Issue no. 165 10 October 2013

Top Story

Balancing Act launches a new web TV channel – SmartMonkeyTV .com– out to capture the energy at the crossroads between culture and technology

Officially launched this week, SmartMonkeyTV.com will replace Balancing Act’s existing You Tube channel. It will be a hybrid channel with video clip interviews, e-letter and some other surprises from time to time. Below Russell Southwood sketches out why he decided to launch it and how Balancing Act’s existing readers will find it a useful addition to their weekly diet of information about Africa.(The bracketed items in italics are a selection of videos that illustrate what Smart Monkey TV covers and why you might be interested in it.) When I started Balancing Act broadcast e-letter I was interested in how the…

Broadcast

Zulu TV channel for sub-Saharan Africa

South African arts practitioner Mbongeni Ngema has announced that his company, Committed Artists Records and Films, will unveil a new Zulu TV channel on 30 September 2013 at KZN Music…


Broadcast

Togo TV’s satellite achievement

Togo’s US$40 million investment that last month helped the country’s public broadcaster TV Togo (TVT) and its two radio stations, Radio Lomé and Radio Kara, to take its signal on…


Broadcast

South Africa: Sentech launches free-to-air platform

Sentech, the government-owned broadcast signal distributor, launched its free-to-air satellite television platform, called Freevision, yesterday.The launch has overtaken that of Openview HD, which is being offered by Platco Digital, e.tv’s…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- East African pay TV operator Zuku will launch its own kids’ channel this year, developed with former Disney Channels Worldwide and KidsCo chief Paul Robinson. The launch, set for…


Content

Africa: TV stations urged to invest in content

Operators of television stations on the continent have been urged to pay particular attention to improving their content and dedicating more funds to it rather than their coverage (reach).The call…


Content

South African movie wins at top European children's film festival

Felix, the feel-good South African family film, has won the €7,500 award for Best Children’s Film at the 36th Lucas International Children’s Film Festival, which ended on Sunday in Frankfurt,…


Content

Zimbabwe: Where are the filmmakers?

What a hectic weekend it was and I hope I find you well. This week, we are looking at the role of independent producers and how they can improve on…


Content

Fox eyes Setanta’s sports channel bouquet

Fox International Channels (FIC), a 21st Century Fox company, has announced today that it is in the final stages of acquiring Setanta Africa Services Ltd., a sports channel bouquet distributed…


Content

Get ready for the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival

Taking place from 24 October to 3 November 2013, the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival will take attendees on a cinematic journey to discover how Africans see themselves in…


Content

Content - In Brief

- Banned Cameroonian film “The President” will be available for free at buni.tv for a week starting October 12 - don't miss! Bekolo's last film, 'Bloodettes' is considered Africa's one…


Distribution

Video streaming to mobile devices in the developing world

Tuluntulu has launched its ‘world first’ mobile platform whose social impact will be substantial, both in South Africa and globally, as it will open up video streaming to mobile devices…


Distribution

Japanese Broadcaster NHK WORLD reaches Africa With Globecast on SES-4

Globecast today announced that it is providing services to NHK WORLD, delivering the channel via satellite to new audiences in Central and Western Africa. NHK WORLD, the international broadcast channel…


Distribution

Berbère TV package added to Fransat

The Berbère TV package, which comprises three TV channels and two radio stations, is now available on satellite platform Fransat, adding to its free DTT offer.Broadcast free of charge until…


Distribution

‘Desperate Housewives Africa’ set for 2014

MIPCOM: African broadcaster EbonyLifeTV is teaming up with Disney Media Distribution for a Nigerian production of hit drama series Desperate Housewives.The series, to be known as Desperate Housewives Africa, will…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- Turner Broadcasting System has linked up with African pay TV operator MultiChoice to launch Cartoon Network in Angola and Mozambique tomorrow.The kids’ channel will be available in Portuguese on…


Investment

Multichoice to establish decoder assembly plant in Nigeria

Multichoice Nigeria, one of the foremost pay television outfits in the country, has announced plans to establish an assembly plant for decoders and other appliances in the country.Elizabeth Amkpa, general…


Investment

Samsung signs up with DStv for mobile TV

Samsung South Africa has announced an exclusive agreement with DStv, to offer consumers increased freedom and mobility to enjoy broadcast TV entertainment.As consumers continue to demand engagement across multiple platforms,…


Investment

Uganda: the TV audience race

Joe Munene, the former NTV General Manager, hands over to his successor Aggie Konde Asiimwe. NTV’s tight turf tussle has turned lenses on some unusual strategiesWhen new NTV Uganda Managing…


Investment

Audience tracking tool for African radio, initial results from Ghana

Research and strategy company, Dashboard Marketing Intelligence, and advertising and media expert, Dave Kelly, have joined forces to launch Pinpoint, a current and accurate media consumption and audience-tracking tool for…


Investment

Investment - in Brief

- This year, the Africa Channel celebrates Black History Month from a fresh perspective by hosting a variety of brand new documentaries celebrating the achievements of extraordinary people who are…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya digital migration costs soar 'above $400 million

Kenya’s government has thus far spent more than $400 million on its migration from analogue to digital broadcasting, according to an expert.Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector policy advisor to the…


Regulation & Policy

Broadcast journalist held without charge in Gambia

Gambian authorities should immediately release Fatou Camara, a journalist who has been held incommunicado since 17 September 2013, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The government has not disclosed…


Regulation & Policy

Somalia: closure of private TV station - Universal TV in Puntland

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) strongly protests the Puntland State of Somalia’s closure of a private television station in Garowe.In an official letter issued on Saturday, 21 September,…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- South Africa ranks only 23rd on the African continent in terms of affordability of communication. This, says Minister of Communications Yunus Carrim, worsens the divide between the “haves” and…


Technology & Convergence

“Pepsi FootballNOW” App - The new live prediction game available for free on Android and iOS

On the occasion of the semi-finals of the Orange CAF Champions League 2013 and the Orange CAF Confederation Cup 2013, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) together with SPORTFIVE Africa,…


Technology & Convergence

Verimatrix: “Africa is seen by many in the TV industry as the last significant global market for the development of new digital platforms”

In an exclusive interview with IP&TV News in anticipation of November’s AfricaCast conference, Steve Christian, vice president of marketing, Verimatrix, discusses the commercial opportunities and security challenges presented in Africa’s…


Technology & Convergence

Altech Multimedia develops hybrid set-top box for Turkish TV market

Great news for Turkish viewers and the dynamic Turkish TV market this week, as a next generation hybrid set-top box has been has been launched by Digiturk, Turkey’s leading satellite…


Technology & Convergence

African VoD start-up signs Samsung

African subscription VoD start-up Pana TV has signed an exclusive pan-continental carriage deal with electronics giant Samsung and hired a former MNet executive as it gears up for launch this…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- High-speed, low cost Wi-Fi on your laptop, tablet or mobile. 300+ hotspot locations in Kenya for as little as 50BOB - Nigeria: ipNX offers Fibre-To-The-Home and guarantees a 4…


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Events

12-19 Oct 2013African Film Festival of Cordoba – FCATVenue: Cordoba, Spain The main African film fest in Spain.For more information click here.21 – 24 October 2013SABA International Digital Broadcasting –…


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People

Fox: Adam Theiler, who has served as general manager of several European FIC markets, becomes EVP of southern Europe and Africa, covering Iberia, Turkey, Greece and Africa.


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Opportunities

Casting the net – how to build a multi-billion media company in AfricaPerseverance, tenacity, self-belief, great vision and sheer bloody-mindedness are the key ingredients for any successful entrepreneur.  But, when…