Advanced Television


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

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

Nigeria wants 2 comms and DTH satellites

Nigeria wants two additional satellites for its communications fleet. Dr Abimbola Alela, the MD/CEO of NigComSat, told delegates at the 2021 stakeholder forum last week in Lagos that the new craft (NigComSat 2 and 3) were essential to further expand Nigeria’s position as a global satellite operator. “This will not only inspire confidence in our […]

September 20, 2021By Chris Forrester

TV Anywhere partners with UniqCast for GloTV service

TV Anywhere Africa (TVA), an emerging media-technology (mediatech) company has partnered with Globacom, a leading mobile network operator in Nigeria with about 40 million active data subscribers and over 50 million voice subscribers, to launch GloTV in Nigeria. TVA partners with telecom operators, internet service providers, and independent media players to enable profitable delivery of […]

September 6, 2021

MultiChoice: “Tax claims are overstated”

MultiChoice, the South Africa based pay-TV operator, insists that it doesn’t have to pay the 50 per cent of the overall $4.34 billion back tax claimed by Nigeria’s Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) for its pay-TV activities in Nigeria. MultiChoice, in a statement, said it believes the actual amount due is “substantially” less than the […]

August 31, 2021By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice hit by Nigerian “tax evasion” ruling

A Nigerian Tax Appeal Tribunal (TAT) has ruled that MultiChoice Nigeria, a subsidiary of the South African pay-TV broadcaster, must pay an immediate 50 per cent of the 1.8 trillion Naira (€3.7bn) claimed tax backlog. 1,822,923,909,313 Naira is the specific amount claimed, which is greater than MultiChoice’s overall Group market capitalisation. The news hurt MultiChoice’s […]

August 27, 2021By Chris Forrester

Verimatrix supports DSO initiative in Nigeria

Verimatrix, a specialist in powering the modern connected world with people-centred security, has announced that Renmore Partners, which was granted a license to offer an alternative, scalable set top box technology solution for the Nigerian digital switchover project, selected Verimatrix’s conditional access technology to offer Nigerians cost-effective at-home entertainment. The digital switchover project aims to […]

July 20, 2021

MultiChoice: “We’ve paid our Nigerian taxes”

South Africa’s MultiChoice/DStv pay-TV operator insists it has paid all its Nigerian tax demands. It says it will prove the payments to the Nigerian Government’s Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS). FIRS is claiming that the DStv broadcaster has evaded taxes of some Naira 1.8 trillion ($4.4bn) and has instructed local banks to freeze MultiChoice/DStv bank […]

July 12, 2021By Chris Forrester

MultiChoice accused of tax fraud

Nigeria has accused pay-TV operator MultiChoice of a 1.8 trillion Naira (€289m) tax fraud. The allegation says that MultiChoice Nigeria and MultiChoice Africa, which between them operate the DStv pay-TV system in Nigeria (and elsewhere) says that MultiChoice has persistently breached all agreements and undertakings with Nigeria’s Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). Consequently, FIRS has […]

July 9, 2021By Chris Forrester

Viasat receives Nigerian satellite licences

Viasat has been authorised to offer satellite broadband services to and from Nigeria. The company has kicked off a consumer and community trial to connect about 15,000 people. Viasat says it now holds a full suite of broadband licences including those of a conventional ISP as well as VSAT licences. Nigeria’s Communications Commission (NCC) granted […]

May 21, 2021By Chris Forrester