Issue no. 188 25 September 2014

Top Story

Africa’s first sports TV radio station stamps its mark on the Nigeria market and looks at going online

Larry Izamoje’s Sports Radio 88.9 Brila FM was the first sports radio station on the continent and has now been going for 12 years. He’s been able to make commercial sense of a niche radio platform and is now looking at the possibility of extending into online. Russell Southwood spoke to him this week.The idea of doing sports radio came to Izamoje when he looked at what others were doing elsewhere. While he was producing sports programmes on radio, he discovered that there were 200 sports radio stations in the USA. So in 2002 he got a licence to broadcast.“In…

Broadcast

AfricAvenir presents Namibian Premiere of the Senegalese feature “Dakar Trottoirs – Pavements of Dakar” as part of the Namibian Film Week

AfricAvenir Windhoek, the Goethe Centre, and the Filmmakers Association of Namibia invite to the Namibian Premiere of Senegal’s ‘Dakar Trottoirs’ on Saturday, 27 September, 19h00, at the Goethe-Centre Windhoek. The…


Broadcast

BBC World Service Launches Ebola Radio Network for West Africa

The BBC World Service is launching special Ebola broadcasts for West Africa starting on Monday 22nd September. Each evening shortwave transmissions to the region will be increased. There will be…


Broadcast

Multichoice introduces BoxOffice in Zimbabwe

Multichoice announced the introduction of its BoxOffice service to DStv subscribers in Zimbabwe. The service allows subscribers with DStv Explora and HD PVR decoders to rent blockbuster movies for 48…


Content

SuperSport, Red Bull added to Samsung’s Smart Hub

Samsung Electronics has announced the addition of SuperSport and Red Bull TV app to its existing Smart Hub solution.Corrie Labuschagne, the Regional Product Manager for Africa Visual Display at Samsung…


Content

Beats of The Antonov Takes Major Prize At 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

Sudanese filmmaker and war reporter Hajooj Kuka‘s directorial debut Beats of the Antonov premiered earlier this month at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, winning the audience-selected People’s Choice Documentary…


Content

BET and two new channels coming to DStv

DStv is adding Nicktoons as a new TV channel from 30 September and also adding Nick Jr and BET to DStv. All three TV channels are supplied by Viacom International…


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Hyena Boys Wins Best Documentary Short At 2014 California International Shorts Festival

The Gadawan Kura, or hyena handlers of Nigeria, were first introduced to a wider audience via South African photographer Pieter Hugo‘s striking 2007 series The Hyena and Other Men. Hugo…


Content

Trajectory Media produces South Africa's first interactive video for a print magazine

In an innovative step towards convergence of print and digital channels Trajectory Media has produced an interactive video for print magazine House and Leisure. This is a first for a…


Content

Nollywood and African Film Critics’ Award winners announced

The 4th Nollywood and African Film Critics' Awards (NAFCA) and the NAFCA Special Honours 2014 took place on 13 September at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California.NAFCA, commonly referred…


Distribution

Locarno’s Open Doors Co-Prod Mart To Focus On Africa’s Maghreb Region

The 13th edition of Locarno’s Open Doors co-production mart, dedicated to cinematographies in areas where making movies is especially tough, will focus on Africa’s Maghreb region, comprising Algeria, Libya, Morocco,…


Distribution

Distribution - In brief

- uSkroef noSexy, the straight to DVD film which was released internationally in 2013 by South African producer Uzanenkosi Mahlangu of Ants Multimedia, has been turned into a 26 episode…


Investment

Nigeria’s Entertainment Revenue Will Hit $8bn By 2018

Nigeria’s entertainment and media revenues is expected to hit an estimated $8.5 billion by 2018, a report by business solutions firm PWC has revealed.The sector’s returns, according to the report,…


Investment

SABC says competitors gain unfair advantage from its reporting to Parliament

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, said that its accounting to Parliament is giving its competitors the upper hand and has called on MPs to…


Investment

Investment - In brief

igeria: Kene Mkparu, Filmhouse talks about how his cinema chain will be investing to create 25 cinema by 2019. Click here to hear his plans:


Regulation & Policy

NetOne applies for datacasting licence

According to a notice in the Herald, state-owned mobile network operator Netone has applied for a national datacasting licence from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe.The datacasting licence is one of…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, has scrapped the suspension of pay-tv operator StarTimes, Bizafrica reported. Three top government officials had ordered ARPTC, the…


Technology & Convergence

Com Dev awarded contract for high throughput satellite to North Africa

Manufacturer of space and hardware subsystems, Com Dev International has been awarded an Authorisation to Proceed (ATP) contract to deliver Multiplexer Equipment, Waveguide and Coaxial Switches and Microwave Components to…


Technology & Convergence

Eutelsat and Cisco demonstrate “Cloud video over satellite” using "smartLNB" technology at IBC

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) and Cisco are unveiling the integration ETL of Cisco Videoscape and Eutelsat’s “smartLNB” technology at this year’s IBC exhibition. The two companies are combining their…


Technology & Convergence

Altech Node: video-on-demand without broadband for R299 per month

Its launch follows that of Vidi, an online VOD service from Times Media Group which has a similar entertainment offering to what Node will provide. Below: new VoD service for Africa…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria - GOtv Carries 0ut Scheduled Software Upgrade

In a tweeter message to its customers, the Station said, “All GOtv services will not be accessible to subscribers during the upgrade…We apologize for the inconvenience caused”.GOtv, a home of…


Technology & Convergence

Samsung’s Off‐grid TV Improves User Experience in Rural Kenya

Samsung’s determination to leverage the large consumer market in Africa is glaringly clear with it’s latest innovation of a multi‐power TV which allows both AC and DC supply, meaning rural…


Technology & Convergence

DStv BoxOffice, Catch Up coming to Xbox One

MultiChoice is busy developing applications for its DStv BoxOffice and Catch Up services for the Xbox One, a spokesperson for Microsoft South Africa told MyBroadband.Microsoft launched the Xbox One to…


Technology & Convergence

First motion capture studio opens in East Africa

Africa Digital Media Academy has opened the first motion capture studio in East Africa. The studio, situated in Kigali, Rwanda, is the first of its kind in both east and…


Technology & Convergence

Imagine Communications introduces end-to-end TV Everywhere offering

Imagine Communications, a leading developer of media software and video infrastructure solutions serving the global broadcast, multichannel video programming distributor (MVPDs) and enterprise markets, recently unveiled its vision for enabling…


Technology & Convergence

Onlime Launches Services on Yamal

Onlime announced signing of the contract during the IBC event in Amsterdam with Gazprom Space Systems taking capacity on Yamal-402 satellite to increase Ku offering addressing a growing demand in…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- SES, in partnership with free-to-air broadcaster OpenView HD, has kicked off its Elevate training programme for LXTV installers in Alexandra township Johannesburg. The training forms part of a countrywide…


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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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Opportunities

Call for Oscars Foreign Language Film Category submissionsIt is that time of the year when the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) extends a call to South African Filmmakers to…


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People

Adieu GuidoWe have received the news of Guido Huysmans’ passing with shock and sadness.