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Telkom ready to launch pay-TV

Telkom Media is ready to roll out pay-TV by 2008 if it acquires a cable and satellite broadcasting licence from the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa). It is one…

High-definition digital TV is next big trend

According to Andy Brauer, Business Connection’s Chief Technology Officer the next big trend will be widespread use of high-definition digital TV (HDTV) sets that have a standard connection that allows…

Egypt: Vodafone launching mobile TV in Egypt

The Mobile TV content supplier, Kamera says that it has signed an agreement with Vodafone Egypt, to offer a host of its mobile TV channels, as well as distributing a…

Africa: Mobile and digital to rule by 2010

The international broadcasting centre at Nasrec in Johannesburg will ensure that billions of viewers worldwide get uninterrupted coverage of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, through satellite and fibre optic transmissions.…

Nigeria: Club Int'l Introduces WBEica

A new product, 'WBEica', consisting of essential industry specific work tools and a personal entertainment platform all on a handheld device has been introduced into the Nigerian market by Club…

Kenya: Telkom to Launch Internet Enabled Pay Phones

Kenya's national telecommunications provider, Telkom Kenya, has decided to beat the irritating underground copper cable vandals at their own game. The company announced last week it will launch internet enabled…

South Africa: 24 hours of eyewitness news online

Primedia Broadcasting has finally come out of the closet over the stealth launch in December 2008 of Eyewitnessnews.co.za, a new standalone news brand which provides content to Primedia Broadcasting's four…

Telkom ‘held talks’ with Netflix, Comcast

Telkom has held discussions with a number of potential content partners, including Netflix, as it looks to launch video-on-demand services to its broadband customers, according to a report.Telkom has held…

African soccer website debuts

A website devoted to the coverage of the game of football in Africa, www.africansoccerunion.com has been launched online. The website is being promoted by a team of journalists and stakeholders…

South African Broadcaster e.tv Chooses Front Porch Digital to Centralize and Manage New Digital Archive

DIVArchive Content Storage Management System Will Improve Efficiency and Monetization CapabilitiesFront Porch Digital, a cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solutions, has announced that major South African free-to-air broadcaster e.tv has…

Iran to help Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp go digital

Zimbabwe and Iran have resuscitated a deal to digitalise the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation as the national broadcaster moves to comply with a 2015 Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) deadline. Media,…

DTT: a practical guide to the digital switchover in Africa

The switchover to digital terrestrial television (DTT) in sub-Saharan Africa should be completed within just over two years, by 17 June 2015 at the latest, according to joint recommendations by…

New Smart TV app for “Netflix of Nollywood” iROKOtv

iROKOtv, the so-called “Netflix of Nollywood” and one of the most exciting companies in African entertainment (not to mention one of the continent’s oldest VOD services), have teamed up with…

Senegal: subscribers to Canal+ Overseas can pay with their mobile phones

Satellite pay-TV operator Canal+ Overseas Africa has announced on the 28th. June 2010 the signature of a partnership with the “Société Générale de Banques au Sénégal” (SGBS), a subsidiary of…

TopTV will launch high-definition channels next year

TopTV will launch high-definition channels next year as it takes its fight for subscribers with incumbent pay-TV operator MultiChoice to the next level.The company, owned by On Digital Media (ODM),…

Digital marketing in South Africa: Consumers ditching TV for mobile and web

South Africans are reading fewer newspapers and magazines and watching less TV because they are spending more time online, according to a new study.The research, from the Digital Media and…

African Internet, soon a broadcast distribution medium in its own right

Unesco published a free media management manual available on its website: a handbook for television and radio practitioners in countries-in-transition. Since this is very relevant to African TV and Radio…

Technology and Convergence News - In Brief

- The Unity Schools Old Students’ Association (USOSA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with multimedia content developing and disseminating outfit, Bob TV to create USOSA Television that would take…

Mauritania: digital switch no longer a mirage in a reform context

The Mauritanian authorities have been issued with a practical guide to the digital switchover in sub-Saharan Africa.On 24 March 2013, the Mauritanian Prime Minister, Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf, received a…

South Africa: Wireless broadband providers starting to offer VOD services

Wireless broadband providers in South Africa are offering video on demand (VOD) services with zero rated bandwidth charges.In November Internet Service Provider (ISP) Axxess launched their DSL Digital Delivery of…

Kenya import millions of digital broadcasting set top boxes

Kenya is set to import millions of digital video broadcasting (DVB) gadgets as the country seeks to comply with its 2012 deadline for migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting.The…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- In 2012, YouTube views in South Africa increased by 80%, whilst the number of video uploads grew by 30%, according to Jared Molko, YouTube partnership manager at Google South…

Africa: ‘DStv on Demand pc’ to expand offering

DStv Broadband – renamed DStv on Demand pc on 5 Feb 2008 - was quietly launched to the public on 1 November 2007, offering DStv Premium subscribers a variety of…

South Africa: ThL Mobile launches dual SIM cellphone with analogue TV

A new cellphone with the capacity for two SIM cards and an analogue TV receptor has been launched in South Africa by ThL Mobile.The phones will be able to receive…

Getting Solar Energy to power TV and radio sets

Every night, something unusual happens in Samuel Kimani’s home on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Samuel, 48, lives with his wife Mary and their three children. Their family supports itself…

EXCAF TELECOM selects HTTV's Hybrid TVOS to power their DVB-T2 STBs for the Analogue Switch-Off in Senegal

Excaf Telecom Group, the DTT operator in charge of the Analogue Switch Off in Senegal, has signed a contract with HTTV for the deployment of up to 1 million Set-Top…

Africa: Ericsson and FIFA sign multimedia solution agreement

Ericsson and FIFA have signed a global agreement where FIFA will use Ericsson's content management and service delivery platforms to enable its broadcaster and telecom content licensees to propose a…

Technology & Convergence News - in Brief

- In April 2012, Vodacom has bought set-top boxes from Altech’s Durban-based UEC subsidiary that are capable of delivering both fixed-line and wireless Internet protocol television (IPTV) services to consumers,…

Com Dev awarded contract for high throughput satellite to North Africa

Manufacturer of space and hardware subsystems, Com Dev International has been awarded an Authorisation to Proceed (ATP) contract to deliver Multiplexer Equipment, Waveguide and Coaxial Switches and Microwave Components to…

Ethiopia to switch country to digital by end 2016

The Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority (EBA) says it will upgrade the terrestrial television service in the country, from analogue to digital, by the end of 2016. EBA told Ethiopian News Agency…

Eutelsat and Cisco demonstrate “Cloud video over satellite” using "smartLNB" technology at IBC

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) and Cisco are unveiling the integration ETL of Cisco Videoscape and Eutelsat’s “smartLNB” technology at this year’s IBC exhibition. The two companies are combining their…

AV technology to support WC South Africa 2010: Alfacam

At the football World Cup in South Africa, Alfacam has taken up a new technological challenge and started to make an important contribution to the biggest television project on the…

Altech Node: video-on-demand without broadband for R299 per month

Its launch follows that of Vidi, an online VOD service from Times Media Group which has a similar entertainment offering to what Node will provide. Below: new VoD service for Africa…

APS Chooses Volicon’s quality monitoring for South African Viewers

Astra Platform Services (APS), one of Germany's foremost broadcasting and playout centers, has implemented Volicon's Observer Remote Program Monitor (RPM) 400 to provide remote quality monitoring for delivery of a…

Nigeria - GOtv Carries 0ut Scheduled Software Upgrade

In a tweeter message to its customers, the Station said, “All GOtv services will not be accessible to subscribers during the upgrade…We apologize for the inconvenience caused”.GOtv, a home of…

Technology & Convergence News: In Brief

- Avusa-owned cinema chain Nu Metro plans to bring the 2010 FIFA World Cup to South Africans in 3D.- International broadcasters will be working with the Alchemist Ph.C – HD…

Samsung’s Off‐grid TV Improves User Experience in Rural Kenya

Samsung’s determination to leverage the large consumer market in Africa is glaringly clear with it’s latest innovation of a multi‐power TV which allows both AC and DC supply, meaning rural…

Zambia: ZNBC to distribute set-up-boxes

The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) plans to soon start distributing set-top boxes (STB) in Lusaka, with over 100,000 STBs ready for distribution, ITWeb reported. Zambia's national broadcaster plans to…

Multichoice Africa’s Eben Greyling on IP-TV and Mobile Phones

Eben Greyling, the CEO of Multichoice Africa, spoke to Daily Monitor on the sidelines of the recent CNN/Multichoice African Journalist Awards 2009 in Durban, South Africa. Key points included: Q:…

DStv BoxOffice, Catch Up coming to Xbox One

MultiChoice is busy developing applications for its DStv BoxOffice and Catch Up services for the Xbox One, a spokesperson for Microsoft South Africa told MyBroadband.Microsoft launched the Xbox One to…

VIDI Partners with Vodacom & Samsung-App ONTV for Greater Viewing Pleasure

VIDI, South Africa's first - and best - on demand video streaming service has tied-up with Vodacom to make paying easier.   So, as a subscriber, if you are tired of…

Set-top shipments worldwide to exceed 200 million by 2013 but where is Africa?

Africa has been slow to make the transition to digital transmission but the rest of world is powering forward with this shift and the danger is that Africa will get…

First motion capture studio opens in East Africa

Africa Digital Media Academy has opened the first motion capture studio in East Africa. The studio, situated in Kigali, Rwanda, is the first of its kind in both east and…

STN brings more channels to Africa

Slovenia-based Satellite Telecommunications Network (STN) has begun playout and distribution services for iROKO’s Nollywood entertainment channels on Eutelsat 5WA, with wide beam coverage over Africa.The newly launched channels – iROKO…

Imagine Communications introduces end-to-end TV Everywhere offering

Imagine Communications, a leading developer of media software and video infrastructure solutions serving the global broadcast, multichannel video programming distributor (MVPDs) and enterprise markets, recently unveiled its vision for enabling…

Hlaudi: SABC will now start DTT with 5 TV channels

Cape Town – The SABC's chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng says the public broadcaster will now launch with only 5 TV channels once the long-delayed commercial start of South…

Africa’s DStv available on MTN Play

DStv Mobile in partnership with telecommunications operator MTN launched a 3G streaming Mobile TV service that will allow MTN subscribers to watch DStv channels on their handsets.The service will commence…

Onlime Launches Services on Yamal

Onlime announced signing of the contract during the IBC event in Amsterdam with Gazprom Space Systems taking capacity on Yamal-402 satellite to increase Ku offering addressing a growing demand in…

Uganda: Star Times cuts product prices as Digital Migration gains momentum

Star Times has cut its pay TV product prices and introduced new channels for its subscribers. “Effective May 1, our satellite services are going to be even more affordable. We…

Rwanda: IOC Online Channel to Broadcast to Country

Rwandan will officially be able to watch the forthcoming Beijing 2008 Olympic Games thanks to the International Olympic Committee's online channel initiative that will broadcast the Games live in chosen…

LG signs TV content deal with Etisalat for Africa

Africa is drawing attention as a future hotspot for the global telecom and personal device industry, for which local electronics giants Samsung and LG lead the pack. Samsung said last…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- SES, in partnership with free-to-air broadcaster OpenView HD, has kicked off its Elevate training programme for LXTV installers in Alexandra township Johannesburg. The training forms part of a countrywide…

Africa: Strong growth forecast for MENA pay TV

The pay TV market in the Middle East and North Africa will grow by 36% over the next five years, according to new research published today. The fourth edition of…

South Africa’s GetMo launches all-in-one online entertainment service

GetMo, South Africa's first all-in-one online digital entertainment service, was launched today at the Wits University campus in Johannesburg with a free live music spectacular to more than 3000 students.…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Industry stakeholders and other interested parties are invited to comment on the lndependent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA) Amended Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Draft Regulation.- Further to a…

South Africa: The Most Definitive Interactive Device

Recent research showed that the US was at the forefront of global mobile web growth, with a 300% increase in usage over the last year. And most remarkably, South Africa…

Tanzania: BTL launches DTT with Nagra CA

Nagra is providing conditional access technology for Tanzanian digital-terrestrial TV broadcaster Basic Transmissions Limited (BTL). Nagra is providing its MediaAccess smartcards to BTL for its free-to-air service.BTL is providing Tanzanian…

South Africa: Telkom Media: SA keen on pay TV

South Africans were willing to pay for subscription television services, research by Telkom Media revealed on Thursday. Spokesperson Chris Van Zyl said the market potential for satellite subscriptions could be…

South Africa: More Magazines Go Mobile

Not only did Touchline Media go mobile this week with mini Kick Off, Men's Health, Sports Illustrated and Shape magazines for cellphones, so too did Ramsay, Son & Parker launch…

Encryption would boost HD in MENA, say industry players

he Middle East and North Africa region is still lagging behind advanced markets in the development of HD services, despite being ahead of Europe in terms of HD screen sales…

Rwanda: Internet to Boost Newspaper Readership - Honderich

The former publisher of Canada's largest daily, The Toronto Star, has encouraged Rwandan newspapers to use the Internet as a partner to increase their clout and boost circulation. In a…

South Africa: Commission Backs Nokia's Mobile TV Standard

The European Commission (EC) announced last week its backing of Nokia's DVB-H mobile broadcast TV standard. Independent market analyst Datamonitor considers that the development will notably aide in the mass-adoption…

Pan African Network says 70% of Kenyans covered by digital TV

Pan African Network Group, the second licensed digital broadcasting signal distributor has announced that 70 per cent of the population can now access digital broadcasting signal. Speaking at the familiarization…

Madagascar: Blueline partners with Cryptoguard on DTT

Madagascan digital terrestrial TV operator Blueline has partnered with Sweden-based Cryptoguard for content security.Blueline will replace its existing conditional access security system with Cryptoguard’s CAS service, making it the first…

Cannes: AfricaFilms.tv goes Beta

Dakar-based ‘’VOD - 100% AFRICA’’ portal – is bringing 400 films to a worldwide audience. As planned by its director (see Balancing Act interview by Sylvain Béletre last month), AfricaFilms.tv,…

The first smartphone made in Africa is not all it seems to be

News of the first African-designed smartphone release caused a lot of excitement last year. And so it should have: Africa is, after Asia, the largest mobile phone market in the…

South Africa: Prepare for Highway Africa 2013

Highway Africa is gearing up for the 17th edition of Highway Africa Conference, themed 'Speaking truth to power?', will take place from 1-2 September 2013 at Rhodes University in Grahamstown,…

Cinemaducameroun.com displays the Cameroonian film industry

Cinemaducameroun.com is not only a review site for moviegoers. It is above all a multitude of tools at the service of the Cameroonian film production industry. It highlights news, investment…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Broadcast Engineering reports that global information and measurement company Nielsen is implementing a pilot programme that will measure, for the first time, audience statistics for TV content viewed on…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- ‘The Fastest Film Ever Made Project’ in South Africa proves to the world that technology can radically reduce budget and resources, while improving quality.Mushroom Media helped the South African…

Digitisation To Enable Accelerated Growth In Africa – KPMG

Digitisation – migration from analogue to digital technology – will help to bridge the digital divide between emerging markets and developed economies, according to global financial services firm, KPMG.KPMG stressed…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- On the basis of the success of the 2010 tour, Philips has announced the ‘2011 Cape Town to Cairo road show’; a journey in which Philips will travel across…

South Africa: Digital Broadcasting Consumer Guidelines Adopted

SADC Member States have adopted guidelines to cushion consumers from the impact of the planned migration from analogue to digital broadcasting.The SADC Guidelines on Consumer Protection and Awareness on Digital…

Traditional media can claim back its edge with innovation

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

MyNews24 jumps to top spot on Mark’s Twitter News Ranking Index

MyNews24 has jumped from the 5th spot on Mark’s Twitter News Ranking Index to 1st. In a month. The road to success seems to be very much in line with…

Transfer to W3C completed

The transfer of all traffic, including over 480 television channels, onto W3C from the Eurobird 16, W2M and SESAT 1 satellites was completed on 9 November 2011 by Eutelsat's control…

ENENSYS highlight highly-evolved solutions for DTT regionalisation and optimisation

2014 sees ENENSYS Technologies celebrate 10 years as a leading designer and manufacturer of digital TV transmission systems. Its products sit between encoding/multiplexing and transmission, facilitating signal distribution over a…

South Africa's Tuluntulu now has ten channels

Tuluntulu, one of South Africa's top 10 startup companies this year, has recently launched ten channels that are available 24/7 on mobile.The content ranges from international news, African documentaries to…

Africa: Voice of America will adapt to the Digital Age

"Our strategy for reaching audiences is market- and research-driven," VOA Director Dan Austin said in a recent interview. "People in Nigeria get most of their news via shortwave radio, so…

Technology & Convergence - In brief

Nollywood Radio App has been published! It is available for download at Google Play. Click on the following link:  Watch Cyprian Josson on his online radio channel Nollywood Radio here…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

More global content for an African VoD platform: iROKOtv announced last week that it will diversify its catalogue: it is branching out to include Hollywood, Bollywood, Korean and Telenovela television…

How Zimbabwe Complied with the Digital Migration Deadline?

