Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa Issue no 2029 15 January 2016

Top Story

Africa - VoD: 4G -LTE has been launched in 24 countries! And Netflix takes the continent by storm

Netflix’s announcement that it will roll out across all of Africa came as a big and rather welcome surprise. It had already announced its intentions to go into South Africa but no-one really knew the scale of its ambition. Alongside this announcement, the pace of 4G-LTE roll-out announcements continues to increase. Balancing Act’s Senior Analyst Sylvain Beletre looks at how these two things will impact Africa’s broadcast industry. 4G progress in Africa On 1st. January 2016, Balancing Act published data that showed 4G -LTE had been launched in 24 African countries! The pricing is still too high for all but…

Broadcast

South Africa: SA Film Rakes in R1.1 Million At the Local Box Office On Opening Weekend

Koos Roets's new Afrikaans movie, 'n Pawpaw vir my Darling has earned R1.1m rand after only five days on the local film circuit and has been seen by approximately 25…


Broadcast

Triggerfish Story Lab announces top stories from continent-wide search

Triggerfish Animation Studios has selected four features and four TV series for development from the inaugural Triggerfish Story Lab, established with the support of The Department of Trade and Industry…


Broadcast

Africanews goes live

Euronews’ new African channel, Africanews, was launched on 5th January 18:00 West Africa time in Congo Brazzaville. The channel, which Euronews has hailed as the first pan-African news media service,…


Broadcast

TVC Entertainment now on DStv

MultiChoice Africa has announced the addition of Television Continental (TVC) Entertainment, a local content channel based in Lagos, Nigeria, to the DStv platforms on 15 December 2015. The channel will…


Broadcast

Africa 24 Satellite News Channel To Launch With Arabic And English Content

The French-language pan-African satellite news network Africa 24 is expanding its operations to produce content in Arabic and English. The broadcaster will produce an Arabic news channel in Casablanca, while…


Content

The Scandalous Lives Of Powerful Nigerian Women Hit Netflix

While it’s too early to say whether their launch across the continent will mean a push towards African content on Netflix, one recent title addition suggests a promising development for…


Content

Saving Mandela and ANC leaders Court Trial Recordings The collection at risk : 270 hours of sound recordings

Priceless recordings of the historic trials of Nelson Mandela and the ANC leaders from 1963 and 1964 were kept in the vaults of the South African National Archives. The recordings…


Content

e.tv relaunches its news bulletin as eNews Direct

South Africa'as only free-to-air commercial TV channel e.tv is dumping its eNews Prime Time new bulletin, relaunching it as eNews Direct. Anchor Dudu Ramela will literally walk and talk viewers…


Content

New thriller set in Joburg opens in February

Gauteng-made movies will hit the ground running in 2016, with two films set in Johannesburg due to open in South African cinemas in February. Happiness is a Four-Letter Word, the…


Distribution

Liquid Telecom’s VOD service ipidi tv launches in Zambia

In the latest development in African online TV and Video on Demand Services, ipidi tv, the Video On Demand Service from Liquid Telecom which has been in the works since…


Distribution

African Movie Channel expands coverage with launch on Consat

International Pay TV operator, African Movie Channel (AMC) has expanded its coverage with the recent launch of its two channels, African Movie Channel (AMC) and African Movie Channel Series (AMC…


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe to replace TV licence fees with monthly charge

Zimbabwean television viewers will have to pay USD 3 to USD 5 per month through Transmedia to watch channels on the digital platform following migration, The Herald reported. This subscription…


Technology & Convergence

AlwaysOn Streaming – Wi-Fi just for video streaming

AlwaysOn has expanded its new streaming package to include traffic from Vidi, the video on demand service from Times Media Group. The streaming-only package was first announced at the launch…


Technology & Convergence

Africa: 4G-LTE was launched in 24 countries! And Netflix took the continent by storm

Many industry professionals know that -LTE 4G services were launched in some African countries, but few people know exactly where these  broadband services are operational. On 1 January 2016, Balancing…


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Opportunties

Call for TV programmes Boba is the largest Film and Television studio in French-speaking Africa. We are designed to support the growth of the broadcast, Film and Television industry in…


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People

South African chief criticises Beyoncé over rumoured slave movie Singer ‘not worthy’ to write or act in film about Saartjie Baartman, who was taken to Europe to be displayed semi-naked,…


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Events

31 March to 2 June 2016  Discop Afrique Abidjan 2016Sofitel Hotel Ivoire , Abidjan , Ivory CoastTV Programs Market: The largest market in Francophone Africa , and creative forum for…