Rwanda’s Tele10 has launched its digital box and app service in Kenya and will soon be rolling it out in Uganda and Rwanda. The platform has been supplied by Net M, which is now a subsidiary of Japanese giant NTT-Docomo. Russell Southwood caught up with Tele 10’s Eugene Nyagahene at AfricaCom this week.
The Watch Africa services costs US$25 a month and its content can be viewed over the Internet (but needs 4G or DVB-T2) using a simple, plug in box. The box costs US$90 and is sold through a wide range of local retailers. Nyagahene told me that he had sold 5,000 since it was launched last week.
The box creates a Wi-Fi hotspot with a browser that allows you to connect your devices in the home to it so you can view content on the phone, a tablet, a TV or a PC or laptop. It has its own EPG so that you can see what is on the linear channels it provides.
The content on the platform includes both Hollywood and Bollywood:”We’re going for niche market by niche market…we’re not going global to reach everyone.” Local content providers include VoD platform Buni TV and local TV channel K24. There are currently 20 linear channels supplied by Mobibase including France 24 and the BBC.
There are also all the existing free-to-air channels in Kenya:”We want to have 3 linear channels for every country we go to.” AfricaXP is supplying 7 channels. The material is all largely short videos of not more than 15 minutes in length.
”It’s an OTT play because it’s harder to deal with the big operators like Safaricom and Airtel….We’ve launched first in Nairobi but thereafter we’ll be launching in Uganda and Rwanda and we expect to sell all of the 10,000 boxes we’ve ordered before Christmas.”
There’s an App version of the service for mobile that has 25 channels. This costs US10 cents a day or US$3 a month:”You can buy either for a day or a month.”
Without the presence of Google’s Chromecast or Amazon’s Fire stick, there is now a growing number of box devices enabling African viewers to see either downloadable or streaming content. South African start-up Mediabox has now gone into production and has several interesting developments…More of which later in the year. Tanzania’s Tango TV also has a version in the market and there are several others. Once box prices come down, these kinds of boxes will become serious niche market challengers to low-end pay TV bouquets.
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MultiChoice Africa revealed that they have decided to drop Vox Africa and Animal Planet channels and these channels will no longer be available on its bouquet as from the 10th December 2015. Commenting this decision, MultiChoice Africa said that as an entertainment-focused company, they constantly assess the performance and viability of channels on its platform to achieve a diverse variety of programming that best resonates with their viewers, market by market.
Moreover, MultiChoice declared that the first African pop-up children’s channel, Hoolee, from Turner Broadcasting which will be broadcasted as from the 1st December 2015 to 31st January 2016.
Source: TalkMedia Africa 17 November 2015
Al Jazeera has won a string of international awards, from The Association for International Broadcasting Awards, Amnesty Australia Media Awards and Red Dot respectively.
Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit was presented with the The Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) International Current Affairs Documentary award for its documentary Broken Dreams: The Boeing 787 at a ceremony in London in November.
Broken Dreams: The Boeing 787 is the most exhaustive investigation of Boeings high-profile aircraft yet produced. Starting with the battery failures that caused an unprecedented grounding of the 787 fleet in January 2013, Broken Dreams explores how Boeings flagship product went alarmingly wrong. The film includes shocking new revelations about the safety and quality of the aircraft, including testimony from workers who say they are afraid to fly the plane that they built. Watch the full documentary here or visit the site for more information.
Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit was also highly commended in the International Investigative Documentary category for Inside Kenya's Death Squads. The unit investigated allegations that Kenya's Anti-Terrorism Police Unit is running an extrajudicial killing programme to eliminate radical Muslims. The Al Jazeera team spoke exclusively to members of the police death squads who carry out the hits. Watch the full documentary here, or visit here for more information.
Al Jazeera English was also highly commended for its coverage of the Nepal earthquake. The disaster of April 25 was a tremendous test for news organisations, but within hours viewers could turn to Al Jazeera to see regular updates from correspondents in Nepal, Bangladesh, and India.
The real story of the earthquake was the human tragedy that it caused, killing thousands of people and leaving many more homeless and destitute. Al Jazeera reflected this in its powerful news coverage but also in two special programmes marking one week and one month after the disaster.
The AIBs were presented at a gala dinner attended by journalists, editors, producers and directors representing countries across four continents. The AIB is an industry association and global knowledge network for the international broadcasting industry with members from all around the world.
Source: Screen Africa
Local digital entertainment and technology company, Discover Digital, has officially secured the rights to be the African digital distribution partner for the first mainstream African superhero television series, Jongo.
Produced by Johannesburg-based film and TV studio, Motion Story, Jongo tells the story of Eli King, a young man who acquires supernatural abilities through an alien crystal at the Cradle of Humankind.
The crystal is left to him by his father, an enslaved miner who is murdered shortly after escaping. As Eli tries to deal with the death of his father and find the men responsible, he must also grapple with the powers of the crystal and how it will change his life. However, the men he is hunting have crystals of their own and need Eli’s to fulfil an ancient and devastating prophecy that threatens the lives of millions.
Production is currently underway on the first eight-episode season, which is due to debut on local screens in March 2016. Discover Digital has signed on as the African partner with Jongo's Netherlands-based distributor, FCCE. The series has been picked up by both e.tv and Ebony Life TV.
Writer and co-director of Jongo, Gareth Crocker, says the show will appeal to family audiences around the world while maintaining a distinctly African soul.
“We wanted to showcase the beauty and dynamism of the continent and of South Africa in particular. So many films and TV shows focus on the problems Africans face. Jongo will emphasise all that is positive about this great continent of ours,” says Crocker.
Creating the first African superhero series was an enormous challenge in itself. Crocker says: “We knew from the outset that we wanted to do something quite different from the other shows currently on air in this genre.”
Source: Screen Africa 13 November 2015
On Sunday night, The Book Club, directed by Bauke Brouwer, a black and white Hitchcock-style horror short film, took home 11 awards at the CT 48 Hour Film Project.