Transmedia, the company that carries the mandate of connecting Zimbabwe to the world and connecting the world to Zimbabwe yesterday announced that they are in compliance with the ITU deadline,…

DA wants digital TV U-turn

Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn wants cabinet to “review and reverse” the broadcasting digital migration policy it adopted in March.Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn wants cabinet to “review and reverse”…

Kenya: Wananchi finally launches its Triple Play service

In Kenya on Wednesday, 8 December 2010, Wananchi’s 'triple-play' fibre service - offering video (cable TV), data (broadband Internet) and voice (telephony) - finally went live; one million homes in East…

Digital switch leaves 1.3 mln Kenyans without TV

More than 1.3 million Kenyans are unable to watch television because of digital migration, out of a total of 3.5 million households estimated to own TV sets. The Communications Authority…

Rwanda: switch to digital broadcasting early next year

Rwanda will switch to digital broadcasting early next year beating the 2012 deadline African countries set to switch off analogue broadcasting. The development paves the way for the Rwanda government…

AIBA selects SatLink for global delivery of World Series Boxing

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) utilises SatLink’s customized broadcast services including global satellite distribution & content management solutions   SatLink Communications Ltd., a leading teleport and HD Playout centre delivering…

Deadline for the switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting in the UHF Band remains 17 June 2015

Despite stories appearing in the Kenyan press to the contrary, the deadline for the switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting in the UHF Band remains 17 June 2015, and this…

Technology & Convergence - In brief

The governments of Mozambique and South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to reduce interference during the technological migration from analogue to digital terrestrial TV, reports Jornal. In the…

Africa Soccer website launched

In the run-up to South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Africa Soccer website (www.africasoccer.co.za) has been launched to offer ‘everything a broadcaster needs in the build…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- In Kenya, media owners have suspended provision of their broadcast content to the State broadcaster for digital TV testing. The broadcasters had been asked by the government to offer…

Tanzania migrates from analogue to digital broadcasting

East Africa Television (EATV) is among the local television channels linked to various decoders as implementation of the plans to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting. Habbi Gunze who is…

South Africa will not meet digital TV deadline

South Africa’s Department of Communications has confirmed that the country will not meet the allotted deadline for the switch-off of analogue television signals.The primary objective of digital migration in South…

Kenya's Safaricom launches mobile TV

Kenya’s largest cellular operator by subscribers, Safaricom, has launched the country’s first mobile TV service. Under a partnership with pay-TV operator DSTV and Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, customers can access ten…

Tanzania: Broadcasters in Tanga Urge TCRA to reduce fees

In Tanga, local television owners have urged the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) to reduce entry and monthly fees for local television stations to enable them remain on air, and…

Digital migration delay worries Ghana's operators

The Ghanaian government's inability to meet the set deadline for the migration from analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is proving a costly setback for telecommunication companies hoping to bank…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- About 2000 subscribers from Algeria Telecom were connected to triple play, bringing Internet access, television and fixed telephony services in one pack. Residents of "May 8, 1945", Palmiers, d’El…

Kenya: CA given authority to invade NMG, Standard and RMS transmitters in Menengai

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has obtained court orders allowing its agents to switch off upcountry analogue transmissions by three television broadcasters it has been battling in a contentious…

Egyptian IPTV operator selects Latens conditional access

On 07.04.2011, Egyptian Advanced Multimedia Systems (EAMS) announced it has chosen conditional access software from Latens for its project to transmit multicast streams and VOD content to regional head-ends in…

Kenya: CCK Licenses 60 New Set-Top Box Dealers

The Communications Commission of Kenya has expanded the dealership of digital decoders from four to 60 to create competition and bring down prices.The new entrants will compete with the existing…

Togo Telecom set to provide Triple Play with new FTTC network solution

Togo Telecom, the incumbent fixed-line operator of Togo, has selected Israeli firm ECI Telecom to deliver an end-to-end turnkey solution for a new high-speed IP network in the country, becoming…

Naspers's new media lab is revolutionary

The boundary between the physical world and internet is narrowing. There is a lab in a quiet corner of Stellenbosch University where a group of post graduate students are doing…

Kenya: Digital Migration Date Uncertain

The exact date for Kenya's switch off from analogue to digital broadcasting now remains unknown as the countrywide infrastructure is still not in place, the Communications Commission of Kenya Director…

Technology & Convergence News - In Brief

- Microsoft’s full Xbox Music service will be launched in SA within the next eight weeks, according to the company’s SA MD, Mteto Nyati. The software giant had been expected…

MTN Ghana launches 11 mobile TV channels with DSTV, Nokia

Cellular operator MTN Ghana has launched 11 mobile television channels in Accra and Tema, in partnership with pay TV company DSTV and Nokia. The mobile TV service will include programs…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

On April 11, 2011, GlobeCast selected Eutelsat's Eurobird 9A Satellite to Launch HD Distribution Platform. The content management and delivery company offers HD DVB-S2 platform to worldwide broadcasters from one…

TV5Monde released its online KPI

As part of its 20 years anniversary TV5Monde has released its latest key performance indicators (KPI) related to its online activities.  Because access coming from Africa represent 330,000 monthly visits on…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- South Africa: DStv Mobile, the mobile television division of pay-TV platform MultiChoice, has unveiled its new Walka 7, its latest handheld portable TV device with a seven-inch screen. It…

South Africa: Digital TV goes live in November

Television in South Africa enters a new era in November, when digital signals will start running in parallel with analogue. The switch-on date is November 1. by Jocelyn Uithaler Analogue…

Africa: Flyaway coverage of African football

Gearhouse Broadcast has been contracted to build three Flyaway systems to cover domestic football leagues in various African countries for South African satellite broadcaster M-Net. The tender was put out…

Al Jazeera English app for mobile devices

The full-featured apps will allow smartphone and tablet app users to experience award-winning content from Al Jazeera EnglishAl Jazeera Media Network has today launched new Android tablet and BlackBerry 10…

Vodafone & Irokotv launch video on demand services in Ghana

Vodafone Ghana has signed a deal with Nollywood’s iROKOtv to launch VOD services in Ghana using its Fixed Broadband (FBB) service.The deal aims to give users unlimited access to over…

Brazil pushes African nations to use its digital standard

Brazil has offered incentives to drop North American technology, Variety staff wrote. As African broadcasters prepare to migrate from analogue to digital TV, the Brazilian government has been lobbying countries…

Chouf-chouf.com: The new video library of Algeria

houf-chouf.com is the first community video portal for Algeria. The video site dedicated to Algeria means "looks" in Arabic.  Videos are related to the proposed and shared Algeria. "It's always…

Nigeria's ACTV to broadcast via Amos-5

Nigerian pay-TV company ACTV has agreed a multi-year contract to lease Ku-band transponder space on the Amos-5 satellite, operated by Israel's Spacecom, to broadcast its 60-channel network."Creating the ACTV platform…

Nigeria: DSTV launches Mobile TV

An interview in Biz.com claims that DStv will be launching mobile TV using DVBH in Abuja, Ibadan and Lagos. The DVB-H service has been in pilot trials in South Africa…

South Africa on track to meet digital TV deadline

Despite the Government protracted look at other options, the Government claims that South Africa is on track to meet its November 2011 deadline to switch over to digital TV, said…

Afrinolly Launches First African Entertainment App For Blackberry 10

African entertainment app MTN Afrinolly announced the release of its Blackberry 10 App for Blackberry Z10 and Q10 at the Blackberry 10 official lunch in Lagos, Nigeria a few weeks…

Spectrum: Satellite operators stress importance of C-band for vital satellite services in Africa

Speaking on behalf of the international satellite1 community, Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelsat, has warned African states of the consequences for the continent if C-band resources are reallocated to…

South Africa: Integrate Digital in Every Agency Strategy

The digital era is creating a massive buzz in global advertising and marketing circles, but how many are actually making headway into this new arena? Melanie Walter, media director of…

Technology and Convergence News - In Brief

A UN expert touted broadband as a catalyst for growth but reminder that Africa is the last internet continent. Based on the latest statistics from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU),…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Kenya: Sales of digital set-top boxes, which went on sale in Jan. 2013, have been sluggish. The boxes are required to convert digital terrestrial broadcasting signals so that that…

Lack of Fund Threatens Digital Migration in Nigeria – NBC

Plans by the Nigerian government through the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to meet the June 15 deadline for the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting may have suffered major setback…

Africa: EUTELSAT W3A SATELLITE SELECTED BY GATEWAY BROADCAST SERVICES FOR NEW AFRICAN PAY-TV PLATFORM

Eutelsat Communications last week announced the conclusion of a five-year contract for capacity on its W3A satellite with Gateway Broadcast Services, which is preparing to launch an innovative new pay-TV…

South Africa: Mixed Response to DSTV Deaf Plan

Multichoice's decision to cater for deaf people by including subtitles in its bouquet, announced last week, has received mixed reactions from deaf personalities who are concerned that its reach will…

Untapped Middle East and North Africa Region of Promise for IPTV and OTTtv Delivery

With IPTV subscriber numbers predicted to undergo a huge ten-fold increase, reaching 1.6 million by 2014*, the Middle East and North Africa is undoubtedly a region rich with promise for…

A seminar on the development of digital television in Africa was held in Beijing

On August 26 in the Sofitel Hotel Beijing, a ministerial seminar on the development of digital television in Africa lasted one day and was held at the invitation of Startimes,…

African pay-TV hits 5 million subscribers

The Department of Communications will hold a conference on 29 April 2010 to finalize the technology standard for TV decoders, which will be used to receive a digital broadcast signal.…

1st Sino-African Forum online

Speaking before an audience of African Ministers in charge of information and media, including the Djiboutian Minister of Culture and Communication, in charge of Posts and Telecommunications, Government Spokesman, Mr.…

Exset's Digital Monetisation System Assists in Drive Towards UN's Millennium Development Goals

Exset, pioneers of TV ecosystems for emerging markets, has today revealed how its pioneering Digital Monetisation System (DMS) will assist governments' vital information dissemination across Africa as they continue to…

SatLink will also offer special promotions on its satellite TV platforms to Africa at IBC2013

SISatLink Communications will be debuting in Europe its new OTT solutions including Multi Screen Technical Delivery services for Live TV & Video On Demand (VOD) at International Broadcasting Convention IBC2013…

Nigeria: FG Task Committee on Digital Broadcasting starts its work

Nigeria’s Minister of Communication and Information, John Odey has said that it is imperative for Nigeria to switch over to digital broadcasting technology if the nation would not become a…

YouTube lands in South Africa

On 17 May, 2010, Google officially announced that it launched a South African YouTube.co.za service.Alon Chen, Marketing Manager at YouTube explained that it will make it easier for local users…

Phone, computer before TV for SA youth

A Connecting with the Millennials survey conducted by Visa has shown that the South Africa’s youth see gadgets as an important part of their lives. 89 percent said it would…

African Movie Channel (AMC) officially launched its African Movie Channel iPad app

African Movie Channel (AMC) last week officially launched its African Movie Channel iPad app - the first ever iPad app dedicated to On-Demand Nollywood and African films and TV series.…

Kenya: Sony Introduces New Home Cinema System and 3D HD Led TV

Sony has introduced two new products to the Kenyan market. Adding to its range of home entertainment products Sony has launched a new Home Cinema System, the BDV-N9900SH, which features…

South Africa: SABC lays out its digital conversion stall

The SABC says that the process of migrating from analogue to digital broadcasting will result in more channels, additional services and better quality and programming. However, the public broadcaster points…

Technology & Convergence News: In Brief

- Founded in May 2010, a football website dedicated solely to African soccer and its players worldwide called www.afrikansoccer.com has been launched by football star Andre Dede as a subsidiary…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- On 29 Aug. 2012, NETIA, a leading software manufacturer of media asset management and radio automation solutions, announced that it has supplied its Radio-Assist suite of digital audio automation…

Orange pay-TV has 71,000 customers in Africa and the Middle East - principally Egypt

Pay-TV services again delivered a much-needed prop for France Telecom/Orange in the third quarter of this year, as overall revenues declined once more due to increasing competition and price erosion…

Discussions with iBurst about offering triple-play services

The Israeli connectivity company has big plans to expand its operations in Africa, including setting up a South African office. Israeli satellite and fibre telecommunications provider Gilat Satcom is stepping…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Tanzania: A statement issued by Vodacom in Dar es Salaam said Vodacom customers will from today be rewarded 1,000 bonus airtime once they pay for services or buy goods…

South Africa’s SuperSport to launch new HD channels

South Africa’s SuperSport is to launch new HD sports channels on the DStv pay TV platform next week.From July 23 sports fans will be able to access the two new…

BBC: "There’s a large appetite for online video in the African market"

IPTTV News interviewed Richard Porter, Controller of English at BBC Global News.Q: What developments have you witnessed in Africa's broadcasting industry in the past 12 months?A: There have been a…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- DTT is making progress in Nigeria. Three years after its entry into the Nigerian market, subscribers of the NTA/Startimes digital paid television have hit 1.3 million. It has over…

South Africa: Media centre from Western Digital launched

Western Digital launched their WD TV Live Hub in South Africa on the 3rd March 2011. Western Digital, hard drive manufacturer and maker of the WD TV media player family,…

South Africa: Naspers’ plans - Koos Bekker’s Memeburn Q&A

Naspers is an oddity. Who would have bet that a one-time newspaper company would have become an emerging-market internet giant? After all “Naspers” means “National Press”.Naspers is one impressive company.…

Samsung dominates African smartphone market

Samsung dominates Africa's smartphone market with 52.1 percent of sales in Q2, according to a study by IDC reported by the Ecofin agency. The South Korean giant's market share is…

Upcoming Internet revolution will have tremendous impact on the African AV industry

More than 90% of business decision-makers across Africa are expecting prices to drop and competition to increase dramatically, according to the new Telecoms Trends in Africa 2010 report. This announcement…

Algeria Telecom could launch TV/ADSL in Q2,2011

On March 2, 2011, Television through ADSL (originally developed with Netgem) will soon be launched in Algeria. This was stated by M'Hamed Dabouz, CEO of Algeria Telecom group. "Among our…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- A dispute has blown up in South Africa between Naspers-owned pay TV service M-Net and free-to-air commercial channel e.tv over the future of digital-terrestrial TV, according to local reports.…

Africa: Where to Find the Next Billion Smartphone Users?

There are currently around 1.4 billion smartphones in the use around the world. Several developed markets including the U.S. have already exceeded 50% penetration of smartphones among cellular devices. As…

Nigeria, VoD: Multichoice's BoxOffice Launches Locally

In Lagos, Multichoice has officially launched its BoxOffice offering in the country.This would provide digital satellite television (DSTV) subscribers with the ultimate in home television entertainment, according to the company.BoxOffice…

South Africa: Stream Your Favourite SA Radio Station Live

Relying only on two new media tools, viral marketing and blog posts, to inform the masses about AmaRadio, South African developer Gary James says his free online live radio streaming…

South Africa: Black-owned consortium Mobile TV Gets Licence to Test Technology

Black-owned consortium Mobile TV, which took the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to court over the mobile TV licence selection process, has been awarded a trial broadcast service licence…

In Brief

- In South Africa, the Department of Communications is creating a digital migration office that will oversee the implementation of the country’s migration from analogue to digital TV.- Since March…

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Benefits From Digital Migration

The transition from analogue to digital broadcasting technology in Tanzania has started to accrue benefits since it was decided to migrate in phases from last December.The Minister for Communication, Science…

Internet may boost SA entertainment and media market

SA's entertainment and media market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 10.9% in the next five years as a result of increased Internet access.According to…

Eutelsat-Nilesat 7/8' Wvn breaks barrier of 50 million homes in MEA

Audience of the Eutelsat-Nilesat 7/8' West video neighbourhood breaks barrier of 50 million homes in Middle East and North Africa.Eutelsat announces headline results of its 2014 TV Observatory in the…

Rwanda: Campaign to Switch From Analogue to Digital Broadcasting Advancing

Rwanda like most countries in the world has stepped up the campaign to move from analogue to digital broadcasting. To fast track the switch to digital, a guidance document titled…

Technology and Convergence News - In Brief

- In South Africa on 17th. Sep 2010, commercial broadcasters have announced trials of DVB-T2. A select group of Soweto residents will be the first in the country to experience…

Africa: Samsung expands presence from 15 to 32 countries

Emerging markets are becoming integral participants of the global economy. The rapid growth in these markets is pushing businesses towards adapting and creating products and service offerings to cater for…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Mobile broadband over smartphones and tablets has become the fastest growing segment of the global ICT market, according to International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU’s) flagship annual report Measuring the Information…

Nigeria: collaboration between BBC World Service and BlackBerry

News from the BBC Hausa service is now available via BBMTM in Nigeria, thanks to collaboration between BBC World Service and BlackBerry. Subscribers to the service will receive up to…

Nigeria: ‘Startimes move’ for mobile digital TV Bouquet

At the end of 2012, Owolabi wrote the following:Startimes move provides mobile digital TV service to portable handset in Africa, such as mobile phone, MP4, GPS, PC, camera and other…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

The month started off with Amazon announcing Fire TV, its long rumored ' and eagerly awaited ' streaming set-top box. MTN Rwanda has partnered with Tele10 to enable customers to…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- In Mauritius, a large share of broadband Internet is used to download movies.According to a survey conducted by DCDM Research on the use of the web by the Mauritian…

Telecoms operators shift Focus to Internet As Demand Grows in Kenya

Kenya's mobile providers are moving to strengthen their Internet offerings in response to growing demand for services over the last quarter. Zain Kenya has announced a 25 per cent cost…

Angola Signs U.S. $327 Million Satellite Construction Deal with Russia to help broadcast TV

Angola and Russia on Friday here signed a contract for the building, launching and operation of the Angolan telecommunication satellite named AngoSat, following the visit of president of the Russian…

Zimbabwe: ZWTube Improves Online Broadcasting

THE online video channel, ZWTube.com has become one of the best broadcasting platforms online for Zimbabwe. The channel which was launched a month ago now boasts over 200 videos on…

Kenya: government to ban importation of analogue TV sets

The Kenyan State is about to ban analog TV imports into the country in the next four months as a way of speeding up uptake of digital TVs locally, it…

Nigeria: Abia Plans Technology Park

Chief Friday Akatobi, the Abia Commissioner for Science and Technology, said today the state would have a technology park next year. He told newsmen in Umuahia that the park became…

SABC, e.tv seek competition clarity for digital migration

South African broadcasters e.tv and SABC have requested the regulator conducts a regulatory impact assessment before issuing new terrestrial television licenses in the advent of digital migration.The free to air…

Nigeria: new media, new ideas, new possibilities at BobTV 2011

Digital Broadcasting is upon us and with a vengeance. High Definition, Broadband, Digital terrestrial Broadcasting, IPTV and Mobile. BOBTV 2011 will mark the eighth edition of the African Film and…

Orbit to launch multi-screen service

Middle Eastern and North African pay TV platform Orbit Showtime Network is launching a digital platform that will allow subscribers to watch programming on tablet computers and smartphones.The operator will…

Technolgy & Convergence - In Brief

- Digital Depot, believed to be the first online electronics store catering to the film and media industry, has opened its first retail outlet in Cape Town – at the…

DTT: MultiChoice’s GOtv launches in Ghana

The service includes a range of local and international channels, with an introductory offer of a decoder, three months’ subscription and a DTT aerial available for GHS153 (€70).GOtv will broadcast…

South Africa’s Digital TV: minister of communications speaks out

In an exclusive interview with TechCentral, the minister of communications provides clarity into cabinet's decisions on digital terrestrial television, saying the country could not "endlessly be held to ransom" by…

New African data centres open up possibilities for video solutions

Balancing Act’s new report Data Centres in Africa reveals that the continent now has 108 shared commercial data centre in various locations. The report indicates that the facilities are already…

SA Mobile TV ready to launch

New SA broadcast challenger edges closer to launch.Mobile TV, the company planning to introduce mobile television services in South Africa using Korea's digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) standard, says it could…

You Tube opens the road to new online business models in Africa with video streaming

Video streaming will be the next big wave of online content use in Africa. There are still considerable network challenges but… The level of existing use shows that once these…

The future of TV: trouble with 4K TV?

