Issue no 155 Telecoms, Internet and Broadcast in Africa - 2 May 2013

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New trends in the African broadcast TV market: A view from Satellite content deliverer SatLink targets broadcasters in Africa with Over-The-Top services and Turnkey Solutions

SatLink Communications is a pioneer in global satellite communications services and one of the 5 key contenders in the African satellite broadcast market. It is known as a leading provider of transmission solutions for Global Content Distribution over Satellite Platforms, Fibre and IP. Today, it is also focused on providing OTT solutions. Balancing Act interviewed its CEO, David Hochner to find out more on his strategy across Africa.Above: broadcast analyst Sylvain Béletre, Balancing Act.Q. What are Satlink’s strengths today to serve the African market and where are you present in Africa?A. Strategically located in the heart of the Middle East, SatLink…

Broadcast

broadcast audience - a spending power of US$300 billion for Sub-Saharan Africans in the U.S.!

Sub-Saharan Africans are quietly but steadfastly establishing themselves as one of the most dynamic and entrepreneurial groups in the U.S.According to Nielsen, they represent an estimated 4 million people earning…


Broadcast

South Africa: Minister concerned about delay in finalising digital TV access control

Communications Minister Dina Pule has raised concern about delays in finalising matters relating to conditional access control to digital television.South Africa is moving to a digital broadcasting platform from analogue,…


Broadcast

New DStv channels in development

A new local channel is being developed for DStv, according to an industry source.DStv is expected to launch a new African language channel in the next few weeks featuring reality…


Broadcast

Multichoice takes lead sponsorship of popular Broadcast, Film and Music Africa (BFMA) event

20 March 2013, Nairobi-Kenya | Multichoice Kenya has announced  that it will be  taking up lead sponsorship for Broadcast, Film and Music Africa (BFMA) conference, a popular creative content and…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- On 9 April 2013, MultiChoice sent a notice to DStv Select subscribers to let them know that their bouquet will be replaced by the new DStv Family package.Source mybroadband.co.za-…


Content

Cannes film festivals paying more attention to African talents

This year the Cannes International Festival presents three major films from Africa (see our news in brief below). Reed Midem has also tried to attract more African film talents through…


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Africa: All Set for Africa Movie Academy Awards…2013 Winners

The 9th annual Africa Movie Academy Awards (Amaa) took place on Saturday April 20 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. The winners were as follows:1) AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Short…


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South African Movie Makes Light of Racial Tensions

fter three centuries of Black suppression, culminating in 50 years of apartheid, South Africa’s interracial relations remain sensitive.  But a new movie is looking to lighten the atmosphere with humor…


Content

Daily life of Chinese family is TV hit in Africa

If you meet someone from Africa and want to break the ice, try talking about Doudou and Her Mothers-in-law.President Xi Jinping tried this during his official visit to Tanzania last…


Content

Content - In Brief

- Hollywood stars will mingle with filmmakers from all over the world at next month's Cannes Film Festival after organizers on Thursday unveiled a line-up heavy with international films. Festival…


Distribution

Africa focused VoD platform Buni TV gets 2 million views in 1 year

Buni TV  is celebrating its one year anniversary today and announcing that the platform has reached 500,000 unique visitors and 2 million views since it launched in April 2012. People…


Distribution

Eurochannel extends reach in sub-Saharan Africa

Eurochannel, the international TV channel dedicated to European films and series, has launched on Euteslat 16A to reach sub-Saharan Africa.The move comes three months after its launch into Europe via…


Distribution

A Nollywood distributor on Nigeria's Stock Exchange

Jason Njoku of iROKO Partners joins The Nigerian Stock Exchange as a Growth AmbassadorFrom Nollywood to Nigeria's Stock Exchange, Internet Entrepreneur is to Inspire Next Generation of Nigeria's Internet Start-ups.Jason…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- The world's number one music singing talent reality TV show, "The X Factor", has berthed in Africa for the first time on the shores of Nigeria, courtesy of Globacom.…


Investment

Why a streaming TV service should be Google’s next African play

nspired by the recent successful launch of the Television White Spaces pilot in South Africa, I am once again tempted to engage in providing mostly unsolicited advice about what Google’s…


Investment

Star Times might buy into TopTV

TopTV’s parent company, On Digital Media, recently released its Business Rescue Plan in which it is confirmed that Chinese pay-TV operator StarTimes has made an offer to become a “strategic…


Investment

African Gaming Company KULUYA valued at $2 Million

Kuluya.com, the online African gaming company, last week announced that it has raised another small seed stage investment valuing the company at $2 Million. The investment will be used to…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- On the 23rd of April the Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA) sent its second official delegation of South African documentary filmmakers to the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in…


Regulation & Policy

Major boost for local content development in President Kenyatta’s speech to opening session of Parliament

The growing importance of Kenya’s electronic media and creative content industries was emphasised in President Kenyatta’s speech to the opening session of Parliament in which he said his government would…


Regulation & Policy

Nollywood: if properly managed, a million more jobs could be created in the sector

The Nigerian film industry, also known as Nollywood, produces about 50 movies per week, second only to India's Bollywood—more than Hollywood in the United States. Although its revenues are not…


Regulation & Policy

Somali region/Puntland: a new short-wave radio station supported by the Italian government

Brand new vehicles and a fundamental instrument for radio communication to lead the population of Puntland toward a future of renewed development were provided by the thanked the Italian government.…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy- In Brief

- The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) will receive N$411 million to finance the country's migration from analogue to digital broadcasting from the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT). In…


Technology & Convergence

DStv On Demand for iPad

MultiChoice recently updated its DStv iPad app with the ability to stream shows. Following a recent update to the DStv iPad app, MultiChoice now lets DStv Premium subscribers access its…


Technology & Convergence

African broadcasters: what TV can gain from going online

You’ll be hard pressed to have missed the hype surrounding Netflix’s new House of Cards series. A high-profile ad campaign has accompanied its launch, including blanket coverage on London’s Underground,…


Technology & Convergence

SES, Inverto, Abilis and MaxLinear revolutionise satellite TV home distribution with industry’s first IP-LNB

New IP-LNB delivers satellite broadcast content to TVs, tablets, smartphones and PCs connected to the home IP networkSES, Inverto, Abilis and MaxLinear Inc. announced that they have been jointly designing…


Technology & Convergence

Online video player for SA TV planned

Sentech is working on a way for South Africans to stream television content online similar to the BBC iPlayer that is available to residents of the United Kingdom.The CEO of…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Sentech’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) network covers 80.43% of the South African population using the DVB-T2 standard, CEO of the signal distributor, Setumo Mohapi, reiterated at a press briefing…


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Events

3 Apr. -27 May 2013-02-19African Film Festival Inc. Venue: Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Brooklyn Academy of Music - NYC, USA.African film fest of NYC presented annually…


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People

Commercials director wins his own film festivalFrieze Films’ commercial director Grant de Sousa recently won Cinema Nouveau’s Win Your Own Film Fest competition, where he had to identify a range…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Wild Talk Africa’s open nowWild Talk Africa’s Early Bird Special ends 1st May 2013. Register for only R2200!A full delegate pass gets you access to all seminars and workshops, evening…