Broadcast Issue no 2026 - 20 November 2015

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Tele 10 launches its Watch Africa service in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda with NTT-Docomo’s Net M

Rwanda’s Tele10 has launched its digital box and app service in Kenya and will soon be rolling it out in Uganda and Rwanda. The platform has been supplied by Net M, which is now a subsidiary of Japanese giant NTT-Docomo. Russell Southwood caught up with Tele 10’s Eugene Nyagahene at AfricaCom this week. The Watch Africa services costs US$25 a month and its content can be viewed over the Internet (but needs 4G or DVB-T2) using a simple, plug in box. The box costs US$90 and is sold through a wide range of local retailers. Nyagahene told me that he…

Broadcast

British star pays tribute to the two inspirational men who shaped his life

Award-winning British actor Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) pays tribute to Madiba in the riveting documentary Mandela, My Dad and Me, which will be screened on HISTORY® (DStv…


Broadcast

Nigeria’s NBC taps Paywizard for digital switchover

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and broadcast and OTT technology company, Inview, have selected Paywizard to support the country’s digital TV switchover project. Paywizard will manage customer data, subscriptions and…


Broadcast

Voting Opens for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2015

The BBC has announced the five contenders for this year’s BBC African Footballer of the Year award. The shortlist was revealed to football fans around the world during a special…


Broadcast

Catch Up problems bedevil DStv

MultiChoice has a popular VoD service in place: DStv Catch Up. MultiChoice has apologised for problems that have beset its popular Catch Up service in recent weeks and has said…


Broadcast

Startimes Tanzania helps dealers improve customer services

StarTimes Tanzania has urged its dealers to deliver the best customer services to their clients if they are to thrive in business amid increasing rivalry, The Citizen reported. The company…


Broadcast

First DTT broadcasts in Cape Verde scheduled for early 2016

The first Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) broadcasts, originally scheduled for June of this year, are due to begin in early 2016, predicted Wednesday the president of the National Communications Agency…


Broadcast

Broadcast – In brief

Eutelsat and Camusat have entered into a partnership agreement that will enhance turnkey connectivity solutions for mobile operators in Sub-Saharan Africa. Eutelsat will deliver satellite coverage of all African territories…


Content

MultiChoice removes Vox Africa and Animal Planet channels

MultiChoice Africa revealed that they have decided to drop Vox Africa and Animal Planet channels and these channels will no longer be available on its bouquet as from the 10th…


Content

Inside Kenya's Death Squads Highly Commended at AIB

Al Jazeera has won a string of international awards, from The Association for International Broadcasting Awards, Amnesty Australia Media Awards and Red Dot respectively. Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit was presented…


Content

Discover Digital secures rights to first African superhero series

Local digital entertainment and technology company, Discover Digital, has officially secured the rights to be the African digital distribution partner for the first mainstream African superhero television series, Jongo. Produced…


Content

Narrative Truth Wins Best Film at the Cape Town 48 Hour Film Project

On Sunday night, The Book Club, directed by Bauke Brouwer, a black and white Hitchcock-style horror short film, took home 11 awards at the CT 48 Hour Film Project. The…


Content

Sony SAB to launch across StarTimes African platforms

South African pay-TV platform StarSat is adding Indian entertainment channel Sony SAB to its satellite bouquet to help compensate for the loss of Star Plus and Star Vijay to competitor…


Content

Launch of African sports channel Stad’Afric

The new sports channel Stad’Afric, covering African sports, is set to start broadcasting from Paris to Europe and Africa in January 2016. The new channel will be available as a…


Content

CNN International and MTN launch Africa View news app

On 4 November 2015, CNN International and African mobile operator MTN launched a dedicated Africa View news app. The app launch is part of a multi-platform commercial partnership between CNN…


Content

‘Democrats’ Documentary Takes Us Inside Zimbabwe’s Politics

Danish filmmaker Camilla Nielsson‘s Democrats takes viewers inside Zimbabwe’s political game, following two rival party cadres tasked with working together to write Zimbabwe’s first constitution. Shot over the course of…


