NexTV News Africa http://nextvafrica.com Media on the NexTV generation in Africa Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:27:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Comedy Central working on local version of ‘Comedians Solve World Problems” for MENA http://nextvafrica.com/comedy-central-working-on-local-version-of-comedians-solve-world-problems-for-mena/ Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:27:17 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/comedy-central-working-on-local-version-of-comedians-solve-world-problems-for-mena/ Comedy Central is expanding globally with Viacom Digital Studios International (VDSI) working together to produce MENA’s episode of “Comedians Solve World Problems”. The internationally acclaimed show will have its own local versions in countries like the US, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Mexico and Brazil. Each episode will have 24 different comedians which will run on [...]

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Comedy Central is expanding globally with Viacom Digital Studios International (VDSI) working together to produce MENA’s episode of “Comedians Solve World Problems”. The internationally acclaimed show will have its own local versions in countries like the US, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Mexico and Brazil. Each episode will have 24 different comedians which will run on the website of Comedy Central Arabia and social platforms such as Facebook and Instagram with the first episode expecting to air by the end of April. 

These global greenlights follow the success of the series’ first season, which was produced by Comedy Central International for the U.K.  Now through VDSI, the series is expanding to more regions, including MENA. The fresh, new local episodes are in Arabic with Arabic subtitles, and feature the comics coming up with funny solutions to some of the world and region’s trending social problems.

The first episode will feature comedians Ahmed Essam and Ahmed El-Hareedy finding ways to tackle one of the world’s biggest issues – Mental Health. A new show will air each week, with topics ranging from boycotting supermarkets/restaurants, social media addiction, interracial marriage and money.

Each episode will run between 1-3 minutes and was available across territories in Southern & Western Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Central & East Europe.

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Amazon to launch its own music streaming service http://nextvafrica.com/amazon-to-launch-its-own-music-streaming-service/ Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:24:03 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/amazon-to-launch-its-own-music-streaming-service/ Amazon is working on launching a free, ad-supported music streaming service. The service is completely free where Amazon will pay some record labels per stream, no matter how much advertising Amazon sells. Amazon plans to market the service, which would offer a limited catalogue of music at first, through its network of Echo smart speakers.  [...]

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Amazon is working on launching a free, ad-supported music streaming service. The service is completely free where Amazon will pay some record labels per stream, no matter how much advertising Amazon sells. Amazon plans to market the service, which would offer a limited catalogue of music at first, through its network of Echo smart speakers. 

Just recently YouTube launched their own music streaming called YouTube Music. This music streaming service offers music videos, official albums, singles and remixes amongst other things but unlike the Amazon’s streaming service there is a cost attached to this music streaming services. 

Amazon is not new to music streaming. Prime members get access to over 2 millions songs through Prime Music while Amazon Music Unlimited has a selection of over 50 millions songs – however those are paid services only. 

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South Africa and China collaborate to produce its first co-production No Man’s Land http://nextvafrica.com/south-africa-and-china-collaborate-to-produce-its-first-co-production-no-mans-land/ Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:19:52 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/south-africa-and-china-collaborate-to-produce-its-first-co-production-no-mans-land/ No Man’s Land is largely set in China’s Qinghai Province, situated in the northern foothills of the Himalayas, as well as the northern wetlands of Gauteng. The story is about a conservationist who fights to protect a Chinese endangered red-crowned crane.  The production of No Man’s Land plans to bring Africa and Asia together in [...]

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No Man’s Land is largely set in China’s Qinghai Province, situated in the northern foothills of the Himalayas, as well as the northern wetlands of Gauteng. The story is about a conservationist who fights to protect a Chinese endangered red-crowned crane. 

The production of No Man’s Land plans to bring Africa and Asia together in a friendly, cultural collaboration. The film will be the first co-production of its kind between China and South Africa.

“In the future, we hope to shoot more films that communicate to the world the beauty, charm and ethnic diversity that these countries possess. China and South Africa have a good political relationship and we want to strengthen it through this kind of cultural storytelling,” says Murray Clive Walker, who is also acting as co-producer of the film.

