Distribution - In Brief


- The Rwanda Utility Regulation Authority (Rura) say no investor has expressed interest to supply the number of STBs needed in the country. Jean Baptiste Mutabazi, Rura's head of Communication and Media Regulation, said they have already advertised the specifications of the devices. "We haven't received a prospective supplier yet. We have only received one bidder, who wanted to supply 1,000 STBs, but these are far from the number we need," he said. Full story here: 

- VoD in Africa: Watch African TV Shows, Nollywood Clips & Music on a new video streaming service for programmes across Africa ~ http://9flix.com

- AfricAvenir Namibia and its director, Hans-Christian Mahnke have recently secured a relationship with video-on-demand platform, AfricaFilms.TV, which will afford Namibian filmmakers the opportunity to sell their films online to a global market. Full story here:

- Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile has congratulated the makers of South African film “Fanie Fourie’s Lobola”, which recently won an international award.
“Once again, South African film makers are doing us proud on the international stage. This is a great achievement. We are not just sharing our stories with the globe, but also showcasing the world class talent, within our film industry," said Mashatile. The romantic comedy won the Audience Choice Award for Best Comedy at the 19th Annual Sedona International Film Festival in the USA.

- East Africa, 15 March 2013: Samsung smart TV users won't have to buy an entirely new television set to enable them enjoy the latest features on offer. Electronics manufacturer Samsung is set to unveil a smart TV device by May this year to allow users to upgrade features on their sets. Robert Ngeru, Samsung Commercial Director for East Africa says they will also announce a partnership that will see DSTV decoders built into Samsung TV's. Source All Africa

- Fox International Channels (FIC), the multimedia company focused on distribution of high quality Pay TV channels and digital services has announced the addition of an entertainment channel, FOX, onto MultiChoice’s DStv platform throughout the African continent.  This will take the number of channels on the platform to 3 including National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild. The distribution will see FOX become available in High Definition (HD) on the DStv Premium bouquet, thereby significantly extending the channel’s distribution, across the continent.