Broadcast Issue 196 - 29 January 2015

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AfricaXP partners with Moben International to provide free TV channels through Wi-Fi hot-spots in buildings and taxis

Streamed content in Africa faces two key obstacles: data is expensive and billing is usually overly complicated. African content distributor AfricaXP has partnered with Poland’s Moben International to deliver free TV channels through Wi-Fi hot-spots in South Africa. Russell Southwood spoke to AfricaXP’s CEO Craig Kelly about how this joint approach overcomes the key obstacles.Moben International’s business proposition is extremely simply. In exchange for users seeing ads, it offers them free data, which it buys from operators. In South Africa, it has done a deal to operate over Telkom’s 6,000 Wi-Fi hot-spots and to put 3G modems in 1,000 clearly…

Broadcast

FOX International Channels Africa kicks Off 2015 With Seven Brand New Shows!

FOX International Channels Africa will be offering great viewing in 2015 with several first-run shows directly from Twentieth Century Fox in the US, headlined by star-studded hip-hop drama, Empire.FIC Africa…


Broadcast

Three new pay-TV stations set to launch in Kenya

Three Nairobi-based companies have applied for commercial free-to-air television broadcasting licences, as Kenya migrates from analogue transmission to digital, The Star reported. Acme Communications, Global Konnect and Number One TV…


Broadcast

MultiChoice launches Arise News on DStv, GOtv

One of the topmost   satellite cable TV service providers in Nigeria, MultiChoice Africa, has launched an emerging global news and entertainment channel known as ARISE NEWS on DStv and GOtv.Speaking…


Broadcast

VoD: BUNI.TV Launches Embeddable Player and Affiliate Program

Top African video-on-demand platform Buni.tv is launching a new embeddable player and affiliate program, which will allow blogs, film festivals, and the filmmakers themselves to share movies directly on their…


Broadcast

Broadcast – In Brief

Kenya's High Court has stopped advertisements sponsored by NTV, KTN, Citizen TV and QTV, asking the public to boycott GOtv and wait for their set-top boxes. The High Court also…


Content

Film 'Timbuktu' nominated for a Foreign Language Oscar

The nominees for the 87th Academy Awards were announced in Los Angeles on 15 January, revealing the final contenders in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The nominees include Ida…


Content

AMAA set for June in honor of Michael Anyiam-Osigwe

The nominations event for this year’s edition of Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) has been fixed for April 2015 as the organisers seek to continue the tradition of celebrating the…


Content

Sundance 2015: Senegalese Documentary ‘Sembène!’ + Rwandan Filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza’s ‘Things Of The Aimless Wanderer’

Though the selection of African cinema at Sundance has never been staggering, it has served as a platform for amplifying the reach of stellar features, documentaries and shorts from African…


Content

Africa Music Month presented by AfriDocs

Celebrate the diverse music and culture of Africa and the diaspora with a month-long film-festival on your screen presented by AfriDocs. Never before has such a collection of documentary films…


Content

VoD: Top local TV dramas, movies and children’s shows now on SA’s online streaming entertainment service

VIDI, South Africa’s premier video on demand entertainment service, has signed deals with the SABC and local producers that will see award-winning content available on the service in the months…


Content

Content - In Brief

In December South African comedian Trevor Noah made his debut as Senior International Correspondent on The Daily Show with a hilarious “Spot The Africa” segment. Last night Noah joined Jon…


Distribution

VoD: Everything you need to know about Netflix coming to SA

Netflix, the growing video internet streaming service which is accelerating its worldwide accessibility, will definitely be available in South Africa before the end of 2016, a Netflix spokesperson told Channel24.…


Distribution

Isango Ensemble's Breathe Umphefumlo in Official Selection Berlin 2015

Fortissimo Films has acquired world-wide rights (outside of South Africa) to Mark Dornford-May’s highly-anticipated Breathe Umphefumlo, which will have its World Premiere as an Official Selection at the upcoming Berlin…


Distribution

VoD: DStv BoxOffice tops 600,000 movie rentals monthly!

Naspers' pay-TV division MultiChoice grew with an additional 342,000 DStv subscribers in the first half of the financial year while DStv BoxOffice rentals have now reached a massive 600,000 movies…


Distribution

Trade event: Introducing DISCOP Africa EXPRESS to launch in Abidjan in June

DISCOP Africa Express will take place from June 2nd – 4th, 2015 at the Sofitel Ivoire Hotel in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. With a strong focus on the African content industry, an…


Distribution

IAB Digital Summit in association with BBC.com and Bookmark awards

South African digital industry’s most prestigious event takes place on the 19th of February 2015 in JohannesburgIAB South Africa  is pleased to announce that BBC.com  has come on board as…


Investment

SA films: NFVF announces quarter 3 funding decisions

On 26 January 2015, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), announced that their quarter 3 funding decisions have been…


Regulation & Policy

Kenyan media houses digital TV licence revoked after misleading informercials

The government through the Communications Authority of Kenya has withdrawn the temporary authorization granted to the Africa Digital Network consortium by the three media houses after they aired misleading and…


Regulation & Policy

Ghana - Gov’t terminates digital migration contract with StarTimes

The Ministry of Communications has written to Chinese firm, Star Times, abrogating the contract to supply and install the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) network platform for Ghana.This, according a letter…


Regulation & Policy

African spectrum experts meet in Nigeria ahead of WRC-15

Experts from Africa are meeting in Abuja in preparation for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) to be held in Geneva in November. Nigerian ICT Minister…


Technology & Convergence

Vodafone & Irokotv launch video on demand services in Ghana

Vodafone Ghana has signed a deal with Nollywood’s iROKOtv to launch VOD services in Ghana using its Fixed Broadband (FBB) service.The deal aims to give users unlimited access to over…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria's ACTV to broadcast via Amos-5

Nigerian pay-TV company ACTV has agreed a multi-year contract to lease Ku-band transponder space on the Amos-5 satellite, operated by Israel's Spacecom, to broadcast its 60-channel network."Creating the ACTV platform…


Technology & Convergence

Spectrum: Satellite operators stress importance of C-band for vital satellite services in Africa

Speaking on behalf of the international satellite1 community, Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelsat, has warned African states of the consequences for the continent if C-band resources are reallocated to…


Technology & Convergence

Lack of Fund Threatens Digital Migration in Nigeria – NBC

Plans by the Nigerian government through the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to meet the June 15 deadline for the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting may have suffered major setback…


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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…


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People

FG confirms Alale as NIGCOMSAT CEOPresident Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has approved the appointment of Ms Abimbola Alale as the Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT)…


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Opportunities

Encounters Documentary Producers Lab 2015 call for entriesEncounters South African International Documentary Festival, with the support of the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), will host a Producers Lab to…