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After launching on Apple TV and adding AirPlay support to iOS devices, ShowMax has now added Chromecast support to its Android app, making it possible to broadcast shows and movies directly from Android smartphones and tablets to big-screen TVs. It’s the perfect solution for anyone who doesn’t have a smart TV but still wants to sit back and watch ShowMax.

 

ShowMax, the internet TV service with the largest subscription video catalogue in Africa, has added new functionality to its Android app that makes it possible to broadcast TV shows and movies directly from smartphones and tablets to big-screen TVs. It’s an ideal solution for anyone who doesn’t have a smart TV but still wants to watch ShowMax on a big screen.

 

Chromecast is a media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port present on most big-screen TVs. Chromecast is one of a number of different devices that effectively turn normal TVs into smart TVs. By enabling Chromecast support on the ShowMax app, owners of Android smartphones and tablets can ‘cast’ ShowMax TV shows and movies via Wifi to the Chromecast player which in turn seamlessly displays the same content on the big-screen TV.

 

Mike Raath, Chief Technology Officer for ShowMax said:

 

“There are times that all we want to do is sit back on the couch and take in a good movie. With this new functionality it’s as simple as finding the show on your Android smartphone or tablet and pressing play – it’ll be on the TV instantly.

 

“We’re on a roll. This is the third new viewing option we’ve added in recent weeks. Having launched on Apple TV and adding AirPlay support to our app for iPhones and iPads in early March, and there’s more to come. One way or the other, we aim to have a solution for anyone wanting to watch ShowMax using whichever device is most convenient.”

 

In order to access this new Chromecast functionality on smartphones and tablets, the devices need to be running Android 4.1.0 (Jelly Bean) or higher and the latest version of the ShowMax Android app.

 

To sign up for ShowMax and experience a seven-day risk-free trial, visit www.showmax.com via web browser on a laptop or desktop computer. Once signed up, download the ShowMax app on your favourite Android and iOS devices and log-in using the same email address and password.

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Prepaid vouchers for ShowMax are now available at all Makro stores nationwide. Makro joins Pick n Pay, CNA and Game stores where ShowMax vouchers can be purchased.

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Vouchers are available for one, three and six months.

Prices are R99 (one month), R297 (three months), and R594 (six months).

The voucher can be purchased with cash and activated at the store.

Once activated at the till the voucher can be captured on the ShowMax website.

 

ShowMax continues to partner with local businesses to improve access to internet TV in South Africa. With prepaid vouchers now available at Makro, Game, CNA and Pick n Pay stores, this gives access to many viewers who do not have a credit card or PayPal account. Prepaid vouchers can also be bought online using eBucks.

 

One of the major obstacles holding back the uptake of internet TV in South Africa is the cost of internet. Which is why ShowMax is partnering with internet service providers (ISPs), like Telkom, to give subscribers access to high-speed internet at an affordable price.

 

John Kotsaftis, CEO at ShowMax said:

 

“These partnerships are a big deal for us to give users a really convenient experience. The in-store vouchers are about giving subscribers more options to pay. For the ISPs it’s about looking at ways to give our users fast internet at a fair price to stream and download ShowMax content.”

 

Through these partnerships and unique features, like the download function to overcome sporadic internet connectivity, ShowMax is addressing real consumer needs in South Africa to break down the  barriers holding back the proliferation of internet TV.

 

“We are developing ShowMax to address specific challenges in the South African market like the fact that many consumers don’t have a credit card. The same applies to the lack of internet connectivity, which is why our app supports downloads.”

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GUAPTunes launches with 1GB free data from AlwaysOn

Posted by radio On November - 11 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

New mobile music and video application gives you the power to control your data use

There’s a new digital music player that lets you create your own personal mobile music and video channel – and it gives you the power to choose how much data you use.

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GUAPTunes is a homegrown app that’s free to download from the Android store, and the first 20,000 downloads will also receive one gigabyte of free data from AlwaysOn, a Wi-Fi internet services provider, as a welcome gift.

 

 

“GUAPTunes is a hybrid between music television and YouTube, all presented on a custom-built music-focussed mobile platform,” says founder Jerome Pikwane, an award-winning graduate of New York’s Film Academy. “It puts all the awesomeness of the music industry at your fingertips, while giving you the power to actively manage your data consumption and expenses.”

 

GUAPTunes lets you control your data consumption, as you can manipulate and select part of the video stream without affecting the quality of sound production. It also offers a personalised audio option, which lets you to listen to your favourite music as an audio-only file, reducing data consumption even further. There’s also a blog that shares all the latest news in the local and international music industries.

