Issue no. 183 17 July 2014

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With 1.3 M. subs. in Africa, Canal+ makes a major push and launches new African channel 'A+'

By Sylvain Béletre for Balancing Act, July 2014.   "100% African, A+ is modern, sincere and somewhat optimistic, targeted at the African family audience." This is how Canal+ (www.canalplus.fr) executives summarised the qualities of their new channel to be launched on 26th October 2014. Balancing Act’s broadcast analyst Sylvain Beletre attended the press launch and looks at its impact on the market.  After a long silence, Canal+, the dominant Pay TV platform in francophone Africa, is about to launch its A+ channel ("La Grande Chaîne Africain"), "made by Africans for Africans" with high standards as a further step to offer local content…

Broadcast

MultiChoice: We are committed to digital TV migration

Nico Meyer, MultiChoice Africa CEO says the pan-African satellite pay-TV operator which runs DStv and GOtv across sub-Saharan Africa is "committed to the digital migration process in Africa". by Thinus…


Broadcast

Africa included: EUTELSAT 3B satellite fully fired up at 3° East

Following its successful launch on May 26, 2014 Eutelsat Communications announces that the EUTELSAT 3B satellite is now fully fired up and providing commercial services at 3° East.Eutelsat’s newest satellite…


Broadcast

Digitization in Nigeria: States Concerned Mainly With Content

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku has asserted that Nigeria has a lot to gain with the digital switchover, stating that quality content and signals are expected from broadcasting organizations.Maku…


Broadcast

New channel launched: Maghreb TV-SAT

Maghreb TV, a Belgo-Maghreb TV has launched its new channel Maghreb TV-SAT, an independent and pluralistic media that wants to promote links between Moroccans of the world and their country…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

TV viewing broke records in first FIFA World Cup matches according to FIFA: 34.1 million watched Japan play Côte d’Ivoire on Japanese channel NHK, twice the size of the next…


Content

SABC viewers displeased with old content, repeats, news bias

Leadership problems and the SABC's lack of investment in content may finally be catching up with the public broadcaster.There is an uptick in viewers inquiring about cancelling their TV licences...…


Content

35th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) from July 17

The ever-expanding African film industry will once more be represented at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) 2014 although South African film retains the festival’s key focus, with 40 feature-length…


Content

Uganda: Multichoice On the Spot Over Nigeria's Dominance

It looked like a Ugandan affair when singer Bebe Cool attacked DJs for sidelining Ugandan music in favour of Nigerian and Jamaican music.However, the just-concluded MultiChoice Africa's "Only the Best"…


Content

Science journalism USA fellowship open worldwide

Experienced reporters, writers, editors, producers, or program hosts interested in exploring complex systems more deeply can apply for this fellowship.The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is offering a residential fellowship in…


Content

Content - In Brief

Africa’s leading pay television provider MultiChoice Africa recently launched “Africa Rising”, a campaign designed to inspire Africans to be involved in community-based social upliftment projects. Full Story here


Distribution

Burundi Only EAC Member Yet to License a TV Signal Distributor

With less than one year to ITU's June 2015 deadline for all countries to migrate their TV broadcast from analogue to digital platform, Burundi, one of the East African Community…


Distribution

“People will start to move away from TV as the only medium”

Paul McDonough, Lead Technical Analyst, Web & Online Platform, VirginMediaExclusive interview with VirginMedia’s Paul McDonough, who reveals the media giant’s thoughts on TV’s ongoing, and breakneck, evolution.IP&TV News: What have…


Distribution

GOtv makes digital migration debut in Jos

Table above: extract from Balancing Act market report 'DTT: Analogue to digital migration in Africa - Strategic choices and current developments (Full report - 2014)' In support of the National Broadcasting…


Distribution

Distribution - In brief

Imagine being able to watch the latest hit shows on South African television just hours after they’ve been aired in the US. That’s what local pay-television viewers can now look…


Investment

Innovative Investment: Samsung Africa

Africa is working hard to identify quality-growth models that will increase competitiveness and employment, while reducing poverty. Concurrently, Africa’s burgeoning population and swelling consumer base has become an attractive market…


Investment

RÉUSSITE, the new Africa TV magazine on CANAL + AFRIQUE

RÉUSSITE (SUCCESS in French) is the first TV magazine devoted to the African economy. Its mission: to promote African economic success and interpret new trends. Watching more than a billion…


Investment

Balancing Act: “VoD platforms have grown enormously in Africa”

Ahead of Balancing Act’s Chief Executive Russell Southwood’s  appearance, he gives IP&TV News the lowdown on what’s happened in the many months since last year’s event…Hi Russell. We know you’re…


Investment

Investment - In brief

Africa: Pay TV subscribers base represents now over 15 Million, a 75 Million people audience as of July 2014 - and a 50% increase since 2011 - Balancing Act.More than 7,000 filming…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: NCC Arrests Five Over Copyright Piracy

The Nigerian Copyright Commission has arrested five people in Kogi State over piracy, warning people to desist from the act or face the law.A Senior Copyright Officer in the commission,…


Regulation & Policy

China holds a digital media forum and invites over 150 African participants

The 2nd Forum on cooperation between Chinese and African media was held in June 2014 in Beijing. The meeting, which follows that of August 2012, was held in a large…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Icasa's Role and Independence Must Be Clarified

The Democratic Alliance calls on President Jacob Zuma to categorically state that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa is a Chapter Nine institution charged with regulating the electronic communications…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In brief

The Angolan minister of Social Communication, José Luis de Matos, defended in Beijing, China that the media should not be summed up as a simple communication tool, but rather as…


Technology & Convergence

Digitisation To Enable Accelerated Growth In Africa – KPMG

Digitisation – migration from analogue to digital technology – will help to bridge the digital divide between emerging markets and developed economies, according to global financial services firm, KPMG.KPMG stressed…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Digital Broadcasting Consumer Guidelines Adopted

SADC Member States have adopted guidelines to cushion consumers from the impact of the planned migration from analogue to digital broadcasting.The SADC Guidelines on Consumer Protection and Awareness on Digital…


Technology & Convergence

ENENSYS highlight highly-evolved solutions for DTT regionalisation and optimisation

2014 sees ENENSYS Technologies celebrate 10 years as a leading designer and manufacturer of digital TV transmission systems. Its products sit between encoding/multiplexing and transmission, facilitating signal distribution over a…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In brief

Nollywood Radio App has been published! It is available for download at Google Play. Click on the following link:  Watch Cyprian Josson on his online radio channel Nollywood Radio here…


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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

Kenya: Confirmed - Lupita to Star in AmericanahDetails for the next project for the Oscar award winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o are out.Lupita has been confirmed to star in and…


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Opportunities

Tropfest Arabia hosts short films contest [MENA]Deadline: 8/31/14Amateur and professional filmmakers in the Middle East and North Africa are invited to submit their works to this film festival in Abu…