaMetrics 2013

Vision Africa, a full-service marketing and stakeholder research company in Namibia, is currently preparing for this year's MediaMetrics survey. Fieldwork for this national study is scheduled to start in June…

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- South Africa’s Ster-Kinekor Distribution is releasing Karate Kallie (Afrikaans with English subtitles) in cinemas on 18 September 2009. It's described as a fresh new Afrikaans feel-good romantic comedy about…

Finding Lenny comedy finds an international sales agent in Cinemavault

Cinemavault has further bolstered its AFM slate as the market prepares to get underway this week with Neal Sundstrom’s South African football comedy Finding Lenny. South African stand-up comic Barry…

Tunisia: TV 7 Resumes Broadcasts On Hotbird Satellite

The Tunisian TV7 channel has resumed its broadcasting to Europe via the Hotbird satellite without any change of frequency. TV 7 services via Hotbird were interrupted on Wednesday January 27,…

South Africa: International audit results of TAMS due mid-May

The SAARF Board decided last year that an international audit of the TAMS panel was necessary to review the methodology, identify any possible shortcomings in the panel as well as…

EbonyLifeTV and Summview to launch VOD platform

At the first edition of DISCOP Africa in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Ebonylife TV announced a strategic partnership with Summview to launch a premium multi-screen VOD platform.The new partnership allows EbonyLife…

Uganda: mobile projections at the Kampala International Film Festival

There’s been filmic pleasure to be had by all in Uganda from 6-14 November when the Amakula Kampala International Film Festival (amakula.com) took place. The festival went some way to…

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* Eutelsat Communications has confirmed the signature of a contract with MultiChoice Africa, the pioneer in multi-channel pay-TV across sub-Saharan Africa.MultiChoice has signed for a total 20 Ku-band transponders for…

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- The opening up of premium sports TV rights to multiple broadcasters could become a reality in South Africa if the Government and regulator turn comments made this week in…

MTN says that its video-on-demand service is weeks away from completion

SA mobile operator, MTN says that its video-on-demand (VOD) service is weeks away from completion. The group announced in October that it would launch a subscription based VOD service, partnering…

Fix&Foxi launches in Africa and Middle East

Fix & Foxi TV (YFE)German media company Your Family Entertainment (YFE) has rolled out its children’s and family channel Fix&Foxi in further international markets.The pay-TV channel has launched in Africa…

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  - The African Cinema Conference is a virtual summit focused on the production and distribution of African related films & videos. This Yahoo groups invites members who write in…

Ster-Kinekor rolls out 3D movies in 58 cinemas

Bizzcommunity reported that South African Cinema chain Ster-Kinekor will have increased its number of 3D cinemas to 58 by the end of November 2010, as the festive season's 3D films…

TV5MONDE, France 24 and RFI audience in Cameroon performed well

In Cameroon TV5MONDE has seen its audience and unprompted awareness increase among the upper class. According to the latest TNS Africascope* study, the audience among the upper class in Cameroun…

Telkom, MultiChoice deal delivers exclusive broadband, entertainment combo

In an exclusive deal with MultiChoice, Telkom will offer a new Internet-connected DStv Explora decoder for free as part of a 24-month subscription to Telkom customers that upgrade to a…

SABC’s Hlaudi: We’ll have better pictures than MultiChoice

Cape Town – The SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng says "SABC is rocking all the way" and that soon "we’ll even beat MultiChoice", vowing that the SABC will have "better pictures"…

Do you know African Cinema? Interview with Côte Ouest

Ask the average American, European or Asian person to give you African film titles (“Out of Africa” does not apply), and you’re lucky if they can quote just one. African…

iROKO Partners enters Nigerian Movie DVD market in South Africa

iROKO Partners, Africa’s largest source of Nigerian entertainment with its platforms iROKOtv and iROKING, announces a major strategic development via its entry into the South African DVD market and the…

Can Aflix compete in Africa’s (now cut throat) VOD Space? Here’s what we know

Recently, Video On Demand has been making some moves across the continent and you would think it’s the next big thing in Africa after the Telecoms revolution. In just a…

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- On 2nd. Nov. 2010, A24media has entered into a partnership with M-net, a subscription-funded television channel in South Africa. A24media has acquired exclusive rights to distribute 150 M-net’s home…

News from Côte d'Ivoire’s Bogolan Distribution

Côte d'Ivoire’s Bogolan Distribution, producer of the popular comedy TV series “where are we here?” (“On est où là?” In French) gave Balancing Act some fresh news. Bogolan Distribution Ana…

South Africa: Triggerfish closed deals in Cannes

Triggerfish, a Cape Town-based media and entertainment company passionate about producing original character-driven stories with universal appeal went to Cannes’ film festival and closed a few distribution deals.Its recent animations,…

Nigeria: Bonanza As HiTV Offers Free Airtime to Subscribers

In a move that has been described as unprecedented, HiTV, Nigerian owned pay television station, has announced a one-month free subscription for all existing subscribers, applicable in October 2007. The…

Nigerian diaspora family channel OH TV launches VOD in the USA

OHTV is launching VOD and decoder box offers in the USA. The company is currently broadcasting on Sky Channel 199 and is aimed at the three million strong diaspora in…

TopTV moves into selling its airtime

In Johannesburg, Satellite TV offering, TopTV, launched in May 2010 as a rival to MultiChoice's DStv, has started offering airtime sales on some of its channels for the first time.…

Tension rises between Nollywood and Ghollywood

In August 2012, a new stage in the worsening of the relations between Nollywood and Ghollywood was reached: Nigeria is to impose an embargo on Ghanaian films. The gap is…

Discop: Approach the future of TV content business in Africa with confidence!

There's never been a better time to approach the future of content business in Africa with confidence. Africa is empowered by young populations, rising advertising markets, rapid digital switch (DTT)…

Côte d'Ivoire: Canal + Horizons denounces piracy

At the launch of its new programs for 2007-2008, Ms. Françoise Leguenou-Remarck the CEO of Canal+Horizons denounced excessive rate of piracy of its encrypted programs. According to her "the phenomenon…

African cinema gets taken under the wing of "Les Cinémas du Monde" Pavilion at Cannes

At the 62nd edition of the Cannes Festival African cinema got a presence by appearing on the "Les Cinémas du Monde" Pavilion, which is funded by Culturesfrance, a Government-funded promoter…

International film “Desert Flower” is currently being distributed globally

Desert Flower is the true story of Waris Dirie, a young African woman in fight against poverty, who achieves fame and celebrity. In her childhood, the heroine experienced poverty and…

Zimbabwe now has over 3 million satellite TV dishes

State controlled Zimbabwe Television Corporation (ZBC) is being shunned by over 60% of the television owning public in the troubled southern African nation, who are instead predominantly watching free to…

French-language summit: special CFI programme for 29 African TV partners

Further to an initiative by the Congolese broadcasting corporation RTNC, CFI is providing its TV partners with special programmes on the French language summit to be held in Kinshasa from…

DStv: Fox Crime’s Confirmed Content

“Brands with Fans” new bespoke channel will deliver eagerly anticipated priority shows mixed with existing fan favourites and topped with retro nostalgiaIn Johannesburg, Fox International Channels’ recently announced new entrant,…

MultiChoice inks deal with Sony for Pan-African programming

Sony Pictures Television has signed a distribution agreement with African pay TV companyMultiChoice. The deal gives entertainment channel Sony Entertainment Television carriage in more than 2 million Sub-Saharan homes, executive…

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- On 11.03.2011 the National Hockey League (NHL, USA) announced the addition of nine broadcast partners that will provide live game coverage of the NHL in countries across Europe, the…

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- South African communications minister Dina Pule is “surprised” by e.tv’s high court application against her in which the free-to-air broadcaster accuses her of acting unlawfully in appointing Sentech to…

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- On 12 June 2013: MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform instantly lost the ERT World (DStv 432) TV channel as the international 24-hour general entertainment and news channel from Greece…

South Africa: Viewers Lose as SABC Stumped By Super Eights Coverage

It’s fair to say that the SABC gambled (sensitive word in cricketing terms) when it came to their screening of World Cup matches and lost. Having shown all the group…

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- Filmax International and Orbita Max has acquired the international sales rights of Magic Journey to Africa, one of the first European stereoscopic 3D live-action movies. With a 10 million…

Zimbabwe: ZBC Botches World Cup Deal

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation embarrassingly botched a $1.5 billion deal for the screening of the ICC Cricket World Cup in West Indies after failing to pay a paltry figure for…

Mobicine motorcycle take movies to the people

Since Monday, 9th May 2011, seven Mobicine scooters take cinema across Dakar, and 7 more are in Bamako since start of June. While (almost) all legal cinemas have closed in…

Sub-Saharan Africa: MultiChoice expands via New Intelsat Satellite

MultiChoice to Expand its Leading Direct-to-Home (DTH) Services in Sub-Saharan Africa via New Intelsat SatelliteLUXEMBOURG & JOHANNESBURG. June 12, 2014(BUSINESS WIRE /ME NewsWire) Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the world’s leading…

Recent deals with iROKOtv

iROKOtv has recently pushed most of its content into the premium access area. There is still some free content remaining.Balancing Act’s Sylvain Beletre relays the latest news on iROKOtv:2014 Nollywood…

Nigeria: MTN Partners DSTV for TV On the Go

MTN and Multichoice Nigeria recently launched mobile television on the MTN network. With the launch, MTN becomes the first cellular network to offer its subscribers an opportunity to watch television,…

Film streaming service launched for African, Latin American content

United States (US)-based MojoCreatives has launched a film streaming platform for African and Latin American content, WuraTV, aimed at making “content of culture” accessible to all without the high fees…

Africa: SABC Launches News Agency

In order to firmly stamp its presence on the national and international market, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has launched its own news agency. "As Africa's leading news-gathering and…

‘Star Chef’ distributed to CFI’s African TV partners

CFI has partnered with ‘Luwak productions’ to disseminate Star Chef magazine - the first African cuisine contest (7x52minutes) - to its television partners’ network. Every Thursday morning from 10 March…

Africa’s sports films on VoD

Football, Surfing on trains, Surfing the waves, Creativity: here are images of Sport on www.AfricaFilms.tv as the Soccer World Cup started.AFTV, “VOD 100% AFRICA” provides the following films:THE DOWN OF…

Isizwe Wi-Fi to offer free video on demand

Four video-on-demand channels will be offered to Project Isizwe’s free Wi-Fi users in the greater Pretoria area to demonstrate what free Internet access can do for low-income communities.Free Wi-Fi provider…

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- Nigeria’s, Daar Communications is set to stir exciting competition in the Digital Satellite TV in Nigeria. According to Daar chairman, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, the company is doing this in…

Zimbabwe: Government wants Botswana to close down Studio 7

11 May 2011: According to a report in the Government-owned Daily Herald, The Botswana Government has pledged to address the issue of Studio 7, broadcast by the Voice of America,…

TV Networks in Africa Squabble Over World Cup Broadcast Rights

Fans watch group matches at FIFA Fan Fest in Sao Paulo on the second day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As with other major sporting events, fans around the world…

Tanzania: Firms Collaborate on Video Streaming

Tanzanian interactive mobile communications technology provider, Push Mobile, has partnered with Apalya Technologies, a South Asian technology platform provider, to enhance mobile video and live TV streaming experience in Tanzania…

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- In Algeria, the event organised by the ‘National Economic and Social Council’ (CNES) on 15, 16 and 17 June 2011 will be the opportunity for associations and unions representing…

100 percent digital migration achievable only with satellite Dennis Mbuvi

Senior Vice President Commercial, for SES Africa, Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou, says 100 percent digital migration in Africa is "unachievable" without the satellite component.As the 2015 deadline set by the International Telecommunication…

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Reunion: Viewers can now download the “La 1ère” (Réunion 1ère – ex RFO) mobile and tablet app (iOS and Android) to stay informed of news from French “territories d’outre-mer” (Overseas…

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O3b Networks nnounced Raga Sat has gone live on O3b's 'Fiber in the Sky' satellite network in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The DRC-based service provider is the first…

African Films to Be Showcased At Dubai Film Festival

The 10th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), running from 6-14 December, has selected two African films to be included in the AsiaAfrica out of competition programming segment lineup, which highlights…

South African Indies Gain Ground At The American Film Market

The Association for Transformation in Film and Television (ATFT) brought a group of 12 filmmakers to the American Film Market (AFM) this year. One of the leaders of the association,…

Liberia: Broadcasting System Goes Nation-Wide as China rehabilitates facilities

The Chinese Government has turned over to the Liberian Government, the newly renovated and expanded facilities of the Liberia Broadcasting System. Wednesday's ceremony also marked the formal launch of the…

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- In November 27, 2013, South Africa-based MultiChoice has added new features to the DStv Explora DVR it launched in August. New features include episode stacking, making individual episodes of…

DVD sales crucial to South African film

Local films do as well as top international films in SA, but financing remains a struggle. In spite of a generous government rebate, DVD sales have become crucial, delegates at…

