Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 337 8 April 2020

Top Story

Vodacom Play signs up MGM and will roll-out in Lesotho, Tanzania, DRC and Mozambique ‘within weeks’

8 April 2020

Mobile operators have found it tough rolling out VoD services in Sub-Saharan and in the main have not made a great success of them. One exception is Vodacom Play that is now starting to move beyond its South African base. Russell Southwood spoke to Zubair Munshi, Executive Head – Video, Vodacom about signing MGM up to the platform and rolling out in four new countries. One of the upsides of the current awful Covid-19 crisis for those providing home entertainment is that it’s in high demand. Although in data “purdah” because its annual results will be released soon, Munshi told…

Broadcast

Defeating Coronavirus: Managing Physical Restrictions - Factors To Consider

8 April 2020

In this challenging time, all parts of society - including broadcasters - need to observe physical restrictions and practice social distancing to help in the fight against the coronavirus! While…


Broadcast

MultiChoice Nigeria Announces $3.1 Million Package To Fight COVID-19 Pandemic

8 April 2020

MultiChoice Nigeria has announced various initiatives to support the Federal Government’s efforts in lessening the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak across Nigeria. The contribution includes financial support of $520 000…


Broadcast

South Africa: How the R150m relief fund for the arts and sports sector will work

8 April 2020

The SAFTAs were supposed to take place over the weekend at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. R150 million has now been promised to assist artists, athletes and technical personnel in a…


Broadcast

In brief

8 April 2020

Faced with the situation linked to the coronavirus pandemic, we are forced to adopt new safety and health measures. We have made arrangements for the organization of the festival. The…


Content - Film

Botswana film Okavango wins big at the New York Cinematography Awards 2020

8 April 2020

Botswana-based wildlife filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert’s film Okavango won five awards at the 2020 New York Cinematography Awards (NYCA) held in February. The New York Cinematography Awards (NYCA) takes…


Content - Film

Zog earns gold star at the International Emmys

8 April 2020

Zog, co-directed by South African Daniel Snaddon (Stick Man) and two-time Oscar nominee Max Lang (The Gruffalo and Room On The Broom), won the International Emmy for Best Kids Animation…


Content - Television

MultiChoice Adds New Kids Pop-Up Channel And Cuts BoxOffice Rental Fee

8 April 2020

MultiChoice has announced that it has added the Toonami kids channel as a pop-up channel to DStv and is also expanding its DStv BoxOffice movie rental catalogue after dropping the…


Content - Television

Two freaky new South African horror movies have just descended on Showmax

8 April 2020

Jaco Bouwer’s Rage and Beer Adriaanse’s Parable, both produced by Nagvlug Films (Wonderlus, Hotel). These are the first two Showmax Original movies, as well as the streaming service’s first foray…


Content - Television

MGM to launch new SVOD service in South Africa

8 April 2020

MGM is planning to launch a new film and SVOD service in South Africa which will be part of Vodacom’s Video Play Premium. This new service will also be available…


Content - Television

Africa 24 Media launched factual VOD platform

8 April 2020

Africa 24 Media announced the official launch of Africa’s first factual video on demand platform, Yebo which aims to be the guide of Africa through stories. Africa 24 Media founder…


Content - Television

Ghana: Govt To Launch Distance Learning TV Content For SHS Students

8 April 2020

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced the rollout of a distance education programme for students that are at Senior High School (SHS) level. This comes after a directive by…


Content - Television

kykNET adds new weekly Afrikaans current affairs show KN Pandemie on Tuesdays anchored by Suzaan Steyn from 7 April 2020 at 9pm to cover Covid-19 pandemic.

8 April 2020

The growing global spread of the Covid-19 novel coronavirus pandemic with an increase in cases in South Africa that is experiencing a period of national lockdown has prompted kykNET (DStv…


Content - Television

In brief

8 April 2020

ViacomCBS Networks International, a division of ViacomCBS and their MENA affiliate OSN have announced that the Nickelodeon Play App will be free to use for everyone in the Middle East.…


Distribution

ODMedia Group inks Netflix delivery deal

8 April 2020

ODMedia Group has entered into a new partnership with MediaCloud Networks. The exclusive agreement between the two companies will result in ODMedia Group expanding its services by setting up an…


Distribution

South Africans can now stream the local film 'Moffie' online

8 April 2020

Channel24's Warren Talmarkes captured all the red carpet glamour at the Cape Town premiere of 'Moffie' held at The Fugard Theatre. The film, directed by Oliver Hermanus, opens in South…


Technology & Convergence

SES Enabling Canal+ Afrique To Redefine TV Viewing Experience In West Africa

8 April 2020

Leading global content connectivity solutions SES explained how it has joined forces with CANAL+ Group’s CANAL+ AFRIQUE to help the French pay-TV operator penetrate new markets, boost its subscriber base,…


Regulation & Policy

FreeTV complies with NBC directive on unrestricted viewer access

8 April 2020

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) said that FreeTV has announced unrestricted access to curb the spread of Covid-19.   Ekanem Antia, the NBC assistant director of public affairs, said this…


Investment

Netflix increases investment in Nigeria's film industry

8 April 2020

JOHANNESBURG - Netflix has increased its investment in Nigeria's Nollywood, where the movie industry is the second largest employer after agriculture, iAfrikan reported. The publication said this was a boost…


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People

8 April 2020

Sonaecom challenges Portuguese court seizure of Dos Santos NOS stake Sonaecom, part-owned of Portuguese pay TV and broadband service provider NOS, has challenged a Lisbon court’s seizure of a 26.075%…


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Opportunities

8 April 2020

East African Community opens portal for film competition The East African Community (EAC) has opened the portal for submission of the inaugural Short Film Competition for young citizens in the…