African SVOD set for take-off

In contrast with the tailing off of paid streaming growth in markets such as the US, African SVOD is set to grow rapidly in the coming years, according to Digital TV Research. The research outfit predicts that Africa will have 18 million paying SVOD subscriptions by 2029, up from eight million at end-2023. Despite this […]

Canal+ expands its presence in Africa

Canal+ expands its reach in Africa with the launch of the digital creation centre, Digital Factory, based in Senegal. The Digital Factory was built to identify or produce digital content intended to make the Canal+ application the first African content application. It offers a replay service for local African channels in order to help them […]

Africa will have 15.57m SVOD subscriptions by 2028

Africa will have 15.57 million paying SVOD subscriptions by 2028, with Netflix subscribers expected to be 45% of the region’s total, according to a report conducted by Digital TV Research (DTR). Digital TV Research reported SVOD subscriptions in Africa will be up by 9 million from the 6.15 million at end-2022. Despite fast growth, SVOD penetration […]

Netflix ups Africa investment

Netflix has unveiled a slate of new and returning African originals, including a range of scripted and unscripted series and feature films to launch on the platform in late 2022 and early 2023. Among the new scripted series titles is Ludik, the streamer’s first Afrikaans-language drama, which will launch on 26 August. The six-part action series […]

StarTimes renews Italian football rights

Chinese-owned African digital pay TV operator StarTimes has renewed exclusive rights to broadcast Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana football for further three seasons across Sub-Saharan Africa. Under the terms of the contract with Lega Serie A, StarTimes has extended its exclusive rights to the two Italian premier Cup competitions in English, French, Portuguese and African […]

Molotov hits 100,000 subs in Africa

French streaming service Molotov has announced a milestone of 100,000 subscribers in its initial African territories. The streamer launched in Côte d’Ivoire in December, and followed that with a rollout to Senegal in January. Molotov also launched in Cameroon in February, Burkina Faso in March, and has plans to rollout to Tunisia in April, and […]

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 […]

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