The 48 Hour Film project awards evening was held on Sunday night 15 November with over 31 entries. The short film The Book Club took home 11 awards in total. As well as clinching the award for Best Film, The Book Club was also awarded for Audience Award, Directing, Producer, Ensemble Cast, Cinematography, Editing, Musical Score, Sound Design, Costumes and Hair & Make-up.
This was Narrative Truth‘s first 48 Hour Film. Directed by Bauke Brouwer and produced by Candice Brouwer, the dynamic duo returned from a recent trip to TIFF and were inspired to take up the challenge of creating an entire film in 48 hours.
“The only prep permitted is securing a crew, cast, equipment and locations, which is challenging at this time of year (peak season) coupled with the fact that they had to be volunteers”, says Candice.
The process began on the Friday night. Narrative Truth drew Horror as a genre, which complimented their one secured location, The National Library of South Africa. The actors were called at 21H30 for the script improv session, which lasted until midnight. By 4am The Book Club script was written and by 6am the shot list was drafted.
“For me it was important to have a strong vision, not only for yourself but also for the team who needed to buy into that vision. Before filming we were all on the same page and that was a great place to be” says Bauke (Director).
“Sharing the same vision with fellow creatives evoked a strong sense of camaraderie on set. Having the freedom to create your own character with the clock ticking away was a fantastic experience!” says Matt Newman (Actor).
“Bauke and I decided early on that we needed a simple yet suitable shooting style for the project. Making this decision beforehand helped us make quick and appropriate creative choices on the spot,” says Zenn van Zyl (Cinematographer).
The team shot from 1pm on Saturday until 3am on Sunday and then edited until 11am. The composer and sound design team had been working with a rough edit since 9am. The film was delivered by 18H30pm on Sunday night.
“The process taught me just how much can be accomplished in 48 Hours, when you have a crew and cast as passionate as ours was. It was just the right fit,” says Candice.
“Being part of The Book Club was one of the best shooting experiences of my life, what an incredible team,” says Tinarie Van Wyk Loots (Actress).
The black-and-white, Hitchcock-style horror film will represent Cape Town at Filmapalooza in Atlanta in March 2016. The organisers of the 48 Hours project in CT, Bench Films, will be hosting a “Best of 2015” screening at Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau at the V&A Waterfront this Saturday 20th November at 5pm. Tickets will go on sale online on Wednesday 18 November.
Source: The Call sheet 19 November 2015
South African pay-TV platform StarSat is adding Indian entertainment channel Sony SAB to its satellite bouquet to help compensate for the loss of Star Plus and Star Vijay to competitor DStv.
From 1 December, Sony SAB will form part of the Indian pack on the StarSat platform, run by On Digital Media and co-owned by China’s StarTimes and satellite operator SES. As part of the deal, StarTimes will also offer SAB across its multiple satellite and digital terrestrial television (DTT) services across sub-Saharan Africa.
SAB’s popular family comedy and entertainment-based subscription content includes shows such as Taarak Mehta KaOoltahChashmah, Balveer, ChidiyaGhar, Comedy Superstar and Police Factory.
Neeraj Arora, executive vice president and head of international business, Sony Pictures Networks (formerly Multi Screen Media), added: “continuing with our network ethos to always offering the best variety of entertainment to our viewers world-wide, we are excited to be able to launch the ever popular Sony SAB with StarTimes across the African continent”.
The 21st Century Fox-owned Star Plus and Star Vijay channels will, meanwhile, become exclusive to MultiChoice's newly restructured DStv Indian package from December.
Source: RapidTV News 16 November 2015
The new sports channel Stad’Afric, covering African sports, is set to start broadcasting from Paris to Europe and Africa in January 2016.
The new channel will be available as a free-to-view service on the Eutelsat 16A satellite, as well as part of the Canal Sat Afrique bouquet and on IPTV nets in France.
Programming will be supplied by a team of reports in 14 African countries, covering a wide array of sports including football, basketball, handball, boxing, tennis, athletics, and martial arts.
The new sports channel is an initiative of Paris-based Baigom Compagny.
Source: BroadbandTv News 6 November 2015
important note: Canal+ told us that there is no agreement in place for them to carry this channel.
On 4 November 2015, CNN International and African mobile operator MTN launched a dedicated Africa View news app.
The app launch is part of a multi-platform commercial partnership between CNN and MTN, spanning advertising, sponsorship and digital components.
The Africa View app curates CNN International s extensive African content, including infographic content from the network s weekly programme Africa View, providing background and context to trends, figures and initiatives shaping the African continent. The app also showcases content from CNN s flagship African programming including Inside Africa and CNN Marketplace Africa, as well as breaking news and analysis about the continent.
All content on the app is editorially independent, alongside prominent MTN branding and messages. The Africa View app can be freely downloaded from the Apple Store, Google Play Store and the MTN Play Store.
Source: 4rvf 18 November 2015
Danish filmmaker Camilla Nielsson‘s Democrats takes viewers inside Zimbabwe’s political game, following two rival party cadres tasked with working together to write Zimbabwe’s first constitution.
Shot over the course of three years, the film begins in the wake of Robert Mugabe’s contentious 2008 presidential win—itself the focus of a documentary by British-Ghanaian filmmaker Roy Agyemang—when a power sharing deal led to Zimbabwe convening a bipartisan constitutional committee. To draft Zimbabwe’s first constitution, the committee appointed two men from rival political parties: there’s Paul Mangwana from Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party, and Douglas Mwonzora, a human rights lawyer from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. Nielsson followed the two opponents as their deadline to deliver a draft for a new constitution approached.
“DEMOCRATS is about two men who, after 30 years with one of the world’s most autocratic dictators President Robert Mugabe in power, try to establish a democracy from the ground up–all while anti-democratic forces still have control of the country,” Nielsson says in a Director’s Statement. “It is the story of a relationship, of two men who have been sent out on an impossible mission.”
