NexTV News Africa http://nextvafrica.com Media on the NexTV generation in Africa Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:41:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kwesé ready to change African narrative through revolutionary content http://nextvafrica.com/kwese-ready-to-change-african-narrative-through-revolutionary-content/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:41:39 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/kwese-ready-to-change-african-narrative-through-revolutionary-content/ Kwesé, Pan-African broadcast network is initiating new ways of delivering broadcasting services in a process that will transform and reshape the African narrative.   Zachary Wazara, Econet Media Executive, stated, “We are really establishing new ways of delivering broadcasting and I hope and pray that for you as people in the media you will be [...]

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Kwesé, Pan-African broadcast network is initiating new ways of delivering broadcasting services in a process that will transform and reshape the African narrative.  

Zachary Wazara, Econet Media Executive, stated, “We are really establishing new ways of delivering broadcasting and I hope and pray that for you as people in the media you will be able to take advantage of this and begin to put together that African narrative in a manner that will transform our continent. We are introducing competition, we are introducing a platform for the African narrative.” He described that, their focus is to make Kwesé a sports and entertainment destination for Africa, adding that Kwesé is about inspiring people and presenting them in an authentic sense.

He further said that Kwesé free sports (KFS) is a digital terrestrial television that is currently in 23 countries and have signed up broadcasting agreement with Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON) to bring the world cup to vast majority of Nigerians, ordinarily not covered by pay TV. “In Nigeria, for the world cup our KFS business has signed up with BON, so that, instead of 4.5 million pay TV customers watching the world cup, we can now take the world cup to between 100 and 120 million people.

Zachary concluded by saying, “So, the free to Air business is really intended to extend the reach to the population in Africa, recognizing the fact that, not everyone can afford pay TV. “Now, the key thing is why KFS, because all sports when presented has always been on pay TV and KFS gives an opportunity to the average African out there to watch Formula 1, to watch NBA at the highest level, to watch boxing at the highest level, to watch every single sport that is out there, like crickets, soccer, rugby and so on, because Africa is been restricted to only soccer.’’

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Ooredoo launches new Business App in Oman http://nextvafrica.com/ooredoo-to-launch-new-business-app-in-oman/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:36:08 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/ooredoo-to-launch-new-business-app-in-oman/ Ooredoo’s new Business App is proving a big hit, offering its Business-to-Business customers more control over their accounts through a wide array of services and features. The innovative service is the first of its kind in Oman in the telco market and puts its full portfolio of business-oriented products one click away. Sultan bin Ahmed [...]

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Ooredoo’s new Business App is proving a big hit, offering its Business-to-Business customers more control over their accounts through a wide array of services and features. The innovative service is the first of its kind in Oman in the telco market and puts its full portfolio of business-oriented products one click away.

Sultan bin Ahmed Al Wahaibi, Chief of Business and Wholesale Officer at Ooredoo commented, “As the Sultanate’s digital partner of choice, our aim is to provide our customers with a way to really ‘Be Digital’, with an all-new way to access to our services. Our business-oriented products have redefined the operating models of organizations; by providing the tools that are required to excel in today’s fast-paced market”. Our Business App was designed to provide our customers with seamless digital solutions to manage their telecoms accounts from their handsets, on-the-go, so that they can make the right business decisions and stay ahead of the curve whenever and wherever.”

The Business App is intended to facilitate access at an individual level. All employees of a company can view their own accounts, pay personal bills, top-up credit and add roaming services. A second version of the app is coming soon with more advanced features, including granting a company’s telecoms-admin access to a vast range of options, such as management of base plans, bundles and add-ons, approving telecoms requests sent by employees and the ability to bar/unbar telecom lines as well as the management of the company’s Nojoom loyalty points. The current version of this complimentary app can be downloaded at Ooredoo.om/BizApp.

Ooredoo’s Business App joins a growing portfolio of products and services launched specifically to champion the digital demands of Oman’s public and private sectors. The company prides itself on delivering the most-effective and convenient digital solutions to contribute to the Sultanate’s digital transformation.