Discop Africa: Programme directors from 24 African chanels discussed CFI acquisition

Programme directors from 24 African partner channels convened at DISCOP (Africa's premier market for TV programmes) in Johannesburg this year for CFI s annual programmes committee.As in previous years, this…

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- The third edition of « Rencontres du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Lomé » (ReCiTel) was launched at the French Cultural Centre on 27 November. The event’s theme…

IPTV News speaks to Christopher Limmer

IPTV News spoke to Christoph Limmer, senior director for Africa at SES. Issues: “… Looking at pay-TV operators, the biggest challenge is the existing distribution network infrastructure. The number of…

TV programme distributor A24 Media launches new website

A24 Media,the pan-African multi-platform media company, has redesigned their website to make it easier for its readers. With a new look and better navigation, users will now be able to…

South Africa: Multichoice Defends Pay-TV Domain with content lock-up deals

With the long-awaited new pay-TV licences set to be announced on Wednesday next week, the only existing player in the South African market, MultiChoice, appears to be strongly defending its…

Discop organisers offer to help producers sell TV formats into Africa

Basic Lead, organiser of Discop Africa, offers an interesting service to producers. If you have a TV format that has had success in Europe, the Americas or Asia/Pacific, Basic Leads…

iROKING enters into partnership with GoMetro

African online music distributor iROKO Partners has entered into a partnership with GoMetro, a mobile site launched by mobi.lity, and the South African commuter rail agency Metrorail to allow commuters…

Angola: Cunene - TPA's Channel-2 Inaugurated in Ondjiva City

The city of Ondjiva, capital of southern Cunene province, has since this Monday morning the Channel-2 of the Public Television of Angola (TPA), a signal that was inaugurated by the…

Male circumcision in East Africa: new film to be aired soon

Africa Works celebrated its third anniversary by trumpeting the arrival of a short documentary film about male circumcision rituals among the Bugisu in Uganda. The Bugisu live in the foothills…

SES World Skies and Satlink collaboration expands reach for African clients

SatLink Communications Ltd and SES World Skies have announced the launch of a new DS3 fiber link connecting their teleport facilities. The new link allows SatLink client's direct access to…

Botswana: BTV may be forced to switch off for non-payment of satellite fees

Botswana Television may be blocked from transmitting its signals allegedly for failure to pay rental arrears for use of satellite space. BTV is understood to owe about P25 million accruing…

New distribution partnership for A24 Media as the World Cup arrives

A24 Media, Africa’s first online delivery site for African content, has entered into a partnership with Earth TV, a German Satellite TV network that airs live broadcasts of camera streams…

Film 'Material' continues to be a global success

South African film, Material, had its world premier at the Montreal International Film festival last month. The festival's objectives includes encouraging cultural diversity and understanding among nations, and fostering the…

Canal Panda commissions a live-action series available in Africa

Canal Panda has made its first major move into original content with the commission of a live-action series featuring its iconic mascot. The Portuguese channel, which is run by Liberty…

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- Cameroonian monthly media magazine Com.News has focussed its august 2009 issue on pan-African television. The release describes the battle of pan-African television channels like Vox Africa whose leaders (Jules…

South Africa: Football fans will be able to watch the 2010 World Cup live in 3D

Fifa has signed an agreement with Sony to film up to 25 games from the finals in South Africa in 3D. Fans will be able to watch the games on…

South Africa: Discovery expands its South Africa offering

On 1 March, the Discovery Channel will simultaneously launch Discovery World on DStv and be available for the first time in the general entertainment section of the DStv Electronic Programme…

SES Astra successfully launches new Astra 3B satellite

On 22 May 2010. SES Astra announced that its new Astra 3B satellite has been successfully launched. Astra 3B roared into space onboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French…

The Adventures in Zambezia : Hard work pays off

The hard work, passion and resilience dedicated to the production of The Adventures in Zambezia by the producers and team at Triggerfish Animation Studio has paid off. This animation film…

Fox International: “Africa is our key growth point going forwards”

Alessandro Tucci, SVP & General Manager Africa at Fox International, on how to successfully launch new channels and balanced bouquets in small emerging markets, and the unique potential he sees…

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- The Durban International Film Festival has announced that its 31st edition will take place from 22 July to 1 August 2010. The festival will present over 200 screenings of…

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* Ross Video has signed on South African supplier, Concilium Technologies to further develop broadcast sales in the region. The agreement will extend Concilium’s product portfolio offering the Ross Vision…

Nigeria: Multichoice Shifts Subscription Discount Implementation

MultiChoice Nigeria, the country's leading pay-tv service provider, has announced that it is moving forward the implementation date of its special subscription discount promotion from October to September this year.According…

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- CFI supported the worldwide broadcasting of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s film “Home”, by offering it to its African TV partners. The UEFA Champions League, the African Athletics Championship (CAA) and the…

Call for African filmmakers to register for Cannes Int. Film Festival

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) will once again host a South African Pavilion at the 64th Cannes International Film Festival. The festival takes place in France (Cannes) from…

The film from Abidjan that made it to Toronto Int’l Film Festival now on AfricaFilms.tv

'Burn it up Djassa', a film shot in 11 days for a budget of only 15,000 USD created a buzz at the TIFF, the main film event in North America,…

Is Nollywood in crisis?

In 1992, the debut of Kenneth Nnebue's movie Living in Bondage brought a new twist to the then growing motion picture industry in Nigeria. Shot straight-to-video, it was the first…

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- Anti film piracy: in Sept. 2012, Safact participated in discussions on piracy enforcement and measures to implement enforcement on internet @Kyknet Silwerstar film festivalIn August, 2 people were arrested…

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-  South African cinemas have traditionally been situated in the big metropolitan areas and have thus not been able to cater for audiences living far away from these centres. On…

Interview with Cherian M. Chacko, Berserk Media: Indian films find a ready market across Africa

Most people in the industry know that Bollywood is one of the largest film producers in the world. But far fewer know that one of the largest potential markets for…

Wananchi to use KPLC network for fibre rollout in Kenya

Kenya’s Wananchi Group is to use the national electricity transmission network to build a fibre optic platform expected to open a new front in the bruising battle for control of…

Format: Universal to Remake South African Crime Movie 'iNumber Number'

Universal Pictures has optioned the remake rights to iNumber Number, a South African thriller written and directed by Donovan Marsh that premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Chris…

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MultiChoice Africa, operators of pay television service DStv, have launched a new pay television package called DStv Access. The new package goes for a subscription sum of UShs21,000 per month…

Export of African audiovisual productions: 44,000 euros allocated by the OIF, 3 distributors

Aid recipients - OIF distribution of French-language works from the South:•    Patou Films International (Cameroon / France): 15,000 euros•    Holders of Images (Mauritius): 14,000 euros•    Encounters Short Film Madagascar: 15,000…

Mandela doc travels to China, Brazil

Broadcasters in China, South Africa and Brazil have picked up an upcoming documentary about Nelson Mandela from UK satcaster BSkyB’s international distribution arm.Sky Vision pre-sold Mandela: The Struggle Is My…

Ster-Kinekor will open its first 3D cinema in Limpopo

Ster-Kinekor will open its first 3D cinema in Limpopo in 2011 as part of its six state-of-the-art cinemas with full digital sound in the Polokwane Mall of the North shopping…

Gabon, 15 + audience survey: TV5MONDE, first international generalist French TV channel

With a weekly cumulative audience of 36.1% and 92.9% of global awareness on the target 15 years old+, TV5MONDE is the first international generalist French TV channel in Gabon according…

Comedy Central in sub-Saharan Africa

Viacom International Media Networks Africa’s Comedy Central is the only 24 hour comedy channel in sub-Saharan Africa.Launched less than two years ago via the DStv platform (Channel 122), Comedy Central…

Nollywood in Nairobi to find distributors

Nigeria’s leading film producers will be showcasing their latest productions at this year’s Broadcast & Film Africa Conference, to be held in Nairobi over 28-29 July.AITEC Africa, the event organiser,…

THEMA supplies 47 ethnic TV channels to Virgin France

THEMA *, which specializes in the distribution of ethnic TV channels, is pleased to announce an agreement with Virgin France for the distribution of 47 channels. Within the framework of…

Bloomberg Television Announces Partnership with Nigeria's Optima Media Group

Content will be packaged and distributed via satellite delivery and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) as well as traditional terrestrial formats. The Bloomberg Media Group, a division Bloomberg L.P. , has…

Africabox launches OTT offering

Channels from the Africabox network now offer all their programmes on the web, smartphones and tablets, either live or on demand, using a comprehensive integrated solution provided by TDF Media…

How to advertise in a multiscreen world where mobile is the "first screen"?

AdReaction, the largest ever study on multiscreen usage in 30 countries, shows that mobile is the new "first screen" and that marketers need to understand the behaviour around shifting, stacking…

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- The Africadoc Movement (for an event called “Le Louma”) welcomed about 100 docu-makers, producers and commissioning editors (TV, festival, mobile cinema) to enhance financing & distribution of African documentaries.…

Namibia: NBC misses Television licence collection target

A campaign to get more Namibians to pay their television licences has led to the NBC collecting N$15.9 million in licence fees last year, 16 per cent more than it…

South Africa: Fashion One gets presence on TopTV

Fashion and lifestyle channel Fashion One has expanded its presence in Africa on the TopTV platform.The Fashion One Africa feed will launch on the alternative TopTV pay TV platform in…

DStv Mobile has introduced new channels to its mobile television offering

Much acclaimed local channel Mzansi Magic will be joining the DStv Mobile stable in replacement of Africa Magic Movies. The mobile version of the channel is largely the same as…

VoD: Today, iROKOtv gets nearly a million hits a month

Tenacity Pays Off For 'Nollywood Netfix' FounderAt only 33, Jason Njoku is already considered one of Africa's most promising entrepreneurs thanks to an online film distribution service that has tapped…

Aflix set to revolutionise Africa’s Video-On-Demand space

Video streaming app Aflix is set to revolutionise the African Video-On-Demand space. Initially launched in Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana, Aflix’s coverage has been extended to Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde,…

African Movie Channel makes European re-entry with Lebara Play

African Movie Channel (AMC) continues its growth with its latest partnership with Lebara to distribute African Movie Channel on the new Lebara Play OTT TV service; this is the first…

South Africa: No More Fighting Over the Remote as Multichoice launches Dual View

MultiChoice earlier this week launched an enhanced version of Dual View, which provides a more cost effective and flexible viewing option of its pay TV offering in the home. XtraView…

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- Orange and Canal+ Africa -present in 20 countries across Africa- have signed an agreement by which Canal+ subscribers in Africa will be able to use Orange Money to renew…

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- Faced with increasing difficulties, many African film festivals located in Europe put together a network over Fespaco 2013. At the initiative of Mane Cisneros (Director of Festival of Cordoba,…

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- Improvements in mobile data in Liberia spur radio station to do international online hook-up to promote local music. While Liberia is a regular host of fairly useless, high-minded meetings…

MIPTV: Romance Comes to Africa via Round-the-Clock Telenovela Channel

Two of Latin America's powerhouse suppliers of telenovelas have partnered with an African distributor to launch a dedicated channel targeting English-speaking audiences throughout the African continent.The new service is called…

The Africa Channel goes live on Virgin TV Anywhere

Not only has The Africa Channel moved to a new slot on the Virgin EPG, it is now available on Virgin TV Anywhere. For the first time ever you can…

CPC probes MultiChoice for alleged subscriber rights abuse

The Consumer Protection Council says it has commenced investigation into the operations of MultiChoice Nigeria through its Digital Satellite Television offering based on complaints of alleged consumer rights violations.The CPC,…

Internet delivery platforms gather momentum as Amazon offers VOD and Canderel puts out You Tube channel

Amazon, one of the first companies to sell goods on the Internet, has launched a beta version video on demand (VOD) service. Users have 40,000 films and TV shows to…

Ndani TV premieres Season 2 of 'The Juice' on Africa Magic Entertainment DSTV 151

'It's a new season and a new direction!' 'We are happy to push the boundaries of television and entertainment at Ndani TV, and we are excited about the future!'With the…

EbonyLife Spreads Dramatic Wings Across Africa

EbonyLife TV, one of Africa’s global entertainment and lifestyle networks, has launched in Southern Africa (including South Africa). The channel which was hitherto available to DStv customers in 44 countries…

IMAX Signs First Agreement In Nigeria With Filmhouse Cinemas

IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Filmhouse Cinemas, Nigeria's largest chain of theatres, today announced an agreement for an IMAX® theatre to be located in a new construction project in Lagos,…

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- Intranews Media Management has expanded its monitoring bouquet to include 24-hour news channel, ENews, as well as SABC International and Al Jazeera. Intranews offers a rapid turnaround time and…

Africa: Canal+ Overseas puts in place electronic distribution for TV subscription renewal

Canal+ Overseas, the international subsidiary of Canal+ Group and pay TV network available in Africa has selected French smartcard maker Oberthur Technologies for electronic top-up service for the distribution of…

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The TNS-Sofres study reports outstanding performance in audience from DRC for the Africa 24 TV channel, positioned as the first channel for Global Information on Africa . Of the managers…

Uganda: Digital Migration Awareness Gets Boost

The digital migration awareness gap could soon be narrowed as pay television service providers seek partner with the government and subscribers to deepen public understanding of the new technology.Private players…

Botswana launches ISDB-T digital TV

But unlike most of its neighbours, Botswana has chosen the Japanese rather than European broadcasting standard for digital terrestrial television. By Duncan McLeod.Botswana has switched on digital terrestrial television, beating…

Cinemas for Africa launches a fund to renovate Soudan Ciné in Bamako as a pilot

Cinemas in Africa have been closing down one after the other over the last twenty years. Today, many countries have only one working cinema left. The Association ‘Cinemas for Africa’…

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Uganda: All televisions and radio stations using the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) mast in Kololo will be off air on Sunday to allow migration from analogue to digital broadcasting. UBC…

Romanza telenovela Canal + TV Africa Bamba arrives in Kenya

The new telenovela channel 24 hours of free reception Africa, Romanza + Africa, has been launched in Kenya, reaching approximately 4.5 million households. Romanza + Africa is transmitted through the digital…

SA: new Killarney CineCentre will open in March 2011

The new Killarney CineCentre will open in March 2011 and will have a full-3D complex with five screens totalling 708 seats. It owner, with over 50 years in the industry,…

Scatzy.com announces world first for South African films

Scatzy.com announced in Boston that it will do a first-ever worldwide release of a South African movie on the same day it is released in theaters.On April 2 Scatzy.com will…

Botswana: Where is Black Earth TV?

