NexTV News Africa http://nextvafrica.com Media on the NexTV generation in Africa Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:15:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Startimes sealed TV deals with Kotoko and Kariobangi Sharks http://nextvafrica.com/startimes-sealed-tv-deals-with-kotoko-and-kariobangi-sharks/ Fri, 14 Dec 2018 06:59:51 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/startimes-sealed-tv-deals-with-kotoko-and-kariobangi-sharks/ Asante Kotoko and Kariobangi have sealed deals with Chinese Pay-TV Startimes to have the home matches of their CAF Confederation Cup first qualifying round broadcast live.  This means Saturday’s first leg at the Kasarani Stadium starting 3.00pm (1pm GMT) will be live on TV across Africa. ”All parties, including crew who will produce the game, [...]

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Asante Kotoko and Kariobangi have sealed deals with Chinese Pay-TV Startimes to have the home matches of their CAF Confederation Cup first qualifying round broadcast live. 

This means Saturday’s first leg at the Kasarani Stadium starting 3.00pm (1pm GMT) will be live on TV across Africa.

”All parties, including crew who will produce the game, have agreed and everything is set to have fans across Africa especially from Kenya and Ghana enjoy the game on TV,” a close source told Kahawa Tungu.

Kariabongi Sharks and Kotoko took advantage of the CAF policy which allows host clubs to cash in on the broadcast rights before the Group stage.

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Zain is now exclusive on Amazon Prime in Kuwait http://nextvafrica.com/zain-is-now-exclusive-on-amazon-prime-in-kuwait-2/ Fri, 14 Dec 2018 06:56:38 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/zain-is-now-exclusive-on-amazon-prime-in-kuwait-2/ Zain, the digital service provider in Kuwait, announced the launch of an exclusive Amazon Prime Video offer for the first time in Kuwait. Through its exclusive offer which will start on December 13, Zain will provide its customers with award-winning movies and TV shows on its most advanced network, including Prime Originals and TV series [...]

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Zain, the digital service provider in Kuwait, announced the launch of an exclusive Amazon Prime Video offer for the first time in Kuwait. Through its exclusive offer which will start on December 13, Zain will provide its customers with award-winning movies and TV shows on its most advanced network, including Prime Originals and TV series like the whirlwind motoring antics of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in the The Grand Tour; the thrilling gangster saga set in India, Mirzapur; highly-acclaimed actress Julia Roberts’ TV debut in the all new Homecoming; and the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Postpaid and prepaid Zain customers can easily subscribe to Prime Video without the need of using a credit card or additional payment methods. 

Meshal Mohammed, the Chief Commercial Officer of Zain Kuwait said: “today we jointly announce the launch of an exclusive offer featuring Amazon Prime Video for the first time in Kuwait. This launch is a continuation of the distribution agreement we signed with Amazon last October during our participation at the 38th edition of The Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX Technology Week 2018) in Dubai”.

Zain’s strategy is centered around digital transformation leadership and empowering the community to enjoy a smarter portable lifestyle, as well as using advanced technology and Zain’s long experience to enable an easier and more flexible life. 

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Zain is now exclusive on Amazon Prime in Kuwait http://nextvafrica.com/zain-is-now-exclusive-on-amazon-prime-in-kuwait/ Fri, 14 Dec 2018 06:56:38 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/zain-is-now-exclusive-on-amazon-prime-in-kuwait/ Zain, the digital service provider in Kuwait, announced the launch of an exclusive Amazon Prime Video offer for the first time in Kuwait. Through its exclusive offer which will start on December 13, Zain will provide its customers with award-winning movies and TV shows on its most advanced network, including Prime Originals and TV series [...]

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Zain, the digital service provider in Kuwait, announced the launch of an exclusive Amazon Prime Video offer for the first time in Kuwait. Through its exclusive offer which will start on December 13, Zain will provide its customers with award-winning movies and TV shows on its most advanced network, including Prime Originals and TV series like the whirlwind motoring antics of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in the The Grand Tour; the thrilling gangster saga set in India, Mirzapur; highly-acclaimed actress Julia Roberts’ TV debut in the all new Homecoming; and the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Postpaid and prepaid Zain customers can easily subscribe to Prime Video without the need of using a credit card or additional payment methods. 

