Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Technology & Convergence

Cosmo City, an underprivileged suburb undergoing major social and economic development in Johannesburg, is the latest community to receive the Samsung Digital Village model which will provide residents with access to the internet as well as education and health services. Full story here:

The term smart TV has become fairly commonplace nowadays, but the reality is that many consumers are still unsure what actually constitutes a smart TV and how it differs from a standard television set. ANSGAR PABST explores some of the features that make TVs smart. Full story here:

Ethiopia: Fana Broadcasting Corporate to Build a Studio With Br150 Million.
Fana Broadcasting Corporate plans to start Television Transmission in November 2014, according to sources. The media company is building a studio on the eleventh floor of its new building located at Tesema Aba Kemaw street. The Corporate has plans to rent air time from Ethiopia television or other media as its first experience in Television. The company is announcing tenders for the supply and installation of Studio equipments. Full story here:

Poynting, an antenna manufacturer looks to Africa digital TV market after deal. The company had concluded the acquisition of African Union Communications (Aucom) in a deal that would enlarge and further diversify the JSE-listed entity.

Google snubs South Africa with Movies & TV update
Search giant Google has rolled out an update to its Google Play Movies & TV app. This recent update includes support for over 40 new countries  including Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal and Zambia.

European satellite giant SES boosts global reach to 291 million TV homes; Africa, Middle East and India drive growth