Issue no. 133 4th July 2012

Top Story

Eutelsat lines to provide the elusive holy grail of African Pay TV growth, Triple Play with its IP Easy product

Triple Play (voice Internet and TV services) holds out the prospect of faster household growth for both broadcasters and telcos in Africa. But thus far, legal restrictions on supplying one or more of the different elements have stymied attempts to get it off the ground. However, Eutelsat has pitched itself into this search for the holy grail of growth with its IP Easy product. Senior research analyst Sylvain Béletre talks to Eutelsat’s Gaethan Donlap Kouanga, sales and marketing manager for central Africa and to Jean-François Fremaux, Director of market development at Eutelsat.In Africa so far, only a few players like…

Broadcast

Zimbabweans Tune in to Foreign Media

At 98 percent, Zimbabwe's literacy rate is the second highest in Africa. Among its population of 14 million, 6 million are said to be cell phone users. Yet since gaining…


Broadcast

Sony Professional Solutions will provide a multimedia workshop in Nairobi

Sony Professional Solutions confirmed training support for Nairobi gathering of African broadcasters and filmmakers for 4th annual Broadcast & Film conferenceJapan-based audio visual equipment manufacturer, Sony has confirmed it will…


Broadcast

CNBC Africa opens office in Mozambique

CNBC Africa, a CNBC International franchise owned by Africa Business News, has entered into a joint venture with Mozambique's state broadcaster, Televisão de Moçambique (TVM), and will open a bureau…


Broadcast

Liberia: African Journalists Extol CCTV for Fair Coverage of Continent

African journalists currently on a study tour in the People's Republic of China have applauded China Central Television (CCTV) after the network announced that it will provide more coverage to…


Broadcast

Broadcast News - In Brief

- DStv operator MultiChoice has added 684,000 subscribers to its pay-television base in the past year. It now reaches 5,6m homes in the markets in which it operates. In SA,…


Content

Mediterranean documentary filmakers to join at MEDIMED

Organised by Apimed, this year’s MEDIMED event will take place on 12-14 Oct. 2012 in Sitges, Spain, and present an exclusive selection of documentary projects, and ready made programmes, aiming…


Content

The Media Institute of Southern Africa Press Freedom Award

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is inviting nominations for its annual MISA Press Freedom Award. The award is given to honour excellence in journalism. Excellence in journalism may…


Content

Nigeria: The Industry Called Nollywood

In the beginning: The story of Nigeria's Nollywood is like Ben Okri's "river" in his novel, The Famished Road, "which becomes a road and branches out to the world."Like a…


Content

Ciné-Égyptomania in Paris at Cinémathèque française

Inaugurated in 2005 by famous filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, the new ‘Cinémathèque française’ in Paris Bercy (France) presents ‘Ciné-Égyptomania’, a special event organised by Magda Wassef, critic and historian of…


Content

S.A.: Nando's controversial ad to appear on Top TV

In a counterturn to the mainstream media, Top TV has announced that it will screen the Nando's 'Diversity' ad, from today, 21 June 2012. The decision was taken following an…


Content

Content News - In Brief

- MTV Base series “Shuga: Love, Sex, Money”, a television show set in Nairobi, Kenya that follows the lives, loves and ambitions of a group of young people has been…


Distribution

Congo-shot tale distributed in the USA

Tribeca Film has picked up 'War Witch.'Tribeca Film has conjured up US rights to "War Witch," the Kim Nguyen film that had its North American preem at the Tribeca Film…


Distribution

Zimbabwe: Anxiety Grips Viewers Over Feared SABC Blackout

Television Viewers in Zimbabwe Have Been Gripped By Anxiety Following the Expiry of South Africa's May Deadline to Switch Off Its Free to Air Channels.If disconnected, viewers face the dismal…


Distribution

New distributor will focus on black films

Talking Drum Entertainment, a new UK distributor specialising in black films, will release Nigerian romantic drama "Tango With Me" in UK cinemas on 24 August 2012. Bookings include screens at…