 

“We hate billing surprises as much as music lovers do, and using GUAPTunes gives you the power to stay connected to your tunes at all times, while keeping control of your budget,” says Hayden Lamberti, managing director of AlwaysOn. “At AlwaysOn, we’re delighted to partner with GUAPTunes to give music fans more tunes for their money.”

 

 

‘GUAP’ is street slang for wealth or abundance, and music fans will have access to rich resources of hip hop, R&B, kwaito and house created by artists all over the world. Fans should follow @GuapTunes on Twitter or find GuapTunes on Facebook for more information about the app, the community, and how to enjoy more of their favourite music for less data charges.

 

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MTN slash FrontRow subscription price

Posted by radio On August - 7 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Save R60 on an MTN FrontRow Club subscription

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MTN FrontRow Club subscription now costs only R119 a month on any mobile network – that’s an early Christmas gift of R60 a month. Even better, if you’re an MTN subscriber, you get free data for streaming too!

 

New subscribers are already being charged the lower amount, while current subscribers will be moved to the new price this month.

 

So what do you get for your R119? You can choose from a huge range of TV series or movies from our ever-growing catalogue to watch whenever you like, on any of your digital devices and on any mobile network.

 

Exclusive to MTN FrontRow Club are the acclaimed drama series Power (we have episodes of season two just 24 hours after their US debut) and Black Sails. Other current TV highlights include The Honourable Woman; Sherlock; Castle; and the original Australian version of The Slap.

 

The MTN FrontRow Club movie selection has hundreds of all-time favourites and evergreen classics. Watch titles such as Erin Brockovich; Good Will Hunting; Stand by Me; Sin City; and Identity.

 

Then there are plenty of TV shows and films for the kids; a treasure trove of new and older music videos in popular genres; and beautifully made documentaries … you’ll never be bored again.

Meanwhile, renting a blockbuster or silver-screen classic on MTN FrontRow Premiere will still cost as little as R15 a film – with or without an MTN FrontRow Club subscription and on any mobile network. MTN subscribers using MTN FrontRow Premiere will also now enjoy free data for streaming.

 

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Naspers post strong results again

Posted by radio On June - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Naspers today announced financial results for the year ended 31 March 2015

 

Progress across platforms

 

naspersOn an economic-interest basis, revenue grew 26% to R132,4bn, driven by growth across the internet, ecommerce and video-entertainment (previously pay-television) segments.

 

Core headline earnings, an indication of sustainable earnings performance, grew 30% to R11,2bn, mainly due to increased earnings contributions from Tencent and some profitable ecommerce businesses. Core headline earnings per share amounted to R27,82 and a dividend increase of 11% to R4,70 per share is proposed.

 

“We improved our internet and video-entertainment platforms,” said Naspers chair, Koos Bekker. “In a few key markets we strengthened people, technology, content or marketing. However, competition is tough and global, while some emerging economies are struggling and consumers feel the pinch.”

 

“The combination of populous markets and attractive platforms for ecommerce and content delivery, suggest growth potential for the years ahead,” said Naspers CEO, Bob van Dijk. “We are investing in proven business models that can become cash generators if executed well,” he added.

 

In ecommerce, both classifieds and etail saw growth, resulting in revenues increasing 36% to R27,8bn. Tencent in China was the main contributor to the group’s share of equity accounted results growing to R16,4bn.

 

The video-entertainment division produced consistent performance. Revenues increased 17% to R42,4bn, whilst a step-up in development spend on the DTT business resulted in margin pressure. The DTT subscriber base doubled to close at 2,2m customers. Some 727 000 DTH subscribers were added to bring the DTH base to almost 8m subscribers. In total, the group now serves around 10,2m households in 50 countries across the African continent.

 

The print-media segment saw the listing of printing business Novus in March 2015. This segment managed to deliver only marginal revenue growth, while continuing to develop young revenue streams in internet and ecommerce.

 

“We aim to deliver great customer experiences in order to grow ahead of our competitors and expand markets. This is reflected in the development spend (including those of equity-accounted ecommerce investments) which increased by 33% to R10,7bn,” said Basil Sgourdos, group CFO.

 

 

 

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MTN FrontRow launched: watch what you love

Posted by radio On December - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Yesterday was a mega day for MTN: as they officially launched  MTN FrontRow,  premium entertainment network that brings you all the TV series and movies you love, even if you’re not an MTN subscriber – and you could get the first month FREE.