Content

Zig Zag and Verchaix Media to produce African business series for Bloomberg Television

Leading UK independent television production company Zig Zag Productions and London-based content specialists Verchaix Media today announce a partnership to produce a new 12-part factual series, with logistic and production…


Content

Content - In brief

Swazi-born, writer and director Xolelewa Ollie' Nhlabatsi's film, Lost in the World', will premiere this week at London's Film Africa Festival, where it's up for a Baobab Award for Best…


Distribution

SES in Canal 3 distribution deal

SES has signed a multi-year deal to distribute Canal 3 TV services across West Africa. SES will be providing broadcast capacity to deliver a Canal 3 pay-TV  bouquet in Hausa,…


Distribution

Ethekwini Municipality to Launch TV Station

eThekwini Municipality residents could soon get the latest council decisions from the comfort of their own homes. On Wednesday, the city approved a proposal to broadcast eThekwini Municipality Television to…


Distribution

StarTimes extends signal to Machakos County

Residents of Machakos County can now enjoy affordable pay television after StarTimes TV launched its signal in the region on Sunday. The StarTimes TV decoder offers a five-month free-of-charge viewing…


Distribution

Tuluntulu & EAE Gaming launch first African eSports TV channel

Tuluntulu has announced an exclusive partnership with EAE Gaming to launch a new 24/7 eSports TV channel called OPTV on the Tuluntulu app. OPTV is a dedicated African eSports channel…


Regulation & Policy

SABC suspends Group CEO

The SABC on Wednesday announced the suspension of its Group CEO, Frans Matlala. Matlala was appointed in July after the departure of Lulama Mokhobo last year. His suspension comes four…


Technology & Convergence

DataMiner to manage hybrid STB services for over 2m households in East Africa

Skyline Communications, global leader in end-to-end multi-vendor network management and OSS software solutions for the broadcast, satellite, cable, telco and mobile industry, announces that DataMiner CPE Manager has been selected…


Technology & Convergence

Eutelsat to accelerate Zimbabwe’s transition to digital TV

Eutelsat Communications announced that it has sealed a three-year contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) for capacity in Ku-band on the Eutelsat 3B satellite. The capacity will be…


Technology & Convergence

MultiChoice taps Elemental for digital VOD in Africa

MultiChoice has selected Elemental for live streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) delivery of its DStv online service in Sub-Saharan Africa. The operator will use Elemental to support sports and entertainment content…


Technology & Convergence

Tailored Multiplatform Marketing Campaigns & Innovative Experiences Prove the key to forging Connections Between Brands & Their Consumers

In an environment of ever-increasing information overload, advertisers and brands are constantly seeking innovative ways for their voice to be heard, and to connect on a personal level with their…


Technology & Convergence

Benin’s Golfe TV AFRICA favours EUTELSAT 16A satellite for transition into High Definition

First free-to-air channel in Sub-Saharan Africa to upscale to High Definition standard Johannesburg, Paris, 5 November 2015 – On the occasion of Discop, Africa’s premier event for the media and…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence – In brief

Spain's Egatel has been selected by APD to supply DTT transmitters for Kenya's transition to a digital TV system. The project involves the supply, installation and commissioning of ten high…


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Opportunities

M-Net wants 20 television interns M-Nets Magic in Motion Academy (MiM Academy) is looking for 20 TV and film graduates who want to do a paid internship at the pay-TV…


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People

Yusuf Abramjee to exit from Primedia Primedia Broadcasting’s head of news and current affairs, Yusuf Abramjee will be leaving the company at the end of the year. Abramjee is said…


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Events

29 November to 6 December 201526th Carthage Fim Festival 2015Strong of the success of the decentralization initiative in 2014, the Carthage Film Festival-that has become a annual event - tends…