Issue no. 116 - 27 October 2011

Top Story

Live streaming opens up new avenues for African broadcasters as the Internet access landscape improves

Something that would have seemed crazy two years ago in Africa can now quite easily be considered a part of the near future. Bandwidth and internet users are now at the point where mass live streaming services make very good sense. The number of mobile phones able to receive live streams is probably larger than you think. Plus there are interesting business models to monetize the content. Russell Southwood looks at what live streaming has to offer Africa.Put simply, a live stream is as its name suggests simply a broadcast over the Internet or another data channel in real time.…

Broadcast

USA: iO International continues expansion with new African TV category

Cablevision Systems Corp. announced on 18 Oct. 2011 the addition of a new African category to iO TV’s extensive iO International channel line-up. This new package includes Noire TV Africa…


Broadcast

MIPCOM 2011: Trace TV launches Trace Africa

A few months after launching Trace Sports HD, which has just landed on the French SFR IPTV pay platform, French TV firm Trace is launching a new music channel, Trace…


Broadcast

Senegal: Africa 7 TV station started broadcast on 7 October 2011

Africa 7 Television started broadcast after three months of testing. The Senegalese media space which includes public television RTS is enriched with a sixth private channel next to 2STV, TFM,…


Broadcast

Tunisian TV station apologizes for airing image of God in broadcast

Tunisians protested outside Nessma TV station on Oct. 8, 2011 after it screened “Persepolis”, an animated Iranian film which demonstrators deemed as blasphemous. The head of a private Tunisian TV…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- URTI is calling members to propose copyrights’ free programmes for inclusion into the 2012 video catalogue as part of URTI exchanges. More details are available here: - Zambia has…


Content

‘Out in Africa’ Film Festival - LGBTIs in a newly founded African democracy

Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is running in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa until 30 October 2011. Kevin Kriedemann caught up with festival director Nodi Murphy…


Content

URTI rocks broadcasters with 3,000 Radio/TV programmes

The 23rd International URTI Radio Grand Prix and the 63rd General Assembly of URTI - International Radio and Television Union - took place West of Paris on 20-21, October 2011.…


Content

And the Bet Hip Hop Awards winners are…

Hip hop music has been popular in Africa since the early 1980s. It became big in Senegal in 1985 due to widespread American and French influence. Some of the first…


Content

Ghana: Inter-Marital Affairs on TV3's GMB

Twenty-three year-old Efua representing the Central Region is the latest to be evicted from TV3's reality show Ghana's Most Beautiful Season 5.She is the third contestant to be evicted from…


Content

Content - In Brief

- “Our biggest concern is that the new (DTT broadcast) regulations don’t allow for local content quotas. We suggest to ICASA that part of the strategy include content regulations for…


Distribution

Tele-10: "VOD is the future for the African TV market"

IPTV-news interviewed Eugene Nyagahene, CEO of Tele-10 Group, which has pay-TV operations in a number of countries across eastern Africa.Q: What developments have you witnessed in Africa's broadcasting industry in…


Distribution

Discovery TLC and Discovery ID now on Dstv

MultiChoice Africa and Discovery Networks have announced that TLC, its flagship female brand and ID: Investigation Discovery, the fastest growing cable channel in the US, will launch on DStv in…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- Modern Times Group (MTG) has launched its Viasat History and Viasat Nature pay TV channels in Uganda and Tanzania, following the signing of a distribution agreement with China-based digital-terrestrial…


Investment

South Africa: SABC to broadcast 18 digital TV channels

The state broadcaster told parliament it plans to have 18 TV channels on air within two years after the launch of digital TV South Africa’s state broadcaster, the SABC, told…


Investment

Time Equity Partners invests €6m in THEMA’s development

Time Equity Partners has invested €6m in French TV broadcaster Thema. Established in 2005, Thema specialises in the development and worldwide distribution of thematic, generalist and ethnic TV channels. The…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President of Etisalat’s Carrier and Wholesale services unveiled a revolutionary new service for operator and content communities. Etisalat’s Smart Hub has been equipped with a…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa's scrapped the R20m cap on its film and TV incentive

South Africa's scrapped the R20m cap on its incentive, which means that the country is much more competitive on bigger budget films ($50-100m). The department of Trade and Industry (dti)…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: Music Society to track Broadcasters via new software

The Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) has installed software that will track all songs played by broadcasters as it seeks to boost earnings of top artistes in a process…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- According to reports, if something drastic is not done to salvage the financial crisis rocking the public TV station Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), the country's media institution will…


Technology & Convergence

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

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.…


Technology & Convergence

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.…


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People

Former Supersport presenter Imran Garda is now working for Al Jazeera English in Washington, DC. His next major documentary, “Indi’s Silent War”, premiered on Thursday, 20 October 2011, as part…


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Opportunities

Unlocking the Potential of African TV through Digital TransformationAfricaCast - 9-10th November 2011, Cape Town Convention Centre, South AfricaDo not miss AfricaCast, one of Africa’s largest events attended by Balancing…