NexTV News Africa http://nextvafrica.com Media on the NexTV generation in Africa Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:26:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Showmax free of charge for DStv Premium subscribers http://nextvafrica.com/showmax-free-of-charge-for-dstv-premium-subscribers/ Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:26:35 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/showmax-free-of-charge-for-dstv-premium-subscribers/ Showmax is now available for free for DStv Premium subscribers. No other important changes were made, barring bug fixes and stability developments stated in the app’s change log. Showmax is currently priced at 6.95 USD (R99) per month. According to MultiChoice, “DStv Premium customers will be able to access Showmax via the DStv Now app, [...]

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Showmax is now available for free for DStv Premium subscribers. No other important changes were made, barring bug fixes and stability developments stated in the app’s change log. Showmax is currently priced at 6.95 USD (R99) per month.

According to MultiChoice, “DStv Premium customers will be able to access Showmax via the DStv Now app, as well as their PC, laptop, mobile device, media player, or smart TV.”

The Showmax subscription offers subscribers access to two simultaneous streams on different devices. Showmax also gives customers the choice to download up to 25 TV shows and movies to their smartphone or tablet for viewing later.

After the recent announcement that Naspers recently merged DStv Digital Media with Showmax Africa. The new division will be managed by MultiChoice CEO Mark Rayner until a division head is recruited.

Showmax and MultiChoice recently reported they will be collaborating closely on digital entertainment.

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New local reality show soon available on A+E Networks’ Lifetime http://nextvafrica.com/new-local-reality-show-soon-available-on-ae-networks-lifetime/ Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:24:37 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/new-local-reality-show-soon-available-on-ae-networks-lifetime/ A+E Networks’ Lifetime (DStv 131) will introduce a new local reality show, Love at Second Swipe available as from 25 October at 20:00. Love at Second Swipe will feature Pabi Moloi as the presenter consisting of a style expert, makeup guru, hairdresser and a life coach to help participants find love with their new look. The [...]

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A+E Networks’ Lifetime (DStv 131) will introduce a new local reality show, Love at Second Swipe available as from 25 October at 20:00.

Love at Second Swipe will feature Pabi Moloi as the presenter consisting of a style expert, makeup guru, hairdresser and a life coach to help participants find love with their new look.

The 6-hour long episodes are produced by Hi Mom, and will consist of two participants per episode, getting style tips, online dating advice and an external makeover with an emotional reveal moment.

Moloi stated, “These are personal stories, these are real human beings experiencing the anguish of wanting to love and be loved and not knowing how to navigate that and we’re going to capture those moments.”

On the other hand, Dr Zenia Barnard, the life coach, claimed, “We delve into their emotional challenges and what has possibly been holding them back and what they can let go of. You can put as much makeup on and change your hair but if the emotional shift isn’t happening then that person isn’t going to find ultimate happiness and love.”

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Disney Africa to roll out Mickey the True Original Campaign in SA http://nextvafrica.com/disney-africa-to-roll-out-mickey-the-true-original-campaign-in-sa/ Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:18:47 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/disney-africa-to-roll-out-mickey-the-true-original-campaign-in-sa/ Disney Africa will launch Mickey the True Original campaign in honour to the nine decades of Mickey Mouse, his legacy, personality and position as a pop-culture icon.  The 18 November 2018 symbolises 90 years since appearing in Steamboat Willie in November 1928, a series of global festivities will happen this year and South Africa is no different.  The campaign [...]

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Disney Africa will launch Mickey the True Original campaign in honour to the nine decades of Mickey Mouse, his legacy, personality and position as a pop-culture icon. 

The 18 November 2018 symbolises 90 years since appearing in Steamboat Willie in November 1928, a series of global festivities will happen this year and South Africa is no different. 

The campaign will feature appealing content and events that enfold Mickey’s footprint on the past, present and future. The local celebrations will start this month until Mickey’s 90th anniversary on 18 November 2018 and beyond.

