Distribution News - In Brief


- South African communications minister Dina Pule is “surprised” by e.tv’s high court application against her in which the free-to-air broadcaster accuses her of acting unlawfully in appointing Sentech to manage the control system that will be used in the set-top boxes that are needed for consumers to receive digital terrestrial television signals. Full story here

- SES expects the global pay-TV market to increase a further $37 billion (€29.1 billion) in size by 2016. Speaking at a mini conference session entitled Global Media Demand Drivers, Christian Olsson said Europe would account for 30% of this growth, followed by South America with 26%, Asia Pacific 25%, North America 17% and Middle East/Africa 2%…Increases would also be seen in South America (38% to 41%), the Middle East/Africa (10% to 11%) and Asia Pacific (58% to 61%).

- This website provides an interesting 2012 list of the 50 Greatest African History films on DVDs. Films can be purchased through Amazon.com's website. The "Greatest African History Books" are also listed. Disney is launching its first SVOD movie service in Europe with Portuguese cable operator Zon Multimedia in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.