Pay TV operator GOtv has added nine channels to its Max and Plus packages for subscribers in Enugu and Aba.
The selection of top local Nigerian channels comprises Spice TV, MiTV, WAP TV, ITV Benin, BISCON, Liberty TV, Tiwan Tiwan, R2TV and Rave.
John Ugbe, CEO of GOtv parent MultiChoice Nigeria, said of the move: “This brings to six the number of cities that have in one month seen an increase in our local content offering. We are witnessing a growth in the number of local channels in Nigeria that showcase different genres of TV programming and we are ensuring that our GOtv customers are not left out of that experience.”
GOtv has also added more local channels for Max and Plus subscribers in Jos, Kaduna, Asaba and Onitsha.
Ugbe said the additions were evidence of the company’s commitment to giving more Nigerians access to quality local and international programming at an affordable price, while also supporting the federal government’s digital switchover process.
“We continue to invest in up-to-date technology which ensures that our business is at par with global standards while ensuring our customers keep getting the best services available,” he added.
African pay TV provider MultiChoice has introduced a temporary comedy channel for its GOtv and DStv subscribers for the Easter period.
Launched yesterday, Naija Stand-Up Comedy will run to May 1 and is available to DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact and Family subscribers and GOtv Max subscribers.
The channel is showing 100% Nigerian content, comprising original productions, skits and coverage of ticketed stand-up shows. Programming includes Funny Bone Untamed and Comedy Nites with IK.
Martin Mabutho, chief customer officer at MultiChoice Nigeria, said: “This channel will guarantee rib-cracking jokes from some of Nigeria’s finest comedians. Viewers can look forward to being a part of some of the biggest ticketed shows in the country.”
MultiChoice Nigeria has been named Outstanding Sports Promoting Company of the Decade at the recently concluded 25th anniversary of the National Institute for Sports (NIS).
Digital terrestrial TV service GOtv emerged Outstanding Grassroots Sports Programme Television Station, while SuperSport won the Outstanding Sports Promoting Television Station of the Decade and the Outstanding Television Sports Programme of the Decade.
MultiChoice Nigeria chief customer officer Martin Mabutho emphasised that the awards recognised the efforts MultiChoice has put in place to deliver great content across all its platforms.
He said: “MultiChoice will continue to make great entertainment more accessible to Nigerians by delivering quality sports and local content to its customers.”
The award was presented by Olushade Adesola, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Youth & Sports. NIS was held at the Civic Center, Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos last week.
Pay TV group MultiChoice has outlined its plans for the fourth season of reality show Big Brother Naija.
The company has launched a pop-up channel on its pay TV platforms DStv and GOtv that began airing this month. The channel airs events and highlights from the two previous seasons and will run till March 31 on DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 12.
In addition to this, there will also be a reunion show that will air from March 18 to 31 and will show stars that were in the BBNaija Double Wahala season.
Subscribers to DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family, Access, GOtv Max and Plus packages have access to the pop-up channel.
Auditions for this year’s edition of BBNaija took place across eight cities in Nigeria and the show is set to take place in Nigeria as well.
The number of pay TV subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa will grow to 45.63 million by 2024, according to the newly published Sub-Saharan Africa Pay TV Forecasts report.
This suggests Sub-Saharan Africa will add 16 million subscribers in the next six years, marking an increase of 61%. Pay TV revenues were forecast to reach US$7.72bn by 2024, up by US$2.3bn on 2018.
Three big operators – MultiChoice, Vivendi/Canal+ and StarTimes – dominate the Sub-Saharan Africa pay TV market, with a combined 93% market share.
At the end of 2018, pay TV operator MultiChoice had over 14.34 million subscribers on its DStv and GOtv platforms and this figure is estimated to increase by five million by 2024.
France’s Vivendi had 4.01 million subs to its Canal+ satellite TV platform and Easy TV by the end of 2018, which will climb to 6.21 million by 2024, said the report. StarTimes had 7.75 million pay TV subscribers by the end of 2018 and it is estimated to reach 14.85 million by 2024.
According to Simon Murray, principal analyst at the report’s publisher, Digital TV Research: “Subscriber numbers will climb by 61% over this period, but pay TV revenues will rise by only 42% – indicating lower ARPUs. Pay TV revenues will reach US$7.72bn by 2024, up by US$2.3bn on 2018.”