In April, the film picked up the award for Best Documentary at Tribeca. Tonight, Democrats will have its U.S. theatrical premiere at New York City’s Film Forum, where it will screen for the next two weeks.
In the lead-up to tonight’s opening, we’re excited to share an exclusive clip from the film. In it, we see Mangwana and Mwonzora as they prepare for a press conference. Click here
‘Democrats’ begins a two-week engagement at New York City’s Film Forum (209 W. Houston Street) tonight. The film will screen daily at 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:10 and 9:20 through December 1.
Source: Okayafrica 18 November 2015
Leading UK independent television production company Zig Zag Productions and London-based content specialists Verchaix Media today announce a partnership to produce a new 12-part factual series, with logistic and production support from Urban Brew Studios, which will air from May 2016 on Bloomberg Television in EMEA.
'Opportunity Africa’ is a series of half-hour programmes, closely following a wide range of African businesses giving audiences an insight into the untapped business opportunities on the continent and the challenges involved in attracting capital and building a successful business. Additional insights are sought throughout the series from investors, central bank governors, ministers and established African business leaders.
Zig Zag’s South African production partner Urban Brew Studios is supplying on-the-continent production and logistical support.
The executive producers of 'Opportunity Africa' are Danny Fenton, Zig Zag Productions and Simon Miller and Richard Harrison, Verchaix Media.
“We’re delighted to be partnering with Verchaix Media and Urban Brew Studios in making ‘Opportunity Africa’. At Zig Zag we have always relished the opportunity to work in vibrant new sectors and markets and this series gives us the opportunity to do just that” said CEO of Zig Zag Productions Danny Fenton.
“'Opportunity Africa' is about telling engaging business stories from Africa which will shed light on the vast array of investment and business opportunities on this dynamic, exciting continent,” added Simon Miller, Verchaix Ltd.
Markus Davies, head of content for Urban Brew Studios said, “This is an incredible opportunity to showcase Urban Brews production capabilities. We are looking forward to partnering with Zig Zag and Verchaix Media on this innovative project.”
Source: Press Release
Swazi-born, writer and director Xolelewa Ollie' Nhlabatsi's film, Lost in the World', will premiere this week at London's Film Africa Festival, where it's up for a Baobab Award for Best Short Film. The short film is the first film by a Swazi director to make it on to the London Film Africa Festival list.
Award-winning British actor Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) pays tribute to Madiba in the riveting documentary Mandela, My Dad and Me, which will be screened on HISTORY® (DStv Channel 186) on Sunday, December 6 at 20:30.
Elba was inspired by his role in the acclaimed biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom to create an album, "mi Mandela", based on his experience of playing Nelson Mandela and featuring the talents of both South African and UK artists. He was influenced by the musical culture of South Africa, both present day and historically, and connecting to the music Mandela would have listened to throughout his life was a great help, said Elba, in preparation for the role.
Arrangements were made to record the album in South Africa and Mali at the end of 2013. Just before the project began, Elba’s father Winston sadly passed away, which further inspired the music on the album. While working simultaneously on the album and promoting the film, Elba had BAFTA award-winning director Daniel Vernon document his movements. The film they had originally intended to create was centred on the recording of the album, but ultimately evolved into something far deeper. Mandela, My Dad and Me not only documents one man’s struggle in producing his first album, but also his emotional quest to pay a fitting tribute to two inspirational men.
Says Elba: “Although difficult at times, Mandela, My Dad and Me was an incredibly fulfilling project and I’m thrilled to bring the film to Africa. HISTORY offers the perfect platform to share this story and I hope viewers will enjoy following my journey while producing my album "Mi Mandela", which is a tribute to my father and to Madiba, one the world’s most inspirational icons.’’
Elba reveals that he based his portrayal of Mandela on his father, and that in order to speak like the former president of South Africa, he imitated the speech patterns of his dad, who was brought up in Sierra Leone and moved to Britain shortly before Idris's birth.
Mandela, My Dad and Me is a Green Door Pictures, Shine North, Woodcut Media, Bob & Co production and it is distributed by Content Media.
Source: Press Release
Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and broadcast and OTT technology company, Inview, have selected Paywizard to support the country’s digital TV switchover project.
Paywizard will manage customer data, subscriptions and billing for the switchover – including voucher code and scratchcard transactions – using its AgileXtra subscriber management platform.
The platform will be integrated with Inview’s set-top boxes and Nagra’s conditional access system. Paywizard will also provide Inview with contact centre support, service automation and “DTT and digital switchover insight”.
“While the pay TV market across Africa is growing rapidly and demand is high, the switchover process is challenging. We were looking to work with proven partners, such as Paywizard and Inview, who have lots of experience and industry knowledge to guide us as we move towards going digital,” said Emeka Mba, director general of NBC Nigeria.
Inview chairman, Nick Markham, added that vouchers are the “obvious route of pre-payment” for subscribers to easily pay for the digital access fee that NBC Nigeria plans to introduce.
“We’ve worked with Paywizard on a number of opportunities across the world, predominantly in the DTT and digital switchover market and with the complexities of a market such as Nigeria; they were the obvious choice of partner to work with us,” said Markham.
Nigeria failed to meet the official deadline for for switchover from analogue to digital TV in June – a deadline that was agreed by member states of the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) at the Regional Radiocommunication Conference in 2006.
NBC Nigeria has now agreed a new deadline of June 20, 2017 in coordination with neighbouring states.
In September the broadcast commission granted MTN permission to provide digital-terrestrial pay TV services in Nigeria after the South African telco paid NGN34 billion (€149 million) to secure the licence. NBC said the MTN deal would provide just under 50% of the budget to finance the country’s digital switchover.
