Issue No. 150 20 February 2013

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VoD provides a major distribution opportunity for African producers, TV channels and investors...now'

Distribution has always been a real headache for film producers globally but even more so in Africa due to lack of reliable, non-pirate distribution channels. With Fespaco 2013 about to start, VoD is emerging as a serious alternative distribution channel for African producers. Balancing Act’s broadcast analyst Sylvain Beletre interviewed Marie Lora-Mungai, Founder and CEO, Buni TV and Enrico Chiesa, President of AfricaFilms.tv (AFTV) about their plans.On 14 February 2013 Buni TV and www.AfricaFilms.tv, two of the leading African video-on-demand platforms, announced that they had entered into a content acquisition partnership, the first marriage in a fast-growing and increasingly fragmented sector. Africa’s…

Broadcast

South Africa: The future of TV is on the internet

Kevin O'Grady posted this story on 13 Feb. 2013. Here are some interesting extracts:“I don’t watch TV. There is no terrestrial TV reception in the tiny rural eastern Free State…


Broadcast

South Africa: Survey Scores TV ads Low On Credibility

The credibility of television advertising has come under criticism following a recent survey which dismissed it as not truthful. It was however revealed that ads on the medium are the…


Broadcast

Nigeria: Religious Leader Launches ‘Starcross Cable TV’

In Calabar, a new cable Television channel known as StarCross TV has been launched by a powerful religious leader based in Nigeria, His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu of the Brotherhood…


Broadcast

Multichoice Kenya Launches Weekly Rewards

Multichoice Kenya today launched a rewards promo at Nailab which saw Chris Mugambi, a doctor by profession, win 600,000kshs.The company has started a weekly draw that will run for 8…


Broadcast

The Africa Channel launches a new film season

Inspired by the movie awards season, The Africa Channel (Sky 209, Virgin 828) presents award-winning, UK Premiere films, showcased in the channel’s ‘Africa Picture House’ strand. The season offers an…


Broadcast

Broadcast In Brief

- Big Brother Africa reaches one million likes on Facebook. Big Brother Africa has reached out to DStv viewers in a variety of innovative ways including the option for viewers…


Content

DStv: BBC Knowledge premieres critically acclaimed new David Attenborough documentary ‘Africa’

BBC Knowledge premieres ‘Africa’, a five-part landmark series from the BBC’s world-renowned National History Unit exclusively to South African audiences for the first time. Each film focuses on a different…


Content

Africa Movie Academy Awards 2013 goes to Malawi

Malawi is the home of the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards Nomination Night. This will be held on the 15th and 16th of March 2013. The Africa Film Academy Training…


Content

FESPACO 2013: bigger, stronger, more quality

Launched in 1969 and held every two years since 1979, the 23rd edition of the Panafrican Film and Television of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) will take place from 23 February to 2…


Content

Afrinolly Short Film Competition Records Over 500 Entries

Over 500 entries from fourteen countries have been received in the inaugural edition of the Afrinolly Short Film Competition, where submission closed on Thursday, January 31. The short film competition…


Content

Content - In Brief

- Film "Zéro" by Moroccan director Noureddine Lakhmari won the 14th National Film Festival (FNF) of Tangier, Atlas Info reported on Sunday (February 10th). Abdeslam Kelai's "Malak" took the prize…


Distribution

Vod in Africa: Buni TV reaches 1 million views

Buni TV , one of Africa’s leading video-on-demand platforms, announced today that it had reached 1 million views. About 60% of this traffic came from Africa, and 22% from North America…


Distribution

FESPACO 2013: Producers and TV channels to meet with Cote Ouest, leading distributor of TV content in Africa

Committed to serving Africa as leading distributor of TV content, COTE OUEST AUDIOVISUEL is proud to announce its presence at the 23th edition of FESPACO held in Ouagadougou from 23…


Distribution

Discop Africa: 72% of exhibits already booked

 DISCOP Organization announced record breaking pre-bookings for the next edition of the DISCOP AFRICA TV content market and co-production forum, which will take place from 6 to 8 November 2013…


