Tag Archives: Africa.

SES to launch Astra 2G for broadcast services in MEA

Global satellite operator, SES, has announced that it will launch its Astra 2G satellite on December 28 which will be deployed in geostationary orbit at the 28.2/28.5°E neighbourhood. The satellite will provide next generation broadcast and broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The spacecraft carries 62 Ku-band transponders and 4 Ka-band transponders. [...]

Yahlive adds African entertainment channel

UAE-based satellite broadcasting company, Yahlive, has added an African entertainment channel, Clouds TV International, to its platform with an aim to cater to the African communities. The new station from Africa joins Yahlive’s growing portfolio of channels broadcasting from the East Beam across the Levant, GCC and South West Asia. Clouds TV International, was launched [...]

African francophone countries to witness 88% digital TV penetration of TV HH by 2018

Digital TV user base across Francophone African countries is forecast to rise from 57.2% end-2013 to 87.6% in 2018 according to the latest forecasts published by Dataxis. Overall pay-TV penetration is also expected to rise from 291,000 subs in 2013 to 6.19 million at the end of the period. Dataxis estimates that digital satellite pay-TV [...]

MultiChoice to bring in more local content for SADC nations

MultiChoice Africa revealed its plans to air more local content on its pay-TV platform in SADC nations, including Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Botswana,. MultiChoice will be focusing on making content relevant to the regions but it must be commercially viable, therefore if their project does not yield any money from the programmes they [...]

DStv subs reaches 8.4mn, revenue up by 18%

South African mass media company, Naspers, has released its results for the six months ending 30 September 2014, announcing DStv’s subscriber growth of 342,000 households driving revenues up 18% to ZAR 20.2 billion (USD 1.83 billion). Trading profit increased 11% to ZAR 5 billion (USD 453.24 million). The companys personal video recorder (PVR) base expanded [...]

African to count 1.57 million IPTV subs end-2018

The IPTV user base across Africa is forecast to rise 482% from 270,000 paid subscription end-2013 to 1.57 million end-2018, according to the latest forecasts published by Dataxis. However, IPTV is only likely to become a viable proposition in a few markets given the lean internet penetration across Africa. Nigeria is expected to top the [...]

Vodacom plans VOD launch in 2015

The African mobile communications company, Vodacom, announced its plans to launch a video-on-demand (VOD) service in South Africa in 2015, with its strategy closely aligned to its parent company, Vodafone. We get revenues out from the data growth, as well as from the content itself. I think the margins in VOD is not big, but [...]

ZAP, Arris partner for African nDVR, VoD service

African pay-TV service provider, ZAP, has partnered with Arris Group, for the delivery of network DVR (nDVR) and video on demand (VOD) services. Providing value-added services to our subscribers will ensure we continue to be the provider of choice for our customers. The rising demand for catch-up TV meant we had to upgrade and improve [...]

Discover Digital, Digisoft.tv in African partnership

Ireland-based company, Digisoft.tv, has partnered with South African company, Discover Digital, to create a Netflix-style streaming platform for Africa. “The African market offers a unique opportunity for a hybrid OTT and digital content delivery offering,” said John Watson, chairman of South Africa’s Discover Digital. “We aim to be a key player in the VOD entertainment [...]

RSCC, Romantis create new DTH platform for Africa

Russian satellite operator, Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) has joined hands with German satellite capacity reseller, Romantis, to create a new DTH platform covering Africa. In this partnership, Russian telecoms satellite Express-AM6, which was launched on October 21, and German teleport, VicusLuxLink, will allow new and existing broadcasters to launch national and regional TV services [...]