Issue no. 147 10 January 2013

Top Story

Amos-Spacecom look set to become the challenger in the African satellite broadcast market

The African satellite broadcast market has always been extremely stable. Until recently, there were few customers (of which DStv was the largest) and few operators. Contracts were long-term and compared to satellite sales in the telecoms and satellite sectors, prices were high and relatively stable. Russell Southwood reports on the changes that might happen in 2013 with new challengers.At a headline level, the African satellite broadcast market was relatively simple. Eutelsat had the lion’s share of the market (and still does) and Intelsat and what is now SES Astra took the balance. Customers fell into three categories: Pay TV operators (largely…

Broadcast

TRT Turk reaches to sub-Saharan Africa

Turkish public broadcaster, Turkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu (TRT), has selected SES to reach audiences in sub-Saharan Africa.TRT will use capacity on SES-5 located at 5 degrees East to broadcast…


Broadcast

Shorts grow bigger on BBC Arabic TV

Cinema Badila offers audiences new ways of engaging with film, region, its ideas at time of deep questioning, profound change.There is now a way to catch up on films from…


Broadcast

France Televisions strengthens cooperationwith Algerian TV

The president of France Televisions recently travelled to Alger to renew the group's cooperation agreement with Algerian National Television, EPTV, which the group has been working with for the last…


Broadcast

Zee plans to launch customised GEC TV channels to suit African tastes

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, the pioneer of television entertainment industry in India, has called for a creative and media pitch for its operations in sub-Saharan Africa.Zee has been entertaining viewers…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

-29 October 2012 saw Tunisia s leading TV channel, ETT, broadcast its new, revamped news programme, a project managed by two experts from CFI. Focusing on news and current affairs…


Content

Seattle International Film Festival gets three year grant to show African films

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced that it was the 2012 recipient of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences multiyear grant for its African Pictures  program to be…


Content

Uganda: Why the Hostel Was Suspended

For more than two weeks now, fans across the country have been wondering why NTV's hit miniseries, The Hostel, has not been showing.The only official communication Fasttrack Productions - the…


Content

Kenya: Omotola Spills On Her New Reality Show

In an interview with Word Is, iconic Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde spoke about her new TV reality show. Dubbed Omotola: The Real Me, the show gives audiences an up…


Content

Afiroterminal.com partners with London OH TV to launch $3000 'I Love Afrtica' video competition

Afroterminal.com has partnered with OH TV (a UK TV Channel) to launch the $3000 'I Love Africa' video competitionThere is so much bad press about Africa - and yet, for…


Content

Content - In Brief

- Haraka!'s jury met at the headquarters of Canal France International (CFI) Tuesday, November 27, 2012. The jury selected 11 of the 26 projects that were submitted - in a…


Distribution

Satellite firms switch on to Africa's potential

European satellite companies are spending millions to roll out coverage of Africa, betting that rising wealth will translate into increased demand for digital television. The world's poorest continent portends to…


Distribution

English Club TV reaches MENA region

English Club TV has signed an agreement for distribution of the channel in the Middle East and North African regions. ECTV Network Ltd and Mediastream FZE have signed an agreement…


Distribution

Compliance with ORANGE AFCON South Africa 2013 television and Radio broadcast rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

The television and Radio rights of ORANGE AFCON South Africa 2013 granted in exclusivity to LC2   AFNEX The television and Radio rights of ORANGE AFCON South Africa 2013, taking…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- The recent deal between Nazara Technologies based in Dubai and games publisher Electronic Arts to sell its games portfolio into Africa on mobile puts the spotlight on what will…


Distribution

English Club TV reaches MENA region

English Club TV has signed an agreement for distribution of the channel in the Middle East and North African regions.ECTV Network Ltd and Mediastream FZE have signed an agreement for…


Distribution

Compliance with Orange AFCON South Africa 2013 television and Radio broadcast rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

The television and Radio rights of ORANGE AFCON South Africa 2013, taking place from January 19 to February 10, 2013 are owned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and…


Distribution

Satellite firms to swithch on to Africa's potential

European satellite companies are spending millions to roll out coverage of Africa, betting that rising wealth will translate into increased demand for digital television.The world's poorest continent portends to be…


Investment

BBC Worlwide Chanels celebrate a sucessful 2012 in South Africa

2012 marked another successful year for BBC Worldwide s channels in South Africa   BBC Entertainment, BBC Lifestyle, BBC Knowledge and CBeebies. With its unique mix of the best of…


Investment

Kenya: MultiChoice, KBC unveil new transmitter

MultiChoice Kenya and the Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation unveiled the newly-upgraded transmitter in Limuru which has increased power up to six kilowatts up from two kilowatts. The upgrade will see the…


Investment

Egypt: Tarak Ben Ammar has acquired private television channel ONTV

French-Tunisian producer and financier Tarak Ben Ammar has acquired private Egyptian television channel ONTV, in a strategic move to create an independent entertainment and current affairs television network spanning North…


Investment

TV5MONDE, first international channel in Cotonou (Benin)

TV5MONDE confirmed audience and awareness increase in Benin where the TV channel exceeds 30% of weekly cumulative audience, according to the latest study from TNS Sofres in 2012 *. In…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- Having failed to beat the December 31, 2012 East African deadline for the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting, Uganda's Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has said…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa - The Digital disaster that we knew nothing about

South Africa is currently preparing for a project bigger than the 2010 Fifa World Cup. It is so big that when it is all over it will have cost the…


Regulation & Policy

ICASA closes down illegal broadcaster

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has received a Court Order to close down Magareng FM, a community radio station in the Northern Cape for broadcasting without a…


Regulation & Policy

Benin TV station censored amid Presidential Pressure

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns censorship of Beninese private television station Canal 3 and defamation charges against its director for coverage of a corruption scandal involving aides of President…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The Communications Commission of Kenya has directed Royal Media Services to stop broadcasting using some frequencies it says are being operated without a license. - Tunisia's Court of Cassation…


Technology & Convergence

AIBA selects SatLink for global delivery of World Series Boxing

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) utilises SatLink’s customized broadcast services including global satellite distribution & content management solutions   SatLink Communications Ltd., a leading teleport and HD Playout centre delivering…


Technology & Convergence

Tanzania migrates from analogue to digital broadcasting

East Africa Television (EATV) is among the local television channels linked to various decoders as implementation of the plans to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting. Habbi Gunze who is…


Technology & Convergence

Tanzania: Broadcasters in Tanga Urge TCRA to reduce fees

In Tanga, local television owners have urged the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) to reduce entry and monthly fees for local television stations to enable them remain on air, and…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- About 2000 subscribers from Algeria Telecom were connected to triple play, bringing Internet access, television and fixed telephony services in one pack. Residents of "May 8, 1945", Palmiers, d’El…


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Events

5-26 May 2013  Festival de Cannes  venue: Palais du Festival, Cannes, South of France.  The Festival de Cannes has celebrated the cinema for more than 60 years. Over the years, the French…


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People

Intelsat S.A. leading provider of satellite services across Africa announced that Mr. Grant Marais has been appointed Regional Vice President of Africa Sales, effective Jan. 3, 2013.   Marais will…


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Opportunities

- Durban International Film Festival Call for Entries for 34th edition The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), invites filmmakers to submit their entries for its 34th edition which takes place…