It was supposed to be up and running by now, airing its television signals from Botswana to the rest of the continent. Just where is the pay television, which was…

Africa: Upton gets catalogue rights for World Wide Entertainment

One of Australia’s largest producers and distributors of traditional and new media content for the international market, World Wide Entertainment has inked a multiple year deal with South African company…

In Brief - Distribution

Workshop at DISCOP: Differentiate your TV channel – Standing out from the competition. The TV stations that will make their mark in 2011 and succeed in gaining market share will…

Video streaming to mobile devices in the developing world

Tuluntulu has launched its ‘world first’ mobile platform whose social impact will be substantial, both in South Africa and globally, as it will open up video streaming to mobile devices…

CanalSat Africa to launch 25 channels this week

CanalSat Africa will launch 25 new channels during the week of 23 March, after having introduced the premium channel A+ last year, Les Echos reports. Some are existing channels such…

Nigeria: HITV Opens New Page for Premiership

New indigenous pay television station, HITV, would be launching additional sports channels to herald the forthcoming 2007/08 English Premier League, EPL, season starting in August. The new sports channels are…

South Africa: Torrents to hurt DSTV?

Will downloading movies and TV series hurt more traditional TV models like DSTV? The use of P2P services, like Bittorent and Limewire, to download movies, music and TV series has…

Japanese Broadcaster NHK WORLD reaches Africa With Globecast on SES-4

Globecast today announced that it is providing services to NHK WORLD, delivering the channel via satellite to new audiences in Central and Western Africa. NHK WORLD, the international broadcast channel…

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- SatLink Communications Ltd. will offer production facilities and services located throughout the Holy Land, including coverage of the Church of the Nativity’s Midnight Mass and Manger Square. It has…

Berbère TV package added to Fransat

The Berbère TV package, which comprises three TV channels and two radio stations, is now available on satellite platform Fransat, adding to its free DTT offer.Broadcast free of charge until…

‘Desperate Housewives Africa’ set for 2014

MIPCOM: African broadcaster EbonyLifeTV is teaming up with Disney Media Distribution for a Nigerian production of hit drama series Desperate Housewives.The series, to be known as Desperate Housewives Africa, will…

M-Net has licensed over 300-hours of its HD content to global TV network Africa HD

On 30 September, 2011, Multi channel Pan African content provider M-Net has licensed the North American rights to over 300-hours of its HD content to global television network Africa HD.…

MultiChoice entrenches its monopoly

The TV giant has consolidated its impregnable position in terrestial and satellite broadcasting in Africa. Lloyd Gedye reports.As the Zambezi River surged past in the background, destined to plummet 100m…

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- Turner Broadcasting System has linked up with African pay TV operator MultiChoice to launch Cartoon Network in Angola and Mozambique tomorrow.The kids’ channel will be available in Portuguese on…

ViewSat opens The WORD Network to a global congregation

Through its new partnership with ViewSat, leading Christian ministry channel, The WORD network is now able to broadcast its content to an additional 70 million viewers across Africa.Established in 2006,…

Third screen for Township TV

In partnership with Johannesburg City Parks and DStv, Township TV has been switched on in Diepkloof, Soweto, bringing the number of live parks to three. Diepsloot was launched in December…

Discop Africa 2 – Smaller than Dakar but content deals are growing in number

Africa’s first media market in Dakar in February (Discop 1) was always going to be a hard act to follow. There were over 600 people in one hotel for the…

South Africa: ODM to launch as Top TV in May 2010, announces bouquets

On Digital Media (ODM) has finally announced details of its multi-channel television brand TopTV. It offers the first real alternative to the DSTv monopoly. The service will see a staggered…

race TV sets up offices in Nigeria to reach Anglophone Africa

International music brand Trace Urban TV comes to Anglophone Africa, founder Oliver Laouchez and Head, Sam Onyemelukwe says it is set to launch in Lagos.Nigeria makes another leap in global…

ReelAfrican.com releases African hit movie series 'Adams Apples'

ReelAfrican.com, an online platform for African and Caribbean film  and TV series in the United States, debuts the ten-part dramatic African hit movie series Adams Apples, on Thursday, August 30th,…

Trace brings music to Angola, Mozambique

French music video television network, Trace, has launched a new music channel, TRACE Toca, on MultiChoice’s pay-TV service, DStv, in Angola and Mozambique this week.The Portuguese language channel is dedicated…

Massiv TV acquires fleet of cabs

South Africa’s Massiv TV, the TV channel which broadcasts remotely directly into taxis, has taken over Cab TV Multimedia Solutions, it was announced earlier this week. This platform, comprising 100…

Chello Zone secures deal with My TV for African distribution

Chello Zone has secured a deal with Africa's My TV platform for the launch of the women's lifestyle channel Zone Club as a 24-hour English-language offering this October. Zone Club…

New Ikon South Africa short documentary series

"Signs of our Times" - the new Ikon South Africa short documentary series is back on SABC 2 and brings viewers a compelling collection of short films from South Africa,…

Ten10 Films adds new content to its catalogue

Recognising a gap in the local market for quality distribution, South African based distributor Ten10 Films is leading the way for a new breed of independent distributors that aren’t afraid…

BET Networks’ top-rated late night talk show makes debut on SABC

On 10 March 2011, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), announced the sale of BET Networks’ top-rated late night talk show, The Mo’Nique…

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- In France, ‘Thema’, distributor of TV package "Le Bouquet Africain” announced start of Oct. 2011 that it signed an agreement with French telecoms operator SFR for the inclusion of…

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- Businesses are … beginning to tap into the desire of millions of its consumers to access entertainment online. One of the best examples is in Nigeria, where the stunning…

Director Ian Gabriel receives esteemed Youth Jury Award

Following on from Four Corners' Best Film win at the Niagara Film Festival in Canada last month, the South African thriller continued its award-winning streak as Director Ian Gabriel picked…

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- In what is planned to be the biggest national marketing drive for the South African commercials production sector to date, the Cape Film Commission (CFC) is spearheading an initiative…

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- ITV Studios Global Entertainment has sold season three of its crime thriller Lewis, to M-Net. Beyond Blue and Grey has been licensed to Founoun Films in the Middle East/North…

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- Global media have reported that Nollywood, Nigeria’s film industry might well be the largest producer of videos and the second or third film producer in the world, churning out…

Deloitte SA: “Television remains the top media platform“

As digitisation radically transforms the way people around the world interact with media content, and as media consumption trends and behaviour continue to evolve, Deloitte has released new research that…

A24 Media launches Africa’s Voice programme

On the audiovisual side, A24 Media is a popular distributor of video material about Africa that reflects what it sees as the true nature of the continent. It has just…

SA’s first dance movie set for release

The official trailer for South Africa’s first dance film, Hear Me Move, has finally been unveiled, giving dance fans and film lovers a first look at director Scottnes L. Smith’s…

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- Bernard Azria, MD of Cote Ouest – one of the largest distributors of audiovisual content in Africa including 200 very high-quality films from Africa – said he was delighted…

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A newcomer to the African broadcasting sector became known as part of the 22nd edition of Fespaco: Afrik.tv. Joakim Afoutni, the editor of the webTV explained that the new video…

English Club TV reaches MENA region

English Club TV has signed an agreement for distribution of the channel in the Middle East and North African regions.ECTV Network Ltd and Mediastream FZE have signed an agreement for…

M-Net has licensed over 1,000 hours of content to stream on the PanaTV.com platform

M-Net – the multi-channel Pan-African content provider – has today announced that it has signed a deal with PANA TV, one of the leading online TV services for African content.…

Viacom International Media Networks Africa partners with Multichoice to expand the reach of MTV to DStv Extra & Compact subscribers

Johannesburg, 13 August 2014: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa has revealed that youth and general entertainment channel MTV (DStv channel 130) will open its arms to legions of new…

Ghanaian TV Stations Show Our Music Videos For Free

Controversial Ghanaian rapper, Kwaw Kese has sent a strong message to major Ghanaian TV stations regarding their ‘pay for play’ policy on music videos. The rapper contended that it should…

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- South African trade union Solidarity has accused digital television operator DStv of censorship after it rejected an advertisement marketing the union.Solidarity said it is launching a campaign this week…

Compliance with Orange AFCON South Africa 2013 television and Radio broadcast rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

The television and Radio rights of ORANGE AFCON South Africa 2013, taking place from January 19 to February 10, 2013 are owned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and…

AFCON Fans Diaries to air on Sky TV, UK, MultiTV Ghana

For the first time, Ghanaians based in the United Kingdom will get closer to the ''behind the scenes'' action at the ongoing AFCON 2013 tournament.In a landmark agreement, two UK…

BlackBerry to Launch TV Episode Service?

RIM is planning to announce a full-episode television service for BlackBerry users as early as next week at CTIA. According to NewTeevee.com: * It will be an unlimited monthly subscription…

Digital TV Penetration Accelerates in Sub-Saharan Africa

A new market research report, "Digital TV Sub-Saharan Africa" by Digital TV Research highlights the following.About 35.3% of TV homes (14 million) in the sub-Saharan region of Africa took digital…

Mobile TV: Ericsson pushes HSPA world record to 56Mbps

Ericsson continues to increase HSPA speeds for an even better user experience and sustainable development of mobile broadband. Higher data rates give users an instantaneous connection. A click on a…

Nigeria: Nollywood Movies Debuts On American Cable Networks

A welcomed innovation in the entertainment industry is here, as Nollywood movies will now be available on major cable television networks in the U.S. courtesy of Brandcast Media, Inc. Nollywood,…

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- Government through the Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency (RURA) is considering action against the GTV, a satellite television service across Africa whose local office closed down on short notice. Steven…

Congo-shot tale distributed in the USA

Tribeca Film has picked up 'War Witch.'Tribeca Film has conjured up US rights to "War Witch," the Kim Nguyen film that had its North American preem at the Tribeca Film…

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South Africa: The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is a statutory body set up by government to grow and develop the South African Film and Video industry. The NFVF…

Alibi On TV one of the largest entertainment deals

In what looks like one of the biggest entertainment deals to have been sealed in Africa, the Chairman of Anis Guards, Isaac Fayose, has signed an agreement with an American…

Zimbabwe: Anxiety Grips Viewers Over Feared SABC Blackout

Television Viewers in Zimbabwe Have Been Gripped By Anxiety Following the Expiry of South Africa's May Deadline to Switch Off Its Free to Air Channels.If disconnected, viewers face the dismal…

Nigeria: Star Partners DSTV to Bring Mundial to Nigerians

The beer brand has partnered DSTV to beam all the football matches of the upcoming FIFA Football Mundial in June, to TV audiences. This is to ensure that Nigerians can…

Ghana’s Cine Media seeks distribution partners for “Wedlock of the Gods” series

Ghana’s Cine Media is looking to sell a series version of the popular “Wedlock of the Gods” story. The company provides educative and informative African program for Television stations with…

Japanese NHK attended DISCOP Accra for the first time

NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and NHK Enterprises (NEP) attended DISCOP Africa for the first time from Japan. NHK, Japan's sole public broadcaster, has a high reputation for quality programs in…

New distributor will focus on black films

Talking Drum Entertainment, a new UK distributor specialising in black films, will release Nigerian romantic drama "Tango With Me" in UK cinemas on 24 August 2012. Bookings include screens at…

Zimbabwe: Resolve GOtv impasse

 Zimbabweans have been stunned by GOtv’s switch-off — launched amid great pomp and fanfare just over a year ago — by Multichoice Africa and Transmedia.Transmedia, on behalf of the Zimbabwe…

Intelsat will transmit the Soccer Championships to the World

Intelsat will provide more than 700 MHz of satellite capacity on as many as seven satellites within its global fleet for transmission services of the 2010 soccer championship. Rights-holding and…

AV Distribution in Africa: “Sustainable Media Business Models in the Digital Age”.

