Distribution - In Brief


- 17 Jan. 2013: Israel-based satellite provider Spacecom, operator of the Amos satellite fleet, has been chosen to provide broadcast capacity for the 29th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be held in South Africa from January 19 to February 10 this year. Spacecom’s Amos-5 satellite at 17°E will transmit every game from all five South African stadiums in high-definition (HD) via its pan-African C-band beam.

- Ster-Kinekor has confirmed that it will close its Cinema Nouveau theatres in Cavendish Square in Cape Town. The last trading date at Cavendish Nouveau will be 13 January 2013, and not 17 January as stated earlier. Art house film lovers are reminded, however, that they can continue to enjoy independent, alternative and art cinema content from cultures across the globe at the V&A Nouveau complex, located centrally at the V&A Waterfront in the heart of Cape Town. This state-of-the-art cinema complex, comprising 6 screens and dedicated to quality art house films and foreign film festivals, is readily awaiting their custom.

- According to CNN Marketplace Africa, February 2012, tens of thousands of moviegoers stormed cinemas around the United States to watch “Chronicle”, a film made in South Africa, turning the superhero thriller into a surprise hit that topped the US box office on Super Bowl weekend The film, which follows the adventures of three American teenage boys who acquire superpowers, made US$22m that weekend alone. With production costs of just US$12m, turned out to be a big winner for 20th Century Fox. Chronicle exceeded industry expectations by piling up an impressive US$126m in global cinema ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo.

- Arabsat will distribute HD and SD versions of combat sports channel Fightbox HD, factual channel Docubox HD and fashion and lifestyle channel Fashionbox HD from the 26° East and 20° East orbital positions. “We are very pleased to start a partnership with SPI International; we are committed to provide them with the best satellite services and bring them to Arabsat neighborhood of more than 170 million viewers over the Middle East and Africa. We pledge our support to help SPI International expand and wish them the very best of luck, said Khalid Balkheyour, president and CEO, Arabsat. Jan. 2013 -