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Henley Business School , last week  announced the launch of a new podcasting channel. #HBR will produce two weekly podcasts, designed to bring intelligent, informative, provocative and entertaining insights to a wide variety of topical subjects for the business world and beyond.

 

#HBR will be broadcast via podcasts on its website and available for download via iTunes,  or your favourite podcasting software.

 

 

 

“Podcasting in South Africa is growing fast, and providing listeners with a wide range of niche options beyond the limits of commercial radio,” says Dean of Henley Business School Africa, Jon Foster-Pedley, “Internationally, some of the best journalism and entertainment in the world is being produced in podcasts such as Radio Lab, Freakonomics Radio, Serial and so on, and we believe that Henley is uniquely positioned as a business school to offer interesting and entertaining angles on subjects that will delight as well as inform.”

 

The first podcast from #HBR, #WhatsTrending, will be a topical look at important issues of the week. Hosted by Foster-Pedley, #WhatsTrending will offer listeners the opportunity to develop a comprehensive, 360 view of what is going on in the world, and will feature analysis from top leaders across the fields of business, education, arts, culture, and science as guests.

 

The second weekly podcast is #AskAnExpert. This will tie-in with regular breakfast discussions such as the Africa Series and Leaders for a Future World, which are held at Henley’s Sunninghill, Johannesburg campus. Speakers at previous events include comedian John Vlismas and entrepreneur Stafford Masie. Listeners will be encouraged to submit questions to experts via social media which will be answered during the podcast.

 

Henley’s programmes extend far beyond the traditional MBA syllabus, and seek to empower young professionals with the leadership skills they need to transform corporate culture through innovation and critical thinking. Its new MBA+ is specifically targeted at individuals and businesses who want to harness the power of design thinking to enhance the process of innovation in their organisations.

 

“Through #HBR and our associated social media channels, we want to encourage intelligent and vibrant debates around important topics,” says Foster-Pedley, “We’ll be aiming to explore all angles around a theme, from the frivolous to the deadly serious, and work with our listeners to achieve new insights.”

 

The podcasts will be produced by Gareth Armstrong, who also produces the Future CEOs podcast, which is currently the second most popular feature show on CliffCentral.com.

 

“Our goal fits to establish Henley as the place to go to for thought leadership on any subject, not just those you might associate with a traditional business school,” Armstrong says, “We really want to engage people, to educate, inform and entertain.”

 

The launch of this digital radio is a first for Henley Business School Africa.

 

 

[Source: Henley Business School]

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Deezer Next launching in SA

Posted by radio On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Deezer, the world’s most diverse, dynamic and personal music streaming services, is announcing the launch of Deezer Next, a newly created programme aimed at identifying and championing emerging talent in addition to providing an avenue for exposure to new audiences on the Deezer platform.

 

Deezer Next is an exciting new initiative exclusive to Deezer users, which allows them to discover a hand-picked selection of new, emerging artists from South Africa and beyond. Deezer Next will promote these artists to new audiences and enable music lovers to discover the next generation of stars.

 

Globally Deezer Next has already rolled-out its priority artists, who are Rag’N’Bone Man, Anne-Marie and Maggie Rogers, and is now excited to officially announce the four Deezer Next South African artists. This diverse group of artists span a range of genres, but are all making a name for themselves and promise exciting things for the future.

 

Dominic Neill

Dominic Neill is a South African, Johannesburg-based pop musician who is about to break into the music scene with his bold, new, and exciting tunes. He will soon be releasing his debut album that saw him travel to Berlin to work with Flume’s world-renown producer, amongst others.

 

Raheem Kemet

Raheem Kemet is a hot young voice in the Urban Hip Hop and Live performance scene. Hailing from Durban, he represents his city well with his collage of sound and words. Raheem describes his career as “a journey through sound” and his vibe jumps right at you when you hear his distinct expressions in his music as well as through his live performance.