Leading African media executives are preparing to meet in Tanzania from 26-29 September for the 2010 edition of the Africa Media Leadership Conference (AMLC). This year’s summit will focus on…

MYCONTENT, next Entertainment Content Market for the MENA Region in Dec’11

The MENA region’s 2nd entertainment content marketplace MYCONTENT will be held in Dubai from 30th Nov. - 3rd Dec. in 2011 in conjunction with 4th Dubai International Character & Licensing…

BFMA event will bring up new distribution models

AITEC roots for the promotion of Africa's creative industryBroadcasters and filmmakers in Africa will gather in Nairobi, Kenya at the fourth annual Broadcast, Film & Music Africa (BFMA) conference from…

Nollywood films distributed from Paris

The Nigerian Diaspora has always been the main vehicle of Nollywood’s expansion, namely in cities like London, New York and Toronto among other places. The city of Paris on the…

Uganda: Local Film Distributors Raise the Flag for Kinauganda Films

Godfrey Kaweesi, the proprietor of Hills Videography, a film distribution centre at Majestic Plaza, looks at the Ugandan film industry with a lot of optimism. The 26-year-old businessman was one…

SA: Adolescence TV series launched

As children reach adolescence, peers begin to play an important role in their lives. Adolescents with low self-esteem find it important to prove themselves and look for ways to compensate…

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A documentary film on Cote d’Ivoire’s President Laurent Gbagbo is touring Mali and Burkina. Titled "A man, a vision”, it has been directed by Mrs. Hanny Tchelley Etibou. Two dates…

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A2Media offers the following magazine programme to TV stations: “Takaba Drought Response Project, Delivering Water Saving Lives”. Takaba lies in the arid region of Mandera West district in North-Eastern Kenya.The…

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- South African TV distribution company, Clickboogie Media has launched BoogienightsTV, reportedly the first online streaming TV service in Africa to a worldwide audience. The service consists of 7 500…

South Africa: What’s really killing the video store

As many as a quarter of South Africa’s video stores closed down last year, with some arguing that the distribution model is as much to blame as piracy. Media group…

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RSA in Cannes: The curtain raised on the 67th International Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, as thousands of filmmakers, movie-goers and journalists, together with a handful of A-list stars, head…

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- Nine African films made by local filmmakers from nine African countries are being broadcast across the region between September and October 2008.These nine films for television tell stories within…

Zimbabwe: New movie from Go-Chanaiwa soon on screen and DVD

Many people believe that he is fulltime police detective and others think he is just a local Shaft (from the 1970s movie of the same name) impressionist.But very few would…

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In line with the current global trend towards all things 3D, 11 more RealD 3D screens are to be added to the Nu Metro Cinemas circuit in South Africa. Red…

Kenya: London Olympics free stream on YouTube

The stage is set for the 30th Olympics in London from 27th July to 12th August where Kenyans are waiting for a rich harvest from their world beating distance running…

Nollywood Cinema Series kicks off in America

Following the huge success of Nollywood films in cinemas across Africa and the UK, Movie lovers in the US, Canada and Caribbean can now enjoy Nollywood in American Cinemas courtesy…

Octagon provides African audiences with Free To View Olympic Games coverage on mobile and web through MeTV Africa

Octagon is excited to use African based video on demand (VOD) service meTVafrica, as the delivery platform bringing viewers across the African continent highlights of the London 2012 Olympic Gamesfree…

African Television to air in Europe following SES deal

SES has signed a capacity and uplink deal with Netherlands-based Scope Media TV for the free-to-air distribution of African Television (AFTV) via Astra’s 23.5° East orbital position.Supported by various African…

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- TV5MONDE confirmed its first position as an international channel in Kinshasa, as showed by the latest audience indicators delivered by the TNS Sofres - Africascope 2012 *.In the Congolese…

African programmes on Canadian cable TV

In April 2012, for the first time on Canadian cable television, Canadians will be able to access and watch African movies, drama-series and entertainment programming on African Movies and Entertainment…

Côte Ouest enriches its catalogue for the Anglophone market

Headquartered in Abidjan, Côte Ouest, a leading TV content distributor in Francophone Africa is proud to announce the expansion of its catalogue to include cutting edge African TV content for…

MIPTV: Francophonie brings 400 hours of films and television programmes from the South

With a supportive budget of 65,000 euros granted by OIF (l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie), five operators will in 2012 ensure the promotion of Francophone audiovisual content from the South…

BBC launches PSB partnership proposals

The BBC has launched a series of new partnerships with other public service broadcasters that could deliver more than £120 million per year by 2014. This development includes the production,…

Puppet satire show ZANews broadcast on TopTV

Fans of the web-based satirical TV puppet show ZA News can tune in on Sunday, 11 September at 9:00 pm on Top One, Top TV’s main TV channel in South…

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- Opinion: Professor Duncan, Highway Africa Chair of Media and Information Society at the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University delivered his views on the digital transition…

BET Networks Expands Its International Reach

BET Networks has announced that it is now offering BET (Black Entertainment Television) in 29 countries in sub-Saharan Africa on multiple platforms, expanding the channel's international reach that already includes…

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- UK set-top provider Pace is supplying boxes to MultiChoice Africa to support the launch of GOtv, MultiChoice’s new digital-terrestrial pay TV service for sub-Saharan Africa. Capable of receiving DVB-T2…

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- Telnet, a Tunisian ICT group is expanding its international operations. The group which has signed a partnership agreement with the American firm Patton Electronics, will conceive innovative products related…

Eurosport to keep Africa Cup of Nations

Just after the competition reached a thrilling conclusion with Zambia triumphing over Ivory Coast, Eurosport has announced that it will continue to show live coverage of the Africa Cup of…

Supa Strikas scores on Disney France

Supa Strikas, South Africa's most popular animated TV series launched on Disney France this month.Supa Strikas is the number 1 kid's series in South Africa at present and on Israel's…

3Vision Distribution launches channels on new African pay TV player

A new pay TV service provider, African Cable Television (ACTV), began operating in Nigeria on 1 December 2014, with fashion, music and lifestyle channels represented by 3Vision Distribution in its…

CTC international channel available in North Africa

CTC Media will see its international channel available to more than 120 million television households across Western and Eastern Europe as well as the Middle East, North Africa and Central…

South Africa: Video stores far from dead, my cousins

Comedian Barry Hilton thinks video stores are closing down, not because people are flocking to online alternatives, but because the big video rental chains are failing to adapt to change.…

ViewSat Helps GOD TV Expand Audience

As a Global Ministry, GOD TV provides daily Christian content to millions of viewers on the African continent, broadcasting from Jerusalem where its Broadcast HQ is situated. The television channel…

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- Soccer Cinema, a travelling cinema series, will bring some of the world's best soccer documentaries to 50 small towns and townships across the country before culminating in a Soccer…

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- In France, Thema reached a new agreement with operator Bouygues Telecom which allows the broadcast of African "ethnic" channels in Bouygues’ Bbox (multiplay box): This includes “Le Bouquet Africain”…

Namibia B-Day: AFTV (VoD) offers 13 beautiful films at only US$1 for 48h

To celebrate Namibia B-Day and 24 years of freedom, AFTV offers 13 beautiful films in partnership with AfricAvenir Windhoek. The selection of the Namibian Film Collection is available at only…

BBC to bring Africa Cup of Nations to global audiences

The BBC will bring extensive coverage of the 30th Africa Cup of Nations staged in Equatorial Guinea. Comprehensive coverage on radio, TV, online and mobile will also feature specially commissioned…

South Africa: Sithengi set to relaunch in a more focused way

The new Board of Directors of “Sithengi” (the annual Southern African International Film and Television Market) – hosted in the city of Cape Town since 1996 - has announced that…

South Africa’s Telkom wins the contract to carry 2010 World Cup online

South African telecommunications company Telkom has won the rights for to carry the online coverage of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, a tournament for which it is also a major sponsor.…

South Africa released the 2013 Box Office report

The National Film and Video Foundation released the 2013 Box Office report.2013 has been a competitive year for the South African film industry at the box office and internationally. We…

Canadian broadcaster secures distribution rights for EbonyLife TV

EbonyLife TV, Africa's first global black entertainment and lifestyle network, will soon be available to viewers in Canada. Ethnic Channels Group Limited, a leading provider of non-English language digital TV…

Nigeria: MultiChoice Launches Mass Market Bouquet

MultiChoice Nigeria, one of the leading pay-TV operators in the country has made another significant contribution to the country's digital future with the launch of a mass market bouquet called…

Discop Africa 3 goes back to Dakar in February 2010

Discop Africa 3, the third edition of Discop’s new matchmaking and networking event targeting Sub-Saharan African free and pay television platforms, will take place in Dakar, Senegal at the Pullman…

East Africa: African film is online

Film makers in the region who converged in Kampala for the 8th Annual Congress on East African Cinema explored the possibility of exploiting the Internet, film training initiatives, alternative means…

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Multiscreen TV has been the big story of the last year, with pay TV operators as well as OTT service providers extending the reach of their content by targeting devices…

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Twelve-year old Zuriel Oduwole recently made history when she became the youngest person in the world to have her documentary screened in a commercial movie theatre. Oduwole, a Nigerian native…

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- There is an interesting site for those wishing to promote completed programmes: http://www.ipextv.tv/ipextv/welcome.do

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- The Moroccan city Tangiers hosted the 7th edition of the Mediterranean Short Film Festival from October 12th till 17th.

Strategy: Local cinema offers residents international fare

Cinema Vietnam, which takes place in the township of Franschhoek North, at Mooiwater, presents a free varied programme of quality movies and documentaries, local and international productions, including classics and…

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- Benin - Medias: private channels are looking for finance. There are four competitors: the public broadcaster, ORTB. LC2, Golfe TV and Canal 3 have entered into tough games to…

DISCOP 3 in Dakar: Seen and heard at Africa’s key media market

The DISCOP media market seems to go from strength to strength. The third edition was held in Dakar 24-26 February 2010 and attracted over 400 participants. Sellers reported a steady…

East Africa home TV penetration reaches 23% at end of 2014

The five countries of the East African Community (EAC) had 33.61 million households and a household television penetration rate of 23 percent at the end of December 2014, said research…

10francs: “Africa is on our map”

Broadcast, Film and Convergence interviewed Guy Knafo, General Manager at 10francs, one of the largest independent documentary and art film distributors with a library of more than 1700 films. Q:…

South Africa: RAB/Sonovision partnership to boost radio

The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) GM Norman Gibson says that RAB's strategic partnership with Sonovision, announced last week, is a logical step in the evolution of the RAB. “Since the…

Rwanda: Azam TV Entry to Intensify Rivalry in Pay TV Market

Competition in the local pay TV market could intensify following the entry of Tanzania-based Azam TV.StarTimes and Tele10, which markets DStv, Canal+ and GOtv, have been the only pay TV…

Canal+ adds two new channels on Africa

Pay TV CANAL OVERSEAS AFRICA (part of CANAL OVERSEAS, Groupe CANAL+) has announced the launch of Africa 24 and African channel Africable. Africa 24 is an international news channel on…

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* Standard Bank aims to reach about 1.2 million people through its community radio campaign, which will be combined with a print and an intensive outreach campaign. The financial literacy…

Groundbreaking Audience Research on SA Film

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture has commissioned groundbreaking research to create an understanding of South Africa’s audience landscape and…

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http://portal.unesco.org/ci/fr/ev.php-URL_ID=18780&URL_DO=DO_PRINTPAGE&URL_SECTION=201.html - French media regulator the CSA (Conseil Superieur de l'Audivisiel) has approved pan-African information channel Africa 24’s request for distribution on non-terrestrial networks. According to the convention, Africa 24…

Feature films to find distributors through YouTube

As from 23 June, video sharing website YouTube will present full length independent films. The aim is to showcase films that have been unable to find distributors. YouTube has sourced…

South Africa: Dstv's launches Web Channel as “catch-up service”

Nearly a year after its launch, DStv on Demand remains the only web TV offering geared specifically for local South African audiences, despite increasing customisation of TV services overseas. Elsewhere…

South Africa: SABC in Soccer Rights Climbdown

The battle over local soccer broadcast rights -- which was characterised by angry threats from SABC CEO Dali Mpofu -- was settled last week as the public broadcaster backed down…

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- International download TV company JumpTV is no longer focusing on African programming.

