Advanced Television


MultiChoice invests in African content

MultiChoice-owned OTT service Showmax is investing in four East African-produced original films and programming. Initially the output will be shown in Kenya this year. The new programming includes a feature film, a crime drama series, a high-level political thriller series set in a fictional county, and a thriller series. MultiChoice has not revealed the amount […]

April 4, 2022By Chris Forrester

Sports Bodies raise concern over Kenya Copyright Bill

A coalition of global sports bodies has written an open letter to the Kenyan government, expressing concern about the Copyright Amendment Bill currently before parliament, and its potential impact on the availability of international sports content in Kenya.The Sports Rights Owner Coalition (SROC) is an alliance of more than 50 international and national sport bodies, […]

February 15, 2022

Kenya: MultiChoice offers OTT

South African pay-TV giant MultiChoice is to start streaming content to Kenya-based users with smart TVs and without the need for a dedicated decoder. MultiChoice Group Kenya MD Nancy Matimu said that the latest plan to venture into the OTT service is informed by the young generation “who are always on the Internet.” “We need […]

February 7, 2022By Chris Forrester

Boomerang Africa finds new home on GOtv

Iconic animated shows like Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes and Mr Bean have found a new home in Africa with the launch of Boomerang on GOtv. Boomerang Africa, is now accessible on the pre-existing GOtv MAX package in Kenya and Uganda and the brand-new GOtv SUPA premium offering, available in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Zambia, Namibia, […]

December 2, 2021

Netflix launches Free Plan in Vietnam

Netflix has launched its Free Plan in Vietnam that will let anyone with an Android phone in the country watch Netflix for free, without any ads. Vietnam is the only country in Asia where the streaming service is trying this at the moment, and the second one to experience the Free Plan, after Kenya. All […]

November 12, 2021By Nik Roseveare

Spacecom adds Kenya DTT from AMOS-17

Israel-based satellite operator Spacecom has won a contract from the Kenya Broadcast Corp’s Signet DTT service. Broadcasting from Spacecom’s AMOS-17 satellite, the Kenyan Signet DTT service offers more than 70 television channels plus radio transmissions throughout Kenya and into South Africa. Oren Tepper, Spacecom Global VP/sales, stated: “AMOS-17’s strong C-band HTS beams improved signal quality […]

November 9, 2021By Chris Forrester

Kenya Broadcast’s Signet DTT connects to Spacecom’s AMOS-17

Spacecom, the satellite services provider and owner-operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has announced that Kenya Broadcast Corporation’s Signet DTT (digital terrestrial TV) service is now being broadcast via the advanced AMOS-17 HTS (high throughput satellite) digital satellite. Spacecom’s also provided an array of on-the-ground professional services that quickly and efficiently migrated Signet’s DTT service […]

November 3, 2021

W-Sport launches across Sub Saharan Africa

W-Sport, the dedicated women’s sports concept which includes the world’s first 24/7 linear sports channel, has now successfully launched in Sub Saharan Africa. W-Sport is available immediately in 16 territories in the region including Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria, Uganda, and Ghana. Additional distribution partners will be announced shortly. “W-Sport’s vision is to be […]

September 29, 2021

Analyst: Does Netflix have the right Africa strategy?

The recent launch of a free offer in Kenya in this exemplifies the recent change in Netflix’s strategy to address the African market’s peculiarities. Over the last few years, OTT and SVoD platforms have been growing steadily on the African continent but not as fast as expected, notes a report from Dataxis analyst Louise Jianoux. […]

September 28, 2021

Kenya: Netflix offers free mobile content

Netflix is offering new subscribers in Kenya free access to about a quarter of its programming – but only for mobile users. The free plan is available on Android mobile phones and will not have adverts. It features Netflix movies and TV shows such as dramas including titles such as Money Heist, Bridgerton and Blood […]

September 21, 2021By Chris Forrester