Nigerian media entrepreneur Yinka Obebe is behind plans for a new creative content hub in Lagos. He told Content Nigeria about the new venture.
Pophub Lagos is billed as the first physical space for content creators in Nigeria and is designed to provide the required facilities, studios and conducive environment for the country’s next generation of content creators.
Founded by creative and media entrepreneur Yinka Obebe, the Pophub Lagos brand will be developed and built across various development stages to become a pop culture content creators’ platform, according to the entrepreneur.
Obebe already has PopcentralTV, the television arm of his parent company Popcentral, but he intends Pophub Lagos to the experience and creators’ hub of Popcentral. Pophub is described as “a melting pot for creators. The best of creative minds all over the country converge here. Fitted with studios, lounges, workstations and a kitchen.”
Obebe tells Content Nigeria: “At Popcentral, we want young people to be able to express themselves through content. Pop culture has never been better defined than it is now in the age of social media, where everyone can put forward their culture and subculture in content. So we want to create a platform where that is possible across social, experiential and television.
“PopcentralTV is the TV channel and Pophub Lagos is the physical space designed to enable collaboration, creative expression and engagement. The essence of Popcentral is to curate culture through content, while Pophub Lagos provides the meeting point and enablement required to create content and connect with creatives and brands.
“Popcentral lives on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and every other social space where we can engage creators. We also just got a new apartment in the pay TV world of DSTV and GOTV.”
The Popcentral brand is set to launch TV channels on both those platforms, he continues, and the channels will curate content for entertainment, brand stories and messaging. The company is currently testing TV signals and Obebe says he’s looking forward to launching soon.
Pophub Lagos is calling for content creators to send a brief about their ideas to [email protected], after which a presentation will be scheduled.
Obebe adds: “We essentially want to co-create with creators. And as long as they are still thinking up new ideas then we are here; we keep listening to them and optimising the platforms and channels for them.
“We have studios and all the gear you need. We can, in fact, co-create with you even if you are outside Nigeria. We can receive your feed anytime and from anywhere in the world through your mobile phone.
“We have a number of purpose-built studios, a multi-set lounge studio for various shows, from news and talkshows to discussions. We also have a shop studio designed for our teleshopping show. We also have a kitchen studio, one of its kind, designed for interaction and competition and purpose-built. There are other spaces for co-creation, like the green pad, the creators lounge and the outdoor work station we have dubbed the Metal Forest.
“Popcentral is a multi-fold expression that lives in the social space, experience and television. I want creators to understand that it’s a space that helps them bring ideas to life – content and anything else you want to make.”
Obebe is a brand builder who founded media agency Redbox Africa in 2010, where he was CEO and creative director, working extensively with brands across telecommunication, banking, television and FMCGS to create communication, experience, identity, stories and commercials in Nigeria and across other African countries. He currently serves as CEO at Popcentral.
Nigerian pay TV platform GOtv is offering extra channels to its subscribers during an ‘open week’ to mark its seventh anniversary this month.
From 19 to 26 October, more than 65 channels from the premium GOtv Max bouquet will be available to GOtv Plus subscribers. They will have access to content such as Fox Entertainment, Sony Max, La Liga football on SS Select 4 and CBS reality.
John Ugbe, MD of GOtv parent MultiChoice Nigeria, said the need for GOtv to give subscribers more entertainment options led to the introduction of GOtv Max.
He said: “We are glad to celebrate this milestone with our customers, who have always been the core of our business. This celebration is indeed a testimony to our commitment to put our customers at the heart of everything we do. As we continue to grow, we will continue to make improvements and add more value to our GOtv customers”.
GOtv currently has four bouquets: GOtv MAX, GOtv Plus, GOtv Value and GOtv Lite.
The eighth edition of the DSTV Eutelsat Star Awards essay and poster competition is now open for entries.
Students between the ages of 14 and 19 are encouraged to take part in the contest, which is organised by pay TV company MultiChoice in partnership with European satellite operator Eutelsat.
Entries will take the form of a creative writing project or poster that focuses on “areas you believe the full potential of satellites has not yet been tapped into or embraced.”