ZNBC cries foul over exhobitant broadcast rights from SportFive

The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) has complained over high charges by SportFive, owners of broadcast rights for televising most of Zambia’s and other African teams’ international assignments.ZNBC director of…

Nigeria: Hilton Invests US$120,000 in Film Industry

In a bid to increase local content and save foreign exchange in the Nigerian film industry, Hilton Communications Nigeria Limited, an indigenous film production outfit has invested N15million (US$120,000) in…

MBC Group channels in HD extended to North Africa via YahLive

SES has announced that the United Arab Emirates company YahLive, in which SES is a shareholder, closed a long-term agreement with the Dubai-based free-to-air satellite broadcaster MBC Group to broadcast…

Julian Fellowes’ Titanic drama sails onto BBC Entertainment in South Africa this April

 BBC Worldwide Channels has acquired Titanic – the lavish new costume drama from the pen of Oscar-winner and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes – to air exclusively on BBC Entertainment…

Kenya: Samsung TV Buyers to Get Free Dstv Decoders

Samsung consumers can now get either a High Definition (HD) decoder or DSTV decoder for every purchase of a television set enabling them enjoy the benefits of digital TV immediately.…

My Africa: The competing visions of Africa's future

For the BBC's A Richer World, Alan Kasujja returns to his native Uganda to meet the young entrepreneurs aiming to create a "new" Africa - while still dealing with the…

Congo-Kinshasa: Four State Television Journalists Detained for 'Trying to Destabilise RTNC'

Reporters Without Borders has condemned the continuing detention of journalists Vincent Hata, Michel Shango and Eugène Risasi Tambwe of the public broadcaster RadioTélévision Nationale Congolaise (RTNC), who were arrested for…

UEFA: Canal+ Afrique wins sub-Saharan Africa rights

The 2012–15 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League French-language media rights in sub-Saharan Africa have been awarded to pay operator Canal+ Afrique. Pay operator Canal+ Afrique will offer comprehensive coverage…

Satellite firms to swithch on to Africa's potential

European satellite companies are spending millions to roll out coverage of Africa, betting that rising wealth will translate into increased demand for digital television.The world's poorest continent portends to be…

South Africa cinema to showcase in the UK

In a groundbreaking film industry partnership development, SAFTEC a South African film events consortium and the UK-based Africa In Motion Film Festival signed a memorandum of understanding at a historic…

SA's First Dance Movie Heading to Local Screens

South Africa's first movie showcasing the country's dance talent and local youth embracing their identities 20 years after democracy will be premiered on local screens later this month. Hear Me…

IDmage showcases its African film distribution projects at Cannes

African Film was celebrated more than ever this year in Cannes with several films selected, but its commercial distribution is till a big issue, be it in Africa or in…

South Africa: Film industry growing nicely

With South Africa's longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival having concluded this past weekend, the industry has shown growth with 55 of the 193 films screened being South…

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- DStv will add 2 more Discovery channels to its platform – Discovery ID and TLC. Both these channels will be available to DStv Premium and DStv Compact subscribers in…

South Africa: Internet-TV may make DTT obsolete

Despite the imminent launch of new free-to-air satellite and digital TV services, Internet-TV will serve as the real game-changer in South Africa, City Press reports.South Africans are about to be…

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Mauritian mobile operator Emtel has become Manchester United's first partner in the region after the two parties signed a multi-year partnership agreement. Under the terms of the contract, Emtel will…

South African agency sells programme format to US

Start of May 2010, in what is believed to be a South African first, living brands agency Stimulii sold a TV format into the American market at the recent MIPTV…

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- Zuku, the three-in-one service package from Wananchi Group, today announced that it will carry STAR channels across Wananchi's cable and DTH platforms immediately, as part of a drive to…

NHK WORLD TV to Strengthen Broadcasts across MENA

Japan International Broadcasting (JIB) is pleased to announce that NHK WORLD TV is now available in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) through Nilesat 201, frequency 12015 MHz…

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- South African Minister of Arts and Culture Lulu Xingwana led a delegation formed by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), in association with the Department of Trade and…

iROKOtv Selling Top Nollywood DVDs on Jumia

iROKOtv announces that it is moving into Nigeria’s DVD market, launching its new arm of the business with 17 Nollywood top titles in HD-quality. Celebrated around the world for bringing…

Shah Rukh Khan show for Indian channel

Indian community channel Saffron TV has been awarded exclusive rights to air King Khan's Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain?' (Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?), it announced…

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In what is believed to be a first in South Africa, a new local video on demand (VOD) service is able to stream its library of films, TV series and…

NFVF on a Mission to strengthen co-productions opportunities for SA Companies at Berlinale

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) will embark on a fact-finding mission at the Berlin International Film Festival that is scheduled to take place from the 6th until the…

Cameroon: DSTV to Broadcast All FA League Matches to Citizens

Following the closure of GTV, DStv, whose subsidiary office in Cameroon is managed by Spectrum Media Group, has secured the licence to broadcast all Barclays Premier League games. DStv now…

Debut of South African filmmakers at the European Film Market

Beki Probst, market director at Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM), talks about the debut of South African filmmakers at the market and how the figures compare to last year's event.…

Algeria: Algérie Télécom launches triple play service

WiMAX services will launch in Algiers, Blida and Boumerdes, and extend to Oran, Constantine, Annaba and Ouargla before the end of 2007, opening the way for IPTV. By Branislav Pekic…

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- As part of measures to further raise awareness on the prevention of HIV/AIDS, Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts, Port-Harcourt recently joined its parent company Starwood Hotels and Resorts' to…

MTN inks deal with music channel Trace

As African telecom players innovate to beat their competitors, South Africa's MTN Group has pulled a first by announcing a brand and content licensing agreement with Trace, an entertainment television…

Local animation film Khumba makes history with SA DVD release in three languages

In a first for South African film, 'Khumba' – the 3D, computer-animated adventure comedy –will be available on DVD in English, IsiZulu and Afrikaans.The film, which took the number one…

South Africa: Successful Launch of New Pay TV Satellite

The SES satellite that will deliver On Digital Media (ODM)'s broadcast channels to South Africa, and later to sub-Saharan Africa, has been successfully launched, ODM announced at the end of…

TV Globo Internacional enters second phase…and eyes Africa

TV Globo Internacional, the international version of Brazil's main broadcaster TV Globo, is to celebrate 12 years in the TV market with a major push into new markets. The channel…

Hollywood distributor to release SA crime drama iNumber Number in US in spring 2014

Los Angeles-based production and distribution company Wrekin Hill Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to 'iNumber Number', the South African thriller written and directed by Donovan Marsh. The story…

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- The Kenyan government should look into television rights monopoly by some digital TV broadcasters to level the playing field, digital media firm Wananchi group said yesterday. The firms CEO…

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- South Africa: In a joint statement, director of the acclaimed, hard-hitting drama Four Corners, Ian Gabriel, and producers Cindy Gabriel and Genevieve Hofmeyr, announced their delight in the opportunity…

Super5Media, aka Telkom Media, recently retrenched 28% of its workforce with more jobs in the firing line

Telkom Media was recently rebranded as Super5Media after Shenzhen Media South Africa bought 75 percent of Telkom Media from then controlling shareholder Telkom. Super5Media has a commercial satellite and cable…

Kenyan film calling for broad distribution

Kenyan film Togetherness Supreme is a completed feature film (93 minutes) about violence which followed the disputed elections in Jan-March 2007 in Kenya , and left 1300 dead and over…

Nigeria: Super Sports, Green World Communications Secure Broadcast Rights

South Africa Television outfit, Super Sports and Green World Communications Limited have been given the exclusive right to produce and ensure adequate coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games qualifier…

"MJC franciliennes" festival shows the great names of African cinema

The "MJC franciliennes" will show a season of the “greats” of African cinema in several theatres around Paris.With the financial support of "Ile-de-France" Council, the festival will provide a choice…

There are only 14 days left before Discop Africa 4

Taking place on 1-3 Sept 2010, Discop Africa is the largest audiovisual content trade show and conference in Africa. So far, 130 buyers and 113 content sellers from Africa and…

Kenya: Kenyan Film Commission Seeks Global Network

The Kenya Film Commission wants to establish a global distribution network for locally made films and aggressively promote the country as a film location destination. Managing Director David Maingi said…

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- Algerian Radio and Deutsche Welle Radio inked a partnership agreement in radio broadcasting and production start of November 2009, the Algerian Radio said in a statement. Both sides have…

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- The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has had no luck in finding a broadcaster willing to cover its Premier League Matches which start on 21 August.- The Tanzanian free-to-air channel…

Michael Dearham joins 'Cote Ouest Audiovisuel', premier distributor of audiovisual rights for and from Africa

Cote Ouest Audiovisuel welcomes aboard Mike Dearham as Senior Vice President of the Group and General Manager of the Mauritian Office. Mike's principal mandate is to head up the English Programming…

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- The National Film and Video Foundation, SABC and M-Net are joining forces for the first time to host a South African national stand at the MIP TV mart in…

Viacom International Media Networks Africa announces a new Pay-TV deal for BET in Sub-Saharan Africa

Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) announced last week that general entertainment network BET is to expand its African TV footprint following the signing of a new distribution deal…

Tanzania: Steps Entertainment becomes official distributors of Zuku TV

Since the end of Dec 2011 the Wananchi group managed to add Zuku on the list of pay TV providers in Tanzania, joining other providers already in the market such…

South Africa's GTS launches nationwide VOD service

South African ISP Goal Technology Solutions (GTS) has launched a nationwide on-demand IPTV service, using a solution provided by Nextvisiontv and World Media Distributors. The service is available throughout South…

Broadcast, film and music Africa meeting: towards sustainable broadcasting models

Nairobi is preparing to host the 2012 Broadcast, Film & Music Africa (BFMA) conference in July, aimed at evaluating opportunities for growth, writes Dennis Itumbi for journalism.co.za.Known to broadcasters, film…

France’s RFI sets Africa as new target audience but staff cuts lead to strike over change of direction

RFI-Radio France International has been changing its audience priorities and has put Africa at the top of its list. But the organisation’s changed priorities mean job cuts and these have…

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- There is great responsibility on parents and adults to be accountable for the content children in their care have access to, says Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. She…

Nigeria: NBC Issues DTH Licence to Chaptersdtv

Abuja — THE National Broadcasting Commission has issued a new licence to Chaptersdtv to operate a Direct-To-Home (DTH) television service in Nigeria.Chaptersdtv, a subsidiary of Chapters Digital Nigeria Limited is…

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- French film star Juliette Binoche and other leading lights of the silver screen are joining forces to raise funds to reopen cinemas that are vanishing across Africa. Binoche, the…

Second season of Africa Investigates starts on Al Jazeera

The second season of Al Jazeera’s award-winning Africa Investigates kicks off on Wednesday, 12 November 2014, asking whether the Liberian government is making the Ebola crisis worse.“This groundbreaking series gives…

Siyaya TV gets broadcasting licence

New pay-television provider Siyaya TV, owners of the television and radio rights to broadcast all national football team fixtures including Bafana Bafana, has been issued with a broadcasting licence.Spokesman for…

Dstribution - In Brief

Turner Broadcasting System has installed the head office of its African operations in Paris, Les Echos reports. Pierre Branco, the managing director for France and Portugal, was put in charge…

Rwanda: 43 Percent Don't Listen to Radio

A survey carried out by the Population Media Centre [PMC], an organisation working under the United Nations Population Fund-Rwanda [UNFPA] has indicated that 43 percent of the Rwandan population neither…

SABC2 joins earthTV network

SABC2 has signed a deal with Earth Television Network - part of the Telcast Media Group from Munich, Germany - to broadcast live earthTV programmes every day, plugging SABC into…

ZBC Groans Under Creaky Equipment

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), whose debts were inherited by government, is creaking under a pile of obsolete equipment and poor funding in what analysts said is an indication that…

Nigerian signal carrier DigiTech signs with NigComSat to boost DTH digital transmission

Nigeria’s Government owned satellite operator NigComSat has signed a deal with the Nigerian broadcast signal carrier DigiTech. Under its joint venture with DigiTech Broadcasting Limited, the Nigerian signal carrier distributor…

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- The Angola Public Television (TPA) is to inaugurate on Tuesday its new production centre, located in Camama commune, in Luanda's Kilamba Kiaxi District, according to a report from Angop.…

Algerie Telecom points to unfair competition from pirate TV distributors

Algerie Telecom, the main telecoms service provider in Algeria cannot offer cable TV channels to its 3.5 million customers. "We could not compete with pirates prices who offer TV at…

Mandela film expected to rake in millions in Europe

The film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom opened in Britain and Ireland and was expected to make over R26 million in its first three days of release, its producers said…

Cape Town TV (CTV), became available to 20 million viewers on the DStv platform

In October 2013, community television service Cape Town TV (known as CTV), became available to 20 million viewers on the DStv platform. DStv subscribers across South Africa and Lesotho are…

Nollywood TV in French now available in Francophone Africa

Nollywood TV set up by ‘Thema TV’ and supported by Mnet content was only available in France until start of April 2013.Currently accessible through various pay TV subscriptions offered by…

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- Since October 16, 2013, OpenView HD (OV HD from Platco Digital) is available to all South Africans. The OpenView HD Satellite service (received via satellite) covers 100% of South…

