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Telkom confirmed today it had secured a partnership with the leading internet entertainment service, Netflix.

The partnership is Netflix’s first such agreement with a South African telecommunications company and a significant milestone as the company seeks to bring South African consumers the latest technologies and a great entertainment experience.

Telkom Content Executive, Wanda Mkhize said, “we are excited to expand our content offering with Netflix. The Netflix partnership allows us to offer more entertainment.

“As a start, we can respond to customer requests for the inclusion of Netflix on Telkom’s LIT TV Box,” she added. Netflix will be available on Telkom’s LIT TV Box later this year.

 

Maria Ferreras, Netflix’s VP Business Development EMEA, said: “We are excited to partner with Telkom and highlight our commitment to South Africa. With this partnership, Telkom users will easily access the most-loved entertainment experiences that Netflix provides.

 

Netflix service in South Africa includes licensed and original TV series, movies, stand up comedies, documentaries and children’s programmes. Netflix is the home of award-winning Original series and movies like Stranger Things, 13 Reasons Why, The Crown and The Kissing Booth.

Mkhize said the teams are working on exciting mobile & broadband service offerings to be launched before the end of the year. These will include enhanced LIT video options and data offerings.

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Free JOOX VIP for DStv customers

Posted by radio On October - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

DStv offers DStv PremiumCompact Plus or Compact customers JOOX VIP at no extra cost with their current subscription. JOOX and DStv is a match made in entertainment heaven. Series? Check. Music? Double check.

Wondering what JOOX is about?

JOOX is a music streaming App that gives you access to thousands of music libraries and playlists on your iOS or Android mobile device. Whether you’re looking for a playlist while out on a run or need a Sunday chilled vibe, there’s a song for every mood.

DStv account holders with an active DStv PremiumCompact Plus or Compactsubscription get free VIP access to JOOX – and you can add up to 4 friends and family! This is all valued at R89.99 per month, but now it’s all yours for FREE!

DStv Family, Access and EasyView customers can also log in to the free JOOX service directly on the JOOX App but won’t get access to the free VIP services offered by DStv.

JOOX lets you access millions of tracks, switch to karaoke mode and learn the lyrics of your favourite songs (you can also sing-along) as well as create and share playlists.

 

Interested? Keep reading!

The JOOX VIP access will let you have your own background music or life theme song all day, every day. Some of the exclusive JOOX VIP user benefits include:

  1. Forget the free trial – get the JOOX VIP music streaming app for FREE for you and 4 of your family and listen to non-stop music at your leisure or on the go!
  2. Exclusive to DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact customers!
  3. Local music with exclusive playlists
  4. Playlists for local events and music festivals
  5. Karaoke – sing along!

 

How to get the DStv and JOOX VIP access offer?

Step 1: Download the JOOX app from your app store and sign up (skip this step if you already have the app)

Step 2: Tap your profile image (on top left), select JOOX VIP and then select DStv Customer

Step 3: Enter the ID number of the DStv account holder

*we’ll send a one-time pin (OTP) to the phone number we have registered on your account*

Step 4: Enter the OTP

That’s it – you’re ready to rock ‘n roll, samba or vosho – whatever your music style!

 

How to add friends and family so that they can also get the JOOX VIP experience?

Once you’ve signed up to be a JOOX VIP member, you can add 4 family members

Step 1: They will need to download the JOOX app from their app store and sign up (if they already have JOOX, they can skip this step)

Step 2: Tap on their profile image (on top left), select JOOX VIP and then DStv Customer

Step 3: Select Family Member

Step 4: Now they need to enter your mobile number

*we’ll send a one-time pin (OTP) to your phone number – you’ll need to forward that OTP to your friend*

Step 5: They enter the OTP

That’s it! They are now a JOOX VIP member!

Note: if you go into your JOOX VIP profile (tap on your profile image, select JOOX VIP and sign in), you’ll see their name listed as an active member.