The Senior Vice President and Country Manager of the Walt Disney Company Africa, Christine Service, said, “Binding generations together more than any other animated character, Mickey Mouse is the ‘True Original’ who reminds people of all ages of the benefits of laughter, optimism and hope. With his universal appeal and ability to emotionally connect with generations all over the world, no other character quite occupies a similar space in the hearts and minds of a global fan base and we are thrilled to be sharing these local festivities.” 

Mickey’s birthday is celebrated with the release of his first theatrical film, Steamboat Willie, on 18 November 1928, at the Colony Theatre in New York City. Until now, he has featured in more than 100 cartoons and can presently be seen on Disney Channel (DStv, Channel 303) in the Mickey Mouse cartoon series and on Disney Junior (DStv, Channel 309) in Mickey and the Roadster Racers. 

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Tigo introduced 4G+ in Tanzania http://nextvafrica.com/tigo-rolls-out-4g-in-tanzania/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:53:27 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/tigo-rolls-out-4g-in-tanzania/ Mobile operator Tigo Tanzania introduced the 4G+ network promising data customers “an ultra-fast digital experience”. The Chief Technical and Information Officer of Tigo, Jerome Albou, said, “The launch of 4G+ is in line with Tigo’s transformative journey and the company’s objective of offering customers the best digital experience.” Tigo subscribers with a 4G+ enabled smartphone [...]

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Mobile operator Tigo Tanzania introduced the 4G+ network promising data customers “an ultra-fast digital experience”.

The Chief Technical and Information Officer of Tigo, Jerome Albou, said, “The launch of 4G+ is in line with Tigo’s transformative journey and the company’s objective of offering customers the best digital experience.”

Tigo subscribers with a 4G+ enabled smartphone can have access to ultra-fast downloads at normal internet bundle rates.

On the other hand, Tarik Boudiaf, Tigo’s Chief Commercial Officer, specified, “We are now competing with the developed nations who are currently rolling out 5G technology. The latest generation of mobile communication technology in Tanzania denote that full possibilities of internet are now opened to our customers.”

The mobile operator stated its 4G network can reach speeds of up to 60Mbps and the new 4G+ doubles the speed to reach 120Mbps.

According to a statement, Tigo 4G+ network has been launched in five main cities of the country namely; Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Morogoro, Moshi and Dodoma with further expansion to other cities.

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Multichoice is planning a DStv streaming service possibly in 2019 http://nextvafrica.com/multichoice-is-planning-a-dstv-streaming-service-possibly-in-2019/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:50:49 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/multichoice-is-planning-a-dstv-streaming-service-possibly-in-2019/ According to PwC, “South Africa faced an eventful year at the political and macroeconomic level in 2017 but emerged early in 2018 with a new president viewed as market-friendly and vowing to overhaul the economy.” As anticipated, TV and video will be significant drivers of consumer revenue, PwC declared. “Internet video’s success continues to grab [...]

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According to PwC, “South Africa faced an eventful year at the political and macroeconomic level in 2017 but emerged early in 2018 with a new president viewed as market-friendly and vowing to overhaul the economy.”

As anticipated, TV and video will be significant drivers of consumer revenue, PwC declared.

“Internet video’s success continues to grab the headlines here but, in the short term at least, the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime will likely be taken as a complementary service due to their dearth of premium entertainment content in the South African market. MultiChoice has expanded access to its ShowMax OTT platforms but looks set to launch a streaming version of DStv in 2019.”

The CEO of MultiChoice South Africa, Calvo Mawela, recently stated that his company was getting ready to roll out a ‘dishless’ product – but would not provide further information.

Following comments, he made in May, Mawela specified that their standalone streaming package is still a work in progress.

He added that the company is waiting for DStv’s digital media division to come forward with a full commercial plan for the service with an activation date.

