Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa – Issue no. 2041 30 June 2016

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StarTimes innovated further for the African audiovisual market: devices, co-productions and studio

Fruitful African Digital TV Development Seminar hosted by StarTimes concluded successfully.The 6th African Digital TV Development Seminar, a 2-days fruitful forum on African digital migration, hosted by StarTimes came to a perfect close on June 24th, 2016 in Beijing at the Fengda International Hotel. This seminar showcased Startimes' latest innovations such as a mobile apps, a range of low cost smartphones, a video projector, smartTV sets, STB and a multimedia home solution as well as a solar panel to power these pieces of equipment. Selected partners were invited to visit Startimes' brand new headquarters.Chairman of the High Communication Commission of…

Broadcast

SES Reaches 2.81 Million TV Homes in Nigeria, New Study Reveals

SES S.A. (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), the world’s leading satellite operator, today announced the results of its first Satellite Monitor study on the Nigerian market, which provides insight on the important…


Broadcast

Controversial documentary Black Lives Matter premieres at DIFF

Black Lives Matter, directed by Joseph Oesi, is a powerful and damning indictment on the current state of affairs for tens of thousands of miners working and living in abysmal…


Broadcast

Zanzibar - Italian NGO ACRA to sponsor ZIFF

ZIFF announced the signing of a sponsorship agreement with the Italian NGO, ACRA. This move will not only support ZIFF, one of Zanzibar s major festival events, but also support…


Broadcast

Establishment of the African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission (AACC)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 23, 2016/ -- The Ministers of Culture, Youth and Sports of African Union Member States have today established the long awaited African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission…


Broadcast

Kenya - KBC set to be split into two in pursuit of profitability

The government has moved to split state broadcaster Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) into two companies —public and commercial— in line with proposed recommendations in a draft ICT policy.The proposed changes…


Broadcast

Infront secures Rio 2016 broadcast deals in key African territories

Infront Sports & Media has sealed media rights agreements in eight additional territories for broadcast coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This latest deal extends the reach and the…


Broadcast

Durban International Film Festival 2016 award winners

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) announced its award winners on the evening of 25 June at the closing ceremony of the festival s 37th edition which took place at…


Broadcast

DStv, Communications Department take Etv to court over digital TV

The Communications Department and MultiChoice (operating DStv) have lodged appeals at the Constitutional Court over the legal battle surrounding the roll-out of unencrypted digital terrestrial television services in South Africa.According…


Broadcast

South African classic The Suit makes screen debut at DIFF 2016

Based on Can Themba s iconic short story, The Suit, had its premiere at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) 2016 on 25 June. The South African classic has been…


Content

DW brings quality German programming to Southern Africa on DStv

From July 4, MultiChoice Africa will make Deutsche Welle (DW) available to DStv and GOtv customers in Namibia.Deutsche Welle and MultiChoice have signed an agreement to broadcast DW on the…


Content

Terence Neale short wins Craft Gold at Cannes Lions

Your Future Is Not Mine, a global Adidas Originals short film directed by South African director Terence Neale, won a Gold Film Craft for Original Music at Cannes Lions, thanks…


Content

Nigeria - Three new videos on Buni+

Fundi-Mentals  Joseph (Gerald Langiri) and his assistant Moses (Charlie Karumi) like to think of themselves as the Best Fundis in Kinoo, despite their unorthodox methods. But the entry of a…


Distribution

Mozambique to launch international DTT tender

The Mozambican government intends to launch an international tender, this month, to select the company that will finance and implement the definitive project for digital migration.“Right now, we are working…


Distribution

Harmonising media research across Africa

Increasing the trade that takes place between African countries plays an important part in furthering Africa's economic growth. PAMRO (the Pan African Media Research Organisation) believes that it is able…


Distribution

Econet secures content creation & distribution deal for Kwesé TV with Bishop T.D. Jakes

Econet Media, the entertainment company, and subsidiary of the Econet Group has entered into a content partnership with T.D. Jakes Enterprises International, the company that’s led by United States pastor,…


Regulation & Policy

StarTimes deal with Zambia state broadcaster stirs furore

StarTimes Group, one of the two TV signal distributors in Kenya, has come under fire in Zambia for seeking to control the state broadcaster and allegedly excluding rivals from the…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya delays local content ad rule to February 2017

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) said that 40 percent of all advertisements aired by broadcasters should be locally produced by the end of February 2017. CA Multimedia Services Director…


Technology & Convergence

Africa: Niceties of Digital TV - Startimes Shares Switchover Possibilities With Africa

Beijing — The giant network operator and content provider for TV broadcasting recently hosted the 6th African Digital Television Development Seminar in Beijing, China.China's most influential and one of the…


Technology & Convergence

Botswana starts distributing digital set-top-boxes

Botswana has started distribution of 10,000 set-top boxes to support the transition to digital broadcasting. Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Dikgang Makgalemele said Botswana is ready to…


Technology & Convergence

EBS Announces Multi-Platform EPG Data Contract With ITV Choice

EBS, the leading full-service provider of EPG data for platforms and channels worldwide, has announced that it is has been contracted by ITV Choice to supply EPG data listings to…


Technology & Convergence

It’s Our Mission to Promote African Digital Migration – Says StarTimes President

Today, our society has become more and more information based, thus it is our mission to promote African Digital Migration, says Mr. Pang Xinxing, President of StarTimes Group in China.He…


Technology & Convergence

Tanzania - NMB, Star Times launch partnership

NATIONAL Microfinance Bank (NMB) has launched a product that would help subscribers with Star Times Tanzania Limited pay subscription fees through the bank.Speaking shortly after the launching ceremony in Dar…


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Opportunities

Nigerias Eko International Film Festival to launch film instituteThe annual Eko International Film Festival (EKOIFF) is to launch a film institute during its 7th edition which will be held between…


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People

South Africa - SABC CEO Jimi Matthews resigns According to Tech Central, veteran journalist and SABC acting CEO Jimi Matthews has quit, saying in his resignation letter that what is…


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Events

Events Introduction: Quoting notable nigerian filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, "film festivals help to increase the mileage and patronage of our local movies in the global village and they allow movie aficionados to…