Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Technology & Convergence

Tuluntulu has recently released an app available for iOS and Android that gives mobile users access to online video. Ranging from international news to African documentaries, the app delivers ten 24/7 channels including Al Jazeera, ANN7, AfriDocs and Fleur TV. Apart from the content, what’s meant to be Tuluntulu’s hook is the fact that the content is cheap, fast and easy to access. The app is available for free and Tuluntulu hopes that content creators as well as advertisers will jump on board in order to reach a potential audience of millions of people across the African continent. Tuluntulu overcomes this problem in a number of ways. The technology is rate-adaptive, which means that the rate at which the video streams to a phone adapts to the available bandwidth (which can be as low as 50 kbps). The technology automatically adjusts picture quality to ensure that video does not have to buffer or break. Users can increase video quality with a simple volume-like button, controlling their data costs themselves. Watching video content can cost as little as R5 per hour depending on the data service provider’s rates.
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This year, there has been no shortage of local players looking to board the video-on-demand (VOD) bandwagon – including Times Media Group, Altech, MobileTV and even Project Isizwe – and now French telecoms giant Orange is next in line. Orange Horizons MD Sébastien Crozier spent much of this week negotiating with local producers at Discop, Africa's annual content development, production and distribution gathering, with a view to growing its base of content providers for Dailymotion. Read the full story here:

AfricaCast: MTN and Vodacom told us that both would launch a VoD content play shortly: it would not contain enough content to compete with DStv and they would be doing nothing about data prices to help the market. Read the full story here:

Angola/Mozambique: ZAP, a television service provider in sub-Saharan Africa, has chosen the APEX3000 from ARRIS Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRS) to enable delivery of network DVR (nDVR) and video on demand (VOD) services.
The solution was deployed by ARRIS Select Value Added Reseller (VAR) Satcab, a Portuguese based company focused on the design and the delivery of professional, digital media projects. Read the full story here: