“TV5Monde + Africa” WebTV celebrates its first year of existence

Technology & Convergence

Launched May 25, 2010 (Africa Day), TV5Monde + Africa, a WebTV channel dedicated to the continent and the African audiovisual creation announced excellent performancs. In less than a year (June 2010-March 2011), its audience has increased two-fold, and in March 2011 it reached a monthly record of more than 200,000 visits. Since its launch, over 1.1 million videos were viewed by users. A quarter of the WebTV audience comes from the United States, followed by France, Canada, Germany and Senegal.

African fiction topped the most watched programs, such as the Ivorian series "Class A", "Dr. Boris" and "Ma Famille". All types of programs offered on the WebTV channel have also found their audience: films, short films, documentaries, sports, magazines and current affaires.

Building on top of the resources already deployed by TV5Monde on its linear signal, TV5Monde + Africa was instrumental last year in the exhibition of Francophone African audiovisual production and exhibition, including: 10 sets of series (more than 400 episodes) 14 ‘cinema’ long feature films, 20 short films and 5 fictions.

TV5Monde + Africa is the first generalist WebTV channel dedicated to the continent, completely free and in French, accessible worldwide. It is available directly from its “Africa portal” on TV5Monde’s website here: 

Given the success obtained with TV5Monde + Africa, the channel is now studying new methods of distribution for its WebTV (Facebook, connected television sets, etc.)