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DStv Now usage booms

Posted by radio On March - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

DStv customers are loving the fact that they can watch what they want, when they want, if our stats are anything to go by. Between December 2015 and December 2016, DStv Now usage grew by a remarkable 90%!

 

DStv Now is accessible either via an app or through your desktop browser. You can watch Live TV, enjoy DStv Catch Up content (via streaming or download), manage your account or see the full DStv TV Guide on the go.

 

During the the last year, more than four million titles were played across Live TV, Catch Up and downloads. These titles were split across the online platform (38%), Android (33%) and iOS (30%) apps.

 

Our online platform has been proving increasingly popular, since we introduced a slicker HTML video player which reduces buffering and works on any browser. It uses adaptive bitrates to deliver the best possible viewing experience based on your connection speed and quality.

 

“In addition to the 90% growth in DStv Now users, we also saw an increase in engagement, with almost four times as many movies and series being viewed in December 2016 compared to December 2015,” says Graeme Cumming, head of DStv Digital Media. “The number of video plays on our web platform grew by more than 500%, with app plays up by nearly 300%. We were delighted to top the four-million play mark at the end of last year and are sure that DStv Now’s evolution over the next few months will continue to drive the number of customers that use the service, as well as the volume of content they watch.”

 

Usage of DStv Now peaked in 2016 with live sporting events such as the ICC Cricket World Cup, Super Rugby, the Olympics and the Springboks’ end-of-year tour to Europe and the UK. Viewing clearly follows linear TV patterns, with peak usage between 19:00 and 21:00, which just goes to show how the service is an important additional viewing environment at home.

 

While Android customers dominate the DStv Now Live TV viewership figures, iOS customers watch Catch Up content almost three times as often as their Android counterparts. Web viewers split their time nearly 50/50 between Live TV and Catch Up services.

 

In terms of popularity, both local and international shows have done equally well across Android, iOS and online platforms for January 2017, with Binnelanders, MasterChef Australia and Isibaya sharing the top three spots.

 

On the Live TV front, sport dominated across the platforms in January 2017. Android customers’ most-viewed channels were SuperSport 2, SuperSport 3 and M-Net respectively; while iOS customers showed a preference for SuperSport 3 over SuperSport 2, followed by M-Net. Online customers also watched SuperSport 2 more actively followed by M-Net and SuperSport 3. kykNET and Via came in at fifth and seventh place respectively, reflecting a hunger for local content.

 

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BBM users in South Africa can now reduce the amount they pay for their mobile service simply by participating in surveys or shopping at their favourite retailers

Billaway, a marketing technology company that converts global currencies earned through consumers’ everyday activities into free mobile airtime has partnered with Creative Media Works, a stand-alone consumer-focused social networking business operating as BBM to launch Rewards for consumers across Android and iOS platforms in South Africa.

 

With Rewards, BBM users can now reduce the amount they pay for their mobile service simply by participating in surveys or shopping at their favourite retailers*. The underlying mobile cost reduction technology relies entirely on Billaway’s marketing platform, which can be integrated seamlessly into any mobile application, web-based eCommerce site or traditional retailer’s marketing strategies.

 

BBM is one of the largest mobile messaging applications. In addition to offering free voice and video calls, BBM also allows users to send pictures,audio recordings, files, share real-time location on a map, as well as a wide selection of stickers. Since it was created in August 2005, BBM has evolved from a pure messaging application for communication (text and video) to a social eco-system unifying chat, social, commerce and services.

 

“At BBM, we continue to innovate and evolve our content and services, including the likes of bill payments, top-up, vouchers/coupons, news,video, shopping, travel and games,” says MatthewTalbot, CEO of BBM. “We’re providing our users with an enrichedexperience within BBM and giving them more compelling reasons to share BBM with their friends and family.”

 

With mobile expenses proving high,South Africa has been chosen as the market for the initial roll out of the new Rewards, with additional countries slated for launch in the coming year.

