Nigeria: DSTV Mobile Debuts in Nigeria

Technology & Convergence

Nigeria attained another technological height yesterday, with the launch of Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld (DVB-H) by Details Nigeria Ltd, one of the licenced pioneers of Multi-point Multi-channel Distribution Services (MMDS) in the country. The first of its kind in Africa, the DVB-H is a technological standard that allows digital terrestrial broadcast of live television and audio channels to a mobile phone. Subscribers can watch their favourite Dstv channel on their mobile phones while on the move.

The technology, which will be rolled out commercially by December this year, will afford subscribers the opportunity to view 12 Dstv channels on their phones. Such channels include CNN, Big Brother Africa, NTA, African Magic, Trinity Broadcasting service, Supersport 3, and E entertainment. Other channels include supersport update, channel O, Cartoon network, Supersport 9, and M-Net movies channels.

Acting Director-General, Nigeria Broadcasting Commis-sion (NBC), Yomi Bolarinwa, commended the development, syaing it was in line with Nigeria's target of seamless transmission from analogue to digital by 2012, ahead of the International Telecommu-nications Union's (ITU) 2015 target.He said the innovation buttresses the notion that technological development is the way forward, if the country is to rub shoulders with developed economies of the world in the digital transmission across the diverse cultural background.

(This Day (Lagos), 29 August 2007)

* People to People - Documentary Conference event

13th-15th September, Atlas Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa

The high profile and well established festivals, the 3 Continents Film Festival and the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, together with the Southern Africa Communications for Development (Sacod), a long standing network of industry practitioners from 11 southern African countries, are the joint initiators of the conference. The conference takes forward the work of our respective organisations to fulfill the critical role of documentary film in the South.

*23rd Alexandria International Film Festival

7th-11th September 2007, Alexandria, Egypt

Organised by the Egyptian Association of Film Writers and Critics, the Alexandria Film Festival aims to broaden film culture and strenghthen the relationships between filmmakers throughout the world.

* Sacomm Conference 2007

19-21st September 2007, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

As a developing continent, Africa is faced with a multitude of general communication challenges. The objectives of this conference are to discuss communication challenges within the African context.

* Africa Broadcasting and Media Congress 2007

29 October - 2 November 2007 - Johannesburg, South Africa

The Africa Broadcasting and Media Congress is committed to improving technology, service and ROI in this rapidly evolving African market. Bringing together leading companies with senior decision makers and helping to drive African broadcasting and media into the 21st century and beyond.

By popular demand the Africa Media and Broadcasting Congress 2007 is proud to add an extra IPTV masterclass to the event. This separately bookable day will provide you with some essential insight into IPTV as well as its potential for the African continent.

· IPTV World Forum Middle East&Africa

· 5-6 November 2007, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai

· The conference will focus on delivering multi-platform television over IP.

Call for Entries. Short Films for Yahoo!'s Global City Beats Movie

Global City Beats is YAHOO!'s first User-Generated-Content movie.

Users and filmmakers worldwide are encouraged to shoot a short movie between 2 and 8 Minutes and upload this movie to Yahoo! Video.

Our jury will then pick the 15-20 best short-films which will be part of the theatre movie "Global City Beats".

All users whose short film is chosen to be part of the movie will receive 1.000 Euro and a share from the theatre income.

The movie premieres in theatres in Germany and will then be distributed internationally.