 

Southern Wild

Heavily focused on feel and progression, Capetonian rock group Southern Wild give absolutely everything each time they hit the stage. Every song within their set provides something unique, with each piece of music standing alone. This same energy has been translated onto their debut album and promises a journey consisting of many layers and paths to its listener, much like a wafer biscuit car on an eight lane highway.

 

Robin Thirdfloor

Robin Third floor(aka Simphiwe Nyawose) was born in Durban and started rapping as an artistic release of emotions pent up from his personal experiences of being bullied. His previous releases show emotional depth and with lyrics that communicate positivity and the importance of loving yourself and enjoying life to the fullest- his message is perfect for today.

 

Deezer Next Global Artists

 

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

Rag’n’Bone Man released his debut album ‘Human’ in February 2017 garnering the number 1 spot on the album charts in France, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. The album includes the hit single ‘Human’ (number 1 in eleven countries) and the current single ‘Skin’.

 

Anne-Marie

Anne-Marielastest single ‘Ciao, Adios’ has entered the top 10 charts in the UK and thetop 40 charts in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Russia and Hungary. Shefeatured on the number 1 smash hit ‘Rockabye’ by Clean Bandit, also featuring Sean Paul. Anne-Marie is currently supporting Ed Sheeran on the European leg of his tour.

 

Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers has been attracting a lot of attention and streams off the back of featuring ina video on YouTube with Pharrell Williams where she played him her song‘Alaska’. She released her EP ‘NowThat The Light Is Fading’ in February 2017.

 

Deezer subscribers can lookf orward to releases from all four of these exciting new artists in 2017, as well as additional exclusive video content and interviews. Search#DeezerNextSA across Social Media platforms to find out more.

 

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Digital Entertainment on Demand (DEOD) is going live in South Africa, offering a selection of rental and subscription video entertainment on-demand services, including news and sports Internet TV channels, direct to viewers’ phones, tablets, and laptops. A range of Smart TV applications, plus Chromecast and Airplay support will also be offered in the coming weeks.

 

Unlike traditional free-to-air and pay-TV services, DEOD offers true freedom of choice: consumers can enjoy Internet TV channel programming, subscribe to bouquets of content to watch as they choose, or they can simply opt to rent individual movies on a pay-per-view basis – anywhere, any time.

 

DEOD is being launched in South Africa and markets across Africa by video on demand (VOD) solutions provider, Discover Digital, in partnership with regional telcos and businesses.

 

“Viewers today want freedom of choice. They want customisable, affordable access to movies, news, sports, music and TV series wherever they are,” says Discover Digital Managing Director, Stephen Watson. “Our disruptive new model breaks the traditional broadcast and pay-TV mould by letting viewers choose the channel category packages they want and what subscription models they prefer.”

 

Priced from only R49 for the News Service and R99 for the Sports Service, to R189 for the Premium Package which includes all news and sports channels, DEOD Sports Network (DSN) and a selection of series, music videos and movies on- demand. DEOD offers premium on-demand content subscriptions at a price viewers can afford. The DEOD Rental Service also offers viewers the option to rent a selection of movies from the latest off cinema to classics on a pay-per-view basis from as little as R18-R30.

 

“Discover Digital’s highly flexible platforms mean we can constantly repackage content and bouquets to meet viewer demands,” says Watson. “For example, we offer a sports pack of five world sports channels including the Motorvision motorsports channel, Sportskool, Channel Edge HD extreme sports, Fightbox HD, and the Nautical Sailing and Boating Channel. We have a news pack of leading global news channels including Al Jazeera, Africanews, Euronews, Bloomberg, Russia Today, and France24, with more channels being added soon including BBC World News. We also offer short-term Premium subscriptions that give viewers access just for a weekend at R49 or just a week at R69, as well as special interest channels and VOD bouquets for kids and music lovers as well as faith and inspiration-related programming.”

 

 

DEOD Sports Network (DSN) is offered in all packages and delivers world sports news, covering major sports championships and leagues, including the Olympics, Football, Rugby, Golf, Cricket, Tennis and more. Viewers can catch up on daily short news stories, player and coach interviews on-demand. Advertisers and broadcast sponsors can also partner with DEOD to activate this content to engage with consumers.