Distribution

BFMA event will bring up new distribution models

AITEC roots for the promotion of Africa's creative industryBroadcasters and filmmakers in Africa will gather in Nairobi, Kenya at the fourth annual Broadcast, Film & Music Africa (BFMA) conference from…


Distribution

Distribution News - In Brief

- South African TV distribution company, Clickboogie Media has launched BoogienightsTV, reportedly the first online streaming TV service in Africa to a worldwide audience. The service consists of 7 500…


Investment

Ster-Kinekor replaces all of its screens with digital technology

Film projectors will get the axe as the cinema chain moves to digital technology. Cinema chain Ster-Kinekor Theatres will replace all of its screens countrywide with digital technology over the…


Investment

SAARF PAMRO Conference for Africa Diplomat

y bringing together the media research industry across African borders, the Pan African Media Research Organisation (PAMRO) aims to produce harmonised, compatible and comprehensive audience measurement data for the entire…


Investment

Television Malagasy renewed capacity contract with Eutelsat

Eutelsat Communications and the government of Madagascar announced the renewal for seven years of a capacity lease on the Eutelsat satellite 16A, at 16 ° is. These resources provide distribution…


Investment

3rd Durban FilmMart will include a finance forum

The official countdown to Africa’s premiere film finance and coproduction forum kicks off with a bang this year. With less than six weeks to go to the 3rd Durban FilmMart,…


Investment

Investment News - In Brief

- Venture capitalists from the US and the Netherlands have set their eyes on local animators, film makers and media firms and will be in the country between July 10…


Regulation & Policy

TV pirate ‘Magic Box’ reaches Zimbabwe

Digital satellite television company MultiChoice could be losing revenue running into hundreds of thousands of dollars a year as Magic Box - a free-to-air satellite receiver that can pirate DStv…


Regulation & Policy

ZBC asks courts to arrest millions of TV/radio viewers

The state controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has approached the country’s judges pleading for the arrest of millions of people resisting to pay radio and television licenses.“We are broke because…


Regulation & Policy

Malawi: Former MBC CEO bemoans court ruling

Bright Malopa, former CEO at state owned broadcaster, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), bemoaned a court ruling last week, where about 300 members of staff of the broadcaster have lost a…


Regulation & Policy

Burundi reporter sentenced to life imprisonment

A Burundian appeals court must reverse the ruling against a journalist sentenced to life in prison on vague terrorism charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.A High Court in…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- Zambia: Opposition MMD Luangwa Member of Parliament Patrick Ngoma has threatened MUVI Television Journalist Chris Habeenzu and Times of Zambia Journalist, Nchimunya Muganya over the manner the duo covered…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: Ultra-Slim TVs - Replacing Desktop Computers in Homes

In the 80's, the primary purpose of buying a television set was solely for viewing motion pictures, less attention was paid to its picture quality.Over the years, the need for…


Technology & Convergence

Newtec Breaks Through the 500 Mbps Barrier

New DVB-S2 standard improvements break speed records on a 72 MHz Ku transponder operated by Eutelsat. Newtec has ushered in a new era of bandwidth efficiency by breaking the magical 0.5…


Technology & Convergence

Broadcast-tech firms from Beijing part of delegation from China to the 2012 BFMA event in Nairobi

Wednesday 27th June, 2012- Chinese digital broadcasting technology firms with interest in Africa’s rapidly growing broadcasting and electronic media content distribution sectors will compose the delegation from China to Africa’s…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- On 27 Jun 2012, Alcatel-Lucent said that it will supply the network equipment to Telkom South Africa Telkom SA, one of the largest integrated communications companies in Africa, to…


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People

Côte Ouest Audiovisuel: appointment of Ms Leticia N’CHO to the position of General Manager The board of CÔTE OUEST group of companies is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms…


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Opportunities

Great audiovisual experts lined up at BFMA Conference set for July in NairobiThe fourth annual Broadcast, Film & Music Africa (BFMA) Conference, hosted by AITEC Africa is set to take…