Issue no. 176 - 3 April 2014

Top Story

AfricaXP seeks to create a game changing B2B business model for content trading using cloud delivery

Africa Media Management (AMM) and its AfricaXP Channel bouquet addresses content packaging and trading issues in Africa with a game changing business model and a cloud based channel delivery platform. They call it AXP 1.0.As a TV content producer or distributor, selling content to TV channels across Africa is rather frustrating: over 50 countries with over 500 FTA TV channels, mostly with small budgets. Travel costs are high but prices are low and volumes are often small. Content delivery is also difficult and costly, which all means low return on investment. Craig Kelly, CEO of AfricaXP, has developed a number…

Broadcast

VoD, a threat to pay TV in Africa?

MultiChoice: Netflix, Apple pose ‘real threat’:MultiChoice CEO Imtiaz Patel says online streaming services offered by Apple, Google, Netflix and others pose a “real threat” to DStv. By Duncan McLeod.Netflix, Apple,…


Broadcast

Discovery launching ID Xtra channel in CEE and MEA

Discovery is launching ID Xtra in Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. The new channel, ID Extra, will roll out on April 1, 2014.Discovery already operates the Investigation…


Broadcast

Two new African channels available via satellite in West Africa

Two African Channels Benie TV and Ouest TV Choose Globecast for Access to Canalsat Bouquet on SES-4.Benie TV and Ouest TV, two recently launched African channels, have chosen Globecast to…


Broadcast

SatLink global TV distribution partner for Ethiopian Television Agency

Satellite distribution across Africa, North America, Europe and the Middle East is to extend ERTA global audience reach. On March, 2014, SatLink Communications Ltd., a leading teleport, Content Management & HD…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

South Africa, Audience results by TV programme:The week of 10 March — 19 March 2014saw e.tv’s Big Momma movie sequels keep e.tv in our Top 5 on our SAARF/MarkLives #Top40TVratings…


Content

South African film ‘Felix’ wins two more Awards

Felix, the South African youth and family film, written by Shirley Johnston and directed by Roberta Durrant, wins two further awards: Best Feature Script at the WGSA Muse Awards, and…


Content

EbonyLife TV launches two new productions this month

EbonyLife TV hosted a Media and VIP cocktail event at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos to premiere two new productions – New Horizon and Married to the game on March…


Content

Senegal guest of honor at Luxor African film festival

Senegal is in the spotlight for this 3rd edition of the Luxor African film festival that will be held from March 16 to 24 in Luxor (Egypt).The Luxor African film…


Content

Content - In Brief

The First Preparatory Forum of East African Film Festivals and Film Producers has formed a new body-East African Film Network (EAFN) -and has elected an interim leadership to spearhead promotion…


Distribution

Supa Strikas scores on Disney France

Supa Strikas, South Africa's most popular animated TV series launched on Disney France this month.Supa Strikas is the number 1 kid's series in South Africa at present and on Israel's…


Distribution

South Africa: Video stores far from dead, my cousins

Comedian Barry Hilton thinks video stores are closing down, not because people are flocking to online alternatives, but because the big video rental chains are failing to adapt to change.…


Distribution

Namibia B-Day: AFTV (VoD) offers 13 beautiful films at only US$1 for 48h

To celebrate Namibia B-Day and 24 years of freedom, AFTV offers 13 beautiful films in partnership with AfricAvenir Windhoek. The selection of the Namibian Film Collection is available at only…


Distribution

South Africa released the 2013 Box Office report

The National Film and Video Foundation released the 2013 Box Office report.2013 has been a competitive year for the South African film industry at the box office and internationally. We…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

Multiscreen TV has been the big story of the last year, with pay TV operators as well as OTT service providers extending the reach of their content by targeting devices…


Investment

DTT: Côte d' Ivoire learns in China

The Ivorian Minister of Communication, Affoussiata Bamba-Lamine has lead a delegation to China in order to prepare Ivory Coast for the transition to digital terrestrial television (DTT).His delegation met with…


