Issue no. 159 4 July 2013

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DTT: The Dark cloud hanging over the African TV market

The arrival of digital terrestrial television (DTT) will revolutionise the African audiovisual landscape – When it finally happens…Consultancy and research house has focused on tracking the digital transition in broadcasting since 2007 and is about to release its 2nd. DTT report's update (August 2013 and updated later). After 8 months of intensive research, Senior Analyst Sylvain Beletre highlights some of the issues raised in the report.So far 8 countries (and soon 9 with Naminia) on the African continent have launched DTT and close to 2.5 million homes now have access to DTT channels either on a pay or free bassis,…

Broadcast

SABC, DStv, eTV, TopTV reputations compared

Top Companies Reputation Index reveals how SABC, DStv, eTV and TopTV compare based on reputationThe Mail & Guardian has released its Top Companies Reputation Index (TCRI), revealing that e.tv has…


Broadcast

Discussing sport and the media in Africa

Sport and the media in Africa was the topic addressed by CFI expert Eric Falaizeau at a seminar attended by African sports journalists and organised by the ‘Africa International Sports…


Broadcast

New DStv series channels announced

MultiChoice has announced that the current M-Net Series channel will transform into a trio of series channels on 9 July 2013, called M-Net Series Showcase, M-Net Series Reality and M-Net…


Broadcast

Battle of the airwaves as Arab Spring gives boost to TV news

Viewership of news stations is said to have risen due to the Arab Spring. (Al Arabiya).The Arab Spring helped boost the popularity of regional news stations – and with more…


Broadcast

MTG to launch FTA channel in Tanzania

Modern Times Group (MTG) is to launch a national terrestrial free-to-air channel in Tanzania later this year or in early 2014.The channel, to be called Viasat1, will feature a broad…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In brief

- In South Africa, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa granted pay channel Top TV rights to broadcast pornography in April 2013.- Ghana’s National Communications Authority hosted a 5…


Content

A 3D Animation from Ivory Coast

After South African 3D film “Jock of the Bushveld”, another 3D animation this time comes from Ivory Coast as a 65 minutes production called “PoKou Princesse Ashanti”.Long told in school…


Content

Pan-African filmmakers: Minutes from the FEPACI congress

On May 3rd to 5th 2013 the FEPACI, pan-African filmmakers' federation, congress took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was a historic event as the congress was being held for…


Content

Kenya: Nigerian music label Chocolate City to venture into film-making

Nigerian recording and entertainment company, Chocolate City, will not only be venturing into music production but are also looking for ways to enter into the Kenyan film business. The company,…


Content

Six Kenyan films meet the Zanzibar Film Festival cut

Six Kenyan films have made it to the hotly contested 16th edition of the celebrated annual Zanzibar International Film Festival [ZIFF] shortlist. They are part of the 80 films shortlisted…


Content

Nigeria’s animation studio takes off

A small animation start-up wants to bring back traditional African storytelling. Sporedust's short cartoon Chicken Core will serve as the basis for a TV series or film that is part…


Content

content - In brief

- On 29 June 2013, 19h00, AfricAvenir Windhoek presents the second part of its campaign to highlight World Refugee Day 2013 and to recognize the contributions of refugees in their…


Distribution

TV5MONDE, France 24 and RFI audience in Cameroon performed well

In Cameroon TV5MONDE has seen its audience and unprompted awareness increase among the upper class. According to the latest TNS Africascope* study, the audience among the upper class in Cameroun…


Distribution

iROKO Partners enters Nigerian Movie DVD market in South Africa

iROKO Partners, Africa’s largest source of Nigerian entertainment with its platforms iROKOtv and iROKING, announces a major strategic development via its entry into the South African DVD market and the…


Distribution

South Africa: Triggerfish closed deals in Cannes

Triggerfish, a Cape Town-based media and entertainment company passionate about producing original character-driven stories with universal appeal went to Cannes’ film festival and closed a few distribution deals.Its recent animations,…


Distribution

Discop: Approach the future of TV content business in Africa with confidence!

