Distribution - In brief


- On 12 June 2013: MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform instantly lost the ERT World (DStv 432) TV channel as the international 24-hour general entertainment and news channel from Greece abruptly ceased broadcasting. Greece's public broadcaster, the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, or ERT, went dead following a government decree forcing ERT to disband. It immediately affected ERT's international TV channel, ERT World. On 18 June, the top administrative court in Greece ordered the Greek government to restore national broadcaster ERT to air immediately.

- Observing that legal audiovisuel content distributed in Africa was limited, CFI has funded a dual distribution channel mechanism which sends 2,000 hours of programmes per year to around 100 African television channels. This was the case again in 2012. The efforts made by CFI are focussed around the distribution and circulation of African content guaranteeing a large amount of support for production in order to improve the quality and quantity of content available. CFI has invested over 1 million Euros in African production through the acquisition, pre-purchase and coproduction of programmes produced in Sub-Saharan Africa. Back in 2010, CFI made over 1,800 hours of programmes available to its African partners. CFI is particularly attentive towards young producers and is associated with several festivals (such as the Fespaco or Ecrans Noirs) in order to locate new emerging talents.

- Thema, provider of ‘Le Bouquet Africain’ in France, is pleased to announce an agreement with French operator ‘Numericable’ for the resumption of two new African private channels TFM from Senegal and ‘Nollywood TV’, the African fiction TV channel. Those two channels will be added to a new premium package “Bouquet Africain Premium Plus”, which will replace “Le Bouquet Africain Premium”.

Thema also announced several agreements in Portugal for the distribution of TCV on Cabovisao (channel number 135), Zon (channel number 192) and Meo (channel number 231). Since May, Cap Verdean community is able to enjoy their motherland channel on the main IPTV and cable operator in Portugal for 5€/ month.
TCV - Televisão de Cabo Verde - will be soon available on DStv networks in Portuguese-speaking African countries, notably in Angola and in Mozambique said Thema TV.

- Korean channel Arirang TV is starting a DTT service in Tanzania, Africa in July, 2013. ArirangTV will be availble on digital terrestrial 24/7, introducing various contents of Korea’s tradition, cuisine, arts, and news. Broadcasted through local broadcasters, Tanzania is already familiar with Korean dramas such as Autumn in My Heart, Queen of Sonduk, Prince of the legend and etc.