Walker continues: “I was in conversation with producer Jin – who I met about seven or eight years ago doing another movie – and he was on the lookout for a top director for this project of his. I told him I knew Darrell Roodt, who is an Oscar-nominated director – but the more we spoke about it, the more we both realised it would be ideal to make it a co-production.”

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Arcadia Premium TV to be available on StarTimes http://nextvafrica.com/arcadia-premium-tv-to-be-available-on-startimes/ Fri, 19 Apr 2019 06:27:46 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/arcadia-premium-tv-to-be-available-on-startimes/ Arcadia Premium Television will make its debut on StarTimes channel 176. According to its founders, Olamide Yousuph and Akintunde Marinho, the official roll out of Arcadia Premium TV will take place in June. Yousuph said, “It’s always difficult to change the existing power structure, but like it or not, change is coming for the cable [...]

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Arcadia Premium Television will make its debut on StarTimes channel 176. According to its founders, Olamide Yousuph and Akintunde Marinho, the official roll out of Arcadia Premium TV will take place in June.

Yousuph said, “It’s always difficult to change the existing power structure, but like it or not, change is coming for the cable television industry, in form of Arcadia Premium Television on StarTimes Channel 176. The companies that adapt and innovate will become the leaders of tomorrow and Arcadia Premium Television is poised to do just that.”

Arcadia has been set to create exclusive entertainment content ranging from music, sports, movies, comedy, and fashion & lifestyle amongst others.  For Akintunde Marinho, viewers will have an array of shows such as Serious Banta, Kitchen Dash, My Hustle, Arcadia Live on The Red Carpet, a dating show, I’m Available, DIY Slab and much more.

Marinho explained, “We are producing 19 original titles that you have not seen anywhere else before and this is something that is very new. We have international content partners like Sony, Universal, and HBO that we are in contact with to help with international content. However, the drive is to develop an inventory of original content from Africa not just Nigeria. We are looking at content from South Africa, Ghana, Uganda and Kenya.”

Yousuph further commented, “When it comes to collaborations, we are always open to it. There’s always going to be consistency in the quality of shows we air. Although, we had to change the names of some of the shows we were airing on our web portal because they didn’t really fit television style, the theme and quality remains.”

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1Magic will now be accessible on DStv Compact Plus http://nextvafrica.com/1magic-will-now-be-accessible-on-dstv-compact-plus/ Fri, 19 Apr 2019 06:26:26 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/1magic-will-now-be-accessible-on-dstv-compact-plus/ The channel, which was available only to DStv Premium subscribers will now be available on DStv Compact Plus. The package will be 36.91 USD (R519) per month, 46.16 USD (R649) on a price lock deal for 24 months, and at 406.04 (R5 709) as a once off annual deal.  The CEO of M-Net, Nkateko Mabaso [...]

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The channel, which was available only to DStv Premium subscribers will now be available on DStv Compact Plus.

The package will be 36.91 USD (R519) per month, 46.16 USD (R649) on a price lock deal for 24 months, and at 406.04 (R5 709) as a once off annual deal. 

The CEO of M-Net, Nkateko Mabaso stated, “Last year, we announced that 1Magic would replace VUZU AMP to make the channel a new home of entertainment for our DStv Premium viewers. This was informed by our drive to invest in local content by showcasing local hit shows alongside international content. Now as our own way to turn up the heat this winter and keep our viewers on their couches, we have decided to give an added incentive for our DStv Compact Plus subscribers to bring the best entertainment to their living rooms.”

On the other hand, Multichoice publicist Ntabiseng Motsei, said, “In addition to the content already available on the channel, DStv Compact Plus customers will now be able to catch the brand-new reality show One Night with My Ex, where the complex theme of love is explored. Saucy attempts to rekindle the flames of lost love for lonely singles, scorned lovers and deserted dreamers are simply not to be missed.”

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Riaad Moosa show premieres on Vodacom Video Play http://nextvafrica.com/riaad-moosa-show-premieres-on-vodacom-video-play/ Fri, 19 Apr 2019 06:24:51 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/riaad-moosa-show-premieres-on-vodacom-video-play/ Riaad Moosa’s comedy special, Life Begins, will be the first local title to be available on Vodacom’s video-on-demand service, Video Play. As an award-winning comedian, actor, writer and presenter, Riaad Moosa is one of South Africa’s most famous funny men. His one-man show is accessible for download on the platform. Vodacom stated its affordable video-on-demand service, Video Play, has [...]