 

“As consumer consumption of mobile data rapidly increases, Billaway is excited to partner with such an integrated service like BBM,”says Paul Harkins, CEO of Billaway. “This partnership brings Billaway closer to its goal of enabling every global consumer using mobile data with the option to reduce the cost of their monthly mobile bill, through everyday activities.”

 

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After the successful “Moments in Between with McCafé” campaign, McCafé is excited to announce that the ever fabulous, flamboyant, larger than life Somizi Mhlongo, better known to his fans as SomG, SomGaGa, is the face of McCafé Couch Sessions for SAFTAs11.

 

McCafé is headline sponsor for the South African Film and Television Awards and together with Somizi, the brand is launching a series of webisodes called McCafé Couch Sessions with Somizi. On the webisodes, he talks to the nominees in The Best Actor and Best Actress in a Feature Film about their careers and achievements, and of course, what a SAFTA nomination means to them.

 

Somizi will be live on the Red Carpet at the SAFTAs11 in Sun City, and hosting McCafé Couch Sessions in the McCafé Winner’s Lounge backstage.

 

Catch the McCafé Couch Sessions with Somizi from Monday, 13 March, and follow the conversation on social media #McCaféCouchSessions

#McCafé

 

About the McCafé sponsorship

 

Our McCafé sponsorship was initially instituted in 2016 and now this year, we have migrated the sponsorship from the Best Youth Production category, to the Best Actor and Best Actress in a Feature Film. We are also showing our support in advancing and developing the exceptional talent that exists on our South African shores.

 

This sponsorship emphasizes our commitment to being a good neighbor in the communities in which we operate and serve. Big brands like ours give the industry an opportunity to hone their skills by practicing the art of commercial story telling.

 

This sponsorship also gives us an opportunity to interact with the industry and the people on the platforms that we use for our brand. Brands like ours stimulate and carry the conversation around the transformation of the industry.

 

The nominees in the Best Actress and Actor in a Feature Film include Shoki Mokgope, for her role in film Sink, Christia Visser who is nominated for her lead role as Tess in the film Tess, Garion Dowds who is Leon Labouschagne in Shepherds and Butchers, Deon Lotz who is Bernard in Die Koue Kos and Dan Jaques Mouton who is Abraham “AB” in popular Noem my Skollie.

 

The SAFTAs11 event will be on SABC2 on 18 March in Sun City.

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Facebook to Stream Live MLS matches

Posted by radio On March - 11 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Collaboration with Facebook will provide fans additional interactive touchpoints with the League and its 22 Clubs

 

Major League Soccer and Univision Deportes, the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, announced today a collaboration with Facebook to live stream a full slate of regular season matches on the social network. As part of this, MLS will also drive further social engagement with fans and produce more unique digital content.

 

At least 22 matches during the 2017 MLS regular season that are being broadcast on Univision networks in Spanish will now be available in the U.S. for live streaming in English via the Univision Deportes Facebook page. The live streamed matches, which will be produced for consumption on mobile devices, will feature Facebook-specific commentators, interactive graphics, and fan Q&A and polling features allowing viewers to engage directly with commentators throughout matches. The first MLS match to be streamed on Facebook will feature 2017 expansion club Atlanta United hosting the Chicago Fire on Saturday, March 18 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

 

Additionally, MLS will now produce 40 exclusive “Matchday Live” shows on Facebook on MLS game days, which will feature highlights and analysis from around the League and a preview of the day’s upcoming matches. These shows will be produced specifically for Facebook and available on the MLS Facebook page, with interactive features that will connect viewers directly to “Matchday Live” hosts.

 

“We are committed to serving our passionate fans,” said Gary Stevenson, President and Managing Director, MLS Business Ventures. “We are working with all of our partners on making sure our games, and additional content, get to our fans anytime, anywhere, and on any device.”

 

“As the undisputed home of soccer in the U.S., Univision Deportes, together with MLS and Facebook, is committed to growing the sport across platforms and regardless of language,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, President of Univision Deportes. “Further engaging the more than 18 million English-language viewers that have watched soccer on Univision coupled with the continued success of our MLS broadcasts, including our record-setting season opener, is a natural path in this new era of content consumption.”