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StarTimes endows in 12 channel IP streaming platform with PlayBox Neo http://nextvafrica.com/startimes-endows-in-12-channel-ip-streaming-platform-with-playbox-neo/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:31:47 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/startimes-endows-in-12-channel-ip-streaming-platform-with-playbox-neo/ PlayBox Technology announced the completion of a new television playout system at the Beijing headquarters of StarTimes, one of China’s leading digital broadcast service providers. The system comprises 12 fully redundant AirBox Neo IP streaming channels in a 6 + 6 dual channel configurations to provide full 1:1 backup protection. PlayBox Technology Asia Pacific engineer [...]

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PlayBox Technology announced the completion of a new television playout system at the Beijing headquarters of StarTimes, one of China’s leading digital broadcast service providers. The system comprises 12 fully redundant AirBox Neo IP streaming channels in a 6 + 6 dual channel configurations to provide full 1:1 backup protection.

PlayBox Technology Asia Pacific engineer K. K. Lee declared, “StarTimes has partnered with us very successfully for many years in providing playout systems to its customers. The StarTimes engineering and operational teams know from direct experience that AirBox Neo is extremely reliable, highly operator friendly and very space efficient. This system will be used to provide broadcasting services directly from StarTimes’ own broadcast control facility.”

Lee further added, “The whole idea is to replace the old playout servers StarTimes was using. Core equipment in this new installation consists of 12 AirBox Neo streaming servers plus SafeBox Neo software which replicates the content and playlists to local playout server folders prior to transmission. Each server outputs to a DVB encoder and thence to the main transmission feeds. We have also integrated PlayBox Technology ListBox Neo playlist preparation, TitleBox Neo CG and graphics playout and our QCBox Neo quality control modules.”

Designed for 24/7 unattended operation, PlayBox Technology AirBox Neo can also be operated manually, including the ability to handle live-to-air throughput. UHD, HD and SD are all supported in single server. Features include a streaming input supporting HTTP, HTTP Secure, UDP, RTMP, MMS, MMSH and YouTube. RTMP streaming output allows easy web streaming.

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Kwesé’ Iflix allies with 9Mobile to launch the premier digital entertainment platform in Nigeria http://nextvafrica.com/kwese-iflix-allies-with-9mobile-to-launch-the-premier-digital-entertainment-platform-in-nigeria/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:31:43 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/kwese-iflix-allies-with-9mobile-to-launch-the-premier-digital-entertainment-platform-in-nigeria/ Kwesé iflix, the Joint Venture of Econet Media, Africa’s pan-regional media company and broadcast network has announced the launch of its premier digital entertainment platform in Nigeria with Telecom Company, 9mobile. Commenting on the launch of the service, Kwesé iflix CEO, Mayur Patel, declared, “A marriage between Africa’s leading media providers, Kwesé and iflix, the [...]

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Kwesé iflix, the Joint Venture of Econet Media, Africa’s pan-regional media company and broadcast network has announced the launch of its premier digital entertainment platform in Nigeria with Telecom Company, 9mobile.

Commenting on the launch of the service, Kwesé iflix CEO, Mayur Patel, declared, “A marriage between Africa’s leading media providers, Kwesé and iflix, the Kwesé iflix app offers customers the best in entertainment, anytime and anywhere. Created for the mobile generation, consumers now have unlimited access to all their favourite sports and shows in a way, which suits their lifestyle – on-the-go and on their terms. We are excited to be working with 9mobile to deliver our content into the hands of even more Nigerians.”

Leveraging 9mobile’s data network, subscribers will be able to stream Kwesé iflix’s world-class programming seamlessly on their connected devices through innovative data bundles, which will be available to 9mobile customers.