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Riaad Moosa’s comedy special, Life Begins, will be the first local title to be available on Vodacom’s video-on-demand service, Video Play.

As an award-winning comedian, actor, writer and presenter, Riaad Moosa is one of South Africa’s most famous funny men. His one-man show is accessible for download on the platform.

Vodacom stated its affordable video-on-demand service, Video Play, has had an unbelievable interest since its introduction in August 2018, with over 2-million subscribers. 

“Recognizing the consumer’s need for flexibility and freedom of choice, Vodacom has ingeniously developed an adaptable subscription model that puts the power in consumers’ hands. Forget being tied down to a monthly subscription. Video Play gives consumers the liberty of choosing a daily, weekend or even monthly package. Blockbuster movies can even be viewed for a once off cost, without subscription. Furthermore, these bundles can be purchased according to niche categories and genres, from Bollywood movies to gospel music.”

Subscribers can pay for movies and series via their airtime or adding it to their bill, without the need for a credit card. They can also buy video-specific data at a fraction of the regular price to consume constant content without overspending. Daily subscriptions start from 0.36 USD (R5) a day.

On the other hand, Zunaid Mahomed, Group Digital and Fixed Services Officer, declared, “Video Play has enabled the company to provide a seamless and enjoyable customer experience. With the addition of Riaad Moosa’s Life Begins, we’re excited to offer consumers even more quality content and a wider variety of entertainment on demand than ever before. We’re putting quality entertainment, into the hands of anyone with a mobile device and an internet connection.”

Riaad Moosa concluded by saying, “It involves the normal issues of getting older while at the same time experiencing, at a maturity where I’m supposed to be wise, a world that is completely turned on its head.  It’s about how I negotiate all these things happening around me while trying to maintain a positive attitude. Through my comedic lens, I hope to put a different spin on that and hopefully I can enter my next 40 years with renewed vigor and excitement.”

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Burkina Faso to end transmission of analogue television signals by November 2019 http://nextvafrica.com/burkina-faso-to-end-transmission-of-analogue-television-signals-by-november-2019/ Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:12:11 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/burkina-faso-to-end-transmission-of-analogue-television-signals-by-november-2019/ Burkina Faso plans to end the transmission of analogue television signals as from November 2019. This decision was taken during the first meeting of the Burkina Faso Broadcasting Corporation. This announcement, important in the migration process to digital television, launched 2 years ago, also marks the beginning of the commercialization of the set-top box. The [...]

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Burkina Faso plans to end the transmission of analogue television signals as from November 2019. This decision was taken during the first meeting of the Burkina Faso Broadcasting Corporation.

This announcement, important in the migration process to digital television, launched 2 years ago, also marks the beginning of the commercialization of the set-top box. The population will have to get their set-top box to access the TV channels of the DTT platform.

During the meeting, the idea of ​​a fee to be paid by the population was issued to finance the upcoming development. Companies in the audiovisual market will also have to pay a tax that will be fixed in the coming weeks by the authorities.

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Music channel Mezzo now available on Canal+ Africa http://nextvafrica.com/music-channel-mezzo-now-available-on-canal-africa/ Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:09:23 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/music-channel-mezzo-now-available-on-canal-africa/ French music channel Mezzo, dedicated to classical music, jazz and dance, is now available on Les Bouquets Canal+, distributed in 22 African countries. The Deputy Director of TV channels Lagardère-Active, President of Mezzo, Caroline Cochaux, expressed, “With this launch in Africa, Mezzo, which is already available in some sixty countries in Europe, in Asia and [...]

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French music channel Mezzo, dedicated to classical music, jazz and dance, is now available on Les Bouquets Canal+, distributed in 22 African countries.

The Deputy Director of TV channels Lagardère-Active, President of Mezzo, Caroline Cochaux, expressed, “With this launch in Africa, Mezzo, which is already available in some sixty countries in Europe, in Asia and North America, continues to expand internationally. It’s an extra step for Mezzo, a channel devoted to classical music, jazz and dance, in order to cross borders and, beyond languages, speak to the heart of everyone.”

