Issue no 171 13 January 2014

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Viewsat sees a doubling of satellite TV channels in Africa in 2014 with new start-ups and more entertainment channels

 There are now over 1500 TV channels broadcast via satellite over Africa. African TV channels are expanding their footprint in and outside of Africa to increase their audience. Viewsat has been one of the key broadcast and transmission operators and Sylvain Béletre, Balancing Act interviewed Awaes Jaswal, CEO and Safia Rana, Head of Sales and Marketing, ViewSat.Launched in 2006 to provide broadcast services in Sub-Saharan Africa, the company is now active across the global marketplace with operations in the Middle East and North Africa, Asia, Europe and North America and Sub-Saharan Africa.Headquartered in the UK, ViewSat operates a series of…

Broadcast

Uganda and Rwanda: Zenterio/Vestel ink DVB-T2 box deal

For the digital switchover in Africa, Zenterio and Vestel together with local partners SysCorp and TACT bring a DVB-T2 STB to the retail market in Uganda and Rwanda.Zenterio, provider of…


Broadcast

Channels TV wins best Nigerian TV award for the eighth time

Channels TV , the award-winning independent Nigerian broadcaster, is delighted to announce that The Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Media Merit Award Trust has recently awarded it the prestigious “Best Station…


Broadcast

South Africa: Playboy Plus package on StarSat

On Digital Media (ODM) recently announced the launch of the Playboy Plus package on its StarSat (formerly TopTV) satellite pay TV service.The bouquet will initially include the channels Playboy TV,…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- UK’s ITV broadcast '28 Up South Africa', a film that catches up with six individuals - aged seven when the cameras first began rolling, the group have now reached…


Content

Africa at the Annual Golden Globe Awards and Oscars 2014

The continent will probably be represented in these two major ceremonies by Gris-Gris from Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad), Winter of Discontent Ibrahim from El Batout (Egypt), Tey (Today / Today) from…


Content

Senegalese cinema celebrated in Paris!

From 22nd to 24th November 2013 in a friendly atmosphere, Parisians were invited to discover or rediscover the Senegalese cinema, classic and contemporary.Senegalese capital, Dakar, is an inexhaustible source of…


Content

Recitel, Togo film festival partners with Benin Lagunimages

Started on December 2, Under the theme "Cinema, Education and Peace", Recitel festival’s 6th edition continued until 19 December 2013 in Lome.In order to run a permanent cluster for creating…


Content

AFTV: Programmes on Nelson Mandela and South Africa available via VoD

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, born July 18, 1918 was a historic leader of the struggle against racial segregation "apartheid" in his home country South Africa.He was imprisoned for 27 years on…


Content

Content - In Brief

- Camerapix/A24 Media reaches 50th year of operation. On this occasion, Salim Amin, Chairman of the company provides a video celebrating 50 years of house.CINEREK hosts a special preview in…


Distribution

Only 2 out of 54 African countries completed analogue TV switch off

A state of play has been made after the work of the 7th Conference of the Network of African communication regulators (Réseau des instances africaines de régulation de la communication…


Distribution

Al Jazeera English: first episode of “Orphans of the Sahara”

Award-winning Al Jazeera filmmaker May Welsh captures the complex conflict and events in Mali and Niger, as seen unfolding from within the Tuareg community.Orphans of The Sahara is a documentary…


Distribution

Angola: Côte Ouest signs distribution deal with Semba Comunicação for “Windeck” soap opera

 Semba Comunicação and Côte Ouest have signed an agreement regarding the distribution of the hit telenovela Windeck. Côte Ouest will be in charge of the distribution of English and French…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- ‘L'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie’ (OIF) resumes its action in favour of francophones audiovisual content from the South. Over the past 2 years, OIF grants and supports have enabled…


Distribution

Poignant Burkinabe “Looking for My Brother” docu broadcast on TV and screened at leading festivals

NuMetro Cinemas, the second largest cinema operator in Southern Africa has been sold by Times Media Group (TMG) to Subcocept (Pty) Ltd, a purpose-built company funded by private equity company,…


