MIPCOM 2017 – CANNES. Vice Media is further expanding into Africa following a joint venture with Econet Media, which owns Kwese TV.
The total number of pay-tv subscribers in Africa reached approximately 23.7 million at the end of the second quarter, according to Datxis. This represents a quarter on quarter growth of +2%, and a year on year growth of +18%, compared to the second quarter of 2016.
Bulgaria’s Vivacom has signed a multi-year contract with Eutelsat for C-band capacity on the Eutelsat 8 West B satellite in order to expand its video business in Africa.
TV5Monde has signed a long-term distribution contract with SES to broadcast three FTA channels to French-speaking and Francophile viewers in sub-Saharan Africa.
The SVOD service for emerging markets Iflix has completed a $133 million funding round.
Viacom International Media Networks has announced a string of deals, covering linear, SVOD and multi platform distribution in Europe and Africa.
Sub-Saharan Africa OTT TV and video will still be a very immature sector by 2022, with movie and TV episode revenues reaching $640 million for 35 countries.
Intelsat and Dalkom Somalia have signed an agreement for satellite services.
iflix, a SVoD service for emerging markets, has announced the establishment of iflix Africa to bring its service to sub-Saharan Africa.i
Ethiopia’s Information Network Security Agency (INSA), in charge of the transformation of the country’s high-tech and security industry, officialised the launch of Ethiosat, its new TV platform.