Issue no 191 - 7 November 2014

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DISCOP Africa, wrap up of the Continent's Largest International TV Content Market

 The African TV marketplace is now worth at least half a billion dollars in annual TV content wholesale sales - double the figure from 2010 - said Patrick Jucaud-Zuchowicki, General Manager of Basic Lead, the company that organises DISCOP Africa. This event is home to where 95% of these sales are initiated and/or are concluded, and continental Africa’s only international Film, TV content, adaptation rights and packaged channel market.In its 9th edition at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, DISCOP Africa is an annual, 3-day, tradeshow that brings together buyers, sellers and producers of televised entertainment content, seeking to…

Broadcast

Dreamia launches new channel in Angola, Mozambique

Portuguese thematic channel producer Dreamia has launched its action channel Blast in Angola and Mozambique, where it is offered by regional pay-TV operator Zap. Blast is on air 20 hours…


Broadcast

AfricAvenir & FNCC present Namibian Premiere of:"Authenticized", on Wednesday, 12. Nov. 18h30. @ FNCC.

An increasing number of tourists, photographers, filmmakers and television crews travel to the ovaHimba people in Namibia in search of genuine experiences and spectacular images. With their so called "exotic…


Broadcast

Senzo and Mbulaeni funeral coverage will be broadcast on TV

Cape Town – South Africans can watch funeral TV coverage of the fallen South African sport heroes, soccer star Senzo Meyiwa and Olympic athlete Mbulaeni Mulaudzi this weekend.On Sunday night…


Broadcast

OpenView HD’s Glow TV added to DStv

Cape Town – MultiChoice is adding the Indian Glow TV channel which has been available on Platco Digital's OpenView HD (OVHD) satellite platform to DStv from 17 November on channel…


Broadcast

SABC says Generations cast list not final

Cape Town – The supposed "cast list" for the new Generations on SABC1 set to start in December and "revealed" this weekend by Sunday World is not official, says the…


Broadcast

Court orders StarSat to stop broadcasting porn

Cape Town – The Western Cape High Court on Monday ordered StarSat to stop broadcasting its pornography TV channels in South Africa when the court found that South Africa's broadcasting…


Broadcast

Broadcast – In brief

Lines blurred at e-tvThe lines “appeared to have been blurred” between a report on infrastructure development and advertising, broadcaster e.tv said on Thursday. “Lines appear to have been blurred between…


Content

‘Afripedia,’ A New 5-Part Documentary Series On Creatives In Angola, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal & Ghana

Afripedia [af-ri-pee-dee-uh] is a new TV series, produced by Swedish collective Stocktown, which describes itself as “A platform and a visual guide to art, film, photography, fashion, design, music and…


Content

Dance up from the Street at the United Nations Association Film Festival

Dance up from the Street is at this years United Nations Association Film Festival at Stanford University, Palo Alto California. The documentary was directed and produced by Peter Goldsmid for…


Content

Afrovibes UK runs touring screenings of South African Productions

Arriving to coincide with the start of our Glasgow screenings next week, Afrovibes - the nationwide touring festival of contemporary award-winning South African productions, performances and screenings - is coming…


Content

Local content set to be increased by new StarTimes channel

StarTimes is set to roll out increased local content through the introduction of Bollywood Swahili a channel that will employ dubbing technology to air award winning movies, drama and series…


Content

EbonyLife TV launches in Southern African countries

EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first global black entertainment and lifestyle network, has now launched in Southern Africa. Previously only available to DStv customers in 44 countries in West, East and Central…


Content

No Place in SA for Local Documentaries

2014 has arguably become the year of the documentary for South African filmmakers – many of whom were inspired by Madiba’s passing at the end of last year. But although…


Content

CAFF presents 'Visions to be Heard: Empowering Young Africans through Film'

CAFF and events like this are said to be important because mainstream media portrayals of Africa have tended to forge a limited perception of this diverse continent. This perception is…


Content

African cinema: the five best political films

Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremistsTimbuktuIn the dunes not far from Timbuktu,…


Content

The Dream of Shahrazad teaser trailer

South African documentary filmmaker Francois Verster's The Dream of Shahrazad, looks at recent political events in Egypt and Turkey through the lens of the famous story collection known as The…