Source: Digital TV Europe 17 November 2015
The BBC has announced the five contenders for this year’s BBC African Footballer of the Year award.
The shortlist was revealed to football fans around the world during a special live broadcast on BBCWorld News and BBC World Service.
The 2015 nominees are:
1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Gabon and Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
2. André Ayew – Ghana and Swansea City (England)
3. Yacine Brahimi – Algeria and F.C. Porto (Portugal)
4. Sadio Mané – Senegal and Southampton (England)
5. Yaya Touré – Ivory Coast and Manchester City (England)
Voting opened today, Saturday 14 November 2015, and will run until 1800 GMT on Monday 30 November 2015 when the vote closes. Last year’s award was the most successful BBC African Footballer of the Year to date with hundreds of thousands of people voting in the global competition.
Vera Kwakofi, Current Affairs Editor, BBC Africa says: “We remain overwhelmed by how much African football fans on the continent and around the world take part in this competition with their votes and robust debate. We hope that this year’s finalists continue to reflect for fans, the breadth of talent and aspiration that these African footballers represent.”
Football fans can vote for free online at: www.bbc.com/africanfootball
SMS voting is also available by texting 1 for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; 2 for André Ayew; 3 for Yacine Brahimi; 4 for Sadio Mané; and 5 for Yaya Touré to +44 77 86 20 20 08.
SMS texts are limited to one text per mobile phone number. Standard international text rates apply. Please check with your service provider. Full details and T&Cs are online at www.bbc.com/africanfootball
The winner of BBC African Footballer of the Year 2015 will be revealed simultaneously on television,radio and online on Friday 11 December 2015. The announcement will be made during a special broadcast on BBC World News and BBC World Service at 1530-1600 GMT and revealed online via the BBC Africa Live page and on BBC social media channels.
Social media users can stay up to date with the competition by following BBC Sport and BBC Africa online and join the discussion using #BBCAFOTY.
Previous winners of the BBC African Footballer of the Year award include: Yacine Brahimi (2014), Yaya Touré (2013); Christopher Katongo (2012); André Ayew (2011) and Asamoah Gyan (2010).
Source: Talk Media Africa 17 November 2015
MultiChoice has a popular VoD service in place: DStv Catch Up.
MultiChoice has apologised for problems that have beset its popular Catch Up service in recent weeks and has said the broadcaster is making progress in resolving them.
“We apologise to our customers for not having all the titles regularly on the DStv Catch Up service at the moment,” it said in an e-mailed response to a query from TechCentral.
DStv subscribers have taken to social media to complain about the problems.
“We know how popular this service is among our customers. Our technical teams are working non-stop to ensure all delayed titles are delivered. We’re confident the service will be back to normal in the next week or so,” it said.
MultiChoice said it started experiencing problems with delayed and duplicate titles on the service on personal video recorder (PVR) decoders and on DStv Now a few weeks ago. The problems were linked to the installation of a new automated workflow system.
“As with many software deployments — even though it was extensively tested beforehand, we encountered some unforeseen issues,” it said.
Catch Up, which offers DStv subscribers the ability to watch cached and online content on demand, is available to those on the DStv Premium bouquet with PVRs and to DStv Compact and Extra customers with Explora decoders.
“Customers would have noticed a big improvement in the delivery of titles this week already,” the company said when asked when the problems would be resolved.
“We’re committed to ensure all missing titles get delivered so our customers don’t miss out on their favourite shows. We hope to have this service back to normal within the next week or so.”
Source: TechCentral 17 November 2015
StarTimes Tanzania has urged its dealers to deliver the best customer services to their clients if they are to thrive in business amid increasing rivalry, The Citizen reported. The company has hosted a special event which brought together all of its dealers. The event sought to help dealers share information with management and discuss the services, products and special promotional policies and share promotions with consumers.
Studies show that close to 70 percent of customer defections occur when customers feel poorly treated. It is also believed that for every customer who bothers to complain, 26 other customers will remain silent, The Citizen said. US customer care guru John Tschohl once told The Citizen that an average wronged customer will tell between eight and sixteen people about it and that if a business reduces customer defections, it stands a chance of boosting its profits by up to 85 percent.
Source: Telecompaper 17 November 2015
The first Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) broadcasts, originally scheduled for June of this year, are due to begin in early 2016, predicted Wednesday the president of the National Communications Agency (ANAC) of Cape Verde.
David Gomes, commenting on the status of the introduction of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in Cabo Verde, said the most important thing was that the content aggregator centre will be ready in December, so it can receive content from a variety of operators in the market in order to carry out its aggregation, transport and distribution.
“The first broadcasts in Praia will take place in late January and early February,” he said, cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa.
Gomes said ANAC had met with some manufacturers and importers from China, Taiwan and Europe, and given that Cape Verde is an island country it will not be easy to find companies that have ability to import in large quantities, as well as secure distribution and sales nationwide.
The president of ANAC also said that consumers would only pay for their set-top box, or spend more if they want to buy a compatible television, and the average price of a box would be around US$30-40.
Source: AsiaOTT 13 November 2015
Eutelsat and Camusat have entered into a partnership agreement that will enhance turnkey connectivity solutions for mobile operators in Sub-Saharan Africa. Eutelsat will deliver satellite coverage of all African territories while Camusat will provide expertise in telecom infrastructure deployment, including building, providing electrical power and maintaining towers for mobile telephony networks via more than 1,000 employees in the African continent.
SES has signed a multi-year deal to distribute Canal 3 TV services across West Africa.
SES will be providing broadcast capacity to deliver a Canal 3 pay-TV bouquet in Hausa, Savanna, Wolof and French languages across West Africa. Canal Holdings will be delivering its TV offerings to its direct-to-home subscribers via SES’s Astra 2G satellite at 28.2 degrees East, and distributing the same channels to Benin and Niger via the SES-5 satellite located at 5 degrees East.
This agreement provides Canal Holdings with extensive West Africa coverage and the optimal technical solution.