 

“Major League Soccer’s innovative approach to the fan experience has cultivated truly special in-stadium environments, where flag-waving and chant-singing fans come together to passionately support their clubs,” said Dan Reed, Facebook Head of Global Sports Partnerships. “We’re very excited for MLS and Univision Deportes to bring this same innovative, community-first spirit to the Facebook Live broadcasts of league matches this season. Their approach will provide fans with an entirely new way to experience a live soccer broadcast that is optimized for mobile screens and social viewing. So even if they’re not at the stadium, people can watch the game on Facebook with a great view of the action while interacting with a highly-engaged community of fans.”

 

Throughout the 2016 season, MLS collaborated with Facebook on a number of innovative projects, including doing a total takeover of the Sports on Facebook Page, MLS Commissioner Don Garber hosting a Facebook Live Q&A following his annual State of the League address, and creating unique content around signature MLS events including the MLS All-Star Game, Decision Day, and MLS Cup.

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See the latest Radio Listening trends

Posted by radio On March - 11 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

BRCSA recently published the latest SA radio listening trends, see below highlights:

 

  • 93% weekly reach = 35,4 million listeners listening anytime in the week
  • 76% daily reach (Mon-Fri) = 28,9 million listeners on an average weekday
  • 93% weekly reach = 35,5 million listeners listening anytime in the week
  • 76% daily reach (Mon-Fri) = 29,2 million listeners on an average weekday

 

 

  • Free State listeners spend on average 5hours listening to radio
  • Ndebele speakers spend 4h36 on average listening to radio
  • 52% listen to radio for more than 20hours
  • 64% listen to only one station
  • Phalaphala FM has the highest % of exclusice listeners at 65% followed by OFM at 61%.
  • Capricorn FM has the highest cellphone listenership penetration at 62%, followed by Yfm at 59%.

 

 

Provincial Share of Audience

 

  • Mpumalanga is still dominated by Ligwalagwala FM & Ikwekwezi FM
  • Umhlobo Wenene has 52% market share in the Eastern Cape
  • Lesedi FM is dominating Free State by 61% share of audience
  • Metro FM, Ukhozi and Lesedi FM have 37% share of GP combined
  • KZN is dominated by Ukhozi, Gagasi and ECR, together they have 76% share
  • Thobela, Phalaphala and Munghana Lonene dominate Limpopo airwaves.
  • NW airwaves biggest share is with Motsweding and Lesedi FM
  • Western Cape is dominated by Umhlobo Wenene, Heart FM, KFM and RSG.

 

Fore a detailed report visit http://www.brcsa.org.za/brc-ram-radio-listening-jan-dec-2016/

 

[Source:BRCSA]

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More local flavour from Mzansi

Posted by radio On March - 11 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Drama, strife, fame and family dynamics are central to Mzansi Magic’s popular reality shows. Not only have viewers been treated to one provocative show after another since the beginning of the year, but things are about to become even more on the small screen between May and October.

The channel will be serving love in the form of new relationship and dating reality shows. There’s Kheth’omthandayo*, a reality dating show with a twist. The recipe is like this – take one bachelor/bachelorette, add four suitors who match their requirements, eliminate the unwanted and at the end, choose between the two who tick the right boxes. It’s all about who’s got the best game!

 

Another newbie, Imfihlo*, will see people reveal their “true selves” in their pursuits of happiness – from admitting to long time crushes to asking forgiveness from their families.

 

Keeping with love and reality, Uthando neSthembu is sure to get tongues wagging as it explores the subject of polygamy in the 21st century.

 

Returning to the small screen are Idols SA, The Ranakas, Papa Penny Ahee! and the emotional conflict resolution show, Please Step In.

 

More DStv Originals coming your way

 

Series addicts are in for a treat with the return of thrilling dramas Igazi, Isithunzi and Lockdown.