This week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was dominated by talk about ultra-high-definition or “4K”-resolution television technology. But serious challenges in distribution will have to be overcome if it’s…

Ghana develops conformance regime for analogue to digital transition

The National Communication Authority (NCA) has developed a conformance regime as part of measures to implement the transition from Analogue to Digital television transmission.The Conformance regime required all Digital Terrestrial…

USA: CellFlix Festival Celebrates Movies for Mobiles

Earlier this month at the second annual CellFlix Film Festival in New York, a very short film (about a six-foot lobster, obviously), made specifically for showing on a mobile handset…

Algeria: Algeria to Introduce Digital TV Broadcasting by 2009

Algeria is poised to shift to digital TV broadcasting by year 2009 in line the ITU’s proposal to migrate all broadcasting services by 2015 to digital. Algeria’s preparations to migrate…

Technology & Convergence In Brief

The first 3D feature African film – Judge Dredd - is being shot in Cape Town, South Africa and involving the brand new Cape Town Film Studios. With a budget…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

On 8 September 2011, Global satellite operator SES S.A. and content management and delivery company GlobeCast announced that GlobeCast has contracted a transponder on the SES-4 satellite as well as…

South Africa’s First Ka-Band Satellite Launch To Signal New Era Of Connectivity

Exactly one month after South Africa received its first Ka-band satellite signal from space, Vox Telecom introduced their latest broadband satellite product to a packed auditorium in the V&A Waterfront,…

South Africa/digital migration: E.tv will fight Pule appeal

The broadcaster has said a move by the department of communications to appeal against a high court judgment will delay the country's migration to digital terrestrial television. By Duncan McLeod.E.tv…

LG Launches World’s First OLED TV Into Kenyan Market

As the Christmas season approaches, LG Electronics, a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, has launched the world’s first largest and slimmest curved OLED (Organic Light-emitting Diode) TV…

South Africa: The Times gets ready for web reporting presence

The Sunday Times’s new daily newspaper, The Times, is on track to be distributed to over 120,000 subscribers in early June. Just more than 40 new faces — ranging from…

South Africa: Pay-TV Group to Relay DStv On Mobile Phones

Multichoice Africa plans to air its Digital Satellite Television services to subscribers on mobile phones, the company's CEO Eben Greyling has said. Greyling said, "We not only plan to introduce…

North Africa: Online media lead crisis coverage

Fast-moving events across northern Africa have shaken long-lasting regimes - and the news organizations struggling to provide timely coverage. But new media - plus the youngest news network, Al Jazeera…

Crowdfunding The Future For African Technology

Crowdfunding is the way forward for Africa technology start-ups who are having difficulty finding cash to get their businesses off the ground, according to Munya Chiura, Head of Africa Operations…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- 16 Jan. 2013: Satellite operator Eutelsat has chosen technology provider Harmonic’s ProStream 1000 stream processing and transcoding platform to help deliver DTH services in Africa. - The African Movie…

Radio streaming service launched in SA: a review

The world’s second-largest streaming service, Rdio, has been launched in South Africa. But is it worth getting? Delano Stockhoff finds out.About a year ago, after a lengthy and tiresome setup…

Kenya - CA to inspect transmission sites of broadcasters

The Communications Authority of Kenya has embarked on countrywide inspection of analogue transmission sites of broadcasters to ensure compliance after lapse of the deadline of final phase of digital migration.It…

Nigeria: MTN, Globacom Move to Improve Network Capacity, Pay $300 Million for 3G Licences

Nigeria is finally all set to move to the next generation mobile telephony operation with two of the country's three major operators, MTN Nigeria and Globacom meeting their financial obligation…

MTN and Vodacom bring internet on TV

TechCentral reported that MTN has unveiled InternetOnTV, a R999 living-room product that connects consumers to the Internet through a television set. The announcement comes just days after Vodacom (Feb. 11)…

Technology & Convergence News - In Brief

- ECS European Communication Services  and OH TV  today announced that they have joined forces to offer the African broadcast market joint solutions providing unprecedented broadcast and IPTV access to…

DTT in Algeria to cover 95 % population by the end of 2014

DTT will cover 95% of the Algerian population at end of 2014.The generalization of DTT in Algeria will be made after the end of the year 2014, we’ve learned from…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

In a quest to meet the viewing needs of its terrestrial as well as its satellite viewers, M-Net will be introducing two custom-made programme schedules for these two audiences in…

Tata Communications forays into Nigerian video market

India’s leading telephony provider Tata Communications has extended its Video Connect Network (VCN) to Nigeria through a partnership with Main One Cable Company, Nigeria’s premier provider of broadband internet services. A…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- The amount of electronic waste produced globally is set to grow by a third between 2012 and 2017, according to a forecast made by experts at a global partnership…

Nigeria: GOtv Re-Introduces Antenna Swop Campaign

As part of efforts to boost subscribers viewing experience, GOtv has announced the re-introduction of its antenna swop campaign. The campaign which involves exchanging indoor stub antennas for external UHF…

Cote d'Ivoire: RSF to Ivorian President - Improve Media Freedoms

On the eve of the first meeting between Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara and French President François Hollande in Paris, Reporters Without Borders urges Côte d'Ivoire's government to press ahead with…

Nigeria: WTS Broadcast expands across Africa

WTS Broadcast has become a leader in broadcast services offering broadcast solutions to clients all over the African continent. The company stocks and distributes the largest volume of broadcast equipment…

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

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

Technology & Convergence News - In Brief

- On 2 August 2012, Intelsat S.A. announced today that an Ariane 5 V208 launch vehicle successfully launched the Intelsat 20 satellite from Kourou, French Guiana. Built by Space Systems/Loral,…

MEA: My-HD ultra-low pay TV platform gets over 100,000 subscribers

My-HD, one of the leading and first ultra-low pay Direct to Home (DTH) platforms in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, has steadily experienced a significant market growth…

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

If you thought mobile video was growing fast, think again: it's growing incredibly fast. Ooyala's Q4 Video Index reports that time spent watching video on tablets and mobile devices is…

South Africa: Telkom Extends VoD Tender Application

In Pretoria,Telkom extended an invitation to industry to bid for the provisioning of Video on Demand (VoD) services.Managing Director of Consumer Services and Retail Marketing, Manelisa Mavuso, confirmed the development…

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

Multichoice clashes with SA government over digital switchover plans:The South African government has no intention of using conditional access in digital-terrestrial set-top boxes to cut off viewers who dont pay…

South Africa: Icasa Delays Mobile TV licensing

The Independent Communications Authority (Icasa) unexpectedly withdrew an invitation to apply for mobile TV licences last week. Icasa wanted to finalise its digital migration policy and the frequency band plan…

Angola : President Dos Santos gives go-ahead to a new Media Archive of Angola

The Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, recently approved the Network of Media Archive of Angola (REMA). According to the report of Construction and Organisation programme of Media…

DStv Mobile: 3 new channels for 3G, 14 in total

Three great new channels have been added to DStv Mobile’s 3G offering: TBN, MK and KooWee. This brings the total number of 3G channels to 14. “We are happy to…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Telecel and MultiChoice Zimbabwe have signed an agreement allowing DStv subscribers to use Telecash to pay for their subscriptions through their mobile phones. Telecash – which launched in January 2014…

BET Networks Launches Its First Ever Brand App BET NOW

Functionalities Include TV Everywhere Authenticated On-Demand Viewing of Its Award-Winning Shows:The New BET App is Available for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and tabletsDownload now for free at the App…

Uganda: Internet Hotspots Launched

Ugandans have been blasted for not being in sync with the "information society." If it was because of a lack of opportunity to match along with the rest of the…

South Africa: Doubts Raised About Meeting Looming Digital TV Deadline

In Johannesburg, Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda remains committed to a deadline of migrating from analogue to digital TV broadcasting by November next year, despite the fact that no tender has…

Cape Town: Platypus Productions invest in online casting to cut time

Platypus Productions recently became the first production company in the world to adapt Sonru.com’s automated video interviewing services for an online casting. “The idea of an online casting solution really…

Technology & Convergence News: In Brief

- Although the World Cup in South Africa is expected to achieve 3D broadcast, the British media poured cold water on this idea firstly, and considered that the global 3D…

Uganda: Chinese loan for digital migration project blocked amidst overpricing fears

The Ugandan government has halted a USD74 million loan from the Import and Export Bank of China (EXIM) that was to be used to fund a digital migration project. Although…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- On March 7, 2012, Saharan African pay TV service My TV has extended its relationship with Conax to supply content security. Nigeria-based My TV has extended its six-year relationship…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Cosmo City, an underprivileged suburb undergoing major social and economic development in Johannesburg, is the latest community to receive the Samsung Digital Village model which will provide residents with access…

Multichoice Kenya launches mobile decoder

Kenyan pay television service provider Multichoice Kenya has launched a new mobile decoder into the Kenyan market that will enable its subscribers have access to mobile television services.The new mobile…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- In Benin, Robert Aouad, CEO of Isocel Benin has told Balancing Act that he plans on setting up a 1000 m2 data centre in the country. The centre could…

KenTV unveils online shopping network

Internet broadcaster, KenTV has launched an on-line shopping network for local and international shoppers visiting its website. Company executives said the service not only targets the growing number of Kenyans…

Africa: A first taste of Multichoice’s DVB-H service

Multichoice is currently trialing their Digital Video Broadcasting – Handheld (DVB-H) service in Soweto, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. This service is delivered over Multichoice’s own 800 MHz trial…

Kenya: Retail TV That Could Edge Out Billboards

Digital Signage - you've seen it already working in some supermarkets in the city. This is an emerging technology that has already caught on in the rest of the world…

Uganda: Ugandan Radio on Internet

JumpTV Inc., a leader in broadcasting international television and sports programming over the Internet has began streaming Uganda’s top 5 radio stations live via www.JumpTV.com. The five stations form part…

Conference special: Convergence is creeping up stealthily on Africa’s broadcasters

The steady, almost stealthy convergence of new and old media was one of the most striking themes from last week’s 1st African Broadcast and Film Conference. Two of the speakers…

Ondemand! delivers TV programs to 100-million mobile subscribers in six languages including Arabic

The service launched with a library from On Demand Group’s studio and television partnerships providing popular series such as Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Entourage, and hundreds of music…

Conference special – Africa’s Digitalisation – Who’s going to pay for it?

“You can have all the digital transition strategies in the world but it won’t happen unless you have the money… There is a need to get all consumer’s desired functions…

MultiChoice starts BoxOffice Online trial

South African pay-TV operator MultiChoice has opened its internet video-on-demand (VoD) service BoxOffice Online to beta testers. The move follows the July launch of the satellite version of BoxOffice, which…

South Africa: Bid to Speed Up Digital Switchover

The Department of Communications, recently criticised for stalling the process that will see TV broadcasting in South Africa transfer from an analogue signal to digital, will hold a meeting next…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting has been fraught with delays and debates, the most recent of which centres around the use of encryption on free-to-air (FTA)…

BBC World News goes live on iPhone

BBC World News is the BBC's international news and current affairs television channel. iPhone/iPod Touch can now enjoy it with this official BBC app. Programs are broadcasted 24 hours a…

Eutelsat to broadcast Zap, Angola’s new satellite TV bouquet

In March 2010, Eutelsat Communications announced that it has signed a major contract with UPSTAR Comunicações for satellite capacity for the broadcasting of ZAP pay-TV platform, expected to launch shortly…

SA home fibre player makes progress

The company previously known as i3 Africa is to begin building its trial fibre network in Umhlanga in the next few months and is now eyeing other cities for expansion.…

France24 news channel free on iphone: 100,000 downloads the 1st month and success in South Africa

http://iphone.france24.com/en/news The channel reported 100,000 France 24 iphone apps' downloads the first month after its launch. Of all the free news applications available on iTunes, France 24 Live ranks among…

Technology & Convergence News - In Brief

- Middle East digital content provider Istikana has partnered with Samsung Gulf Electronics to launch an Arabic video on demand (VOD) service for users of internet-enabled smart TVs. Over 3,000…

Kenya: Traders Gear Up for Boom from Broadcast Switchover to digital

The migration of broadcasting from analogue to digital will open a window of opportunities for entrepreneurs. Signs that traders are entering a boom period is the move by the body…

Africa: Watch Dstv On Your Phone

Television fans may soon enjoy their favourite programmes from their mobile phones if plans by Multichoice Uganda to introduce the system come to fruition. The system will be made possible…

M-Net scored 51.62 out of 100 for its social media reputation

South African subscription-funded television channel M-Net scored 51.62 out of 100 for its social media reputation. The rating was awarded by Yomego, the social media agency. M-Net's volume of noise…

GeoPoll Unveils First Ever Overnight TV Ratings In African Markets

New Audience Measurement Service Launches with Unprecedented Data on the Viewing Habits of More Than 300 Million PeopleNAIROBI, Kenya, June 5, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – GeoPoll ), the world’s…

DTT: video-based emergency warnings for DVB-T2 networks

In advance of this month’s Broadcast Asia, ENENSYS, designers and manufacturers of digital TV transmission technologies, has today announced the launch of rEWS – a receiver-agnostic system providing video-based emergency…

Stream a lot of video? Consider yourself a veritable eco-warrior

Here’s one more reason that streaming video is a good thing: it’s eco-friendly.The biggest savings is in your carbon footprint… no more running up to the local DVD outlet to…

S.A.: ATEC brings fibre to suburbs, video services to follow

ATEC Systems and Technologies (www.atec.co.za) has just completed phase one of a large roll-out to create South Africa's first non-gated FTTH community. This deployment, in the affluent suburb of Clifton,…

Trial in Cape Town shows that TV White Spaces can deliver broadband access without interference

TV White Spaces—the unused spectrum between TV channels—have the potential to bring wireless broadband access to underserved and rural areas. These low frequency signals can travel long distances and fill…

Exset expands value-add pay-TV ecosystems for emerging markets

Exset, pioneer of value-add pay-TV ecosystems for emerging markets, has today announced the full launch of its DMS 2.0 technology. This allows operators to provide a wide range of value-add…

Canal+ and Orange seal a new TV partnership

On 15 July 2011, Canal+ and Orange announce a proposed editorial, commercial and technology partnership for the Orange Cinema Series TV package. Bertrand Meheut, Chairman of Canal+ Group, and Stéphane…

Irokotv.com officially launched

Iroko Partners, the company that brought NollywoodLove on YouTube officially launched a new home for Nollywood movies to the public on December 1, 2011.We got exclusive access to test the…

Sony Professional Solutions Middle East and Africa Offers Free License of ASSIMILATE SCRATCH Lab

Sony Professional Solutions MEA FZ LLC announced it is offering a FREE license of ASSIMILATE’s award-winning SCRATCH Lab® Advanced Dailies software to customers who purchase any Sony CineAlta camera: PMW-F5…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Verimatrix has extended its partnership with the Wananchi Group, the African triple-play provider, to provide content security for Zuku TV across direct-to-home (DTH) satellite, digital cable and IP-over-GPON networks —…

South Africa: Country Migrates to Digital Broadcasting with SABC launching two new channels

As of tomorrow, Saturday 1 November 2008, South Africa will enter a new era of broadcasting, when the country officially converts its television broadcasting signals from analogue to digital. Minister…

Digital broadcasting will be cheaper after migration

The deadline for digital migration in Africa will end in 2015, and experts have been discussing how important the process means to African countries. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- At the end of 2011, the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) launched a new service to the benefit of its member radio and TV corporations. Broadcasting Arab radio and…

Advanced video streaming offers benefits across industry sectors

With the exponential growth of connectivity, the explosion of smartphones, tablets and other devices, and the massive popularity of social video channels, such as YouTube, video has become very much…

SABCnews.com going Web 2.0

The SABC's news website, www.SABCnews.com, is currently undergoing reconstructive Web 2.0 surgery, all of which will be revealed on Wednesday, 19 November 2008. “It is a huge task involving many…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- In South Africa, Samsung's locally available 3D video-on-demand service hasn't seen great uptake due to the connectivity limitations in South Africa, according to Samsung SA. Samsung wrote that 70…

Dune HD partners with Quadrille on African VOD

Set-top box maker Dune HD has partnered with push video-on-demand specialist Quadrille to offer satellite-based VOD to operators in Africa. The firms said that they had created a receiver able…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Follow the first web TV in West Africa dedicated to human rights here: - The Cheetah Code is a web TV series spotlighting Africa’s young entrepreneurs and emerging technology…

New streaming service ORIN launched in Nigeria

Online entertainment magazine Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET) has launched ORIN, a music streaming service designed to allow users access to exclusive Nigerian and African music content faster and to help…

Wananchi’s SimbaNet unveils new services for SMEs

Wananchi Group’s subsidiary SimbaNet has added voice and TV services to its fibre-based Internet offering in a move aimed at growing its market share among small and medium-sized firms (SMEs).The…

Bamba TV users urged to observe voltage rules

Bamba TV will give new set-top boxes for free to customers whose BAMBA decoders have malfunctioned due to power problems."Please contact Bamba customer service to get a brand new decoder…

MultiChoice cuts Explora decoder price in Ghana

Multichoice Ghana said the price of the Explora decoder has been reduced from GHC 1,182 to GHC 850. New subscribers without the accessories will also get a fully installed Explora…

Kenya: LG Electronics launches digital TV sets

LG Electronics has launched its digital broadcasting TV set in the Kenyan market laying the foundation for the country's plan to switch to digital broadcasting. The launch comes eight months…

South Africa: State Plan for Digital TV to Go to Cabinet

The communications department says it will give the cabinet its long-awaited proposals on the move from analogue to digital terrestrial TV by the end of March. The strategy will include…

Africa: MacPower's D7-3500 brings digital media to the home

Ingram Micro South Africa has announced the local availability of the MacPower D7-3500 media adapter - a compact high-performance and feature rich digital media player that substantially reduces the complexity…

Nigeria: ITU Defines Future of Mobile Telecommunications

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radiocommunication Assembly has approved new developments for its 3G standards. The assembly, which met ahead of the Radiocommunication conference which commenced on Monday at the International…

South Africa: Ster-Kinekor Cinema all-digital in 2013

The cinema chain will replace all of its 35mm projectors by no later than 17 December 2013. Fans of celluloid won’t like this news. South Africa’s largest cinema chain, Ster-Kinekor,…

Angolan channel TV Zimbo chooses VSN´s technology for its migration to HD

Hand in hand with the British system integrator VSC Design, VSN have deployed the migration to HD of TV Zimbo at their new facilities and launched the new system to…

Kenya: Country Makes a Technology Leap With Mobile TV

Mobile phone owners are set to have a new addition to their menu following the launch by a digital broadcaster of a service that will stream television content to their…

GOD TV using ViewSat in the Sub-Saharan region

GOD TV, the global Christian media channel, has partnered with ViewSat to provide specialised Gospel and Christian messaging to the Sub Saharan region, tapping into ViewSat’s capacity on the Intelsat…

DStv to open PVR to the Internet

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

Kenya: Nairobians to Buy Sh3,000 Decoders to Watch TV Beyond

Nairobi residents will either need a digital television or a set top box to watch television beyond Kenya's 50th year of Independence. This was announced by Joseph Tiampati, Principal Secretary…

E.tv Chooses Omneon Spectrum Servers

Free-to-air terrestrial television channel, e.tv, has purchased two Omneon Spectrum(TM) media server systems, one to add capacity to the existing Spectrum server in e.tv's 24-hour news production operation, e.News, and…

South Africa: New digital taxi TV

Expanding Branding has secured the marketing rights to a brand new in-taxi digital TV system which offers some unique points of difference and is now launching with discounted packages for…

Mobile music initiative on hold

94.7 Highveld Stereo listeners will have to wait a while before they can start downloading music they hear on the airwaves onto their phones. The station announced Monday, 21 July…

S.A. World Cup fever boosts 3D TV sales

South Korean firms are enjoying a boom in sales of 3D televisions thanks to rising demand stoked by the World Cup in South Africa, officials said mid-July 2010.Samsung Electronics has…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Morocco: Between the costs of renovation, the shift to digital and the competition of multiplexes, the cinema sector is heating up. In Casablanca’s centre, the three cinemas have traded…

RightsGenie, a new online film distributor…ideal for Africa

New York City- based RightsCube Inc., the global media rights information platform has launched RightsGenie, a new online service that helps content distributors and television channels locate available content for…

Kenyan mobile providers will need to offer free mobile TV to increase subscription levels

According to Emmanuel Were writing in Business Daily Africa that giving Free access to mobile television is crucial to winning clients. "Kenyan mobile phone services providers and broadcasters will have…

In Brief:

The Avalon Group, considered one of South Africa's largest and oldest independent cinema exhibition and entertainment company is opening five cinemas, each featuring the latest 3D, digital projection hardware and…

Ghana: MultiChoice Subscribers Go Cashless with txtNpay

The thrill and convenience of engaging in cashless transactions for goods and services was experienced by hundreds of MultiChoice subscribers for the first time when Afric Xpress, a pioneer mobile…

Africa: wTVision provides on-air graphics for Africa Cup

wTVision is providing a complete on-air graphics service for the broadcast coverage of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2010 edition, which kicked off on 10 January and runs through…

Chinese Dominance in Kenyan Digital Migration Raises Alarm

There are concerns that Chinese dominance of Kenya’s digital migration process could be used to muzzle freedom of the press. Courtesy: Miriam GathigahControversy and confusion have marked Kenya’s transition from…

Mobile TV in Africa: Alcatel-Lucent's on its implentations

In Africa, and just as preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament are gathering momentum in most African countries, a few African mobile telephone operators signaled their intention to…

Ethiopia: Radio Fana in Ethiopia installs Netia to automate its workflow

Netia announced on 7 January that Radio Fana, Ethiopia's first national commercial broadcaster and multilingual radio station, has selected Netia's Radio-Assist digital audio software suite. Radio-Assist will enable Radio Fana…

Uganda’s Makerere University partners with Digimation UK to offer animation courses

Kampala — Uganda's quest to embrace new trends in modern information communication technology is moving up, as the country now moves to digital animation.Makerere University and Digimation UK have entered…

DStv to launch BoxOffice VOD service

MultiChoice is set to launch its own commercially extended video-on-demand (VOD) service, called DStv BoxOffice, as early as during July, according to a source familiar with the matter.DStv BoxOffice will…

Super Bowl shown in HD in SA for the first time ever

Super Bowl XLVIII will be live – and for the first time it will be seen in high definition (HD) in South Africa on Monday morning.This year will be the…