Meshal Mohammed, the Chief Commercial Officer of Zain Kuwait said: “today we jointly announce the launch of an exclusive offer featuring Amazon Prime Video for the first time in Kuwait. This launch is a continuation of the distribution agreement we signed with Amazon last October during our participation at the 38th edition of The Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX Technology Week 2018) in Dubai”.

Zain’s strategy is centered around digital transformation leadership and empowering the community to enjoy a smarter portable lifestyle, as well as using advanced technology and Zain’s long experience to enable an easier and more flexible life. 

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Disney Channel Africa is launching a new animated show http://nextvafrica.com/disney-channel-africa-is-launching-a-new-animated-show/ Fri, 14 Dec 2018 06:53:14 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/disney-channel-africa-is-launching-a-new-animated-show/ Disney Channel Africa is launching a new puppy themed animated series. The company posted a promo video featuring the puppies from a 101 dalmatians, which is called “101 Dalmatian Street”. “Join Dolly and Dylan on their daily adventures with all their pup friends,” the company said in the promo. The show is based on the [...]

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Disney Channel Africa is launching a new puppy themed animated series. The company posted a promo video featuring the puppies from a 101 dalmatians, which is called “101 Dalmatian Street”. “Join Dolly and Dylan on their daily adventures with all their pup friends,” the company said in the promo.

The show is based on the classic animated film released in 1961 where Cruella DeVille kidnaps a litter of Dalmatian puppies to harvest their spotted fur for her coats.

Disney Channel Africa uploads clips from the scenes of their popular shows for their young audience to enjoy online. 

The first episode of the show will be launched exclusively on DSTV channel 303 at 08:30 on Friday, 14 December 2018.

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88% of households in Qatar are connected to Ooredoo fibre http://nextvafrica.com/88-of-households-in-qatar-are-connected-to-ooredoo-fibre/ Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:47:36 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/88-of-households-in-qatar-are-connected-to-ooredoo-fibre/ Ooredoo announced that it has reached another historic milestone in its drive towards the future of home entertainment systems by connecting 400,000 Qatari homes to its fibre network.   “This impressive achievement was reached in November 2018, and consolidates Ooredoo’s position as a market leader in the telecommunications industry and a driving force behind Qatar’s [...]

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Ooredoo announced that it has reached another historic milestone in its drive towards the future of home entertainment systems by connecting 400,000 Qatari homes to its fibre network.

 

“This impressive achievement was reached in November 2018, and consolidates Ooredoo’s position as a market leader in the telecommunications industry and a driving force behind Qatar’s mission to be one of the best-connected nations in the world,” said a statement issued by the company.

 

“Ooredoo’s state-of-the-art fibre network offers customers a groundbreaking network experience with features such as ultra-fast home broadband, with blistering speeds up to 10Gbps, as well as content with 4K entertainment on Ooredoo tv.

“With gigabit-speed fibre penetration only commercially available in about 10 countries worldwide, Qatar’s is the highest in the world – as confirmed by an Arthur D Little report in Q1 2018 – with some 99% of Qatar’s homes covered by fibre, nearly double the penetration rate of 2012, and matched only by Latvia, Lithuania and Singapore.

Speaking about the landmark milestone, Ooredoo Qatar chief executive Waleed al-Sayed said: “We are delighted to announce such a phenomenal achievement in reaching 400,000 homes connected to our fibre network.”

The chief executive added: “We are proud to be offering Qatari citizens and residents such world-class connectivity. We hope our customers are enjoying making the most of the technology and we look forward to many more such milestones in the future.”

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MultiChoice Namibia to launch new content platforms http://nextvafrica.com/multichoice-namibia-to-launch-new-content-platforms/ Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:44:36 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/multichoice-namibia-to-launch-new-content-platforms/ According to Economist Namibia, MultiChoice Namibia this year prioritised fresh new content as well as content makers and pulled out all the stops, with the launch of two exciting new content platforms, a thrilling TV and film talent incubator, and new viewing options for DStv customers. GOtv is an important platform in Namibia, and reflects [...]

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According to Economist Namibia, MultiChoice Namibia this year prioritised fresh new content as well as content makers and pulled out all the stops, with the launch of two exciting new content platforms, a thrilling TV and film talent incubator, and new viewing options for DStv customers.