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You won’t even have to install a dish, buy a box or take out a bank loan. From only R179 a month, you can sign up to MTN FrontRow Club and play our content instantly at any time via your browser on your computer or mobile device, or on our Android app (an iOS version is coming soon!). You can even stream to your TV via your devices.

 

And once you have subscribed, you can rent brand-new blockbuster movies and more from only R15 a film on MTN FrontRow Premiere even before they’re added to the main catalogue.

 

But what would convenience and a great price be without exceptional content? As an exclusive offer on MTN FrontRow Club for the launch, you can view the thrilling pirate adventure series Black Sails, from executive producer Michael Bay (the brains behind Transformers, Bad Boys and Pearl Harbor). It’s a hard-hitting tale: those of you who love the grown-up drama of Game of Thrones will get hooked on Black Sails too.

 

If you get seasick easily, fear not: on MTN FrontRow Premiere, you can rent How to Train Your Dragon 2 – a sure-fire hit for the whole family – and, fresh off the cinema circuit, Guardians of the Galaxy, the gung-ho space adventure that ruled the box office this year.

That’s just a tiny taste of the thousands of TV series and movies in our catalogue, which stretches from today’s hits to all your favourite classics that you can now watch over and over again.

 

Ready to try out MTN FrontRow? Simply visit our website and sign up for the special launch offer of R179 a month for all you can watch, or pay R399 a month and we’ll throw in a full 10GB of streaming data – that’s about 28 hours of viewing on us.

Even better, the first 1,000 subscribers on MTNFrontRow.com will get their first month of viewing FREE!

 

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Digital Media Revenue to soar

Posted by radio On October - 27 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Although there is dramatic change in the way consumers spend their money, digital revenues in other segments remain relatively small. Internet access provides the potential for expenditure on digital content, yet outside of Internet access revenue itself, digital revenues will still only account for a fraction of the overall

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Nevertheless, digital is on the rise both in terms of consumer and advertising revenues. Without Internet access included, digital consumer revenues will increase from 2.1% of total consumer revenue in 2013 to 2.7% in 2018.

 

Digital consumer revenue will overtake non-digital consumer revenue in 2016 and will account for 55.3% of the market in 2018, helped by dramatic increases in the number of mobile Internet subscribers.

 

Digital advertising

In 2009, digital advertising revenues comprised just 1.9% of overall E&M advertising revenue. Advertisers have since seized upon the measurability and spending guarantees of Internet advertising, with digital advertising constituting 5.1% of 2013 revenues and forecast to make up 9.7% of revenues in 2018.

 

Despite dramatic growth, traditional advertising media will still prevail, with the likes of television and radio revenues still guaranteeing the kind of captive mass audiences that the Internet cannot yet offer.

 

Internet access revenues aside, the tipping point from traditional media to digital media remains a long way off in South Africa, in terms of revenue at least. Companies and advertisers would still do well to focus on the digital consumer, who may well have greater disposable income, but for the time being traditional media will still constitute the majority of revenues.

 

 

 

For more on this visit www.pwc.co.za/outlook

 

 

[Source: PwC]

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There is no doubt that digital is having a profound impact on both advertising and marketing with digital tentacles creeping into every industry. Speaking at the Future of Media & Advertising conference, Luke McKend, Country Manager for Southern Africa, Google, said mobile has become pervasive and thoroughly embedded in the world we live in.digital

 

Last year we predicted that by the end of 2014 more people would be searching Google on their mobiles than on desktops. It happened … in January 2014,” he revealed. “We never anticipated how quickly mobile was going to become a core part of our business.”

 

As a result of all the different platforms that media is now consumed on, the industry’s concept of measurement has had to change. The concept of a four screen world – phone, tablet, laptop and TV– has become a reality with screens used interchangeably. While media owners typically belong to one of these screens, problems arise when you look at each screen in isolation. However, the notion that we have to use digital in isolation has been blown apart – even though most people don’t use all four screens simultaneously.

 

As soon as digital is thrown into the equation, said McKend, the competitive landscape is dramatically altered, opening local players up to global competitors. What marketers need to remember, he stressed, is that digital is not about clicks or views, but about the products sold.

 

McKend illustrated brands which are successfully using digital media, including Red Bull which has used digital to re-invent its brand. In the online space Red Bull is associated with extreme sports, offering highly engaging content. “Red Bull has completely re-imagined their brand and positioned themselves as content publishers who happen to sell carbonated sports drinks on the side.”