The Director, Consumer Segment of 9mobile, Adeolu Dairo, said the telecom company was delighted with the partnership. “Football and entertainment are like Siamese twins, they are passion points amongst Nigerians. As an innovative and customer-centric telecom operator, 9mobile is always on the lookout for ground-breaking ways to enrich the lives of our teeming customers and Nigerians as a whole. Therefore, we are excited at the ample opportunity this collaboration with Kwesé iflix affords us to increase our investment in bolstering the growth of football and the bourgeoning Nigerian entertainment industry in a way never seen before.’’

“This latest alliance with Kwesé iflix further affirms our strong support to boost the frontiers of value, entertainment, communication, and super-fast data access, in Nigeria,” he added.

To conclude, President and CEO Econet Media, Joseph Hundah, said, “We cannot ignore the growth of streaming services across the African continent especially with the spike in mobile and net penetration numbers. We do not only have to stay ahead of the trends but ensure we become the best provider of these services in the market. Kwesé iflix brings young people a combination of premium sports and entertainment content and we are excited to be at the forefront of this.”

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iflix collaborates with Complex Networks to boost original content offering http://nextvafrica.com/iflix-collaborates-with-complex-networks-to-boost-original-content-offering/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:28:40 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/iflix-collaborates-with-complex-networks-to-boost-original-content-offering/ iflix allied with youth culture media company Complex Networks, to produce localized versions of its video series such as Sneaker Shopping and Complex Closets. Complex produces over 30 daily and weekly series and is available on YouTube and social media. The partnership will see a significant expansion of iflix’s original content offering, affirming its focus on developing compelling, highly [...]

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iflix allied with youth culture media company Complex Networks, to produce localized versions of its video series such as Sneaker Shopping and Complex Closets. Complex produces over 30 daily and weekly series and is available on YouTube and social media.

The partnership will see a significant expansion of iflix’s original content offering, affirming its focus on developing compelling, highly addictive and hyper-local programming for Millennials and Gen Zs, nearly 90% of which come from emerging and developing markets in Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Available to iflix’s audiences for free, the all-new original series will be featured in a newly created premium, dedicated Complex branded channel, which will additionally showcase the network’s most popular global series.

According to Craig Galvin, iflix’s global head of short form, the company’s production house Studio2:15 will be working with Complex to experiment and play, “break rules” and create new content.

On the other hand, iflix’s group chief content officer, expressed, “Raised through the convergence of the internet, mobile technology and social media, Millennials and the youth generation are well-informed global citizens on the verge of decision-making roles and their prime spending years, inevitably carrying a high lifetime value. We’re thrilled to be working with Complex, a market-leader to meet this demand.”

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StarTimes bags new WTCR TV agreement for Sub-Saharan Africa http://nextvafrica.com/startimes-bags-new-wtcr-tv-agreement-for-sub-saharan-africa/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:26:21 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/startimes-bags-new-wtcr-tv-agreement-for-sub-saharan-africa/ StarTimes is a digital TV operator in Africa which serves nearly 10 million subscribers bags WTCR OSCARO tournament. “We are very proud to broadcast the WTCR OSCARO to our African audience. StarTimes is always looking to offer the best sport content and with WTCR OSCARO, African car fans are getting the top competition for touring [...]

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StarTimes is a digital TV operator in Africa which serves nearly 10 million subscribers bags WTCR OSCARO tournament.

“We are very proud to broadcast the WTCR OSCARO to our African audience. StarTimes is always looking to offer the best sport content and with WTCR OSCARO, African car fans are getting the top competition for touring cars,” declared Cole He Xin, StarTimes Media Division Sport Director.

StarTimes’ coverage of WTCR OSCARO will focus on race highlights in 2018 with all 10 events due to be shown during the remainder of year. The StarTimes agreement complements existing partnerships with 2M in Morocco and OSN in the Middle East and North Africa region, which broadcast WTCR OSCARO races live.

