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Newzroom Afrika launches on DStv

Posted by radio On May - 2 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

MultiChoice Group (MCG) has added  Newzroom Afrika to its portfolio of news channels as from today 2nd May 2019. The channel founded by Thokozani Nkosi and Thabile Ngwato, will complement the existing local and international news channels currently available on DStv; joining the likes of CNN, BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera, eNCA and SABC.

Newzroom Afrika will be live on DStv channel number 405 and will be available to DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family, Access and EasyView customers. The channel will be simulcast (SD/HD) and available 24/7.

 

In addition to the traditional DStv linear platform, Newzroom Afrika will also be available via streaming on smartphone, tablet or desktop, through DStv Now.

 

According to Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment, “the addition of Newzroom Afrika will increase the diversity of voices and perspectives in South Africa’s news media space. Their vision and entrepreneurial outlook has the potential to grow news viewership through its commitment to consumer centric, objective analysis and a strong digital focus”.

 

Newzroom Afrika promises a fresh take on news coverage, with credible and leading voices who will deliver the day’s top stories. The talent line-up features experienced news professionals from the industry. In addition, Newzroom Afrika will provide a platform for new talent to develop both in front of and behind the camera. The company will be supported by an experienced and respected management team and editorial board.

 

“We are proud of how quickly Newzroom has progressed and wish them everything of the best,” concluded Phahle.

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It replaces the previous model HD Decoder 5 currently in stores and has the same features and functionality our customers are used to. The new model hit the markets on 2 May 2019, retailing at R399 as a standalone product, and R599 with installation.

 

The new model has the same user-friendly functionalities as the HD Decoder 5-series. While DStv’s new decoder retained most of the features of its predecessor, there are a few differences.

 

Importantly, the slimmer and more compact model is made up of recyclable components. MultiChoice considers recycling as a pinnacle part of their business operations, and are constantly looking at improving how they make their devices more environmentally friendly.

 

This decoder has a micro-sim and is also XtraView compatible with all DStv Explora models in the market.

 

Through understanding customer preferences and ongoing commitment to innovation and technology advancement, MultiChoice delivers unrivalled access to content across multiple platforms and aims to continuously update its current technology.

 

All MultiChoice decoders are manufactured locally and through high-level manufacturing and assembly chains, we’ve stimulated the decoder manufacturing industry. This also benefits related businesses such as part suppliers, carton printers, distribution and logistics providers.

 

Customers that have an HD Decoder 4 or 5 will not need to replace or upgrade their existing decoder. The DStv HD Decoder 6-series will be available from various retailers, DStv Service Centres and agencies from 2 May 2019.

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“We’ll rip her out, root and stem,” says Daenerys in this teaser for the fourth episode of Game of Thrones, which will arrive on Showmax at the same time as the M-Net broadcast, at 22:00 on Monday, 6 May.

She’s talking, of course, about Cersei Lannister.

What’s happening in episode 4?

WARNING: Some spoilers ahead!

 

 

Now that the Night King and his zombie army have been dispatched with – not without significant and tragic losses on the side of the living – Daenerys, Sansa, Tyrion, Jon, Brienne, the Hound, Jaime, Arya and the rest of our heroes can focus on the fight that matters the most: the battle for the Iron Throne.

 

“We have won the Great War,” says the Mother of Dragons, “Now we will win the Last War.”

We love her confidence, but can’t help but fear for her fate, and the fate of the remainder of the allied forces who are currently stationed at Winterfell. Especially when we go back to the beginning of the teaser and see Cersei’s smug smile as she and Euron Greyjoy watch their troops assembling at King’s Landing.

 

 

With most of the Unsullied, all the Dothraki and pretty much all of Jon’s army felled in The Long Night, how will Daenerys and the North’s forces compare to Cersei’s?

 

 

And will Daenerys’s alliance with Sansa and the North still hold, especially since she and Jon both know that his claim to the Iron Throne is, in theory, more legitimate than hers?

 

 

We can’t wait to get the answers to these questions – but at the same time, after the Battle of Winterfell, we’re glad we’ve got a few days to calm our shattered nerves before episode 4 airs on Monday, 6 May at 22:00 on Showmax.

 

 

If you need a reminder of any of the previous action, catch up on Showmax, where you’ll find all preceding episodes of every season.

 

 

[Source: Showmax.com]

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The MultiChoice Group (MCG) has handed over a state-of-the art studio to Bay TV, the Eastern Cape’s leading community TV station. Following a R2m upgrade, Bay TV’s studios in Nelson Mandela Bay now feature world-class servers, cameras and digital panel backdrop screens.