 

It’s that easy to ensure you never miss out on the latest songs or classic hits! The question now is, what are you waiting for? Get your JOOX VIP access today for free, if you’re a DStv PremiumCompact Plus or Compact customer. Never worry about missing a beat again! Join the conversation on social media #JOOXonDStv.

Terms and conditions apply, view Terms and Conditions here.

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With the eagerly anticipated DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards quickly approaching, voting fever is reaching an all-time high.

 

Scores of local entertainment fans are battling it out on the voting lines as they fight for their favourite stars to be declared Mzansi’s best-loved on the big night of 24 November 2018.

 

To show their appreciation to the stans, the DMVCAs are gifting fans with a chance to interact with some of their faves at three popular venues in Joburg, Durban and Pretoria – a once in a lifetime chance for many!

 

Watch out for The Herd’s most stylish witch, Winnie Ntshaba at Maponya Mall on Saturday, 29 September. She’ll be joined by fellow actors, Abomama’s Khanyi Mbau, Skeem Saam’s Clement Maosa, Lockdown’s Dineo Nchabeleng and Isidingo’s Motlatsi Mafatshe. And the cherry on top? The Queen’s SK Khoza will be there to MC the whole event!

 

Those who will not make it to Maponya Mall will get another chance to mingle with the stars the following Saturday, 06 October, when The Queen’s Patronella (Thembsie Matu) takes over the State Theatre in Pretoria with her big personality. Matu will be joined by Kabelo Moalusi for a fan meet-and greet, with Somizi making sure to keep things even more entertaining as the MC.

 

Durban will see Somgaga return to host the last leg of the fan treat at the Suncoast SunDeck on the 27th of October. Much-loved actor, Linda Sebezo from Isibaya will be joined by Ukhozi FM’s flamboyant SelBeyonce to give the public some love. Now if that’s not a party, we don’t know what is!

The activations will be from 12:00 – 15:00 and free of charge, so make sure not to miss a chance to see your fave and let them know you’re voting for them! Thank us later!

Remember to also nominate someone for the 1Life Life Changer award, courtesy of headline sponsor 1LIFE and DStv, and help put a smile on the face of a hardworking and dedicated community leader who will receive a cash prize of R20 000 (Twenty Thousand Rand). Viewers can nominate by visiting  www.mzansimagic.tv/dstvmvca

How to vote:

•             Viewers can vote for free on web and mobile at www.mzansimagic.tv/dstvmvca

•             Via SMS by sending your SMS short code to 39201

•             By dialling *120*33033# on their mobile and following the prompts.

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The Internet Society (https://www.InternetSociety.org/), a global non-profit organization dedicated to the open development, evolution and use of the Internet, today announced that it is partnering with Facebook to develop Internet Exchange Points (IXP) throughout Africa.

An Internet Exchange Point is where multiple local and international networks, ISPs and content providers interconnect their networks together to efficiently exchange Internet traffic through an arrangement commonly referred to as Peering.

 

Currently, 42% of countries in Africa lack IXPs, which means that most of their domestic Internet traffic is exchanged through points outside their respective country, usually through satellite or submarine fiber across multiple international hubs to reach their destination.  This can result in poor end-user experiences and discourages hosting content locally, which are some of the key factors towards the development of the local Internet ecosystem.

 

Peering at IXPs helps keep domestic Internet traffic local by offloading traffic from relatively expensive international links onto more affordable local links. As a result, ISPs are able to offer improved Internet experiences for end-users and spur interest in hosting content locally.

 

The Internet Society and Facebook will collaborate in promoting IXP infrastructure development, training and community engagement with the objective of increasing the number of IXPs and supporting the expansion of existing IXPs to meet the growing demand in Africa. Studies have shown that (http://bit.ly/2xAuPDe) Internet users throughout Africa benefit from Peering as it enables faster, more affordable and reliable access to content.

 

 

“The Internet community adopted the goal of having at least 80% of the Internet traffic consumed in Africa being locally accessible, and only 20% sourced outside the continent by the year 2020,”explains Dawit Bekele, Africa Regional Bureau Director for the Internet Society.  “We are getting closer to that target thanks to the many activities that promote interconnection and hosting in Africa and to partnerships such as the one we are announcing today with Facebook.”