The Head of Eurosport Event, the WTCR promoter, François Ribeiro, expressed, “We’re very pleased to expand the WTCR OSCARO broadcast portfolio to include Sub-Saharan Africa through this new agreement with StarTimes. The Sub-Saharan region is strategically important to the development of mass-market car manufacturers with high-speed economic growth.”

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MTN to roll out new services in Namibia http://nextvafrica.com/mtn-to-roll-out-new-services-in-namibia/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:22:21 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/mtn-to-roll-out-new-services-in-namibia/ South African mobile group MTN says that it is planning to introduce new services in Namibia this August. MTN Namibia executive Hester Marais said that the operator will use Namibia’s state-owned network for its services, with further plans to also enter the local money market. MTN has had operations in Namibia for over 20 years, but [...]

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South African mobile group MTN says that it is planning to introduce new services in Namibia this August.

MTN Namibia executive Hester Marais said that the operator will use Namibia’s state-owned network for its services, with further plans to also enter the local money market.

MTN has had operations in Namibia for over 20 years, but only as an internet service provider to businesses.

Currently Namibia only has two mobile operators, both state-owned – namely, TN Mobile and MTC. The country has a population of about 2.5 million people.

The move will extend MTN’s reach in Africa, where it already has operations in major markets like Nigeria, Uganda and Ghana. Nigeria is the group’s biggest market, followed by Iran, and South Africa.

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e.tv to premiere Greenleaf http://nextvafrica.com/e-tv-to-premiere-greenleaf/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:20:29 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/e-tv-to-premiere-greenleaf/ For the first time on South African television screens across all broadcasters, e.tv will broadcast the highly-acclaimed Oprah Winfrey Network’s Greenleaf. The show will premiere on Thursday, 21 June at 8:30PM.  Greenleaf is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and stars Keith David, Lynn Whitfield and Merle Dandridge. Greenleaf follows the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family, with their scandalous [...]

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For the first time on South African television screens across all broadcasters, e.tv will broadcast the highly-acclaimed Oprah Winfrey Network’s Greenleaf. The show will premiere on Thursday, 21 June at 8:30PM. 

Greenleaf is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and stars Keith David, Lynn Whitfield and Merle Dandridge. Greenleaf follows the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family, with their scandalous secrets and lies, and their sprawling Memphis megachurch with predominantly African-American members. The series’ lead characters are Bishop James Greenleaf (David) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Whitfield), who are the patriarch and matriarch of the Greenleaf family. Their estranged daughter, Grace Greenleaf (Dandridge), has returned home after 20 years following the mysterious death of her sister. Her return creates a whirlwind of drama for the family. Oprah Winfrey also plays the role of Mavis McCready, who is Lady Mae’s sister and Grace’s close confidant.

Greenleaf is exclusive to e.tv and South African audiences will see the show for the first time on the channel. The managing director of e.tv, Marlon Davids, commented, “e.tv constantly strives to bring viewers new and highly-acclaimed shows from around the world. We are making Greenleaf available for the first time ever on our channel and we are confident they will enjoy it.” 

The channel’s weekday international prime time series slot at 8:30PM is fast becoming the go-to destination for viewers who want award-winning premium international series. 

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StarTimes joins Pay Tv market in Ethiopia http://nextvafrica.com/startimes-joins-pay-tv-market-in-ethiopia/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:16:21 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/startimes-joins-pay-tv-market-in-ethiopia/ The Chinese multinational company, StarTimes, launched direct paid broadcast satellite service, making it the other player in the market besides DStv. Bridgetech Broadcasting & Media Plc, the local exclusive agent of StarTimes, started selling subscriptions to customers last week. StarTimes is based in Beijing and was established in 1988. Bridgetech obtained a license from the Ethiopian Broadcasting [...]

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The Chinese multinational company, StarTimes, launched direct paid broadcast satellite service, making it the other player in the market besides DStv.

Bridgetech Broadcasting & Media Plc, the local exclusive agent of StarTimes, started selling subscriptions to customers last week. StarTimes is based in Beijing and was established in 1988. Bridgetech obtained a license from the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority (EBA) two years ago.

