SVOD service Afrostream shutting down

African-themed subscription video-on-demand service Afrostream is shutting down two years after its launch. The service, which offers a mix of African, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American movies and series, is shutting down after a key potential investor pulled out and because of competition from pirate services. In an open letter addressed to “subscribers, partners, entrepreneurs and friends”, […]

Afrostream secures French first-run rights to Black-ish

SVOD service Afrostream has secured exclusive first-run rights in France for ABC Studios’ show Black-ish. Season one of Black-ish will be available to Afrostream subscribers in France from January 1, with the second and third seasons set to be available soon afterwards. The Emmy Award-nominated show is centred around a modern, upper middle class Black […]

Afrostream launching SVOD service across Francophone Africa

Afrostream, the subscription video-on-demand service that set itself the goal of being the ‘Netflix of Afro-American and French films’, will tomorrow kick off a major international expansion that will see it launch in 24 countries across French-speaking Africa. The expansion of Afrostream’s availability marks its first major move outside Europe, where it is available in […]

Afrostream taps Wiztivi for SVOD service

Francophone African subscription video-on-demand provider Afrostream has tapped user interface specialist Wiztivi to help it deliver its service to telecom operators. Wiztivi supplied its TimelessVOD HTML5-based user interface, providing a modular UI that can be adapted to different markets, according to the company. Afrostream, which is backed by Orange Digital Ventures and Y Combinator and […]

Afrostream taps Aspera for file transfers

Video-on-demand service Afrostream has selected Aspera’s transfer technology to provide speed content delivery to the IBM Cloud. Afrostream, a niche video-on-demand service focused on African and African-American content, said that the move streamlines Afrostream’s workflow – from media upload to final distribution of movies and TV shows. “Using Aspera as the preferred means to ingest […]

Viacom’s BET set for French SVoD launch via Afrostream

Viacom’s African and African-American culture and entertainment channel BET will launch on SVOD in France after inking a deal with fledgling streaming service Afrostream. The BET linear channel launches in France later this month. It is rolling out on the CanalSat, Numericable/SFR, Free and Bouygues Telecom pay TV platforms, giving it a reach of 17.6 million French […]

Orange Digital Ventures invests in SVoD service Afrostream

Orange Digital Ventures has invested in Afrostream, the African SVoD service founded by producer Tonjé Bakang that aims to bring Afro-American, African-Caribbean and French films to a wider audience, which launched in September in France, Belgium Luxembourg, Switzerland, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire. Orange said its latest funding, alongside support from The Family, Cross Culture Ventures […]

Francophone ‘Afro-American Netflix’ set to launch in September

France-based startup Afrostream is to launch what it describes as “the Netflix of Afro-American and French films” in September, with subscriptions from €6.99. The service, which will focus primarily on Afro-American content, will be available in France, its overseas departments and territories, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire via computers, smartphones, tablets and Chromecast. […]

TF1 reportedly to launch Afrostream pay VoD offering

French commercial broadcaster TF1 is to launch a paid for video-on-demand service dedicated to African and African-themed movies in March, according to local reports. TF1 will launch the AfrostreamVOD service, already partly available on line in the MyTF1VoD offering, according to the reports. The service includes a mix of Hollywood, Nollywood and other African content, […]