Distribution In Brief


- In a historic move, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has brought together public broadcaster SABC and pay-TV operator M-Net to participate in the South African Pavilion at MIPTV. Additionally, the Film and Publications Board, (FPB) will for the first time officially partner with the NFVF to host the South African Pavillion at the 45th year of MIPTV which takes place in Cannes, France from 7 to 11 April 2008.

- Free-to-air broadcaster eTV is at loggerheads with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), with the private TV station opposed to conditional access being included in set-top-boxes (STBs) for digital terrestrial TV.

- For the first time ever, the popular and award-winning African TV series - Dear Mother, Rough Edges, Behind The Seige, are available on-demand on the African Movie Channel; and other exciting drama series will follow very shortly.

- Newtec, a world-leading innovator in the satellite and communications industry last week announced that it has completed the installation of its multimedia networking concept, MENOS - which allows video and audio material to be shared amongst sites across a large geographical area - at the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) facility in Algiers. MENOS, (Multimedia Exchange Network over Satellite) is a revolutionary networking concept that supports all potential transmission applications required by broadcasters in a fully automated way. These include DSNG uplinks to studios, primary distributions from studios to headends, international contribution exchange between studios and support for business television networks. It also offers IP-based services such as VoIP and corporate VPN’s as well as an integrated billing and content archiving capability. Newtec has now completed the installation of the MENOS hub, and transmission tests over Arabsat 4B were concluded at the end of March 2008.