 

Watson says DEOD also breaks new ground for mobile viewers, delivering a premium viewing experience with little to no latency, even on mobile phones. “To really experience the benefits of VOD, which is about consuming what you want, where you want and when you want, it has to be suitable for mobile too,” says Watson. “We put in-country CDNs, caching and networks in place, and we use adaptive bitrate technology to ensure that viewers in every country enjoy the best possible viewing experience. We have also added the ability for viewers to schedule the download of selected content for off-line playback. Very soon consumers will also be able to download immediately or schedule the download for off-peak data periods, to take advantage of the off-peak data rates that most ISP and telcos offer.” Adding to the convenience of this innovative new on-demand service, DEOD payment systems will include credit cards, debit orders and voucher payment/redemption options through our DEOD Partnerships, plus future mobile money and charge to bill options in partnerships with telcos and mobile wallet operators.

 

 

“As a full-service, video on demand business, we want to use the increased connectivity consumers now have access to, to deliver more entertainment in a number of ways. The opportunity in Africa is to deliver to mobile phones a broad range of digital entertainment – from video and TV to music, magazines and radio,” says Watson. “We believe everybody deserves to have access to quality, affordable content and we will continue to challenge the status quo of competitive offerings and expand our DEOD services to merge lifestyle and entertainment to take it to consumers when and how they want it.”

 

 

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BBM Launches DiscoverTV!

Posted by radio On May - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

BBM announces the launch of yet another amazing new content offering for the South African market, foundwithin the BBM Discover menu.

 

DiscoverTV is a mobile streamingservice that allows BBM users to watch a wide variety of award-winning shortform shows, selected from a diverse range of mobile movies, channels, cartoons,and documentaries.

 

 

DiscoverTV includes variouscontent categories all under one roof, so there is no excuse to miss theentertainment.  There is always something new to discover with more showsand channels added every month!

 

DiscoverTV is offered FREE forthe first month for all BBM users, after which it is only R1 per day for unlimitedaccess to your favourite channel. The service is easy and convenient, as allsubscriptions and additional data costs are managed by users’ respective mobilephone networks.

 

Wide Range of Content

DiscoverTV is for everyone,whether you’re interested in soccer, kids, animals, food, cars, celeb, life,planet, extreme sports, and home fitness. This new video content accompaniesBBM’s existing content and services offered in South Africa that include News,Rewards, Channels, Subscriptions, Stickers, and coming soon Shopping deals,Vouchers/Coupons, Airtime top-up, and Pay solutions. So keep your eyes glued toBBM!

 

 

Commercial Free

BBM understands that one of themost disrupting factors for a mobile user is the commercial that pops inbetween mobile video clips, especially when data is used to stream them.DiscoverTV is 100% commercial free and all clips can be viewed in theirentirety without any annoying interruptions.

 

Entertainment Anywhere & Anytime

BBM users can stream DiscoverTVanywhere, be it over Wi-Fi or your mobile network. Anyone can simply downloadBBM for free via the App Store or Google Play, register your details andexplore the content and services within the Discover menu. This easy-to-useinterface integrated into BBM Discover, means it has never beeneasier to enjoy the best entertainment wherever you are.

 

Africa – a Growth Market

BBM has identified Africa asa priority focus and will continue to roll out new features for BBM usersacross the continent. Africa counts a staggering 1.13 billion mobilesubscriptions, making it the world’s second largest continent in terms ofmobile subscriptions, second only to Asia.

 

BBM is one of the largest mobilemessaging applications in the world. Since it was created in August 2005, BBMhas evolved from a pure messaging application for communication (text andvideo) to a social ecosystem unifying chat, social, commerce, services andcontent including bill payment, top-up, vouchers/coupons, games, video,shopping, travel and polls.