Source: Broadband TV News 18 November 2015
eThekwini Municipality residents could soon get the latest council decisions from the comfort of their own homes. On Wednesday, the city approved a proposal to broadcast eThekwini Municipality Television to residents.
It would not cost anything as the city would use existing infrastructure, municipal spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa said in a statement. Human settlements and infrastructure committee chairperson Nigel Gumede said it was a wonderful idea as people could stay informed about city policies.
“We already have the television screens and nothing will have to be spent in this regard. For us, it is a way of communicating with the public without being censored by media about the work the city is doing.”
Deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala said the municipality was partnering with a company that had a licence to run a TV station.
City Manager Sibusiso Sithole said that there were no cost implications as all the equipment was already there.
Source: AllAfrica 19 November 2015
Residents of Machakos County can now enjoy affordable pay television after StarTimes TV launched its signal in the region on Sunday.
The StarTimes TV decoder offers a five-month free-of-charge viewing after which viewers will pay a monthly charge to continue enjoying the programmes.
Speaking in Machakos Town, StarTimes Public Relations Manager Alex Mwaura said the firm is offering a variety of channels for children, sports, music and drama with good signal quality.
Machakos Central Ward MCA Cornelius Kitheka, who flagged off a StarTimes caravan in the town, welcomed the entry of the service provider, saying it is great news for the residents as they now have choices in access to digital TV.
“This makes it possible for more people to access (the) digital signal and ensures that customers have a choice to watch local and international channels. The entry of StarTimes will indeed bridge the digital divide,” said Mr Kitheka.
Source: Daily nation 9 November 2015
Tuluntulu has announced an exclusive partnership with EAE Gaming to launch a new 24/7 eSports TV channel called OPTV on the Tuluntulu app.
OPTV is a dedicated African eSports channel streaming exclusively on the Tuluntulu mobile platform, and is the only mobile African channel streaming live and recorded video game and other eSports play content.
Catalysed by the the astonishing success of global eSports streaming company Twitch (which was purchased by Amazon for $1 billion earlier this year, now reaching 100 million unique viewers per month) and the exponential growth of smartphone usage and mobile video content consumption in Africa, Tuluntulu and EAE Gaming have joined forces to address this underserved continental market.
Tuluntulu is delighted to partner with the EAE Gaming in this new venture. They bring quality content and huge experience in eSports and gaming industry in general. We believe this new mobile TV channel, the first of its kind in Africa, will delight a large and loyal viewer base across Africa said Pierre van der Hoven Tuluntulu's Founder and CEO.
eSports globally is growing at phenomenal rate. OPTV will exposure many people to this new and exciting sports and will provide exposure for the African eSports stars, says Curt Roehricht CEO of EAE Gaming.
Tuluntulu is one of the largest mobile content platforms targeting audiences in Africa, and globally, with African focused content. The app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play and iOS App stores, usage is free (no subscriptions), 100% free on Wi-Fi, with data costs only if connected via a mobile network (low data setting consumes -50MB / hr.). The FREE business model is designed to maximize audience reach and engagement.
The platform currently has 18 x 24/7 streaming TV channels; News (Al Jazeera, ANN7, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America), Education (SABC, BrainBoosters, Spark4U), Documentaries (Afridocs), Movies (Nolly4U), Series (AfrikTales), Sport (AfricaSport4U), Fashion (Fleur), Lifestyle (Africa4U), Children (SABC Children), Comedy (Good4U), Music (GUAP, Mafrik), and Religion (ELev8). Tuluntulu also has 11 streaming radio stations.
Since marketing commenced in August 2014, the Tuluntulu app has now been downloaded over 265,000 times in 154 countries. The most popular being South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe.
Tuluntulu has received a number of awards including a Technology Top 100 Innovation award, finalist in the MTN App of the Year Awards, and a Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Leadership Award. In addition, Tuluntulu was selected by Unilever Foundry 50 as one of the top 50 startups in the world.
Source: Press Release
The SABC on Wednesday announced the suspension of its Group CEO, Frans Matlala. Matlala was appointed in July after the departure of Lulama Mokhobo last year. His suspension comes four months after his appointment.
“The Board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), today suspended with immediate effect the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), Mr Frans Matlala pending an investigation,” SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago in a media statement.
The broadcaster appointed Group Executive for News and Current Affairs, Jimi Matthews as Acting Group CEO in the interim. The SABC said it will not comment further until all processes are finalised.
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 by a major service provider to manage a new network of interactive set-top boxes spanning across one of Africa’s biggest markets. The new network will provide over 2 million households with premium HD channels and on-demand online content, 3G/4G Internet browsing, a built-in WiFi hotspot, and more.
The end-to-end system is provided by SatCab, the leading systems integrator for professional digital video solutions in Portugal. Martin Jahn, founder and CEO of SatCab commented, “This project leverages SatCab’s almost 20 years of experience in telecommunication projects, as well as its knowledge of the African market and its specific needs.” DataMiner CPE Manager is at the heart of the system, providing real-time health monitoring of the entire population of STBs, full control and multiple OSS functions.
“We are proud that DataMiner CPE Manager has been selected. DataMiner is unique in that it can manage and monitor multiple millions of STBs along with the rest of the network infrastructure. Operators will be able to view real-time and historic KPIs, such as the reception quality of the entire population of STBs, logically aggregated per cell,” says Ben Vandenberghe, CEO of Skyline Communications. “Several operational support services are provided by DataMiner, including reporting of QoE stats, inventory overview of the full population of STBs and their versions, firmware update management, and even subscriber notification services.”
DataMiner CPE Manager has already been successfully deployed in multiple service provider networks. As explained in the Skyline Solution Guide on unified operations of network and CPE, DataMiner CPE Manager allows operators to perform real pro-active maintenance of the network before service outages occur. As such, customers enjoy a better quality of experience, while operators reduce operational costs significantly. DataMiner scales from small networks to large tier-1 networks with multiple millions of CPE devices.
