Issue No. 118 24 November 2011

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A new hybrid digital TV model in East Africa – Burundi’s Tele10 looks to roll-out in Kenya and Uganda with IPTV and VoD

Headquartered in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city, TV company Tele10 started in one of Africa’s smallest countries, Burundi, but it has ambitions to change how television is delivered and to become an East African player. Its CEO Eugene Nyagahene announced his intentions over the broadcast stream of AfricaCom, 'AfricaCast' held in November 2011. Nyagahene says he’s been “watching the way kids watch TV” and wants to introduce hybrid TV, delivered on any device and both Pay and Free-To-Air.Tele-10 Group launched in Burundi in 1992 as a Pay TV company 19 years ago before expanding more recently into Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.…

Broadcast

Algeria: Broadcasting revolution in the air

The opening of the Algerian broadcasting will create private national television stations. The end of a state monopoly becomes grotesque as it faces hundreds of satellite channels available there.If one…


Broadcast

Rwanda: Public Accounts Committe Grills public broadcaster Orinfor about its finances

23 November 2011: The Parliamentary watchdog, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday cross-examined top budget managers of state broadcaster, Orinfor, to explain the loss of public funds highlighted in the…


Broadcast

PVR decoders impacting SA TV habits

PVR households – homes that have and use a personal video recorder to record TV shows - now comprise 3% of all TV households in South Africa. Industry experts describe…


Broadcast

Airtel Touching Lives Reality TV show takes-off

Airtel Ghana has launched second edition of its landmark reality television series, “Touching Lives,” which hits the screens of Ghana television stations last year to reward people who selflessly made…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- Kenyan-based pay-TV and triple-play platform operator Wananchi Group is set to ramp up its East African activities with the launch of another two local channels in 2012. Spiritually themed…


Content

The Untold Story: Famine avoided

Anti-poverty campaign group One launched a new short film about the food crisis in the Horn of Africa as part of its Hungry No More campaign. The films, which are…


Content

Film Africa 2011 - Celebrating Cinema

There has never been greater interest in African film. A half-century after Africans started making their own films, supplanting the patronising images evident in colonial cinema set in Africa, African…


Content

Nollywood steals show at Kenya International Film Festival

It was a memorable day for the Nigerian motion picture industry in Kenya, as the presence of Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, her counterparts; Ramsey Nouah, Tina Mba, Kunle Afolayan and…


Content

Africa in Motion 2011 begins with mystical grace

Nacer Khemir's Bab’Aziz kicks off the celebration of African cinema. The launch of this year’s Africa in Motion film festival kicked off at Edinbrugh’s Filmhouse on Wednesday night with a…


Content

Content - In Brief

- The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has moved to the following address: 25 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019 USA. Tel: +1-212-489-6969 - view the website…


Distribution

Mr. Lyons interested in taking PBS to other international markets, including Africa

PBS (America's Public Broadcasting Service) is a late entrant to the (UK) market, largely because the public broadcaster has little extra money on hand for such projects. The push for…


Distribution

OSN to offer convenient cash payment solution with Western Union

Western Union, a leader in global payment services, and OSN, the leading pay TV platform in the MENA region, have entered into an agreement which will allow OSN cash subscribers…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- Afrika Eye film festival which took place at Bristol’s Watershed over 28th-30th October 2011, showing films from Africa and the African Diaspora was a resounding success with most of…


Distribution

Eutelsat refutes Interference Claims

Eutelsat categorically refutes recent reports that claim it is generating interference to its own satellites in order to prevent reception in Iran of international Farsi satellite channels. These allegations are…


Investment

Intelsat’s new TV contracts and launch of three satellites in 2012

Intelsat S.A., provider of satellite services, today announced new contracts with customers utilizing Intelsat’s premier African video distribution satellite neighbourhoods and broadband capacity.“Intelsat’s rich history of providing reliable and robust…


Investment

Zambia: Government to sell 35% public media shares

Vice-President Guy Scott has said the Government will soon float 35 per cent shares of each of the three public media institutions to the public on the stock exchange market.…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- 4 Nov. 2011: Google’s popular YouTube video service is now available in Zulu and Afrikaans. The SA version of the site, at www.youtube.co.za, was launched in May 2010 and…


Regulation & Policy

East Africa: EA urged on speedy digital migration

East Africa has been urged to conduct a speedy formulation of laws to enable the region achieve its ambitious digital migration. Transport, communication and metrological ministers who were attending a…


Regulation & Policy

Egypt: Subterfuge and State TV

The size and influence of Egypt's state media makes it a formidable weapon in the arsenal of the nation's rulers. Broadcasts by the state-owned television channels, collectively referred to as…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) warned viewers who have not paid their television licences yet that they should pay up or face stiff penalties.- In South Sudan, the minister…


Regulation & Policy

CCK Barred from Shutting Down TV and Radio Stations

In Kenya (17 November 2011), orders barring the Communication Commission of Kenya from shutting down TV and radio stations that have not renewed licences have been extended. High Court Judge…


Technology & Convergence

Africa’s DStv available on MTN Play

DStv Mobile in partnership with telecommunications operator MTN launched a 3G streaming Mobile TV service that will allow MTN subscribers to watch DStv channels on their handsets.The service will commence…


Technology & Convergence

LG signs TV content deal with Etisalat for Africa

Africa is drawing attention as a future hotspot for the global telecom and personal device industry, for which local electronics giants Samsung and LG lead the pack. Samsung said last…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Industry stakeholders and other interested parties are invited to comment on the lndependent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA) Amended Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Draft Regulation.- Further to a…


Technology & Convergence

Transfer to W3C completed

The transfer of all traffic, including over 480 television channels, onto W3C from the Eurobird 16, W2M and SESAT 1 satellites was completed on 9 November 2011 by Eutelsat's control…


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People

- Encounters South African International Documentary Festival is seeking to appoint a Head of Programming, based in Cape Town.- The SABC’s chief technology officer, Richard Waghorn, who was responsible for…


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Opportunities

South Africa : The Jozi Film Festival11 November 2011: The Jozi Film Festival is a new annual film festival that will showcase the latest films made by Jozi and Gauteng…