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Naija Stand-Up returns to TV

Nigerian pop-up comedy channel Naija Stand-Up is returning to TV screens.

The 12-hour block will offer a variety of skits and other comedy events from comedians such as Ali Baba, Basketmouth, Bovi and AY on the DStv and GOtv platforms from today until Saturday December 7.

The shows will aired include Ali Baba’s Spontaneity show, Lord of the Ribs (from 2018), AY Live Shows (2016, 2017, 2018), Funny Bone Untamed (2017, 2018), Elvis Poko (2019), MC Shaggy, Acapella and a host of others.

According to Martin Mabutho, chief customer officer at MultiChoice Nigeria, the pop-up channel will get customers ready for more exciting content lined up for the upcoming festive season.

“We received a lot of great reviews when the channel made its debut in April. For the second season, we’ve curated some of the biggest comedy shows out of Naija and packaged them into a 12-hour binge fest for the viewing pleasure of our customers, at no extra cost,” he said.

The shows will be aired on DStv channel 197 and GOtv channel 29 and it will be available on all packages on DStv and select packages on GOtv.

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MultiChoice picks up four marketing awards

Pay TV operator MultiChoice has won four awards at the Brands and Advertising Awards of Excellence held in Lagos.

Martin Mabutho

The annual ceremony, organised by Marketing Edge and themed ‘Story telling as a new paradigm shift in contemporary brand building: Convergence of creativity and technology,’ was aimed at celebrating the most innovative minds in the integrated marketing communications industry.

The company won the Outstanding Entertainment Services Provider of the Decade award, while its DStv and GOtv brands received the Outstanding Pay-TV Brand of the Decade and Innovative Digital Terrestrial Television Brand of the Year awards respectively.

Martin Mabutho, MultiChoice Nigeria’s chief customer officer, also received the Outstanding Brand Personality of the Year award.

John Ajayi, CEO of Marketing Edge, said: “Our resolve to recognise and reward our deserving awardees, peers and gladiators – some of them personalities and institutions that have contributed tremendously to the nation – is a result of, and in sync with, our raison d’être, which is promoting the brand idea.”

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DStv, GOtv to air Africa Cup of Nations

MultiChoice-owned pay TV channels DStv and GOtv will broadcast the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) live when it is held in Egypt this summer.

The 52 matches of the 32nd edition of the tournament, held between June 21 and July 19, will be offered live on GOtv and in HD on DStv.

The competition will be held at six venues: Cairo International Stadium; 30 June Stadium, Cairo; Al Salaam Stadium, Cairo; Alexandria Stadium; Suez Stadium; and Ismailia Stadium.

The event will feature a 24-team format for the first time and the SuperSport broadcast will feature expert opinion and insight from top commentators and veterans.

Martin Mabutho, MultiChoice Nigeria’s chief customer officer, said: “We are thrilled to continue to cater to our customers’ football appetites with one of the most anticipated football tournaments of the year, and what makes it even more exciting this time around is that most of the countries we operate in are represented in AFCON 2019.”

The tournament will kick off with a match between Egypt and Zimbabwe at Cairo International Stadium.

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MultiChoice unveils Ramadan channel

MultiChoice Nigeria is preparing to launch a special pop-up channel for muslim subscribers on DStv and GOtv throughout the month of Ramadan.

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This channel is dedicated to take care of the spiritual needs of Muslims by broadcasting local Ramadan-related content.

The pop-up channel will run from May 5 to June 4 and will air Ramadan content including talkshows, music, lifestyle, cooking shows, docuseries, daily calls to prayer, children’s programmes and conduct and obligations of Muslims during Ramadan.

John Ugbe, CEO of MultiChoice Nigeria, said: “We are delighted to launch the Ramadan Pop-up Channel, which is a platform carefully created to provide faith-nourishing television content for every member of the Muslim family, including the young ones.

“The month of Ramadan is an important one for Muslims worldwide, as it provides an opportunity for physical as well as spiritual purification through fasting, increase in worship and recitation of the Holy Quran. The Ramadan Pop-up Channel provides a platform for our subscribers to have access to programmes that increase their faith and trust in Allah.”

He further explained that the channel will provide programmes that will strengthen the beliefs of Muslims and also entertain them throughout the Ramadan period.

Active subscribers on all DStv packages including DStv Now, as well as GOtv Plus and GOtv Max Muslim customers, will have access to the channel.

