NexTV News Africa http://nextvafrica.com Media on the NexTV generation in Africa Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:57:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Vice Media and Econet announced a venture for services in Sub-Saharan Africa http://nextvafrica.com/vice-media-and-econet-announced-a-venture-for-services-in-sub-saharan-africa/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:44:16 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/vice-media-and-econet-announced-a-venture-for-services-in-sub-saharan-africa/ Vice Media and Econet, the African telecom and Pay-TV operator, announced a new joint venture, Kwesé Vice, to launch Vice into Sub-Saharan Africa. This announcement came after the launch of Viceland on Econet’s Kwesé multi-platform network. Viceland will now be extending that launch into South Africa via  Kwesé as part of its ongoing rollout across [...]

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Vice Media and Econet, the African telecom and Pay-TV operator, announced a new joint venture, Kwesé Vice, to launch Vice into Sub-Saharan Africa. This announcement came after the launch of Viceland on Econet’s Kwesé multi-platform network. Viceland will now be extending that launch into South Africa via  Kwesé as part of its ongoing rollout across 45 African countries.

Kwesé Vice will see the opening of a new bureau and the production studio for development, production and distribution of local editorial content and original video programming for Kwesé Vice’s channels and third-party platforms. Econet operates on the “TV Everywhere” model where subscribers access content through multiple devices. Kwesé targets Africa’s emerging millennial market segmenthas been claimed as a good fit for Vice’s distinctive capability to produce youth content.

Matt Elek, Chief Executive Officer of Vice Media EMEA said, “Continuing to build on what’s been a flourishing partnership with Econet over the past year, we’re excited to be fully launching Vice across the region.” He added, “Pairing Econet’s extensive local knowledge and innovative distribution with Vice’s creative powerhouse and storytelling expertise, we’re committed to delivering a fresh new voice for Africa’s diverse youth audiences.”

Joseph Hundah, President & Group CEO of Econet Media stated that, “this venture is particularly exciting as it adds to our offering for the youth demographic across the continent.”

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Ooredoo tv is now providing Rayyan channels in HD http://nextvafrica.com/ooredoo-tv-is-now-providing-rayyan-channels-in-hd/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:41:02 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/ooredoo-tv-is-now-providing-rayyan-channels-in-hd/ Well known Qatari channels Al Rayyan HD and Al Rayyan Al have been announced by Ooredoo. Qadeem HD are now available in full HD on Ooredoo tv. Qatar Satellite Company, Ooredoo, has said in a press statement that they have made a deal with Al Rayyan Media and Marketing, and Es’hailSat to provide the channels [...]

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Well known Qatari channels Al Rayyan HD and Al Rayyan Al have been announced by Ooredoo. Qadeem HD are now available in full HD on Ooredoo tv. Qatar Satellite Company, Ooredoo, has said in a press statement that they have made a deal with Al Rayyan Media and Marketing, and Es’hailSat to provide the channels in High Definition (HD). 

Es’hailsat was established in Qatar in 2010 to support key broadcasters in the region with its advanced satellite services which includes telecommunications, broadband and broadcast. “We are proud to be part of this agreement between three Qatari companies to provide best-quality local television to our customers” said, Ooredoo’s director of PR and Corporate Communications, Manar Khalifa al-Muraikhi.  He added, “Ooredoo tv has gone from strength to strength since its launch and is now offering around 400 channels, including premium packages from around the world and we are hoping this is the beginning of a great partnership between Ooredoo, Al Rayyan Media and Marketing, and Es’hailSat.”

Executive director for commercial, Hamad Omar al-Mannai from Es’hailSat said: “We provide independent, high-quality, advanced satellite services to broadcasters, governments and businesses in the Mena region and beyond. We are extremely proud to be working with other Qatari companies to show the latest Qatari contents in high definition.”

 

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Airtel and Millicom merger sealed in Ghana http://nextvafrica.com/airtel-and-millicom-merger-sealed-in-ghana/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:39:34 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/airtel-and-millicom-merger-sealed-in-ghana/ The deal is closed for Bharti Airtel and Millicom International Cellular to become the second largest operator with 10 million mobile subscribers in Ghana. The companies have made an official announcement to merge their telecom operations. The merger will be a 50:50 stake and the governance rights of the new entity will generate revenues of [...]