Mediapeers rolls out in Africa

As a Pure B2B service company for sellers and buyers of audiovisual content, mediapeers (spelled with a small "m") has decided to market its popular platform to the African market.…

South Africans now regularly purchase movies online

On 20th August 2010, market research company Synovate uncovered the online spending habits of South African Internet users. The survey reveals that audio-visual content providers in Africa should consider “secured”…

Nigeria: ‘70% of Citizens can't afford digital broadcast'

Over seventy percent of Nigerians will not be able to pay for digital broadcast in the country from 2015 when migration from analogue is completed, a lawyer and IT activist,…

South Africa: SABC lacks skills for digital migration

Marian Shinn, the DA's Shadow Minister of Communications, says that the SABC does not have the skills to successfully transition to digital broadcasting before the international deadline of June 2015.Shinn…

Kenya: Safaricom's New Data Service Goes Live On June 20

Blackberry, Safaricom's new wireless voice and data service, will go live on June 20. Briefing corporate executives at a breakfast meeting in Nairobi, Safaricom chief executive officer Michael Joseph said…

Technology & Convergence News: In Brief

- On August 2010, DStv launched a new innovative self-service support on the web.  Help for DStv subscribers in South Africa is now a click away. MultiChoice is enabling its…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- In a 1st July 2011 communiqué from STC and Google, Arimr Kesisoqlu, director of Google Middle East and North Africa, said: "More than 100 million Arabs log on to…

Tuluntulu: a South African startup worth watching in 2014

Ventureburn, with our focus on emerging markets, covered a fare amount of startups from the BRIC countries and the likes in 2013. With our eye on 2014, let’s take a…

South Africa: Media Firm Prepares to Capture in-Taxi Television Market

Taxi commuters will soon be in the crosshairs of advertisers hungry for a slice of mass-market action with in-taxi television. The elusive solution to technology limitations and difficult taxi associations…

South Africa: Neotel opens data centre with video priority

Neotel will launch a virtual service environment in its data centre, with a view to providing full cloud offerings later, says executive head of technology Angus Hay.Neotel has opened a…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

In South Africa, Ster-Kinekor launches a new app for Windows phone: Continuing their long-term digital partnership, Ster-Kinekor Theatres and Prezence have announced the launch of a new Ster-Kinekor app for…

True mobile TV arrives in South Africa

The DVB-H mobile TV technology is not to be confused with the recently launched DStv Mobile streaming service that utilises the mobile operators' 3G networks.Only two months after being awarded…

Technology & Convergence News: In Brief

- Toshiba will release "Power TV", small TV sets dedicated to areas where there are power cuts. The TV sets will have a built-in battery allowing 2 hours’ autonomy, ideal…

NexTV and ONStv Announce VoD and Pay-per-View Solution for South Africans Living Abroad

NexTV and ONStv announced today a VOD and pay-per-view solution for South Africans living abroad. Viewers from South Africa living or traveling outside their homeland can now watch their favorite…

Kenya Data Networks to introduce advanced news gathering applications for local TV and Radio stations

Kenya Data Networks is bringing a whole new way of news gathering and dissemination for Local TV and Radio stations that will significantly reduce their operating expenses by up to…

Liberia: Novafone launches 4G with video stream

NOVAFONE has held a press conference to introduce the new company to the Liberian public.Speaking during the launching program held at the Royal Hotel in Sinkor, the Chief Commercial Officer…

Cameroon: Guy Manu launches Internet television channel

According to its promoters at its launch in Stains in France last Thursday, LCA1 TV will be "a gateway into and out of the continent." The launch took place in…

South Africa: Sentech Warns On Analogue Deadline

Sentech, the state-owned company that carries radio and television signals for SA's terrestrial broadcasters, is likely to miss its first looming deadline for migrating to digital TV. Switching from analogue…

Globecast to Offer IP/MPLS-Based Broadcast Services in 2014

At IBC2013, Globecast announced plans to offer IP/MPLS (MultiProtocol Label Switching) technology using the Globecast Backbone Network (GCBN) in 2014. An international DTM (Dynamic Synchronous Transfer Mode) network that spans…

Nigeria: Digital switchover date set for 2012

The Federal government has said that come 2012, all analog transmission across the country will be switched off in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Speaking yesterday at the…

Kenya: Why The Nation Is Enthusiastic About the Shift From Analogue to Digital TV

This year, Kenya will migrate its four million analogue TV viewers to the digital platform. The switch over is the culmination of a journey that started in 2006, during the…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Kenya: The show, dubbed Upstart Africa TV: Turning Reality into Business, is the country's very first televised start-up show that will bring together young aspiring 'techpreneurs' from different parts…

Nigeria: DSTV Mobile Debuts in Nigeria

Nigeria attained another technological height yesterday, with the launch of Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld (DVB-H) by Details Nigeria Ltd, one of the licenced pioneers of Multi-point Multi-channel Distribution Services (MMDS) in…

Super high speed internet access available from June 2012 to support multiplay

Sunday Guest at TVT, the CEO of Togo Telecom has given details of the arrival, as expected by users, of the very high speed internet access. It is due in…

Zimbabwe: Generate Your Own Power (for TV)

The sun provides a huge amount of energy and this energy is fully renewable, free and available for 6 to 8 hours per day on average. In Zimbabwe we have…

Eutelsat at Satcom Africa: new resources and services to boost broadcast and data markets across Africa

Eutelsat at Satcom Africa: new resources and services to boost broadcast and data markets across Africa21-24 May 2012, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, Stand 26Closing the infrastructure gap in…

DStv On Demand for iPad

MultiChoice recently updated its DStv iPad app with the ability to stream shows. Following a recent update to the DStv iPad app, MultiChoice now lets DStv Premium subscribers access its…

Technology & Convergence News - In Brief

- A new building housing the television studio of the Department of Mass Communication, Crescent University, Abeokuta, has been completed. A statement from the department said the studio would take…

African broadcasters: what TV can gain from going online

You’ll be hard pressed to have missed the hype surrounding Netflix’s new House of Cards series. A high-profile ad campaign has accompanied its launch, including blanket coverage on London’s Underground,…

SES, Inverto, Abilis and MaxLinear revolutionise satellite TV home distribution with industry’s first IP-LNB

New IP-LNB delivers satellite broadcast content to TVs, tablets, smartphones and PCs connected to the home IP networkSES, Inverto, Abilis and MaxLinear Inc. announced that they have been jointly designing…

Kenya: Plentiful broadcast music spells the end of the road for CDs

When CDS of local music were introduced slightly over a decade ago, they sold at Ksh800 ($12.5) while those for imported music ranged from Ksh1200-Ksh1500 ($18.75-$23.5). Not anymore though, as…

Online video player for SA TV planned

Sentech is working on a way for South Africans to stream television content online similar to the BBC iPlayer that is available to residents of the United Kingdom.The CEO of…

Universal McCann’s Suliman predicts Year for Online advertisement in Africa

The challenge this year for advertisers is to really connect with their consumers in credible spaces online and learn how to become part of their personal space with an authentic…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Sentech’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) network covers 80.43% of the South African population using the DVB-T2 standard, CEO of the signal distributor, Setumo Mohapi, reiterated at a press briefing…

Startimes Kenya lowers cost of FTA receiver

Kenya's StarTimes Media has effected a 17.5 percent cut in the cost of acquiring its DVB-T2 free-to-air set-top box with the move aimed at making it more affordable for Kenyans.…

“TV5Monde + Africa” WebTV celebrates its first year of existence

Launched May 25, 2010 (Africa Day), TV5Monde + Africa, a WebTV channel dedicated to the continent and the African audiovisual creation announced excellent performancs. In less than a year (June…

Botswana: Japanese DTT standard adoption criticised

The Southern African Digital Broadcasting Association (Sadiba) has criticised Botswana for choosing a Japanese digital television standard over the more commonly practiced European one. HumanIPO reported Botswana adopted Integrated Services Digital…

Al Jazeera Media Network Opens Innovation Challenge

The Innovation and Research group at Al Jazeera Media Network has kicked off its first major community initiative with an online Innovation Challenge. This is an open competition aiming to…

Free ADSL data with Vidi video on demand streaming

Netflix-like video streaming service Vidi has promised to pay for your ADSL dataVidi, the Netflix-like video streaming service from Times Media Group, has announced a promotion which offers subscribers free…

SA: First DVB-T2 switch-on in June 2011

Communications Minister Roy Padayachie delivered his budget vote speech in parliament today, shedding light in the Department of Communications’ plans in the telecoms and broadcasting space. One of the department’s…

Malawi broadcaster demands top notch equipment to replace outdated items

Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has asked government to consider procurement of new state of the art equipment to replace the existing old and damaged ones that are short-changing its operations.Evance…

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

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

Startimes Free To Air Set Top Box To Retail At Just Ksh 3,299

Digital Television Company StarTimes Media has  slashed its DVB T2 Free-To-Air(FTA) set top boxes by 17.5 percent today; the company did this to ensure that many Kenyans can afford the…

South Africa: DStv’s first HD channel

MultiChoice will launch its first high definition (HD) channel on the DStv bouquet on 8 August, to coincide with the Beijing Olympic Games. HD PVR recorders will become available from…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- CNN's weekly primetime Africa programmes are on Facebook! The social network enables viewers to view videos and to interact with producers and reporters. Source: CNN Africa.- TV5Monde is about…

Microsoft and Google perform trials for TV White Spaces in Africa

While Microsoft is working on providing TV White Space Internet connectivity in Kenya, Google announced on Monday, March 25, that it would perform trials for TV White Spaces in Cape…

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

Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC), the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, today announced that the AMOS-5 satellite has won a long-term contract from Senegal's EXCAF Telecom for satellite…

New Regulations for Drone in the South African Film Industry:

As the process of creating new regulations for RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems, commonly referred to as drones) comes to completion, the film industry is very eager to begin using…

South Africa: Pay-TV, Internet Boost for Naspers

Naspers, Africa's largest media company which lifted core headline earnings 38% to R3.9bn in the year to March, would continue to expand existing businesses and develop new opportunities in the…

Kenya: Firms in deal for joint broadcast digital signals venture

All free-to-air television broadcasters are to form a joint company that will be given a licence to broadcast digital signals across the country.This is expected to end a stand-off between…

Kenya: Safaricom to sell more smartphones

Kenya’s biggest mobile operator, Safaricom, has said it will stop selling feature phones in its own retail stores an effort to increase smartphone penetration and bolster the East African country’s…

Nigeria: Firms Prepare for Analogue to Digital Switch Over

Global satellite company, SES, in cooperation with Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG), a leading pan-African ICT company, launched a new digital television platform, on SES's ASTRA 2F satellite, at 28.2…

StarTimes adds capacity on SES-5 for Africa

SES-5SES has announced that StarTimes has extended its partnership with SES on the SES-5 satellite. It has contracted additional capacity to provide an enhanced TV viewing experience for its subscribers…

DStv Mobile now available through Mac OS X

The Mac OS X is the latest operating system to be made compatible with the Drifta and the Drifta USB, this just weeks after the Drifta was made compatible with…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- The cost of acquiring digital converters will pose the greatest challenge to the envisaged migration to digital broadcasting by African Countries. The average cost of acquiring a set top…

Pay TV firm slashes prices ahead of digital migration deadline (Uganda)

As the deadline to the digital migration draws closer, pay television providers have cut the prices for their kitts.MultiChoice at a press conference held at their new offices in Kololo…

SABC debuts WiMax radio transmission feed to broadcast centre

The SABC and broadcast technology partner Siemens have achieved a world first by successfully conducting the first live radio transmission using a Wi-Max IP contributed feed. A pilot project was…

Technology & Convergence- In Brief

- Multinational media company Naspers released its interim results for the six months to 30 September 2011. They show subsidiary MultiChoice has enjoyed far slower growth than in 2010 but…

SA Direct TV targets European Audience to boost Southern African businesses

Southern Africa Direct is a lifestyle and culture television channel. The company seeks to provide authentic and engaging information and entertainment for anyone wishing to travel to or do business…

Kenya: Technology Shift to Drive New Innovations in Digital Broadcasts

The visual broadcasting industry is set for radical changes over the next five years as policy and technology shifts drive new innovation in the sector, analysts say. Aside from the…

UCC says fall in decoder prices sparked by new players

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) said that the current price war among pay-TV companies was caused by new players in the decoder importation business, the Monitor reported. Currently, most pay-TV…

Madagascar: Data Telecom Service launches Internet TV

Last week Data Telecom Service (DTS), a subsidiary of the telco incumbent, Telma, launched a new Internet TV service called Moov Live. “With this new multimedia service, it is possible…

Zimbabwe: Marketing Artists Online

www.africaunsigned.com Already there are three Zimbabwean acts in the project namely, Victor Kunonga, Bongo Love and Africa Destiny. Fans can log on to the website, find an artist of their…

Google reportedly in talks with South Africa and Kenya regulators to build wireless networks on TV airwaves

Google is reportedly working on a way to connect more people around the world to the Internet, specifically those in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The Wall Street Journal is…

The Live Streaming Revolution South African live streaming site is changing the way we engage with music

SkyRoomLive (SRL) – supported by Virgin Mobile South Africa - is a local online music portal, which is setting the live streaming world on fire. SRL gives music fans the…

SA: New stadium meets international communication requirements

The new multipurpose Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, purpose built for the FIFA 2010 World Cup, will have a voice, data, cabling, satellite master antenna television and computer network, as well…

The Fifth SADC Digital Broadcasting Migration Forum

The Fifth SADC Digital Broadcasting Migration Forum took place on April 15-17, 2013 in Swakopmund, Namibia. The main objective was to review the implementation of the SADC Roadmap for Digital…

Morocco's Atlantic FM Upgrades to NETIA's Radio-Assist 8.2

NETIA has announced that Moroccan radio group Atlantic FM, part of the Eco-Medias Group, has upgraded to version 8.2 of NETIA's Radio-Assist™ digital audio software suite. Bringing Atlantic FM to…

Kenya: Country's First Web-Based TV Broadcaster

Competition in Kenya's broadcasting market has moved a notch higher with the launch of a new Internet-based television station. Known as Kenya 2.0, the service offers local viewers and Kenyans…

4th HD SABC truck ready for World Cup

South African Broadcasting (SABC) will cover the World Cup for its domestic audience with four OB trucks, each fitted with Riedel intercom systems. Two of SABC’s new OB trucks were…

South Africa: final decision on DTT standard is imminent

In South Africa, there have been delays in announcing the official digital TV standards decision, and it’s a decision which does not seem easy to take. SADC was supposed to…

Pay TV: the price of pick and choose

A proposed US bill, if signed into law, could result in American pay-television subscribers being able to pick and choose the channels they want to subscribe to. But before South…

MultiChoice unveils new DStv HD decoder in Nigeria, Kenya

Pay-TV operator, MultiChoice, has unveiled its HD single view decoder in Kenya and Nigeria. The DStv HD decoder, which will replace the existing standard definition single view decoder, delivers HD…

South Africa: African readers get access to information via cellphones

A South African newspaper last Sunday became the first on the continent to offer readers the opportunity to access information via cellphones with Internet connectivity. The Sunday Times is inviting…

FIFA and Sony 3D experience of FIFA World Cup

Following the initial joint announcement to make the world’s first FIFA World Cup available in 3D, FIFA and Sony Corporation have unveiled insights into what the football fans around the…

WTS on a technical mission to improve film quality in Nigeria

Goddie Ofose from the Daily Independent (Lagos) reported on 1 November 2010 that broadcast companies and their adjuncts in Nigeria will receive foreign support to produce programmes that would be…

South Africa: Pule in about-turn on digital TV

The communications minister has told parliament that a government policy that mandated that set-top boxes support a control system for digital terrestrial television would be reviewed. Communications minister Dina Pule…

Kenya's Able Wireless shifts focus to content delivery

Kenyan on-demand wireless streaming service provider Able Wireless has shut its network down and announced that it will focus on content delivery network, adding that it has learnt lessons from…

Technology and Convergence News - In Brief

- MC Kerry from DStv announced on 28-Oct-2010 the launch of DStv.com’s new website. The site includes an on-demand section packed with videos and trailers. Anybody can get glimpse of…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- In South Africa, total data traffic on Vodacom’s network has increased 40% year on year, according to group CEO Shameel Joosub, with average monthly data usage per smartphone user…

CEO Weekends: Kenyan middle class pushing the uptake of connected televisions

Samsung Electronics East Africa is predicting an increase in the uptake of connected televisions in the country, propelled by a growing middle class.According to Robert Ngeru, Vice President and COO,…

Discovery Networks: “biggest challenge for IPTV in the MEA region is bandwidth”

We speak to Kasia Kieli, executive vice president and managing director for Discovery Networks Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa (CEEMEA).Q: What major developments have you witnessed in…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

South Africa’s Department of Communications (DOC) has officially been given the mandate over the country’s digital terrestrial television migration; the responsibility was earlier held by the Department of Telecommunications and…

Zambia: MISA lobbies Government to zero rate media equipment

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Zambia has recommended that the Government should zero rate taxes on media equipment owing to the global economic recession. Misa Zambia is of…

DStv Mobile unveils the Walka Handheld TV

Another innovative product is about to be released by DStv Mobile. The Walka Handheld TV is a slim, lightweight device with a 3.5” viewing screen providing digital visual and audio…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- In Eritrea, the Ministry of Information has introduced new instruments of high definition, namely LAN Linear Editing, according to Eng. Daniel Kiflom, Head of the Ministry's Technical Unit in…

CNBC Africa commences mobile tv trial

CNBC Africa in partnership with Mobile TV, have commenced trials on the Korean Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) technology."We are hugely excited by this development as it has the potential to…

Exset Launches Digital Monetisation System to Empower African Digital Transition

The Africa Page is a new and unique way of increasing operator revenues in value-based digital television networks On October 3, 2012, Exset, pioneers of TV ecosystems for emerging markets,…

Africa: Fewer than 10% of countries will achieve analogue switch off by 2015

IBC 2012 in AMS: Fewer than 10% of countries in Africa will achieve analogue switch off by their target date of 2015, according to Christoph Limmer, senior director SES marketing…

Madagascar: Blueline’s new secured DTT service

Madagascan digital terrestrial TV operator Blueline has partnered with Sweden-based Cryptoguard for content security.Blueline will replace its existing conditional access security system with Cryptoguard’s CAS service, making it the first…

Tanzania: Seven Regions Adopt Digital TV Tech

Seven regions in Tanzania mainland have adopted digital television broadcasting through the Star Times, the company announced in Dar es Salaam.  The Star Times Sales Manager,  David Kisaka, told a…

Verimatrix secures African pay TV

With a range of infrastructures being deployed, pay TV services will need to secure their content over multiple network types, according to Pierre Hunter, vice-president of sales, EMEA at content…

Technology & Convergence News - in Brief

- Simfy Africa, the local version of a European music streaming service, was launched last month. Some see services like Simfy as a godsend for local labels and musicians, but…

Tanzania: BTL and Nagra launch DTT service

Basic Transmissions Limited (BTL) launches new digital terrestrial television (DTT) service in Tanzania using NAGRA’s MediaAccess smartcard solution. The solution enables the launch of a free-to-air service as a solid…

Usaasa sets out set-top box subsidy plan

The Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa), the government agency tasked with bridging South Africa’s digital divide, has provided details of those who will qualify for a…

South Africa: DSTV Guides By Cellphone

DSTV is sending out programming information to subscribers through a "mobizine" -- a technology that combines cellphone technology with magazine-like content. The satellite platform owned by MultiChoice said this week…

Cameroon: Koreans to Install Digital Broadcasting in CRTV

A delegation from the Korean company, Posdata, is in Cameroon to evaluate the needs and conduct technical studies in view of installing digital broadcasting and management in the Cameroon Radio…

Technology & Convergence - In brief

- In South Africa, e.tv set up e On Demand on its website. e On Demand is a catch-up service that allows you to watch some of our past programmes…

