Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 341 3 June 2020

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Blessed Ilukor Idornigie, CEO, iBAKA TV on the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown, its expansion plans and moving its platform to AWS

3 June 2020

iBAKA TV is one of Nigeria’s largest VoD platforms and a key Nollywood player on YouTube. This week Russell Southwood spoke to its CEO Blessed Ilukor Idornigie about the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown and changing its VoD platform. iBAKA TV was launched in 2012 initially as a YouTube Premium channel with two different channels: one with English-language Nollywood films and the other with non-English language Nollywood. Seeing the success of these channels, Idorgnie decided that it would be a good idea to launch a VoD platform. It was iBAKA TV that organized the first global online premier for a…

Broadcast

StarTimes to launch new kid’s program for International Children’s Day in Uganda

3 June 2020

StarTimes announced the launch of Star Kids Gala, a new children program to broadcast on ST Kids Channel starting June 01 ahead of the International Children’s Day. The 30-minute English…


Broadcast

OurTV rolls out DTH service on NigComSat 1R in Nigeria

3 June 2020

OurTV, a Direct to Home (DTH) TV Broadcast Satellite Service has rolled out its service on NigComSat 1R.   OurTV is managed by Trefoil Network, a Nigerian technology company started…


Broadcast

Kenya's First Children's TV Channel - Akili Kids! Launches Akili Kids!

3 June 2020

Akili Network launched Akili Kids!, Kenya's first and only dedicated free-to-air children's television network with imaginative learning programs that parents can trust and will benefit children. Akili Kids! is digitally…


Broadcast

South Africa, China, Turkey projects get Sundance Labs support

3 June 2020

Projects from South Africa, China and Turkey are among 10 selected for the 2020 Sundance Institute Directors and Screenwriters Labs, which have been reconfigured as a digital event amid the…


Broadcast

Two channels on DStv going dark from June

3 June 2020

At the end of this month, DStv subscribers are losing SABC Encore (DStv 156) the rerun channel from the South African public broadcaster and the Sundance TV (DStv 108) film…


Broadcast

Algeria: Diplomatic row with France over TV documentaries

3 June 2020

A documentary about Algeria’s protest movement on French TV has sparked not just another diplomatic standoff between the North African nation and its former colonial power, but anger among protesters…


Broadcast

Intelsat partners with Mindset Networks to extend educational access in Africa

3 June 2020

Intelsat has widened its collaboration with Mindset Network NPC to guarantee that students, teachers and healthcare professionals in Africa have access to free educational television and online content.   Intelsat…


Content - Film

Escape from Pretoria review: a film of anti-apartheid nostalgia for apartheid

3 June 2020

There is something undeniably appealing about prison escape films. Who doesn’t want to watch a bunch of underdogs band together and escape the clutches of their gaolers? We empathise with…


Content - Television

M-Net to air premium American and British Series on DStv

3 June 2020

M-Net is coming with new programming for the forthcoming winter months on DStv with exclusive American and British series. M-Net (DStv 101) recently held a Zoom-webinar press briefing on upcoming…


Content - Television

Frightfan.tv is Streaming Platform Exclusively for Horror Movies Horror movie superfans brace yourself

3 June 2020

If you're just a fan of the celluloid interpretation of the paranormal and supernatural then a new video on demand service dedicated to the African market might just be for…


Content - Television

8, a South African horror film premieres on Netflix

3 June 2020

Blur the lines between the spirit world and our own in this local, spine-chilling horror   Nothing is scarier than something you know, especially a mix of folklore and mythology.…


Content - Television

Zimbabwean film industry makes Netflix debut with 'Cook Off'

3 June 2020

Zimbabwean film Cook Off, a romance about a struggling single mother who finds love during a cooking competition, premiered on Netflix on Monday, a debut that its makers hope will…


Content - Television

Nigerian movie ‘Merry Men 2’ to air on Netflix

3 June 2020

Nigerian comedian AY staring in ‘Merry Men 2’ is set to air on Netflix on June 5.   The award-winning comedian, born Ayo Makun announced the good news on his…


Content - Television

MultiChoice partners with One Africa Global Foundation to host virtual concert

3 June 2020

The funds raised from the concert will be used for accessible, functional medical equipment, COVID-19 testing stations and personal protective equipment (PPEs) to minimise exposure to the virus.   African…


Content - Television

DStv, GOtv introduce learning time on Pearl Magic to bolster homeschooling as lockdown is extended

3 June 2020

MultiChoice Uganda the holders of DStv and GoTV, has through local content channel – Pearl Magic, launched Learning Time, an education segment on the channel dedicated to providing educating support…


Content - Television

Travel Africa Network selects Eutelsat to launch first HD African travel channel

3 June 2020

Eutelsat Communications’ HOTBIRD video hotspot has been selected by Travel Africa Network for the broadcast of its first High Definition African travel channel, with 100% African content dedicated to promoting…


Distribution

CNBC Africa turns 13: ABN Group says Covid-19 is a 'major test' for the TV business channel, hints at switch to a new operating model post-coronavirus.

3 June 2020

CNBC Africa (DStv 410 / StarSat 309), the Africa-localised TV business news channel franchise of the American CNBC brand is turning 13 years old today amidst the devastating global Covid-19…


Technology & Convergence

Satellite TV project financed by China benefits 1,000 villages in Mozambique

3 June 2020

The Mozambican government recently announced the completion of a project to take digital satellite television signals to 1,000 villages in the country, which is expected to benefit more than 20,000…


Regulation & Policy

Malawi: Court Overturns Regulator Ban On Radio Stations Phone-In Programmes

3 June 2020

Malawi's Constitutional Court has ruled that the ban imposed on all phone-in programmes run by all private radio stations in the country was illegal. The ban was imposed by the…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: COVID-19 - NBC Fines Three Radio Stations

3 June 2020

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined three stations over broadcast of invariable content on COVID-19 and also sanctioned 28 others for other violations against the Nigeria Broadcasting Code  …


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe: BAZ extends TV, radio applications deadline

3 June 2020

THE Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has for the second time extended the deadline for submitting licensing applications for television and community radio stations as it moves to open up…


Regulation & Policy

Court of Appeal Rejects Multichoice’s Appeal on Sale of Locked Set-Top Boxes

3 June 2020

Subscription television service providers will no longer lock out competitors from using their set-top boxes to broadcast content, reports The Standard.   This is thanks to a judgment that was…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Consumer Organisations Continues To Fight Multichoice Over Price Hikes

3 June 2020

From June 01, Multichoice Nigeria plans to increase its service pricing, which according to the organisation will be reflecting the changes in value-added tax (VAT) imposed by the Nigerian government.…


Investment

MultiChoice says satellite operations will not be affected by Intelsat financial restructuring

3 June 2020

MultiChoice's satellite TV operations will not be affected by Intelsat’s voluntary filing of Chapter 11 petitions to the US Bankruptcy Court, the companies told MyBroadband. MultiChoice uses the Intelsat-20 and…


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People

3 June 2020

Gareth Crocker, Creator Of Netflix’s First South African Series ‘Shadow’, Signs With Cultivate Entertainment   EXCLUSIVE: Gareth Crocker, the South African writer, director and award-winning author, has signed for representation…


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Opportunities

3 June 2020

AFRICAN WOMEN IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: A SHORT FILM COMPETITION The Ladima Foundation, in partnership with the DW Akademie, is excited to announce a short-film competition aimed at African…