Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 315 – 23 May 2019

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The long and winding road to the DTT switchover in Africa – A tale of two neighbours, Benin and Nigeria, with very different outcomes

23 May 2019

Almost four years have passed since the original ITU deadline for the switchover to digital broadcasting in Africa, designed to free up spectrum, improve broadcast quality and extend viewer choice. Benin and Nigeria offer contrasting stories of progress. Russell Southwood looks at what’s happening in Benin and what went wrong in Nigeria. In early April Serge Koudjo, General Secretary at the Ministry of Digital Economy and Communications announced that StarTimes had completed four DTT transmission sites in the major urban areas of Cotonou, Gbéhoué, Abomey-Calavi and Porto-Novo. "Benin will open its TNT network within a few months," he said, adding…

Broadcast

China-Funded Village Television Initiative Reportedly Yields Fantastic Results In Zambia

23 May 2019

The Zambian government has described an initiative funded by China to offer satellite television services to rural parts of the country as an incredible success that has achieved the intended…


Broadcast

StarTimes On to reward content providers with PAOFF

23 May 2019

STARTIMES ON at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, on May 16th, 2019, announced its Pan Africa Online Film Festival (PAOFF). The pay TV has set several awards to encourage African…


Broadcast

TNT Sat Africa to launch services in Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea

23 May 2019

Mali-based television operator TNT Sat Africa will launch its services in Cote d'Ivoire and Guinea, reports Nextvame. The company has just obtained approval and will be able to begin its…


Content - Film

African filmmakers unite under ‘Pavillon Afriques’ at Festival de Cannes 2019

23 May 2019

Now in its 72nd year, the Festival de Cannes is a key highlight on the global film festival calendar, bringing together filmmakers from across the globe to premiere new content.…


Content - Film

The lost legacy of South Africa’s first black action movie

23 May 2019

Ken Gampu as Joe Bullet. (SBS) The 1970s was a key time in the history of black cinema. In the US what we now call the “Blaxploitation” movement kicked off…


Content - Film

Atlantique review – African oppression meets supernatural mystery

23 May 2019

‘Some memories are omens,” says the heroine of this intriguingly ruminative and poetic movie from Mati Diop, making her feature film debut in the Cannes competition after an acting career…


Content - Film

Encounters announces opening night film

23 May 2019

The 21st Encounters South African International Documentary Festival has announced the opening night film as well as a host of the most talked-about non-fiction films from the past year. Fresh…


Content - Television

Yalla Yalla to offer Arabic film and TV content in MENA

23 May 2019

Yalla Yalla is a brand-new Dubai-based film and television company from a joint venture between Dubai-based distributor and producer, Front Row Filmed Entertainment and UK sales and production outfit Rocket…


Content - Television

Showmax Screens Swahili Telenovelas That Are Revamping Kenya’s TV Industry

23 May 2019

In the history of Kenyan television, Swahili soap operas were the rage, according to many of the country’s TV viewers. Swahili soapies such as Penzi Hatari, Tausi, and Kisulisuli were…


Content - Television

Netflix on a Roll with Afrocentric Content

23 May 2019

Shortly after announcing their first ever South African series Queen Sono, Netflix announced the release of another local production, Shadow. The story follows police detective Shadrach ‘Shadow’ Khumalo as he…


Content - Television

Kwesé iflix Partners Flytime Promotions to Bring More Local Content to its African Subscribers

23 May 2019

Africa’s fastest growing mobile entertainment app, Kwesé iflix, has reemphasised its commitment to bringing more local content to its viewers with a recent partnership with foremost entertainment company, Flytime Promotions.…


Content - Television

Iconic South African series Yizo Yizo now available on Viu SA

23 May 2019

Viu, a leading entertainment streaming service, has announced the re-entry of Yizo Yizo on South African screens. As part of its licence agreement with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC),…


Content - Television

In Brief

23 May 2019

MultiChoice Nigeria has launched a special Ramadan pop-up channel to cater to the spiritual needs of its Muslim viewers on GOtv and DStv throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan, ThisDay…


Distribution

Insight TV launches on My-HD platform in MENA

23 May 2019

Insight TV has launched its HD channel in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on My-HD, the low-pay DTH HD Pay-TV platform in the region. The deal was concluded…


Distribution

Canal Algerie now on Arabsat-5C with Globecast

23 May 2019

Canal Algerie is now available on Arabsat-5C, making the channel available on the satellite’s Direct-To-Home platform over Africa. Canal Algerie is an Algerian French-speaking public television channel, owned by EPTV…


Technology & Convergence

Kymeta Announces Partnership with Türksat to Bring Land and Sea Connectivity to Europe, Middle East and Africa

23 May 2019

Redmond, Wash. – Kymeta— the communications company that is completing the connectivity fabric for everything, everywhere—announced a new partnership with Türksat, one of the world’s leading companies providing satellite communications…


Regulation & Policy

Rwanda plans to regulate social media content

23 May 2019

Rwanda is working strategies to regulate social media contents to stop misinformation. Paul Ingabire, Rwanda’s IT manager spoke before the parliamentary committee on National budget for the 2019/2020 budget. Her…


Regulation & Policy

In Brief

23 May 2019

The Ghanaian National Communication Authority (NCA) has threatened to shut down with immediate effect radio stations operating without valid authorisation, as determined by the 2017 FM Broadcasting Audit. The audit…


Investment

It’s about to become much easier to track box office earnings in Africa

23 May 2019

The latest boost local movie industries in Africa are getting is data. Comscore, the US-based media analytics company known for providing box office measurement data, is expanding operations to nine…


Investment

StarTimes invests$220m in Nigeria

23 May 2019

StarTimes Nigeria said it has invested over $220m in Nigeria and will in July introduce solar panels into the Nigerian market. Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, StarTimes Nigeria, Mr. David…


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Opportunities

23 May 2019

MultiChoice Partners New York Film Academy Pay television firm, MultiChoice has announced a partnership between its flagship initiative, the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), and the New York Film Academy College…


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Events

23 May 2019

Animation du Monde 2020 returns to DISCOP Abidjan ANIMATION DU MONDE 2020 @ DISCOP ABIDJAN Animation du Monde 2020 returns to DISCOP Abidjan in partnership with the African Animation Network…


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People

23 May 2019

SABC appoints Dr Craig van Rooyen as acting COO, replacing Chris Maroleng National Assembly approves list of SABC board members, DA wants amendment The SABC has appointed Dr Craig van…