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Africa poised for surging pay TV subs growth but revenues will be more muted

Pay TV will continue its growth in Africa with subscriber numbers set to increase to 47.26 million by 2025, according to recently revealed research. The figure is up from 30.7 million at present, representing growth of 54%, with Nigeria set to be the largest individual market with 10 million subscribers by 2025. The country is […]

CuriosityStream strikes distribution pacts in Africa, NZ and Bahamas

Science streamer CuriosityStream is growing its international reach, striking distribution pacts in Africa, New Zealand and the Bahamas. Founded by John Hendricks in 2016, the platform features series and feature docs spanning science, nature, history, technology, society and lifestyle programming. It has now struck deals with DStv’s MultiChoice for Africa, which will begin on 21 […]

MEA pay TV subscriptions to increase 67%

Pay TV subscriptions in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) will increase by 67% between 2015 and 2021 – from 32.37 million to 54.09 million, according to new research. The Digital TV Research stats claim that satellite TV platform DStv will continue to be the leading pay TV operator in the MEA region by subscribers, […]

Africa tipped for ‘pay TV surge’

African pay TV operators will lead growth across the EEMEA group of emerging markets between now and 2020, according to Digital TV Research’s latest regional report. Digital TV Research predicts that MultiChoice-owned pay DTT platform GOtv will gain 5.84 million subscribers between 2014-20 to reach 7.5 million, while rival operator StarTimes will grow by 4.39 […]

Triple channel launch for Worldwide in Africa

BBC Worldwide is launching its three fledgling channel brands in Africa for the first time with a launch on DStv in South Africa. Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, has revamped its channels offering across three core brands: fact-ent service BBC Brit, factual offering BBC Earth and premium drama service BBC First. The DStv […]

Viacom to launch BET in South Africa

Viacom International Media Networks has partnered with African pay TV provider MultiChoice to launch a new localised BET channel in South Africa. The channel will be available exclusively on MultiChoice-owned pay TV platform DStv from April 2, and will be found at channel slot 129 on the EPG. The launch will mark the tenth African […]

DStv launch for Eva telenovela channel

Eva, a new telenovela pay TV channel operated by AMC Networks International – Zone, is about to launch on DStv. The roll out on the Multichoice-owned pay TV platform, which starts on March 23, will be programmed with telenovelas dubbed into English. Content is being sourced from including Spanish-language channels Azteca, Caracol Televisión and Venevisión. […]

State House opens doors to African drama

Having moved into original entertainment programming, East African pay TV operator Zuku is starting to invest in its own dramas, including Kenya’s answer to The West Wing. Local execs believe the region could be set for a booming scripted trade. East Africa’s Zuku has moved into originals as a way to differentiate itself from larger […]

Crime + Investigation launches in Mozambique and Angola

Crime + Investigation (CI) has launched in the Portuguese-speaking African countries of Mozambique and Angola on pay TV platform DStv. The Portuguese language channel is operated by History in Iberia, a joint venture between A+E Networks and ChelloMulticanal, and will feature series and specials from A+E Networks’ crime and justice programme catalogue – including The […]

FIC to launch crime channel in SA

Fox International Channels has launched its Fox Crime channel on South African pay TV platform DStv. The thematic channel, branded locally as FOXCRIME, will have FIC’s noir drama copro The Bridge, and franchise crime properties including Criminal Minds, CSI and Blue Bloods as well as a classic crime block comprising NYPD Blue, Remington Steel, CHIPS […]