Submissions can be sent to any MultiChoice office listed on the entry form, which can be obtained from any MultiChoice Resource Centre or through its website.
Entries are accepted in English, French and Portuguese and will be judged on accuracy, creativity and originality.
Submissions will be accepted until October 12 and the overall winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in February.
Twenty-four students will be selected from the expected 1,000 entries and two finalists will be chosen.
The essay category winner gets a trip to Paris, where they will see a rocket launch. The poster category prize is a trip for two to South Africa where the winner will visit the South African National Space Agency as well as explore heritage sites as guests of MultiChoice Africa.
The DSTV Eutelsat Star Awards began in 2011 with the purpose of encouraging young minds to be innovative in the areas of science and technology. Since then more than 7,000 students have been involved in the competition which has created a platform for the collaboration of the academic and scientific worlds in Africa.
Based in Paris, Eutelsat is the third largest satellite operator worldwide. It provides coverage in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the US. Eutelsat’s satellites broadcast into over 274 million cable and satellite homes.
MultiChoice is the parent company of pay TV platforms DSTV and GOtv, which are among the leading cable networks on the continent, broadcasting in at least 49 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Pan-African pay TV platform MultiChoice is offering subscribers a free trial of its channels.
The Naspers-owned company is to give loyal customers access to some of its channels for 18 days at no extra cost.
From July 13 to 31, all customers of MultiChoice-owned DTH pay TV platform DSTV and DTT service GOtv will have unlimited access to the Supersport channels.
Some children’s channels on DSTV will also be made available without restrictions during this period. The channels include Cartoon Network and NickToons
GOtv Plus subscribers are also going to enjoy free access to five channels – Sony Max, CBSReality, ROK 2, Fox and SuperSport Select 4 – usually only accessible to GOtv Max subscribers. This offer will last from July 13 to 26.
According to the company, this initiative is a way to reward loyal customers.
John Ugbe, MD of MultiChoice Nigeria, said: “MultiChoice Nigeria is excited to continue to bring customers the best in entertainment. This is part of our ongoing commitment to bring more value to our customers.
“At MultiChoice, we understand that times are tough for our subscribers who not only want to experience the best television entertainment but to do so at a price they can afford. However, we also understand our subscribers on lower bouquets would enjoy the opportunity to watch some of the content available on the higher bouquets.”
African pay TV operator MultiChoice has recorded a boost in revenue from lower-cost subscribers while that from its high-end users has declined.
The news was revealed in the year-end financial report from MultiChoice’s parent company Naspers.
The company disclosed that MultiChoice has had a notable subscriber reduction in the past year, losing 41,000 DSTV Premium subscribers, declining from 1.962 million to 1.921 million.
According to the company, however, the lower-end subscribers more than make up for this loss as the mass market continues to grow and stabilise.
Overall, the company saw a 13% increase of DSTV subscribers, which grew from 11.942 million to 13.476 million across Africa. The growth of the mass market may also be due to GOtv, MultiChoice’s DTT service that provides TV services at a lower rate.
DSTV and GOtv are currently among Nigeria’s leading pay TV networks, with a wide range of entertainment and viewing options.
The recently launched MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) has put out a call for applications.
The Naspers-owned pay TV company recently launched a 12-month pan-African film and television academy for aspiring media professionals and entrepreneurs. The MTF Academy aims to provide students with the skill sets required to work in the television and film industry.
Entries are open until July 5 and aspiring film and TV creatives can apply on the MTF website . A total of 60 individuals will be selected from 13 countries to become students. Classes will begin on October 1 in Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia.
The MTF initiative comprises three parts, the MTF Academy, MTF Masterclasses and professional database MTF Portal. The MTF Academy students are expected to produce content for television and film that will air on MultiChoice’s TV platforms DSTV and GOtv.
MultiChoice described the initiative as “a social investment initiative aimed at igniting Africa’s creative industries and growing them into vibrant, economic powerhouses.”
The company added: “The African continent is steeped in a rich and diverse history of living passionately through language, art, music and colourful storytelling. As the continent continues to change rapidly, the entertainment industry has become ever more relevant. MultiChoice Africa has identified an opportunity in this fast-changing environment – one that will leave a lasting impact on the creative industry as a whole.”
