Issue no 131 7 June 2012

Top Story

South Africa’s MeTVAfrica.com VOD service targets a pan-continental audience with anything but Nollywood

There are probably four places where African VOD sites will succeed: the diaspora; Nigeria; East Africa and South Africa. Nollywood Love has successfully parked its tent on the Nigerian diaspora space but MeTVAfrica.com is looking for a pan-continental audience from the more bandwidth-friendly South Africa. Russell Southwood talks to Nyasha Mutsekwa, CEO, MeTVAfrica.com about how things are shaping up.MeTVAfrica.com has been in existence for little over a year: its alpha launch was in December 2011, followed by its beta launch in April 2011. It is currently offering free content but is looking to also include premium content in 6-12 months…

Broadcast

Eutelsat hosts 50% of satellite channels in Africa

Eutelsat at Satcom Africa announced several innovations: New Resources and Services to Boost Broadcast and data Markets Across Africa, closing the infrastructure gap in Africa: innovative satellite solutions for affordable…


Broadcast

Beaming With Hope – Satellite Industry Gaining Traction In Africa

Satellite technology, it seems, is thriving on the continent and is gaining popularity as a credible, cost-effective means of connectivity in Africa. This is one of the key messages to…


Broadcast

Satcom awards: MTV Networks Africa (MTVNA)

The SatCom Star Awards are designed to celebrate the continued growth and success of the satellite marketplace and focus on some of the exceptional performers within the industry this year.Winning…


Broadcast

Satcom awards: Discovery Channel, Broadcaster of the Year

Discovery Networks Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) were recently honoured as the SatCom Broadcaster of the Year 2012, as part of the annual SatCom 2012 Africa…


Broadcast

Broadcast News - In Brief

- May 28, 2012: Yahsat, the Middle East's leading satellite service provider, picked up a highly coveted SatCom Star Award for the "Most Innovative Product/Service for Africa". The industry accolade…


Content

Social innovation and development using ICT: Orange African Social Venture Prize

Balancing Act recently published a report  analysing the nascent content and apps ecosystem in Africa while providing an analytical framework allowing African mobile operators or other stakeholders to decide on…


Content

Nigeria: “NAFCA is the African Oscar Awards in the United States and Europe."

Award winning film critic and founder of Nollywood and African Film Critics' Awards (NAFCA), DR Victor Olatoye has won the hearts of many stakeholders in the Nigerian film industry when…


Content

Morocco: Citizens lament the poor quality of programmes on public TV

The Moroccan government's announcement that it would issue new public media guidelines at the end of May has reignited a stormy debate around independent media in the kingdom.The debate began…


Content

South Africa makes strides at Cannes Film Festival

South Africa made strides during its first day at Cannes with the Cape Winelands’ successful meeting that ended with possible future partnerships with Korea. The Mandela documentary, as reported by…


Content

Sex, exploitation on the African beach: the Cannes Film Festival entry 'Paradise: Love'

Austrian director Ulrich Seidl's film Paradise:Love depicts a middle-aged European women at a Kenyan holiday resort seeking romance with young local men. It had its gala premiere Friday in Cannes,…


Content

Content - In Brief

- Rwanda joined the rest of the world in observing the this year's World No-Tobacco Day. The government has taken steps in the past few years to fight against the…


Distribution

Michael Dearham joins 'Cote Ouest Audiovisuel', premier distributor of audiovisual rights for and from Africa

Cote Ouest Audiovisuel welcomes aboard Mike Dearham as Senior Vice President of the Group and General Manager of the Mauritian Office. Mike's principal mandate is to head up the English Programming…


Distribution

Viacom International Media Networks Africa announces a new Pay-TV deal for BET in Sub-Saharan Africa

Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) announced last week that general entertainment network BET is to expand its African TV footprint following the signing of a new distribution deal…


Distribution

Tanzania: Steps Entertainment becomes official distributors of Zuku TV

Since the end of Dec 2011 the Wananchi group managed to add Zuku on the list of pay TV providers in Tanzania, joining other providers already in the market such…


Distribution

Broadcast, film and music Africa meeting: towards sustainable broadcasting models

Nairobi is preparing to host the 2012 Broadcast, Film & Music Africa (BFMA) conference in July, aimed at evaluating opportunities for growth, writes Dennis Itumbi for journalism.co.za.Known to broadcasters, film…


Distribution

Distribution News - In Brief

- There is great responsibility on parents and adults to be accountable for the content children in their care have access to, says Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. She…


Investment

South Africa: DA Seeks Clarity On Imports of Set-Top Boxes for Digital Television

The Minister of Communications, Ms Dina Pule must state clearly and unambiguously whether foreign-made set-top boxes (STBs) or digital converters can be imported to and sold in South Africa.STB or…


Investment

Google's Youtube marks 7 years and 6 months in Uganda

YouTube recently celebrated its seventh birthday. Acquired by Google in 2006 for $1.6 billion, the investment is turning out to be a successful bet. YouTube has become the go-to destination…


Investment

Ghana: AUCC to Establish Film and Muiltimedia School

After stamping its mark as a prime centre of excellence for higher education in Africa, the African University College of Communications (AUCC) is set to establish a School of Film…


Investment

Uganda: New Awards to Boost Media

Kampala, a city that takes pride in being alive with night entertainment, has now got an extra social event to add to its calendar. Last Friday, Radio and TV Academy…


Investment

Investment News - In Brief

- Following a three-year development of relationships and the training of Stage Audio Works as its first Certified Partner in South Africa, Christie, a global visual technology company, has announced…


Regulation & Policy

hree journalists freed but problems persist in eastern DRC

The Radio Liberté presenter Kashigwe Binjamin, known as Pilipili Kasai, who was arrested at his home on 13 May, was released on bail four days ago. Although he has issued…


Regulation & Policy

DTT in Kenya: Universal Service Fund to partly subside the cost of set top boxes

Mobile operators have demanded representation in the Universal Service Fund's top decision body to keep tab on how the money they contribute is used.The ministry of Information and Communication have…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation &Policy News - In Brief

- Nigeria, 22 May 2012: The Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Yomi Bolarinwa, has reiterated the Commission's stance transiting from analogue to digital come June 17, 2012. The…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya: Nation's Digital Consumers Have Greatly Evolved

The school holidays were a busy time, the kids would find their way into wardrobes and with creativity weave several clothe hangers into sports cars of every make. My friend…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: GLO Fixed Line Extends to Benin City Allowing TV/VoD Glo Mobile says it has extended its fixed line services to Benin City, Edo State capital, through its broad access network, the company said in a statement.

In addition to clear voice and data services, some of the offerings that will ultimately be available on Glo Broad Access are video conferencing, call centre services, video-on-demand, broadcast TV,…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Informa Telecoms and Media forecasts that 22.2 million homes will be watching 3DTV programming globally by the end of 2015. This figure represents just 1.6% of the world’s TV…


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Events

7 - 15 July, 2012Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF)Venue: Zanzibar15th Festival of the Dhow Countries - East Africa’s largest film and arts festival, showcasing a broad spectrum of African and…


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People

South Africa: Clare O'neil Appointed New Saarf ChairClare O'Neil replaces Sarel du Plessis, CEO of the Marketing Association of South Africa and chairperson of The South African Advertising Research Foundation…