Issue no 101 31st March 2011

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Delivering African TV content in a multi-platform world – the choices broadcasters face

Once upon a time, African broadcast was simple. You were a TV station and you organised your own content and transmission, vertically integrated all the way. Your transmission was a combination of terrestrial transmitters and satellite links to them. Users simply had a TV aerial, which they moved about a bit until they caught the signal. Then along came Pay TV, which delivered content using satellite signals, dishes and set-top boxes. So far, so simple, says Russell Southwood.But a combination of the digital transition in broadcasting and growth of household broadband is creating a number of different choices for broadcasters,…

Broadcast

Wananchi Group enters satellite pay TV segment

Kenya’s Wananchi Group will enter the satellite pay TV market in April 2011 setting the stage for a vicious battle for control of the business that has remained in the…


Broadcast

Launch extension for South Africa’s Super 5 pay-TV company

A revised pay-TV service launch date of August 2011 has been agreed by Super 5 Media – the company formerly known as Telkom Media – and the Independent Communications Authority…


Broadcast

Airtel looking to go into African satellite TV Business

Bharti Airtel Ltd. is looking to launch direct-to-home satellite television services in Africa, Financial Express reported in Jan 2011, citing unnamed company officials. Bharti offers mobile telephony services in 16…


Broadcast

Africa-2015: SES to launch five satellites

SES, a global telecommunications satellite operator, with a fleet of more than 40 geo-stationary satellites that can reach 99 percent of the world's population has unveiled its plans to launch…


Broadcast

In Brief

- An Al Arabiya offical alleged that Libyan authorities were behind attempts to disrupted the reception of MBC's channels. Satellite TV channels owned by MBC, which is based in Dubai,…


Content

ACP Films meeting wrap up to support audiovisual industry

The 1st ACP-EU cultural sectors’ meeting for the current support programme took place in Brussels  on Wednesday 23 March 2011, writes Sylvain Beletre. The objective was to outline the call…


Content

ICC launches Kenyan-wide TV series ‘Ask the Court’

On March 10, 2011, the Outreach Unit of the International Criminal Court (ICC) launched the Kenyan TV series ‘Ask the Court’. ‘Ask the Court’ answers the most frequently asked questions…


Content

DStv: New sci-fi block on M-Net Series

MultiChoice have announced changes in the DStv programming schedule, including a dedicated sci-fi block on M-Net series MultiChoice announced that as from 1 April 2011, M-Net will be making some…


Content

SA: Fox Retro drives pay TV viewership on TopTV

Two years since its launch, Fox International Channels’ (FIC) Fox Retro continues to confirm its position as a proven value destination for pay TV viewers. Fresh from conquering parts of…


Content

In Brief

- Endemol announced that its international sports division and its South African operation has been engaged by drinks company, Diageo, to develop and produce a number of sports entertainment formats…


Distribution

New DStv HD sports channel on DStv April

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


Distribution

SABC takes BET and MTV shows

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


Distribution

In Brief

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


Investment

Telkom Kenya launches FTTH double-play in Nairobi; hopes to launch triple-play (incl. TV) by end-2011

Telkom Kenya has confirmed that it has launched fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband services in Muthaiga and Parklands, two of Nairobi’s most affluent suburbs. Telkom claimed that transmission speeds of up to…


Investment

Nigeria: Expert Predicts Advertising Investment to Hit N120 Billion in 2011

Tolu Ogunkoya, President Media Independents Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MIPAN) and Chris Doghudje, Managing Director, Zus Bureau Services during a joint press conference announcing the forthcoming seminar on Modern Techniques…


Investment

In Brief

- On 16 March 2011 (Bloomberg) -Vivendi SA’s Brazilian unit GVT Holding SA is seeing subscriber growth of 50 percent, allowing it to increase revenue by 40 percent, Chief Executive…


Regulation & Policy

Swaziland: BBC programme banned for being critical of Government

The government of Swaziland has banned the daily live transmission of the BBC Focus on Africa programme after one of the news clips, broadcast on the English channel of the…


Regulation & Policy

Rwanda: Media High Council releases List of licensed media organs

The Media High Council (MHC), last week, released a new list of the media organisations licensed to operate. The list includes 27 broadcast and 32 print media houses. "This new…


Regulation & Policy

In Brief

- Côte d’Ivoire: The New York-based Committee to protect Journalists [CPJ] stated that thirty people were killed recently when they marched on the offices of the state-controlled television station to…


Technology & Convergence

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,…


Technology & Convergence

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

- 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…


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Events

25th March - 9th April 2011Afrika FilmfestivalVenue: Leuven, 3220 Holsbeek - BelgiumThe Afrika Filmfestival in Leuven is the most important annual showcase for African films in the Benelux. The festival…


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People

- In March 2011, French pay channel “Canal+” officially confirmed that it has - since January 2011 - stopped commercialising its subscriptions in the two Maghreb countries where it had…


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Opportunities

Airtel Offers Customers 100 LCD TV sets in 100 days for Free; Customers to send SMS to win prizes for Free; Winners to be announced weeklyIn Lagos, Nigeria, leading telecommunications…