Broadcast Issue 195 - 16 january 2015

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Taking control of your TV through a box – African contenders make a play for opening up your TV

The TV is the last of the major media devices to be connected to the digital ecosystem. As ever, there’s a battle between proprietary systems (like smart TVs) and more open hardware and software. Russell Southwood looks at the battle to control what goes into your HDMI port. HDMI what? Find out below.A smart TV is a bit like AOL at the beginning of the Internet. It wants to be able to offer you a “walled garden” of content that it has paid rights for and unlike AOL, access to the Internet for things like You Tube. Branded smart TVs…

Broadcast

‘Festival in the Desert’ is a documentary about a musical event in Mali

At a computer in Bamako, Mali, Manny Ansar couldn’t help smiling. A reporter had asked by e-mail whether Ansar — the co-founder and director of Mali’s Festival in the Desert…


Broadcast

CEO Weekends: DSTV announces the premier of new telenovella on Africa Magic

DSTV has announced the premiere of an exciting new Nigerian telenovella dubbed, Hotel Majestic on Africa Magic. The telenovella will air every weekday on Africa Magic at 10pm (Kenyan Time).Hotel…


Broadcast

Broadcast – In Brief

Kenya's newly launched free-to-view television platform, Bamba TV, has signed on the Italian men's football league, Serie A. Bamba TV will now screen a major weekly match free of charge…


Content

David Oyelowo & Lupita Nyong’o In Talks To Star In ‘Queen Of Katwe’ For Disney

David Oyelowo and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o are in negotiations to star in Queen Of Katwe, a pic based on the true story about the rise of a young African…


Content

The Scoop heads off into Season 2

Africa’s most talked about talk show is about to complete its first season and The Scoop is here to stay.  Salim Amin has spent the last 13 weeks flying around…


Content

Scatzy.com calls for South African film and television content

Scatzy.com is open for business and able to provide 5000 library facilities and 120 million library cardholders in the USA and Canada with film and television content from South Africa.…


Content

Jozi Film Festival announces opening night film

The Jozi Film Festival 2015 will open with the film Love the One You Love, directed by Jenna Cato Bass. This will be the Johannesburg premiere of the film which…


Content

Winner of Kenya’s Edition of the Airtel Trace Music Star Competition Announced

Airtel and Trace International have crowned Benjamin Webi as the winner of the Airtel TRACE Music Star competition, Kenya edition. Webi beat Phyllis Mwihaki who was second and Trina Mungai…


Distribution

3Vision Distribution launches channels on new African pay TV player

A new pay TV service provider, African Cable Television (ACTV), began operating in Nigeria on 1 December 2014, with fashion, music and lifestyle channels represented by 3Vision Distribution in its…


Distribution

ViewSat Helps GOD TV Expand Audience

As a Global Ministry, GOD TV provides daily Christian content to millions of viewers on the African continent, broadcasting from Jerusalem where its Broadcast HQ is situated. The television channel…


Distribution

BBC to bring Africa Cup of Nations to global audiences

The BBC will bring extensive coverage of the 30th Africa Cup of Nations staged in Equatorial Guinea. Comprehensive coverage on radio, TV, online and mobile will also feature specially commissioned…


Distribution

Canadian broadcaster secures distribution rights for EbonyLife TV

EbonyLife TV, Africa's first global black entertainment and lifestyle network, will soon be available to viewers in Canada. Ethnic Channels Group Limited, a leading provider of non-English language digital TV…


Distribution

Distribution – In Brief

Twelve-year old Zuriel Oduwole recently made history when she became the youngest person in the world to have her documentary screened in a commercial movie theatre. Oduwole, a Nigerian native…


Investment

Sub-Saharan Africa 2020 pay TV revenues to hit USD 6.2 bln

Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa will reach USD 6.22 billion in 2020, up from 3.54 billion in 2014 and 1.92 billion in 2010, according to a new report from…


Regulation & Policy

Botswana lays out digital TV strategy

Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) has put out a consultation paper on licensing framework for digital terrestrial television for public consumption and feedback.This latest action forms part of the Authority's…


Regulation & Policy

Swaziland: Swazi Broadcasting Will Not Be Freed

We should be sceptical of a report that the Swaziland Government is about to privatise all state-controlled broadcasting in the kingdom and open up the presently-restricted airways to the people.This…


Regulation & Policy

GOtv says no monthly subscriptions for access to free-to-air channels

Kenyan pay-TV provider GOtv has moved to allay fears subscribers will have to pay a monthly subscription to access free-to-air (FTA) channels.Felix Kyengo, general manager of GOtv Kenya, said customers…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya’s media consortium orders internet-enabled decoders

Digital TV subscribers in Kenya will soon be able to procure internet-enabled decoders from the country’s three major media companies Nation Media Group (NMG), Royal Media Services (RMS) and Standard…


Technology & Convergence

MultiChoice launches Zapper decoder

MultiChoice Uganda, a leading pay television service provider, has launched its latest single view High Definition (HD) decoder called DSTV Zapper. The new product will replace the existing standard definition…


Technology & Convergence

DW signs content deal with Tuluntulu

German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) and Tuluntulu have teamed up to provide DW's English TV channel as streaming content for mobile devices in Africa.The new partnership between DW and Tuluntulu…


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People

The SABC appoints James Aguma as chief financial officerOn 5 January 2015, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) announced that James Aguma has been appointed as the corporation’s chief financial…


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Opportunities

The 2015 Torch Awards now open for entriesThe 2015 Torch Awards is now open for entries. New York Festivals World’s Best Advertising℠ invites young creative talent from the ages of…


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Events

17th -19th Feb 2015Digital Broadcasting Switchover Countdown!@ 10th annual Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum (DBSF) 2015Hotel Indaba, Johannesburg, South Africa28 Feb - 4 March 2015FespacoOuagadougou, Burkina FasoOne of the largest African…