Technology & Convergence- In Brief

Technology & Convergence

- Multinational media company Naspers released its interim results for the six months to 30 September 2011. They show subsidiary MultiChoice has enjoyed far slower growth than in 2010 but the group's Internet interests are expanding rapidly and accounting for much of its growth. Consolidated revenues were up 17%. Though its largely offshore internet businesses grew during the period, subscriber growth at MultiChoice, which owns DStv and M-Net, slowed after a flurry of activity in 2010 driven by the soccer World Cup.

- Intelsat and SES have increased their coverage of Africa, targeting the broadcast market as reliance on satellite connectivity falls along coastal and some landlocked countries.

- Eutelsat rebranding: On 1st. December 2011, Eutelsat Communications announced that from 1 March 2012 it will be unifying the names of its satellites around the established Eutelsat brand. The Group's satellites will take the Eutelsat name associated with the relevant figure for their orbital position and a letter indicating their order of arrival at that position. Current in-orbit satellites will for example be renamed as follows: W6 at 21.5° East will become Eutelsat 21A. T Click here for the complete table of satellite names

- On Digital Media (ODM) is planning a video-on-demand (VOD) service for TopTV which will form part of the pay TV service's PVR roll-out set for 2012.