MultiChoice, owner of pan-African pay TV platforms DSTV and GOtv, has launched a new initiative to boost the African creative industries.
MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) is intended to improve the African film and television industry and comprises three parts: an academy, masterclasses and a portal.
It began with the launch of a regional academy, which offers a 12-month educational curriculum, in Lagos. Others are located in Kenya and Zambia.
Sixty applicants from 13 countries will be admitted to the MTF Academy, which will begin classes on October 1. Applications are currently open and will close on the June 5.
John Ugbe, MD of MultiChoice Nigeria, said: “The film and television industries have not developed at the same pace as other industries on the continent, and not for a lack of talent, passion or imagination. We are abundantly blessed in these areas. However, the space given for this expression has at best been limited and, at worst, been relegated to the fringes of the mainstream economy, leaving in its wake, unfulfilled dreams, unexplored talent and unwritten stories.”
Femi Odugbemi, the director of the MTF Academy, West Africa, said: “We must consciously build capacity so that our next-generation filmmakers and producers can also create wealth and create employment by being entrepreneurs.”
MTF Academy students are expected to produce content for TV and film which will air on DSTV and GOtv.
Pay TV operator MultiChoice Nigeria has cut the price of its decoders ahead of this summer’s FIFA World Cup.
The company has lowered the cost of its DSTV and GOtv decoders by 14% as it seeks to attract football fans to its coverage of every game of the tournament.
Martin Mabutho, general manager of sales and marketing at MultiChoice Nigeria, revealed the news at the recent launch of its World Cup coverage, which is using the slogan ‘Connect with Greatness.’
“The FIFA World Cup is football’s biggest event, featuring the best players and national teams all fighting for one ultimate prize,” Mabutho said. “We are proud to say that we have been broadcasting the tournament since 2006 and this edition won’t be any different, as we will be showing all 64 matches of the World Cup live and in HD on DSTV and GOtv.”
A DSTV HD decoder, a dish kit and a free one-month Compact bouquet subscription is now available for N8,500, while a GOtv decoder, an antenna and a complimentary GOtv Max subscription can be purchased for N5,900.
DSTV and GOtv subscribers will be able to access exclusive live coverage and analysis of the World Cup, which begins in Russia on June 14, on the SuperSport channels. However, GOtv Value bouquet subscribers will only have access 56 of the 64 matches.
MultiChoice is also set to launch a pop-up channel dedicated to the history of football. It will air exclusively on DSTV channel 187 for 14 days starting from May 28.
African pay TV service MultiChoice is to launch new football-themed pop-up channels on its platforms, teaming up with a US cable network for one of them.
The Naspers-owned company will launch the channels – History of Football and SuperSport 14 (SS14) – on its pay TV platforms DStv and GOtv. They will debut on DStv on May 28 and April 18, respectively.
History of Football will be launched in partnership with US-based cablecaster A+E Networks International. It will air for 14 days, starting on May 28 and ending on June 10, and is exclusive to DStv channel 187.
A+E Networks International operates the History channel worldwide and the History of Football is a global initiative.
Subscribers to DStv Premium, Compact and Compact Plus packages will have access to the History of Football, which will feature a blend of local and international football content.
Meanwhile, SS14 will focus on the Fifa World Cup tournament with an array of documentaries, matches and interviews. GOtv customers will be able to access the channel from April 25 and it will be available to GOtv Max and GOtv Plus subscribers on channel 36.
“The World Cup pop-up channels yet again exemplify our commitment to providing the best sporting content,” said Martin Mabutho, general manager of sales and marketing at MultiChoice Nigeria.
“Our viewers will get the chance to relive classic matches, catch exclusive interviews and witness never-before-seen scenarios, all while preparing for our unbeatable coverage of the 2018 World Cup, which comes complete with exclusive commentary and analyses.”
Yolisa Phahle, CEO of general entertainment for South Africa-based MultiChoice, said: “The story of football is great family entertainment and we’re delighted to be part of History’s global event.
“This pop-up channel is exclusive to DStv customers in Africa and is the perfect build-up to the full-on action that will unfold during the football World Cup tournament that we’ll be broadcasting in June on several dedicated SuperSport channels.”
