Issue no 172 30 January 2014

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2014 Predictions for the African audio-visual and broadcast sectors

2013 wrap up: 2013 has seen continuous growth in the African audio-visual and broadcast sectors, especially in terms of sophisticated multi-device equipped households - new TV sets, DTT (digital terrestrial TV) box sales, new free-to-air channels and PayTV networks, and the launch of new VoD/OTT services. Balancing Act’s Broadcast Analyst Sylvain Beletre looks back at 2013 and asks industry figures to give their predictions for 2014.Officially, 10 countries have now launched DTT so far; Namibia is the latest one and GOtv (DStv’s DTT arm) has been active in more countries launching private DTT services. StarTimes continues its DTT expansion and is…

Broadcast

Cameroon: 2nd National Channel, “La Côtière”

The Director General of the Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) was in Douala earlier this week to report to the authorities of the economic capital the TV programmes of the…


Broadcast

East Africa: Digital East Africa May Take a Long Time to Achieve

The process of digital migration in East Africa seems to be running into heavy headwinds before it has hit high seas for Kenya while in Uganda a state of permanent…


Broadcast

Pay TV providers are right not to offer FTAs for free

Consumers Federation of Kenya has sought a meeting with CCK and Pay TV providers aimed at discussing the issue of Free to Air content not being free on the Pay…


Broadcast

Zimbabwe: Deceased and Ex-Staff Members On ZBC Pay Roll

Zimbabwean Govt Pays Backdated ZBC Salaries: The government has started paying up backdated salaries at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation - ZBC and has started a verification process to ensure ghost…


Broadcast

Bloomberg TV Africa launches weekly football show - 'Football Dynamics' - with BSports

Football Dynamics is a fresh new studio-based show combining unique analytics from Bloomberg Sports with expert opinion to give viewers the inside track on the game’s hot topics and focus…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- BBLACK AFRICA TV channel is now available on bouquet CanalSat, canal 61.- East Africa – pay TV: A gripping mix of music and drama has been merged in a…


Content

The Africa Movie Academy Awards Call for Entries 2014

The Africa Movie Academy Awards invites filmmakers to submit their feature, short and documentary works for consideration for the 10th edition of the prestigious 2014 AMAA Awards that honours and…


Content

Lily Allen shoots new 'Air Balloon' music video in South Africa

Lily Allen has posted pictures from the set of her new music video online.The singer has travelled to South Africa to shoot the visual for her new single 'Air Balloon',…


Content

Hugh Jackman begins filming ‘Chappie’ in South Africa

In January 2014, Hugh Jackman has arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa to film the latest Neill Blomkamp movie, Chappie. Jackman revealed some of his look for the movie by posting…


Content

Ghanaian John Dumelo sets to produce 4 movies for 2014

Ghanaian celebrated movie star, John Dumelo, has revealed that he has lots of vision, plans and more expectations for the year 2014. One of the most important of all is,…


Content

Content - In Brief

- The BAFTA has announced this year’s nominees for the 67th annual award ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, 16 February. Among these are a number of African contenders.…


Distribution

Algerie Telecom points to unfair competition from pirate TV distributors

Algerie Telecom, the main telecoms service provider in Algeria cannot offer cable TV channels to its 3.5 million customers. "We could not compete with pirates prices who offer TV at…


Distribution

Mandela film expected to rake in millions in Europe

The film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom opened in Britain and Ireland and was expected to make over R26 million in its first three days of release, its producers said…


Distribution

Cape Town TV (CTV), became available to 20 million viewers on the DStv platform

In October 2013, community television service Cape Town TV (known as CTV), became available to 20 million viewers on the DStv platform. DStv subscribers across South Africa and Lesotho are…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- Since October 16, 2013, OpenView HD (OV HD from Platco Digital) is available to all South Africans. The OpenView HD Satellite service (received via satellite) covers 100% of South…


Investment

Kudus Pioneers Interactive Services for Namibian Digital Broadcasting Programme Powered by Exset’s DMS Technology

Kudus Pioneers Interactive Services for Namibian Digital Broadcasting Programme Powered by Exset’s DMS Technology.DMS allows governments, network operators and broadcasters to push forwards with the deployment of digital broadcast services.Exset,…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- A Nigerian movie maker, Charles Novia advised local film makers to concentrate on the ready market available in Africa rather than aim to attain recognition by Hollywood which will…


Investment

South Africa: plan to privatise the SABC’s assets

The official opposition will break up the public broadcaster and sell the assets to the highest bidder if it’s elected to national office. It will also privatise Sentech and Broadband…


Investment

ARRIS Targets International Growth with New Channel Program

ARRIS Group has launched its new International Channel Program to drive sales and market share for its video solutions across the globe.  Channel Members will promote, support and sell a…


Investment

Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum 2014 Announces World Class Speaker Faculty

The Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum Africa 2014 is attracting some of the largest names from the broadcasting sector including policymakers, regulators broadcasters, content developers, broadcast network infrastructure providers and operators,…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Broadcasting Commission Battles Funds for Digitalisation

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) threatened to shut down television stations that have failed to renew their broadcast licenses as it works towards raising N68 billion to fully implement the…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: "Digitalisation a Violation of Media Freedom"

The Chairman of the Royal Media Services (RMS), Dr Samuel Makau Macharia, called plans to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting an affront to media freedom.He subsequently called on government…


Regulation & Policy

Kinshasa: Gunmen attacked Congolese state TV RTNC

At the end of Dec. 2013, reporters were taken hostage by armed men, who broadcast anti-government message, as international airport comes under fire.Gunmen have opened fire on the international airport…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: FG Moves to Amend NBC, NTA Laws Ahead of Digital Switch Over

In a bid to beat the June 17, 2015 deadline given to Nigeria by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to switch over from analogue to digital television, the National Broadcasting…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- South Africa: A notice is hereby given that the Minister of Arts and Culture invites nominations of persons to serve on the Council of the National Film and Video…


Technology & Convergence

Telkom ‘held talks’ with Netflix, Comcast

Telkom has held discussions with a number of potential content partners, including Netflix, as it looks to launch video-on-demand services to its broadband customers, according to a report.Telkom has held…


Technology & Convergence

South African Broadcaster e.tv Chooses Front Porch Digital to Centralize and Manage New Digital Archive

DIVArchive Content Storage Management System Will Improve Efficiency and Monetization CapabilitiesFront Porch Digital, a cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solutions, has announced that major South African free-to-air broadcaster e.tv has…


Technology & Convergence

New Smart TV app for “Netflix of Nollywood” iROKOtv

iROKOtv, the so-called “Netflix of Nollywood” and one of the most exciting companies in African entertainment (not to mention one of the continent’s oldest VOD services), have teamed up with…


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Events

Mobile East Africa 2014 -Expanding mobile data usage & driving monetisation through industry collaboration12 February 2014Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi, KenyaMobile East Africa, the East African edition of the most progressive…


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People

Nomiation of François Guilbeau as President of the Community of Francophones Television On 12/19/2013, François Guilbeau, Director of France 3 network was elected for a second term as President of…


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Opportunities

NHU Africa Commissioning Brief: Call for Documentary Submissions13 January, 2014 - NHU Africa is looking for strong, African based stories that speak to the connections between people, animals and the…