 

Igazi held Mzansi spellbound with its intriguing storyline of a family at way, ending the season with the shrewd power-hungry Nomarussia headed to jail, rightful heir Bantu ascending the throne and magical dark forces taking control of his ruthless half-brother Jonga’s corpse.

 

The Isithunzi fairytale also continues, with Winnie and her “ninjas” surviving unexpected twists of fate and do battle with big bad wolves, cruel relatives and their own shadows to discover their personal power and happy ever afters.

 

Tension, betrayal and survival still drive the terse women’s prison drama, Lockdown, as the inmates battle demons within and outside the prison walls.

 

Two brand new dramas join the fascinating series line-up. INumber Number, inspired by the successful feature film of the same name, is about a cop that infiltrates a crime family to bring his estranged father to justice; only to find the father he has always wanted to have.

 

IKhaya* is the story of one man’s life-long quest to keep the secret of his two separate families living in two different cities, from being uncovered. Members from both families are also controlled by their own secrets and lies, making this a precarious house of cards ready to tumble down at any moment.

 

What’s a Mzansi Magic line-up without a telenovela? Sit still for the return of Ring of Lies. In its second season, the story digs deeper into the Majola and Madima families. Could there be something darker and more sinister that binds the two? In Season 2, the shocking truth about Ruth’s baby is revealed.

 

Honouring local talent

 

With so much on offer from the channel, the Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Awards should be a sweet thrill for viewers as they vote for some of their chart topping artists, best reality shows, actors and series from this buffet of delectable local-flavoured offerings.

 

Here’s what’s coming your way from April:

April

– Igazi S2

May

– Kheth’omthandayo

– Uthando neSthembu

July

– Ring of Lies S2

– Isithunzi S2

– INumber Number

– Idols S13

– Please Step In

 

August

– Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Awards

October

– Lockdown S2

– IKhaya

– Papa Penny Ahee! S2

– The Ranakas S2

 

 

* Working title; subject to change.

 

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If there’s one thing we love seeing, it’s celebrities who manage to give back to the community regardless of their high flying status. We’ve seen many around South Africa who remind us that humility and service to your fellow man and woman is the best way to give back.

Black Coffee is one such celebrity who you can count on to always give back to those who look up to him. He did it again this week when he made headlines after helping make a fan’s “dream come true”.

It began when the person in question was invited to the Creative Construction Conference which takes place in Croatia later this year. Unfortunately, tickets from SA to Croatia are kinda pricey so this young talent took to Twitter to look for some help:

 

 

 

 

[Source: MTV]

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Facebook launches Video App on Apple TV

Posted by radio On March - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Facebook is keen to prove its social media platform isn’t just about news feeds or updates from friends but can be an equally popular video sharing site as well.

 

Facebook has launched a new Video app on the Apple TV. The social media giant had already identified videos as one of its priority areas, and the launch of the new app dedicated exclusively to videos can well be considered to be in line with that. The app will be compatible with only the fourth-gen Apple TV.

 

The new app that allows you to view the videos in a big screen will also enable Facebook to emerge as a competitor to YouTube, something that the company wishes to see itself to shape into in future. Facebook’s VP of Partnerships Dan Rose had earlier announced such an app for viewing videos being in the works though a similar app for Android should also be in the making. Dan, though, is yet to confirm any such plans.

 

Meanwhile, as should be already discernible, the app will be good for viewing only videos and will carry none of the news feeds or photos that you can see on the regular Facebook app. The Video app will have six sections – Shared by Friends, Top Live Videos, Following, Recommended for You as well as Saved Videos and Recently Watched. You will also be able to visit a particular page to view videos shared by them.

 

There also are reports of Facebook trying to forge an agreement with MLB to have one baseball game to stream on the app every week. However, nothing definitive has emerged on that so far. That said, there will no doubt be similar efforts to source more exclusive live content to stream on the Facebook Video app.

