Issue no 192 - 20 November 2014

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Startimes ups its game in Africa and pitches a more ambitious vision as the key pay TV challenger while Wananchi keeps its powder dry

 One of the stand-out presentations of DISCOP 2014 was Mike Dearham, MD of Startimes’ Media Department, laying out a vision for this Chinese Pay TV company in Africa. DStv may be large and mighty but it certainly seems that Startimes will begin to give them a run for their money in the years ahead.When Startimes first started, no-one in the industry was quite sure what to make of it or whether to take it seriously. As the outsider, it put together relationships with state broadcasters to roll out DTT in a growing number of African countries. But in the beginning…

Broadcast

Pride opens 21st Out In Africa Film Festival

Pride, distributed by Videovision Entertainment in South Africa, opened the 21st edition of the Out In Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival which took place from 13 to 16 November…


Broadcast

New Nollywood Movie Streaming Service Nollyland Launches

NollyLand Direct Ltd, a start-up based in the US and Nigeria, has launched NollyLand - a new Video Streaming Platform with plans to be biggest Nollywood movie streaming service in…


Broadcast

South Africa: The NFVF announces the six Blingola Female Only Project

The NFVF is proud to present six (6) short films by Emerging South African women under the theme Negotiating Spaces. The project was introduced earlier in the year and female…


Content

New Pay TV aims to promote local content in Nigeria

The management of African Cable Television, (ACTV) a new Direct-to-Home (DTH) Pay TV company in Nigeria has announced plans to commence operations on Monday December 1. The management also announced…


Content

Content - In Brief

The ninth edition of Africa in Motion (AiM) took place from 24 October to 9 November 2014 in Glasgow and Edinburgh where 61 films were showcased to over 4800 people.…


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Kenya: Human Rights Film Festival showcases films from around the world

Last week, the Human Rights Watch had their annual film festival. It showcased five films that highlighted various issues from different parts of the world.In Born this Way, the lives…


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Sub-Saharan Africa Broadcast Presents: AfriDocs Television at its Best

AfriDocs presents two highly acclaimed documentaries, Blood in the Mobile and Gulabi Gang, as well as the hugely well-received short series – Congo in Four Acts over the next two…


Content

GOtv set to rebirth boxing in Nigeria

For many years old boxers stayed away from the National Stadium in Lagos, following the death of boxing in Nigerian. But there is hope for Boxers in Nigeria as boxing…


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Nigeria: AFRIFF 2014 Ends in Style

It was another night of glamour and panache as this year's edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross…


Content

Ethiopia: The Making of a Film Without a Score

Teza by Haile Gerima tells the story of the trials and tribulations of one individual during military rule. This film, which has won many international awards, narrates the story of…


Content

Content – In Brief

The 36th Cairo International Film Festival is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday night in a closing ceremony at the Giza Pyramids' Sound and Light Show area.The festival, ongoing since November…


Distribution

Can Aflix compete in Africa’s (now cut throat) VOD Space? Here’s what we know

Recently, Video On Demand has been making some moves across the continent and you would think it’s the next big thing in Africa after the Telecoms revolution. In just a…


Distribution

Nigeria: NBC Issues DTH Licence to Chaptersdtv

Abuja — THE National Broadcasting Commission has issued a new licence to Chaptersdtv to operate a Direct-To-Home (DTH) television service in Nigeria.Chaptersdtv, a subsidiary of Chapters Digital Nigeria Limited is…


Distribution

Second season of Africa Investigates starts on Al Jazeera

The second season of Al Jazeera’s award-winning Africa Investigates kicks off on Wednesday, 12 November 2014, asking whether the Liberian government is making the Ebola crisis worse.“This groundbreaking series gives…


Distribution

Siyaya TV gets broadcasting licence

New pay-television provider Siyaya TV, owners of the television and radio rights to broadcast all national football team fixtures including Bafana Bafana, has been issued with a broadcasting licence.Spokesman for…


Distribution

Dstribution - In Brief

Turner Broadcasting System has installed the head office of its African operations in Paris, Les Echos reports. Pierre Branco, the managing director for France and Portugal, was put in charge…


Investment

TV white space broadband about to be commercialised in Africa, hints Microsoft

Microsoft should be commercialising a handful of TV white space projects in Africa in the upcoming months, according to Frank McCosker, general manager of affordable access for Microsoft’s Africa initiatives.New…


Investment

Vivendi Earnings Up on Strength of CanalPlus Group

Strong sales of the 'Frozen' soundtrack and releases from Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer helped subsidiary Universal Music GroupStudioCanal and Universal Music Group parent company Vivendi nearly doubled…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya sets March 2015 as deadline for digital migration

The Kenyan government says it will complete the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting in March 2015. Communications Authority Director-General Francis Wangusi said the regulator and industry players have ironed…


Technology & Convergence

Sentech launches OneBeam transmission with Enensys

South Africa's state-owned broadcast signal distributor, Sentech, in partnership with Enensys, has launched the OneBeam transmission service. Enensys designs and manufactures digital TV transmission technologies, while Sentech provides signal distribution…


Technology & Convergence

TV: Viewer’s choice and the webification of the medium

When CBS, the second-biggest television network in the world, announced in October that it would offer nearly all of its broadcast content over the Internet, it was tacit acknowledgment by…


Technology & Convergence

StarTimes Launches Free To View Satellite TV Services

Kenyans on StarTimes will not have to worry about paying for their local channels as the pay TV company will see their subscribers have unlimited access to KTN, NTV, Citizen…


Technology & Convergence

150,000 homes to get Vodacom fibre

Vodacom intends rolling out high-speed fibre-optic broadband to 250,000 end points within the next three years. This will include connecting 150,000 homes and 100,000 businesses, the telecommunications operator’s CEO, Shameel…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Vodacom video-on-demand plans

Vodacom says it aims to launch a video-on-demand (VOD) service in South Africa in 2015, with its strategy closely aligned to its parent company, Vodafone.“We get revenues out from the…


Technology & Convergence

DStv debuts remote recording, online services

DStv operator MultiChoice has debuted “remote recording”, allowing its subscribers to go online to set recordings on their personal video recorder (PVR) set-top boxes remotely.At the same time, the broadcaster,…


Technology & Convergence

Gilat Satcom adopts NovelSat NS3 to increase capacity between Africa and the USA

Gilat Satcom has announced that it is now using Novelsat NS3 to increase capacity from its newly launched POP in Maryland on the east coast of the USA.The new POP…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Tuluntulu has recently released an app available for iOS and Android that gives mobile users access to online video. Ranging from international news to African documentaries, the app delivers ten…


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Events

Film Africa 2014Venue: London, UK.The UK’s largest annual festival of African cinema and culture. Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across…


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People

SA actress Bubu Mazibuko picked to judge Emmy AwardsSouth African actress Bubu Mazibuko has been chosen to sit on the judging panel at the 42nd International Emmy Awards taking place…


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Opportunities

Africa: AMAA Launches Voices AfricaHaving made a huge success of its reward and training platforms, Africa Film Academy, the owners of the prestigious AMAA brand, has introduced Voices Africa, a…