 

The handover took place at a star-studded celebration event held at Bay TV’s studios, which included a live broadcast and entertainment by Zizo, comedian Mbu Msongana, Vusi Nova, Zahara and artists from the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival.

 

 

Bay TV Chairman Motse Mfuleni believes the investment is key continuing their journey as an independent community television channel that grows local talent in communities: “The biggest asset we have is the ability for skills development in television and you are able to use a platform such as this develop our people to tell our own stories, because without talent you are not going to be able to do that.”

 

 

But Mfuleni acknowledges even though talent retention is a critical component of their growth, they are not immune to being victims of their own success. “We have seen talent that we have developed and grown, feed the broader media community, whether it be at technical level, camera crews, engineers and presenters. Our passion is about creating a platform for out talent to profile their work without having to go through what can be arduous and restrictive commissioning processes,” he says.

Bay TV is one of six South African Community TV Channels which MultiChoice has partnered with, providing equipment, training opportunities, as well as content. The other channels are Tshwane TV, Gau TV, 1KZN TV, Soweto TV and Cape Town TV.

 

 

“For us it’s about broadening access to African story-telling and creating platforms for local content creators to tell their stories, and in so doing create a talent pipeline can feed all of South African and indeed take our stories to the world”, says Joe Heshu, MultiChoice Group Executive for Corporate Affairs.

 

 

“We continue to play a significant role in communities touched by our business operations by adding economic value, creating enterprise and employment opportunities, providing training opportunities and technical support, which ultimately grows and empowers the video entertainment sector.”

 

Bay TV is a free-to-air station that was established by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and is largely funded by local government and run by an independent Board of Directors.  Their upgraded facilities include:

  • Digital mobile news gathering DMNG Pro 180 – RA (3G/4G) with a downlink server, uplink
  • Eight professional studio cameras
  • Digital screen panel for alternate backdrops

In 2014, MCG donated a state-of-the-art final control room to Bay TV. Four years later MCG installed a studio and control room allowing the station to produce their own talk shows, news and other local content. Bay TV now broadcasts for 24 hour a day, seven-days a week, telling local stories, developing local talent and contributing to the growth of the province.

 

 

Over and above the investment into the production facilities, MCG has an ongoing partnership with Community TV stations for the provision of content – specifically for the MultiChoice Diski and SuperSport Rugby Challenge events. The Diski Challenge is a very popular multifaceted social investment programme in partnership with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) that empowers young people through broadcasting skills development and football. The SuperSport Rugby Challenge is implemented in partnership with SA Rugby and aims to take professional rugby to communities.

The Community TV channels receive full content distribution rights for all content generated for the Diski and Rugby challenge, including all live matches, non-live match and all highlights packages. In addition, the community TV channels also have rights to generate their own content from related events on and off the field. All Community TV Channels received and aired content at their discretion and based on their key audience preferences. They also have an opportunity to monetise the opportunity by selling advertising and receive marketing and brand exposure through the free perimeter advertising boards provided by MultiChoice at no cost.

 

 

“Sharing these broadcast rights not only ensures the community channels become involved inthe delivery of high-quality, live sports content to their audiences but also positions the channels to gain stronger market presence, which will improve their ability to commercialise the content over time,” explains Heshu. “We also provide technical support and equipment to the channels to ensure that they can receive and make use of the content rights so that they can improve the quality of their overall broadcast delivery.

 

 

“Through our investments in infrastructure, technology and empowerment initiatives, we are proud to empower an entertainment supply chain which in turn supports local business and communities. In turn, and for stations like Bay TV, this means more local content for local communities,” Heshu concludes.

 

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Samsung FL!Ps the Office into the Future

Posted by radio On May - 1 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

We live in an age where we can communicate with people across continents in seconds and unlock doors and devices using our eyes, much like the futuristic movies from just a few years ago. However, in many ‘modern ‘offices some presentation equipment has still somehow remained despite the evolution of technology. The traditional flipchart and whiteboards are two of tools that have kept the office firmly in the previous century. Enter the Samsung FL!P. Samsung has done for the flipchart and whiteboard what smartphones did for landlines – retaining the basic function but adding incredible convenience, efficiency and a dazzling array of useful functionality.