Source: Advanced television.com 19 November 2015
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 used to deliver 12 free-to-view channels to a nationwide network of 48 Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) transmitters so that Zimbabwean viewers can benefit from improved image quality and a wider choice of television programmes.
The agreement between BAZ and Eutelsat will accelerate the digital transition of Zimbabwe's national broadcasting network that was initiated in 2011, and reflects the general move across Africa to a fully digital environment.
The new service is currently being tested and is due to launch during the first quarter of 2016. The project is managed by BAZ which works with Transmedia, the country’s national signal carrier; ZBC, the state broadcaster; and Huawei for sourcing of digital equipment, including set-top-boxes for user’s homes. Huawei will also uplink the digital multiplex from BAZ’s teleport facilities in Harare to the Eutelsat 3B satellite.
Source: Screen Africa 17 November 2015
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 on smartphones and tablets to more than ten million subscribers. It is also employing Elemental to power the launch of its time-shift satellite VOD service, which will support MultiChoice DStv Box Office and MultiChoice DStv catch-up; premium subscribers can watch the latest movies, sports and television shows up to seven days after they air.
"Our biggest challenges with this expansion [of DStv] were managing scalability and our ability to react to market conditions as we launched new services," said Jean-Pierre Rossouw, head of department, VOD operations, MultiChoice. "With Elemental, we were able to adapt to a rapidly increasing volume of content and growing subscriber base while meeting customer expectations around the clock. It gives us confidence to know that we are using reliable products that come with great support."
Under management of Elemental Conductor software, Elemental Live systems ingest, process and deliver DStv Online content in multiple bitrates to an Akamai CDN for live streaming to mobile devices and the Web.
"As a quality pay-television service, MultiChoice is at the cutting-edge of technology, content and service, which has resulted in consistent improvements in subscribers' viewing and enjoyment," said John Nemeth, VP of sales, EMEA, Elemental. "We are pleased to bring the high resolution, high performance power of the Elemental software-defined video ecosystem to bear to help MultiChoice deliver quality experiences to its viewers and to support the company's expansion."
Elemental continues to rack up deals: earlier in the year it signed up the US House of Representatives for video processing.
Source: RapidTV News 12 November 2015
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 consumers. Tailor-made experiences are increasingly being recognised as a cost-effective way of achieving maximum targeted reach and a healthy return on their investment, versus the “one size fits all” approach.
For the bespoke approach to have maximum impact, it is imperative to understand the evolving relationship between advertisers and the channels they select to promote their products. Platform cross-promotion, and creating opportunities for brands to engage with consumers through a variety of touchpoints, will unlock the power of the brand, encourage spend and grow the business.
Pan-African broadcaster Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa believes the key to success for advertisers’ brands fighting for share of voice in an extremely competitive and saturated market is the effective use of innovative brand solutions across a variety of platforms.
“With the emergence of online streaming, digital channels, the proliferation of mobile phones and with the internet becoming more accessible across the continent, consumers today live and breathe real-time content. As such, advertisers constantly need to reinvent their brands in innovative ways to stay ahead of their competitors by offering a solid proposition to their consumers,” affirms Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, VIMN Africa.
“Advertisers want to break through the clutter, and those who partner with VIMN Africa are able to authentically connect with our audiences because of the bespoke solutions we offer them. VIMN Africa leverages strong innovative initiatives that deliver the pre-requisite awareness, interest and ROI that advertisers expect. Advertisers who partner with us are able to grow their businesses because we deliver customised experiences for them beyond the 30-second spot on multiple platforms that matter to consumers,” comments Okosi.
VIMN Africa has a successful track record in spearheading continent-wide productions in both the digital space that are engaging for the youth and young adult market. Brands that choose to partner with and advertise via VIMN Africa’s highly engaged multimedia multiplex are set to gain significant reach, frequency and scale from a broadcast and digital perspective. By partnering with VIMN Africa on creative channel solutions from concept to broadcast, advertisers’ brands are woven into a distinct storyline that maintains the integrity of the content and the brand, while emphasising brand relevancy and driving a deeper connection with consumers.
This 360-degree approach to optimising content-led initiatives provides a solutions-based offering that not only meets the expected return on investment but - in many cases - surpasses it. VIMN Africa has redefined ROI metrics by demonstrating the impact of brand performance in response to these partnerships. By tapping into VIMN Africa’s diverse network, advertisers have access to a broad pan-African audience aged between 4 and 49, across a diverse demographic profile.
“All our key campaigns with advertisers are designed to exist multi-platform, encompassing linear TV, mobile, online, social media as well as experiential offerings. The degree to which each element is activated depends on the brand and the individual property, but it can include the creation of webisodes, mobisites, websites, social media content and customised events that live beyond the digital platforms.
“Our brands continue to enjoy increased social media interaction with our audiences and - with the ubiquitous presence of mobile in Africa - this provides an opportunity our partners to exploit the power of our brands in this space,” adds Okosi.
VIMN Africa continues to look for opportunities to amplify advertisers’ reach by creating unique content, increasing investment in local production and providing their brands with added value such as social media, events and PR opportunities, to name just a few. With a long history of developing award winning content, the company has been recognised for four year’s running with a Gold award for Best Sponsor Integration Spot at the Promax/BDA Africa Awards; recent examples of successful integrated brand solutions include: MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) 2015 / Absolut Vodka; The Daily Show with Trevor Noah / McDonald’s; Nickelodeon’s Genius / Melrose and The Comedy Central Roast of Kenny Kunene / Nando’s.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, VIMN Africa has recently announced its biggest ever investment in local content for African audiences, across its growing suite of entertainment channels, including Comedy Central (DStv channel 122), Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305), Nick Jr. (DStv channel 307), NickToons (DStv channel 308), MTV (DStv channel 130), MTV Base (DStv channel 322) and BET (DStv channel 129).