Hitachi Kokusai wins DTT transmitter order from Botswana TV

Hitachi Kokusai Linear Equipamentos Eletronicos (HKL), a Brazilian subsidiary of Japan's Hitachi Kokusai Electric, has received a package order for digital terrestrial television broadcasting transmitters from Botswana TV, a state-run…

Tunisia: Video-Sharing Website Dailymotion Blocked

Omar Mestiri, the editor of the opposition online newspaper "Kalima", is the victim of judicial harassment, Reporters Without Borders said on April 11th of a libel suit that could result…

Kenya: Easy FM Pioneers Reverse Auction On Radio

Easy FM has partnered with a mobile phone service provider to offer its listeners a chance to participate in the first ever reverse bidding auction on phone. The service will…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Muvi TV, Zambia’s leading commercial broadcaster and one of Africa’s fastest-growing satellite TV platforms, is poised for a new phase of expansion. The company has renewed and expanded its satellite…

Namibia: PM Urges Hi-Tech Services for the Region's Masses

Providers of television, Internet and other communications services need to make them more accessible and affordable to lower-income groups and rural communities, Prime Minister Nahas Angula has urged. Speaking at…

iPad 2 lands in South Africa with the ability to make and edit videos

Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.iPad…

Kenya: Local Broadcast Set to Go Digital

The Government has said the broadcasting industry is expected to switch from analogue to digital broadcasting by 2015. This means that television and radio gadgets in the market would be…

Professional sound, lighting, staging and rigging takes centre stage at Mediatech Africa Expo

Mediatech Africa boasted over 6,700 visitors at its previous show, making it Africa's largest advanced technology trade exhibition. The biannual hub for all serious industry players takes place at the…

Nigeria: Television coming to Mobile Phones

What promises to be a major application in mobile services in a short while is mobile TV. This service will enable mobile phone subscribers watch television programmes on their mobile…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- South Africans can finally buy and download paid-for applications from the Android Market South African Android users have reason to celebrate today with paid applications becoming available locally in…

DStv lowers monthly subscription fees in Ghana

Cape Town – MultiChoice is lowering the monthly DStv subscription fees, but only in Ghana, due to that country's improving currency. South African consumers buckling under a weak Rand are…

Zimbabwe: Econet Wireless Completes 3G Network Installation

Econet Wireless is now ready to roll out its 3G network following the completion of installation of the equipment, CEO Mr Douglas Mboweni has said. "We are now on the…

Nigeria: Time Machine - A Personal Computer, TV Tool

At times like this when the awareness of Information and Communication Technology and innovations is on the increase, the convergence between Television and Personal Computing (PC) technologies as a tool…

Cape Verde to roll out DTT in two stages

The Cape Verde government has decided that digital terrestrial television (DTT), scheduled to start by 17 June 2015, will be implemented in two phases, reports Noticia ao Minuto. According to…

MultiChoice’s remarkable universal remote control

From your TV set and decoder, to your coffee machine - yes your coffee machine! - your house lights, your home theatre set-up, and many more, the latest PVR remote…

SunPoynt Solar TV: affordable digital TV to Africans off the grid

Poynting, South Africa’s largest wireless antenna designer and producer, has made another leap forward for Africa with the development of SunPoynt TV.The antenna company’s digital TV business unit manager, Eduard…

Africa: Text Messaging Delivers News

Print newspapers must re-strategise if they wish to keep up with new information and communication technologies (ICTs) since their emergence is enabling citizens to access news long before media houses…

Google Aims to Stop 'Agency Fraud' in South Africa

Myth and misunderstanding is leading to digital mayhem in the industry, whereby agencies are being accused by digital behemoth Google of committing fraud or, at the very least, irresponsible accounting…

African operators must rethink business models (for VoD, TV, etc.)

As African telecommunications operators start to position themselves to offer voice, video and broadband services as bundled offerings, they need to rethink the way that they provision said services and…

Orange Technocentres looking for mobile apps

The Orange Technocentres (one is based in Abidjan) focus on companies and holders of innovative projects including from Africa. The structure of the operator is responsible for designing and placing…

Uganda: UTL's New Technology to Broadcast TV, Mail

Uganda Telecom's mobile phone subscribers will be able to watch television and read office mail from their cellphones once its 3G network is rolled out this year. Uganda Telecom's (UTL)…

The real mobile revolution: Africa's smartphone future

As the world's fastest growing market for mobile phones, Africa is ripe for the upcoming disruption that will be ushered in by ubiquitous Internet access through smartphones.The previous wave of…

Apps featured by Apple or Google get 6 times the downloads and 9 times the revenue — or nothing

Check out all of GamesBeat's Electronic Entertainment Expo 2014 coverage here.Everyone who has published an app in the iOS App Store wants Apple to feature them, because that will boost…

OnMobile ties up with Airtel Africa for powering football services

Bangalore, November 12, 2013: OnMobile Global Limited, a leading global telecom value-added services (VAS) company with presence in 59 countries, has tied up with Airtel Africa to power a service…

RSA: Sstreamm - a mobile television streaming service

South African startup Sstreamm launched a mobile television streaming service named Pockit TV  - an online mobile streaming site that allows you to view content on your phone. It aims…

Back to the future: Kenya’s first ever teletext service

At the point which media owners and broadcasters across the world are closing down their teletext systems, Kenya’s national broadcaster has chosen to install one. SysMedia has supplied the teletext…

Ster-Kinekor completes cinema digitalisation

Ster-Kinekor Theatres has completed the digital conversion of all its 438 cinemas around South Africa as it seeks to provide audiences with the best possible movie viewing experience.HumanIPO reported earlier…

Afrostream TV: Building the Infrastructure for Black Power in the Global Film Industry

On SmartMonkeyTV:Tonjé Bakang on his new online film and TV platform for Black culture and Africa, @Afrostream The following has not been written so that you might run and tell…

ICTA hosts CRASA Forum to help fast track and harmonize migration from analogue to digital broadcasting in southern Africa

The harmonization process of digital broadcasting migration for the SADC region has begun. In view of this the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) will be hosting the Digital Broadcasting…

UNESCO and CBA launch new guidelines for broadcasters on user-generated content

For the first time guidelines have been published on how broadcasters around the world can encourage audiences to produce better-quality user-generated content. The new guidelines will also enable the public…

South Africa: Soweto Community TV station goes mobile

South Africa’s first full time community TV channel, Soweto Community TV, has launched Q788, which gives consumers access to the latest issues, gossip, downloads, TV show information, community projects or festivals,…

Not just for laughs: 3D cartoons give Kenyan businesses winning edge

Kenyan companies are turning to 3D advertising to engage with audiences and lure investors.The bleary-eyed caveman is furious. He's been waiting for ages for a file to download only to…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

With now 60 years of experience in FM radio and TV broadcast antenna systems, Kathrein – which has distributors and offices across Africa, stands out as a reliable partner in…

New UK TV set from Cello offers convergence with iPlayer and 14 Internet channels

A new TV set which offers people the chance to view the BBC iPlayer directly, has launched. The iViewer, from British firm Cello, has built-in internet access, and requires a…

Mozambique: Internet TV Channel Announced

The Mozambican government's "Made in Mozambique" campaign took an ambitious step forward on Friday with the announcement that "Made in Mozambique" will soon launch an Internet television channel. The channel,…

African Digital Migration: a tough and expensive but necessary move

A recent event has highlighted that migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting by 2015 as set by ITU will not be easy for East African countries. Officials from the…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Eduze co-founder Charlie Beuthin wants to provide free, local offline content for smartphone users using Wi-Fi boxes in high footfall locations. The content (some of which will be in…

e.tv, the only contender for South Africa’s first mobile TV licence

As Mobile TV services are being launched in countries all over the world, récent Mobile TV audience research showed that this new media works for important not-to-be-missed events.On purpose, ICASA…

Technology & Convergence News: In Brief

- There are rumours that Dstv 173 has been left open for another high definition (HD) channel on DStv. That channel is marked for another future HD channel.

New channels for DStv Mobile

On 29 March 2011, DStv Mobile announced it will be adding three exciting new channels to its broadcast mobile TV offering. This comes just months after successfully launching digital mobile…

Tanzania: Radio first, TV second, mobile growing highlights Intermedia survey

Intermedia has released the latest in its Audiencescapes series of surveys of media use in African countries. The survey covers Tanzania and contains a number of tantalizing clues as to…

Togo Making the Digital TV Transition with Harris

Togo has launched an initiative to completely renew the country’s broadcast TV infrastructure. Harris will be at the heart of the overhaul, designing, installing and commissioning an entire digital video…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- End of March 2011, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it had been selected by MTN Nigeria for the transformation of the operator’s DSL access and aggregation network. The vendor’s solution will…

South Africa: Ster-Kinekor Places Order of New Digital Cinema Solution

Christie Digital Systems Canada has announced that Ster-Kinekor Theatres has confirmed a major deal, as it undertakes full conversion of its cinema estate to digital. This will be the first…

Nokia and DMTV Partner On Mobile TV in Nigeria

Mobile telecommunications Giant, Nokia and Digital Mobile Television (DMTV), a subsidiary of Multichoice last week signed a memoranda of understanding (MOU) on mobile TV services. With the partnership, consumers can…

Technology & Convergence News - In Brief

- Nigeria: Building on the ongoing success of the Drifta, Drifta USB and Walka, DStv Mobile, Africa's foremost Mobile TV company has announced the launch of the iDrifta and Walka…

CNN, Multichoice Improve Media Awards to include Internet

Advanced technology features like Web2.0 and live blogging will be part of this year's CNN-MultiChoice Journalist of the Year awards ceremony. This will be the first time that there will…

Multichoice amplifies care services in Nigeria with road show

Provider of premium pay-TV content on DStv and GOtv platforms, Multichoice, has stepped up its consumer engagement drive in Nigeria with its DStv open house initiative.  In furtherance of the…

Sony supported FIFA WC in 3D

Sony has opened 3D Experience Pavilions in seven countries around the globe including one at Nelson Mandela Square in South Africa. Open to the general public for a 3D movie…

SA’s next VOD service arrives in 2015

On 1 February 2015, mobile digital broadcaster MobileTV is set to launch its VOD offering, TV4U, in South Africa. According to MobileTV founder Mothobi Mutloatse, the service will be more…

S.A.: Nu Metro and Ster-Kinekor Cinemas screen selected WC matches LIVE in 3-D

FIFA has set up a distribution partnership with SONY, Ster-Kinekor and Nu-Metro cinemas around the world so that soccer fans can enjoy key matches on 3D.Ster-Kinekor's 3D world cup games…

South Africa: Digital TV set-top box draft spec unpacked

After years of rigorous debate, the SA Bureau of Standards (SABS) has finally issued the final draft minimum standard for the set-top box decoders that will be used to receive…

SatLink Communications partners with Pi Telecom to deliver Cloud based “TV everywhere” Platform

New End-to-End Cloud Platform provides immediate OTT service to broadcasters and operators with unique monetisation features SatLink Communications, a global teleport, content management and HD playout services provider, has announced a…

Nigeria - Consat agrees CAM deal with SmarDTV

Nigerian pay TV platform Continental Satellite Limited (Consat) has signed a conditional access modules (CAM) deal with Kudelski Group-owned company, SmarDTV.The DTH satellite operator’s pay TV service will soon be…

Technology and Convergence: In Brief

- A recent global Nielsen survey as well as online fan buzz strongly supports the urgent introduction of instant video replays during World Cup matches. After a weekend of two…

Egypt: Internet radio powers on after Arab Spring

When an Egyptian court fined former president Hosni Mubarak and two aides a total of 90 million dollars for cutting mobile and Internet services during protests that led to his…

Belgium’s SatADSL partners local companies for financial and school broadcasting services

Belgium firm, SatADSL is set to provide financial and school broadcasting services with internet connectivity to remote areas in Kenya and Uganda using satellite technology.The Belgian firm has partnered with…

Uganda sets digital migration deadline to August

Uganda has confirmed that it is switching off analogue broadcasting by end of August, East African Businessweek reported. Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Director for Broadcasting Fred Otunnu announced the country's…

Refinery Group embrace launch of HD channels

With the imminent launch of DSTV’s HD channel offering (scheduled for August 2008), Refinery Group have positioned themselves as the preferred solution for HD conversions. “We fully embrace the move…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Between 2010 and 2013, investors will spend more on submarine cable systems in Africa than anywhere else in the world, a new report from TeleGeography shows. Investors are expected…

Nigeria: Online Business Tv launches web portal

Nigeria's online business Television (WebTV) has announced the launch of its Web Portal and corporate service. The online business television & video service was founded in May 2011 as an…

South Africa: Digital migration off track?

South Africa's deadline for the digital broadcasting switch-on is 1 November this year, but as of the end of June, the Department of Communications (DoC) had still not published a…

WildEarth: “Catch-up-TV will be successful in Africa once costs come down”

Graham Wallington, CEO of WildEarth, a network of live wildlife channels and broadcasters, on the current state of online video in Africa, the continent’s potential for catch-up services, and the…

MENA region: next-generation TV according to Endavo Media

Endavo Media provides an enterprise OTT video services platform for telcos, and global OTT syndication for content producers and broadcasters.  Early next month Endavo’s president and CEO, Paul D Hamm…

BizRadio launches free streaming app in South Africa

Internet-based business radio channel, BizRadio, has launched a free application in South Africa that will give iOS and Android users access to live streams and archived podcasts from their mobile…

Africa monetizing opportunities of multiscreen entertainment

As the broadcast industry in Sub-Saharan Africa continues to evolve, so does AfricaCast. Reflecting the progressions in the industry the agenda has now grown to 3 days allowing for a…

Technology & Convergence News - In Brief

- Michael Ward, head of operations, WRN Broadcast, highlights the key factors to consider in choosing between satellite and fibre when approaching a new broadcast distribution project. "The geography and…

YahClick Go from Vox Telecom provides fast, transportable connectivity

YahClick Go, from Vox Telecom, provides fast, transportable connectivity to organisations and businesses that may require access to the internet whilst on the move, such as broadcasters, event companies, mobile…

VoD adoption will grow across Africa

Sylvain Béletre, associate editor and senior research analyst at Balancing Act couldn’t be better qualified to comment on VoD in Africa. He just completed a market report on VoD and…

NBC, firm sign agreement on digital broadcasting

Towards moving the Nigerian broadcast industry from analogue to digital broadcasting, the National Broadcasting Commission has signed an agreement with Inview Technologies Limited for the provision of a National Common…

Africa: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with TV features soon in Africa

Samsung has introduced the Galaxy Note 8 tablet with an 8-inch display, adding a new screen size to its expanding lineup of Note products.The Note 8 will be available in…

Africa to lead bandwidth growth

By 2019, African countries combined will consume more than 17Tbit/s of bandwidth, but this will still be less than Canada.New research by TeleGeography shows Africa will lead the world in…

Nigeria: Zamfara Radio and TV Ready for Digital Transmission

The Managing Director of Zamfara State Radio and Television services, Alhaji Adamu Muhammad, has said the state is ready for the National Broadcasting Corporation's (NBC) deadline on the digitization of…

StarTimes taps Conax and ALi for Africa expansion

Digital TV service provider StarTimes has adopted a range of Conax certified set-top boxes based on ALi chipset solutions to further expand in Africa.“The collaboration with global leading partners, ALi…

South Africa: SA to Launch Satellite for High-Def TV for 2010

Sentech intends to launch at least one High Definition Television (HDTV) satellite channel in time for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Minister of Communications Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri announced Thursday. Speaking…

South Africa will complete digital TV migration by December 2013

Communications Minister Radhakrishna Padayachie announced last week that South Africa will complete the process of migrating from analogue to digital television by December 2013. The analogue switch off date was…

South Africa: Provantage launches Transit.TV in-taxi ad network, targets 6.9 million viewers

You might not have heard of Provantage, but there’s a good chance you’ve seen the company’s work. Provantage runs Airport.TV, a news and advertising service for airports. With the recent…

Technology & Convergence - In brief

- For MultiChoice, it has become increasingly clear that the DStv Mobile and DStv Online businesses enjoy huge overlaps and should be integrated into one unit. These businesses will be…

MultiChoice Expands Digital Terrestrial Television Distribution

Intelsat, provider of satellite services, has announced that African direct-to-home operator, MultiChoice, is leveraging Intelsat capacity to expand the reach of its digital terrestrial television (DTT) offering in Sub-Saharan Africa.…

Nigeria: MTN Makes First 3G Call

MTN Nigeria Communications Limited has made a successful "voice and video" test call on its 3G UMTS technology platform. Chief Technical Officer of MTN Nigeria, Karl Toriola explained that the…

The Pan African Media Portal (PAMP) will be launched in March 2011

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Media Initiative (AMI) convened a meeting on the Pan African Media Portal (PAMP) in Nairobi, Kenya, on 21 December 2010. The African…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- A new report published in Kenya by the International Data Corporation (IDC) has revealed that the overall number of Internet users in the East African country has risen to…

RSA: Second Imax (with 3D) cinema theatre in Pretoria East

Ster-Kinekor has signed an agreement with Imax to install a second Imax theatre, following the opening of its first theatre at Gateway in Durban, in November 2013.The site for the…

Uganda: Ugandan Radio Online

Ugandan recording artists have reason to smile. A new UK-based online radio station called Pearl radio.net is out to promote Ugandan musicians in the Diaspora by playing their music exclusively.…

Nigeria: Anabel Mobile Signs Music and Video Deal With Storm Records in Nigeria

Anabel Mobile, the latest entrant into the telecommunications industry in Nigeria, has signed a music and video deal with Storm Records. The deal covers Storm granting Anabel licences to most…

In Brief - Technology&Convergence

On January 13, 2011, Toshiba Corporation reinforced its LCD TV line-up for Egypt, the Middle East and Africa with the launch of a comprehensive line-up of new models, ranging from…

iROKING Launches Android App

New Nigerian music app for music and video downloads is on Google Play now!Nigeria’s number one music streaming and download service, is now on Android. Launched officially this week, the…

Innovations for African broadcasters at AfricaCast 2014

AfricaCast will take place from 11th - 13th November 2014 at the Cape Town Convention Centre, South Africa. www.africacast-event.comSpeak alongside Marie Lora-Mungai, CEO, Buni TV as well as many other…

Nigeria: Nigcomsat - Gateway to Digitalising Africa?

With the successful launch of Nigeria 's Communications Satellite, NIGCOMSAT in far away China, Efem Nkanga, appraises the benefits and implications of the historical launch for Nigeria in particular and…

Deciphering the high-definition TV alphabet soup

With Multichoice making a great deal of noise about its recent launch of an HDTV channel and rumours abounding that by 2010 the country's national broadcaster will be capable of…

Zambia: ZNBC Launches TV Duo-Cast Transmitter

The Zambian Government has launched the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) Lusaka television duo-cast transmitter that will enhance quality service delivery.This is according to the Times of Zambia story posted…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Vibes of Africa is a web portal dedicated to African music videos. The website promotes music video clips from Nigeria, Uganda, Ivory coast, Congo, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia and…

South Africa: Students in Mobile TV-to-Cellphone Trial

Students on five university campuses are enjoying a new service that delivers free downloads of made-for-mobile television shows, music and movie trailers to their cellphones. Every 20 minutes, students in…

Uganda: UCC Speaks Out On Decoder Dispute

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has said the first generation Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB-T1) Set Top Boxes (decoders) are still valid, legal and can be used up to 2015 when…

SA to trial digital radio: report

South African radio broadcasters are set to start trialing digital radio channels using the DAB+ standard, the Sunday Times reported.The Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) standard has been in use since…

Nobody - not even Icasa - has any idea of what public TV channels who will have to carry after DTT.