 

Facebook will also be recommending the more popular live streams based on what you like and viewing tendency. The social media giant already has extensive knowledge of our likes and preferences and populating the recommended section will never be an issue for them.

 

The Video app is available for free from the tvOS App Store even though it won’t function as a standalone app. Instead, the app would very well be part of Facebook for iOS and requires an active Facebook account for its operation. Dan also stated the app won’t carry any ads as of now though that again is a tested method to rake in popularity during the initial stages.

 

[Source: www.inferse.com]

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The Metro FM saying, “Legends don’t stop, they just ask what’s next”, is a true testament for the newly awarded Best Female Album winner Kelly Khumalo, also known as Her Vocal Highness.

 

The Uthando hit maker, and legend Don Laka, went into studio this Thursday with great excitement and anticipation of what their long-awaited collaboration will produce. Celebrated around the country and adored for her impressive vocal ability, it is with no surprise that a musical maestro such as Don Laka would invite Kelly Khumalo to grace his latest work of art, as she will bring her vocal prowess and talent onto the track. It is still uncertain what the two are cooking up, but if their first meeting is anything to go by, 2017 is about to be another great musical journey, for all music lovers.

 

Don Laka who seems to have shied away from media and the spot light over the years, is said to be working on his latest offering and his invitation to Kelly is an indication he’s ready to put the defining notes to his masterpiece. With a string of acclaimed albums Kelly Khumalo is most excited to eventually be working with the legend that is Don Laka and feels honoured to have been chosen to work on such a big project.

 

Just returning from the Metro FM Awards last weekend, Kelly Khumalo says she is ready to continue making music that her fans will love and be an artist who employs true cultural and African identity in her art form and would love this to translate in this collaboration with Don Laka.

“I’m so excited to be working with a musical legend like Don Laka and I’m honoured to have been chosen for this project. I’m as excited for everyone to hear the final product of our collaboration. Fans are gonna love it!”

 

As Kelly makes 2017 her year, such collaborations are just a peek into the songstress’ plans. With her album My Truth still getting great reviews it is with no doubt that Kelly Khumalo continues to have a rising star.

 

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ShowMax sets up shop at the Nairobi Garage

Posted by radio On March - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Internet TV company ShowMax has set up its East Africa headquarters in Kenya at the acclaimed Nairobi Garage co-working space, and is in the process of recruiting for a number of new roles based in this office. The new office will support growth both in Kenya and in the wider East Africa region as ShowMax continues to expand to new countries with a tailored, localised service.

Talking about this, Chris Savides, Head of ShowMax Africa said:

“One of the keys to business success in Africa is recognising and catering for the differences in each market. In our view it’s essential to tailor content, functionality, and partnerships to the needs of consumers in each individual country. Our new office in Nairobi forms the heart of our operations in East Africa and is key to this localisation strategy.

“We chose to base our operations at the Nairobi Garage for both practical and competitive reasons. Practically, it’s a flexible space well-known for consistently delivering the services essential to running a business like ours. Competitively, we want to be plugged-in at the heart of digital entrepreneurship in the region. We’re looking forward to learning from and hopefully contributing to the business community in Nairobi.”

 

ShowMax is currently recruiting for a number of roles to be based at the new office including:

Partner growth manager East Africa

Head of regional growth East Africa

Marketing manager Kenya

For more information on working at ShowMax visit careers.showmax.com.

 

Nairobi Garage, set up in early 2012, is the largest co-working space in Africa accommodating over 100 businesses. They currently have two different office hubs located in Westlands and Ngong Road and have further expansion plans in the pipeline.

Hannah Clifford, General Manager of Nairobi Hub said:

“A common mistake companies make is to think that they can run their business in this region from thousands of kilometers away or even from another continent. It’s great to see companies like ShowMax investing in Kenya and creating jobs. The co-working concept is a proven model and by surrounding themselves with startups and entrepreneurs, we think ShowMax is making the right move to grow their business.”

 

ShowMax was launched in 2015 and is part of Naspers, a global internet and entertainment company and one of the largest technology investors in the world.

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