South Africa: MTN Gets Exclusive Right to Downloads of Kwaito Singer but Vodacom offers more

Cellphone company MTN hopes to win more support from the youth market by signing a deal giving it the exclusive right to sell music downloads by kwaito singer Arthur Ma…

‘Man on Ground’ Anti-Xenophobia Film Tours South Africa

The award-winning IOM-backed anti-xenophobia film ‘Man on Ground’ will tour four South African provinces as part of an information campaign: ‘Tell Them We Are From Here’ between April 5th –…

East Africa: Cecafa Gets a Boost From GTV

Die hard fans of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) are in for a treat following the signing of an agreement to broadcast football matches live…

Nigeria’s 21st Century Technologies rolls out Sub-Saharan Africa’s first FTTH network

21st Century Technologies looks set to lay claim to being the first Sub-Saharan operator to roll out a Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) network. It plans to target 10,000 homes in the capital…

Media vs. word of mouth in Africa

Doing business in sub-Sahara Africa can be full of disparate challenges, and anyone looking to identify a classic African consumer will struggle. Despite sharing a common border, inhabitants of one…

SABC seeks global audience for its international channel

The SABC is in talks with international pay television providers to carry SABC International on their platforms, in a bid to reach wider audiences for its 24-hour international news channel…

South Mediterranean: Database promotes films to distributors

With a few clicks, search for film projects supported by Euromed AudiovisualProgramme Activities, Euromed Audiovisual News, Grant Project ActivitiesA new database shows filmmakers and producers who developed their film projects…

Côte Ouest signs distribution deal and launches English Novela channel

Côte Ouest, an African content distributer, and Dobox, one of the largest portals of Video On Demand in Africa, are pleased to announce the signature of an exclusive distribution agreement…

2013 DFM project wins Backsberg Audience Choice Award for The Shore Break at Encounters

Ryley Grunenwald’s The Shore Break won the prestigious Backsberg Audience Choice Award at Encounters South African International Documentary Festival for Best South African Film. The award-winning documentary film follows the…

FilmBox expands in African with OVYtv

SPI International/Filmbox has agreed with African operator OVY Network to extend their channel distribution agreement, extending its reach in a number of sub-Saharan African countries. The deal will see eight…

Talking Drum Entertainment to release Nigerian rom-com

UK distributor Talking Drum Entertainment, responsible for the releases of Tango with Me and Flower Girl, have secured the rights to the hit romantic comedy When Love Happens. A UK…

Deutsche Welle signs deal with Nigeria's Channels Television

Channels Television and German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) have signed an agreement to facilitate and enhance content sharing and transmission across Africa and Europe, ThisDay reported. Channels Television CEO…

Flow Catches the FEVA...Signs Exclusive Broadcast Partnership in Eight Caribbean Markets

Flow, the region's leading provider of innovative cable and broadband enabled services, has turned up the heat with the latest addition to its extensive array of channel offerings -- the…

Nigeria Wants her Programmes Broadcast in China

The federal ministry of information has advocated for the broadcast of Nigerian programmes in the Chinese electronic media to further strengthen the cultural ties between Nigeria and China. Permanent secretary…

Afrotainment Expands to Africa with the Launch of OUI TV On Startimes

The Afrotainment Family of channels, the leader in African Home Entertainment on Television in the USA and Canada announced today that it is expanding into Africa with the launch of…

StarTimes Entrusts SES Platform Services to Deliver TV Content across Sub-Saharan Africa

LUXEMBOURG- SES Platform Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES S.A. (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), announced today that StarTimes, the fastest-growing digital TV operator in Africa, will distribute TV channels for their…

DW to broadcast across Eastern Europe and Africa via SES satellites

German broadcaster expands internationally by delivering two channels using ASTRA 4A, ASTRA 5B and SES-5SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today that German broadcaster Deutsche…

AYANDA bought by major US distributor

South African film Ayanda, which premiered in Los Angeles in June, at the Los Angeles Film Festival, has been picked up for distribution in the US by American director, screenwriter,…

NFVF Releases Mid-Year Box Office Report - 2015

The NFVF has released the South African Box Office Report for the first half of the year. The Box Office Report is a collation and analysis of data on the…

‘Necktie Youth’ and ‘Love the One You Love’ released on VOD platforms

In a first for South African film, Necktie Youth and Love the One You Love will both be released on video-on-demand (VOD) on the day of their theatrical release. Audiences…

Nostalgie Selects WinMedia Radio to extend its network and market share in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast’s number one commercial radio station streamlines its multi-site operations with WinMedia’s end-to-end solutions. WinMedia, a world leader in automation and content management software solutions for broadcasters, today announced…

Distribution – In Brief

Cell C has extended its two-year partnership with TRACE TV to launch TRACE Mobile, a service featuring content that is coupled with a Cell C prepaid tariff plan. TRACE Urban…

Vubiquity brings BBC to South Africa VOD

Vubiquity and BBC Worldwide have signed a deal to deliver content to South African video-on-demand (VOD) service MTN FrontRow. MTN FrontRow was the first OTT VOD service to be launched…

11th All Africa Games brought to viewers by Globecast and Lagardère Sports

Paris, 24th September 2015 — Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, has announced today that it has successfully completed a major project with its customer  Lagardère SPORTS to bring…

'The Voice' Set for Iceland, Africa in Latest Format Deals

Talpa, now owned by ITV, says there are now more than 60 productions of the hit singing competition show. TV producer Talpa, now owned by U.K. TV giant ITV's ITV…

Portugal's TVI Africa launches in Angola, Mozambique

Portuguese national commercial broadcaster TVI is now present in Africa with a new project. The general entertainment channel TVI Africa is aimed exclusively at viewers in Angola and Mozambique and…

Trevor Noah's debut a Comedy Central ratings record

The start of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central (DStv 122) last week pulled 352 855 DStv viewers. The 2.6 rating makes it the highest viewership ever…

Distribution – In brief

MultiChoice South Africa says BoxOffice, the 24-hour movie rental service offered by DStv, is now available to DStv Compact customers on their HD PVRs and DStv Exploras.

Fox Sports Africa picks up UFC rights

Fox Sports Africa has secured a deal to show coverage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) across Sub-Saharan Africa. The pay-TV broadcaster will show the main cards of all UFC…

FTA operator e.tv selects Jasco Broadcast Solutions for digital archive

Broadcast Solutions and the Oracle DIVA Content Management System (CMS) for its digital archive. The company has a strong proven track record in the broadcast industry, delivering the required efficiencies…

BBC World Service launches African digital pilot

BBC Minute Catch-upBBC World Service has launched a prototype media player aimed at reaching young Africans through social and digital media. Optimised for smartphones, BBC Minute CatchUP was designed by…

IRoko Launches Global Distribution and Licensing Division

Having conquered the African VOD market and grown into the world’s largest online distribution of African content, iRoko announces its latest venture Nov. 5 with the launch of its global…

Multichoice Africa Refreshes BET Channel Offerings

MultiChoice Africa has announced that from 1 December 2015, general entertainment channel, BET, will launch on DStv Compact Plus and Compact bouquets. DStv Compact Plus and Compact subscribers will now…

Buni.tv available on ten new partner platforms

As competition in the African VOD space continues to intensify, Buni.tv has announced that it will now become available on more than ten new partner platforms across Africa, the US…

Africa Magic Go, Going, Gone

Africa Magic Go, an online VOD (Video-On-Demand) service, started just over a year ago, sent a message out to their subscribers that after November 30th, they will be shutting down…

SES in Canal 3 distribution deal

SES has signed a multi-year deal to distribute Canal 3 TV services across West Africa. SES will be providing broadcast capacity to deliver a Canal 3 pay-TV  bouquet in Hausa,…

Ethekwini Municipality to Launch TV Station

eThekwini Municipality residents could soon get the latest council decisions from the comfort of their own homes. On Wednesday, the city approved a proposal to broadcast eThekwini Municipality Television to…

StarTimes extends signal to Machakos County

Residents of Machakos County can now enjoy affordable pay television after StarTimes TV launched its signal in the region on Sunday. The StarTimes TV decoder offers a five-month free-of-charge viewing…

Tuluntulu & EAE Gaming launch first African eSports TV channel

Tuluntulu has announced an exclusive partnership with EAE Gaming to launch a new 24/7 eSports TV channel called OPTV on the Tuluntulu app. OPTV is a dedicated African eSports channel…

CCTV boss Zhu Tong: 'Chinese media has been objective, fair and positive in Africa-related reports'; now reaches 31 million African TV households.

China says its news coverage of Africa "has been objective, fair and positive in Africa-related reports" and that its CCTV News channel carried by both MultiChoice's DStv and StarTimes' StarSat…

MLS expands international reach with Fox Sports Africa deal

Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced a new broadcast agreement with Fox Sports Africa. The pay-TV broadcaster will televise MLS matches live across 25 countries and territories in sub-Saharan Africa…

Liquid Telecom’s VOD service ipidi tv launches in Zambia

In the latest development in African online TV and Video on Demand Services, ipidi tv, the Video On Demand Service from Liquid Telecom which has been in the works since…

African Movie Channel expands coverage with launch on Consat

International Pay TV operator, African Movie Channel (AMC) has expanded its coverage with the recent launch of its two channels, African Movie Channel (AMC) and African Movie Channel Series (AMC…

K24 seal deal with StarTimes to air live Serie A matches

Football fans in the country will be treated to free Serie A action league matches thanks to Mediamax Network Limited through its television broadcast channel K24 and Pay Television Company…

Africa: It won't take long before streaming traffic in Africa accounts for 60% or more of a service provider's downstream network traffic

Qwilt, a leading provider of online video delivery and open video caching solutions, today announced a technology partnership with three6five, a leading IP networking service integrator in South Africa, to…

Rwanda: Radio Flash is set to launch a television station, Flash TV.

Felix Buteera, the head of programming at Flash TV, said the new television station will be family-focused to contribute to household development. “Flash TV will be a family TV as…

StarTimes An Overview and Highlights of 2015

With the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) setting down 2015 to be the deadline for digitalization, it was a year of great significance and importance. For StarTimes, the focus was on…

NBC clarifies position on number of Set-Top Box licenses

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) says it licensed only 13 Set-Top Box Manufacturers in Nigeria and not 18, as earlier reported. The Commission in a statement signed by its Director,…

YuppTV Partners with Sun Network to Launch 10 Channels in Middle East & North Africa

YuppTV, the world’s largest Over-The-Top (OTT) provider for Indian content, has partnered with leading South Indian television network Sun Network to offer numerous regional entertainment options to its users. With…

MultiChoice, M-Net to launch GOtv in South Africa

MultiChoice and M-Net will soon launch its GOtv service as its digital TV product and service in South Africa’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) market. by Thinus Ferreira GOtv, MultiChoice’s cheaper…

Al Jazeera launches new audio service app targeting low-bandwidth regions in Africa

Al Jazeera Media Network has launched a new audio web app that will give users in low-bandwidth regions access to a live audio stream of the Al Jazeera TV broadcast…

IROKO + Nollywood app launches in Francophone Africa

CANAL Group and iROKO are launching the iroko SVOD service for French- speaking Africa. The Android app will be available across all of French-speaking Africa, bringing 1500 hours of affordable,…

StarTimes secures African Basketball League

Lagos, Nigeria. 22 February 2016. StarTimes is delighted to announce it has secured live broadcasts rights of the Best of African Basketball Action on the TRACE Sports Stars channel from…

‘The Boers at the End of the World’ gets independent cinema release this March

The South African documentary, The Boers at the End of the World, is being released in independent cinemas across the country from 18 March 2016.Titled Boere op die Aardsdrempel in…

Afrotainment launches 2 HD channels on Verizon

NEW YORK – The Afrotainment Family of Channels and Verizon announced today a broad agreement that includes the right for Verizon to distribute two multicultural black channels (Afrotainment HD and…

Rwanda Television launches on DStv

Rwanda Television (TVR) can now be accessed on MultiChoice's DStv service. TVR is available on channel position 299 after being connected to the platform, the New Times reported. Arthur Asiimwe,…

ICASA signs deal with the Film and Publication Board

The chief executive of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), Pakamile Pongwana, and his counterpart at the Film and Publication Board (FPB), Themba Wakashe have signed a memorandum…

Google launches Play Movies in SA

If you’re downloading apps for your Android device all the time, you would have noticed an all new-look Google Play Store, with a new entertainment section, but what’s in it…

The Africa Channel and AfricaXP Announce Exclusive Content Supply Deal and Partnership in Premium Channel Launch in Africa

Los Angeles, USA 4th April 2016 - US-based African entertainment network The Africa Channel (TAC) has closed content and channel partnership deals with leading African channel creator and content distributor…

Vintage South African Films to Be Released Internationally via FilmDoo Streaming Platform

Online film streaming platform FilmDoo has entered a partnership with distributors Retro Afrika Bioscope, an independent label of Gravel Road Entertainment Group dedicated to locating, acquiring, restoring and re-releasing the…

Filmbox International secures Tanzanian deal

Filmbox logosChannel provider SPI International/Filmbox International has secured a deal to launch eight FilmBox branded channels on Continental Digital media Content (CDMC), the DTH and DTT TV service operated by…

Africa Channel Signs Companies to Handle Ad Sales, Content Duties Reaches deals with HotHouse Media, T Media Sales, AFricaXP

The Africa Channel has retained HotHouse Media to handle its affiliate sales and distribution duties, as well as T Media Sales to oversee ad sales for the network, said company…

Full digital migration in June - Kwakye Ofosu

Government’s quest to migrate all the television stations from analogue to digital terrestrial is expected to be completed in June this year, the Deputy Communication Minister, Mr Felix Kwakye Ofosu,…

Dance Film Hear Me Move wins the highly sought after PRISM Award

The power of any media lies in it’s ability of engage with ones audience effectively. And this is particularly key when engaging the cinema going audience. While trying to fight…

Digital music sales overtake physical - global report

The global music market achieved a new milestone in 2015 as digital sales became the primary revenue stream for recorded music, overtaking physical sales.This is according to the latest edition…

Malawi set to launch DTT offer on 23 April

The Malawian government has announced plans to launch the Malawi Digital Television service at Mzuzu on 23 April following the analogue switch-off being implemented in phases. The government through the…

Pretoria — South Africa's campaign to roll out digital terrestrial television (DTT) will gain momentum this coming weekend, in Tiyani ka Magoro village, in Limpopo.