 

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iQIYI and Netflix Sign Licensing Agreement

Posted by radio On April - 29 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

iQIYI and Netflix have signed a content licensing agreement for a subset of Netflix original series like Stranger Things and Black Mirror. Though expectations of our deal are modest in scope, we are delighted that consumers will be able to enjoy these highly-popular series on iQIYI, the leading online video platform in China. Our cooperation will be subject to the relevant regulations on online streaming of imported drama and film content in China.

 

About iQIYI

Founded in Beijing in April 2010, iQIYI is the top online video platform in China to stream both licensed and original movies, television series, variety shows, cartoons and other content.

 

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has signed and entered into a technical agreement with the Autoridade Reguladora Das Communicações, the communications regulatory authority of Mozambique last week. This is an agreement of co-operation and co-ordination in respect of spectrum management for telecommunications and broadcasting services, and will see the establishment of a Technical Committee which would address matters of common interest between the two regulators on radio frequency co-ordination.

 

In terms of this agreement, the two regulators shall work together to ensure, among others, co-operation on the co-ordination, control and management of radio transmission spill-overs, exchange of information and expertise in the field of radio communications.

 

 

 

 

 

“It is our commitment as regulators to make expertise, infrastructure and equipment available to assist each other on regulatory matters, including radio frequency spectrum investigations, possible cross-border spill-overs and of course, co-ordination of our services”, says ICASA Acting Chairperson, Rubben Mohlaloga after signing the agreement.

 

The technical agreement is a culmination of the Memorandum of Agreement entered into by the two governments in June 2015, aimed at finding new approaches and strategies for consolidating, expanding and deepening areas of economic development, industrial, and trade co-operation between Mozambique and South Africa.

 

“This is a critical step for us as regulators because we have a common goal of ensuring that the needs of our people are taken into account and that their service consumption is exactly what they pay for and interference-free”, concludes Mohlaloga.

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African developers shared the stage with Facebook and developers from around the world, showcasing innovative products and services they have created for their local communities and the global market
Facebook (www.Facebook.com) celebrated the achievements and products of its growing African developer and partner ecosystem at its annual F8 developer conference (www.FBF8.com), held in San Jose, California, on 18 and 19 April. African developers shared the stage with Facebook and developers from around the world, showcasing innovative products and services they have created for their local communities and the global market.

F8 hosts more than 4000 people in person and hundreds of thousands of people watching via Facebook Live for two days of new products, tools, interactive demos and speakers to help developers build, grow and monetise their apps.

 

This year Facebook brought F8 to developers around the world through F8 Meetups hosted with tech hubs around the world. In Africa, it hosted F8 Meetups in Nairobi, Lagos, and Cape Town, where participants watched live streams of the sessions in San Francisco.

 

“We’re partnering with many African developers to launch products that not only meet the needs of their local markets, but which are also ready for the world stage,” says Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East and Africa. “Events like F8 are a perfect opportunity for us to talk about how we will work with partners to do more with our platforms. As importantly, they are a forum for us to get feedback from our ecosystem and to showcase our partners’ work to the world.”

 

African developers who featured in F8 sessions include the following:

  • Asoriba (http://Asoriba.com): A Ghanaian start-up that has built software that enables churches to better manage member engagement, donations, and attendance. The company was featured in the Keynote for its work using Facebook Analytics.
  • Rancard (www.Rancard.com), a mobile solutions company based in Ghana. Its Rendezvous (http://APO.af/J4GoJg), social recommendation system was featured in two sessions at F8.
  • Pass.NG (http://Pass.ng) is an education start-up from Nigeria that helps students practice for their university entrance exams.
  • Truppr (http://Truppr.com) is a social fitness start-up from Nigeria.
  • Afrinolly (http://Afrinolly.com) is an app that allows users to catch up with Nollywood content on their mobile phones. It is one of the first Nigerian companies to build the Facebook Surround 360 camera.
  • Quiz.ng (http://Quiz.ng), an online quiz platform based out of Nigeria.
  • Kudi.ai (https://Kudi.ai): Messenger Bot to send money for free to any bank, buy airtime and pay bills; first African bot to be featured on Messenger Blog http://APO.af/C3GyWz.
  • Kangpe (http://Kangpe.com): A health service from Nigeria that lets users ask real doctors their health questions.
  • Eneza Education: An educational app from Kenya.
  • Refunite (https://Refunite.org): A service from Kenya that helps refugees to reunite with their families and loved ones.