The Boardroom 2.0 is Calling

 

While flip charts and whiteboards have always been useful in meetings and brainstorms, they still fall short when it comes to one basic area – taking and sharing notes electronically. Samsung FL!P solves this and adds on a lot more additional uses. While it has the look and feel of a flipchart Samsung FL!P is an innovative digital flipchart that helps create interactive presentations. This means both managers and staff can work smarter, faster and better. It’s an ultra-high definition LCD mobile display – a flipchart on steroids, with a touchscreen that allows you to display work, graphics and AV material, as well as write and save notes. Those with a laptop, tablet or smartphone can mirror their screens to share content. Notes and ideas from a brainstorm can also be recapped and shared instantly, using built-in email, distributed over your network or saved to USB storage. When it’s time to consider moving your meetings into a new era here is a simple comparison of old and new tech.

 

Traditional Versus Pioneering Technology

 

Flipchart / Whiteboard Samsung Flip
Dried up/Missing Pens Quick scroll functionality
Waste of paper Up to 20 pages of writing space
Inconvenience of everyone making notes Save and distribute notes electronically
Flipping back and forth between sheets Simple deletion with a quick swipe
Confusing corrections with crossed out text Notes easily corrected and shared

 

Top 5 reasons for Samsung FL!P

 

• It’s Portable – Similar to a paper flip chart, it has a stand and wheels, so it’s easy to set up in any boardroom, for any meeting.
• It’s intuitive – It has a built-in smart sensor that turns the FL!P on as soon as someone approaches it.
• It’s a team player – Collaborating on projects becomes a cinch with web-connectivity. Laptops, tablets and smartphone screens can be mirrored on to the FL!P.
• It’s versatile – You can walk your team through a presentation in landscape mode, then pivot the FL!P to portrait mode to make notes.
• It’s smart – You can recap previous meetings, share notes and distribute agendas over your network, from USB storage or via the FL!P’s built-in email function

 

Ultimately, the Samsung FL!P brings the office of the past boldly into the future. Now’s the time for productivity, creativity and efficiency, which can be effortlessly achieved by turning what was workable, into what really works.

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Samsung announced that its 2019 QLED TV line-up will offer a brand new Ambient Mode that is designed to display various content including world-renowned works of art, even when the TV screen is turned off. Through the Ambient Mode, a variety of content like daily news headlines, weather updates, photos and music can be accessed from the TV screen. In addition, Samsung collaborated with renowned artists such as Tali Lennox and Scholten & Baijings to display their unique artworks on the QLED TV using the Ambient Mode.

Available now, a new Ambient Mode is designed to enhance consumers’ daily lives and provide them with unique experiences in viewing content beyond what the TV screen shows when turned on.

 

“We are proud to offer the Ambient Mode, which not only adds new value to the TV screen when it is turned off, but also brings new lifestyle benefits to our customers, moving beyond conventional TVs,” said Reginald Nxumalo, Director of Consumer Electronics at Samsung South Africa. “We plan to expand content for Ambient Mode by collaborating with young, talented artists over the next several years to give our customers more meaningful ways to enjoy their QLED TVs.”

 

As part of the initial rollout of a new Ambient Mode, Samsung has collaborated with talented artists to help consumers make their homes a warmer and a more comfortable environment. Recognised for her abstract oil paintings, Tali Lennox, a model and artist who is influential in the fashion industry, joined forces with Samsung for Ambient Mode. Netherlands-based Scholten & Baijings also created a collection of various home artworks that feature porcelain and fabric products in elegant colours and patterns.

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The Mseleku family changed the way some South Africans view polygamy. When the family, based in KwaZulu-Natal, made their debut on the Mzansi Magic reality show Uthando Nes’thembu, some people quickly shared that they wouldn’t mind being in a polygamous marriage after seeing how well the husband, Musa, treats his four wives. They all have houses and cars, and all their financial needs are met. The family also often goes on vacations together and they celebrate each other’s milestones.

While it might seem like it’s easy, Thobile, affectionately known as MaKhumalo, has revealed that this was never part of her plan. Speaking to BBC Africa, the third wife explained that she didn’t choose polygamy. “Polygamy chose me. I did not choose to be with my husband, but my husband came to me.”

 

 

MaKhumalo, who is very popular on social media, added: “I never thought of it. I would never wish for it. But it happened that the man I fell in love with was a polygamous man. I fell in love with his character, I fell in love with the way he does things, I fell in love with the way he loves his wives, I fell in love with his honesty,” she shared.

Although she’s sharing her husband with three other women, she made it clear that the wives have a good relationship. “We have developed a system that is working for us.”

 

While the marriage is working for MaKhumalo, she revealed that she wouldn’t encourage anyone who’s not yet married to marry into polygamy. “I’m not about that. I understand very well that marriage is a choice, so I chose to be in it,” she told BBC Africa.