No-one, no-one in South Africa - not the government, not the broadcasters, not the pay TV platforms, not even the regulator Icasa have any idea of who will have to…

Digital pay TV company eyes Kenya's key towns

Kenya's digital pay TV market is becoming more competitive with the aggressive entry of StarTimes Media Kenya, a company that recently launched its services in Kenya's capital Nairobi and second…

In Brief

- Motive currently has four contracted clients for the Television Anytime Anywhere technology including Siyaya, a new broadcaster seeking a licence in South Africa.  In February 2013, Motive announced a…

Nigeria: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Gets Internet Version

Subscribers to the MTN network can now participate in the popular TV reality game show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? through the internet. Speaking at the launch of the…

Kenya: Early into the race for the transition to digital broadcasting

Kenya became one of the first African countries outside South Africa to begin the journey to digital broadcasting. That journey involves migrating all broadcast media from analogue to digital. It…

Rwanda: ICTR to Digitize Video Recordings of its Trial Proceedings

The UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has embarked on a project to migrate its video recordings to high-resolution digital video files for the purpose of ensuring the long-term preservation…

South Africa: Mobile TV’s DMB adapter reviewed

Mobile TV, the company looking to take radio and TV broadcasts to mobile devices in SA and challenge DStv Mobile in the process, has been running trials of Korea’s digital…

South Africa: Another R7 billion needed for digital TV

The project to migrate South Africa’s TV from analogue to digital broadcasting needs another R7 billionBetween the requirements of the Department of Communications (DoC), SABC, and Sentech, the budget shortfall…

“Pepsi FootballNOW” App - The new live prediction game available for free on Android and iOS

On the occasion of the semi-finals of the Orange CAF Champions League 2013 and the Orange CAF Confederation Cup 2013, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) together with SPORTFIVE Africa,…

Internet provides unofficial real-time feed of war crimes trial of former Liberian President

Liberians and Sierra Leoneans are taking a close interest in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor through a mixture of radio programmes and blogs, writes Shelby Grossman from…

DStv Mobile for South Africa on It's Way!

MultiChoice and MTN recently expanded on their plans to release a mobile television offering in South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana in time for next year's FIFA World Cup. Mybroadband are…

3D TV in South Africa

Manufacturers give details about local 3D TV release plans. Although the technology has been available for some time three dimensional projection has become a hot topic in the past year.Bolstered…

UNESCO-funded training on online radio in Rabat

ISIC and Radio Canada Twelve teachers and technicians from the Audiovisual Department of the Higher Institute of Information and Communication (ISIC) in Rabat started a one-week course on online radio.…

Google to help digitise Madiba and Tutu archives including audio-visual materials

On March 8th 2011, Google has announced a $1,25 million (ZAR 8,6 million rand) grant to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, housed at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, that will…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Digital consultancy immedia, creator of a number of uniquely African apps, has launched the iPad app version of DStv's TV Guide, reportedly the first of its kind for the…

New initiative for the African digital TV industry - Africa Page

Netherland-based Exset today announced the launch of its Africa initiative for the African digital TV industry - Africa Page - at the SABA (Southern African Broadcasting Association) CEO Summit on…

Verimatrix: “Africa is seen by many in the TV industry as the last significant global market for the development of new digital platforms”

In an exclusive interview with IP&TV News in anticipation of November’s AfricaCast conference, Steve Christian, vice president of marketing, Verimatrix, discusses the commercial opportunities and security challenges presented in Africa’s…

MWeb Enables South Africa's First Online Radio Service

MWeb's unlimited internet has enabled the launch of SA's first online radio service that is targeting the tech-savvy market. 2oceansvibe Radio is aiming to change the face of radio in…

Remote development via cell phone videos

A farmer in Niger learns how to protect his crops from insects. A resident of Port-au-Prince or a rural Haitian village learns how to avoid exposure to cholera. An entrepreneur…

Technology & Convergence News - In Brief

- Black-owned investment company Kagiso Media would like to launch both subscription and free-to-air television services but will only do so if the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) crafts…

Altech Multimedia develops hybrid set-top box for Turkish TV market

Great news for Turkish viewers and the dynamic Turkish TV market this week, as a next generation hybrid set-top box has been has been launched by Digiturk, Turkey’s leading satellite…

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

South African pay-television provider Siyaya TV plans to launch some channels before the end of 2014 via a direct-to-home satellite platform, according to MyBroadband. It said a report in City…

Technology and Convergence News - In Brief

- The latest in imaging technology will be on show at the Photo and Film Expo, where some of the top names in South African film and photography will also…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

March 8th 2011, the BBC has launched BBC 104.7FM in Ghana's Western Region, from a transmitter based just outside Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana's third largest media market and the country's new oil…

African VoD start-up signs Samsung

African subscription VoD start-up Pana TV has signed an exclusive pan-continental carriage deal with electronics giant Samsung and hired a former MNet executive as it gears up for launch this…

OSN launches VOD, DVR in Egypt

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

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- High-speed, low cost Wi-Fi on your laptop, tablet or mobile. 300+ hotspot locations in Kenya for as little as 50BOB - Nigeria: ipNX offers Fibre-To-The-Home and guarantees a 4…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Twitter is looking to boost its advertising business by letting more businesses pay to include video in their tweets. The company on Tuesday announced the beta test of a…

MultiChoice takes the leap into broadband for rugby package

MultiChoice is branching out from satellite television with its new broadband rugby offering. It is branching out from satellite television with its new broadband rugby offering, but it's hardly a…

Saatchi & Saatchi install HD video conference system

Saatchi & Saatchi has announced it has installed a High Definition Polycom video conferencing system, making it the first South African ad agency to adopt this technology. The system is…

Video workshops in Ghana and Zambia

Martine Koopman from IICD reported that video workshops in Ghana and Zambia taught members of their national ICT4D networks to produce, film and edit basic videos to promote the activities…

CTO Conference examined progress in digital migration in Africa

CTO reported that over one hundred broadcasting experts and ICT leaders congregated at the Southern Sun Grayston Hotel in Johannesburg from the 1-3 February 2011, to discuss and deliberate on…

Angola: National Radio Engaged in Technological Modernisation for Countrywide Coverage

The National Radio of Angola (RNA) has undertaken a plan for technical and technological modernisation aiming at providing radio coverage throughout the national territory. Speaking to Angop in Luanda, in…

South Africa: Conference to decide on standard for TV decoders

The Department of Communications will hold a conference on 29 April 2010 to finalize the technology standard for TV decoders, which will be used to receive a digital broadcast signal.…

South Africa eTV and Multichoice get mobile TV licences from ICASA

In South Africa, E.tv and Multichoice were awarded mobile TV licences. ICASA has awarded both channels which did not have other competing bidders with respect to the multiplexes they applied…

SMC become authorised CRM.COM agents in Africa for Pay TV

On February 4, 2011, SMC, a South Africa based association of Pay TV and Media consultants, has agreed to partner with CRM.COM Software Ltd to promote, sell and implement the…

South Africa: Broadband the winner in TV migration

The final regulations governing South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television will ultimately make spectrum available for broadband applications.The final regulations governing South Africa’s migration from analogue to…

South Africa: Digital TV faces problems

Severe funding challenges could result in many South Africans losing out on public digital television when state-owned signal carrier Sentech switches on its digital signal in November. With just over…

SA audience measurement: Nielsen gets TAMS contract

The SAARF board has announced the new TAMS contract, which runs until March 2018, has been awarded to AGB Nielsen Media Research (AGB NMR), subject to a suitable agreement being…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

In Kenya, the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) is set to anchor the recently drafted guidelines controlling the collection, disposal and recycling of electronic waste into the law books. The…

North Africa/ME: OSN showcases its latest innovative offerings

OSN showcased its latest innovative offerings to the Minister of Information and Communications at the opening of InfoConnect 2013.OSN, the pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa, presented…

Technology & Convergence News: In Brief

CANAL OVERSEAS has announced that it launched Catch Up TV via par satellite in Mauritius and Reunion, branded: “CANAL + A LA DEMANDE”. The service is free of charge for…

Technology and Convergence - New Brief

- In Angola, “the local government Aspires to digitalising of media. The Angolan executive intends, through its strategic plan for 2010/2012, to implement digitalization system in the state-owned mass media…

South Africa: Apple TV available

Apple TV is available in South Africa.Core Group, the official distributors of Apple products in South Africa, announced that the highly anticipated Apple TV device will be made available to…

Sub-Saharan Africa: digital TV base to triple by 2020

An increase of 185% in digital TV homes from 2010–2020 to 1.68 billion will see a total global penetration of 97.9% according to a report from Digital TV Research.If realised,…

Nigeria: Ultra-Slim TVs - Replacing Desktop Computers in Homes

In the 80's, the primary purpose of buying a television set was solely for viewing motion pictures, less attention was paid to its picture quality.Over the years, the need for…

Nigeria: Startimes Launches New M50 Mobile TV Phone

As part of the activities put in place to better connect Nigerian consumers, StarTimes, one of the leading pay digital TV providers in Nigeria, has unveiled StarTimes M50 Mobile TV…

Uganda: Epic pay TV battle

Pay TV providers in Uganda are bracing themselves for a bruising battle for market share. Already, a new player, Azam Media Uganda Ltd, has entered the market with an attractive…

Newtec Breaks Through the 500 Mbps Barrier

New DVB-S2 standard improvements break speed records on a 72 MHz Ku transponder operated by Eutelsat. Newtec has ushered in a new era of bandwidth efficiency by breaking the magical 0.5…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

In Senegal, public TV channels RTS1  and SN2 are now available live on RTS’ website. The upgraded website also provides video archives, podcasts and live RSI radio. The portal is…

Detailed YouTube Revenue Analysis

As per Balancing Act’s recent analysis, YouTube is one of the fastest growing website across Africa: the VoD portal figures within the top 5 most visited websites in each African…

Broadcast-tech firms from Beijing part of delegation from China to the 2012 BFMA event in Nairobi

Wednesday 27th June, 2012- Chinese digital broadcasting technology firms with interest in Africa’s rapidly growing broadcasting and electronic media content distribution sectors will compose the delegation from China to Africa’s…

Buni TV brings quality African video content to web and mobile

Since VC4Africa launched its new functionalities last month, registered ventures can raise funds through the platform. One of the ventures that are currently in ‘fundraising mode’ is Buni TV, an…

RSA: resistance over encryption system

The minister of communications, Yunis Carrim who is pushing for an encryption system of free digital TV in South Africa, is being called out for apparent blatant lies, with the…

In Brief

- ZIFF - Zanzibar International Film Festival - has revamped its Website. Designed by Will Grace, it is available at http://www.ziff.or.tz- The first-ever feature-length 3D animation film to come out…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- On 27 Jun 2012, Alcatel-Lucent said that it will supply the network equipment to Telkom South Africa Telkom SA, one of the largest integrated communications companies in Africa, to…

Orange and Gameloft team up to launch new mobile games services in Africa and Middle East

Orange and Gameloft have signed a global partnership to promote usage of mobile games in Africa and Middle EastIn Jordan, Ivory Coast, Mauritius and Madagascar, mobile games offers are already…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

In May 2014, Franco-German Arte TV channel broadcasts an alarming documentary about recycling electronic products (computers, televisions, tablets, phones ...) that end up in Africa or Asia, where men and…

Technology Facilitates Community-Media Convergence

In Ifocus, on February 2nd, Isaac A Tetteh, webmaster and news editor on Radio Gold 90.5, Fm Accra, Ghana wrote that, “I have always held the opinion that the convergence…

South Africa: Samsung and News24 launch first local smart TV application in the country

Samsung South Africa and News24 today announced the development of the first locally developed Smart TV application in Africa, an application designed to provide consumers access to the latest in…

Ivory Coast: Light on the transition to digital TV

After the political and military crisis in October 2011, public broadcaster RTI (Radio and Television of Ivory Coast) has undergone a complete makeover: journalists, leaders, equipment ...Now we do not…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- YouTube Launches Face-Blurring Feature to Protect Protesters:During the Arab Spring, a lot of the footage coming out of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya wasn’t taken by the major news networks…

Lagos: THISDAY Media Store Opens At the Palms

This Day (Lagos) reported on January 31st that THISDAY Media Stores, a retail outlet for media products owned by THISDAY Music and Entertainment Group, opened its doors on January 31st…

Rwanda: Star Africa Media introduces Digital TV Receivers

Star Africa Media, a Chinese pay television service provider has introduced the first digital TV sets that receive digital signals before the Christmas break. According to Star Africa Chief Executive…

ITU IPTV Application Challenge

The ITU IPTV Application Challenge calls for original IPTV applications running over ITU-T IPTV standards, which are discussed at ITU-T IPTV Global Standardization Initiative. Selected participants will be given the…

My TV uses Conax anti content theft solution

Sub-Saharan African pay TV service My TV has extended its relationship with Conax to supply content security. Nigeria-based My TV has extended its six-year relationship with Conax and has committed…

SA: Sea Change in Media Industry

Business Day (Johannesbury) wrote on January 29th that media and entertainment companies are facing a radical shake-up as the adoption of mobile technologies and changing content and distribution models reshape…

African IPTV Energized by Backspace Communications' Power Plant System

Backspace Communications, LLC has delivered their IPTV Power Plant, a complete IPTV / Internet Television system, to Africa. The "IPTV Power Plant" is a complete IPTV solution-in-a-box. The system includes…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- In Rwanda, the Government has placed an order to purchase 50,000 digital television sets to facilitate the commitment to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting by next year. The…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Gambian network operator Netpage launched its 4G device last week. This is Gambia's first implementation of 4G and the device even went on sale before the official launch. Simon…

South Africa: From Turning Pages to Downloading Them

Inter Press Service (Johannesburg) wrote on January 23rd that press freedom is making a stand online instead of in the pages of newspapers and magazines. Zimbabwe's harsh business environment, coupled…

Raystream opens regional office in South Africa

Raystream Inc. a provider of HD video compression services, is expanding its market reach with a new regional office in Johannesburg, South Africa. With its HD video compression technology, Raystream…

Kenya’s media consortium orders internet-enabled decoders

Digital TV subscribers in Kenya will soon be able to procure internet-enabled decoders from the country’s three major media companies Nation Media Group (NMG), Royal Media Services (RMS) and Standard…

Nigeria: Will the internet sector ever remain the same?

Vanguard (Lagos) wrote on January 31st that making a presentation for a Nigerian resuscitated company over the week, Mr. Sandeep Jayaswal gave an indication of the readiness of some Nigerian…

never.no powers social TV for Al Jazeera English

OSLO, Norway — Nov. 13, 2011 — never.no today announced that Al Jazeera English used never.no's Interactivity Suite (IS) to enable Social TV by taking viewer questions; displaying Twitter, Facebook,…

MultiChoice launches Zapper decoder

MultiChoice Uganda, a leading pay television service provider, has launched its latest single view High Definition (HD) decoder called DSTV Zapper. The new product will replace the existing standard definition…

txtNation welcomes mobile revolution in West Africa

txtNation wrote that analysts know that West Africa is shaping up to become one of the fastest growing mobile markets in the world. For too long now, West Africa has…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- TopTV has no immediate plans to introduce a personal video recorder (PVR) or high-definition (HD) broadcasts, despite earlier promises by former CEO Vino Govender, who recently left the pay-TV…

DW signs content deal with Tuluntulu

German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) and Tuluntulu have teamed up to provide DW's English TV channel as streaming content for mobile devices in Africa.The new partnership between DW and Tuluntulu…

South Africa: Mobile Advertising Showing Real Results

The mobile advertising space is starting to see important growth and is likely to explode in the run up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Internationally, mobile advertising and branding…

Mobile TV: Ericsson's solution

Mobile TV targeting residential customers has started being used in several countries, and it has met a relative success: some users have found it useful as for example a news…

South Africa: Mass Market Reach With in-Game ADs

In-game ad placement - the placing of ads alongside or within online games - is poised to break through into the mass consumer market in South Africa. One of the…

Canal Plus launches PVR in Africa

Francophone Pay TV operator Canal Plus (Canal+) has announced the launch of a major innovation on the African continent. Jean-Noël Tronc, PDG of Canal Overseas Africa, which has been present…

Senegal: Sonatel launches mobile TV

Since 19 January 2012, watching TV programs on a portable terminal is now possible in Senegal. The operator Sonatel-Orange has recently introduced this service to journalists. Twelve TV channels are…

Mozambique: Deadline for Digital Migration Will Be Missed

Maputo — The Mozambican government admitted on Friday that it will miss the deadline of 17 June to complete the analogue to digital migration for the country's television and radio…

Cameroon Radio and Television upgrades to NETIA's Software

NETIA announced that public national broadcaster Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) is upgrading to the Radio-Assist™ 8 range of digital audio automation software, delivered by Belgian systems integrator Studiotech. The…

SA Minister of Communications announces new DTT timeline

The Ministry and Department of Communications plans to implement South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) over an 18-month period.That’s the word from Faith Muthambi, who was…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Nigeria: Mid-Jan. 2012, DStv Mobile introduced the Walka into the Nigerian market, a DVB-H handheld TV device which enables DSTV subscribers to watch television on the move. With the…

Samsung debuts TVs built for Africa

New TVs and tablets were on show at the Samsung Forum in Spain this week. Samsung Electronics has unveiled a line of curved, ultra-high-definition televisions at the Samsung Forum in…

SA will get terrestrial HD TV, but not just yet

Good news for SA consumers who don't have access to satellite pay-TV is that the country is set to get terrestrial high-definition channels. The bad news is that they'll have…

Review: Durban-made Piko TV smart stick

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

Nigeria: MapNTL.com offers location map for Lagos with advertising

MapNTL.com was born in New York City about four years ago when Ireti Ajala and a friend wanted to visit a certain Brazilian restaurant in Queens. Not knowing the exact…

Botswana: BTV Could Adopt Japanese, Brazil ISDB

Botswana Television (Btv) looks set to adopt the latest broadcast digital technology, known as the ISDB, popularised by Japan and Brazil. The technology will be unveiled in Gaborone during a…

DStv launches new VOD services

Downloads are now available for DStv Catch Up on iPhone and iPad, with live streaming available from SuperSport.MultiChoice has added new features to its DStv application for iPhones and iPads,…

Zain adds entertainment downloads in Kuwait - will Africa follow?

