Issue no. 182 - 3 July 2014

Top Story

Delivering smart TV solutions on the African continent: Call for partners

As Broadband penetration is increasing across Africa, particularly on mobile devices, urban Africans spend more time accessing videos. African TV channels, content owners, Telecoms operators are looking for expert solutions that make life easier to distribute audio-video content securely and cost-effectively. SUMMVIEW helps Telcos, content owners and broadcasters deliver content for all on any device, any network. The company has started delivering audiovisual solutions on the African continent.Balancing Act’s Sylvain Béletre interviewed Denis Pagnac, SUMMVIEW’s CEO. Denis is an ex-Alcatel Mobile Director: « my background has made me speak both broadcasters’ and telecoms operators’ languages, I understand their issues and…

Broadcast

Nigeria vs. Iran World Cup Game Draws More Than 17.5 Million Nigerian TV Viewers

GeoPoll Releases Unprecedented Findings on World Cup Television Audiences in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and UgandaGeoPoll , the world’s largest real-time mobile survey platform, today released initial findings on TV…


Broadcast

African Continent Contributes to World Cup Viewing Creating Three Times More Internet Traffic than a Month of Internet Usage in Brazil

With the FIFA World Cup 2014 now well underway, tens of millions of people are viewing games and/or highlights via the Internet. Video streaming and IP broadcast of the World…


Broadcast

Naspers pay-TV services reach over 8 million African homes

Subscription numbers for Naspers pay-television businesses have grown by 1.3 million to reach over 8 million homes across 50 countries in Africa.Naspers’ pay-TV services take the form of MultiChoice’s satellite…


Broadcast

Media Audience research in Africa: PAMRO 2014 CONFERENCE

16TH MEETING OF PAMRO AND ALL AFRICA MEDIA RESEARCH CONFERENCE(Sun 24 August 2014 – Wed 27 August 2014) LA-PALM ROYAL BEACH HOTELLa Bypass, P.O.Box OS 3000 Osu, Accra-Ghana Theme:  “Media Research for…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

Kenyan pay-TV provider StarTimes has reduced the prices of its decoders to enable more Kenyans to access digital television and grow the company’s market share. The StarTimes Pay Television Digital…


Content

Algerian film industry explored in new EU report

The European Union’s Euromed Audiovisual III programme and the European Audiovisual Observatory have launched a new report on the film and audiovisual sector in Algeria. After five other reports on…


Content

AfricAvenir curates African Short Film Section at Sercine (Brazil)

From 19 to 25 July 2014, the 4th edition of Sercine – Festival Sergipe de Audiovisual, will take place in Sergipe, Brazil. AfricAvenir Windhoek is partner to the festival. In…


Content

DRC: Political press content banned before elections

Democratic Republic of Congo’s journalists are finding it harder and harder to work because of threats and censorship of political debate. Media freedom is being undermined by political tension linked…


Content

The power of sports TV programmes for the growing African Middle Class

The middle class, in the conventional economic framework, is the backbone of a mature and developed economy. According to this perspective, the middle class is the driving force in the…


Content

Content - In Brief

Helmer Porteus Xandau’s animated pic “Hillbrow” explores the conflict that has arisen in South Africa over efavirenz, one of the antiretroviral medications formulated to treat AIDS that is now being…


Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa: MultiChoice expands via New Intelsat Satellite

MultiChoice to Expand its Leading Direct-to-Home (DTH) Services in Sub-Saharan Africa via New Intelsat SatelliteLUXEMBOURG & JOHANNESBURG. June 12, 2014(BUSINESS WIRE /ME NewsWire) Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the world’s leading…


Distribution

Recent deals with iROKOtv

iROKOtv has recently pushed most of its content into the premium access area. There is still some free content remaining.Balancing Act’s Sylvain Beletre relays the latest news on iROKOtv:2014 Nollywood…


Distribution

Film streaming service launched for African, Latin American content

United States (US)-based MojoCreatives has launched a film streaming platform for African and Latin American content, WuraTV, aimed at making “content of culture” accessible to all without the high fees…


Distribution

Africa’s sports films on VoD

Football, Surfing on trains, Surfing the waves, Creativity: here are images of Sport on www.AfricaFilms.tv as the Soccer World Cup started.AFTV, “VOD 100% AFRICA” provides the following films:THE DOWN OF…


Distribution

TV Networks in Africa Squabble Over World Cup Broadcast Rights

Fans watch group matches at FIFA Fan Fest in Sao Paulo on the second day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As with other major sporting events, fans around the world…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

