Africa


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, […]

Iflix strikes deal with Lego for Africa and the Middle East

‘Asian Netflix’ iflix has struck a deal with Lego Systems to launch a dedicated Lego channel in Africa and the Middle East. Iflix, which has targeted both Africa and the Middle East for expansion, has struck a two-year distribution deal with the iconic toy manufacturer to add a range of Lego series to its content […]

Ovum: African mobile broadband connections to double by 2022

The number of mobile broadband connections in Africa will more than double in the next five years, according to research by Ovum. The new stats claim that the number of African broadband connections will climb from 419 million at the end of 2017 to 1.07 billion at the end of 2022. This will be driven […]

Kwesé TV launches in Nigeria

Econet Media-owned African pay TV service, Kwesé TV, has officially launched in Nigeria. Kwesé held a press launch in Lagos last week to announce the service and unveiled a number of pricing options for customers. “Choose whatever payment plan suits you from our three, seven or 30 days flexible payment plan with access to over […]

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