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Reuters rolls out its news video service in Africa http://nextvafrica.com/reuters-rolls-out-its-news-video-service-in-africa/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:47:35 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/reuters-rolls-out-its-news-video-service-in-africa/ Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is extending its African video offering with a mobile-first news video service, Africa Journal. Africa Journal is all about stories of Africa from a local and global perspective, reuniting Reuters pan-African coverage with comprehensive video reporting. This follows the growing mobile and digital consumption of news on the [...]

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Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is extending its African video offering with a mobile-first news video service, Africa Journal. Africa Journal is all about stories of Africa from a local and global perspective, reuniting Reuters pan-African coverage with comprehensive video reporting. This follows the growing mobile and digital consumption of news on the continent.

Africa Journal is accessible to broadcasters and digital publishers with an array of daily ready-to-publish video packages, focus on Reuters lifestyle, social, entertainment and sports news, alongside its general news, business and political coverage. 

The service follows feedback from clients across the continent – offers video footage that is reported in English and in digital-friendly formats and available in short edits. It will focus to offer international news organisations and digital publishers with exclusive insights and perspectives from the continent that they’ve been reporting on for over 150 years.

The Editor of Africa Journal, Serena Chaudhry, concluded, “Reuters covers Africa more completely than any other international news agency and, through African Journal, we’re drawing on our journalistic expertise to offer a fresh way to report African news – both in Africa and worldwide. The growth of the African digital mobile audience has been phenomenal, and with the launch of Africa Journal, Reuters is providing an exciting product to tap into this very lively market.”

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MBC rolls out production studios in MENA http://nextvafrica.com/mbc-rolls-out-production-studios-in-mena/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:11:40 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/mbc-rolls-out-production-studios-in-mena/ Saudi-owned broadcaster MBC Group stated it will roll out MBC Studios to enhance quality film and television production in the area, with a focus on MENA. Peter Smith is the new subsidiary as the managing director. He was previously the president of international home entertainment at Universal Pictures International and the president of NBC Universal [...]

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Saudi-owned broadcaster MBC Group stated it will roll out MBC Studios to enhance quality film and television production in the area, with a focus on MENA.

Peter Smith is the new subsidiary as the managing director. He was previously the president of international home entertainment at Universal Pictures International and the president of NBC Universal International.

The main aim of MBC Studios is to be the cornerstone on the international platform that would, in particular resonate with audiences in the Middle East and North Africa.

Smith expressed, “The future is certainly positive for MBC Studios especially in terms of leveraging the significant trend for non-English language television content to travel to more global markets.”

The launching of MBC Studios could also allow more job prospects in the industry and help to advance creative and technical skills.

The Chairman of MBC, Waleed AI Ebrahim emphasized that it’s part of MBC Group’s five-year growth plan to create a premium and exclusive content for a regional audience.

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Netflix secured Genevieve’s ‘Lion Heart’ in Nigeria http://nextvafrica.com/netflix-secured-genevieves-lion-heart-in-nigeria/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:07:18 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/netflix-secured-genevieves-lion-heart-in-nigeria/ Netflix has recently secured Genevieve Nnaji’s yet-to-be released movie titled “Lion Heart”. Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights for the film on the eve of its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival. Netflix, Inc. is one of the major providers of streaming television and movie content on the web. It currently has over [...]

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Netflix has recently secured Genevieve Nnaji’s yet-to-be released movie titled “Lion Heart”. Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights for the film on the eve of its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival.

Netflix, Inc. is one of the major providers of streaming television and movie content on the web. It currently has over 117.6 million subscribers and collaborates with content providers to license streaming rights for a wide array of TV shows and movies.

The partnership is a significant breakthrough for Nollywood, after being nominated the world’s most productive film industry by the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations. Whenever Netflix brands a movie as a Netflix Original, there’s a lot of marketing behind it which includes billboards and heavy promotion in the press.

Lionheart is the first original Nollywood film bought by the American movie streaming platform. Some Nollywood films currently available on Netflix include The Wedding Party, Fifty, The Visit, When Love Happens, Road to Yesterday and Dearest Mummy.