 

 

According to the Africa IXP Association (Af-IX), there are approximately 44 active IXPs located across 32 countries in Africa.  This has resulted in a 275% growth of locally exchanged Internet traffic over the last 10 years (there were 16 IXPs in 2008). During the same period, traffic exchanged at the African IXPs increased from 0.16Gbps to 412Gbps with over 800 networks now connected at these IXPs (http://bit.ly/2zrXk77).

 

 

“We admire the Internet Society’s important work to improve connectivity in Africa by supporting IXPs,” said Kojo Boakye, Head, Connectivity and Access, Africa at Facebook. “Our partnership with the Internet Society will help develop Africa’s IXP ecosystem by deploying resources like training and equipment to the areas where they are most urgently needed.”

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In line with its focus on bringing people together and supporting the development of connected communities, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) has announced the names of 116 people worldwide who have been selected to join the Facebook Community Leadership Program. Around a dozen African community leaders have been selected to become programme residents and fellows.

Many community leaders worldwide and in Africa turn to Facebook to create connections through Facebook groups, WhatsApp or Messenger,”says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director Facebook Africa. “This programme is all about empowering them with the tools, support and funding they need to advance their causes and build their communities.”

Since announcing the programme in February, Facebook received more than 6,000 applications from all over the world. A selection committee, which included employees as well as community experts from outside of Facebook, reviewed each application to identify leaders with a strong, clear and committed vision for their community.

 

 

Five participants have been selected globally as community Leaders in Residence, each will be awarded up to $1,000,000 to fund their community initiative. The final amount received will be determined based on final budget proposal created and submitted by each resident as part of their program training.

 

 

Kenya’s Noah Nasiali, the selected leader in residence for Africa, has brought together more than 100,000 farmers across Africa through a Facebook group in less than a year. Farming is one of Africa’s most important industries, and Noah’s community helps farmers obtain and share critical information.

 

 

“Africa Farmers Club was formed to help farmers come together to access credible, reliable and applicable farming information that will help them develop their skills and most importantly help them to get a market for their produce and in the end get returns for their hard work. I invite group members to share their stories both positive and negative through pictures so that we can learn together. Whenever possible I personally visit members face-to-face to see for myself their challenges and we discuss how they can overcome and at the same time and improve. Our community aims to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal which is to End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.” Said Nasiali

 

 

The programme will also host more than 100 fellows and youth participants who will receive up to $50,000 each to be used for their community initiative. Fellows from Africa include:

 

 

“Our group of African fellows and our resident represent diverse perspectives from different parts of the continent, but they share a common goal of helping their communities thrive. We know they will do great things over the next year and we’re excited to get them started,” says Ime Archibong, Vice President, Product Partnerships at Facebook.

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Giving back the love received over its 46-year span, NikNaks held a Street Conference at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus, where it launched Mzansi’s first of its kind 4D Experience, celebrating all things street and urban culture.

The conference, held under the slogan, #LovedByTheStreets, was hosted by MTV Base’s VJ, Tshego Koke, songstress, Moonchild Sanelly, DJ Sabby, rapper Kay-E and NikNaks Brand Activation Manager, Sikelela Finini as panelists, lending their voices as the new school of street culture.

Finini said NikNaks had always been at the forefront of shaping movements, embracing and ushering a new generation of trendsetters who use street art to express their individuality.

“The aim of the conference goes beyond simply applauding NikNaks for having been around for so long. It also serves the purpose of celebrating the dynamism and vibrancy of street culture. From dance, fashion, skateboarding, to gqom and [graffiti] tagging, we are saying NikNaks recognises the energy of the streets along with the power street culture has in being a catalyst for change in both past and current generations,” Finini said.

 

 

The 4D Experience which left the audience in awe, is a true reflection of Mzansi’s urban cultural landscape, Finini said, espousing elements of dance, BMXing, and games such as “fish” and “three tin”, township versions of high jump and cricket, respectively.