Investment

beIN Sport to roll out across MENA with Pace

Al Jazeera-owned beIN Sport has chosen Pace to deliver home media servers and HD set-top boxes to enable it to roll out its service across the Middle East and North…


Investment

Nine in 10 MENA households now taking satellite TV

Over nine out of 10 housheholds in 15 countries across the Middle East and North Africa now take satellite TV for pay TV and free-to-air services, up from two thirds…


Investment

Es’hailSat moves forward with plan for second satellite for MENA

Qatar-based satellite operator Es’hailSat has issued a request for proposals for a second satellite.The Es’Hail 2 satellite will be placed in orbit at the regional hotspot at 26° East.Es’hailSat said…


Investment

Investment - I Brief

SES’s Astra 5B and Hispasat’s Amazonas 4A have been successfully placed in orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket, launched from Kourou end of March 2014. Astra 5B is equipped with…


Regulation & Policy

West African Audiovisual Regulators adopt founding texts

The statutes and rules of procedure for the broadcasting regulators Platform in the countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA ) and Guinea Conakry were adopted at…


Regulation & Policy

SA budget releases funds (US$24.5 million) for migration to digital TV

The South African Government has allocated R265 million (US$24.5 million) for digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration over the medium term, as part of its budget for the year 2014-15.  Of…


Regulation & Policy

Attacks against the media in Ghana

Yaa Hammond, (journalist), Kingsley Acheampong (cameraman), Suleiman Awudu (soundman) and Douglas Kofi Benyin (driver), of privately-owned TV Africa were on March 7, 2014, detained by some security personnel at Adjei…


Regulation & Policy

Africa Radios and TVs want extra delay for the digital transition

The Yaoundé Declaration sanctioned the 7th General Assembly of the African Union of Broadcasting (in French UAR-Assemblée générale de l’Union africaine de radiodiffusion), held on 27 and 28 January 2014…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

The 17 June 2015 deadline for global migration to digital terrestrial television (DTT) will not be extended for any country, Dr Hamadoun Toure, secretary general of the International Telecommunications Union…


Technology & Convergence

Samsung debuts TVs built for Africa

New TVs and tablets were on show at the Samsung Forum in Spain this week. Samsung Electronics has unveiled a line of curved, ultra-high-definition televisions at the Samsung Forum in…


Technology & Convergence

Review: Durban-made Piko TV smart stick

A South African company is selling a “mini PC” on a stick that converts a user’s television set into a smart, Internet-connected TV able to stream video and launch apps.…


Technology & Convergence

DStv launches new VOD services

Downloads are now available for DStv Catch Up on iPhone and iPad, with live streaming available from SuperSport.MultiChoice has added new features to its DStv application for iPhones and iPads,…


Technology & Convergence

TV Connect 2014: Google reveal TV “end-game”

At TV Connect this morning, during a fireside chat with Informa’s Rob Gallagher, Francisco Varela, Global Head of Platform Partnerships, YouTube, revealed Google’s TV “end game “ when asked directly…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Sierra Leone: MIT discovered Kelvin, an engineering whiz kid. MIT found a 15-year-old scouring trash bins for parts. He built a radio and batteries, and wants to set up a…


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Events

April 5 – 10, 2014NAB ShowVenue: Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.NAB Show® provides a meeting for creative inspiration and next-generation technologies to assist audio and video executives…


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People

Video: Lupita Nyong'o, won the Oscar for Best Supporting ActressPeople know her not so long ago, Lupita Nyong'o, the Kenyan origin actress is the rising star that now illuminates the…


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Opportunities

Durban International Film Festival:Film festival accepting submissions [Worldwide] Date: Friday, July 18, 2014 - Tuesday, July 22, 2014Deadline: 3/24/14Durban International Film FestivalFilmmakers may submit their projects to be screened at this…