Mid East & Africa

New OTT TV service for Nigeria to launch next year

Nigerian technology outfit Envivo Communications is to launch a new OTT TV streaming video service, nVIVO TV and has tapped Cisco to provide technology for the service. nVIVO TV will provide a mix of Nollywood and international content and will target the growing base of mobile phones, tablets and PCs in Africa. The company will […]

Eutelsat acquires Noorsat to build position in Middle East

Satellite operator Eutelsat has acquired Middle East satellite service provider Noorsat from Bahrain’s Orbit Holding Group for US$75 million (€63 million) on a cash and debt-free basis. Noorsat, which was created in 2004, is already the primary distributor of Eutelsat capacity in the Middle east, providing services for over 300 channels almost exclusively delivered from […]

Kwesé TV adds free bouquet to offering

Econet Media-owned African pay TV outfit Kwesé has added a new bouquet of free-to-air channels to its offering. According to the company, the Kwesé Free bouquest will feature at least five channels that aare usually only available to pay TV users. These include the Kwese Free Sports Channel which offers live sports games from the […]

OSN welcomes arrest of illegal cable operators

Middle East pay TV provider OSN has welcomed the arrest of three individuals alleged to be behind a large-scale illegal cable operation in Kuwait. According to Kuwait’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), three Indian men have been arrested after successful raids in a residential area of Salmiya, where they had been operating a sophisticated illegal cable […]

Orange taps Norigin Media for Côte d’Ivoire TV launch

Orange TV has tapped middleware provider Norigin Media to launch its new service in Côte d’Ivoire using multiscreen TV apps from Norigin Media. The Orange TV service offers premium TV streaming on mobiles and tablets with the option of casting onto larger screens. Orange TV in Côte D’Ivoire has licensed Norigin’s Hybrid Apps to deploy […]

beIN Media agrees new three-year security deal with Irdeto

Pay TV network beIN Media has agreed a new three-year deal with digital security specialists Irdeto. beIN will be use Irdeto’s conditional access solution and security services to deliver live sports and entertainment content to customers across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. “As a growing brand providing premium content across the MENA […]

BBC World Service expands offerings for Horn of Africa

BBC World Service is expanding its offerings for the Horn of Africa with the launch of three new services targeting Ethiopia, Eritrea and the diaspora audience of both countries. In what it is billing as part of its biggest expansion since the 1940s, the BBC’s international news service is launching news services in the Amharic, […]

Iflix expands in Africa with Ghana launch

Emerging market SVOD service, Iflix, has expanded its African reach after going live in Ghana last week.  The launch marks Iflix’s third African rollout, following previous releases in Nigeria and Kenya, and is its twenty-second market launch overall. The move comes after Iflix completed a US$133 million (€113 million) funding round led by US media […]

Kwesé secures exclusive IAAF athletics in ESPN deal

New African DTH pay TV service Kwesé TV has secured the rights to air top international athletics competitions after parent Econet Media struck a deal with ESPN’s media distribution unit. The agreement with ESPN, which represents the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), will make Kwesé TV the exclusive broadcaster of IAAF events and content […]

Disney strikes deal for branded channel with SVOD player Iflix

Disney, fresh from pulling out of its distribution agreement with Netflix, has signed up to provide a branded channel on the streaming video outfit’s Asian rival Iflix. Disney has struck a wide-ranging deal with the Malaysia-based subscription video-on-demand company that will see it provide a branded channel on Iflix’s platform featuring Marvel and Pixar movies […]

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