Issue no. 169 5 December 2013

Top Story

AzamTV sets out to become another pan-continental pay TV challenger starting its home market, Tanzania

Despite the seemingly unassailable position of DStv in the pay TV market in Sub Saharan Africa, challengers keep coming forward to take them on. The latest challenger is AzamTV from Tanzania that has ambitious plans to launch itself across the continent. Sylvain Beletre talked to its CEO Rhys Torrington about what its got planned.Picture above: Balancing Act's broadcast market analyst Sylvain Beletre. AzamTV, launched by Azam Media is a DTH pay TV service in Tanzania which can carry up to 60 African and international channels - in the short term, for a monthly subscription of $8. In the audiovisual sector, Tanzania (population of…

Broadcast

South Africa: Killing wild animals for pleasure ‘not cool anymore’

Petition grew to ban Melissa Bachman from South Africa after she posted photos with dead lion.  This picture has got a TV presenter into very hot water as people signed…


Broadcast

South Africa: e.tv now available in HD!

If you own the new OpenView HD satellite decoder, you can now watch e.tv in HD.  e.tv and new sister channel eMovies+ are now broadcast in high definition. All locally…


Broadcast

TopTV changes its name to StarSat and orders Chinese

On Digital Media (ODM), effectively taken over by China's StarTimes TV conglomerate following a cash bail-out, is ordering Chinese from the menu for its new TV dinner. The struggling Woodmead…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- A recently launched South African TV channel – Glow TV, in the business of syndicating and displaying content from across the globe, will give SA audiences a taste of…


Content

SA movies taking the lead at the box office

IAs Jy Sing is now the biggest Afrikaans film of 2013 and has had the biggest opening weekend of any Afrikaans title this year. The film was the number one…


Content

Interview with 'Mandela' producer Anant Singh

Examiner.com had the opportunity to interview "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," producer Anant Singh. How did you obtain the rights to Nelson Mandela's autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom"? Singh: You…


Content

Composers for Africa scores with another international TVC

It's been another busy year at Mama Dance’s original composition division as demand for their high end advertising scores continues to grow.International coffee brand Afro Coffee, commissioned the company to…


Content

Kenya: Sci-Fi TV series casts 2062 Africa as the world’s new oasis

Imagine a future in which the sun is no longer visible in most parts of the world, leaving Africa as the sole oasis of sunshine.Watch the trailer here: Local cinemas…


Content

Content - In Brief

- The Foreign Press Association has recognised Al Jazeera English for its innovative health and environment programmes at its annual media awards ceremony in London. Commenting on the win, Al…


Distribution

100 percent digital migration achievable only with satellite Dennis Mbuvi

Senior Vice President Commercial, for SES Africa, Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou, says 100 percent digital migration in Africa is "unachievable" without the satellite component.As the 2015 deadline set by the International Telecommunication…


Distribution

African Films to Be Showcased At Dubai Film Festival

The 10th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), running from 6-14 December, has selected two African films to be included in the AsiaAfrica out of competition programming segment lineup, which highlights…


Distribution

South African Indies Gain Ground At The American Film Market

The Association for Transformation in Film and Television (ATFT) brought a group of 12 filmmakers to the American Film Market (AFM) this year. One of the leaders of the association,…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- In November 27, 2013, South Africa-based MultiChoice has added new features to the DStv Explora DVR it launched in August. New features include episode stacking, making individual episodes of…


Investment

Cape Town studio Triggerfish secures development funding

Riding on the success of their first two features, Adventures in Zambezia (Sony International Acquisitions) and Khumba (Millennium Entertainment), Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation has secured funding for the first phase…


Investment

National Film Indaba sets ambitious course for industry growth

Innovative measures to support funding for local content, collaboration to maximise limited resources and strategic government interventions were some of the critical issues raised at the Fourth National Film Indaba…


Investment

African gaming apps: Zombie killers vs cheeky snails

When Daniel Okalany bought his first computer at the age of 21, he was hooked.Just two years on, Okalany runs his own mobile gaming company called Kola Studios from an…


Investment

Telkom’s SoftCap to get uncapped data (ready for VoD)

Telkom announced that it will offer its SoftCap customers uncapped data for video and gaming services to maximise the value of the latest bandwidth hungry devices and services.“As devices evolve…


Investment

Africa: Naspers busy rolling out digital terrestrial television (DTT)

The profits of Naspers have been rising in the three months to September this year, thanks to the media group’s overseas Internet operations and the weaker South African currency.Overseas profits…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- Kenya, Senegal maximise the Net the most: Kenya and Senegal have been identified as two African countries in which the internet is having the most significant economic impact. A…


Regulation & Policy

Minister: Africa is in the spotlight of French media

MEDEF and the French Ministry of Economy organized today, Wednesday, December 4, 2013 “An Economic Forum on Africa and France”: heads of states, ministers, African and French business leaders gathered…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: StarTimes cuts prices as DTT launches

Pay-TV services provider StarTimes has slashed prices for its digital set-top box by Sh500, angling to woo TV owners yet to buy the gadget amid looming December 13 switch-off in…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Follow the first web TV in West Africa dedicated to human rights here: - Public French audiovisual production fund for the South granted EUR 300 000 to 17 fiction…


Technology & Convergence

African operators must rethink business models (for VoD, TV, etc.)

As African telecommunications operators start to position themselves to offer voice, video and broadband services as bundled offerings, they need to rethink the way that they provision said services and…


Technology & Convergence

The real mobile revolution: Africa's smartphone future

As the world's fastest growing market for mobile phones, Africa is ripe for the upcoming disruption that will be ushered in by ubiquitous Internet access through smartphones.The previous wave of…


Technology & Convergence

OnMobile ties up with Airtel Africa for powering football services

Bangalore, November 12, 2013: OnMobile Global Limited, a leading global telecom value-added services (VAS) company with presence in 59 countries, has tied up with Airtel Africa to power a service…


Technology & Convergence

Ster-Kinekor completes cinema digitalisation

Ster-Kinekor Theatres has completed the digital conversion of all its 438 cinemas around South Africa as it seeks to provide audiences with the best possible movie viewing experience.HumanIPO reported earlier…


Technology & Convergence

Not just for laughs: 3D cartoons give Kenyan businesses winning edge

Kenyan companies are turning to 3D advertising to engage with audiences and lure investors.The bleary-eyed caveman is furious. He's been waiting for ages for a file to download only to…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Eduze co-founder Charlie Beuthin wants to provide free, local offline content for smartphone users using Wi-Fi boxes in high footfall locations. The content (some of which will be in…


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People

iROKOtv Star Week: Chika Nancy Ike - Nollywood actress and UN Ambassador Stunning Nollywood actress, Chika Nancy Ike, is an UN Ambassador who grew up in a close knit family…


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Opportunities

Calling for documentary proposals from South African filmmakers. We want powerful African stories that engage universal themes. We are seeking extraordinary stories from the fullest possible range of genres and…