GOtv is an important platform in Namibia, and reflects the government’s digital migration process. The inclusion of these radio stations on GOtv further MultiChoice’s vision of using entertainment to enrich lives, especially in remote areas of the country.

To promote its local content in 2018 MultiChoice Namibia is focusing on the premiere of season three of the popular local drama, The 3rd Will, on Zambezi Magic in July. The series is locally produced and features a cast of proudly Namibian talent.

At a VIP event Roger Gertze, MultiChoice Namibia MD, said that through this wholly local production, Zambezi Magic was providing a platform to tell Namibian stories. MultiChoice Namibia has long recognised the role it can play in helping to proactively build the Namibian TV and film production sector. It was with this in mind that the company recently put its weight behind the regional launch of the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF). The academy aim is to invest in Africa’s creative heads and transform the film sector by growing its base through exposure to technical skills, professional experience and local content production. 

Academy participants are put through an intensive 12-month training programme in Zambia, and are drawn from across the region. MultiChoice Namibia proudly sponsored three emerging filmmakers to take part in the programme, with the hope they will bring these critical skills back home to help grow the local industry,

MultiChoice Namibia ended off the year on a high note, with the launch on 1 December 2018 of DStv’s highly anticipated third XtraView offering. Until now, customers have been able to link two decoders together for the monthly cost of a normal DStv subscription plus an Access Fee. Now, for an additional Access Fee, customers can link another decoder, allowing them to connect a total of three decoders in their home at the same time. This enables the whole family to simultaneously enjoy their favourite DStv programmes on different TV sets, all managed from one DStv subscription.

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Viacom to expand its distribution across Africa and Europe http://nextvafrica.com/viacom-to-expand-its-distribution-across-africa-and-europe/ Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:42:07 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/viacom-to-expand-its-distribution-across-africa-and-europe/ Viacom International Media Networks is once again expanding its distribution across Europe and Africa. The media company announced new distributions deals with key multiplatform players abroad. New partnerships include the launch of MTN in Africa, MTV+ Prime Video Channel in Germany and Austria and SVOD deals with Vodafone in Turkey.  The partnership in Africa will [...]

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Viacom International Media Networks is once again expanding its distribution across Europe and Africa. The media company announced new distributions deals with key multiplatform players abroad. New partnerships include the launch of MTN in Africa, MTV+ Prime Video Channel in Germany and Austria and SVOD deals with Vodafone in Turkey. 

The partnership in Africa will be between MTN and Arial View Nigeria Limited, they will launch several global brands including Nickelodeon, MTV, MTV Base and Comedy Central on MTN’s Shortz streaming platform for Nigerian subscribers.

Consistent with consumer trends in Sub-Saharan Africa that demand increased bite-size content, the new deal positions Viacom as a prominent player in long-term saturation in the region. AVNL will distribute and monetize licensed Viacom content to MTN, Africa’s largest mobile network operator. It has more than 200 million subscribers, with 57 million in Nigeria alone.

“We are pursuing a diversified and extensive multiplatform strategy,” said Raffaele Annecchino, president and MD of Viacom’s Southern and Western Europe, Middle East and Africa business cluster.

“We are a company that produces premium longform and short form content for every platform,” she continued. 

“We are excited to be working with great partners like Amazon in Germany, MTN in Africa and Vodafone, as we continue to evaluate each market for new opportunities and unlock value through both traditional and non-traditional distribution partners.”

The MTV+ Prime Video channel now offers 24-hour music video programming, as well as numerous reality show hits, including Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, Fear Factor, Catfish: The TV Show and Just Tattoo of Us, Teen Mom, Geordie Shore and Ex on the Beach.

Subscribers will have exclusive access to new shows before anyone else. They will be the first to see the new season of Ex on the Beach US. Viacom plans to grow the library over time.

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iflix adds Channel NewsAsia to its news service http://nextvafrica.com/iflix-adds-channel-newsasia-to-its-news-service/ Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:28:52 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/iflix-adds-channel-newsasia-to-its-news-service/ iflix has announced a key partner for its recently launched news service iflix News. The linear broadcast of the Singapore based English-language Asian news channel Channel NewsAsia will be a key addition to iflix News where there will be a focus on live news streams, clips, and linear feeds from leading international, regional and local [...]