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The deal is closed for Bharti Airtel and Millicom International Cellular to become the second largest operator with 10 million mobile subscribers in Ghana. The companies have made an official announcement to merge their telecom operations. The merger will be a 50:50 stake and the governance rights of the new entity will generate revenues of around US$300 million. 

The current CEO of Tigo Ghana, Roshi Motman, will soon be the CEO of the joint venture. The venture will be treated as a strategic asset and both brands will be operated equally. The Ghana National Communications Authority (NCA) approved of the merger proposal. The new entity will combine the networks of the of both Airtel and Tigo Ghana and will cover more than 80 percent Ghana’s population, particularly villages and rural areas. The joint venture will, hence, benefit from one of the largest sales and distribution network for enhanced customer convenience.

Through an efficient delivery of superior customer experience, high speed data, innovative product mix and wider network coverage, the new combined business will challenge the market leader, improve the competitive dynamics of the telecoms sector and in the long term, strengthen the mobile ecosystem.

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Ghana to broadcast 70% local content during prime time http://nextvafrica.com/ghana-to-broadcast-70-local-content-during-prime-time/ Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:15:44 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/ghana-to-broadcast-70-local-content-during-prime-time/ Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communications, says government will roll out a policy for television stations to broadcast at least 70% local content at prime time. She noted the need to push local content has become essential to provide more opportunities for local content providers especially film producers across the country. There is growing discontent [...]

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Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communications, says government will roll out a policy for television stations to broadcast at least 70% local content at prime time.

She noted the need to push local content has become essential to provide more opportunities for local content providers especially film producers across the country. There is growing discontent among local producers and viewers concern about the influx of foreign content on the airwaves, hence the government decided to take appropriate measures.

She was confident the Media General Group would lead the digital migration process and called for the various platforms across the group to collaborate with the Ministry in educating the public on the development. Group CEO of MG Pearl Esua-Mensah said the group is commitment to increasing local content on its various platforms. She added, “TV3 and the entire Media General group seeks to continue to serve as the best and most authoritative provider in News and Current affairs in the country, and is committed to developing educational content hence the need to work with the Ministry to educate Ghanaians on the process of digital migration,” she stated.

 

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DStv and Telkom in Kenya partnered to offer bundled internet to customers http://nextvafrica.com/dstv-and-telkom-in-kenya-partnered-to-offer-bundled-internet-to-customers/ Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:04:54 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/dstv-and-telkom-in-kenya-partnered-to-offer-bundled-internet-to-customers/ DStv, the leading provider of video entertainment in Kenya and the country’s biggest telecom provider, Telkom, renewed their partnership to give Kenyans more value on their internet and entertainment services.  All customers purchasing a full kit DStv HD decoder, at the start of October, will get a free MiFi router pre-loaded with 30GB Data from [...]

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DStv, the leading provider of video entertainment in Kenya and the country’s biggest telecom provider, Telkom, renewed their partnership to give Kenyans more value on their internet and entertainment services. 

All customers purchasing a full kit DStv HD decoder, at the start of October, will get a free MiFi router pre-loaded with 30GB Data from Telkom and one month viewing on the DStv Compact package in a special promotional offer, DStv Na Net.

MultiChoice Kenya Managing Director Eric Odipo  said, “We listen to our customers to understand their changing needs and what matters most to them. We strive to improve our customers’ experience in different ways whenever and wherever they engage with us. We understand that Internet has become a basic necessity for doing business and interacting with other people socially. That is why this partnership with Telkom is an important step towards improving our customer experience.”

Telkom Kenya’s Chief Executive Officer, Aldo Mareuse mentioned Telkom is committed to providing innovative solutions to customers at the best value. “Kenya now has over 88% Internet penetration according to the Communications Authority and this offering which brings together the convenience of the Internet and great TV content via DStv, will further simplify the lives of our customers. This partnership without a doubt provides our customers with the solutions they are looking for in modern day living,” said Mareuse.

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Federal Government of Nigeria planning free TV distribution http://nextvafrica.com/federal-government-of-nigeria-planning-free-tv-distribution/ Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:01:05 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/federal-government-of-nigeria-planning-free-tv-distribution/ Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister for Information and Culture stated that the Federal Government is planning to launch a US$27.7 million per annum free TV distribution network. This decision is aimed to boost the Nollywood industry in Nigeria. Mohammed stated that the gesture is meant to grow the economy of the movie industry in the [...]