A partnership agreement called ‘Zain Create’ will allows Zain’s customers to download entertainment from Rotana Media Group, the pan-Arab audio-video giant. Initially launched in Kuwait, Zain, the leading mobile telecom…

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

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

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Sierra Leone: MIT discovered Kelvin, an engineering whiz kid. MIT found a 15-year-old scouring trash bins for parts. He built a radio and batteries, and wants to set up a…

Nigeria: 2012 Digitisation - Country to Meet Deadline - NBC

Nigeria has the capacity to meet the 2012 deadline for the switchover from analog to digital television , the Acting Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Engineer Yomi Bolarinwa,…

Fugitive goes digital

June 2008 marked the fourth season of 94.7 Highveld Stereo's popular Fugitive promotion which, for the first time ever, had extensive reach across various digital platforms. A highly interactive, listener-driven…

Kenya: Curse Or Blessing? Radio Industry Chews Over Technological Changes

At a recent conference in Johannesburg dubbed Joburg Radio Days hosted by the University of Witwatersrand's Wits Radio Academy, scholars, analysts and radio industry practitioners mulled over what the future…

South Africa: Avusa Media Live Grows in Strength And Numbers

Continuing to grow in strength and influence within the digital media arena, Avusa Media LIVE (AML) which attributes the majority of its popularity to news portals Times Live, Sowetan Live…

Technology & convergence - In Brief

- Apple has decided to allow an additional 33 countries to access their hugely-successful App Store, including five African countries. The App Store allows users of any Apple device such…

South Africa adding time-shifted data to TV figures

The South African Advertising Research Foundation (Saarf) is to introduce a TV metric that combines existing live audience data with time-shifted data collected from personal video recorders (PVR).The new currency…

Multichoice seeks Sh153m tax refund from import agent

Multichoice Kenya claims that Mainkam Limited, a clearing and forwarding agent, failed to remit the amount to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) over a four-year period. Multichoice now wants Mainkam…

Kenya: Pay-TV companies step up rivalry for low-end segment

The battle for control of Kenya's Pay- TV market is set to intensify as DStv unveiled another low-cost product, highlighting the importance of the bottom end segment for growth.The firm…

Zuku looking to launch VOD in Kenya

Kenya’s video on demand market should prepare for a major player at the end of the year, as Wananchi owned Zuku aims to launch the service.Speaking to ITWeb Africa, Richard…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Côte d'Ivoire has been listed on a list with 33 other countries that have the right to use their analogue transmitters until 2020- South Africa: Using sophisticated tools, a…

MultiChoice weighs options as ‘tsunami’ looms

MultiChoice boss says encryption is wrong for South Africa’s digital migration project, but is worried broadcasters are "rearranging the furniture" instead of preparing for an incoming "tsunami" of international online…

Uganda: DStv Subscribers to Pay Bills Via SMS

MULTICHOICE Uganda, the lead agent for DStv, has introduced a scratch card system that allows clients pay their subscription fees through a short message service (SMS). Richard Sebahiima, the sales…

South Africa: OFM Goes Mobile

OFM is now available anytime and anywhere - on your mobile phone - through the spodtronic network, which allows listeners to listen to from around the world by downloading the…

Lagos: FCMB Deploys ATM Based DStv Bills Payment Solution

DStv subscribers in Nigeria can now pay their subscriptions bills through First City Monument Bank Plc (FCMB) Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) across the country. This is following the bank's deployment…

Briefs for R&P and Technology:

- Exiled Somali journalists marked Human Rights Day last Monday with the launch of a programme to protect the country's besieged journalists and enhance working relations with other national journalists…

South Africa: Yfm releases iPhone app

99.2 Yfm released its custom Apple iPhone application yesterday, Thursday, 12 February 2009, claiming to be the first radio station in Africa to do so. The app allows any person…

Nigeria gets drifta mobile TV

Digital pay TV company, DStv, has introduced Drifta, a mobile TV decoder to its Nigerian subscribers.The Drifta is a mobile TV decoder that receives a DVB-H signal and converts to…

Nigeria Targets N380 Billion From Digital Migration

Nigeria could earn as much as $2 billion (about N380 billion) when it finally migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting.The Chairman, Fatora Consult Limited, Mr. Edward Amana, whose firm is…

Irdeto secures South African mobile TV service

Content security specialist Irdeto is securing South Africa’s first broadcast mobile TV service.In partnership with Korean manufacturer Valups, Irdeto is delivering content from pay TV operator DStv to devices including…

Buni TV launched its Android app with Samsung

Buni TV  is finally launching its long-awaited Android app, thanks to a partnership with smartphone leader Samsung.The app, which works on all Android 2.3 devices and up, allows viewers to…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Literary giant and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has given his nod to the latest arrival, a cinema 3D TV, by LG Electronics Nigeria when it was unveiled at…

South Africa: Ellies unveils new consumer division

Ellies has unveiled its new consumer centric arm, Ellies Connect, which will position the company in the satellite broadband and free-to-air TV space.Ellies, the JSE-listed electronics distributor, has unveiled its…

South Africa has selected MHEG-5 as the interactive TV middleware for its digital switchover

IMPALA, the International MHEG Promotion Alliance, is pleased to announce that South Africa – via its Digital Dzonga Advisory Council – has selected MHEG-5 as the interactive TV middleware for…

ODG and Vodacom Launch Africa's first-ever Mobile TV Subscription VOD

On August 10 2010, as an African first, On Demand Group, has taken its one-of-a-kind mobile TV subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service capability into South Africa with the creation of TV:On…

East Africa: Uganda Third in ICT Usage

Uganda is the third highest user of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in East Africa ahead of Tanzania and Burundi but behind Rwanda and Kenya highlighting the need for public…

Rwanda: GOtv accused of interfering with Star Times signal

Barely weeks after entering the local Pay TV services market, GOtv is being accused of interfering with a rival's signal.Star Times, a Chinese pay TV is accusing GOtv, a subsidiary…

Nigeria: How Converged Video Can Switch Viewers On to Mobile TV

Bilal Saleh, Director Applications and Mobile TV Services for Motorola explains how the service characteristics of personalisation and convenience, driven by video convergence and supported by original value added products,…

Tunisia: NETIA Radio-Assist Provides Automated Workflow at Radio Tunisienne Chaine Internationale

NETIA announced that Radio Tunisienne Chaine Internationale (RTCI) has installed NETIA's Radio-Assist digital audio software to streamline the broadcast workflow, from acquisition through playout, for its international radio programming. The…

South Africa: Flat screen TV prices plummet as newer TV technology arrives

On 16 August Mybroadband reported that plasma and liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions have long replaced Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) televisions as the de-facto standard in the TV market, and…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

South Africa’s state-backed Sentech transmission company will launch a free-to-air satellite platform on September 30th.  Dubbed ‘Freevision’, the service is a rehash of its existing ‘Vivid’ service. The launch will…

Samsung Nigeria: We Will Continue to Improve Lives Through Technology

Last week in Malaga, Spain, Samsung hosted its African dealers. At the forum that also attracted dealers from Nigeria, the Director, Hand Held Products - Emmanouil Revmatas and the Director…

WiMAX mobile TV platform gains momentum

Careworn kit maker Alcatel-Lucent has become the second vendor to sign up for a WiMAX-based mobile TV platform from NextWave Wireless this week. Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will integrate NextWave's…

In Brief:

- Cisco announced that the Wananchi Group, Africa's pioneering provider of triple-play (broadband, multichannel cable television and voice telephony) and VSAT (broadband data and Internet) services, has signed a contract…

Tanzania: Digital TV only in seven regions

Despite being the first country in East Africa to migrate from analogue to digital Television broadcasting, Tanzania has just managed to roll out signals in seven out of 27 regions…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Fiona McGloin, Smile’s country manager for Uganda and Tanzania, says that at 250MB/day, average use is stronger than expected. YouTube is popular, and the network’s power users tend to have…

Sentech launches OneBeam transmission with Enensys

South Africa's state-owned broadcast signal distributor, Sentech, in partnership with Enensys, has launched the OneBeam transmission service. Enensys designs and manufactures digital TV transmission technologies, while Sentech provides signal distribution…

TV: Viewer’s choice and the webification of the medium

When CBS, the second-biggest television network in the world, announced in October that it would offer nearly all of its broadcast content over the Internet, it was tacit acknowledgment by…

Newtec to supply DVB-S2 technology for NTT Electronics

Newtec announced tlast week that it has been selected by NTT Electronics to be the DVB-S2 technology partner for the development of the new HVD6100 IRD - the world’s first…

Kenya: Nation's Digital Consumers Have Greatly Evolved

The school holidays were a busy time, the kids would find their way into wardrobes and with creativity weave several clothe hangers into sports cars of every make. My friend…

StarTimes Launches Free To View Satellite TV Services

Kenyans on StarTimes will not have to worry about paying for their local channels as the pay TV company will see their subscribers have unlimited access to KTN, NTV, Citizen…

Vizada trials Inmarsat’s BGAN X-Stream service for reporting with media clents

Vizada, the world’s leading provider of global satellite communications, has successfully completed testing of the Inmarsat BGAN X-Stream service with a number of media customers, including CNN and Al-Arabiya News…

Nigeria: GLO Fixed Line Extends to Benin City Allowing TV/VoD Glo Mobile says it has extended its fixed line services to Benin City, Edo State capital, through its broad access network, the company said in a statement.

In addition to clear voice and data services, some of the offerings that will ultimately be available on Glo Broad Access are video conferencing, call centre services, video-on-demand, broadcast TV,…

150,000 homes to get Vodacom fibre

Vodacom intends rolling out high-speed fibre-optic broadband to 250,000 end points within the next three years. This will include connecting 150,000 homes and 100,000 businesses, the telecommunications operator’s CEO, Shameel…

Motorola Buys Terayon for $140m

Motorola will buy Terayon Communication Systems, a digital video processing and networking software maker, for $140 million, the companies announced on Monday, reports IDGNS. The merger marks another move by…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Informa Telecoms and Media forecasts that 22.2 million homes will be watching 3DTV programming globally by the end of 2015. This figure represents just 1.6% of the world’s TV…

South Africa: Vodacom video-on-demand plans

Vodacom says it aims to launch a video-on-demand (VOD) service in South Africa in 2015, with its strategy closely aligned to its parent company, Vodafone.“We get revenues out from the…

Kenya: Safaricom Testing High Speed Data Service

Kenya's largest mobile phone service provider, Safaricom, is still in the process of testing a high speed downlink packet access (HS-DPA) to enable its subscribers to enjoy faster downloads of…

DStv debuts remote recording, online services

DStv operator MultiChoice has debuted “remote recording”, allowing its subscribers to go online to set recordings on their personal video recorder (PVR) set-top boxes remotely.At the same time, the broadcaster,…

South Africa: Myvideo to Offer Cash for News

After the worldwide success of video-sharing sites such as Youtube, South African website MyVideo is tapping into citizen journalism to pull in viewers. MyVideo announced this week that it had…

Gilat Satcom adopts NovelSat NS3 to increase capacity between Africa and the USA

Gilat Satcom has announced that it is now using Novelsat NS3 to increase capacity from its newly launched POP in Maryland on the east coast of the USA.The new POP…

Africa: Mobile TV Figure 'Will Spiral 800 Percent in Three Years'

The number of people watching television on their cellphones is poised for an eightfold increase over the next three years, reaching a figure that will finally quash doubts about its…

Nigeria to switch to digital broadcasting by 2012

Nigeria is getting ready to switch from analogue to digital broadcasting platform. The National Broadcasting Corporation of Nigeria is in the process of complying with an order from regulators to…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Tuluntulu has recently released an app available for iOS and Android that gives mobile users access to online video. Ranging from international news to African documentaries, the app delivers ten…

4DX to Debut in 5 South African Theaters

The South Korean cinema technology featuring moving seats and environmental effects will launch in two locations in South Africa this year with three more planned in the days to come.…

DIFF associated films available on iTunes

For the first time in its history the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which runs from 16 to 26 July, appears on iTunes where audiences will be able to enjoy…

Mzansi Magic on DStv goes HD

Another M-Net provided TV channel packaged for MultiChoices satellite pay-TV platform is changing from a standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD) feed with Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) becoming Mzansi…

IROKOtv goes mobile-only in Africa, adds features elsewhere

African movie streaming company iROKOtv has begun modifications to its mobile platform, days after it went mobile-only in Africa. The company will now allow users to initiate playbacks before they…

Airtel Unveils New Digital Content Products in Kenya

Airtel has announced the launch of two new innovative digital products. The Airtel Jam Sessions, a music show and Airtel Future Shapers, a written feature on innovative young Kenyans in…

Minister Updates Parliament on DTT Migration in South Africa

Cape Town — The Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) team will this morning present a progress report on digital migration to the Portfolio Committee on Communications as well as Telecommunications and…

SES presents Liquid VOD

SES Platform Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), is presenting a live showcase of LIQUID VOD, a new solution for video-on-demand…

Skyworth Digital Ships First 70,000 Set-top Boxes Across South Africa

Shenzhen Skyworth Digital Technology Co. LTD., (000810.SZ), a global provider of smart home solutions and the world’s fourth largest set-top box manufacturer, has announced its factory in Johannesburg, co-owned by…

Gilat Satcom Offering Intelsat EpicNG Contracts in Africa

Gilat Satcom has started offering advanced access to Intelsat EpicNG High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services for customers in Africa. The company is providing customers with EpicNG contracts with HTS cost…

CANAL+ Overseas partners Enensys for multi-country Africa DTT network roll-out

Rennes, France, 23rd September 2015: ENENSYS, designers and manufacturers of digital TV transmission technologies, today announced that it has been selected by CANAL+ Overseas as a key technology partner for…

Vizrt previews instant Video-On-Demand for Studio Productions

Vizrt, a provider of production tools for the digital media industry, recently announced a new video-on-demand (VoD) workflow. It works seamlessly with existing studio workflows for highly automated publishing of…

M-Net introduces Express to Explora

M-Net is bringing the latest international programming to viewers faster than ever before, this time for the benefit of DStv Premium customers with a DStv Explora. Instead of waiting for…

Canal+ Overseas chooses Enensys for TNT Africa roll-out

TNT AfricaCanal+ Overseas has chosen Enensys to provide technology for the rollout of its digital-terrestrial platform in Africa. The international arm of the Vivendi-owned pay TV company is rolling out…

TNT SAT Africa to launch 60 free channels in Mali

Africable Television group is planning to launch 54 to 60 free channels in Mali through TNT SAT Africa. The announcement was made by Ismaïla Sidibé, CEO of Africable during an…

Samsung Partners with eNCA to bring News on Demand

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 29 September, 2015 – Samsung Electronics South Africa has partnered with leading African news provider, eNCA, to bring its Smart TV users video news on demand…

Technology & Convergence – In Brief

Eutelsat Communications announces that its new EUTELSAT 8 West B has been fully powered up and is already broadcasting TV channels to over 52 million homes in the Middle East…

MTN, iRokotv target N2tn from online streaming

Video on Demand platform, iROKOtv says it has a target to make about N2tn ($1bn) from online streaming in Nigeria by 2020. The Chief Executive Officer of iROKOtv, Mr. Jason…

StarTimes to launch novelty projection television in Africa

StarTimes will soon introduce a digital projection television (TV) device that enables television viewing on walls with the aid of a handy projector. Television fans all across African countries including…

Hola Media seeks licence to launch FTA, IPTV and VOD services in South Africa

Liquid Telecom, the pan-African fibre telecommunications firm controlled by Strive Masiyiwa’s Econet Group partnered with Lincoln and Noli Mboweni to launch a new Internet protocol television (IPTV), video-on-demand (VOD) and…

Uganda set for full implementation of digital TV

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) said 17 upcountry satellite stations have been completed and handed over to Signet to fully implement the digital migration of regions outside Kampala Metropolitan. Signet…

DataMiner to manage hybrid STB services for over 2m households in East Africa

Skyline Communications, global leader in end-to-end multi-vendor network management and OSS software solutions for the broadcast, satellite, cable, telco and mobile industry, announces that DataMiner CPE Manager has been selected…

Eutelsat to accelerate Zimbabwe’s transition to digital TV

Eutelsat Communications announced that it has sealed a three-year contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) for capacity in Ku-band on the Eutelsat 3B satellite. The capacity will be…

MultiChoice taps Elemental for digital VOD in Africa

MultiChoice has selected Elemental for live streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) delivery of its DStv online service in Sub-Saharan Africa. The operator will use Elemental to support sports and entertainment content…

Tailored Multiplatform Marketing Campaigns & Innovative Experiences Prove the key to forging Connections Between Brands & Their Consumers

In an environment of ever-increasing information overload, advertisers and brands are constantly seeking innovative ways for their voice to be heard, and to connect on a personal level with their…

Benin’s Golfe TV AFRICA favours EUTELSAT 16A satellite for transition into High Definition

First free-to-air channel in Sub-Saharan Africa to upscale to High Definition standard Johannesburg, Paris, 5 November 2015 – On the occasion of Discop, Africa’s premier event for the media and…

Technology & Convergence – In brief

Spain's Egatel has been selected by APD to supply DTT transmitters for Kenya's transition to a digital TV system. The project involves the supply, installation and commissioning of ten high…

WRC-15 safeguards sub-700MHz band for broadcasting in EMEA

European public broadcasters body the EBU has applauded a decision reached at WRC-15 to safeguard the 470-694MHz spectrum band for digital-terrestrial broadcasting in ‘ITU Region 1’ – covering Europe, Russia,…

Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe chooses Eutelsat to accelerate transition to digital TV

Cape Town, Harare, Paris, 17 November 2015 — Eutelsat Communications announces it has sealed a three-year contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) for Ku-band capacity on the EUTELSAT…

Naspers H1 revenue rises 24% to ZAR 74.3 bln

Naspers reported revenues of ZAR 74.3 billion for the six months to end September, or in US dollar terms, up 5 percent to USD 5.9 billion. On an organic basis,…

AlwaysOn Streaming – Wi-Fi just for video streaming

AlwaysOn has expanded its new streaming package to include traffic from Vidi, the video on demand service from Times Media Group. The streaming-only package was first announced at the launch…

Africa: 4G-LTE was launched in 24 countries! And Netflix took the continent by storm

Many industry professionals know that -LTE 4G services were launched in some African countries, but few people know exactly where these  broadband services are operational. On 1 January 2016, Balancing…

IOS users can now download their favourite ShowMax shows

People accessing ShowMax from Android devices have been able to download content for offline viewing since December last year. Now their iOS-using counterparts can join in on the fun. The…

RR Media Selected for Eutelsat Broadband Initiative for Africa

RR Media, a provider of global digital media services to the broadcast and media industries, announces today that it has been selected to support Eutelsat's African satellite broadband initiative. RR…

Weak rand spells higher than usual DStv price hike

The ongoing weakening of the rand foreshadows a possible bigger price hike this year than usual for South African DStv subscribers as local pay-TV subscribers will have to bear the…

E.tv expands Volicon Observer System to support growth

E.tv has expanded its Volicon Observer digital video monitoring and logging system to accommodate compliance recording for simulcast channels, as well as to support reconciliation of visual as-runs and in-house…

ShowMax concludes deals to get vouchers into Massmart and Edcon stores

ShowMax, the internet TV service owned by Naspers, has concluded agreements that will see ShowMax vouchers going on sale in 125 Game stores and more than 100 CNA stores across…

Jamii fires up pay TV market with low cost Internet device

Kenya’s pay television and theatre market is headed for a major shake-up with the entry of high speed Internet connectivity devices that enable the streaming of movies, premium sports content…

Safaricom's M-Kopa targets 1 mln buyers of solar TV

Solar energy provider M-Kopa has set a target to supply 1 million households in the country with solar-powered digital flat screen television sets by next year, Mobile Business Daily reported.…

ELEMENTS Media Workflow Solutions enter the South African Market

Dusseldorf, GER, Mar 8, 2016: ELEMENTS, developer of advanced solutions for unrestricted collaboration in shared media workflows, is bringing its exceptional SAN and NAS appliances    to the South African market…

East Africa: Rural, off-grid consumers can now watch TV

Kenya-based consumer finance company M-KOPA has unveiled a 16-inch, solar-powered digital flat-screen TV, targeted at low-income consumers residing in off-grid areas.Over the last four years M-KOPA has sold its pay-as-you-go…

4DX cinema opens in KZN

Following the opening of Africa s first ever 4DX cinema at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront in December, Nu Metro Cinemas has announced that the next 4DX cinema will open its…

OSN partners with Eutelsat for more HD channels and sets stage for Ultra HD services in the Middle East and North Africa

Paris, Dubai, 8 March 2016 – OSN, the leading pay-TV provider in the Middle East and North Africa, is ramping up capacity on the powerful EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite…

SSL selected to provide powerful all-electric satellite to Eutelsat

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected to provide a high power all-electric satellite to Eutelsat, one of the world's leading…

The 4DX cinema experience hits Durban today

The second multi-sensory cinema – 4DX – opens at Nu Metro The Pavilion today, 18 March, following the opening of Africa’s first ever 4DX cinema in Cape Town at Nu…

GatesAir wins DTT tender in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Government has awarded a contract to GatesAir (formerly Harris Broadcast) for the installation of a national digital terrestrial television (DTT) contract.The US company will design, supply, install, test…

Kenya: CA buys KE 1 billion Spectrum monitoring system

Communications Authority has launched KE billion worth spectrum management system to monitor illegal activities on local networks. The system will monitor all transmissions, track illegal frequencies and allow operators to…

Video app to let Africans watch Nollywood movies free

The VysilHq Network, an African start-up, has released the BETA version of its Nollywood video streaming app “Video Moja.” According to the developers of the app it is expected to:…

MultiChoice Nigeria starts DStv feedback account on Twitter

MultiChoice Nigeria has started a DStv feedback and query service on the Twitter social network. The twitter handle @DStvNgCare joins its customer care initiatives, including the DStv Eazy Self Service…