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iflix has announced a key partner for its recently launched news service iflix News. The linear broadcast of the Singapore based English-language Asian news channel Channel NewsAsia will be a key addition to iflix News where there will be a focus on live news streams, clips, and linear feeds from leading international, regional and local news sources.

iflix has dedicated their news service to merge and distribute trusted content from renowned sources that cover current affairs, financial and business reporting, world and local news.

Craig Galvin, iflix Global Head of Content, said: “In a world that is both increasingly local and global, understanding and awareness of current events and news has never been more relevant. With iflix News, we set out to bring timely, comprehensive coverage to users on their terms. We are excited to welcome Channel NewsAsia, one of Asia’s leading and most trusted television news channels onboard to deliver current affairs, lifestyle magazine and in-depth analysis shows from an Asian perspective.”

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Liquid Telecom gets $180 million from UK for pan-African fibre network http://nextvafrica.com/liquid-telecom-gets-180-million-from-uk-for-pan-african-fibre-network/ Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:27:00 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/liquid-telecom-gets-180-million-from-uk-for-pan-african-fibre-network/ Liquid Telecom has won a $180 million investment from British development finance agency CDC Group, which the firm will be using to deliver high-speed broadband, reliable connection and cloud services to communities and businesses across central and western Africa. The Mauritius-based, privately owned firm said in a statement on Tuesday that the money will allow [...]

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Liquid Telecom has won a $180 million investment from British development finance agency CDC Group, which the firm will be using to deliver high-speed broadband, reliable connection and cloud services to communities and businesses across central and western Africa.

The Mauritius-based, privately owned firm said in a statement on Tuesday that the money will allow it to accelerate the expansion of its pan-African fibre network, which it says is already the largest on the continent, stretching from Cape Town at the southernmost tip of South Africa to Cairo in Egypt.

“Once completed, it will bring significant social and economic benefits – from providing access to online educational resources to supporting national economies, creating more jobs and driving the adoption of new technologies,” said Nic Rudnick, Liquid Telecom’s CEO.

Africa currently has the lowest rates of fixed and mobile broadband subscription penetration in the world, at 0.6 per 100 inhabitants and 29.7 per 100 inhabitants respectively, according to data published last week by the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union.

That compares to 31.3 fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants and 93.6 mobile subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in Europe, leaving Africa with some way to go before it enjoys the same benefits from the digital economy.

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ZEE5 to strengthen its presence in Africa, Middle East and Asia http://nextvafrica.com/zee5-to-strengthen-its-presence-in-africa-middle-east-and-asia/ Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:24:40 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/zee5-to-strengthen-its-presence-in-africa-middle-east-and-asia/ ZEE5, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd’s digital entertainment platform announced a key strategic alliance with Zeasn, one of the leading home digital entertainment service providers. The partnership will make ZEE5 available on millions of Zeasn devices across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Available in more than 190 countries, ZEE5 offers multi-lingual content across English, Tamil, [...]

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ZEE5, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd’s digital entertainment platform announced a key strategic alliance with Zeasn, one of the leading home digital entertainment service providers. The partnership will make ZEE5 available on millions of Zeasn devices across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Available in more than 190 countries, ZEE5 offers multi-lingual content across English, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Gujarati and Punjabi. 

ZEE5 comes packed with 1,00,000 hours of On-Demand content, including Movies and TV Shows, Music, and Health and Lifestyle videos along with its original shows, across 12 languages. 

ZEE5 also has an extensive Live TV offering with 60+ popular Live TV channels, including ZEE network’s channels. 

With over 2.5 million Zeasn connected device users now being able to watch ZEE5 across any screen of their choice, this partnership further strengthens ZEE5’s international reach, while giving Zeasn users access to the largest library of over 1,00,000 hours of language content across genres.

“Asia, Middle East and Africa are among the fastest growing markets in the world for online entertainment content and are key markets for us, given the huge South Asian diaspora, and the universal love for Bollywood content even among the locals there. By enabling over 2.5 million Zeasn users to access our unparalleled content library, this partnership further underscores our commitment to bring the best of language entertainment to viewers across devices of their choice.” said Archana Anand, ZEE5 Global’s Chief Business Officer. 

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