Broadcast Issue no. 2027 - 4 December 2015

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Nigeria: DTT Process snarled up in legal battle over number of signal carriers

Nigeria’s signal carrier licensing process is in a mess because too many different interests have had to be satisfied. Nigeria was never going to meet the ITU deadline of June 2015 but legal action by one of the successful bidders means that the whole process will be considerably delayed. In May 2014, the broadcast regulator, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), issued a tender for a second DTT Network Operator Licence in Nigeria: “Licence to roll-out and operate a national terrestrial broadcasting signal distribution network in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” Because of the absence of a policy framework for so long,…

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South Africa: BET ripped away from StarSat subscribers

StarSat subscribers have had their BET channel suddenly ripped away from them with no word nor warning. TVSA has been receiving queries about it through the day which strongly suggests…


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South Africa urged to screen Emmy-winning Marikana film

Civil society demands South African Broadcasting Corporation screen Miners Shot Down after film scoops Emmy award. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has been urged by activists and civil society…


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DISCOPRO expands across west and east Africa

Following the record-breaking attendance which marked the 4th edition of the DISCOPRO pitching, learning and networking programme earlier this month, plans are already in motion to further develop DISCOPRO. This…


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SkyVision Launches Two Broadcast Platforms Over ABS-3A Satellite to Deliver Comprehensive SD/HD Content to Customers in Africa

SkyVision Global Networks Ltd., a leading global satellite communications service provider, today announced a partnership with ABS, one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world, to launch…


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Naspers Said to Plan Showmax Expansion to Take on Netflix

Naspers Ltd., Africa’s biggest company by market value, is planning to expand its video-streaming competitor to Netflix Inc. into three new continents next year while Samsung Electronics Co. has agreed…


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A Conversation On ‘MTV Shuga,’ The African Soap Opera That Broke Lupita Nyong’o

“I think one thing the campaign is trying to do is talk about how HIV and AIDS is not a death sentence,” Lupita Nyong’o said in 2010 interview with CNN.…


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DStv adds HOOLEE kids channel from December

Cape Town – MultiChoice's next pop-up channel will be the kids channel HOOLEE from Turner Broadcasting System International that will run from the beginning of December 2015 to the end…


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Triggerfish named Western Cape Business of the Year

At the recent Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (PERA), Triggerfish Animation Studios was named the Overall Winner and Business of the Year. Triggerfish also took home the prize for the Business…


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Nigeria: TrybeTV Launches Noon, 26th Nov. on GoTV Ch. 97

The Best of Nollywood and African movies, TV drama and related premium programming has a new home as TrybeTV has launched on the MultiChoice DTT platform, GoTV. The 24-hour pan-African…


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African premiere, Oscar nominees and award-winners for Cape Town International Animation Festival

The Cape Town International Animation Festival has announced an African premiere, multiple award winners and Oscar nominees as part of the line up for their fifth festival. Previously called Kunjanimation,…


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AFRIFF Award Winners Announced

The African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) has grown consistently over the years, and 2015 was undoubtedly their best year yet. 180 films screened from 8-14 November, with the star-studded awards…


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Broadcast - In brief

Eighty-one countries have submitted official entries for the Foreign-Language Film Oscar race. The only first-time entrant this is Paraguay. Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards will be announced January 14…


Content

Nickelodeon Play launches in MENA via OSN

OSN Nickelodeon PlayChildren’s app Nickelodeon Play is now available in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to customers of pay TV service OSN. OSN subscribers will be able…


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‘The Blind Orchestra’ takes top prize at Carthage film festival

Moroccan director Mohammed Mouftakir’s “L’Orchestre des Aveugles” (The Blind Orchestra) took the Tanit d’Or Saturday at the Carthage Film Festival, blighted earlier in the week by a suicide bombing in…


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Abidjan hosts Trace’s first radio station in Africa

Launched on Saturday 28th November, TRACE FM is now available on 95.0 FM in Ivory Coast’s capital city TRACE FM Côte d’Ivoire is the first FM radio dedicated to Ivorian…


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SABC adds first ever animated web series Systraat

A new ‘Laan’ is coming to the SABC in the form of Systraat, the South African public broadcaster’s first web series in the form of an Afrikaans animation show. by…


Distribution

CCTV boss Zhu Tong: 'Chinese media has been objective, fair and positive in Africa-related reports'; now reaches 31 million African TV households.

China says its news coverage of Africa "has been objective, fair and positive in Africa-related reports" and that its CCTV News channel carried by both MultiChoice's DStv and StarTimes' StarSat…


Distribution

MLS expands international reach with Fox Sports Africa deal

Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced a new broadcast agreement with Fox Sports Africa. The pay-TV broadcaster will televise MLS matches live across 25 countries and territories in sub-Saharan Africa…


Regulation & Policy

StarTimes waives satellite decoder cost in a move to grow market share

Digital television Company StarTimes Media has rolled out an aggressive campaign aimed at growing its subscriber base for the satellite pay television service. Kenyans will now get a free full…


Technology & Convergence

WRC-15 safeguards sub-700MHz band for broadcasting in EMEA

European public broadcasters body the EBU has applauded a decision reached at WRC-15 to safeguard the 470-694MHz spectrum band for digital-terrestrial broadcasting in ‘ITU Region 1’ – covering Europe, Russia,…


Technology & Convergence

Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe chooses Eutelsat to accelerate transition to digital TV

Cape Town, Harare, Paris, 17 November 2015 — Eutelsat Communications announces it has sealed a three-year contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) for Ku-band capacity on the EUTELSAT…


Technology & Convergence

Naspers H1 revenue rises 24% to ZAR 74.3 bln

Naspers reported revenues of ZAR 74.3 billion for the six months to end September, or in US dollar terms, up 5 percent to USD 5.9 billion. On an organic basis,…


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Opportunities

18th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival call for entries The organisers of the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival are calling for entries from South African and international filmmakers…


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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…