Issue no. 110 4 August 2011

Top Story

China’s Star Times wins UEFA 2012-2015 free-to-air media rights for sub-Saharan Africa

UEFA announced that the 2012-15 free-to-air media rights for sub-Saharan Africa have been awarded to Chinese pay TV operator Star Times. It has come from nothing two years ago to becoming a player to watch. Russell Southwood looksat the implications of the deal for what it may do in the future.UEFA announced that the 2012-15 free-to-air media rights for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in sub-Saharan Africa have been awarded to Star Times. The unusual thing about the deal is that Star Times is a Pay TV operator, not a Free-To-Air broadcaster.However, the deal probably makes sense…

Broadcast

DStv BoxOffice officially launched - video-on-demand in SA

DStv premium subscribers using PVRs will, from now on, be able to view the latest blockbusters via a video-on-demand (VOD) service, BoxOffice that MultiChoice South Africa launched amid much fanfare…


Broadcast

BBC refreshes commitment to coverage of Nigeria’s economic progress

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has expressed its renewed commitment in the coverage of the progress in Nigeria’s socio-economic development. A team of the corporation who was in Lagos last week…


Broadcast

Local rugby to be live on Zuku as SuperSport quit KRU deal

Moments after SuperSport, South Africa-based multinational broadcaster suspended its transmission of rugby matches from Kenya on Thursday, local pay television channel Zuku TV came to Kenya Rugby Union’s rescue.Starting with…


Broadcast

TV5MONDE, first international channel in Kinshasa

TV5MONDE consolidates its position as the first international channel in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to the latest results of TNS Sofres - Africascope…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- The all African radio station, Trans Africa Radio (available on DStv Audio on Channel 172), has relaunched with a new weekend line-up that includes 10 exclusive live shows. Featuring…


Content

Swazi TV goes on the DSTV bouquets

Swazi TV intends to improve its programme content. These new changes are prompted by the station’s recent move on to the DSTV Swaziland bouquets.The station’s Public Relations Officer Pholile Maseko…


Content

Shaw Brothers martial arts film library now has pan-African outlet

Shaw Brothers-style kung fu kicks off on African television for the first time as the Hong Kong-based owner of the studio’s 760-film library, Celestial Pictures, has signed a deal with…


Content

TV5Monde and the French Institute strengthen their Cinema relationships

On July 21, 2011, TV5Monde and the French Institute (“l’Institut Français” in French) increased their cooperation for better dissemination of Culture and of the French language in the world.The agreement…


Content

Award Winning Nigerian/Canadian Film 'Anchor Baby' Gets a UK Theatrical Release

After various successful cinema releases in Nigeria, Ghana and Canada, Anchor Baby the debut movie by a Nigerian born/Canada based director Lonzo Nzekwe gets a theatrical released in the United…


Content

Content - In Brief

- Nearly 300 delegates from around Africa and the rest of the world attended the 2nd Durban FilmMart, the continent’s largest co-production market, which drew to a close on 25…


Distribution

Mokolo African Online Platform introduced to help distribute African films

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


Distribution

Interview: Seemahale brings Cloud TV to Africa

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


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

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


Investment

Seven awards and more money at the Durban Film Mart in support of African film projects

 “The increase in the number of awards we will be making at this, the second edition of Durban FilmMart (DFM), is a tangible sign of the increasing support for the…


Investment

Canada’s IDC and Wananchi partner on African direct-to-home broadcasting

Ottawa's International Datacasting Corp. (IDC) has partnered with an African technology company to bring direct-to-home broadcasting to the continent. The agreement with Wananchi Group Ltd. includes a vendor financing package…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- Satellite operator SES – very active in Africa - reported first half recurring revenues of  €853.2 million, a 3% year-on-year increase. - Africalia set up “The Africaliennes” to showcase…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya keen to beat deadline on digital migration

Even as fears abound about the possibility of many African countries being unable to meet the 2015 deadline to transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting, the government is keen…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: NBC to monitor broadcast stations’ content to ensure they follow its Code

The Chief Monitoring Officer, Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Kwara state, Mr. Ekanem Anita has assured customers of broadcast stations as well as service providers of quality content.He told newsmen…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- According to News24, Christian denominations and church alliances plan to send a message to e.tv that the broadcasting of nudity and sexually explicit content on national free-to-air television is…


Technology & Convergence

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…


Technology & Convergence

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

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…


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Events

July - Sept. 2011 (final dates tba)African film festival (AFF) in NYCNYC, USAOutdoor Summer Screenings in NYC Parks. Featuring dance, music, food and of course films. AFF programs year-round; therefore,…


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People

- On 27 July 2011, TV technology company Grass Valley has appointed Alan Wright as senior vice-president EMEA. Wright will design and execute new strategies at Grass Valley designed to…


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Opportunities

WGSA production, pitch and writer workshop On 26 Jul 2011, the Writers Guild of South Africa (WGSA) was proud to announce a special workshop for writers and filmmakers on “How…