The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has had its international channel removed from Europe’s largest digital satellite TV service, Sky, and barred from airing on channel 794 via the platform.
The move was confirmed by a message on Sky’s website which reads: “NTA International is currently temporarily removed from the EPG (Electronic Programme Guide).”
A Sky customer service official in the UK said that Sky had no control over NTA International since its rights are controlled by London-based minority channel distributor Ben TV.
However, according to sources, the news of NTA’s suspension broke shortly after the NBC and AIT dispute, in which Nigeria’s media regulator locked horns with Daar Communications, owner of independent broadcaster AIT.
That issue saw NBC suspend Daar’s broadcasting licence over alleged breaches of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code in its political coverage, but the matter was resolved earlier this week.
The move has not impacted Ben TV’s own channel on the Sky platform, which broadcasts into the UK, Ireland, Italy and German-speaking Europe. Sky is owned by US cable giant Comcast, also parent of NBCUniversal.
African subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) platform iflix has announced it will be the exclusive online home for UK drama Britannia.
The historical drama is set it 43AD as Britain’s tribes and Druid mystics face an invading Roman army and have their lives changed forever. It is produced by Vertigo Films in association with Neal Street Productions for Sky in the UK.
Iflix will bring the show to 25 countries in Africa, including Nigeria. It is also carried by North African and Middle Eastern SVoD service Starz Play, and is distributed by London-based Sky Vision.
Evert van der Veer, iflix’s head of content in Africa and the Middle East, said: “The addition of Britannia is a testament to iflix’s commitment to showcase the very best international content to subscribers across the region.
“We are excited to partner with Sky to bringing our customers this year’s most anticipated new series before any other entertainment platform in the region.”
Iflix launched in Nigeria in August 2017, three years after it began operations in Malaysia. The company partners with more than 220 studios and distributors and carries a range of movies and TV series both locally and globally.