Broadcast In Brief


* South Africa's national football squad Bafana Bafana will become part of broadcasting history when their opening game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is filmed and screened in 3D. Connecticut-based sports broadcaster ESPN is to launch a new 3D network in mid-2010, just in time for Africa's first World Cup, which kicks off on 11 June. At least 25 games in the much-anticipated football extravaganza will be shown in 3D, giving fans the sensation that the ball is hurtling towards them and about to fly right out of the screen.

* An Abuja Federal High Court declared that a court order that restrained the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) from revoking or suspending the license of the Daar Communications Plc has elapsed. However, in the court's session Justice Adamu Bello said the restraining order has elapsed, but that the court has the powers to reverse any decision by taken by any of the parties. Counsel to Daar Communications, Paul Usoro (SAN), told the court that there is a pending interlocutory application before the court which could not be argued due to the absence of the 3rd defendant (AGF), who is yet to be served with a hearing notice. While converting the originating summons to writ of summons, the judge advised the parties to file and exchange pleadings. The case was adjourned to March 18 for moving the motion of interlocutory injunction and May 6 for hearing the substantive suit.

• Star DTV, a Chinese digital pay television company, has opened operations in Uganda. "We are here to digitalise Uganda. Our cheaper rates de-mystify the belief that pay television is only for the rich," Kevin Chen, the chief marketing officer, said in an interview. The pay television has a package of 30 channels for sh15,000 per month and 40 channels at sh25,000 per month. This is on top of an initial access fee of sh120,000. "According to our market survey, our subscriber's base in Kampala and nearby towns will exceed 300,000 households per year," Chen said. Currently, Star channels cover Kampala, Wakiso, Entebbe, Jinja and Masaka but it expected to invest US$40 million to extend coverage. Star DTV is operating in Rwanda and has begun work in Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi. Other pay TV competitors are DStv and Pearl Digital TV.