Tag Archives: Free to air

Three new FTA stations to enter Kenyan market

Three Nairobi-based broadcasters, Acme Communications, Global Konnect and Number One TV, have applied for commercial free-to-air television broadcasting licences in Kenya. The broadcasters have been issued temporary permits by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) to roll out digital broadcasting services, pending public feedback within 30 days from 20 January. With these new stations, the [...]

Bamba TV bags Italian football league deal

Newly launched Kenyan free-to-view television platform, Bamba TV, has bagged the rights of Italian men’s football league, Serie A, via international TV rights holders, MP & Silva. Bamba TV will now screen a major weekly match free of charge on its digital TV. The free-to-air service, owned by Radio Africa Group, was launched in December [...]

Eight new broadcasters aspire to enter Kenyan DTT industry

Kenyan regulatory authority, Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK), has received applications from eight new companies for new Broadcasting licences under the Kenya Information and Communications Act. The companies, Cosmopolitan Media, Tentacle Communications, Entertainment Channel, Akili Partners, Ephod Media, Ascending Media, Imani Radio and TV Ministries and Triple Edge Media; have all proposed for Commercial free-to-air [...]

MBC, FremantleMedia team up in content deal

Arab-based free-to-air satellite broadcaster, MBC, has inked a multi-year agreement with London-based television content, production & distribution company, FreemantleMedia, for three seasons of the local Idol and Got Talent formats, along with three seasons of The X Factor and Project Runway. “We are immensely proud to be the first company to have completed a deal [...]

OpenView HD lease space on IS-20

Platco Digital’s free-to-air satellite TV platform, OpenView HD (OVHD), has signed a capacity leasing agreement with state owned signal distributor for South African broadcasting, Sentech, on its Intelsats IS-20 satellite. IS-20 is also the same satellite used by MultiChoice for its pay-TV service, DStv. OVHD currently uses a satellite in the same 5°E orbital slot as [...]

e.tv urges ICASA to save declining free-to-air TV sector

South African, free-to air commercial broadcaster, e.tv, has pointed out a major decline in the share of households that watch free-to-air channels from 83% to 63% in seven years, raising concerns about the long-term decline of free-to-air TV, especially in the independent commercial free-to-air segment. The weakening of free-to-air broadcasting will have a profound impact [...]

GOtv Rwanda adds Ugandan FTA channel

MultiChoices pay-DTT operator, GOtv, has added Bukedde TV to its channel line-up in Rwanda. Bukedde TV is a free-to-air channel broadcasting from Uganda. The channel will be available on channel 93 on GOtv Plus, GOtv Normal and GO Open bouquets and offers movies, local features, soaps, sports and news. GOtv is also in talks with [...]

North Nigerian FTA channel adds new Hausa show

Northern Nigeria’s free-to-air 24-hour Hausa-language satellite TV channel, AREWA24, plans to launch an hour-long daily entertainment show, Gari Ya Waye. “With the new Hausa-language channel, we plan to produce more original and entertaining Hausa-language television programming across all genres than anyone in the region,” said Salisu Mu’azu, head producer of AREWA24. The channel was launched [...]

e.TV Ghana adds new programme line-up

e.tv Ghana, a free-to-air broadcaster born of a partnership between Global Media Alliance and South African media group, Sabido Group, will introduce three new programs to its already existing program line-up in October. These changes are coming at the back of a lot of consumer and client insights and research, said Naomi Nelson, Head of [...]

ICASA invites new free-to-air broadcasters

South African communications regulator, Independent Communications Authority (ICASA), has invited applications for individual commercial free to air television broadcasting licences, opening doors for FTA broadcasters to compete with public broadcaster SABC and Sabido Investments- owned private commercial FTA broadcaster, e.tv. The invitation to apply (ITA) applies to service licence applications. ICASA has a separate process [...]