“VIMN Africa continues to grow and expand our portfolio and footprint in the pay-TV and terrestrial TV space by optimising content beyond linear TV and through increased investment in local content. Advertisers who choose to travel with us on this exciting journey will be rewarded with unique marketing solutions to drive a deeper connection with their consumers and a positive return on their investment,” concludes Okosi.
Source: Press Release
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 advertising industry, Beninese private news channel Golfe TV AFRICA announces it has chosen Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) to support its transition to high definition broadcasting. Golfe TV AFRICA has taken a three-year capacity lease on the EUTELSAT 16A satellite to broadcast Sub-Saharan Africa’s first free-to-air High Definition channel. Broadcasts kicked off on October 1.
Golfe TV AFRICA is operated by Golfe Gazette Press Group, which was established 30 years ago. The channel has been transmitting in Standard Definition in Benin, both terrestrially and by satellite. Its ambition is now to offer an enhanced viewing experience to a television audience both in Benin and beyond, in 20 Anglophone and Francophone countries from Senegal to Mozambique. Using new equipment and state-of-the-art HD and 3D studios, Golfe TV AFRICA is further bolstering its reputation as a reference news channel and strengthening its position among major broadcasters across Africa. The capacity booked on EUTELSAT 16A also enables Golfe TV AFRICA to offer live broadcast services to other channels in the region.
Ishmael Soumanou, Chairman and Founder of the Golfe Gazette Press Group, said: "In order to accelerate our transition to HD in Africa, we naturally turned to the EUTELSAT 16A satellite that represents one of the continent’s flagship neighbourhoods. Its booming audience and its strong line-up of over 150 channels played decisive roles in our decision making."
Michel Azibert, Commercial and Development Director at Eutelsat, added: "We are delighted to see channels in Africa embrace the opportunity to deliver an enhanced viewing experience with High Definition and to be chosen to broadcast Sub-Saharan Africa’s first free-to-air High Definition channel. EUTELSAT 16A is more than ever a hallmark for choice and quality.”
Source: press Release
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 power sites located at various locations across the country, which are configured with 1+1 redundancy systems based on 2.3 KWrms DVB-T2 Egatel transmitters. The transmitters are part of the Wideband High Efficiency Transmitters (WHET) series which have air cooling and provide high energy efficiency throughout the UHF band on Wideband Doherty technology, significantly reducing energy consumption.
M-Net wants 20 television interns
M-Nets Magic in Motion Academy (MiM Academy) is looking for 20 TV and film graduates who want to do a paid internship at the pay-TV broadcaster in 2016. The 20 will work behind the scenes across various shows and productions across all of the M-Net run TV channels.
For the second year of the Magic in Motion Academy, M-Net is expanding its new internship programme from 12 to 20 positions, and will continue to give film and TV graduates much-needed and in-depth practical experience as they work closely with some of South Africas top producers and TV shows.
In Magic in Motion, M-Net spotlights the philosophy that given an opportunity, an empowered new generation of filmmakers and TV professionals will rise to take their place at the forefront of our sector, says M-Net CEO, Yolisa Phahle.
M-Nets Magic in Motion Academy, with veteran producer and director Bobby Heaney as the academys director, is structured around the film and TV industrys need in South Africa to develop the local talent pipeline, build industry capacity and to contribute to the economic strength of the country.
Film and TV graduates who want to enter the Magic in Motion Academys internship programme for 2016 must be South African and have completed their qualification in 2014 or 2015.
The Magic in Motion Academy internship programme is according to M-Net strictly EE (Employment Equity) qualifying candidates only - only black, coloured and Indian people can apply.
Those who apply must have a 3-year qualification in drama, film, TV or a related media field from a recognised tertiary institution and must have graduated or expect to graduate with at least an overall B- mark.
Those who apply must have had no previous permanent employment in the film and TV sector.
Connect4Climate and Vimeo call for action: Film a #Day4Climate action on November 29
Connect4Climate, the global partnership program of the World Bank Group, the online platform Vimeo, and partners have joined forces to challenge citizens around the world to film Climate Action on one day, November 29.
Dedicated to driving climate action around the world, the 24-hour Film a #Day4Climate Action challenge (connect4climate.org/competition/day4climate) asks aspiring filmmakers and citizens worldwide to document climate actions, solutions and conversations happening on a day dedicated to global climate mobilization.
On November 29th, a day before the UNFCCC 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) meeting starts in Paris with a gathering of global leaders, citizens all around the world will get out and call for an ambitious outcome in Paris. COP21 is expected to adopt a binding agreement on the long-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
As part of Connect4Climate's Film4Climate Initiative, Film a #Day4Climate Action invites people globally to share their story from November 29th on what we should do to prevent dangerous climate change and save our planet. The stories all need to be filmed and edited down to no more than 3 minutes in 24 hrs and submitted on the Vimeo's group channel: Film a #Day4Climate Action 29 November 2015, by the next day.
Video is a powerful way for people to document activism and share their message with others. We're excited to support Connect4Climate in their efforts to raise awareness for the steps we need to take to address climate change around the world, said Vimeo's Community Director, Darnell Witt.
Submitted video messages will be featured during the Youth Day at COP21 and at events across the city. The videos will also be brought together in a documentary telling the story of how citizens around the world showed their support for climate action. A celebrated editor and filmmaker will lead this effort for a launch at the World Bank Group in 2016.
Telling stories in a way which allows others to experience a world, which they never would have otherwise seen, changes people. It has the power to change their perspectives, opinions and hearts.
This is why film is such a powerful tool to encourage climate action. -Lucia Grenna, Program Manager, Connect4Climate
Just one day before the crucial climate negotiations in Paris (COP21) begin, coinciding with the Global Climate March - a decisive call for bold actions on climate change, this challenge represents an opportunity for people to come together through the power of video and share their messages, pledges and solutions for climate change. Everyone, everywhere, united to to build a resilient clean future!