The specific channel codes have not yet been announced.

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Perfect Wedding adapted for Nigeria

Reality show Our Perfect Wedding, which began in 2011 in South Africa, has arrived in Nigeria.

Vanessa Williams

Having run successfully in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, the format has been adapted for Nigeria, following local couples as they plan and organise their weddings.

The show reveals all that goes on when making preparations, including venue arrangements, traditional ceremonies and the drama that accompanies in-laws while trying to achieve the perfect wedding.

Coproduced by Adeola Oloyede, the show has Suleiman Kazeem as the executive producer and former Big Brother housemate Vanessa Williams (aka Vandora) as the host.

According to Williams: “This is an exciting opportunity for me, and viewers can expect to be completely entertained by this show and they should expect nothing less than the best from the leading home of entertainment in Africa.”

Martin Mabutho, chief customer officer at broadcaster MultiChoice Nigeria, said: “The show has been successful in other African markets like South Africa and Kenya, and we’re elated to bring it to Nigeria.

“Viewers will experience the magic and celebration of love. Of all the awesome wedding shows we’ve had on DStv, this without a doubt holds a lot of drama, fun and excitement for the viewers and we are delighted to bring this truly interesting show to Nigeria.”

Our Perfect Wedding Nigeria airs at 18.00 on Sundays on DStv Channel 151.

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BBNaija to begin online auditions

Online auditions are underway to find the final housemate for the forthcoming fourth season of reality show Big Brother Naija (BBN).

The show’s producers are looking for Nigerians aged at least 21 and with a valid international passport. Candidates must also be subscribers to pay TV platforms DStv or GOtv. Auditions require them to submit a two-minute video of themselves explaining why they should be selected.

Live auditions have already been conducted across eight different states in Nigeria.

John Ugbe, CEO of MultiChoice Nigeria, said: “We are giving more Nigerians one more chance to be a part of the biggest reality TV show on the continent by introducing an additional online audition process.

“We’ve seen how much the show continues to resonate with Nigerians and it’s our desire to create more success stories from the BBNaija platform.

“We are excited about this new twist and ask that more Nigerians take advantage of this novel opportunity to actualise their dreams of getting into the BBNaija house.”

Big Brother Naija 2019 is sponsored by online betting platform Bet9ja. It is based on the Big Brother reality format owned by Endemol Shine Group.

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MultiChoice honours media with party

Pay TV outfit MultiChoice Nigeria held an end-of-year party in an effort to strengthen its relationship with other media organisations.

Martin Mabutho

Hosted by Big Brother Naija 2017 contestant Bisola Aiyeola, the party took place in Lagos.

As well as being a gesture of appreciation of the support shown by the media in 2018, the event also provided insight into MultiChoice’s international plans for next year.

These include blockbuster movies, local and international shows, sports, kids’ content, telenovelas and value-added services like the DStv Now app and BoxOffice.

Martin Mabutho, the firm’s chief customer officer, said: “2018 was definitely a year to remember for us as we celebrated numerous milestones, including the incredibly successful Big Brother Naija: Double Wahala; end-to-end coverage of the FIFA World Cup, Premier League, UEFA Champions League, La Liga and Italia Serie A, which we brought back to our screens; and the launch of the MultiChoice Talent Factory, our flagship investment initiative to train Africa’s future storytellers.

“MultiChoice and Africa Magic also celebrated 25 years and 15 years respectively of providing world-class international and local content to viewers across the continent.

“All these successes have been recorded because of the incredible support given to us by the media across all platforms. As is our tradition, we celebrate and recognise the incredible role they continue to play across the industries where we operate.”

 

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MultiChoice unwraps festive package

Pay TV group MultiChoice Nigeria has revealed a special offer for its customers who use DStv and GOtv platforms to mark the festive season.

Martin Mabutho

As part of a campaign tagged #FestiveTogether, unique content will be made available on DStv and GOtv channels and subscribers will also have access to discounts on the Explora and HD decoders.

According to MultiChoice Nigeria’s chief customer officer Martin Mabutho: “The festive season is a great time for family and friends to come together, and we are making those moments extra special with world-class content on our platforms.”

He added that the upcoming festive season will have good TV content that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

“Our customers will enjoy their yearly festive tradition even more as they create new memories with a line-up of amazing content, such as our special Nigerian Festivals pop-up channel which features some of the biggest music concerts and shows on the continent including The Experience, Calabar Carnival, Akwa Ibom Christmas Concert and One Lagos Fiesta,” he added.