 

He stressed that one of the key challenges resulting from the digital revolution is how to buy and sell in a digital world.

 

The panel discussion following McKend’s presentation included Marcus Stephens, GM: Publishing, Kagiso New Media and Brett Loubser, MD of WeChat and focused on issues such as how digital facilitates disruption, changes the distribution model, and enables rapid execution. The panel agreed that consumer touchpoints need to be critically analysed and that the onus is on advertisers to create great content to ensure people watch it rather than choose to skip it.

 

McKend concluded by saying he hoped that any advertisers who have had interaction with Google have some form of positive ROI to show for it.

 

 

[Source: Redzone]

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YouTube on a rampage over licencing

Posted by radio On June - 19 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

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It’s being reported that the media sharing giant will be removing indie artists of all genres from its site According to Forbes.com, some of your favorite videos may disappear forever from YouTube.

 

The news comes as some music trade groups have criticized YouTube’s plans to potentially block the content of certain labels from appearing on YouTube’s free, ad-supported Website unless they sign deals to participate in the new, subscription streaming music service. The deals that YouTube is offering are on “highly unfavorable, and non-negotiable terms,” according to a news release issued by the Worldwide Independent Music Industry Network last month.

 

YouTube declined to comment on the terms of the deals, but said in a statement that the new service would provide new revenue for the music industry.

 

The site, which is owned by Google, has already signed licensing deals with most of the music industry’s major distributors, however, the independent labels are refusing the allegedly unfair deals that Google has set up for them.

 

With YouTube building up a paid subscription service, the indies are being faced with two options; sign the licensing deals or face being left off the service AND have your content removed from the site.

 

While we wish that we had a 100% success rate, we understand that is is not likely an achievable goal and therefore it is our responsibility to our users and the industry to launch the enhanced music experience”, says Robert Kyncl, VP and Global Head of Business at YouTube.

The new service is alleged to be called MusicPass and is intended to change the way people use YouTube. Users will be able to download music just like Spotify, iTunes Radio, and Amazon’s recently added Prime Music.

 

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MTN to partner with simfy africa

Posted by radio On June - 5 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

MTN South Africa has become the first mobile operator in the country to launch a streaming music service following an exclusive partnership with South African based simfy Africa.

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For R49 per month, MTN customers will be able to listen to all of their favourite music via streaming or in an offline mode. Customers can access an endless supply of music across multiple devices including their computer, tablet and smartphone. All customers will have the opportunity to try the full service, and enjoy all of its features during a two week free trial period.

“MTN is proud to be the first to bring an innovative streaming music service direct to our customer’s smart devices,’ says Mike Fairon: General Manager Products and solutions. simfy Africa offers superior technology and a strong focus on the best music content, making them a fantastic partner for MTN. “Customers no longer need to use a separate ipod, MP3 or CD player. Living in the connected world means that there is no need to carry a dedicated music player if a smartphone or tablet can just as effectively fulfil that function,” adds Fairon

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The service will be available to the public from 4 June 2014. The user simply needs to register at www.mtn.co.za and confirm their username and password. All that remains is to download the simfy Africa mobile application from either the Android, iOS or Blackberry stores, or access simfy Africa via their website. This will provide customers with full access to 23 million songs that include a full selection of top international,South African and African content across all musical genres, including RnB, pop, alternative, jazz, soundtracks, opera and SA favourites hip hop, kwaito, Afrikaans and SA rock.

‘We have a strongly African focus’, says Gillian Ezra, Chief Operating Officer of simfy Africa. ‘As a company which is locally based, we ensure that our product is targeted to the needs of the South African consumer, both in technology and music choices. This partnership with MTN will further extend this ethos, allowing us to offer added and exclusive benefits.’

Simfy Africa is an ‘on demand’ service, thus customers can choose the music they would like to hear and access it instantly. Users can choose to listen to tracks or albums, or even set up their own unique playlists, and share any of these with friends via social media. Users also have the choice of accessing the hundreds of pre-made playlists which are easily accessible via the service. Also on offer are the built in personalised radio channels, proving the ultimate ‘sit back’ experience. All music offered on the service is fully licensed.

Simfy Africa launched in South Africa in late 2012, and has been steadily building and improving its service since that time.

“This follows the recent announcement that MTN is providing its customers with free WeChat streaming to the CliffCentral unradio radio station. It is further testament to how MTN is identifying strategic partnerships with content providers that are able to enrich the lives of its customers,” says Mike Fairon: General Manager Products and solutions

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