TECHNOLOGY & CONVERGENCE

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 an additional transponder on ASTRA-4A to launch two new satellite broadcast platforms serving the sub-Saharan African region. Including this new capacity, GlobeCast is now using three SES transponders for direct to home (DTH) in the African market.

Watch a great African film from 2 Euros here, the recently launched and 100% legal new VoD portal dedicated to African culture and supported by several partners including the E.U. and ACP culture+.

On 21 September 2011, the winners have been announced of the first edition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, initiated by MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat in collaboration with Mindset Learn. The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is an initiative to encourage young students in 42 African countries to embrace science and technology, and to encourage creative thinking on applications that can support the development of the African continent.

Biz-Community in South Africa reported that Massiv TV, which provides free-to-air television on a number of varied public transport platforms, has launched Massiv 3GTVm, reportedly the first of its kind in the country to combine the latest generation of broadcasting technologies with the importance of advertiser accountability. Employing cutting-edge 3G mobile expertise, it is able to deliver TV content to any mobile platform located anywhere in the world that enjoys some form of GSM coverage, at any time of the day.

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