Lionheart is a story of Adaeze, a young lady who stands up to the challenge when her father, Ernest Obiagu, is forced to take a step back from his company due to health issues. She strives hard alongside her eccentric brother to save the family business with a touch of hilarious and crazy situations.

Lion Heart aired at the TIFF festival last Saturday. The movie shows the confrontations of a female in a male-dominated industry.

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Kwesé iflix to beam boxing match on its mobile app http://nextvafrica.com/kwese-iflix-to-beam-boxing-match-on-its-mobile-app/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:05:20 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/kwese-iflix-to-beam-boxing-match-on-its-mobile-app/ Kwesé iflix, has announced to air live the World Heavyweight match between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin to millions of boxing fans throughout Africa on its mobile app. Kwesé TV subscribers can watch live blow-by-blow action on their satellite TV decoders. Subscribers can also have access through the Kwesé TV or Kwesé iflix apps to catch the fight [...]

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Kwesé iflix, has announced to air live the World Heavyweight match between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin to millions of boxing fans throughout Africa on its mobile app. Kwesé TV subscribers can watch live blow-by-blow action on their satellite TV decoders. Subscribers can also have access through the Kwesé TV or Kwesé iflix apps to catch the fight on-the-go. Kwesé Free Sports will air a delayed broadcast of the fight on Sunday 23 September at 6.00pm for those who cannot watch the live action.

Through this offering, the pay tv operator is showing its commitment to bring to its subscribers the world’s most elite premium sporting competitions to watch the champion of the world, Anthony Joshua face the former WBA title holder Alexander Povetkin. Subscribers will be able to stream the fight live on Saturday 22 September from Wembley Stadium exclusively on the Kwesé iflix app, by purchasing a VIP pass.

Kwesé iflix CEO, Mayur Patel declared, “Since our launch three months ago, it has been our intention to bring Kwesé iflix users the most anticipated matches, and world-class entertainment content on their mobile devices. At Kwesé iflix, we are committed to delivering the best live sports streaming experience possible through our all-new live streaming channel hub. It is our mission to make the most coveted sporting events easily accessible to local fans.”

Kwesé subscribers can also relish live games from the UEFA Nations League as well as sports review shows such as Football Made in Africa and Kwesé Football Fundis.

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Camtel to open branches in South Africa and Nigeria http://nextvafrica.com/camtel-to-open-branches-in-south-africa-and-nigeria/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:14:14 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/camtel-to-open-branches-in-south-africa-and-nigeria/ Cameroon Telecommunications (Camtel) will open a subsidiary in Brazil, South Africa and Nigeria. Each of the branches of Camtel will be used to commercialize the data capacity of the submarine optical fiber cable that lands there from Cameroon.  In Nigeria, the branch will be in charge of managing the data capacity of the Nigeria-Cameroon Submarine [...]

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Cameroon Telecommunications (Camtel) will open a subsidiary in Brazil, South Africa and Nigeria.

Each of the branches of Camtel will be used to commercialize the data capacity of the submarine optical fiber cable that lands there from Cameroon.

 In Nigeria, the branch will be in charge of managing the data capacity of the Nigeria-Cameroon Submarine Cable System (NCSCS) submarine fiber optic cable that has been operational since 2016. Connecting the city of Kribi to Lagos, the cable 1100 km has an initial capacity of 12.8Tbps.

 The Managing Director of Camtel David Nkoto Emane, declared, “Camtel must well position itself on the telecoms market. We are planning to go beyond mainstream services, to strongly position ourselves as producers and suppliers of digital solutions.” 

 Emane concluded, “We are in the process of reviewing our company’s status, internal regulations and organizational chart. As we plan to extend worldwide, we must deploy branches wherever our submarine cables land, including Fortaleza in Brazil, Lagos in Nigeria and as well as South Africa.” 

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