“We also have the much-loved special kiddies’ channel, Animania, which will be a perfect companion for DStv kids this season. Football lovers will still enjoy the matches of the best football leagues in the world: the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, La Liga and SerieA Live, and in glorious HD on SuperSport channels.”

The Explora dish kit was formally N52,100 but is now N29,900, while the HD decoder dish kit has been reduced to N9, 900 from N11, 900.

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MTF Academy receives book donations

MultiChoice Nigeria’s recently launched talent-search initiative, the MTF Academy, has received a number of book donations for its library.

Emeka Mba

Those who have donated include Emeka Mba, former director general of the National Broadcasting Commission, who provided 300 books; and movie producer Lilian Amah, who gave 10 copies of her most recently published book.

Meanwhile, professor Abraham Linus, former dean of Ghana’s National Film & Television Institute, donated two copies of his book on visual literacy, while the Committee for the Relevant Arts has provided 100 books.

The wide range of books includes autobiographies, novels, biographies and topics such as the arts. The donations are an attempt to ensure a reading culture among students at the MTF Academy.

Mba said: “MultiChoice, through the MTF project, has rewritten the narrative of the creative industry by investing in the students of the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy.

“Sharing ideas and knowledge is key, and knowledge is the only thing that you share and it grows. You cannot be a good lawyer if you don’t read cases. So, if you want to be a good filmmaker with impactful stories to tell, you have to read.”

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MultiChoice execs reveal talent aims

MultiChoice Nigeria executives have outlined their hopes for the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) initiative, which will see 60 students being trained by the firm.

John Ugbe

During a recent press conference, MultiChoice Nigeria MD John Ugbe said the MTF was created to help develop African stories by using local narratives with a worldwide appeal.

The 60 students will be selected from more than 3,000 applicants. They will begin the 12 month programme, fully funded by MultiChoice, on October 1.

Cheryl Uys-Allie, director of the MTF, said the scheme would develop the skillset of upcoming filmmakers and content creators to ensure growth of the local film industries.

Femi Odugbemi, filmmaker and MTF regional director, added: “From the thousands of applications received, it’s evident that there’s a strong desire to learn from and work with other African creatives.

“Not only will the MultiChoice Talent Factory be a springboard to a career in the entertainment industry, but it will also create a close-knit community of African professionals with a willingness to narrate Africa’s stories to the world.”

The MTF initiative began in May and has launched academies in Nigeria, Zambia and Kenya.

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MultiChoice unveils soccer star ad

Football player Alex Iwobi

Pay TV platform DSTV has launched an advertising campaign featuring its new brand ambassador, international football star Alex Iwobi.

In July, DSTV owner MultiChoice Nigeria announced the Super Eagles and Arsenal FC forward as its brand ambassador for the DSTV Compact bouquet.

The pay TV company has now launched an ad campaign featuring Iwobi, which includes TV, digital, radio and press adverts and was launched to coincide with the start of 2018/19 Premier League season.

With this new ad, Iwobi showcases his passion for football and uses it to tell a story about the importance of choices.

According to Martin Mabutho, general manager of sales and marketing at MultiChoice Nigeria: “It’s always about choices. As people, we make choices every single day, and the choices we make play a huge role in shaping who we become in future.

“Alex Iwobi is who he is today because of some of the brilliant choices he made in the past; taking up his uncle’s mantle by juggling a football, to signing with top football club Arsenal FC.

“The power of fun and affordability defines Compact and with over 120 channels, our customers are spoilt for choice with front-row live football action from the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and perfectly picked local drama series, action movies and other lifestyle channels.”

Premier League matches are available on the Compact package for N6,800 (US$19) monthly. New subscribers can get the HD Decoder, dish and one month DSTV Compact subscription for N11,900.

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Multichoice lowers decoder prices

Pay TV operator MultiChoice Nigeria has cut the price of its decoders ahead of this summer’s FIFA World Cup.

Martin Mabutho

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.

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Mabutho rules out pay-as-you-use TV

Pay-as-you-use content cannot work in the TV world, according to Martin Mabutho, general manager of sales and marketing for pay TV giant MultiChoice Nigeria.

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Speaking at the sixth edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference last week, Mabutho addressed concerns about the lack of a pay-as-you-use option on MultiChoice-owned platform DSTV.

