Canal+ heads for Nollywood with iROKO channels and production acquisition

Canal+ Group has acquired the production, content distribution and channel assets of iROKO Partners, reinforcing a move into the market for Nigeria’s Nollywood and English-language content for the African market. The acquisition deal gives Canal+ control of ROK Studios, a Bollywood production outfit that creates over 500 hours of new films and series a year, […]

iROKO launches new African music channel

Nollywood-focused African media group iROKO has launched iROKO Music on the Les Bouquets Canal+ platform. The channel is iROKO’s fifth TV service, and its launch builds on the partnership struck between the Nigeria-based outfit and Canal+ Intenrational last year. The pair are working together to deliver additional services in the Francophone African market. iROKO has […]

MIPCOM: Regional SVOD providers need to localise content and pricing

Regional SVOD players can prosper by focusing on localising their offerings in the different markets in which they play, MIPCOM attendees heard this morning. Localisation, including catering for local bandwidth challenges as well as local contnet tastes, was crucial to Icflix’s international rollout, according to CEO Carlos Tibi, speaking on a panel of regional SVOD […]

SVOD market in MEA to remain ‘very immature’

The Middle East and African SVOD sector will “still be very immature by 2021”, with major players like Netflix tipped to only make modest progress, according to new stats. The Digital TV Research report predicts that the region as a whole will have 19.59 million paying subscription video-on-demand subscribers by 2021, with Netflix accounting for […]

Rok Studios to launch Nollywood channel on Sky

Nigerian film studio Rok Studios is due to launch a new Nollywood channel on Sky in the UK later this week. Rok be programmed with thousands of hours of Rok Studios-produced TV shows and movies and will be run by Rok teams in Lagos and London. Rok CEO Mary Njoku, who founded Rok Studios in […]

iRoko and Canal+ launch iRoko+ Android app

Canal+ Group and African over-the-top video service iRoko have launched an Android app version of the SVoD service for French-speaking Africa. iRoko+ will offer Nollywood content, telenovelas and programming from Canal+ Group’s African service A+. All content has been dubbed into French, much of it for the very first time, according to iRoko. “With over […]

African OTT service iROKO raises US$19m

African over-the-top video service iROKO has raised a total of US$19 million (€17.6 million) and announced plans to “expand aggressively” across the continent. The move, which comes just weeks after OTT rival Netflix rolled out in Africa, will see iROKO invest in local content financing and production. The service said it aims to produce at […]

Canal+ teams up with iROKO for African mobile SVOD project

Canal+ Group and African OTT TV operator iROKO have teamed up to launch a new Android-based mobile subscription video-on-demand service for Francophone Africa. The pair have formed a partnership to invest “several million euros” in the project, which will be launched in a few months exclusively for mobile users. The offering will be based on […]