Broadcast, Film Convergence in Africa - Issue no 2044 11 August 2016

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Francophone Africa will be getting Fibre-To-The-Home Roll-outs – Large Bollore initiative sees light of day

Five years after the first major Fibre-To-The-Home roll-outs in East Africa, Francophone Africa looks set to be getting its own roll-outs. There have been two announcements, one from a David in Senegal and the other from the French Goliath Bollore. Russell Southwood looks at what’s happening.At the end of 2011, Senegal’s Peritel TV signed an agreement with the Government and regulators to expand its cable TV operation, which offered 22 channels.At the end of last month, it took up big step up saying that it had launched a pilot test in several neighbourhoods in its home patch St Louis. It’s…

Broadcast

African Movie Channel launches Series on Azam TV

AzamTVPay TV broadcaster African Movie Channel has launched its AMC Series channel on Tanzania-based pay TV operator Azam TV’s platform. The move means that Azam TV subscribers will be able…


Broadcast

South Africa - 2016 Mzansi Women's Film Festival

The Mzansi Women's Film Festival (MWFF) celebrates Women's Month with its annual event that celebrates the work of women in film from South Africa and other parts of the world.The…


Broadcast

Disney commissions first long-form local series production in SA

Disney Africa launches its first local long-form series production in South Africa, Disney Cookabout. The series is a brand new weekly comedic adventure game-show that uses food preparation, cooking and…


Broadcast

Using radio to help children support each other after Ebola in Sierra Leone

Radio producer Penny Boreham and Sierra Leonean storyteller, Usifu Jalloh, travel from the UK to Kailahun district, the remote eastern area of Sierra Leone bordering Guinea and Liberia, to meet…


Broadcast

'The Morning Call': now LIVE daily for 60 minutes

'The Morning Call' is Africanews' flagship programme, and has won a dedicated following across the continent. This ground-breaking news bulletin is presented live from Africanews' Pointe-Noire studio by two journalists:…


Broadcast

Tanzania - TVI wins rights to broadcast live EPL duels

With nine days left before the English Premier League (EPL) kicks off, football fans in the country will have more to cheer as TV1 Tanzania will broadcast all EPL matches…


Content

Vodacom plans VOD expansion

Vodacom plans to take its video-on-demand (VOD) service, Video Play, to other countries in Africa − after attracting over 80,000 users in South Africa so far."Vodacom will expand its Video…


Content

Producer sues Standard Group for ‘stealing’ her ideas

A media practitioner has put up a spirited legal fight against a local media house for stealing her ideas and turning it into a television programme of their own.Margaret Wambui,…


Distribution

20th Century Fox signs Africa distribution deal with Les Films 26

20th Century Fox has entered into a distribution deal for its film slate with Les Films 26 in 21 countries in French-speaking North and West Africa.Under the deal, Les Films…


Regulation & Policy

GOtv Kenya cuts Lite and Value subscription fees by 28%

GOtv Kenya will reduce the price of its Lite and Value bouquets on August 20, 2016. The company has reduced the monthly subscriptions fee for the GOtv Value bouquet by…


Technology & Convergence

Mozambique to launch international DTT tender

The digitalisation process across Africa is ongoing. Focused in Mozambique, the DTT tender will be an international one, this time. The company bagging the contract, will have the task of…


Technology & Convergence

From Nollywood to Shujaaz: how the internet is shaking up African entertainment

From low-budget action movies to ‘Africa’s Netflix’, smartphones and the internet are kickstarting innovation in film and TVFrom the juggernaut that is Nigeria’s Nollywood to the budget action films made…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria follows UK's example with pioneering free digital TV service

Nigeria’s government is aiming to get 30 channels into 20m homes via subsidised digital set-top boxes. Nigeria will be the first African country to switch from analogue to free digital…


Technology & Convergence

Africa pay TV subscribers to reach 30 million in 2021

Africa Pay TV subscribers will reach 30 million in 2021, up from 16 million in 2015, according to the latest data published by Dataxis. Digital satellite Pay TV subscribers for…


Technology & Convergence

Solar-Powered Televisions Brighten Homes in Rural Kenya

Violet Mwikali's new television has not just brought entertainment to her home. It has ushered in peace, too."The whining has stopped now. I was put on the spot for a…


Technology & Convergence

BBC iPlayer app launched in South Africa

The BBC has launched its iPlayer radio app in South Africa and markets around the world, allowing users to tune into the British public broadcaster’s wide range of radio stations…


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Opportunities

Film Independent Project Involve announces the LAIKA Animation Fellowship for emerging filmmakers Film Independent Project Involve has announced the LAIKA Animation Fellowship for emerging filmmakers. Emerging filmmakers with a focus…


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People

SABC staff in 'grave concern and shock' over latest top executive appointments that 'smack of favouritism', wasn't advertised and is unprocedural.SABC staff are in "grave concern and shock" over the…


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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 converge…