Investment

$8Mn Funding Round for VOD Platform iROKOtv

London. 18 December 2013. iROKOtv, the Africa-based movie platform for Nigerian movies, known colloquially as ‘Nollywood’, today announces a funding round of $8Mn, led by existing investor Tiger Global, with…


Investment

Senegalese government sets up FCFA 1 bn film fund

Brilliant at FESPACO, selected for the Golden Globes, the Senegalese cinema is back more than ever on the international scene. Recognizing this potential, the Senegalese government set up a special…


Investment

Vivendi’s Canal+ Overseas plans to acquire Mediaserv

Vivendi’s unit Canal+ Overseas told the French regulator that it plans to acquire Caribbean internet service provider Mediaserv. Mediaserv is the holding company for Mediacall, Guyane Numérique, Martinique Numérique and…


Investment

Orange to sell in Africa?

French telecoms company Orange could exit several of its less-profitable African operations, including those in Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic (CAF), as the group looks to rationalise its…


Investment

Nu Metro changes hands in R75m deal

NuMetro Cinemas, the second largest cinema operator in Southern Africa has been sold by Times Media Group (TMG) to Subcocept (Pty) Ltd, a purpose-built company funded by private equity company,…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- Senegal: The president of Future media Group Youssou Ndour has announced his ambition to enter the country’s mobile market by securing the fourth available mobile licence, according to Agence…


Regulation & Policy

Cameroon: football rights - CRTV complains over 3 private TV channels

Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV), the state-owned media has filed a complaint against three private Cameroonian TV channelsStv, Equinoxe TV and Canal 2 International will appear on January 20, 2014 at…


Regulation & Policy

Ghana: ECOWAS RCO to Boost Gambian Copyright Office

The director of Culture, Education, Science and Technology of the ECOWAS Commission has informed stakeholders at the ongoing workshop that the ECOWAS Regional Copyright Observatory (RCO) will present some computers…


Regulation & Policy

Morocco became a member of the European Audiovisual Observatory

Morocco became the 41st member of the European Audiovisual Observatory, following a decision taken on 11 December 2013 in Strasbourg by Ministry Committees at the Council of Europe. At  the…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- A court should review the times TopTV intends to broadcast pornographic material, the Justice Alliance of South Africa (Jasa) said on Friday. The group filed papers with the Western…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa’s Digital TV: minister of communications speaks out

In an exclusive interview with TechCentral, the minister of communications provides clarity into cabinet's decisions on digital terrestrial television, saying the country could not "endlessly be held to ransom" by…


Technology & Convergence

Ghana develops conformance regime for analogue to digital transition

The National Communication Authority (NCA) has developed a conformance regime as part of measures to implement the transition from Analogue to Digital television transmission.The Conformance regime required all Digital Terrestrial…


Technology & Convergence

LG Launches World’s First OLED TV Into Kenyan Market

As the Christmas season approaches, LG Electronics, a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, has launched the world’s first largest and slimmest curved OLED (Organic Light-emitting Diode) TV…


Technology & Convergence

Radio streaming service launched in SA: a review

The world’s second-largest streaming service, Rdio, has been launched in South Africa. But is it worth getting? Delano Stockhoff finds out.About a year ago, after a lengthy and tiresome setup…


Technology & Convergence

DTT in Algeria to cover 95 % population by the end of 2014

DTT will cover 95% of the Algerian population at end of 2014.The generalization of DTT in Algeria will be made after the end of the year 2014, we’ve learned from…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- The amount of electronic waste produced globally is set to grow by a third between 2012 and 2017, according to a forecast made by experts at a global partnership…


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People

Website rewmi.com claims that Mactar Sylla was contacted by "emissaries" of Senegal’s Head of State, Macky Sall, to take the reins of the Senegalese Radio and Television. Mactar Sylla is…


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Opportunities

Jason Njoku of iROKOtv: ”exciting business opportunities in Nigeria!” leading Nigerian Internet entrepreneur, Jason Njoku of iROKOtv and Spark, was interviewed by the BBC's Evan Davis and Nkem Ifejika, as part…