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Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister for Information and Culture stated that the Federal Government is planning to launch a US$27.7 million per annum free TV distribution network. This decision is aimed to boost the Nollywood industry in Nigeria.

Mohammed stated that the gesture is meant to grow the economy of the movie industry in the country. Mohammed said, “today if you want to buy a Nollywood film, you either go to the Alaba market or you go and buy from the authorised shops, but with this network, it is now possible for millions of Nigerians to buy on demand. We call it video on demand. It is part of the facilities available on this set top boxes, which means you can buy online. Imagine if 20 million people order a film in on day, it would grow the economy of Nollywood.”

The Minister depicted the commissioning as an important milestone for Nigeria to attain technological self-reliance, saying that it was impressive that the factory can produce 2.4 million set top boxes annually. Mohammed said the confidence investors exhibited in the DSO programme of the FD is commendable.

Group Managing Director of Gospel Digital Technology, which will be part of the programme as provider of set-top-boxes in the country, Sir Godfrey Ohuabunwa said, “In addition to DTT and DTH we are witnessing pioneering efforts in local production by commissioning three SMT automatic chip placement lines and four pneumatic assembly lines with the capacity of placing 250, 000 components per hour and production of 200,000 STB per month and also manufacture 100, 000 printed circuit boards per month.” He added, “By this reckoning, the company is one of very few that you can find anywhere in the West African sub-region and is also capable of manufacturing, TV decoders, prepaid electricity metres, smart phones TV main boards, tablets and all kinds of electronic devices.”

 

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Kwesé launched free premium bouquet in Botswana http://nextvafrica.com/kwes%c3%a9-launched-free-premium-bouquet-in-botswana/ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:46:43 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/kwese-launched-free-premium-bouquet-in-botswana/ After launching its pay TV services in Gaborone recently, the Pan-African broadcaster, Kwesé has added supplementary bouquet to its offering  known as Kwesé Free bouquet. Shadi Linchwe,  marketing and public relations manager said in an interview with Showbiz, “The bouquet would feature at least five channels available to its pay subscription customers.” Free Sports Channel [...]

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After launching its pay TV services in Gaborone recently, the Pan-African broadcaster, Kwesé has added supplementary bouquet to its offering  known as Kwesé Free bouquet.

Shadi Linchwe,  marketing and public relations manager said in an interview with Showbiz, “The bouquet would feature at least five channels available to its pay subscription customers.” Free Sports Channel will be included showing live sports game from English Premier League and NBA. Kwesé decoder owners will be able to enjoy entertainment, news and some religious channels.

Shadi Linchwe added, “additional 70 channels will be available to subscribers who use Kwesé Free boutique by only purchasing a three, seven, or 30-day window within a certain notice period of time using Orange Money, paying on the website or in any Post office in Botswana. This method will give customers total freedom and having control as well as getting value for money”

“To access Kwesé Free bouquet all you need to do is to own a decoder and register as a Kwesé TV subscriber. Kwesé TV is available from Kwesé branded stores at African Mall Block 6, Mogoditshane SupaSave Mall. You can also buy online on Kwesé eStore or simply find a dealer on Kwesé website. Kwesé is the fastest growing broadcast network on the continent, available in all English speaking countries in sub-saharan African through its varieties of products such as Kwesé TV, Kwesé Free Sports and Kwesé Play.” said Linchwe. Linchwe 

“We see the concept as a simple one, why should owning a decoder be any different from owning a mobile phone? Once you purchase it, it belongs to you and it should be something you can use whether or not you choose to pay for our service,” said Econet Media Group CEO and president Joseph Hundah.

 Kwesé is aiming to change the perspective of African broadcasting by providing its subscribers premium contents at an affordable price. Kwesé’s products is made available on Internet based platforms, satellite, video-on-demand and mobile options.

 

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DStv Zambia launched local channels Prime TV and Camnet TV http://nextvafrica.com/dstv-zambia-launched-local-channels-prime-tv-and-camnet-tv/ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:25:00 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/dstv-zambia-launched-local-channels-prime-tv-and-camnet-tv/ TNgoza Kasunga-Matakala, managing director of MultiChoice announced yesterday the launching of two new local channels, Prime TV, which is a general entertainment channel and Camnet TV, a Christian contemporary channel on DStv. Prime TV (channel 273) and Camnet TV (channel 274) has been made available on the Premium, Compact +, Compact, Family and Access bouquets [...]