Distribution

Arabsat: BBC renews contract and Sudanese Blue Nile Channel signs up

Satellite operator Arabsat and the BBC have renewed their deal whereby the BBC will broadcast its BBC Arabic TV and radio programmes via the Badr-4 satellite at 26° East.“This agreement…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- The younger ‘YouTube generation’ is listening to music on demand wherever it is available, and has never bought a disk said Yann Thebault, CEO of Spotify in France, an…


Investment

Nigeria: Nduka Obaigbena Shines On the Airwaves With AriseTV

ARISE.TV, newly founded by THISDAY publisher, Chief Nduka Obaigbena, is expected to begin full broadcasting operation in the country by the first quarter of this year. Already, it has commenced…


Investment

MENA: Euronews renews Arabsat contract

Euronews has renewed its contract with Arabsat to broadcast its Euronews Arabic channel on the Arabsat Badr-4 satellite at 26°East for five more years.Khalid Balkhyour, president and CEO of Arabsat…


Investment

South Africa-ME: Arabsat to acquire Hellas Sat

Arabsat is to acquire OTE-owned satellite operator Hellas Sat for €208 million.Hellas Sat operates the HellasSat2 satellite, giving coverage of the Middle East and South Africa from 39° East. Approximately…


Investment

Namibia: Multichoice Gives Back

From February 5 until April 10, DStv subscribers in Namibia stand the chance of winning N$40,000 in cash for simply staying connected to DStv's exciting world of sport, movies, music,…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- Broadcast, Film and Music Africa event Nairobi, Kenya: Multichoice confirmed joint Platinum Sponsorship with Supersport and MNet. BFMA - Broadcast, Film & Music Africa 2013 takes place from 17-18…


Regulation & Policy

Cameroon: Eight Illegal TV Channels Warned!

The President of the National Communication Council says they should respect the regulation. Nowadays, it is common to watch several Cameroonian television channels in the country broadcasting nationwide. However, some…


Regulation & Policy

Uganda: Vision Group Cracks the Whip On Corrupt Staff

Vision Group chief executive Robert Kabushenga has announced a campaign of zero-tolerance to corruption to ensure professionalism among the company's staff attached to the various platforms. Below is his statement:I…


Regulation & Policy

Ghana issues minimum specification for DTT receivers

The National Communications Authority (NCA) announces the release of the Minimum Specifications for Receivers of Free to Air Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in Ghana. This is in pursuance of the…


Regulation & Policy

Cameroon: Digital Switch Over - Practical Guide Scrutinised

Given that Cameroon adopted the Geneva 2006 Agreement which sets 17 June 2015 as the switch-over-date beyond which analogue TV broadcasting will no longer be protected from overspill of signals…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Nigeria, Kano — The Police in Kano state have detained three staff of Wazobia FM, investigating the contents of a programme they aired last week. Trouble started after the…


Technology & Convergence

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Benefits From Digital Migration

The transition from analogue to digital broadcasting technology in Tanzania has started to accrue benefits since it was decided to migrate in phases from last December.The Minister for Communication, Science…


Technology & Convergence

Africa: Samsung expands presence from 15 to 32 countries

Emerging markets are becoming integral participants of the global economy. The rapid growth in these markets is pushing businesses towards adapting and creating products and service offerings to cater for…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: ‘Startimes move’ for mobile digital TV Bouquet

At the end of 2012, Owolabi wrote the following:Startimes move provides mobile digital TV service to portable handset in Africa, such as mobile phone, MP4, GPS, PC, camera and other…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- In Mauritius, a large share of broadband Internet is used to download movies.According to a survey conducted by DCDM Research on the use of the web by the Mauritian…


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Events

23 Feb. – 2 March 2013FespacoVenue: Ouagadougou, Burkina FasoThe largest African film festival in Africa with “l'Étalon d'or de Yennenga” reward.For more information click here:12-14 March 2013CABSAT 2013venue: Dubai World…


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People

Buni TV hires Julie MacArthur as Director of Content Acquisition: February 8, 2013: Buni TV , the fast-growing video-on-demand platform for African content, announced the hiring of Julie MacArthur as Director…


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Opportunities

Call to action – Zanzibar International Film Festival, now accepting entries The Zanzibar International Film Festival (sponsored by Zuku), is the largest multi-disciplinary art and cultural festival in Africa dedicated to…