Local residents will have an opportunity to ask Communications Minister Faith Muthambi questions about the significance of digital migration and its benefits at the planned DTT awareness campaign at the…

Zuma's daughter gets R5million funding for Uzalo

Funding for the popular SABC television drama Uzalo took centre stage at the KwaZulu-Natal legislature with opposition parties questioning the R5-million funding it received, especially since one of the executive…

'I am Thalente' skateboarding documentary makes it to iTunes

'I Am Thalente' follows a once homeless South African street youth on his journey to be a professional skateboarder. Filmmaker Johns, who had grown up in South Africa, had been…

Yahsat and Tele10 Enter MOU to Discuss Opportunities for Yahclick in Rwanda, Burundi and East DRC

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, May 11, 2016/ -- UAE-based satellite operator, Yahsat, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tele10 Group, the regional broadcast and internet service provider, to…

ShowMax expands to 36 countries across sub-Saharan Africa

ShowMax has officially launched its internet TV services to 36 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The company originally launched in August 2015 with the largest subscription video-on-demand (VOD) catalogue on the…

Tigo Music Transforming lives of Tanzanian Artistes

The popular music of the new generation, known as ‘Bongo Flava’ has evolved from being seen as an art for ‘outlaws’-or rather;  that’s how the older generation viewed it about…

Malawian top tier league to go live, Beta TV win rights

Beta television has won exclusive rights to show live the Malawian top tier, the TNM super league. The deal which runs until 2018 will see the giant TV company show…

MENA pay-TV spikes in 2015

According to a report from IHS, in the 13 countries covered by the annual report, revenues from pay-TV passed the billion-euro mark for the first time. Revenues from primary households’…

Netflix acquires history-making African film, Where the Road Runs Out

Where the Road Runs Out, the first film to ever shoot in Equatorial Guinea and picked up by Fairway Film Alliance, has been acquired by Netflix for US and partial…

South African Action-Romance ‘Hard to Get’ Secures USA Netflix Deal

South African film sales company, AAA Entertainment, has announced a US distribution deal with Netflix for the South African action-romance “Hard to Get” from first-time feature director Zee Ntuli, and…

Mozambique to launch international DTT tender

The Mozambican government intends to launch an international tender, this month, to select the company that will finance and implement the definitive project for digital migration.“Right now, we are working…

Harmonising media research across Africa

Increasing the trade that takes place between African countries plays an important part in furthering Africa's economic growth. PAMRO (the Pan African Media Research Organisation) believes that it is able…

Econet secures content creation & distribution deal for Kwesé TV with Bishop T.D. Jakes

Econet Media, the entertainment company, and subsidiary of the Econet Group has entered into a content partnership with T.D. Jakes Enterprises International, the company that’s led by United States pastor,…

Mozambique to launch international DTT tender

The digitalisation process across Africa is ongoing. Focused in Mozambique, the DTT tender will be an international one, this time. The company bagging the contract, will have the task of…

South Africa, 24 June 2016 – Naspers Limited announceds its results for the year ended 31 March 2016

The video-entertainment segment generated revenues of US$3.4bn, down 11% year on year. As customers are billed in local currencies, the rapid weakening of currencies in many African markets, driven by…

South Africa: DTT Awareness Campaign Goes to Limpopo Village

Pretoria — Communications Minister Faith Muthambi will lead a campaign to raise awareness on the television revolution of migrating from analogue to digital broadcasting in Ga-Mothapo village, outside Polokwane, on…

Ster-Kinekor Expands IMAX Footprint With Three-Theatre Agreement In South Africa

NEW YORK, July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation and Ster-Kinekor Theatres, a division of Primedia (Pty) Ltd., today announced an agreement for three new IMAX® theatres in South Africa…

Distribution News - In brief

By May 2016, fourteen service providers in ten countries in the Arab World offered IPTV services, according to Arab Advisors Group’s analysis. For North Africa, these countries are Egypt and…

Peritel TV to offer over 100 HD channels in Senegal

Peritel TV has announced the introduction of optical fibre transmission that will replace the cable system. The operator has launched a pilot test in several neighborhoods in St. Louis supplying…

Cote d'Ivoire - SPI expands in Africa

FilmboxSPI International will launch eight thematic channels on Miabox, an OTT platform in Ivory Coast that is planning to offer its services across sub-Saharan Africa.The bouquet consists of FilmBox Africa,…

Liquid Telecom to air live KNRC Mombassa Rally via YouTube

Liquid Telecom, the independent data, voice and IP provider in the region of Africa, is bringing about something new. It will be screening the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) through…

20th Century Fox signs Africa distribution deal with Les Films 26

20th Century Fox has entered into a distribution deal for its film slate with Les Films 26 in 21 countries in French-speaking North and West Africa.Under the deal, Les Films…

Yahlive extends partnership with BBC to broadcast across the Middle East and South West Asia

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 16 August 2016: Yahlive, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite joint venture between the world leading satellite operator SES and UAE satellite company Yahsat, today announced…

Econet’s Kwese Sports to bring Brazilian soccer

Good news for Brazilian soccer aficionados dwelling in the African country. Econet Media, the African broadcaster, will bring forward the Brazilian soccer tournament soon on its Kwese branded platforms. The…

Kenyan Cinema: financial crisis at Silverbird’s?

A shareholder dispute has been a contributory factor leading to the shut-down of Silverbird Cinemas in Kenya. On June 10, 2011, Moses Kemibaro wrote on his blog: “I am what…

DISCOP offers free tickets for the event if you book before 1 July

Discop Africa has become the major audiovisual trade event across the continent.TV broadcasters can register for the next Discop Africa event before July 1, 2011 - early bird – to…

Zuku offers 90 days of free TV on purchase of services

Wananchi Group’s home entertainment brand Zuku will offer 90 days free television subscription to new customers who purchase Zuku TV services. The offer takes effect from September 1, 2016. At…

SABC to host big Orlando Stadium bash to thank themselves

Cape Town - In another bizarre turn of events at the public broadcaster, the SABC's controversial boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng is set to hold a lavish Thank You SABC Music Concert…

IndiePix Partners with Retro Afrika Bioscope to Release Its “Vintage Afrika” Collection of 48+ Films

IndiePix Films has announced a partnership with Retro Afrika Bioscope, an independent label of Gravel Road Distribution Group dedicated to locating, acquiring, restoring and re-releasing forgotten and discarded classics of…

Canal+ secures Cote d’Ivoire football

French pay TV operator Canal+ has secured the rights to air top-tier Cote d’Ivoire football. The Vivendi-owned pay TV outfit has struck a deal with the West African country’s football…

Africa Channel and Comcast expand partnership with VOD deal

The Africa Channel (TAC) announced it has expanded its partnership with Comcast Cable in Video On Demand (VOD) content targeting multicultural audiences. Comcast is the first provider to launch TAC…

Iroko Launches African Multi Platform Network - IrokoX

Iroko to build pan-African & Diaspora influencer network for digital content creation, distribution & monetization Lagos. Africa’s leading digital entertainment company, Iroko, today announces it is launching a Multi-Platform Network…

CNBC Africa launched on Star Times Nigeria

Star Times Nigeria, the pay-TV networks operator in Africa, has launched on its platform, the important business and financial news channel, CNBC Africa. It will be available on channel 309,…

News and current affairs channel Liberty TV berths on GOTV

Two years after its debut as a foremost news and current affairs channel, Liberty Television, will start airing on Channel 110 on Gotv from Monday, October 3, 2016. The development…

Afrostream taps Wiztivi for SVOD service

Wiztivi has announced its collaboration with Afrostream, the innovative channel specialising in the diffusion of unlimited African and Afro-American Television media to a worldwide audience. The resulting partnership will give…

SuperSport will live-stream on Facebook

SuperSport has announced it will live-stream its first TV broadcast on Facebook this week. The channel group will broadcast the Varsity Football Final between TUT and UJ on Thursday from…

StarTimes launches pay TV service in Ghana

StarTimes Chinese pay TV operator StarTimes has launched a service in Ghana, offering a range of packages with up to 440 channels including both local and international services. StarTimes is…

Ericsson signs raft of content deals for Nuvu

Ericsson announced it has signed a slate of deals with leading content distributors for its subscription video on demand (VOD) service, Nuvu. Ericsson has acquired more than 2,500 hours of…

Hard to Get now streaming on Netflix

Newly added to Netflix’s streaming library is the South African action-romance Hard to Get, from first-time feature director Zee Ntuli, and producers Junaid Ahmed and Helena Spring. Shadow and Act…

Multichoice offers ShowMax discount for DStv Premium customers

MultiChoice is offering its DStv Premium customers a special discount on ShowMax. The normal price is R99 – DStv Premium customers can now get ShowMax for just R69 per month.…

Yahlive adds 16 new channels for Maghreb region

Middle East satellite platform Yahlive has added 16 new exclusive channels to its bouquet for the Maghreb region of North Africa. The move takes the number of channels on the…

MultiChoice expands GOtv to Rundu

MultiChoice has launched its GOtv digital terrestrial service in Rundu, Namibia. GOtv was first launched in Windhoek in July 2012 and subsequently launched at the Coast in Walvis Bay in…

ESPN, Kwesé Ink Long-Term Programming, Collaboration Deal in Sub-Saharan Africa

Econet Media’s Kwesé and ESPN have announced a media collaboration in Africa. The deal will deliver the most comprehensive sports coverage in Africa, offering a wide range of sports and…

Discovery signs up for Kwesé TV distribution

Four Discovery channels are destined for Econet Media’s Kwesé TV after a content deal was sealed between the US broadcaster and nascent African pay-TV platform.Discovery IDX How Not to Kill…

StarTimes Enhances Programming with Introduction of 4 New Channels

November 10th 2016 – StarTimes Media has today announced the introduction of four new entertainment channels on its platform with a key focus on documentary and Pan-Africa content. The four…

Distribution – In brief

Johannesburg – As from 1 December 2016, [ED] will no longer be available on DStv. The channel, which is currently on DStv Channel 190 and GOtv channel 65. Station Manager…

Naspers video assets under pressure

Naspers’s video entertainment assets, which include DStv operator MultiChoice, have come under severe margin pressure as investment in ShowMax and weak currencies in many of its markets put downward pressure…

#SpiceChannelSwitch: Spice Tv Makes The Big Switch From Dstv Channel 192 To 190

Spice Tv Makes The Big Switch From Dstv Channel 192 To 190, And Is Now Available In South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique & Other Southern Africa Countries. From 1st of…

Thaicom launches platform for content distribution in Africa

Thaicom Public Company Limited—one of Asia’s leading satellite operators—has announced that it has signed a contract with iSAT Africa—a fast growing Broadcasting, Data and Internet service provider with teleports in…

Canal+ inks international Disney deal

Canal+ has inked a deal with Disney and will get first and second window rights to several of the studio’s series and movies for its international service. The deal with…

GatesAir, Pinnacle support DTV service launch in Nigeria

GatesAir, along with Nigerian channel partner Pinnacle Communications (Pinnacle), has launched a turnkey DVB-T2 transmission system serving Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The system supports the switch-on of a new…

Amazon Prime Video extends reach into South Africa

In a recently announced move, the video-on-demand (VOD) platform has been rolled out at no additional cost to Amazon Prime members in Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy and Spain. For…

Turkey’s first English language international news platform - TRT WORLD - expands its satellite distribution

TRT announced today that it has signed a new agreement to launch its international news platform TRT World on 10 additional satellites and expand its reach and viewership. This multi-year…

CCTV launches HD broadcasts of three flagship channels from Eutelsat HOTBIRD video neighbourhood

China Central Television (CCTV), has signed a long-term distribution contract with Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) to broadcast three of its flagship channels in High Definition across Europe, the…

Zee TV to premiere its Bollymovies and Bollynova channels Kwese TV

Zee TV Africa continues to make inroads into the continent with the launch of two new channels Zee Bollynova and Zee Bollymovies which will broadcast on Africa’s new pay TV…

AfriDocs NOW on BET!

