Issue no. 186 - 29 August 2014

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SES to Deliver DTH Broadcast Services Across French Speaking Countries in West Africa - TNTSat Africa

Three world-leading satellite operators present globally including in Africa are well positioned to support digital TV deployment across Africa: Intelsat, Eutelsat and SES. The broad size of the continent and the limited terrestrial TV infrastructure - especially in rural areas - explains why satellite will be needed to reach universal TV access. Several announcements have been made by those global players over the past 3 years; capacity is available, just waiting for DTT bouquet signals. So far, the implication of satellite in DTT migration in Africa has been limited.However on 18 August 2014, SES  announced that it will be delivering…

Broadcast

South African Media Audience Research: new agreement signed

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF) and the service provider, Nielsen Media Research signed a new multi-year Television Audience Measurement Survey (TAMS) agreement…


Broadcast

BBC World News: Connected Cities (in Africa)

Over its BBC World News Monthly Highlights, BBC World will broadcast “Connected Cities” including cities in Africa.Urbanisation is the defining trend of the 21st Century. The rate and extent of…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

Over the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Television channel beIN SPORTS monopolized live matches’ dissemination: the pleasure of the poor confiscated by the rich - A climate of resentment prevailed…


Content

FESPACO 2015: 3000 attendees, new budget and digital format

In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - The start of the media campaign for the 24th edition of the Pan-African Festival of Cinema and Television of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), to be held from…


Content

OSN unveils new health reality series “Saudi Doctors”

Marking its fifth original production this year, leading pay-TV network, OSN, today unveiled a brand-new health reality show specially tailored for Arab viewers, Saudi Doctors (Atibaa w Akhtar), which premiered…


Content

South Africa: “Win A Home”, new reality show

'Win A Home' is an exciting new property-related reality show starting on 21 August, at 8pm on SABC3, a national TV channel based in South Africa.Win A Home, brought to…


Content

DIFF: Architectural films to feature at UIA 2014

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) partnered with UIA 2014 and Architect Africa Film Festival to present architecture films in Durban during the 25th International Union of Architects World Congress…


Content

Content - In Brief

On August 18, a group of South African and international legal experts worked with South African filmmakers to better understand their rights as users as well as creators under copyright…


Distribution

MENA: OSN online TV platform, ‘Go by OSN’

Dubai, UAE-based OSN - the region’s leading pay-TV network - launched  premium online TV platform, ‘Go by OSN’.Growing Internet consumption and multi-platform viewing trends spur OSN’s digital expansion.Tapping into the…


Distribution

South Africa: Playboy 'has played' Icasa

Playboy allegedly duped the Independent Communications Authority of SA into granting pay TV station StarSat a licence to broadcast porn movies by saying it would only depict "sex between couples…


Distribution

South African minister visits US to boost film industry

Rob Davies, the Minister of Trade and Industry is currently in Los Angeles visiting some of the major film studios in an attempt to persuade the United States to make…


Distribution

RSA: Local Films show an increase in revenue at the Box Office

On 8 August 2014, the National Film and Video Foundation (nfvf) has released its South African Box Office Report for the first half of the year. The report shows that…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

South Africa: Epic Outdoor Cinemas, represented by Cinevation/Popcorn has secured the rights from the film studio to take the hugely successful, locally produced movie - Pad Na Jou Hart on…


Investment

South Africa: outdoor advertising campaign for OpenView HD

Outdoor advertising and media company, The Marketing Kraal is working with e.tv to drive awareness for OpenView HD.Utilising cost-effective container advertising, the outdoor advertising campaign is not only increasing brand…


Investment

Naspers Cut to Junk at Fitch as Investments Hurt Earnings

Naspers Ltd. (NPN)’s debt was cut to junk by Fitch Ratings, which said the cost of expanding Africa’s largest media company is hurting earnings.The long-term and short-term issuer default ratings…


Investment

SuperSport will broadcast the Diski Challenge matches live

Pay-television broadcaster MultiChoice and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) have taken the wraps off a new football competition called the MultiChoice Diski Challenge.The three-year agreement, which is being billed as…


Investment

Ugandan television content gets own channel on DSTV

First they said they would create compelling local television content in East Africa. We looked on and they did when they helped produce 56 original films in East Africa in…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

The Africa Channel UK: Tune into our business series “It's Africa's Time”; A 13-part documentary series, focusing on the pioneering work that businesses and charities are doing to help improve…


Regulation & Policy

Tunisia: mosques and media closed due to jihad

The Tunisian government has taken a series of measures including the closure of mosques and media calling for jihad and developping a speech inciting violence in reaction to the recent…


Regulation & Policy

Analog to digital television in Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe is committed to develop an investment plan for the migration of TV and radio signals from analog to digital, announced the General telecommunications Regulatory Authority (AGER)…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: soap actors fired for 'illegal' strike

Sixteen actors of South Africa's popular TV soap drama, Generations, have been sacked for staging an "illegal" strike, the public broadcaster and the production company said Monday.The cast walked off…


Regulation & Policy

Egypt: jailed Al Jazeera journalists - Flaws in the arrest procedure

Lawyers for the jailed Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt have today filed appeals against their convictions. The weaknesses in the case have been widely protested and ridiculed, and much of the…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

The High Authority for Press and Broadcasting (La Haute Autorité de la Presse et de l’Audiovisuel - HAPA) in charge of media regulation in Mauritania warned  private television channels that…


Technology & Convergence

Traditional media can claim back its edge with innovation

IBM believes that traditional media and entertainment companies that move fast to embrace and monetise digital channels stand to win back their audiences and their advertising revenue, despite doomsayers who…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa's Tuluntulu now has ten channels

Tuluntulu, one of South Africa's top 10 startup companies this year, has recently launched ten channels that are available 24/7 on mobile.The content ranges from international news, African documentaries to…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

More global content for an African VoD platform: iROKOtv announced last week that it will diversify its catalogue: it is branching out to include Hollywood, Bollywood, Korean and Telenovela television…


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Events

Announcement by PAMROThe conference due to be held in Ghana in August 2014 is now to be re-schedued to August 2015 due to the health concerns and restriction in travel…


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People

Loeries Radio, Television, Film and Video judging panel announcedPatrick Baron, Executive Creative Director of McCann in Australia will chair the Radio, Television, Film and Video panel for the Loeries.Last year…


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Opportunities

2014 review: OTT trends in AfricaIn the second of a series of interviews taking the temperature of African connected entertainment in advance of this year’s AfricaCast, IP&TV News catches up…