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TNgoza Kasunga-Matakala, managing director of MultiChoice announced yesterday the launching of two new local channels, Prime TV, which is a general entertainment channel and Camnet TV, a Christian contemporary channel on DStv. Prime TV (channel 273) and Camnet TV (channel 274) has been made available on the Premium, Compact +, Compact, Family and Access bouquets as from 11th of October 2017. 

The essential focus and aim of MultiChoice is to provide Zambian DStv subscribers with even more inland programming content with the launch of these two local content channels. Ngoza Kasunga-Matakala said, “with this development we will continue to build relationships with local TV channels and local content providers in the main focus to keep growing the Zambian film and television sector. This is one of the ways to put in forefront our customers at the heart of everything we do as a business and will keep on working for the satisfaction of our customers for better viewing experience.”

“We are extremely happy about this partnership and the support that DStv is giving to us through MultiChoice Zambia” said, Prime TV Managing Director, Gerald Shawa. 

This partnership will give the opportunity to local Zambian talent and local producers to express themselves and grow their potentials on a bigger platform. The two new TV channels will include general entertainment and Lifestyle programming that includes Music, documentaries, movies on Prime TV, Camnet TV is more about providing a variety of Christian programming, as well as local and international news.

 

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Al Dafrah TV has opted for for HD experience http://nextvafrica.com/al-dafrah-tv-has-opted-for-for-hd-experience/ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:22:33 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/al-dafrah-tv-has-opted-for-for-hd-experience/ Al Dafrah TV has selected UAE telecom operator du to provide services upgraded from SD to HD for TV viewers in the MENA to enjoy an enhanced viewing experience.  Chief commercial officer, Fahad AlHassawi of du said, “we have come to a resolution to support the future of television and we are bound to provide [...]

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Al Dafrah TV has selected UAE telecom operator du to provide services upgraded from SD to HD for TV viewers in the MENA to enjoy an enhanced viewing experience. 

Chief commercial officer, Fahad AlHassawi of du said, “we have come to a resolution to support the future of television and we are bound to provide our customers with a better experience with forefront technology. The partnership with Al Dafrah TV is definitely set to give a more superior and enjoyable experience by playing out services in HD.”

Chief executive officer, Mohammad Al Mazroui of Al Dafrah, added: du has impressed us with the high level of technical capability and with the outstanding service quality meeting the standards of du.” du was the primary choice when they decided to boost the upgrade to HD. He added, “we look forward to make the relationship even stronger as du is a reliable partner, and as for Al Dafrah TV viewers and followers, we will abide by our promise to provide them with a better service which they deserve.”

 

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OSN Wavo available for free to du subscribers http://nextvafrica.com/osn-wavo-available-for-free-to-du-subscribers/ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:19:31 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/osn-wavo-available-for-free-to-du-subscribers/ Dubai-based telecom operator has made an agreement with entertainment network provider till the end of the year. du signed a deal with OSN to provide its subscribers exclusive content on all-new online and mobile application entertainment platform Wavo, free of charge until end of year.  The application was launched on OSN in August this year [...]

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Dubai-based telecom operator has made an agreement with entertainment network provider till the end of the year. du signed a deal with OSN to provide its subscribers exclusive content on all-new online and mobile application entertainment platform Wavo, free of charge until end of year. 

The application was launched on OSN in August this year combining both catch-up and live TV covering live and exclusive sports event, popular TV series and blockbuster movies having the option of English as well as Arabic subtitles. 

Osman Sultan, chief executive officer of du, said “After the deadline of the deal, there will be a price but with a different bundle package.” He also added, digitalisation is taking over the future of the world and people are consuming content in a different perspective now.

OSN will provide five movie channels and six channels for sports which form part of the deal, in total 14 channels under entertainment. CEO of OSN, Martin Stewart, said “the network is providing its customers the next phase of the new OSN at an affordable price across the region.” He also said, “4K content will be available for OSN subscribers in 2018 as there is not enough content at the moment. 

 

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