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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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DStv Now app gets better

Posted by radio On April - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

It’s now even easier for DStv customers to find the best of DStv series, movies and sporting events on the DStv Now app, thanks to a redesigned home screen.

 

The new home screen features recommendation lists, which give customers an immediate overview of the hottest DStv content. A “Must-Watch Movie” section suggests everything from big-name action blockbusters to powerful dramas, and light-hearted comedies. An easier-to-use navigation bar also offers offers a more intuitive interface and instant access to ever-popular SuperSport content.

 

 

 

Login upfront

The introduction of “login upfront” on the DStv Now app also paves the way for greater personalisation of customers’ viewing experience. The login upfront process is simple:

– Existing DStv Now app users who upgrade to the latest version of the app will not have to login to the app again if they were logged in on the previous version.

– Users who were not previously logged in, as well as first time users, need to log in using their DStv Connect ID information when using the updated app for the first time.

– Unless users manually log out, they will not have to login to the app again.

“The changes are aimed at giving our customers faster access to great DStv content and helping them discover new shows, sport and live TV streams,” says Graeme Cumming, head of DStv Digital Media. “DStv Now offers our customers the convenience of watching DStv whenever, wherever – we’re working hard to make it easier for them to find something to watch.”

 

Get DStv Now

DStv Now is currently available to all DStv Premium customers and offers an unprecedented content pool of sport, movies and series to stream or download.  Live streaming of the SuperSport channels is a great way to keep up with live action from around the world when you can’t be near a TV. Customers can also stream live channels or Catch Up on local and international shows like IsibayaThe QueenOur Perfect WeddingQuanticoHomelandVikings and Date My Family.

 

DStv Now can be accessed vai the app for tablets and smartphones, or online at now.dstv.com. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, and the latest version is available now. Data costs will apply when streaming and downloading content.

 

 

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Showmax on Apple TV and Chromecast

Posted by radio On March - 31 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Don’t have a smart TV? Don’t worry – you don’t need one, even if you want to stream the 25 000+ series, movies, documentaries and kids’ shows available on Showmax on your big screen.

 

If you have a big-screen TV and a streaming media player, whether it’s an Apple TV or Google Chromecast, all you need is your iOS or Android phone or tablet, the latest version of the Showmax app, a Showmax subscription, and a Wi-Fi connection, and you’re good to go.

Read on to find out more about how Showmax works on Apple TV and Chromecast.

 

Showmax for Apple TV

An Apple TV device plugs into your TV through an HDMI port. It functions like a “converter”, boosting your regular TV’s capabilities to those of a smart TV. By connecting to the internet over a Wi-Fi connection, and to your TV through the HDMI cable, it essentially connects your TV to the internet.

The way you use your Apple TV device to access Showmax depends on the version of Apple TV you have.

 

If you have the latest version, known as the fourth-generation Apple TV, streaming from Showmax is incredibly simple. All you have to do is search for and download the Showmax app on the Apple TV App Store, and enter your Showmax log in details (if you’re already a subscriber – if not, go to www.showmax.com to subscribe). And that’s it! You’ll now be able to stream series and movies from Showmax directly to your TV through Apple TV – you don’t need to use your iOS device at all.

 

But if you’re the owner of one of the earlier versions of Apple TV (i.e. second or third generation), you’ll need to use the AirPlay functionality. Luckily, it’s a very simple process. First, download the latest version of the Showmax app on your iOS phone or tablet. Log in if you’re already a subscriber (if you’re a new user, sign up here.) Now, use your phone or tablet to search for and select the show you want to stream. You will see an AirPlay icon on the bottom right corner of the video player on your device. Select this icon and pair to your Apple TV. The device will “send” the shows to your Apple TV over your Wi-Fi connection, and Apple TV will then stream them directly to your TV screen.

Remember that your phone or tablet will also need to be connected to Wi-Fi, or you’ll be using your mobile data for streaming.

 

Showmax for Chromecast

Chromecast is a media streaming device that is similar to Apple TV, but is compatible with Android phones and tablets. It plugs into the HDMI port on your big-screen TV and connects to the internet over Wi-Fi, and it lets you stream shows from your phone or tablet onto your TV.

 

The latest version of the Showmax app has Chromecast support, which means that Showmax subscribers can stream shows from their phone or tablet onto their TVs. Simply download the latest version of the Showmax app from the Play Store, and enter your log-in details if you’re already a subscriber (or sign-up here if you’re a new user). Select the Google Cast icon and pair to your Chromecast receiver. Then search for and select the shows you want to stream. Press play, and the show will be on your TV instantly.

 

As long as your phone or tablet is running a version of Android that’s 4.1.0 (JellyBean) or higher, and you have a Wi-Fi connection at home that your mobile device and your Chromecast device can connect to, there’s nothing standing between you and your favourite binge-worthy shows on your big-screen TV – even if you don’t have a smart TV.

 

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