 

 

It’s so refreshing to see how honest and open MaKhumalo is about her journey – the good and the bad. Remember when she brought viewers to tears after revealing that she is unable have children? It was also heartwarming to see how her husband stood up for her after the news came out.

In an interview with TshisaLive, Musa said: “I love MaKhumalo and she is a great mother to all my children, even though she did not give birth to any of them. She is strong and a strong believer in God as well, and we know her story touched many.”

 

 

If you’re curious about how the Mselekus make this marriage work, then you have to watch the first and second season of Uthando Nes’thembu on Showmax. Who knows – the show might just change your views on polygamy.

 

[Source: Showmax.com]

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Samsung announced on tuesday that its 2019 TV line, including new QLED 4K and 8K models, are available at select retailers nationwide from May. Powered by Samsung’s proprietary Quantum Processor, the 2019 QLED TV line-up features more screen size options, stunning picture quality enhancements, dazzling colours from every angle, exciting new design elements and intuitive smart TV upgrades.

“Our 2019 QLED line is designed for users who want the best combination of picture quality, smart TV capabilities and design,” said Reginald Nxumalo, Director of Consumer Electronics at Samsung South Africa. “This year’s line-up represents our largest screen size offering ever. It brings together innovative feature enhancements and exciting content and service partnerships to deliver a truly ground-breaking viewing experience and unprecedented value.”

 

A More Pristine Picture

 

The 2019 Q80 and Q90 feature ‘Ultra Viewing Angle’ technology, which restructures the TV’s panels so the backlight passes through the panel with lights evenly onto the screen. Engineered to reduce glare and enhance colour, Ultra Viewing Angle provides a vibrant picture regardless of the viewing position. In addition, Q70, Q80, and Q90 models offer Direct Full Array technology that uses a panel featuring concentrated zones of precision-controlled LEDs. These LEDs adjust automatically to display deeper blacks and purer whites, delivering stunning images with pristine contrast.

 

A More Intelligent Quantum Processor

 

Q900 Series 8K TVs incorporate Samsung’s proprietary Quantum Processor 8K, which up-scales lower resolution content to stunningly crisp 8K while also allowing for playback of native 8K content. This year’s models also utilise the Quantum Processor 8K that optimises audio and video to the specific content on the screen. It can create an even more detailed sound experience by tailoring the audio settings to the specific layout of the room.

 

Samsung’s new QLED 4K models also feature their own proprietary Quantum Processor 4K, which can use AI upscaling to deliver improved brightness, picture quality and sound optimised for each scene.

 

As announced at CES 2019, Samsung will take the user experience to the next level by offering iTunes Movies and TV Shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support on 2019 Samsung Smart TV models. Support on 2018 Samsung Smart TVs will be made available via firmware update. In an industry first, a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app will debut on Samsung Smart TVs in more than 100 countries. AirPlay 2 support will be available soon on Samsung Smart TVs in 190 countries worldwide.

 

Using the new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app on Samsung Smart TVs, Samsung customers can access their existing iTunes library and browse the iTunes Store to buy or rent from a selection of hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodes — including the largest selection of 4K HDR movies. iTunes Movies and TV Shows will work seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV Services, the new Voice Command and Search, to create a consistent experience across Samsung’s platform. With AirPlay 2 support, Samsung customers will be able to effortlessly play videos, photos, music, podcasts and more from Apple devices directly to Samsung Smart TVs, including QLED 4K and 8K TVs as well as other Samsung UHD and HD models.

 

A More Convenient Content Experience

 

2019 Samsung Smart TVs offer even more ways for users to discover and watch content. It features an improved AI algorithm that leverages a user’s subscription services, favourite content, and TV viewing habits to offer customised recommendations about what to watch. Users will be able to leverage the new Voice Command on 2019 QLED TVs and soon use Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant to easily control their TVs and access their content through voice commands. They can quickly and easily navigate their content with Samsung’s OneRemote. And with the addition of Far Field Voice Capability on the OneRemote, users can use voice commands to control their TV even if they are across the room from their remote.

 

A More Immersive Gaming Experience

 

Real Game Enhancer optimises the gaming experience through a unique set of gaming features. This year, Real Game Enhancer features AMD Radeon Freesync™ variable refresh rate technology, which helps prevent tearing and stuttering, as well as Game Motion Plus, which removes motion blur and judder. Real Game Enhancer combines these technical innovations with Auto Game Mode, which minimises input lag on compatible devices. It also includes AI-based audio and video enhancements that optimise the settings to delivering cinematic sound and smooth, lifelike visuals that can remain clear even during bright and dark scenes. Ambient Mode complements any living space by turning a blank screen into a decorative or informational display when the TV is not in active use.  It can display artistic content like photos and works of art. This year, Ambient Mode offers users an even greater variety of artistic and decorative pieces for the home, through new decorative patterns, photos, and artwork and mattes, as well as new ways to display information on the TV.

