Newsletter Broadcast in Africa - Issue no 187 - 12 September 2014

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South Africa: TMG launches VIDI VoD service, looking for extra quality AV content

You are in South Africa and there is nothing to watch on TV tonight?Check out VIDI, a video-on-demand (VoD) service launched on 10th. September 2014 by Times Media Group (TMG), a major South African media company. VIDI offers online VoD to South African viewers. Just 48 hours after the launch, Balancing Act’s Sylvain Béletre spoke with the VIDI team in Johannesburg including Taryn Uhlmann, Marketing Manager (VOD Platforms, Broadcast and Content) at TIMES MEDIA FILMS to find out more.Internet users in South Africa for year-end 2012 was estimated at 22 million for a population of 54 million inhabitants according to the…

Broadcast

SABC blacked out news says DA

The DA on Friday accused the SABC of imposing a “blackout” on a news report involving one of the broadcaster’s senior officials.“An analysis of media reports indicates an SABC news…


Broadcast

Big Brother Africa house destroyed by fire

A press release by the organizers of the Big Brother Africa indicates that a search has been launched to find a new location to house the show as Tuesday’s fire…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

It's official! Gabonese Pan African and private channel Kanal 7 has been broadcasting since 7 September 2014 from Libreville on UHF channel 40, with frequency 623, 25MHZ. Officials indicate that…


Content

SA short doccie wins at the California International Shorts Festival

Local documentary filmmaker Tarryn Crossman (Fatherland) won the award for Best Documentary Short at the California International Shorts Festival (CISF), which is set to take place from 13 to 14…


Content

Film shot in Equatorial Guinea premieres at San Diego Film Festival

Where The Road Runs Out, directed by Raindance nominee Rudolf Butendach, has been chosen as an official selection for the 2014 San Diego Film Festival, which runs from 24 to…


Content

‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ To Begin Airing In Africa

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is officially set to begin airing in Africa on MTV, who, according to Hollywood Reporter, has secured exclusive African TV broadcast rights to the…


Content

Content In brief:

The African Film Commission has announced the winners and finalists of the 3rd Annual Screenwriting Competition. Please visit our website's blog. IBC 2014 (11 to 16 Sept. 2014): To be set up…


Distribution

EbonyLife TV to launch on DStv in South and Southern Africa

EbonyLife TV will be launching to DStv customers in Southern Africa (including South Africa) on 10 September 2014.  The channel is currently available to DStv customers in 44 countries in…


Distribution

StarTimes launches DTH service in Kenya

Chinese pay-TV provider, StarTimes, has unveiled digital Direct to Home (DTH) service in Kenya. The service which comes as a competition to DTH providers, MultiChoice and Zuku, will be broadcast…


Distribution

Movies that made the most money in SA

According to the latest South African Box Office Report published by the National Film and Video Foundation, revenue generated by locally-made films increased 43% to R33 million in the first…


Distribution

Distribution - In brief

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…


Investment

South African film-making threshold slashed 95%

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies announced that he will lower the domestic film expenditure threshold required for producers to benefit from government incentives. Mr Davies is keen on promoting…


Investment

Is Cape Town the Hollywood of Africa?

Hollywood is synonymous with movie making. During the Golden Age of Cinema, a majority of the films that were produced for the big screen were shot at studios in this…


Investment

VideoVision Entertainment announces new division

Anant Singh, Chief Executive of Videovision Entertainment has announced the establishment of a new division that will focus on modestly budgeted action films made in South Africa by local filmmakers.…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa - Filmmakers to talk to Home Affairs about visas

As the deadline for the introduction of the new visa requirements looms, the film industry has arranged a meeting with the Department of Home Affairs to discuss its concerns. There…


Technology & Convergence

Al Jazeera Media Network Opens Innovation Challenge

The Innovation and Research group at Al Jazeera Media Network has kicked off its first major community initiative with an online Innovation Challenge. This is an open competition aiming to…


Technology & Convergence

FRANSAT enables a secure access to new TV user experience on NEOTION’s CI Plus 1.3 CAM

This year's IBC will see FRANSAT and NEOTION unveil the FRANSAT CI+ CAM module associated with an HbbTV Connected TV as a solution for enhancing the user experience for satellite…


Technology & Convergence

Senegal's EXCAF Telecom Selects Spacecom's AMOS-5 at 17°E to Implement National DTT Project

Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC), the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, today announced that the AMOS-5 satellite has won a long-term contract from Senegal's EXCAF Telecom for satellite…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: Firms Prepare for Analogue to Digital Switch Over

Global satellite company, SES, in cooperation with Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG), a leading pan-African ICT company, launched a new digital television platform, on SES's ASTRA 2F satellite, at 28.2…


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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

Moses Babatope, CEO Talking Drum Entertainment is to be a judge on a panel of top UK film industry executives for Screen International’s fifth annual Awards, celebrating excellence in film…


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Opportunities

NFVF calls for Best Foreign Language Oscar submissionsThe National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) invites South African filmmakers to submit feature films for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film…