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Thema unveils new African OTT platform

Canal+ Group-owned channel distribution company Thema has launched a new OTT platform called My Bouquet Africain in partnership with video content management solution company OKast.

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The collaboration is aimed at distributing African content to French-speaking sub-Saharan African audiences in Europe while guaranteeing an innovative multi-screen OTT experience to subscribers. It features more than 13 television channels and a catalogue of over 100 films and series, ranging from Canal+ original productions to Nollywood and Senegalese drama.

Timothée Vidal, senior VP of multicultural distribution and digital at Thema, said: “Thema is delighted by this collaboration with OKast, which has proven to be a reliable partner in providing the best quality of service to our customers. This new launch is fully in line with the strategic orientation undertaken by Thema on the digital field and will surely lead the way for new ones.”

“We are delighted that OKast OTT has convinced such a prestigious player as Thema. It demonstrates that modern cloud-based solution allows fast deployment of state-of-the-art OTT solution with a proven economy of scale. We can’t wait to be streaming the best content from Africa to the widest audience,” added Cédric Monnier, CEO of OKast.

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Thema adds to Le Bouquet Africain

Paris-based channel distributor Thema has added four further channels to its Le Bouquet Africain package on pay TV platform SFR.

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The channel distributor, part of Canal+ International, revealed the channels as Senegalese network SunuYeuf, telenovela-themed Novelas TV, African series channel A+ and new Ivorian network NCI.

Novelas TV is already distributed by Free and Bouygues Telecom in France, while A+ is already available from Free, Orange and Bouygues Telecom. Furthermore, much of the content on A+ is already available via +D’Afrique, the OTT service included on Le Bouquet Africain Premium on SFR.

Timothée Vidal, Thema’s senior VP of multicultural distribution and digital, said: “By integrating these channels into Le Bouquet Africain we aim to demonstrate that the offer stays in line with our viewers’ expectations, who demand access to diversified content showing modern formats. Le Bouquet Africain is constantly evolving to suit the diaspora’s expectations.”

According to Thema, SFR now comprises up to 23 channels as well as the +D’Afrique On Demand catalogue.

Thema distributes more than 180 TV channels worldwide and has partnerships with major pay TV platforms in France, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Canada and the US/Latin America.

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