Why MultiChoice is not planning full HD broadcasts for DStv

MultiChoice said it has no immediate plans to broadcast in 1080p, also known as full HD, because of a lack of support from decoders.Online streaming services like Netflix offer video…

Post Production South Africa Launches with BBC Project

Newly started post production crew agency, Post Production South Africa (PPSA), is delighted to announce the placement of their first editor on the high profile BBC Project, “Eddie Izzard –…

Africa Struggles With Slow Transition to Digital

When South Africa began broadcasting on digital transmissions last December, kicking off a period of “dual illumination” before it switches off analog signals, it became the latest African nation to…

MEA SVOD revenues forecast to rise to USD 1.24 bln in 2021

Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) revenues in the Middle East and Africa will increase tenfold from USD 124 million in 2015 to USD 1.24 billion in 2021, according to Digital…

EUTELSAT 7B satellite chosen by Liquid Telecom for major broadcast deal and for new enterprise customers across Africa

Paris, 3 May 2016 – Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced a multi-year agreement with Liquid Telecom, a leading independent data, voice and IP provider in Africa for…

SES moves over 25 million households in Nigeria to digital

SES will be providing the space segment and specific platform services for the DTH service which will be used to feed the DTT transmitters around the country - a Hybrid…

The BBC announces new collaborations with digital innovators in Nigeria

Two teams from Lagos have today been selected to pilot a unique digital idea they have developed to help the BBC reach young African audiences. The teams: Codulab, a small…

E.tv wins court appeal over encryption

E.tv has won the latest battle in the long-running war over digital terrestrial television in South Africa, potentially throwing the long-delayed project off-track once again.The supreme court of appeal on…

Zimbabwe: Econet, Ericsson to Launch Video-On-Demand Platform

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe will partner Ericsson to launch NuVu, a Video-on-Demand (VOD) platform in Zimbabwe.The service would become the latest entrant into the increasingly popular, highly-competitive sector, and the first…

SES Platform Services and K-NET partner to provide quality satellite channels for West Africa

LUXEMBOURG, 24 May 2016 – SES, a leading satellite operator, today announced that SES Platform Services (SES PS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, has strengthened its partnership with K-NET, an…

Tunisia extends broadcasting of new free-to-air television platform with Eutelsat

The Tunisian broadcasting corporation (ONT) has signed a multi-year contract with Eutelsat Communications to broadcast its new subscription-free TV platform across North and West Africa. ONT has selected the powerful…

Internet TV usage gaining momentum as ShowMax adds new viewing option

Over the past four months, ShowMax has added a range of new viewing options including an app for the latest generation Apple TV as well as AirPlay and Chromecast support…

Africa: Niceties of Digital TV - Startimes Shares Switchover Possibilities With Africa

Beijing — The giant network operator and content provider for TV broadcasting recently hosted the 6th African Digital Television Development Seminar in Beijing, China.China's most influential and one of the…

Botswana starts distributing digital set-top-boxes

Botswana has started distribution of 10,000 set-top boxes to support the transition to digital broadcasting. Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Dikgang Makgalemele said Botswana is ready to…

EBS Announces Multi-Platform EPG Data Contract With ITV Choice

EBS, the leading full-service provider of EPG data for platforms and channels worldwide, has announced that it is has been contracted by ITV Choice to supply EPG data listings to…

It’s Our Mission to Promote African Digital Migration – Says StarTimes President

Today, our society has become more and more information based, thus it is our mission to promote African Digital Migration, says Mr. Pang Xinxing, President of StarTimes Group in China.He…

Tanzania - NMB, Star Times launch partnership

NATIONAL Microfinance Bank (NMB) has launched a product that would help subscribers with Star Times Tanzania Limited pay subscription fees through the bank.Speaking shortly after the launching ceremony in Dar…

Inview taps Nagra for Nigerian switchover project

Nagra Kudelskiuk technology company Inview’s Nigerian subsidiary, Invew Nigeria, has tapped Kudelski Group’s Nagra to supply cardless content security for the Nigerian digital switchover project for which it is the…

StarTimes steps up capacity with Eutelsat for DTT broadcasting in Africa

StarTimes, one of the fastest-growing operators of digital TV networks in Africa, and Eutelsat Communications have concluded new multi-year agreements that set the stage for accelerated roll-out of digital broadcasting…

Life in film: preserving the legacy of Sudanese film-maker Jadallah Jubara

As she drove past an apartment complex on a street in Khartoum, Sara Jadallah fell silent. It was here that her late father, the legendary film-maker Jadallah Jubara, set up…

Multichoice Uganda & Vodafone enter sales and distribution partnership

MultiChoice Uganda and Vodafone have entered a sales and distribution partnership to create more access to MultiChoice products and services at all Vodafone service outlets in Entebbe and Kampala.Vodafone currently…

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…

From Nollywood to Shujaaz: how the internet is shaking up African entertainment

From low-budget action movies to ‘Africa’s Netflix’, smartphones and the internet are kickstarting innovation in film and TVFrom the juggernaut that is Nigeria’s Nollywood to the budget action films made…

Nigeria follows UK's example with pioneering free digital TV service

Nigeria’s government is aiming to get 30 channels into 20m homes via subsidised digital set-top boxes. Nigeria will be the first African country to switch from analogue to free digital…

Africa pay TV subscribers to reach 30 million in 2021

Africa Pay TV subscribers will reach 30 million in 2021, up from 16 million in 2015, according to the latest data published by Dataxis. Digital satellite Pay TV subscribers for…

Solar-Powered Televisions Brighten Homes in Rural Kenya

Violet Mwikali's new television has not just brought entertainment to her home. It has ushered in peace, too."The whining has stopped now. I was put on the spot for a…

BBC iPlayer app launched in South Africa

The BBC has launched its iPlayer radio app in South Africa and markets around the world, allowing users to tune into the British public broadcaster’s wide range of radio stations…

OpenView HD in more than half a million homes

OpenView HD surpassed half a million activated households on Tuesday, 23 August.Platco digital’s managing director Patrick Conroy says, “500 000 active OpenView HD set-top boxes is significant because the platform…

LG launches new Cinema 3D TV range in SA

LG Electronics South Africa launched its new range of Cinema TVs locally today (1 June 2011), saying that the televisions come with all the benefits of Passive 3D technology and…

Triton Digital can boost Africa radios’ audiences

Triton Digital’s Streaming Division, a leading global streaming company is looking to expand relationships with Africa’s established and emerging broadcasting companies. Triton Digital has operations in South Africa under their…

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- The Drifta decoder for DStv mobile is set to receive a BlackBerry application, but development has been delayed. DStv Mobile revealed on its Twitter account and in its forum…

Pebble Beach and Tedial join forces to launch Multiverse

Pebble Beach Systems, automation content management and integrated channel specialist, and Tedial, provider of media and content management solutions, announced a new technology partnership. Together, the two companies have developed…

Globecast announces Remote Production service at IBC 2016

Globecast will announce its pioneering new Remote Production service at IBC 2016. This solution enables Globecast customers to think differently about what events they cover and how, bringing together a…

Nigeria - Conax Contego as service platform wins first customer

Conax Content Security 2The terrestrial pay-TV operator Communications Trend Limited (CLT) has become the first customer to deploy Conax’s newly launched Contego-as-a-Service cloud-based content protection platform. MMDS operator CTL Cable…

Pay TV : Upcoming Webinar on DRM Strategy

Technology : Digital Rights Management The majority of operators underestimate the cost and complexity of a multi-DRM offering. Why are operators investing time, money and resources in an in-house DRM…

Econet partners TiVo to bring live TV recording to Kwesé TV, furrows deeper into linear TV

Pan-African telecoms company Econet Wireless Group, through its media subsidiary Econet Media, has just announced that it has partnered with Cubiware, a Poland-based provider of software for Digital TV devices…

Telkom and ShowMax partner to provide zero-rated data for streaming content

Telkom and ShowMax have announced a partnership offering customers more value and convenience when managing their ShowMax subscription. From 20 September, ShowMax subscribers are eligible to purchase bolt-on packages from…

Jangilova connects people who want to watch TV with people who own TVs

At this point, I’m not sure I’ll be able to can any longer with the names of new Nigerian startups. First, we saw Kolanuts (that’s for movie listings in Nigerian…

Sony Professional extends its network of partners with the appointment of Moviemart

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 06 September 2016: Sony Professional Solutions has announced the appointment of renowned film equipment and broadcast solutions provider, Moviemart, to its existing network of South African…

Check out the Digital Lab Africa 15 finalists!

The Digital Lab Africa selection committee has chosen 15 finalists (3 per category) among 522 entries from more than 30 countries. The 15 applicants have been selected to take part…

Telkom and ShowMax partner to provide zero-rated data for streaming content

From 20 September, ShowMax subscribers are eligible to purchase bolt-on packages from Telkom which would effectively zero-rate the data consumed by the streaming service. Customers also have the option to…

Netflix Has Partnered With Spectranet To Deploy Its First Server In West Africa

Netflix and Spectranet, over the weekend, announced the deployment of a dedicated Netflix server in Lagos, Nigeria. The server will be the first in West Africa and it will hold…

Ikegami Partners With WTS Broadcast – South Africa’s First Animation Lounge

Ikegami cameras and image processing equipment added to WTS Broadcast's product offering Ikegami a leading manufacturer of specialised cameras and image processing equipment in the broadcast and medical industries, is…

South Africa to begin switching off analogue TV this month

Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, will officially start switching off the analogue TV signals in South Africa later this month. Muthambi will switch off the analogue signal in Square Kilometre…

South Africa Making Big Strides in Virtual Reality Sphere

JOHANNESBURG — Pop into a Spur franchise in Johannesburg these days and you might get a Google Cardboard along with your burger and fries. The push by the fast-food chain…

Afrostream launching SVOD service across Francophone Africa

Afrostream, the subscription video-on-demand service that set itself the goal of being the ‘Netflix of Afro-American and French films’, will tomorrow kick off a major international expansion that will see…

DStv is ditching Flash

MultiChoice has stopped using Adobe Flash, and with it killed its desktop player.MultiChoice told subscribers it has stopped supporting Flash video plugins. This means that the “download and watch later”…

Eutelsat puts Africa broadband programme back on track with multi-year capacity agreement with Yahsat

High throughput capacity on existing and future Yahsat satellites to support broadband roll-out by Eutelsat’s Broadband for Africa venture Abu Dhabi, Paris, 27 October 2016 – Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext…

MultiChoice Launches New ARRIS HD PVR with HEVC for Enhanced Streaming Services

HEVC technology to improve quality and value of MultiChoice's on-demand streaming experiences in Africa South African pay television provider MultiChoice recently launched the new DStv Explora 2 decoder from ARRIS…

South Africa expected to complete DTT in 2018

By the end of the year 2018, South Africa is expected to complete the digital migration process. The news has been declared by the Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, from…

Live sports streaming gets interactive on social media

South African video on-demand specialist, Discover Digital, has broken traditional moulds for sports event coverage, with a simultaneous live stream of the SuperGP Championship to the SuperGP website and the…

Spacecom signs contract for operating a new satellite at 4°W orbital position

1 December 2016, Tel Aviv: Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC) today announced that it entered into an agreement with AsiaSat to relocate its AsiaSat 8 satellite from its current…

Discover Digital rolls out African video on demand infrastructure

Wednesday, 30 November: South African video on-demand solutions provider, Discover Digital, is building in-market caching, storage and video on demand (VOD) server technology in its new markets across Africa, paving…

Voxafrica empowered by TNP’s Playbox Technology Neo

Voxafrica, the independent pan-African television channel based in London, has newly acquired a multichannel PlayBox Technology AirBox Neo television playout system. It has been empowered by TNP Broadcast, the UK-based…

SES and CANAL+ in Long-Term Capacity Agreement

Multi-year and multi-transponder contract demonstrates CANAL+ Group‘s long-term commitment to satellite and SES SES S.A. (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) and CANAL+ Group have confirmed today the signature of a long-term, multi-year,…

Kwesé TV commissions Quadrille to supply catch-up

Independent software and service provider Quadrille is partnering with Africa’s Econet Media to provide push catch-up software for Econet Media’s Kwesé TV portfolio. Econet Media has been set up to…

Accra sports stadium comes alive with outdoor cinema experience

The Accra Sports Stadium is set to come alive as it presents a new twist to outdoor entertainment film showing on the biggest screen ever in Ghana. An Africa /America…

Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) has arrived in South Africa

Digital Migration is a mandatory process for every country around the world under the authority of the International Telecommunications Union. What this means for South Africa is that every television…

MTN Customers to Enjoy African Movies on Smart Phones

Telecommunication giant MTN has partnered with Africa Movies on the Go AMGO to give African Movie lovers the opportunity to watch their favourites movies on the go. Africa Movie on…

Virtual Reality Africa at Berlinale Africa Hub

Electric South and the Goethe-Institut present New Dimensions Virtual Reality Africa, a selection of Virtual Reality (VR) productions from Kenya, Senegal and Ghana. Each of these works offers a view…

Pretoria joins the 4DX revolution

Due to overwhelming public demand, Nu Metro can now confirm that Gauteng s second 4DX cinema will open its doors to public at Nu Metro Menlyn Park in Pretoria from…

Nigeria needs 30 million STBs for digital switchover completion

The news has been revealed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). Thirty million set-top boxes will be required to complete the digital switch over (DSO) process in Nigeria. During transition, billions…

New date for Abuja digital switchover

The DG, NBC, Mall Is’haq Modibbo has met the Management of the Commission to update them on the present status of the Abuja DSO project. While addressing the team, he…

Eutelsat 7 West A satellite takes Echourouk News to Algerian viewers in High Definition

Algiers, Dubai, Paris, 30 January 2016 - On the occasion of DISCOP Dubai, that brings together key TV players from across the Middle East and North Africa, Algeria’s Echourouk media…

In brief

Calrec Audio has signed Decibel S.A. as its exclusive distributor in Switzerland, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. With an emphasis on Brio, Calrec's all-new, compact digital broadcast audio console, Decibel S.A.…

Solar-powered movie theater opens in Burkina Faso ahead of film festival

A solar-powered movie theater was unveiled in Burkina Faso on Friday ahead of the city’s hosting of Africa’s top film festival. The theater, with a 300-seat capacity, will run on…

Zimbabwe: Film School Braces for Digitisation

The Zimbabwe Television and Film School of Southern Africa has intensified training of filmmakers in anticipation of high demand of film content once the digitisation exercise currently underway is completed.…

Tuluntulu adds Reuters to African video streaming platform

African mobile content platform Tuluntulu is adding videos from global news agency Reuters to its tNews4U channel. The company, which launched in August 2014, expects to reach half-a-million users soon.…

ABS Broadcast Partners with Kenya's Leading Television Group...

Radio Africa came to ABS Broadcast for a cost effective solution to downlink, transcode and deliver sports content that they had acquired from leading international rights company MP & Silva.…

Burkina Faso: Canal + opens solar powered cinema and has plans to open 50 more in Francophone countries

A new cinema inaugurated in February in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou also makes use of solar energy. The Canal Olympia Yennenga cinema, which can seat up to 300 people, will…

Showmax subscribers to get Vodacom data

From 27 March, Showmax will supply three months of data at no extra charge to new customers who sign up for Showmax through Vodacom. Existing customers who have already signed…

Zambia's TopStar targets national coverage by December

As part of its digital migration strategy, Zambia's new digital television company TopStar plans to secure signal coverage in all of the Southern African country's ten provinces by December this…

Progress on TV white-spaces spectrum in SA

South Africa has taken a big step forward towards making television white-spaces spectrum available, a move that could help deliver affordable access to underserviced parts of the country. TV white-spaces…

Multichoice Ghana warns of illegal decoders from Nigeria

Multichoice Ghana operator of pay TV service DStv in Ghana warns the public of the sale of illegal DStv decoders purportedly sourced from Nigeria on sale in Ghana. According to…

Al Jazeera's Julius vs The ANC full documentary now on YouTube

On 26 April 2017, Julius vs the ANC broadcasted South Africa’s political turmoil to more than 310 million households in over 100 countries. Starting with the police killing of 34…

SuperSport and GinxTV bring E-sport content to Africa

SuperSport, the South African group of TV channels owned by Multichoice and carried through DStv satellite announced a partnership with Ginx.tv the international channel dedicated to eSports. This deal will…

NuVu provides a unique SVoD model for Africa

NuVu claims to be a unique mobile subscription video on demand service, created in response to online video challenges in developing markets. A complete end-to-end service, NuVu uses several modules…

Quiptel partner with Verimatrix to launch an OTT service for West Africa

Quiptel, a digital streaming B2B platform and Verimatrix the Pay TV protection provider signed a deal to create the first secure OTT service in West Africa. The service will be…

In brief

The assurance was given in Beijing, China on May 22, 2017, by Prof. Felix Zogo, Inspector General in the Ministry of Communication. Come 2018, Cameroonians will begin enjoying quality Digital…

South Africa's first virtual film almost a reality

The unlikely duo of a former production assistant for Velocity Films and a Finnish marketing director had both become disenchanted with the direction film was headed. Then‚ because of chance…

Gearhouse Chooses Avid

South African based, Technical supplier to live events, Gearhouse South Africa recently purchased 2 Avid VENUE S6L-32D systems to add to their existing AVID Audio inventory in their Johannesburg operation.…

Brazil supports Botswana in digital TV implementation

Brazil is providing technical support to Botswana as the only country in Africa to use the Japanese-Brazilian digital TV standard, the ISDB-T. In Brasilia, during a meeting of the two…

Angola: Angosat1 signs two reserves contracts

Luanda - Angola’s first satellite, Angosat 1, signed Monday two reserve agreements with the Public Television of Angola (TPA) and Renatelsat of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). According to…

Zambia to switch off analogue signal 1st October 2017

Kampamba Mulenga, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services and Chief Government Spokesperson says all analogue television services along the line of rail will be switched off, effective as of October…

Reflecting on the arrival of the VR movie in the region

Keen enthusiasts have little doubt that virtual reality (VR) cinema is the next big thing on the African continent. African filmmakers are already at it in the still nascent industry.…

Africanews launches its App available for free on the App Store

Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo - 10 July 2017 - Africanews is a leading multilingual, pan-African news outlet. Africanews is available in sub-Saharan Africa via its complete offer (TV + digital:…

MTN Ghana partners Broadband Home Ltd to launch ZIPTV

MTN Business, a total ICT solutions provider for businesses, has partnered Broadband Home Limited, to launch ZipTV service for its customers. The ZipTV service provides customers with varied entertainment programs.…

Quiptel joins LaserNet to enable OTT services in Africa

A new partnership was announced yesterday between Quiptel, global streaming technology leaders, and the LaserNet Group, experts in digital and broadcast technologies with headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa. The…

Vodafone Egypt Selects Openwave Mobility for Faster User Experience and Outstanding Mobile Video QoE

REDWOOD CITY, CA – September 6, 2017– Openwave Mobility, a software innovator enabling operators to manage and monetize mobile traffic, announced today that Vodafone Egypt has selected Openwave Mobility’s NFV-based…

DStv Now breaks live streaming records with The Money Fight

DStv Now has broken all previous records with the live stream of The Money Fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor. The daily live stream audience peaked at 40%…

Showmax offers refunds after Money Fight pay-per-view chaos

The subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service Showmax says its offering subscribers who signed up to see the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor boxing fight a refund after pay-per-view chaos led to…

The Africa Channel Sets Launch of Subscription VOD Service

The Africa Channel is the latest to get into the internet subscription-video game: The cable programmer will launch its new streaming video service, Demand Africa, on Oct. 1. At launch,…

Inview is to provide middleware for the DSO in Ethiopia

Inview Technology announced that it has been selected by Set-Top Box manufacturers (Tana and Hi-Tech) and endorsed by the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority (EBA) to be the sole middleware provider for…

In brief

Chinese company StarTimes Group has begun negotiations with Sao Tome and Principe aimed at converting the country's TV and radio broadcasting from analogue to digital, reports Macauhub.