Pay TV operator MultiChoice Africa is set to reduce its DStv subscription fees across East Africa.
The monthly fees paid by DStv subscribers in Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique and Tanzania will fall from September 1.
According to a MultiChoice representative, the reduction in fees will differ between countries due to the different cost structures, which are influenced by local factors such as content costs, inflation, local taxes, foreign exchange rates and overheads.
MultiChoice Kenya said in a statement: “The subscription price reductions are aimed at making entertaining TV viewing accessible to more subscribers in Kenya and grant more customers access to the entire world of exciting channels at a lower fee.”
The broadcaster has not yet revealed if it will be reducing subs in other parts of Africa.
MultiChoice Africa’s flagship initiative the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) has partnered with a renowned US visual and performing arts school, the New York Film Academy (NYFA).
The aim of the collaboration is to support the development of young filmmakers who are attending MTF academies across Africa.
The MTF’s mission is to ignite Africa’s already established creative industries through training and skills development. It has already begun its masterclasses in various African cities with the aim of upskilling film and TV creatives in cinematography, audio and storytelling to improve the quality of local productions.
Cheryl Uys-Allie, MTF’s director, said: “This groundbreaking collaboration speaks to our commitment to partnering with industry experts such as the NYFA to promote and protect the growth of Africa’s creative industries,
“Our East Africa academy director, Njoki Muhoho, is an NYFA alumnus, having studied filmmaking at the Los Angeles campus, and we’re excited to be collaborating with the Academy in being able to offer incredible opportunities to our students and the sector as a whole.”
The NYFA, which has supported African content creators for more than a decade, is committed to empowering and developing filmmakers across the world and through this partnership, MultiChoice says it continues its commitment to enrich lives by igniting the creative industry on the continent.
Jim Miller, VP of the NYFA, said: “The New York Film Academy is honoured to be a part of the enrichment, development and fostering of storytellers across Africa, a continent steeped in a rich history of dynamic, creative and passionate visual and performing artists.
“Over the years, NYFA has been privileged to have hosted hundreds of students – from dozens of African nations – many who have found outstanding success in their national industries when they returned home. This MTF and NYFA collaboration is a natural extension of our commitment to help bolster the skills of talented African storytellers.”
Naspers, one of the largest technology investors in the world, will list it’s pay TV unit MultiChoice on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on February 27.
The company includes MultiChoice South Africa, MultiChoice Africa and Showmax. Naspers originally announced its intention to list last September.
The move means Naspers shareholders will now hold a direct interest in MultiChoice rather than through Africa’s most valuable company.
Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk said: “Listing MultiChoice Group via an unbundling aims to unlock value for Naspers shareholders and at the same time create an empowered, top-40-JSE-listed African entertainment company.
“With strong financials, the flexibility of an ungeared balance sheet and deep local knowledge, we hope to deliver excellent returns to shareholders over time,” added group CEO Calvo Mawela.
MultiChoice Africa has received more than 3,000 applications from across the continent for its Talent Factory training academy.
Candidate interviews and screenings are now underway as judges select 60 people to join the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF).
Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to hone their skills in television and film production as they undergo training at the MTF academy in Lagos. Classes will begin on October 1.
Highlighting the importance of the academy, filmmaker and MTF West Africa director Femi Odugbemi said: “The next generation must understand that, as filmmakers, they are the historians of the modern age.”
Femi, who is also among the judges, added :“We have got to have great filmmakers who are willing to take on big themes and unearth untold stories, and all of that requires us to be deliberate about how we mentor the next generation. We have to be very deliberate that the next generation will not tell stories uneducated.”
Pay TV platform MultiChoice Africa has axed a Disney children’s show ahead of the planned introduction of a gay character, reports Gabriella Opara.
Following an announcement from Disney that its live-action series Andi Mack will introduce a gay character in its newly premiered season, MultiChoice Africa, which operates the DStv and GOtv platforms, said it will no longer air the show.
With broadcasters – in this case, Disney Channel – often providing only one satellite feed into Africa, a ban of a show in one country means it is taken off-air across the entire continent, even in countries where the content is not censored.
The move comes after Kenyan media regulators banned the series and follows the prohibition in Nigeria of reality shows I Am Cait and I Am Jazz on the E! channel of DStv Africa for including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) characters.
With anything that is seen to promote LGBTI a breach of Nigeria’s national broadcasting code, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) said it is ensuring that any programme on air clearly complies with its code of ethics.
Disney has promised African fans of Andi Mack that it will find alternative ways of broadcasting the show while still respecting each market’s cultural sensibilities and adhering to its rules and regulations.
The US media giant said in a statement: “While our shows are developed for global audiences we are committed to respecting each market’s cultural sensibilities, compliance rules and regulations.
“Disney Channel in South Africa serves multiple countries across Africa and the Middle East, each with its own regulations to which we adhere. Accordingly, Andi Mack will not be broadcast through DStv.”
Nigerian pay TV platform GOtv has launched GOtv Lite, a low-cost subscription package within its digital terrestrial TV (DTT) service, reports Gabriella Opara.
Understanding that subscribers’ needs are not all the same and their economy differs, GOtv parent company MultiChoice Africa is hoping to ensure that the DTT service is accessible to all families.
GOtv Lite achieves this by offering a pared-down version of the GOtv package. Offering 23 channels at affordable rates – N400 monthly, N1,050 quarterly and N3,100 annually – GOtv subscribers can now enjoy more for less, said the company.
Included in the GOtv Lite package are TVC Entertainment, SuperSport Blitz, Galaxy TV, JimJam and eTV Africa, as well as local stations.
The pay TV platform is also running a new package known as GOtv Max for N3,800 per month. This currently offers 60 channels, including Sony Max, Fox, CBS and SuperSport Select 4. Catering to its football-loving viewers, GOtv Max offers access to all live La Liga matches.
Furthermore, GOtv Wawu was launched on October 24, giving subscribers customised offerings and complementary access to selected channels as well as rewards points.
The climax of GOtv’s recent marketing moves was on October 26, when it brought the European Premier League trophy to Lagos. On October 29, Nigerians were able to see, touch and take selfies with the trophy, courtesy of GOtv.