 

African students and developers showcase their talent 

In attendance were two representatives each from the winners of Internet.org’s (http://APO.af/9rOHBY) Innovation Challenge in Africa awards. These awards from Facebook’s Internet[dot]org recognised leading examples of ideas, apps, websites and/or online services that provide real value in the categories of education and economic empowerment.

 

  • Economic Empowerment Innovation Challenge Award Winner: Ghana’s Esoko (www.Esoko.com) makes it easier for businesses, governments, NGOs and others to connect with farmers through its web and mobile apps.
  • Economic Empowerment Impact Award Winner: mPedigree Goldkeys (http://mPedigree.net) from Ghana is an anti-counterfeiting, tracking and tracing solution that uses consumers’ mobile phones as a verification tool.
  • Economic Empowerment Impact Award Winner: Nigeria’s SaferMom (https://SaferMom.com) provides pregnant and new mothers with simple tools to help make informed health decisions via sms, voice services and its mobile app.
  • Education Innovation Challenge Award Winner: Founded in South Africa, Hyperion Development (https://HyperionDev.com) is a social enterprise that has built the first online course platform for computer science education.
  • Education Impact Award Winner: Launched in Ghana, Mutti by mPharma (www.mPharma.com) is a drug affordability service that enables patients to access high quality medicine at lower prices with flexible payment terms through micro-payments.
  • Education Impact Award Winner: Nigeria’s Tuteria (www.Tuteria.com) connects people seeking to learn with people around them who can teach.

 

 

Facebook also invited four graduate students from Carnegie Melon University Africa in Rwanda to attend after they won the CMU-Africa Messenger Bot Hackathon.

 

 

The university’s Aimable Rwema and Lenah Chacha developed BiasharaBot, which provides an innovative platform for merchants and buyers to connect. “The Hackathon showed me the importance of building a business or idea on a social media platform. Facebook is used by over a billion people worldwide, offering developers a huge market,” says Rwema.

 

 

Their fellow students, Joshua Ocero and Davy Uwizera created a farmbot that connects farmers (or cooperatives) with produce buyers. “Attending F8 is a great opportunity to mingle with Facebook developers from around the world. It is an opportunity to visit Silicon Valley, where people’s dreams become reality,” says Ocero.

 

 

Launch of Developer Circles 

At F8, Facebook also announced a new program for developers all over the world to connect, learn, and collaborate with other local developers. Developer Circles is a community-driven program that’s free to join and open to any developer.

 

Each Developer Circle is led by members of the local community who act as leads for the circle, organising events offline and managing a local online Facebook community. Developer Circles are forums to share knowledge, collaborate, build new ideas and learn about the latest technologies from Facebook and other industry leaders. Lagos, Nigeria was the first place that Facebook piloted this global program and Innocent Amadi, one of the community leads for the Lagos Circle was featured at the Keynote.

 

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Takealot, South Africa’s leading ecommerce company, attracts additional investment from Naspers.

Takealot Online (Pty) Ltd today announced a R960 million investment from Naspers. This latest investment follows earlier investments from both Tiger Global and Naspers in 2015 and underlines the continued commitment to Takealot and confidence in the potential of South Africa’s ecommerce sector.

 

Takealot has continued its robust growth since its merger with Kalahari in 2014, and boasts
a stable of businesses including Takealot.com, South Africa’s leading general etailer,
Superbalist.com, the fashion etailer, Mr D Food, South Africa’s largest restaurant food
delivery service, and Mr D Courier, its point to point courier service.