“There is nothing like a pay-as-you-use service on any TV service in the world,” he said. “We have stated this over and over again. Yes, there is pay-per-view but pay-as-you-use is non-existent.

“Furthermore, it can’t work because we buy rights and it will affect us if we offer a service where you switch on a channel like you are turning on a tap and, when you have no need for it, you switch it off. It can’t work like that.”

Mabutho also spoke about the launch of the DSTV Now mobile app. “150 channels can be accessed on DSTV Now, unlike years ago when DSTV Mobile could only offer 10 channels. Traditional TV is not dead but many individuals are fast preferring access on the go,” he said.

The exec’s comments came a few days after DSTV reality hit Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) had concluded, having delivered huge audiences across the previous 12 weeks.

“The next big thing after BBNaija is the World Cup,” Mabutho said. “We are official partners of [Nigerian national football team] Super Eagles and we aim to ensure that our subscribers get access to the Russia 2018 World Cup wherever and whenever they want, which is why we have created DSTV Catchup, where content can be downloaded to be viewed afterwards.”

MultiChoice is the parent company of pay TV platforms DSTV and GOtv. It is one of the leading digital television operator in Nigeria.

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Multichoice ‘to lose NBC licence’

MultiChoice Nigeria may be forced to stop running its pay TV networks DSTV and GOtv after reports suggested it would not be able to renew its licence when it expires next June.

The company has allegedly received a letter from the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) stating that the licence issued to it by NBC in 2014 would not be renewed because it was not in line with Digital Switch Over white paper.

NBC spokeswoman Maimuna Jimada said: “In line with the government’s white paper on the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, after June 2019, pay DTT operators would no longer be licensed to operate as both content providers and signal distributors. They will henceforth have to be carried by the licensed signal distributors.”

To continue operations in 2019, MultiChoice will have to go to licensed signal distribution companies Pinnacle Communications Ltd or ITS.

Content Nigeria has yet to receive a response to a request for comment from MultiChoice Nigeria.

Prior to receiving the alleged letter, MultiChoice had been accused of overcharging Nigerian subscribers by increasing its prices and offering inflexible subscription options.

MultiChoice Nigeria began operations in 1993 with pay TV platform DSTV. It has since expanded to become one of the leading broadcasting companies in Nigeria, with its pay TV platforms DSTV and GOtv.

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Big Brother 3 kicks off

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.”

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DStv offers Showmax for free

The Yuletide season has brought about many special offers and discount prices from companies in Nigeria, the latest coming from MultiChoice.

The pay TV company is now offering free viewing of the Showmax channel on its premium bouquet on pay TV platform DStv until January 7.

Martin Mabutho

Naspers-owned Showmax is an online SVoD service that offers a wide range of TV series and blockbuster movies. It launched in South Africa in 2015 and has expanded to 36 countries in Africa a year later.

Martin Mabutho, general manager of marketing and sales at MultiChoice Nigeria, said the company is committed to providing subscribers of its pay TV with the best services and innovation.

“Our mission has always been to be at the forefront of digital and technological innovation and stay in line with global trends by providing our customers with the latest technologies. Showmax provides customers access to the latest movies and series at their fingertips,” he said.

Customers who are interested in viewing Showmax on DStv must subscribe to the Premium bouquet. A Showmax subscription also allows customers to watch on two devices simultaneously.

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GOtv slashes subs price at fair

Pay TV operator MultiChoice Nigeria has announced a special offer on its digital terrestrial TV (DTT) platform, GOtv.

The offer was unveiled at the ongoing 37th Lagos International Trade Fair, which began in Lagos on Friday November 3 and ends this Sunday.

Buyers at the trade fair will be eligible to pay a reduced price for a GOtv decoder bundle, with a one-month GOtv Plus subscription costing N5,500. The offer will only be available at the event.

There will be a raffle draw at the GOtv stand at the fair, giving customers an opportunity to interact, enjoy discounted offers and have a chance to win multiple prices including TVs and generators.

Participants will also be able to meet GOtv brand ambassadors, singer Daddy Showkey and Nollywood comic actor John Okafor (aka Mr Ibu), with special appearances by Big Brother Naija reality stars Efe and Bisola.

The annual Fair is organised by the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry. It offers an exposition for manufacturers, suppliers, buyers and users of a wide range of goods and services as well as opportunities for investment and trade promotion within and outside Nigeria.

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