Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 250 4 November 2016

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South African start-up uses innovative approach with bitcoin and blockchain to catch the pirates online

4 November 2016

Piracy plagues Africa and TV and film markets but particularly piracy within the industry. People take screeners and before you know where you are they have been uploaded . to the Internet.Russell Southwood spoke to G-J Rooyen, Custostech who has developed a new approach to cracking this age-old problem. Custostech’s approach deploys some unique technology but could not be simpler. When a broadcast or film company wants to send content to a client, they upload that content to Custostech. It puts a forensic digital watermark (unseen by the user) on the content and a bitcoin private key, which is the…

Broadcast

Africa: Festival Spotlights African Women Filmmakers

4 November 2016

Johannesburg — At the Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg's trendy, gentrifying Maboneng neighbourhood last week, the two-day HER Africa Film Festival showcased films and web series from across the globe,…


Broadcast

SABC1 exclusively broadcasts Khuli Chana film

4 November 2016

SABC1 viewers will get to see an exclusive viewing of the film, Khuli Chana: Picking up the Pieces, scheduled to broadcast in a two-part series on Sunday 6 and 13…


Broadcast

A documentary raises questions about ‘slavery’ in South Africa’s vineyards

4 November 2016

For centuries, workers in South Africa’s undulating vineyards were paid some of their salary in wine, a disastrous arrangement called the “dop” system that was outlawed in the early 1960s.…


Broadcast

French Actor/Comedian Thomas Ngijol Unveils ‘Black Snake’ – An African Superhero Movie to Compete w/ Black Panther

4 November 2016

Two years ago on this blog, I wondered whether French actor/comedian Thomas Ngijol would be the next Omar Sy – as in a French male actor/comedian of African descent, who…


Content

5 LGBT African Movies to See After You Watch ‘Moonlight’

4 November 2016

If you haven’t heard, Moonlight is a truly remarkable portrayal of black gay identity. (Stop reading and go watch it right now if you haven’t already done so.) Barry Jenkin’s…


Content

Discop Africa: Former NBC Exec Paula Madison and Others Talk Opportunities for African Women in Media

4 November 2016

JOHANNESBURG — The success stories, the challenges and the opportunities for women working in media were the focus of a lively panel discussion which opened the Discop Africa TV content…


Content

First Edition of Digital Lab Africa to Showcase Wide Range of Content

4 November 2016

JOHANNESBURG — The future of African media arrives in Johannesburg this week, where a diverse slate of web series, mobile apps, online music platforms, and immersive VR content will be…


Content

MIPCOM: Trace Play to launch before end of year

4 November 2016

Youth-focused international media group Trace TV is set to launch its long-awaited SVOD offering Trace Play by the end of this year, according to CEO Olivier Laouchez. Laouchez told Digital…


Content

Q&A with Econet Media’s Joseph Hundah

7 November 2016

In sub-Saharan Africa, where the pay-TV landscape has long been dominated by one player, telecommunications giant Econet is looking to be a game-changer with Kwesé TV. The group has been…


Distribution

Hard to Get now streaming on Netflix

4 November 2016

Newly added to Netflix’s streaming library is the South African action-romance Hard to Get, from first-time feature director Zee Ntuli, and producers Junaid Ahmed and Helena Spring. Shadow and Act…


Distribution

Multichoice offers ShowMax discount for DStv Premium customers

4 November 2016

MultiChoice is offering its DStv Premium customers a special discount on ShowMax. The normal price is R99 – DStv Premium customers can now get ShowMax for just R69 per month.…


Distribution

Yahlive adds 16 new channels for Maghreb region

4 November 2016

Middle East satellite platform Yahlive has added 16 new exclusive channels to its bouquet for the Maghreb region of North Africa. The move takes the number of channels on the…


Distribution

MultiChoice expands GOtv to Rundu

4 November 2016

MultiChoice has launched its GOtv digital terrestrial service in Rundu, Namibia. GOtv was first launched in Windhoek in July 2012 and subsequently launched at the Coast in Walvis Bay in…


Distribution

ESPN, Kwesé Ink Long-Term Programming, Collaboration Deal in Sub-Saharan Africa

4 November 2016

Econet Media’s Kwesé and ESPN have announced a media collaboration in Africa. The deal will deliver the most comprehensive sports coverage in Africa, offering a wide range of sports and…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa begins analogue switch-off

4 November 2016

South Africa’s Northern Cape is experiencing life without analogue TV after a period of dual analogue/digital illumination in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) came to an end on Friday (28…


Regulation & Policy

SPI/Filmbox channels come to Africa’s Zip TV

4 November 2016

SPI International/Filmbox Channels Group has launched its “eight channel pack” on Zip TV, a new IPTV platform in Africa. The pack is comprised of eight movie and thematic channels: FilmBox,…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa Making Big Strides in Virtual Reality Sphere

4 November 2016

JOHANNESBURG — Pop into a Spur franchise in Johannesburg these days and you might get a Google Cardboard along with your burger and fries. The push by the fast-food chain…


Technology & Convergence

Afrostream launching SVOD service across Francophone Africa

4 November 2016

Afrostream, the subscription video-on-demand service that set itself the goal of being the ‘Netflix of Afro-American and French films’, will tomorrow kick off a major international expansion that will see…


Technology & Convergence

DStv is ditching Flash

4 November 2016

MultiChoice has stopped using Adobe Flash, and with it killed its desktop player.MultiChoice told subscribers it has stopped supporting Flash video plugins. This means that the “download and watch later”…


Technology & Convergence

Eutelsat puts Africa broadband programme back on track with multi-year capacity agreement with Yahsat

4 November 2016

High throughput capacity on existing and future Yahsat satellites to support broadband roll-out by Eutelsat’s Broadband for Africa venture Abu Dhabi, Paris, 27 October 2016 – Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext…


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People

4 November 2016

Tributes for top KZN film-maker Durban - Condolences from far and wide have been pouring in after the news of the sudden and tragic death of award-winning Durban filmmaker, Junaid…


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Opportunities

4 November 2016

In partnership with Animation South Africa for the TURNER Kids’ Animation Pitching Competition : The competition invites African producers and storytellers to pitch children’s programming properties currently in development, to…


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Events

4 November 2016

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…