CanalSat Africa to launch 25 channels this week


CanalSat Africa will launch 25 new channels during the week of 23 March, after having introduced the premium channel A+ last year, Les Echos reports. Some are existing channels such as France 3, which will be marking its return to CanalSat Africa, and Histoire and Ushuaia TV. Others include new channel EdaNetwork, AB’s Sciences et Vie and a new version of Lagardere children’s channel, called Gulli Africa. One of the new channels is Edan, founded by Senegalese woman Eveline Diatta, who worked for Orange for many years. She is backed by South Africa’s TransAfrica Capital, invested EUR 5 million in the project. Edan has signed a 3-year exclusivity deal with Canal Plus and aims to break even within 3 years.

CanalSat has increased satellite capacity for new bundles, the cheapest of which costs XAF 5,000 (EUR 7.50) a month for 100 channels. Canal Plus Overseas’ director for Africa, David Mignot, told the newspaper that the company aims to sign up half of all homes to be connected to electricity in the next few years, a potential of up to 5 million homes. Canal Plus subscribers in Africa rose to 1.5 million at the end of 2014, twice the level two years earlier. It is present in every African country except South Africa and the Maghreb, where it ended operations due to piracy.
Source: Telecompaper 23 March 2015