Reunion: Viewers can now download the “La 1ère” (Réunion 1ère – ex RFO) mobile and tablet app (iOS and Android) to stay informed of news from French “territories d’outre-mer” (Overseas…


Investment

French Media invest across Africa

Hexagonal media groups multiply initiatives and projects to take advantage of the growth of “La Francophonie”, which should rise from 220 million people to 700 million in 2050, which almost…


Investment

Nigeria: advance payment on free spectrum to raise digital migration funds

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is considering asking for advance payment from those bidding for freed spectrum as a way of raising funds needed for Nigeria to meet the international…


Investment

Shine Int’l sells “Marry Harry,” launches VoD platform

Shine Group’s sales and distribution arm Shine International has sold reality series I Wanna Marry Harry (pictured) to the UK’s ITV2 and South Africa’s M-Net, and has launched its own…


Investment

Pana TV announces partnership with Mercedes-Benz International Fashion Film Festival

For the first time ever in Africa, the genre of fashion film will be celebrated in the inaugural Mercedes-Benz International Fashion Film Festival, which takes place in Cape Town, South…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

Jumia Ivory Coast has announced a partnership with Canal+ to provide discounts to users and create a dedicated World Cup store on all its sites ahead of the event. Source:…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria shuts down World Cup viewing centres

Nigerian authorities in the northern state of Adamawa have shut down all establishments planning to screen the World Cup beginning today in a bid to prevent further terrorist bombings in…


Regulation & Policy

StarTimes denies hijacking KBC World Cup broadcasts

Pay-TV provider StarTimes has defended its move to air the FIFA World Cup amidst accusations it hijacked the signal of the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), which has rights to televise…


Regulation & Policy

Eutelsat reports increase in jamming from Ethiopia

French satellite provider Eutelsat has said its satellite fleet has experienced a drastic rise in interference originating from Ethiopia, according to a report.NexTV reports the company’s disruptions in its satellite…


Regulation & Policy

BCCSA rules against SABC, MultiChoice

The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) has ruled against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and pay-TV provider MultiChoice in separate complaints, with the former being reprimanded and…


Regulation & Policy

Canal+ loses unfair competition case against BeIN Sports

French pay TV operator Canal+ has lost its legal case against Al Jazeera’s BeIN Sports for alleged unfair competition and has been ordered to pay legal costs. The Nanterre commercial…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and other international broadcasters have claimed television and radio broadcasts on the Arabsat satellites have been intentionally jammed by the Ethiopian authorities. Read the full…


Technology & Convergence

SunPoynt Solar TV: affordable digital TV to Africans off the grid

Poynting, South Africa’s largest wireless antenna designer and producer, has made another leap forward for Africa with the development of SunPoynt TV.The antenna company’s digital TV business unit manager, Eduard…


Technology & Convergence

Orange Technocentres looking for mobile apps

The Orange Technocentres (one is based in Abidjan) focus on companies and holders of innovative projects including from Africa. The structure of the operator is responsible for designing and placing…


Technology & Convergence

Apps featured by Apple or Google get 6 times the downloads and 9 times the revenue — or nothing

Check out all of GamesBeat's Electronic Entertainment Expo 2014 coverage here.Everyone who has published an app in the iOS App Store wants Apple to feature them, because that will boost…


Technology & Convergence

RSA: Sstreamm - a mobile television streaming service

South African startup Sstreamm launched a mobile television streaming service named Pockit TV  - an online mobile streaming site that allows you to view content on your phone. It aims…


Technology & Convergence

Afrostream TV: Building the Infrastructure for Black Power in the Global Film Industry

On SmartMonkeyTV:Tonjé Bakang on his new online film and TV platform for Black culture and Africa, @Afrostream The following has not been written so that you might run and tell…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

With now 60 years of experience in FM radio and TV broadcast antenna systems, Kathrein – which has distributors and offices across Africa, stands out as a reliable partner in…


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Events

Important events in the African broadcast, film and TV sector3 June to 25 July 2014Africa in Motion (AIM) Edinburgh African Film FestivalVenue: ScotlandA large festival aimed at introducing African cinema…


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People

Lupita Nyong’o will star in and produce a movie version of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s romance novel “Americanah” with Brad Pitt’s Plan B, D2 Productions and Potboiler Productions.The deal re-teams the…


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Opportunities

Call for Entries: Africa in Motion Short Film Competition 2014Dear Filmmakers,We are currently inviting African filmmakers to submit short films of no longer than 30 minutes for Africa in Motion's…