Connect4Climate aims to raise global awareness about climate change in line with the World Bank's mission to end extreme poverty within a generation and boost shared prosperity. As World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said, We will never end poverty if we don't tackle climate change.
Source: nfvf 16 November 2015
Kodak launches global Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge
As part of Kodak s on-going celebration of 50 years of Super 8 filmmaking, the company has launched the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge, and is seeking submissions until 21 December 2015. The inaugural online contest, which is free to enter, is designed to showcase the wide range of creative uses of this small gauge format by passionate shooters from all walks of life.
Filmmakers, home movie aficionados, documentarians, sports enthusiasts, musicians, promo/spot creatives and experimentalists from all over the world are invited to submit clips that were originated on Super 8 film and range from 15 seconds to five minutes. Entries will be taken in one of three categories: POV (fiction), Action (lifestyle) and Flashback (non-fiction).
Once the submission period ends, there will be two rounds of voting open to the general public. The semi-finalist round will begin on 22 December 2015. The top three videos in each category based on audience votes, along with two semi- finalists from each category chosen by a jury, will be screened at a Kodak event at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2016. Fifteen films will be chosen in total.
The second stage of voting will determine the overall first, second and third place Audience Award winners. A professional panel of jurists assembled by Kodak will select the Jury Award semi-finalists and winner.
Prizes will range from a Kodak PixPro SP360 Action camera and a Pro8mm Rhonda Super 8 camera, to film stock, processing and swag, valued at up to US$12 500.
The Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge is hosted on The Audience Awards contest platform. Entrants will need to create a valid Audience Awards account, free of charge. Viewers can also sign up for free to watch and vote for their favourite clips from 22 December 2015 to 25 January 2016.
All submissions must be shot on Super 8 film, either with or without sound. Hybrid productions need to be comprised of a minimum of 50% Super 8 footage. Clips can be from any year, original pieces of work or excerpts of longer form projects, and previously exhibited or distributed.
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Yusuf Abramjee to exit from Primedia
Primedia Broadcasting’s head of news and current affairs, Yusuf Abramjee will be leaving the company at the end of the year.
Abramjee is said to be pursuing multiple local and international interests.
He was also scheduled to take up the position of global communication director for charity group, Crime Stoppers International (CSI).
In the statement, Abramjee said it was a tough decision to leave.
“But it’s time for me to expand my horizons. I will certainly miss the Primedia family,” he said.
“At the same time, I will also be doing international relief work. On the domestic front, my activism will continue and I will continue to focus on mobilisation and communication.
“Primedia is a great company and I have enjoyed my many years in various roles. However, I’m excited at being able to start a new chapter in my career and also expand my horizons globally.”
Company CEO Terry Volkwyn said Abramjee would be missed.
Abramjee, who also heads up Crime Line and is a Lead SA activist, has ironically also found himself a victim of crime.
In August, it was reported that he claimed to have evaded a gang of armed hijackers who shot at him as he maized his way through the streets of Johannesburg.
He escaped unharmed.
Last month, Abramjee released CCTV footage, showing two men trying to break into his Pretoria home. The pair was alleged to have cut the electric fencing around his home and avoiding the sensors.
Abramjee and his family were unharmed.
In September, he penned an open letter to President Jacob Zuma, urging him to do something about the high levels of crime.
In the letter, he said: “Stop catering to the politically ambitious. In fact, leave politics out of key appointments and deploy people who can do the job and act beyond reproach. Stop patting mediocrity, uselessness and corruption on the back, sending their servants on their way with a golden handshake.”
Not all South Africans responded positively.
On Twitter, the media boss was lambasted, with questions about why Crime Line had failed to hand over its financial records to the SA Police Service.
18 to 29 novembre 2015
International Documentary Film Festival AmsterdamEvery year, IDFA welcomes some 2,500 international documentary professionals in Amsterdam during eleven days of films, industry events, panel discussions and much more. - See more at: https://www.idfa.nl/industry/festival.aspx#sthash.vYG52RxE.dpufEvery year, IDFA welcomes some 2,500 international documentary professionals in Amsterdam during eleven days of films, industry events, panel discussions and much more. - See more at: https://www.idfa.nl/industry/festival.aspx#sthash.vYG52RxE.dpuf
Every year, IDFA welcomes some 2,500 international documentary professionals in Amsterdam during eleven days of films, industry events, panel discussions and much more. - See more here:
29 November to 6 December 2015
26th Carthage Fim Festival 2015
Strong of the success of the decentralization initiative in 2014, the Carthage Film Festival-that has become a annual event - tends to reinforce this achievement and organize "The Cities of Carthage Film Festival 2015". Twelve cities will host the Festival this year. See more here:
31 March to 2 June 2016
Discop Afrique Abidjan 2016
Sofitel Hotel Ivoire , Abidjan , Ivory Coast
TV Programs Market: The largest market in Francophone Africa , and creative forum for television programs, TV channels , broadcast technologies and other audiovisual subjects - more than 500 delegates expected , conferences , debates, round tables, floor trade stands and much more ... not to be missed !
Nollywood Week Film Festival
The world's entertainment content market
Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
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DISCOP AFRICA 2016
SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE - 161 Maude St, Sandton 2196. Johannesburg, South Africa.
TV Programs Market: The largest market in Francophone Africa , and creative forum for television programs, TV channels , broadcast technologies and other audiovisual subjects - more than 500 delegates expected , conferences , debates, round tables, floor trade stands and much more ... not to be missed !November 2016
AfricaCom / AfricaCast / TV Connect Africa 2016
AfricaCom and TV Connect Africa , two essential events for the digital economy in Africa. Approximately 8,000 participants in 2014.
Ideal for promoting innovation, sell solutions and seal partnerships with telcos content .
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