 

A More Comprehensive Line-up

 

Samsung’s QLED line-up offers 4K and 8K models in a range of sizes from 55” to 98” to suit the needs of every home and every lifestyle.

 

For a limited period, from 24 April to 5 May 2019, you will receive a Samsung soundbar with every 2019 QLED TV purchase. This offer will be available from your nearest participating retailer. All QLED purchases come with Samsung Signature Service which includes delivery and installation. Stock is limited. Terms and conditions apply.

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If you’re reading this, we’re going to assume that you’ve watched episode 2 of Game of Thrones season 8 and that after all that pre-battle ruminating in the halls of Winterfell, you’re ready for some action!

Binge-watch Game of Thrones from the beginning on Showmax »

* Warning: spoilers ahead *

It felt like very little happened in episode 2. Until the last few minutes when Jon Snow – we mean, Aegon Targaryen and true heir to the Iron Throne – told Dany the truth about his parentage. She did not take it well.

The episode ended with some movement beyond the gates of Winterfell as the army of White Walkers arrived. And the battle was on!

Here’s what we can glean in the preview video to episode 3:

 

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

  • Everyone is gazing over the ramparts of Winterfell as the army of the undead approaches. (Sansa looks nervous and Arya looks fierce.)
  • Jon Snow shouts: “The Night King is coming!” and we are riled up!
  • We get a glimpse of a dragon in battle but it’s hard to tell if it’s Viserion (the new ice dragon) or siblings Drogon or Rhaegal.
  • Theon Greyjoy is in the thick of battle, shooting arrows and being courageous.
  • Dany has no time for Jon’s puppy dog eyes as she says, flatly, “The dead are already here.”
  • And Brienne leads the army of the North into battle on the left flank, shouting out orders. We’re assuming that Jaime Lannister is fighting under her command.

Want more? Watch Game of Thrones S8 on Mondays on M-Net (only) at 03:00, and later the same day on M-Net and Showmax at 22:00.

 

[Article originally published by:Showmax]

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Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, today announced its first original African animated series, Mama K’s Team 4, produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios and leading London-based kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE.

 

Mama K’s Team 4 tells the story of four teen girls living in the neo-futuristic African city of Lusaka, Zambia who are recruited by a retired secret agent still committed to saving the world. The series joins Netflix’s growing slate of original animated programming designed for kids and families everywhere, brought to 190 countries by artists from around the world.

Mama K’s Team 4 is created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema, who was one of eight winners in the Triggerfish Story Lab initiative in 2015, a pan-african talent search.

 

Designed by Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope, it draws visual inspiration from retro-’90s R&B and hip hop girl groups.

 

To join the creative team on the series, Netflix is collaborating with Triggerfish Animation studio and CAKE to launch a continent-wide search for local female writing talent.

 

Malenga grew up watching cartoons on TV and found herself asking why no heroes looked like her and why they didn’t live in a world that felt like her own. “In creating a superhero show set in Lusaka, I hope to introduce the world to four strong African girls who save the day in their own fun and crazy way. Most importantly, I want to illustrate that anyone from anywhere can be a superhero,” commented Malenga.

 

“In addition to giving African writers a global platform on which to be heard, we are excited to present this powerful and entertaining new animated series that brings Malenga’s incredible and unique vision to life on Netflix,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of original animation at Netflix. “Mama K’s Team 4 has the potential to give a whole new generation of African children the opportunity to see themselves on-screen in the powerful, aspirational characters they look up to.”

 

“After animating four multi-award-winning BBC Christmas specials set in England, including the Oscar-nominated Revolting Rhymes, Triggerfish is delighted to bring an African capital city to life on Netflix,” added Vanessa Ann Sinden, Triggerfish’s development producer. “Female writers from Africa who have had their work produced for either TV, film or theatre can find out more about the Writers Lab and how to apply from the careers page of our website, www.triggerfish.com.”

 

CEO & Creative Director at CAKE, Tom van Waveren concluded, “We are delighted to be partnering with Triggerfish and Netflix on Mama K’s Team 4, a uniquely empowering, but most of all fun project, which brings a fresh perspective to a classic cartoon genre.”

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