Issue no. 148 24 January 2013

Top Story

Zuku TV’s original content strategy starts to pay off with a deal on the Tales from the Bush Larder series with Fox International

In 2012, the Pay TV market became a great deal more competitive but with DStv Multichoice having acquired most of the existing exciting content, the challenge has been for challengers to come up with different content. This week saw one of the challengers (Zuku TV) sell one of the series it has commissioned – Tales from the Bush Larder – to Fox International. Balancing Act’s Broadcast Analyst Sylvain Béletre talked to Hannelie Bekker, Managing Director of Wananchi Programming for Zuku TV about how it is seeking to create new, high-quality content. Whereas in the past, pay TV networks looked quite similar,…

Broadcast

Zuku TV broadcasts "Tales from the Bush Larder" TV series

On 18th. January 2013 the East African three-in-one service provider Zuku announced it has signed an international licensing deal with Fox International Channels for the global distribution of their major…


Broadcast

CNBC Africa to host 'De-Risking Africa' debate

CNBC Africa, the business television news channel, will host a live debate at the upcoming World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. The 2013 forum will take place from 23-27…


Broadcast

France: D8 holds the rights to broadcast the African Cup of Nations

From 18 January to 10 February, the football world will live under African time on the occasion of the 29th Africa Cup of Nations (also referred to as the African…


Broadcast

Kenya: Nairobi Poised For Analogue Migration

The Star reports from Nairobi that 31 December is the stipulated deadline for the region’s switch from an analogue television signal to digital. The deadline for the switch off of…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- Next year Mango and G-Connect plan to introduce on-demand entertainment, live television and limited games across its In-Flight Wi-Fi network. Recently Mango became the first South African airline to…


Content

African films to look out for in 2013

Here is a selection of eight films from five African countries to look out for in 2013, the year of the 23rd edition of FESPACO - bi-annual pan-African film and…


Content

Most searched TV shows in Kenya for the year 2012

Google has released its end of year review showing what people all over the world searched for. Among those is the list of the most searched TV shows in Kenya…


Content

FESPACO 2013 innovation: women only jury!

Burkina Faso, the host country of the Panafrican Film and Television of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), presents nine films in competition at the 23rd edition of the FESPACO event which runs from…


Content

Nigerian Journalists Have Worst Condition of Service - NTA

General Manager, Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Banji Sarumoh, has said that Nigerian journalists have the worst conditions of service in the world. Sarumoh made the statement yesterday at a session…


Content

Content - in Brief

- A TV reality show aimed at promoting and encouraging the growth of Hausa language as well as Kannywood has been unvailed in Abuja. Executive Producer of the show, Hajia…


Distribution

Naspers increases pay TV base

African pay TV operator Naspers ended September with 4.3 million DStv subscribers in South Africa, up from 3.7 million a year earlier.Revenue from pay TV operations in South Africa was…


Distribution

On Africa Cup of Nations broadcasting deals

SABC wins £4.6MN Africa Cup of Nations broadcasting dealThe South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has finalised a broadcasting deal with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the Africa Cup of…


Distribution

utd. by content taps into the African film market with new partnership

Newly launched utd. by content last week announced its further global expansion through a recent deal with WB Cape Media, a company spearheading the secure distribution of digital media throughout…


Distribution

Promising distribution deals for South African shot film

"Asad", shot on the west coast of Cape Town and featuring Somali refugees living in the South African city, has received an Oscar nomination in the Best Short Film category.This…


Distribution

What Does IROKO Have In Store For SA’s Consumers?

South Africa’s digital entertainment space is about to get rocked. The recent arrival of leading distributor of Nigerian movies and music, iROKO Partners, in the country and opening of its…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- 17 Jan. 2013: Israel-based satellite provider Spacecom, operator of the Amos satellite fleet, has been chosen to provide broadcast capacity for the 29th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to…


Investment

Startimes To Invest $94 million In Nigerian PayTV Market

As part of its expansion plan in 2013, digital terrestrial television network provider, Startimes has revealed plans to invest over $94 million (15billion Naira) in the Nigerian pay-television sector before…


Investment

Arabsat signs Badr-7 contracts

Satellite broadcaster Arabsat has signed contracts with Astrium, Thales Alenia Space and Arianespace for the manufacture and launch of Badr-7, the first of its sixth generation of spacecraft.The two contracts,…


Investment

TRT chooses SES for Africa

Turkish public broadcaster Türkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu (TRT) has chosen satellite operator SES to provide the platform to enable it to reach audiences in sub-Saharan Africa.TRT will use capacity…


Investment

Eutelsat drives programme to raise performance, operational flexibility and signal security on future satellites

Eutelsat Communications has announced the deployment on a future satellite of a new generation of advanced functions designed by European industry to further raise the bar of performance, flexibility and…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- In Kenya, the Jubilee Coalition will spend an estimated Sh10 billion in campaigns aimed at propelling Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta's presidential bid.Mid this month, the Jubilee team is…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Tellumat warns of repercussions of DOC-e.tv court ruling

“Significant delays, costs and service issues to changing set-top box management”Tellumat, the South African contract manufacturing, communications and defence group, has raised concerns over the recent finding of the South…


Regulation & Policy

Reminder of Televisions/Radios’ duty regarding the Orange AFCON 2013

PARIS, France, January 18, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – May we remind you that only LC2 Media – AFNEX and CCFOOT Ltd is empowered to authorize a television or a…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- On January 10, 2013, APO reported that a journalist was found murdered in northwestern Tanzania on Tuesday, three days after he went missing from his home, according to local…


Technology & Convergence

DTT: MultiChoice’s GOtv launches in Ghana

The service includes a range of local and international channels, with an introductory offer of a decoder, three months’ subscription and a DTT aerial available for GHS153 (€70).GOtv will broadcast…


Technology & Convergence

The future of TV: trouble with 4K TV?

This week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was dominated by talk about ultra-high-definition or “4K”-resolution television technology. But serious challenges in distribution will have to be overcome if it’s…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa/digital migration: E.tv will fight Pule appeal

The broadcaster has said a move by the department of communications to appeal against a high court judgment will delay the country's migration to digital terrestrial television. By Duncan McLeod.E.tv…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- 16 Jan. 2013: Satellite operator Eutelsat has chosen technology provider Harmonic’s ProStream 1000 stream processing and transcoding platform to help deliver DTH services in Africa. - The African Movie…


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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

New Al Jazeera English series “Tutu’s Children”A fresh generation of African leaders will be featured on new Al Jazeera English series Tutu’s Children.The four special documentaries will follow the exploits…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Media Policy and Democracy Project Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Fellowship We are pleased to inform you about the Media Policy and Democracy Project (University of South Africa, or Unisa, and Rhodes…