BET (DStv channel 129) is adding to its rich factual programming mix by welcoming the best documentaries from Africa and across the world onto its TV screens under a deal…

Kwesé TV starts African DTH service rollout

KweseLifestyleImage2Kwesé TV, a new satellite-delivered pay TV service for Africa, has launched in Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia, marking the first stage of a phased rollout across the continent. Viewers in…

Gravel Road acquires Bino & Fino Animation Series

Gravel Road Distribution Group announces their acquisition of Bino & Fino, a Nigerian Kids Animation series. Gravel Road will be distributing the series in multiple language versions in Africa, North…

Ghana-Set Spirit Award Nominee ‘Nakom’ Gets USA

A film that made its world premiere at the Berlinale (the Berlin International Film Festival) a year ago – a historic debut because it was the first film from Ghana…

Boing Africa extends growing footprint

Boing Africa is expanding across the continent, following a successful initial launch in May 2015. Through a partnership with AzamTV, one of the largest and fastest growing digital satellite platforms…

Kwesé TV official broadcaster of the NBA Africa 2017

The news has been announced by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). The NBA Africa Game 2017 (NBA’s second game in Africa), will be…

Vodacom Video Play now has a comedy channel

Vodacom's video-on-demand (VOD) service, Video Play, is launching a new local comedy channel called Gunga7.com. This follows a content licensing deal with production company Diprente Films and expands the channel…

ShowMax takes first step into Europe

Naspers-owned video-on-demand platform ShowMax has made its debut in a European country, launching services in Poland on 15 February 2017. The Warsaw-based team responsible for the expansion is led by…

ICFLIX and Orange team up to bring digital entertainment in Egypt

Orange customers in Egypt will now be served with hours of digital entertainment on their mobile phone following the latest partnership of the company with ICFLIX, which is the online…

ZEEL to launch Zee Magic, Zee Cinema in French in Mali

Mumbai: With a view to further strengthen its presence in Africa, media company Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) on Wednesday said it has forayed in the French-speaking nation Mali. "Zee will…

Zee TV to premiere its Bollywood movies channel on DStv in South Africa

Zee TV Africa continues to make inroads into the continent with the launch of a new channel Zee Bollymovies, which will broadcast on Africa’s biggest TV network on 1st March…

In brief

Kino Lorber has set a 16 August USA theatrical release date for 2017 Sundance, Berlin and SXSW film festival selection, the South African drama from director John Trengove, titled The…

Honeymoon will soon be over for Netflix in SA

Netflix has not given its content to the Film and Publication Board for classification, nor has it paid a R795 000 licensing fee for online distribution. However, the honeymoon will…

TRACE introduces SVOD service Trace Play

TRACE, the youth-focused international media group, has finally launched its hybrid digital service for SVOD, live TV and radio, called Trace Play. The new service will be dedicated to entertainment…

Disney Africa concludes major free-tv agreement in South Africa

In line with its commitment to delivering the most compelling, locally relevant and extensive range of content to consumers and broadcasters around the world, Disney Africa has announced an exclusive…

The Wedding Party drives Nollywood to new heights

The Nigerian Film industry has taken another step towards becoming one of the world’s most important film industry’s, with ‘The Wedding Party’ a Romantic Comedy starring Adesua Etomi & Banky…

Mollywood is on the rise

In Mpumalanga, where the creative arts industry has not exactly boomed yet, local artists have to take extraordinary measures to make their mark in the cut-throat movie business. by Sizwe…

Kunene appeals for support towards Namibian film industry

WINDHOEK – South African veteran actor, Vusi Kunene – famous for playing Jack Mabaso in popular soap opera ‘Generations: The Legacy’ – has called on the Namibian corporate sector to…

StarTimes unveils Igbo channel, Isi Mbido

Pay TV network, StarTimes has further enriched digital TV viewing and family entertainment in Nigeria with the launch of a new lifestyle Igbo channel, Isi Mbido. The new channel, which…

SuperSport extends with the Premier League

SuperSport has renewed its broadcast agreement with the Premier League for a further five years. The South African-based pay-TV network will once again broadcast English soccer’s top tier live in…

Fremantle Media International inks major deal with Econet Media for 300 hours of content

Fremantle Media International (FMI) has signed a deal with Econet Media’s Pay-TV broadcasting network Kwesé TV that will give its viewers across Africa access to more than 300 hours of…

DStv to launch the first exclusive release of a South-African Movie

Droomdag, a new South African movie produced by kyKNET will be available exclusively on the DStv rental service called BoxOffice. The film will not be displayed in theater but instead…

Canal Plus Group Gets Exclusive Rights to Showtime Series

PARIS– Canal Plus Group has inked a exclusive deal with CBS Corporation to license Showtime series, notably David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” (pictured above) which will screen at Cannes Film Festival.…

Kwese TV And Four Other Broadcasters Win FIFA 2018 Media Rights

Africa’s newest trusted source for the best in sports programming, Kwesé, has again managed to secure the best in sports rights for its viewers by adding the 2018 Fifa World…

Made for TV movie premieres on DStv

DStv’s popular movie rental service, BoxOffice, is making history with its first-ever exclusive release of a local film. The new film Droomdag, produced under the kyKNET Film banner, premiered on…

The Wound bags multi-million rand distribution deal in France

Local film The Wound has added to its resounding international success with a multi-million rand distribution deal in France. The film’s producer Elias Ribeiro told TshisaLIVE that the deal with…

Kwesé Free Sports and Namibian Broadcasting Corporation inked new deal

Econet Media owned Kwesé Free Sports and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) just announced a new deal has been signed. The contract was three-year broadcast-sharing contract. Ben Amadasun, the CEO…

Kwesé TV Handed Exclusive Rights …For FIFA 2018 World Cup

Africa’s newest trusted source for the best in sports programming, Kwesé, has again managed to secure the best in sports rights for its viewers by adding the 2018 FIFA World…

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Naspers’ Showmax has shown its international ambitions by striking a deal with one of Poland’s mobile operators, Play. As part of the deal, complimentary access to Showmax will be made…

Burkina Faso selects Eutelsat to accelerate nationwide roll-out of digital television

Société burkinabè de télédiffusion (SBT) leverages EUTELSAT 3B satellite to transition to Digital Terrestrial Television Abidjan, Ouagadougou, Paris, 30 May 2017 — Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced…

Kwesé TV signs distribution deals with Africa’s mobile operators for Kwese Play Roku box and mobile streaming – 40% of channels exclusive

Econet-owned Kwesé TV is the new pan-continental broadcast challenger, offering Pay TV, Free-To-Air and online offerings. This week Russell Southwood spoke to CEO Joe Hundah about the Kwesé Play (with…

Ethiopia’s INSA agency selects Eutelsat for new Ethiosat TV platform

Addis Ababa, Paris, 10 May 2017 – One day ahead of the NexTV CEO event in Mauritius, Ethiopia’s Information Network Security Agency (INSA), in charge of the transformation of the…

Karibu Soko Filam, the first film and TV market at ZIFF

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) is celebrating its 20th year anniversary by introducing the first Film and TV market, SOKO FILAM where industry stakeholders will come together to buy…

MultiChoice welcomes judgement on digital TV encryption

MultiChoice has welcomed the Constitutional Court’s order in favour of the decision made by former communications minister Faith Muthambi regarding no encryption in government set-top boxes. “We trust this will…

Flourishing Films Picks Up ‘Feel-Good’ Pic ‘She Is King’

Flourishing Films has acquired worldwide rights outside of Africa for “She Is King,” a heart-warming musical about a young singer from the South African countryside hoping to make it big…

Kenya: StarTimes extends broadcasts to five more counties

Pay-TV firm StarTimes has expanded its services to five new counties as it seeks to deepen its reach in rural Kenya. StarTimes in a statement on Thursday said its digital…

Competing with Netflix, Showmax dives into Production

Nearly two years after launching its on-demand service, Naspers’ South African streamer Showmax has begun production on its first original series. By Christopher Vourlias   Building on the popularity of…

Soko Filam: Zanzibar Film and TV Market announces programme

The Soko Filam East African Film and TV Market, taking place at The Zanzibar International Film Festival, in partnership with mahala.tv, from July 12th – 14th at the Hyatt Hotel…

SABC, SuperSport given Olympic TV rights until 2024

Cape Town - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the Olympic Games free-to-air and pay-TV broadcasting rights for South Africa to the SABC and SuperSport for the next two…

CAK to give its verdict on football rights to MultiChoice by August

MultiChoice Kenya, owner of DSTv, should know at the end of July whether it will be forced to re-sell exclusive English Premier League (EPL) rights to rivals. The Competition Authority…

MTV Shuga expands to India and Egypt

New York - MTV Shuga, the youth culture network's drama on sexual behaviour that has won an audience across sub-Saharan Africa, will expand with editions in India and Egypt, it…

Kenya: KPL, Bamba Sports Sign Broadcast Deal

The Kenyan Premier League on Tuesday unveiled a Sh100 million broadcast partnership with free-to-air channel Bamba Sports in a deal that is set run for the next six months. The…

Africa's leading digital TV operator StarTimes acquires exclusive media rights for FIBA's 2017-2021 national team competitions

MIES, Switzerland - StarTimes, Africa's leading pay TV operator, has acquired exclusive media rights in Sub-Saharan Africa for FIBA's national team competitions during the period 2017-2021, including the FIBA Basketball…

All3Media bags deals in Africa

The leading independent distributor All3Media International has closed a significant number of deals in Africa as two of its key formats, namely, Undercover Boss and The Cube have been proposed…

Canal Plus launches A+ Sport channel in 25 African countries

Canal Plus has announced the launch of a new sports channel on 21 July, available as part of its pay-TV offering in 25 French-speaking countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Named A+…

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The Kwara State Government has described as completely untrue and an attempt to misinform the public, a story making the rounds on social media platforms about an alleged plan to…

Iflix joins Kwesi for SVOD launch in sub-Saharan Africa

Iflix Africa and Econet media team up to bring subscription video on demand (SVOD) services to sub-Saharan Africa. Iflix is the world s leading Internet TV service for emerging markets…

Times Media Films brings Nollywood to the big screen

Times Media Films is proud to announce the theatrical distribution of three Nollywood films in South Africa. The booming Nigerian industry has been ranked the second highest film industry in…

Filmmakers Strive to Raise Awareness of the Disabled in Entertainment With Fully-Formed Characters

A slate of short films depicting lead characters with disabilities has been making the rounds at film festivals worldwide, giving voice to a demographic mostly ignored in mainstream cinema and…

Africa's Best Documentaries: Now Available to Stream

Fans of African cinema now have TWO ways to watch some of the best documentaries from across the continent and beyond. Africa's well known and loved documentary film broadcast stream,…

Trace TV to launch TV channel; Trace Kitoko in DR Congo

Olivier Laouchez, co-founder and general manager of Trace TV, announced during a conference the launch of two major channels in Kinshasa. These channels will focus only on music and Congolese…

New South African movie showtime aggregation website launches

Forefront Media Group launches a comprehensive movie site that allows users to search by cinema, title, and location, cutting unwanted visits to multiple cinema sites. Where typically South African movie-goers…

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Canal+ Advertising, a subsidiary of Canal+ International, announced that the audience share captured by Canal+ channels in French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa has increased by 1 percentage point since 2016 to reach…

Beautiful News to broadcast its short films on Mango Airlines

Beautiful News South Africa will be showing its short films on Mango Airlines from September until December. The film viewing experience – set up in partnership with Mercedes-Benz South Africa…

StarTimes prepares to take Nollywood content to China

Pay-TV operator StarTimes is paving the way to export digital content from Nigeria’s Nollywood to the Chinese market, according to local reports. “StarTimes is working with one of the major…

Children of the Mountain; Adama; Layla Fourie and more – review

Even in the home entertainment market, African cinema still gets such short shrift from UK distributors that the announcement of an on-demand service from London’s Film Africa initiative is genuine…

Econet Media partners with Netflix and Roku

Econet Media’s Kwese TV announced the launch of a long-term partnership with Netflix or the sub-Saharan Africa region. This move leverages Kwese’s pan-Africa reach to facilitate consumers to enjoy Netflix.…

Owners of Malawi Kung fu film disowns Chapeyama

Producers of the 82 minutes Malawian locally produced kung fu movie have disowned Saidi Rashiz Chapeyama who uploaded the film on social media and later claimed ownership of the production.…

Turkish Channel NATURAL TV Reaches West-African Audience with SES Video

NATURAL TV, a Turkish channel featuring health, agriculture, music and cultural content, is extending its reach to the West-African audience thanks to SES Video’s broadcasting services.   Under the new…