Issue no 2002 - 24 April 2015

Top Story

Kid’s learning platform Hopster targets larger African markets in its global launch

Balancing Act has recorded over Africa-related 100 VoD platforms to date. New, more niche services will soon be added to this competitive segment. One of these newcomers is Hopster TV and application platform - set up on iOS, and soon on Android - which will launch across the African continent, particularly in Anglophone Africa. Balancing Act's analyst Sylvain Béletre talked to Hopster's founder and director, Nick Walters who was at MIPTV 2015.Hopster is a TV and an interactive learning platform for preschoolers that boasts an impressive catalogue.On 13th. April 2015, Hopster announced its global launch. Following a raft of multi-territory…

Broadcast

Banda TV picks up “Love Lab” for Angola and Mozambique

Banda TV has commissioned 60 episodes of the reality dating show Love Lab to air in Angola and Mozambique. The deal marks the Israeli company’s first commissions from those countries.The…


Broadcast

DStv rival StarSat goes offline

Pay-television provider StarSat has gone off-air, apparently because of technical problems. Viewers say the signal stopped transmitting on Monday afternoon.StarSat subscribers have called TechCentral, complaining that they have not been…


Broadcast

StarTimes enhances digital TV access with new channels

Digital television service provider, StarTimes, says it is further enriching its content, enhancing access for viewers, and pushing the boundaries to delight viewers and attract more households.This direction was highlighted…


Broadcast

iROKOtv Announce Two TV Channels and Netflix Partnership

IROKO-TVPopular Nigerian video streaming service, iROKOtv, recently announced a deal with StarTimes to have two new television channels, iROKO Play and iROKO Plus on the digital TV operator’s platform. The…


Broadcast

Nigeria’s Consat adds Fashion One channel to line-up

Nigerian pay TV platform Continental Satellite Limited (Consat) has added Fashion One’s international channel F.O. to its line-up. F.O. is available as part of Consat’s pay-TV style bouquet package on…


Broadcast

Broadcast – In brief

Ghana's first private broadcaster, Crystal TV has entered into a carriage agreement with Filmbox International, a unit of SPI International Group. Crystal TV has added eight channels as a result,…


Content

GRB scores sales in Middle East and Africa

California-based producer-distributor GRB Entertainment has secured a number of deals for the sports docuseries Game Changers and My Beautiful Game in the Middle East and Africa.East Africa’s Wananchi picked up…


Content

There’s A New Nigerian-American Sitcom Pilot About Nigerian Parents & Their ‘First Gen’ Kids

First Gen is a sitcom pilot about an “everyday Nigerian-American family” that looks to offer a satirical glimpse of the inner dynamics between immigrant parents and their first generation kids.…


Content

VIDI lines up Fantastic Fare for June - The Matrix, The Mummy and much, much more

VIDI, South African video on demand entertainment service, has lined up new releases for June including the trilogy of two of Hollywood's most successful franchises - The Matrix and The…


Content

21 Icons documentary reflects Madiba’s legacy

The Promise of Freedom, an hour-long documentary made up of short films from Season 2 of the 21 Icons series, airs on Sunday 26 April 2015 at 19h30 on SABC3.…


Content

Shepherds and Butchers starts shooting in June in South Africa

Award-winning English actor Steve Coogan, best known for his role in Philomena and for his English comic persona Alan Partridge, is to feature in a South African-based film, Shepherds and…


Content

Sollywood: the extraordinary story behind apartheid South Africa's blaxploitation movie boom

It pumped out hugely successful cowboy films, heist dramas and Bond-style thrillers. It launched a Hollywood career and made the world’s first Zulu-language film. So does it matter that the…


Content

Kenya: Larry Asego's Short Film Selected for Ziff

A Kenyan movie has been selected as one the 16 films in competition for the Sembene Ousmane Film Prize under the Zanzibar International Film Festival.Soko Sonko produced by Ekwa Msangi…


Distribution

East Africa home TV penetration reaches 23% at end of 2014

The five countries of the East African Community (EAC) had 33.61 million households and a household television penetration rate of 23 percent at the end of December 2014, said research…


Distribution

Rwanda: Azam TV Entry to Intensify Rivalry in Pay TV Market

Competition in the local pay TV market could intensify following the entry of Tanzania-based Azam TV.StarTimes and Tele10, which markets DStv, Canal+ and GOtv, have been the only pay TV…


Distribution

Groundbreaking Audience Research on SA Film

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture has commissioned groundbreaking research to create an understanding of South Africa’s audience landscape and…


Investment

Kenyan Govt Pledges Sh400m to set up film academy

The government has pledged Sh400 million (ZAR51,313,016) to establish Kenya’s first public film academy. Speaking during the closing ceremony for the National Drama Festival at the Melvin Jones Hall in…


Investment

MultiChoice responds to Caxton claims surrounding SABC deal

MultiChoice has described the allegations by Caxton about its channel distribution agreement with the SABC as far-fetched and has submitted that the application should be dismissed by the Competition Tribunal.This…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: NBC to License Free View TV Channels

National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has commenced the process of issuing licences for the provision of free view digital television content to be transmitted to Nigerian households.Mr. Awwalu Salihu, director of…


Technology & Convergence

Mozambique: Deadline for Digital Migration Will Be Missed

Maputo — The Mozambican government admitted on Friday that it will miss the deadline of 17 June to complete the analogue to digital migration for the country's television and radio…


Technology & Convergence

SA Minister of Communications announces new DTT timeline

The Ministry and Department of Communications plans to implement South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) over an 18-month period.That’s the word from Faith Muthambi, who was…


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Opportunities

2015 CNN Multichoice African Journalists Awards launchedCNN International and MultiChoice have launched the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Awards – on the event’s 20th anniversary.   As usual, the competition for…


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Events

13 - 24 May 201568e edition of Festival de Cannes Cannes, France26 - 27 May 2015Satcom and Connected Africa 2015The Sandton Convention Centre - Sandton, Johannesburg, South AfricaAn event mainly…