The general manager of Bridgetech, Biruk Gebru, declared, “We have had to go through a process of discussions with StarTimes and tiresome eventualities of having to familiarize them with Ethiopia’s media laws and training of staffs and support teams. The pay-Tv market is untapped in Ethiopia.”

Star Times, which has a firm market presence in Africa, had been in a discussion with the Ethiopian Football Federation back in June 2017 after a meeting held in Ghana. However, the Chinese company failed to submit details of its proposal and gave no response about its plans, according to Essayas Tafesse, marketing director at the Federation.

“We, StarTimes and Bridgetech, had a hard time communicating with the Federation,” states Biruk. “But we still have the desire to get involved.”

BridgeTech had good sales of subscriptions on the first day of the 2018 World Cup held in Russia. Over 100 and more consumers visit their offices every day since then, according to Mekdes Mekonen, marketing manager at Bridgetech.

“The World Cup is an excellent time to begin selling subscription packages”, claims Biruk.

Bridgetech offers “smart” and “super” packages, ranging from 60 dollars to 70 dollars for three-month subscription rates. After three months, the packages diversify into categories for kids, television shows and movies, and news networks.

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Nigerian Communications Commission likely to introduce regulatory framework for OTT http://nextvafrica.com/nigerian-communications-commission-likely-to-introduce-regulatory-framework-for-ott/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 07:36:03 +0000 http://nextvnews.com/nextvafrica/nigerian-communications-commission-likely-to-introduce-regulatory-framework-for-ott/ The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecoms industry regulator, may set up a regulatory framework for the control of over-the-top (OTT) technology services. This may be possible if the NCC eventually validates the findings of a study carried out by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) on the benefits and challenges of OTT services in Nigeria. [...]

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecoms industry regulator, may set up a regulatory framework for the control of over-the-top (OTT) technology services.

This may be possible if the NCC eventually validates the findings of a study carried out by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) on the benefits and challenges of OTT services in Nigeria.

The Secretary-General of CTO, Mr. Shola Taylor, underlined the need for regulatory responses to OTT services that are tailored to the context of each Commonwealth country.

“Following the widespread use of OTTs and ICTs, and the emergence of data security issues, some of which are not limited by physical jurisdictions and cross-national borders, it is vital that Nigeria establishes legislation on data protection and privacy which ensures the protection of personal data in Nigeria,” Taylor declared.

The Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management at NCC, Mr. Sunday Dare expressed, “It has now become vital for Nigeria to come up with regulatory approaches that not only address the peculiarities of the Nigerian ‘OTT’ context but also ensure positive outcomes for consumers, traditional service providers, OTTs, and the federal government. The CTO’s OTT report is an excellent start to doing just that.”

The OTT services are rendered by social network providers who ride on the infrastructure of Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) like MTN, Globacom, Airtel, among other GSM operators, to offer free voice and instant messaging services such as: WhatsApp, WeChat, Skype, Facebook, Viber, Imo, at no cost to the subscribers.

The Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Gbenga Adebayo, had raised concern that social network operators do not invest in infrastructure, but ride on the infrastructure of MNOs to provide free services to customers at the detriment of MNOs who have invested so much to build their infrastructure and are still investing in the maintenance of such telecoms infrastructure.

On the other hand, he said the new development was causing MNOs to lose revenue strings hitherto coming from their voice and data services, because subscribers now prefer to patronize the social network operators who provide the services at no cost to the subscriber.

Adebayo had last year, called on NCC to consider the regulation of OTT services but NCC made it clear at that time that it was not ready to regulate the OTT technology in order to avoid a process that would lead to the stifling of technology advancement in Nigeria.

CTO is the oldest and largest Commonwealth intergovernmental organization in the field of information and communication technologies. With a diverse membership spanning developed and least developed countries, the CTO aims to become a trusted partner for sustainable development for all through ICTs.

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