Africa


SVOD subs to increase by six times in Africa 

Revenues from African SVOD services are set to skyrocket over the next five years.  According to a new study from Digital TV Research, revenues will reach US$1.06 billion by 2025, up from US$183 million in 2019. This includes the likes of native streamers iRoko and Showmax along with big international players from Disney and Netflix. […]

Pay TV subs in Africa to grow by 17 million

Pay TV is set to continue its growth in Africa. According to new estimates from Digital TV Research, the number of pay TV subscribers will increase to 47.26 million by 2025, up from  30.7 million. This represents a growth of 54%. Nigeria will be the largest individual market with 10 million pay TV subscribers by […]

Netflix orders first African original

Netflix has ordered Queen Sono, a drama about a secret agent, as its first African original series. The news was confirmed by South African talent and Quantico star Pearl Thusi, who tweeted about the series for the first time today. She said: “#QueenSono – Africa’s first Netflix original! A thrilling story about a kickass female spy. Can’t wait […]

A+E Networks ups UK boss to EMEA content and creative role

A+E Networks has upped general manager for A+E Networks UK, Heather Jones, to senior vice-president of content and creative for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In her expanded role, Jones will provide strategic direction and management support across the A+E Networks EMEA operations, while retaining her UK management responsibilities. Reporting to EMEA managing […]

Naspers to spin off MultiChoice

South African conglomerate Naspers is to spin off Africa’s leading pay TV operator MultiChoice as part of a move designed in part to assuage investor concerns about its own share price. Naspers plans to float MultiChoice on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and simultaneously unbundle the shares in the business to its shareholders. The new company, […]

Awareness of digital TV ‘varies widely’ in Francophone Africa

Awareness of digital-terrestrial TV and intention to acquire equipment to receive it vary widely between West African Francophone states, according to research by audience research outfit Médiamétrie. According to the research group, only just over 12% of individuals are aware of DTT, up from 7% last year, of whom some 80% indend to acquire reception […]

Africa’s OTT TV market ‘poised for growth’

Africa’s TV and OTT video markets are poised for growth, despite challenging conditions across much of the region, according to a study by IHS Markit. According to the research outfit, the number of households in the Sub-Saharan African region grew 21.8% between 2010 and 2017, while TV households grew with a compound annual growth rate […]

Africa and wholesale market provide boost for Canal+

Strong growth in Africa and a slowing rate of attrition among subscribers in metropolitan France saw Canal+’s base grow by 612,000 in the year to March 31. The pay TV operator lost 73,000 net subscribers in France over the year, but international subscribers increased by 685,000 driven by strong growth in Africa. Canal+ also saw […]

New Africa team for Fox Networks Groups

Fox Networks Group (FNG) Europe and Africa has unveiled a new executive team structure for its Africa division, which currently operates eight pay TV channel brands including National Geographic, Fox, Fox Sports and Baby TV. As part of the shake-up, Vasilis Iliopoulos will expand his role to become SVP for FNG Africa, alongside his existing […]

Kwesé acquires ‘significant stake’ in Iflix Africa

Econoet Media-owned pay TV provider Kwesé has acquired a “significant stake” in Iflix Africa. The deal deepens the two companies’ existing partnership, with Kwesé and Iflix first partnering in August to launch a version of the latter’s emerging markets SVOD service in sub-Saharan Africa. Iflix now has operations in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa, […]

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