The NikNaks 4D Experience kicked off on Wednesday, 19 September at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus and will run until October 20 nationally, hitting up three other cities around Mzansi.

 

Other locations expected to experience the relish are Maponya Mall, on September 21 and 22, 2018 in Gauteng; UKZN Westville Campus, on September 25 and 26, 2018 and Bridge City in Kwamashu, on September 28 and 29, 2018. Hitting up the Bay, students at NMMU on October 9 and 10, 2018 can join the fun. The yellow chambers will then make an appearance on October 12 and 13, 2018 at the Kenako Shopping Centre in the Eastern Cape. Swinging into CPUT Bellville Campus, students can experience the marvel on October 16 and 19, 2018. The 4D Experience finale will be held at the N1 City Shopping Mall in Goodwood, Western Cape on October 19 and 20, 2018.

 

 

“To participate in the NikNaks 4D Experience, all that’s needed is to purchase any two packets of NikNaks and bring them to the yellow NikNaks Experience on your campus or at your local malls,” Finini concludes.

 

Follow NikNaks on these social pages to keep up with this STREET Inspired experience around Mzansi and share your experiences:

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DStv honours our diversity… and similarities

Posted by radio On September - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

September is Heritage Month and we’re celebrating this special time by releasing a fascinating, South African-produced documentary on DStv Catch Up.

DStv Now can be accessed online at now.dstv.com or through the app for tablets and smartphones. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and is available to all DStv customers. Live channels and DStv Catch Up content is available to all DStv customers.

 

Entitled So Where Do I Come From, the show centres around DNA and gene mapping – technologies that reveal some incredible truths about people and our shared history. In the words of geneticist, and associate producer of the show, Dr Himla Soodyall: “We can change our language, culture or place of abode in the space of a generation, but our genes will always remain an indelible record of our ancestral past.”

 

While South Africa is a country renowned for rightly celebrating its diversity, there is also a lot that we have in common. “Thanks to this documentary,” says Yolisa Pahle, CEO for General Entertainment at MultiChoice, “understanding the things that we have in common should unite us without taking away from the power of our diversity.  So Where Do I Come From is the  story of the fundamental building blocks of life  – our DNA.”

 

And there’s no escaping the truth of our past, as gene mapping reaches back into the annals of time, going back an astonishing 170 000 years! So Where Do I Come Fromtested the DNA of several well-known South Africans – such as former President, Nelson Mandela – and the results were astonishing.

 

 

Don’t forget to tune into this riveting documentary on Catch Up on DStv Now from 24 September, or on Catch Up Plus on your internet connected DStv Explora.

 

 

DStv Now can be accessed online at now.dstv.com or through the app for tablets and smartphones. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and is available to all DStv customers. Live channels and DStv Catch Up content is available to all DStv customers.

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DStv Now recently launched four new lean-back apps. These apps make it possible to turn any TV in the house into an easy-to-use DStv hub without the need for a decoder. The new apps are available for the following devices:

– Samsung smart TVs (selected models from 2015 onwards)

– LG smart TVs, specifically most 2017 and 2018 models running webOS 3.5 and 4.0

– Apple TV (4th generation & newer)

– Media players running Android TV (Google-certified devices only)

 

How to install the new DStv Now app for smart TVs and media players:

  1. Connect the TV to the internet using ethernet cable or Wi-Fi
  2. Access the App Store from the TV, search for “DStv Now”, and install the app
  3. Once installed, the app will display a code on the TV screen
  4. On a laptop/desktop, go to now.dstv.com and sign in
  5. Once signed in, go to now.dstv.com/tv and enter the code displayed on the TV, then click on the “Sign in on TV” button
  6. The app will now be live on the TV

Don’t have a Connect ID? Go to https://connect.dstv.com/registration/en-za to get one.

DStv Now is an internet streaming video service free to all DStv customers (the specific content available is linked to the customer’s DStv package). Data is not included with DStv Now and usage may be charged by a customer’s ISP or mobile network.

