Tag Archives: FTA

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 [...]

ADN orders 150,000 FTA decoders for Kenya

Kenyan broadcasters, National Media Group (NMG), Royal Media Services (RMS) and Standard Group (SG), have placed orders for 150,000 free-to-air digital converters which will be sold at a one-off price of between KES 2,000 and KES 2,500. The three broadcasters, under the Africa Digital Network (ADN) consortium, said that 1 million more decoders are expected [...]

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 [...]

Kenyan broadcasters call truce over FTA airing

The Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) and the two digital television service providers, GOtv and StarTimes, have agreed to drop the legal dispute before the Kenyan High Court and pave way for negotiations with three local broadcasters. The two pay-TV broadcasters argued that the Kenyas free-to-air public broadcast channels should stay available on the digital [...]

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 [...]

SES to launch FTA DTH digital TV platform for West Africa

Luxembourg-based satellite operator, SES Africa, plans to launch a new FTA DTH digital TV platform for West Africa on its Astra 2F satellite at 28.2 degrees East in September 2014. The satellite operator claims that the independent and neutral TV platform in Nigeria, could be used to quicken the pace of digital migration. While SES will provide [...]

Kenyan, Zimbabwean public broadcasters stall rival World Cup broadcasts

The Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) has slapped a court order on Pan-Africa Network group, StarTimes and Wananchi Group, stopping them from airing World Cup matches claiming to be the sole broadcaster of tournament as per FIFA contract.  Last week, the Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) had accused StarTimes of hijacking the KBC signal to air the tournament. [...]

StarTimes argues COFEK’s compensation demand over FTA channels

Chinese pay-TV provider, StarTimes, has denied claims by Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) of infringing customers rights to view free-to-air channels and requested the High Court to suspend the legal suit against it. This comes as a fall out of an earlier case filed by three Kenyan broadcasters- Standard Group, Nation Media Group and Royal [...]

Liberian National TV bags FTA World Cup rights

  Public broadcaster, Liberia National Television (LNTV), has acquired the broadcasting rights to air all the matches of 2014 FIFA World Cup on free-to-air television. “This right provides for the broadcast of the tournament by LNTV to free-to-air television, public spaces, such as open stadium and parks, and public viewing centres such as cinemas and [...]