Issue no. 184 - 31 July 2014

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SES launches new digital TV platform for West Africa – Will offer local control and buying space by channel

 Picture credit: Google Earth via SES. August 2014. Whether it’s DTT or satellite, Africa will over the next three years become a multi-channel continent. The number of countries with a single Mr President TV channel with continue to decrease. This week satellite operator SES upped the stakes by launching a new digital TV platform for West Africa in partnership with Computer Warehouse Group in Nigeria.SES has already been working with Multi TV in Ghana which has a Free-To-Air bouquet of 28 channels: 10 put together by Multi TV and 18 from other sources. With this many households, Multi TV has now got a…

Broadcast

M-Net - Now you can watch your favourite TV show only 24 hours after it airs in America

M-Net is set to break new ground as the South African pay-TV broadcaster goes full throttle forward into a new age of foreign television delivery. The almost 28-year-old M-Net has…


Broadcast

Lifetime launches on DStv and plans to have a lekker local flavour

Lifetime (DStv 131) has been launched on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform in South Africa and across Africa, upping the competition for female viewers and increasing the choices when it…


Broadcast

Nigeria: 'How Plateau Is Preparing to Pioneer Digitaltv Broadcasting in Nigeria'

Jos city which pioneered colour television broadcasting in 1974 is set to achieve another first.  Sunday Rogo, General Manager of Plateau Radio Television Corporation (PRTV) , the pilot station for…


Broadcast

SA will not meet digital TV deadline: Ovum

South Africa will fail to meet the mid-2015 deadline, agreed to with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to switch off analogue terrestrial television broadcasts, according to an international research firm.…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- Over 51,000 people you won't be able to watch their favourite soap or news broadcasts beginning midnight today (July 31) as the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (Rura) will switch…


Content

Sci-fi thriller to be shot in SA

Prisoners of War, a sci-fi thriller about humankind’s last stand against an alien invasion, starring former Bond Girl Bérénice Marlohe, is the latest Hollywood production set to shoot in South…


Content

ICASA invites public comment on local broadcast content review

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has invited public comments on its ongoing review of local content regulations for television and radio, with the regulator saying local content…


Content

Durban FilmMart awards African filmmakers

 The Durban FilmMart (DFM), which ran from 18 to 21 July in at the Elangeni hotel in Durban alongside the Durban International Film Festival, has awarded a number of promising…


Content

EbonyLifeTV now in the UK on TalkTalk!

Few months ago, May 27th to be precise, Africa’s leading entertainment and lifestyle network, EbonyLife TV made a partnership in the United Kingdom with the TV, Broadband & Phone operator…


Content

Content - In Brief

- AfricAvenir, in partnership with the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) presents the Namibian premiere of “Sodiq” by Adeyemi Michael, on Wednesday, 13. August 2014, 18h30, at the FNCC.  The…


Distribution

Globecast Extends West African Reach with Sonatel PoP Partnership

Globecast has announced that it has extended its reach in West Africa via a new PoP partnership with Senegalese telco Sonatel. Sonatel is headquartered in Dakar with the company serving…


Distribution

Low-bandwidth mobile streaming app opens up distribution possibilities

“If content is king, then distribution is queen,” says Pierre van der Hoven, founder and CEO of Tuluntulu, the recently launched low-bandwidth mobile streaming platform.One of the main obstacles faced…


Distribution

'Nigeria's Netflix' takes Nollywood to a global audience

An episode of Shuga, a popular soap opera set in Kenya, is playing on a screen at the offices of iRoko TV - an online platform commonly dubbed the "Netflix…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- The Elgeyo Marakwet county government in Kenya will launch a TV and radio station to educate the public on development. Governor Alex Tolgos announced the plan as the county…


Investment

New black film fund announced

A new government film-funding project has been announced at the Durban International Film Festival.Six films a year will be created by black directors through the new transformation fund, which is…


Investment

Labia Cinema to use crowdfunding to go digital

The cliché most often attached to the Labia is that walking into its dark interior is like "stepping into a bygone era". The experience is certainly nothing like the slick,…


Regulation & Policy

Swaziland: Facebook 'Bypasses Censored Media'

Young people in Swaziland are turning to social media sites such as Facebook because it allows them to enjoy 'the fundamental rights to freedom of expression' that is denied to…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has called for extensive consultations on Puntland’s draft media law to ensure the legislation is consistent with provisional constitution of Somalia and…


Technology & Convergence

Angolan channel TV Zimbo chooses VSN´s technology for its migration to HD

Hand in hand with the British system integrator VSC Design, VSN have deployed the migration to HD of TV Zimbo at their new facilities and launched the new system to…


Technology & Convergence

DStv to open PVR to the Internet

MultiChoice will soon begin selling a Wi-Fi dongle, which users of its Explora PVR will be able to use to access a range of online services, including video on demand.…


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Events

Important events in the African broadcast, film and TV sectorSept 25 - Oct 1 2014Lights, Camera, Africa! Film Festival  The Lights, Camera, Africa! Film Festival, created by arts and culture…


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People

Honoring a Filmmaker in the Shadow of ApartheidUnknown among his fellow white South Africans, Tonie van der Merwe was the most popular filmmaker among black audiences in the 1970s and…


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Jobs & Opportunities

M-Net to start M-Net Film and TV AcademyThe premium South African and African pay-television brand M-Net is set to create and establish the M-Net Film and TV Academy in 2015…