With DStv Now, two different streams can be viewed on separate devices simultaneously. This means a single account can be used to watch TV via a decoder in the lounge, a movie on a tablet in the bedroom via DStv Now, and sport on another smart TV using DStv Now. It’s also a great way for kids who are away from home to get the most from the family’s DStv subscription.

 

 

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SABC 2 switches to Full HD

Posted by radio On August - 8 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SABC 2 will start broadcasting in HD (High Definition) on DStv platform from Wednesday, 8th
August 2018 @ 00:01 CAT.

The introduction of HD will ensure that audiences enjoy a picture quality that is clearer and
crisper than was the case previously with normal SD (Standard Definition). High Definition
viewing increases the quality of the movie, sports shows to a very high viewing standard.
SABC 2 joins its sister channels SABC 1 who switched to HD in time for the FIFA World Cup
Russia and SABC 3 who converted first.

 

 

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With the advent of technology strongly making a mark on how multimedia aptitude is becoming a necessary tool in the everyday running of organisations, it is becoming even more essential for training models to fast track solutions on how to create a knowledge based economy that enables training providers to embrace multimedia platforms as a business game-change to access and create new markets.

 

Accordingly, statistics show that African continent is the fastest growing mobile aggregator in the world, with at least 960 million mobile subscriptions across Africa – which seeing an 80 percent penetration rate among the continent’s population. Of the 216 million internet users, penetration of the platform is at 18%. And with Nigeria’s internet penetration sitting much higher at 53%, its mobile subscription is similar to Africa’s, placing at a staggering 81% penetration and that translating to 150 million mobile subscriptions. This has then created a massive untapped ecosystem and an opportunity for businesses and entities to scale products and offerings to a global market using digital to connect.

 

With this at hand, JT Communication Solutions, independent leaders in the communications, media and public relations sector announce its new multimedia training service and solution to businesses and corporations aimed at assisting clients towards progressing from a traditional, disposable based media mindset to a contemporary and instantaneous web based media alternative.

 

Having earlier in the year graduated our first cohort of students on how to effectively use multimedia and better leverage technology in the arts and culture industry to profile and share authentic African stories; journalists, photographers, videographers and most recently, trainee web developers in the IT stream, gathered in a much needed information exchange on how to migrate to digital means of working and exploit multimedia which to date, in SA remains a missed opportunity in all sectors of business and society.

 

The training aimed for all in need of multimedia guidance draws from a wide pool of experts and ensures that everyone, ranging from small to large organisations, government, micro-entrepreneurs and groups who have been isolated from and need to catch up with the digital shift, find value in this practical offering.

 

Applying the use of video and internet technology with an accent on a synergy of partnerships with social and entrepreneurial conscience, the high-level national training is accessible in a professional and affordable way for individuals and organisations in the artistic, business, cultural and various other sectors and also affords opportunities for personal branding, development and media management.

 

Having carved a niche as highly sought after media practitioners and award winning publicity agency in the arts and culture industries of South Africa and the continent at large, our agency’s passion and creativity is driven by Vanessa Perumal, a pioneer in highlighting an inclusive agenda and representation of SA’s artistic, cultural and entrepreneurial agenda in a new South Africa. Perumal gives a voice to numerous talents while profiling the achievements of global, continental and national artists and businesses in diverse disciplines.

 

Our use of resourceful strategies and understanding of government, business operations and corporate networks, JT Comms commits to informed and professional media practices across various media platforms while giving the highest level of professional excellence and maintaining integrity and a clear vision to put and share positive African narratives with the world.

 

The training workshops held at the African Media Resource Centre of Excellence – a hub for locally produced engaging, cultural and socially relevant content can also be hosted at different venues, at the discretion of the client.  Over the years, the centre’s work has accelerated through a growing support and collaboration of various incentives, continuing to be pioneering while developing local media professionals and producing content that is groundbreaking and unapologetically Pan African.

 

Contact us for a consultation for a multimedia training and keep up with all things digital that are happening in the world.

 

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