The 2018 Fifa World Cup matches will be available on DStv and GOtv.
African pay TV provider MultiChoice will next week launch two more channels from Nollywood producer ROK Studios on its TV platforms DStv and GOtv.
ROK 2 will air on DSTV channel 169 and GOtv channel 17, while ROK 3 will air on DSTV channel 164 and GOtv channel 18. In Ghana, ROK 3 will be available on channel 118 and in Uganda on channel 318.
Both the new channels will go live on April 5 and air original content that is intended to appeal to a pan-African audience.
ROK 2 will air indigenous Africa films and TV drama series while ROK 3 will carry a mix of movies and music, with a focus on Ghanaian movies. These will include Agya Fakye Me, Ama Pooley, Born Again, Coach Krakye and Ye Obi Dea Yie and West African music that will air daily from 23.00.
The channels will join ROK, the studio’s first channel that launched on DStv in 2016.
According to Mary Njoku, CEO of ROK, the launch of the channels will help showcase Nollywood and Ghanaian stories to a greater audience. “Great storytelling is at the core of everything ROK does. So we are really delighted to be launching two new TV channels on DStv and GOtv,” she said.
“Everything we do as a film studio has passion and intensity behind it. We ensure beautiful, thrilling and, ultimately, entertaining African stories, which are brought to life with improving production standards. What we achieved with ROK has resonated with audiences around the continent, allowing us to build on our success and bring even more brilliant Nollywood and Ghanaian stories, direct to our loyal fans on DStv.”
Martin Mabutho, general manager of sales and marketing at MultiChoice Nigeria, said: “It is such a great pleasure to be launching these two new ROK channels on both our platforms.
“Our aim is to find content that resonates with our customers and, more, we have realised that our customers love home-grown stories and watching local talent. Adding these two channels speaks to just that. Providing a platform to our African storytellers and celebrating local talent and productions is part of our DNA and what we aim to deliver to our customers for years to come.”
In 2016, the Nollywood studio launched its ROK channel launched on DStv, three years after it first launched on Sky. ROK is a TV channel created by the eponymous Lagos-based film studio known for its original TV series and Nollywood movies, such as Husbands of Lagos and Single Ladies.
“Competition and any challenge excite me. I become more creative when I am faced with a challenge.”
Continuing Content Nigeria’s month-long focus on women in the Nigerian TV business, we put the spotlight on Elizabeth Ampka, Kwesé TV’s general manager.
Elizabeth Amkpa began her career in the banking industry despite her degree in communications from the University of Cross Rivers State. A few years after her graduation in 1989 she became an officer at the Great Merchant Bank, where she worked for seven years before moving on to become deputy manager of marketing and private banking at FCMB in 2001.
In 2006, Amkpa obtained her masters degree in business administration from the University of Sunderland in the UK. However, upon gaining that degree she veered away from the banking industry to launch a career in media, due to her passion in communications.
She joined MultiChoice has its national head of sales in 2007, helping to develop and implement sales and ensure the growth and reach of one of its pay TV offerings, DSTV.
In 2012, she became the general manager of GOtv, MultiChoice’s DTT platform, aiding in the launch of the pay TV service across 45 cities in Nigeria and also helping to manage the digital switchover transition in collaboration with the federal government.
However, in 2016 she became the general manager of Kwese TV Nigeria, which launched in Nigeria in November 2017.
Amkpa is a firm believer in mentorship, she believes that everyone has something to offer once their talents have been harnessed and directed correctly. With this in mind, she encourages organisations and individuals to mentor young people, some of whom she mentors herself.
The housemates in the third season of reality hit Big Brother Naija (BBN) were unveiled on Sunday.
BBN3, tagged Double Wahala, premiered on Sunday night in Johannesburg, South Africa, revealing the faces of all 20 housemates. Former housemate Ebuka Uchedu hosted the show and live music was performed by Mayorkun and Kiss Daniel.
A live screening of the premiere was held at Oregun in Lagos with former BBN housemates Tboss and Bassey acting as hosts with celebrities and other ex-housemates in attendance. The show debuted live at 19.00 on MultiChoice-owned DSTV channel 198 and GOtv channel 29.
