Category Archives: Free to Air

IPC to offer free-to-air coverage of Tokyo 2021 Paralympics in Sub-Saharan Africa

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is providing free-to-air coverage of the Tokyo 2021 Paralympics to more 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the President of IPC, Andrew Parsons, the move is a turning point in the region. The IPC has accepted to drop its rights fee so that they can have more exposure in [...]

Eutelsat launched new EPG for free-to-air broadcasters in MENA

Satellite operator, Eutelsat has successfully, launched Sat.tv, an enhanced electronic programme guide (EPG) for free-to-air channels. The service is already operating at the 7/8° West orbital position, serving over 56 million Arabic-speaking homes across the Middle East and North Africa and is being progressively deployed at other Eutelsat video positions. All channels are automatically installed [...]

Sportfive to market Bundesliga rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Sportfive agency has concluded a three-year deal to market free-to-air (FTA) rights to German top-flight soccers Bundesliga in selected sub-Saharan African territories. Bundesliga International and Sportfive will work together on finding deals for the African package, which contains one high-profile Bundesliga match per matchday as well as a weekly preview show and a highlight [...]

Sharjah TV to air animated series ‘My Dear Children’ in UAE

FUNN, a Sharjah-based organization specialized in media arts learning in children and youth in the UAE, has produced an educational animated series titled My Dear Children, to introduce moral values in children in an entertaining and engaging way. Each of the four episodes, which will be aired on Sharjah TV from September 27, emphases on themes [...]

Silverbird TV to air English Premier League matches following a sub-license deal with Integral in Nigeria

Nigerias TV station, Silverbird Television has secured a broadcast one live English Premier League match per week over the course of the 2020 2021 season following a sub-license deal with Integral. Integral secured its rights in a sub-license deal from the Infront Sports & Media agency, the substantive rights holder for free-to-air distribution rights [...]

SABC seals two-season Bundesliga rights deal

Public-service broadcaster the SABC has secured a package of free-to-air Bundesliga rights in South Africa for the next two seasons. The deal comprises of rights to one fixture per match week for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, alongside additional content in the form of a weekly preview show and the Bundesliga highlights programme. The rights [...]

e.tv to launch streaming service Openview Plus in South Africa

Sevens years following its launch as a free-to-air service, e.tv is planning to extend its Openview satellite-TV offering and to roll out Openview Plus in October as a video streaming service in South Africa. Openview Plus will offer eMedias Openview channels and content as a direct-to-consumer offer through the internet and will probably be available [...]

Reality show ‘A Very Bonang Year’ breaks SABC1’s viewership record in South Africa

SABC has reported that Media Mogul Bonang Mathebas latest reality show had broken viewership records in South Africa. A Very Bonang Year, based in part on her time in the US last year, was aired on SABC1 last weekend, reaching more than 1.8 million viewers. A Very Bonang Year showed Matheba on her global expansion and [...]

SES introduces a Free-to-Air channel to fight the spread of the Coronavirus

Millions of households across Africa, Europe, and Asia-Pacific will have the opportunity to enjoy a free-to-air TV channel via SES (www.SES.com) satellites that are intended to offer reliable, informative content about COVID-19. The channel Fight COVID-19 airs content that is dedicated at offering underserved and rural communities with critical information about how to curb the [...]