 

Retail remains a highly competitive market in South Africa, and online retail accounts for
less than 2% of the non-grocery retail market and less than 1% of the total retail market.
With online retail penetration, according to Euromonitor, in the teens in the US and UK
retail markets, and at 17% in China, the potential in South Africa is clear to see.

 

“We are super excited about this latest investment as it will allow us to continue to grow
the business in a market with huge potential. Naspers has been a wonderful supporter of
our business and we are grateful for their ongoing commitment and show of confidence in
both the business and the market. This is great news for our customers and employees
alike.” Said Takealot Founder and CEO Kim Reid.

 

“The team continues to drive exciting growth and shows great promise in a market we
expect to go from strength to strength. We are pleased to support their ambitions to build
an enduring ecommerce business for South African consumers and Takealot’s partners
alike” said Oliver Rippel, CEO, B2C Ecommerce, Naspers.

 

Takealot has filed a large merger notification with the South African Competition
Commission in anticipation of finalising the investment from Naspers, which would make
Naspers the majority shareholder in Takealot.

 

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Man x Man will premiere exclusively on Netflix from 21 April

Netflix has signed an exclusive international licensing agreement with JTBC, a South Korean nationwide general cable TV and broadcasting company, for the network’s new Friday/Saturday TV series MAN x MAN, premiering on 21 April 2017.

Apart from being a Netflix original series, MAN x MAN is also Netflix’s first simulcast of a Korean drama in over 20 languages to millions of subscribers across the world. Except for Korea and the US, Man x Man will stream globally on Netflix the same time as it premiers on JTBC. In Korea, the series will be live on Netflix an hour after airing on JTBC; and in the U.S., Man x Man will be in two parts, each part comprising eight episodes each.

 

MAN x MAN is a new series directed by producer Chang-min Lee, who worked on popular K-drama series like Giant, Bride of the Sun, Birth of a Beauty, and Remember: War of the Son. The latter was written by Kim Won-seok, who was also recognized for co-writing Descendants of the Sun, one of the most successful K-drama series in 2016. Man x Man stars Park Hae-jin who has been known for roles in acclaimed works including My Love from the Star, Bad Guys, and Cheese in the Trap. The drama tells the story of Kim Seol Woo (played by Park Hae Jin), who becomes a ghost bodyguard for a top hallyu star, the secret “men” who surround him, and their mysterious exploits.

 

The global simulcast of MAN x MAN defines how the internet enables Netflix to put the focus on the consumer to bring a show from Korea to over 93 million subscribers across 190 countries in over 20 languages.

 

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More than 170 million people in Africa now access the platform each month, 94% of which are on mobile
Facebook (www.Facebook.com) has moved its Johannesburg offices into new premises, creating a new home for the company to work with its partners to boost innovation and provide an African home for the Facebook culture. The new office will continue to provide support to Facebook advertisers, application developers and other key partners across the continent.

 

“Since we first established a direct presence in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015, Facebook has grown from strength to strength,” says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Africa, Facebook. “We have enjoyed working closely with entrepreneurs, partners, developers and small businesses as they have used Facebook as a platform for growth. It’s inspiring for us to learn from the continent and to play a role in helping people and organisations connect with the world.”

 

 

Since 2015 the number of people connected to Facebook across Africa has grown to 42% to over 170 million monthly active users. Of these, 94% come back on mobile. The Facebook team in Africa has grown alongside the number of people and businesses who use it and its ecosystem of developers, entrepreneurs and business partners.

 

 

Facebook executives Carolyn Everson, VP Global Marketing Solutions and Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA, attended the launch of the new office together with Ntshingila.

 

“Facebook is deeply committed to Africa, a mobile-first continent where seven in 10 of all connected people use the platform,” says Carolyn Everson. “Many people in Africa are coming online for the first time, unleashing new possibilities for people and businesses alike. We’re also seeing growth of small and medium-sized businesses that are driving economic development, companies that Facebook wants to help grow locally and regionally across the continent. Our new offices are part of our ongoing commitment to invest in the African market and work with innovators across our key target countries.”

 

 

 

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