The housemates in BBN3 are Ahneeka, Alex, Angel, Anto, Bambam, Khloe, Leo, Lolu, Miracle, Nina, Bitto, Cee-c, Dee-one, Ifuennada, K. Brule, Princess, Rico Swavey, Teddy A, Tobi and Vandora. The show will air 24/7 on DSTV channel 198 and GOtv channel 29.
Uchedu announced at the launch that contestants will be divided into groups and each housemate will either be selected for eviction or saved from it by their peers. Evictions will take place weekly.
Housemates of BBN will live together for 11 weeks, competing for a prize of N45m, announced by organiser MNet West Africa. The show is based on the format owned by Endemol Shine Group.
Martin Mabutho, general manager of sales and marketing for MultiChoice Nigeria, spoke about the return of BBN, stating: “Without a doubt, this promises to be the most exciting edition of the Big Brother franchise on the African continent.
“The last edition of Big Brother Naija was incredibly successful and we see just how much the show continues to resonate with fans in Nigeria and around the continent. We guarantee not only that our viewers will enjoy the premiere show, but that they will stay tuned for three months until the show’s finale when the winner is revealed.”
Auditions for the third season of Nigeria’s top reality show, Big Brother Naija, are set to take place across the country this weekend, reports Gabriella Opara.
The auditions are being held on December 9 and 10 in six locations, Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Enugu and Delta State.
The venues for the auditions are the Westown Hotel in Lagos; Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt; MultiChoice office, Maitama, Abuja; Mauve 21 event centre, Ibadan; Oakland Hotel & Park, Enugu; and Deluxe Garden Suites, Warri.
The producers of Big Brother Naija – which recently won a Nigerian Entertainment Award for best TV show of 2017 – believe the new season will be more exhilarating and entertaining than ever following the success of season two on MultiChoice-owned DStv and GOtv this year.
The increase in audition locations from three to six highlights the growing popularity and acceptance that Big Brother Naija gained with its second season, which came 11 years after the show’s first run.
Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, regional director at broadcaster M-Net West Africa, said: “Around the globe, the Big Brother format remains one of the most popular genres of entertainment and this is also the case in Nigeria.
“Big Brother Nigeria was one of the most successful reality shows not just in Nigeria but around the continent, with a record number of votes [from viewers to evict housemates] and many of the housemates going on to pursue careers in entertainment. We are delighted to have the show return for a third edition and cannot wait for our audiences to once again tune in to experience all of the exciting entertainment the show is sure to provide.”
Sponsored by Nigerian online shopping platform Payporte, Big Brother season three will see 12 contestants go through the emotional roller-coaster of sharing a house together, rewarding the last one standing with a cash prize and a car. The third season will premiere in 2018 after the selection process is complete.
Top Nigerian celebrities and TV personalities were in New York City for the 12th Nigerian Entertainment Awards, hosted by Emma Nyra.
Popular reality show Big Brother Naija bagged was named Best TV Show of the Year. The series, based on the Endemol Shine Group format, was renewed recently for a third season.
Big Brother Naija kicked off its run season in January, a decade after its first, on DSTV channel 198 and GOtv Plus channel 29. The season lasted for 78 days and contestant Efe Ejeba won the grand prize of N25m and a new SUV.
Other award winners included lifestyle TV presenter Seyitan, of RedTV’s The Sauce, who was named Best TV Presenter of the Year at the event, on November 25. Seyitan stepped into the media world 10 years ago, starting up as an intern at Channels TV and Inspiration FM in 2007 and 2008, respectively.
After obtaining a degree in international broadcast journalism at Birmingham City University, she moved to Arise TV in London as a news manager and later became a production manager for Play Center Nigeria before joining UBA’s Red TV.
Best Lead Role in TV went to Oreka Godis for her part in TV drama Our Best Friend’s Wedding. The series ran on Red TV from January to April. Asides being an actress, Godis also works as a presenter, writer and producer for TV and radio.
The Nigerian Entertainment Awards is an annual entertainment award show held in the US, with the aim of celebrating the efforts of entertainers who have made contributions to the African entertainment industry, while promoting the image and rich culture of Nigeria.