On the other hand, the Director of Mezzo, Marc Welinski, said, “We know the decisive contribution of African music to European and American music. The arrival of Mezzo in Africa testifies in return of the growing interest of classical music, jazz and opera in Africa, and the dynamism of its actors, especially among the youth.”

The channel is now part of the Tout Canal package in Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Chad, Togo.

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BBC and Channels Television roll out new TV programme ‘Gist Nigeria’ http://nextvafrica.com/bbc-and-channels-television-roll-out-new-tv-programme-gist-nigeria/ Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:07:21 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/bbc-and-channels-television-roll-out-new-tv-programme-gist-nigeria/ BBC and Nigeria’s Channels Television launch new current affairs programme called ‘Gist Nigeria’ on Channels TV in Nigeria. The studio-based programme will emphasize on the stories behind the news, with original storytelling and audience interaction via @GistNigeriaTV and its studio in Lagos. Co-produced by Channels Television and the BBC in Nigeria, ‘Gist Nigeria’ will be a weekly half-hour show for viewers in Nigeria, and on [...]

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BBC and Nigeria’s Channels Television launch new current affairs programme called ‘Gist Nigeria’ on Channels TV in Nigeria. The studio-based programme will emphasize on the stories behind the news, with original storytelling and audience interaction via @GistNigeriaTV and its studio in Lagos.

Co-produced by Channels Television and the BBC in Nigeria, ‘Gist Nigeria’ will be a weekly half-hour show for viewers in Nigeria, and on partner stations in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

‘Gist Nigeria’ will provide in-depth reporting, emphasizing on the stories behind the news, its impact and how it affects the audience. It will offer analysis, studio discussions and hard-hitting interviews around the significant issues that matter to Nigerians and West Africa. The programme will also have stories covered by a selection of the BBC ‘s African services.

Broadcasted from Channels Television’s new studios in Lagos, the show is shaped to the same high standards of journalism and production that audiences around the world expect from the BBC and Channels TV.

Commenting on the launch, Kingsley Uranta, Channels Television ‘s Assistant General Manager, Operations, said, “We look forward to our viewers enjoying the best of television programme production, crafted in the cherished tradition of Channels Television which is anchored on truth, balance, fairness, and integrity. Of equal importance is showcasing the giant strides of our people around the world as well as highlighting those issues that demand attention on our journey to a better society.’’

On the other hand, BBC’s Commissioning Editor for Africa, Nisha Kapur, stated, “This partnership between the BBC and Nigeria’s leading TV channel goes beyond news coverage. It will tap into conversations going on in the country and track successful Nigerians living abroad. As we report and analyse regional and global news stories, ‘Gist Nigeria’ wants to be free of clichés often associated with the news coverage of Africa. The programme will deliver BBC journalism in a dynamic and engaging style, based on our long-standing principles of independence, accuracy, and unbiased reporting.”

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Ooredoo offers a more thrilling experience with Stream on HD http://nextvafrica.com/ooredoo-offers-a-more-thrilling-experience-with-stream-on-hd/ Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:55:48 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/ooredoo-offers-a-more-thrilling-experience-with-stream-on-hd/ Ooredoo offers the new Stream On HD service entirely available for New Shababiah customers. Users can subscribe daily and access a world of unlimited HD content from providers such as YouTube and VIU. The service can be activated on the Ooredoo Oman App for a rate of 2.60 USD (OMR 1) daily. The Director of Consumer Sales at [...]

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Ooredoo offers the new Stream On HD service entirely available for New Shababiah customers. Users can subscribe daily and access a world of unlimited HD content from providers such as YouTube and VIU. The service can be activated on the Ooredoo Oman App for a rate of 2.60 USD (OMR 1) daily.

The Director of Consumer Sales at Ooredoo, Feras bin Abdullah Al Shaikh, declared, “Smart phones have become part and parcel of our everyday lives. With Ooredoo, New Shababiah customers can unwind and watch their favourite movies, shows and music videos worry-free using our fast 4G network and all in high-definition.”

Stream On HD is the solution offering users to enjoy their preferred entertainment when they want, wherever they want without exceeding their data quota.

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