Eutelsat announces Persian, Algerian deals

Algerian media group Echourouk has selected the Eutelsat 7 West A satellite to broadcast the HD version of its flagship news channel, Echourouk News. The deal, which was announced at DISCOP Dubai, came as Eutelsat also revealed that Persian-language channel Manoto TV has completed its switch in SD and HD versions to the Eutelsat 7B […]

Yahlive adds 16 new channels for Maghreb region

Middle East satellite platform Yahlive has added 16 new exclusive channels to its bouquet for the Maghreb region of North Africa. The move takes the number of channels on the Maghreb service to 65, including 36 that are exclusive to Yahlive. Fifty-seven of the channel on the bouquet are from Algeria. Yahlive is a also […]

Algeria in major crackdown on private broadcasters

Algeria’s prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal has reportedly ordered the closure of around 60 private TV channels in a bid to combat what he describes as “anarchy” in the broadcasting sector. According to Algerian news organisation Tout Sur l’Algérie (TSA), Sellal has ordered communication minister Hamid Grine to close down the country’s private broadcasters in the […]

Algeria sees TV market growth

The Algerian TV market has undergone “significant changes” in the past two years, and is now host to 36 public and private TV channels, according to new research by the European Audiovisual Observatory. The public service body says that since the introduction of a new law in January 2012 relating to information, the emergence of […]

Algerian deal for Eutelsat

Transmission services provider Télédiffusion d’Algérie has chosen Eutelsat’s 7 West A satellite to extend the reach of Algerian TV and radio channels across North Africa and the Middle East. Télédiffusion d’Algérie has taken a 72MHz transponder on the satellite at the 7°/8° West position to deliver Algeria’s existing public channels as well as new channels […]

Al Jazeera threatens action against Algerian TV over pirated football match

Al Jazeera Sport this week threatened to take legal action against Algerian public broadcaster ENTV for having retransmitted coverage of a World Cup qualifier football match between Algeria and Burkina Faso to which it did not hold the rights. Al Jazeera secured the support of the African Football Confederation (CAF), which lodged a protest over […]

Algeria to open TV business to private investors

The Algerian parliament is to examine a new audiovisual media law that could open up the country’s TV industry to private investors by the end of this year, according to local press reports. According to the APS news agency, the proposals envisage an opening of the TV industry to national commercial investors and a rebasing […]

GlobeCast and Arabsat team up for North African platform

GlobeCast and Arabsat have struck a partnership to offer a new channel platform targeting North Africa. GlobeCast will provide teleport and playout facilities to uplink to Arabsat’s BADR satellite at 26° East, with the aim of creating a neighbourhood of channels for viewers in North Africa. Five Algerian channels – Echourouk TV, Al Atlas TV, […]

Télédiffusion d’Algérie renews Eutelsat deal for DTT coverage

Algerian national broadcasting company Télédiffusion d’Algérie has extended its contract for capacity on the Eutelsat 5 West A satellite to support the rollout of digital-terrestrial services in the country. Télédiffusion d’Algérie has taken a 36MHz transponder at the 5° West position to feed its terrestrial transmitter network as well as to enable DTH reception with […]