Issue no 198 - 27 February 2015

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Africable announces first hybrid DTT-DTH platform in West Africa

DTT services in Africa are only available in urban areas, apart from a few exceptions. Deploying DTT in large rural areas is expensive, time consuming to install and not necessarily profitable. In the short term, the best technical alternative to cover a territory in its entirety and without delay is to use the satellite to relay the DTT signal, writes Sylvain Beletre, Balancing Act's broadcast analyst.In August 2014, satellite operator SES announced it had established with Africable and other TV channels a multiyear contract allowing them to transmit DTT sugnals over a large part of the African continent.Ismaïla Sidibe, President…

Broadcast

WGSA Muse Awards 2014/15 nominations

The Writers' Guild of South Africa (WGSA) and M-Net have announced the nominees for the WGSA Muse Awards 2014/15. At the event - set for late April 2015 - performance…


Broadcast

M-Net closing Maisha Magic over lack of viewership

Subscription based channel M-Net has decided to shut down its less than a year old Maisha MSubscription based channel M-Net has decided to shut down its less than a year…


Broadcast

Umlilo premieres this March on e.tv

A story of revenge set against the backdrop of a polygamous family, Umlilo is e.tv's new ground-breaking drama that makes its debut on Monday, 2 March 2015 at 21h00. Umlilo…


Content

VIDI ACQUIRES TOP MUSIC DOCS: With something for everyone - from Lady Gaga to Bob Marley!

VIDI, South Africa's premier video on demand entertainment service, has acquired a raft of top music documentaries, some of which are currently available on the service on subscription and others…


Content

African Superhero Short Film ‘Oya: Rise Of The Orishas' Debuts Online

It's been almost two years since we first reported on Nigerian writer, director and producer Nosa Igbinedion‘s superhero film Oya: Rise of the Orishas, which reimagines the Orishas (folkloric deities…


Content

Kenya: Film Regulator Bans Screening of Fifty Shades of Grey

The continued banning of certain films in Kenya without making known detailed reasons for such censorship is a big blow to artistic expression and a clear violation of artistic freedom…


Distribution

Globecast Rises to the Challenge of the Orange Africa Cup Of Nations, EQUATORIAL GUINEA 2015

Globecast has announced that it has risen to the considerable challenges of this year's Orange Africa Cup of Nations, EQUATORIAL GUINEA 2015, football tournament, proving a variety of successful contribution…


Distribution

ZBC to introduce multiple TV channels

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) acting chief executive officer Mr Patrick Mavhura has said national broadcaster will be introducing channels that will be accessible only after paying a subscription fee.Mavhura told…


Distribution

Startimes Introduces Nova Bouquet For Digital Switch Over

In a bold move to enable more Nigerians conveniently switch over to and enjoy full digital television experience, foremost cable TV service provider, StarTimes, today announced the launch of its…


Distribution

Euronews inks distribution deal with DStv Africa, Quest TV

Euronews is expanding its reach in Sub-Saharan Africa with new distribution agreements with DStv Africa and Ouest TV, as well as launching on a DTT network in Mozambique, Broadband TV…


Distribution

TV Cabo rebrands business unit as Viv; extends FTTH network

Angolan cableco TV Cabo now offers corporate data, voice and TV services under the Viv brand, replacing the Fibra Business name previously used. The rebranding exercise means that TV Cabo's…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

Angolan cable TV operator TVCabo has announced it will update the prices for its TV packages from 5 March. As a result, the Mini package will cost AOA 1,600, the…


Investment

Liquid Telecom raises US$150m to extend broadband in Africa

The Liquid Telecom Group recently announced that it has raised US$150 million which will fund the further expansion of its fibre network in Africa.Liquid Telecom is a pioneering company that…


Regulation & Policy

Confusion over ITU "extension” to African DSO

The ITU is reported to be permitting 30 African countries to slip past its ‘absolute deadline' of June 30th this year to switch off analogue TV transmissions. According to Kenya's…


Regulation & Policy

Comcast, Al Sharpton Hit With $20 Billion Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

The National Association of African-American Owned Media alleges that Sharpton and other advocates have been bought off.Even though the FCC hasn't yet ruled on the proposed merger between Comcast and…


Technology & Convergence

Startimes Kenya lowers cost of FTA receiver

Kenya's StarTimes Media has effected a 17.5 percent cut in the cost of acquiring its DVB-T2 free-to-air set-top box with the move aimed at making it more affordable for Kenyans.…


Technology & Convergence

Free ADSL data with Vidi video on demand streaming

Netflix-like video streaming service Vidi has promised to pay for your ADSL dataVidi, the Netflix-like video streaming service from Times Media Group, has announced a promotion which offers subscribers free…


Technology & Convergence

Startimes Free To Air Set Top Box To Retail At Just Ksh 3,299

Digital Television Company StarTimes Media has  slashed its DVB T2 Free-To-Air(FTA) set top boxes by 17.5 percent today; the company did this to ensure that many Kenyans can afford the…


Technology & Convergence

New Regulations for Drone in the South African Film Industry:

As the process of creating new regulations for RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems, commonly referred to as drones) comes to completion, the film industry is very eager to begin using…


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Opportunities

Mzansi Short Film Festival Call for EntriesShort films, past and present, are true works of art, and deserve a festival dedicated to their exhibition. Short filmmaking is in the midst…


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People

Cannes 2015: Abderrahmane Sissako Named President of the Cinefondation and Short Films Jury (A First!)A year after his internationally acclaimed Timbuktu premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was…


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Events

28 Feb - 4 March 2015FespacoOuagadougou, Burkina FasoOne of the largest African film festivals - see website.17 au 22 March 2015Le Festival de films africains de Luxor (LAFF) Egypt.24-25 March…