Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 252 - 2 December 2016

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M-KOPA sells 30,000 solar TVs in Kenya and looks to add Internet access – expanding to Uganda and Tanzania

2 December 2016

A major constraint on the roll-out of wider TV coverage in African countries has been access to electricity. An area might have a terrestrial signal but without grid power it was near on impossible to power a TV. Kenya’s M-KOPA now has a solution: a 16” solar TV which it sells on credit. Russell Southwood spoke to its Chief Commercial Officer Yesse Oenga about how it works. M-KOPA’s 16” TV runs off a solar cell and has an in-built digital decoder that with a GoTV aerial allows it access to 64 TV channels. Inevitably the TV is made in China.…

Broadcast

A New Documentary Takes A Closer Look at "the Vainest Nation in Africa"

2 December 2016

It’s called banga, and it’s an Angolan expression used to define what’s called “swagger” Stateside. First rule: the less discrete, the better. In a newly released one-and-a-half-hour documentary titled Bangaologia…


Broadcast

24th African Diaspora International Film Festival announces doucmentary line-up

2 December 2016

The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is back for its 24th edition from 25 November to 11 December with a total of 66 films from 30 countries, including 34…


Broadcast

Africa Nigeria Diaspora TV Show Debuts on DSTV. others in December

2 December 2016

The African entertainment industry has again come alive as a new Television show devoted to showcasing Nigerians in diapora tagged ‘’ Africa Nigeria Diapora TV ‘is billed to hit the…


Broadcast

Uganda: Top managers quit UBC jobs

2 December 2016

Four top managers at UBC, have resigned, citing interference of members of the Board of Directors in their duties and failure by the State Broadcaster to pay salaries on time…


Broadcast

The African Diaspora International Film Festival celebrates the Caribbean

2 December 2016

The 24th African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF), running until 11 December, celebrates Guadeloupe in collaboration with the The Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board and the French Cultural Services with the…


Broadcast

Sundance 2017 Preview: South African Drama ‘The Wound’ Wants to Challenge Narrow Depictions of “African Masculinity”

2 December 2016

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival has begun unveiling its lineup with today’s announcement of the 66 films selected for U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT sections. Scrubbing the list to…


Content

SA film studio gets Bafta nod

2 December 2016

Local animation studio Triggerfish Animation Studios has scored a nomination at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Children's Award for Stickman.   The Cape Town studio's film goes…


Content

Televista Trybe launches on Dstv

2 December 2016

MultiChoice Africa has announced the launch of Televista and Trybe TV to the DStv platform in more African countries from Thursday 17 November. TelevistaTV, which will launch on channel 194…


Content

SABC3 cancels High Rollers

2 December 2016

SABC3 has decided to abruptly cancel the local weekday telenovela High Rollers within 30 days, but the producers are fighting back, saying they are adamant for the show to remain…


Content

ETV Africa acquires rights of crime series ‘On the Case’ from GRB Entertainment

2 December 2016

ETV Africa has acquired rights for four seasons of GRB Entertainment’s factual thriller ‘On the Case’. The series explores murder mysteries through in-depth interviews with those closest to the case…


Content

Harry to reveal his love for Lesotho in new documentary about African nation

2 December 2016

Prince Harry with young orphan Mutsu Potsane, 4, after they planted a peach tree together at the Mants'ase Children's Home for orphans near Mohale's Hoek, in Lesotho Prince Harry with…


Content

#ProudlySA: Black Mambas inspire Hollywood film

2 December 2016

Cape Town - SA's own team of wonder women, the Black Mambas are known in SA for their committed efforts to protect our wildlife, and now the world will see…


Distribution

Naspers video assets under pressure

2 December 2016

Naspers’s video entertainment assets, which include DStv operator MultiChoice, have come under severe margin pressure as investment in ShowMax and weak currencies in many of its markets put downward pressure…


Distribution

#SpiceChannelSwitch: Spice Tv Makes The Big Switch From Dstv Channel 192 To 190

2 December 2016

Spice Tv Makes The Big Switch From Dstv Channel 192 To 190, And Is Now Available In South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique & Other Southern Africa Countries. From 1st of…


Distribution

Thaicom launches platform for content distribution in Africa

2 December 2016

Thaicom Public Company Limited—one of Asia’s leading satellite operators—has announced that it has signed a contract with iSAT Africa—a fast growing Broadcasting, Data and Internet service provider with teleports in…


Distribution

Canal+ inks international Disney deal

2 December 2016

Canal+ has inked a deal with Disney and will get first and second window rights to several of the studio’s series and movies for its international service. The deal with…


Investment

Emmy Award Winning Hoplite Entertainment finds South African Partners

2 December 2016

Los Angeles based Hoplite Entertainment, has officially opened an office in Johannesburg South Africa bringing its growing TV production business into the region. Emmy award winning Hoplite has successfully produced…


Technology & Convergence

Live sports streaming gets interactive on social media

2 December 2016

South African video on-demand specialist, Discover Digital, has broken traditional moulds for sports event coverage, with a simultaneous live stream of the SuperGP Championship to the SuperGP website and the…


Technology & Convergence

Spacecom signs contract for operating a new satellite at 4°W orbital position

2 December 2016

1 December 2016, Tel Aviv: Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC) today announced that it entered into an agreement with AsiaSat to relocate its AsiaSat 8 satellite from its current…


Technology & Convergence

Discover Digital rolls out African video on demand infrastructure

2 December 2016

Wednesday, 30 November: South African video on-demand solutions provider, Discover Digital, is building in-market caching, storage and video on demand (VOD) server technology in its new markets across Africa, paving…


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Opportunities

2 December 2016

Submissions open for 20th Zanzibar International Film Fest Submissions are open to filmmakers from around the world for entry into the official competition at the 20th anniversary edition of the…


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People

2 December 2016

Former Canal+ boss Meheut joining SFR Bertrand Meheut, the former CEO of Canal+, is to join cable and telecom group Altice’s French unit SFR as vice-president of the group’s administrative…


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Events

2 December 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…