Technology and Convergence: In Brief

Technology & Convergence

- A recent global Nielsen survey as well as online fan buzz strongly supports the urgent introduction of instant video replays during World Cup matches. After a weekend of two “blown” calls by referees in World Cup matches, Nielsen found that two out of three respondents (65 percent) to Nielsen’s online survey of 55 countries were in favour of a change. Only about one in 10 people globally said the ban on the use of video replays should stay, and the others didn’t mind either way.

- DStv’s new cinema ad is South Africa’s first fully animated 3-D cinema commercial. Conceptualised by Ogilvy Johannesburg, the ad establishes an industry benchmark for advertising via this medium. The commercial will be flighted in 3-D cinemas nationwide in June and will be supported by balloon-themed cinema activations, getting kids involved and capturing the colourful variety of choices available to everybody on DStv.

- Algeria Telecom (AT) will launch an Internet television (IPTV) called "Safir". The first Algerian IPTV bouquet will feature 60 channels exclusively offered to AT clients as part of its triple play strategy. The company will use a Netgem decoders and software.

- WiBro to gain foothold in Angola: The Korea Herald reports that the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Angola's Institute of Communications (INACOM) to cooperate in rolling out wireless broadband services in Angola based on the Korean-developed WiBro
platform. Choi See-joong, chairman of the KCC, said that state-run
incumbent Angola Telecom had already expressed interest in building
WiBro networks during a working-level meeting. Choi has visited Angola,
Egypt and South Africa to promote Korean technologies including WiBro
and Digital Mobile Broadcast (DMB) television. The Korean-Angolan MoU
also covers the development of DMB and IPTV, KCC officials said.