Content

Documentary follows IT pioneers in Africa

Made in Africa, produced by Geraldine de Bastion and René von der Waar, is a documentary which portrays the progress of digital technologies and innovation hubs across Africa. Told through…


Content

Content - In Brief

Nigerian animated children’s show grows international fan baseCreated by Nigerian animator Adamu Waziri, and produced by his Nigerian based animation company EVCL, Bino and Fino is an African educational cartoon…


Distribution

Isizwe Wi-Fi to offer free video on demand

Four video-on-demand channels will be offered to Project Isizwe’s free Wi-Fi users in the greater Pretoria area to demonstrate what free Internet access can do for low-income communities.Free Wi-Fi provider…


Distribution

Tanzania: Firms Collaborate on Video Streaming

Tanzanian interactive mobile communications technology provider, Push Mobile, has partnered with Apalya Technologies, a South Asian technology platform provider, to enhance mobile video and live TV streaming experience in Tanzania…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

O3b Networks nnounced Raga Sat has gone live on O3b's 'Fiber in the Sky' satellite network in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The DRC-based service provider is the first…


Investment

Globecast and WinMedia sign partnership agreement

WinMedia, an automation and content management software solutions provider for broadcasters, and Globecast, a content contribution, preparation and distribution company, have signed a partnership agreement to integrate and distribute their…


Investment

Satellite operator SES’s Q3 2014 Results

In August 2014, SES announced the launch of a new digital TV platform for West Africa in association with Nigerian service provider Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) on the ASTRA 2F…


Investment

Intelsat hit by challenging African environment

Intelsat reported a decline in revenues and profits in the third quarter, claiming that network services growth from new business was more than offset by a “challenging environment” in Africa.Announcing…


Regulation & Policy

Canal+ acquires a majority stake in Thema

CANAL+ OVERSEAS and THEMA announce the signature of an agreement for CANAL+ OVERSEAS to acquire a majority stake in the capital of THEMA.THEMA, which was founded in 2005 by François…


Regulation & Policy

Cameroon: ITU Sets Deadline for Broadcast Switchover

The International Telecommunications Union has set June 17, 2015 at midnight as the deadline.The Socio-economic life in Cameroon is going to face some turn due to the transition from the…


Regulation & Policy

French-Speaking Africa Rises: DISCOP Africa confirms unprecedented attendance from across the region

Basic Lead, organizer of DISCOP Africa, the region’s premier annual market for film, TV content, adaptation rights and packaged channels, has reported an unprecedented number of attendees from across French-speaking…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - I Brief

GOtv Uganda and NBS TV, a privately owned television station, have signed a broadcasting agreement that will see NBS TV shown on GOtv, PCtechmag reported. The GOtv network spans the…


Technology & Convergence

Usaasa sets out set-top box subsidy plan

The Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (Usaasa), the government agency tasked with bridging South Africa’s digital divide, has provided details of those who will qualify for a…


Technology & Convergence

Hitachi Kokusai wins DTT transmitter order from Botswana TV

Hitachi Kokusai Linear Equipamentos Eletronicos (HKL), a Brazilian subsidiary of Japan's Hitachi Kokusai Electric, has received a package order for digital terrestrial television broadcasting transmitters from Botswana TV, a state-run…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Muvi TV, Zambia’s leading commercial broadcaster and one of Africa’s fastest-growing satellite TV platforms, is poised for a new phase of expansion. The company has renewed and expanded its satellite…


Technology & Convergence

DStv lowers monthly subscription fees in Ghana

Cape Town – MultiChoice is lowering the monthly DStv subscription fees, but only in Ghana, due to that country's improving currency. South African consumers buckling under a weak Rand are…


Technology & Convergence

Cape Verde to roll out DTT in two stages

The Cape Verde government has decided that digital terrestrial television (DTT), scheduled to start by 17 June 2015, will be implemented in two phases, reports Noticia ao Minuto. According to…


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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

Entries open for Jameson First Shot 2015The Jameson First Shot film competition, in partnership with Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti of Trigger Street Productions, is seeking gifted and undiscovered filmmakers…


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People

Bronwyn Keene-Young quits e.tvE.tv chief operating officer Bronwyn Keene-Young has quit following the resignation earlier this week of CEO Marcel Golding.Keene-Young, who is married to Golding, reportedly handed in her…