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 chooses STN for playout

African TV platform iROKO has chosen Slovenia-based STN to provide playout and distribution services for its Nollywood entertainment channels via Eutelsat’s 5WA satellite with wide beam coverage over Africa. The iROKO Play and iROKO Plus channels will be delivered to viewers ofver digital-terrestrial TV across Africa. STN is providing redundant playout services, with graphics and […]

IROKOtv to launch two linear channels via StarTimes

Africa-based video-on-demand service iROKOtv has signed an exclusive deal with pay TV platform StarTimes to launch two new linear TV channels in Africa.  IROKO Play and IROKO Plus will be available across 14 countries and their launch marks what the firms described as a “considerable investment in Nollywood entertainment” by StarTimes. IROKO Play will be […]

African VoD service iROKOtv raises US$8 million

Africa-based video-on-demand service iROKOtv has raised US$8 million (€6 million) in funding, as it looks to transition the company’s audience from “a primarily diaspora base to an African base.” The self-styled ‘Netflix of Africa’ said that the latest cash injection takes its total funding to date to US$21 million and would also be used to […]

Africa’s iRokotv passes half million registered users in six months

African digital video service iRokotv, dubbed the “Netflix of Africa”, has reached 500,000 registered users in its first six months of launch. This comes after the company secured US$8 million (€6.4 million) in funding from US-based hedge fund Tiger Global, an early investor in Facebook. The company, which is based in Lagos, Nigeria and has […]