There's never been a better time to approach the future of content business in Africa with confidence. Africa is empowered by young populations, rising advertising markets, rapid digital switch (DTT)…


Distribution

DStv: Fox Crime’s Confirmed Content

“Brands with Fans” new bespoke channel will deliver eagerly anticipated priority shows mixed with existing fan favourites and topped with retro nostalgiaIn Johannesburg, Fox International Channels’ recently announced new entrant,…


Distribution

Distribution - In brief

- On 12 June 2013: MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform instantly lost the ERT World (DStv 432) TV channel as the international 24-hour general entertainment and news channel from Greece…


Investment

ViewSat chooses IS20 to enhance its service offering in Sub-Saharan Africa

ViewSat, the fast growing global broadcasting company for television and radio channels, has chosen IS20 to support growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. From its origin serving only Sub-Saharan Africa in 2006, ViewSat…


Investment

Monetising TV programmes in East Africa

The state broadcasting corporations in Tanzania (TBC), Kenya (KBC), Namibia (NBC) and Zambia (ZNBC) have asked CFI, as the media cooperation operator for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for…


Investment

Zimbabwe: Film Club at St Georges High School

Zimbabwe's premier production house and film institution, the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa Trust (ICAPA trust) is giving more back to the community. In addition to being…


Investment

Pirate TV series provides a lift for SA film industry.

"Black Sails", a TV series about pirates and one of the largest productions ever made in SA, has put the spotlight on the local film industry.  Pirates have descended on…


Investment

Investment - In brief

- Paris: A Nelson Mandela Exhibition taking place from May 30 to July 6, 2013 at the ‘Hotel de Ville’ (Town Hall) features several aspects including 7 short films highlighting…


Regulation & Policy

Malawi: Chinese Firm Contracted to Steer Country's Television Digital Switch

In Blantyre, the Government has contracted a Chinese company, Huawei Technologies is to install and commission Malawi's Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) equipment as the country prepares to switch from analogue…


Regulation & Policy

Madagascar elections: ORTM getting ready

The Malagasy broadcasting corporation, ORTM, is gearing up proactively for the upcoming presidential and legislative elections, scheduled in Madagascar for July 2013. From 15 to 20 april 2013, a journalist…


Regulation & Policy

DTT in Tanzania: TCRA Acts to Solve 'TV Wars'

Digital broadcasting operators have been instructed to observe licensing conditions and best practices governing the sector, as Tanzania struggles to spread the service across the country.The instruction by the Tanzania…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: CCK says it lacks space for third digital player

The Communications Commission of Kenya has said it does not have broadcasting spectrum to issue to the media owners, despite a government promise to allocate them the third digital signal…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In brief

- In April 2013, the Tanzanian government agreed to temporarily halt the second phase of migration from analogue to digital television broadcasting to assess impact of the first phase to…


Technology & Convergence

Madagascar: Blueline’s new secured DTT service

Madagascan digital terrestrial TV operator Blueline has partnered with Sweden-based Cryptoguard for content security.Blueline will replace its existing conditional access security system with Cryptoguard’s CAS service, making it the first…


Technology & Convergence

Verimatrix secures African pay TV

With a range of infrastructures being deployed, pay TV services will need to secure their content over multiple network types, according to Pierre Hunter, vice-president of sales, EMEA at content…


Technology & Convergence

Tanzania: BTL and Nagra launch DTT service

Basic Transmissions Limited (BTL) launches new digital terrestrial television (DTT) service in Tanzania using NAGRA’s MediaAccess smartcard solution. The solution enables the launch of a free-to-air service as a solid…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In brief

- In South Africa, e.tv set up e On Demand on its website. e On Demand is a catch-up service that allows you to watch some of our past programmes…


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Events

17 to 19 July 2013Mediatech Africa 2013Venue: Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg, South AfricaThe biennial advanced technology trade show has positioned itself as the largest and most prestigious event of…


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People

Nigeria: Multichoice Engages 100 people On Entrepreneurial SchemeIn Aba, Multichoice Nigeria says it has invested huge sums of money into its digital transmission network to deliver quality digital television service…


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Opportunities

South Africa: Delegate Registration opens for Durban FilmMartDurban South Africa: Delegate registration for Durban FilmMart (DFM) is open since 6th. June 2013, with the continent's premier film finance and co-production…