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ShowMax expands internet TV service to sub-Saharan Africa

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ShowMax, the internet TV service launched in August 2015, has expanded its footprint to 36 additional countries across sub-Saharan Africa. In total, ShowMax now supplies subscription video on demand services to 65 countries worldwide.

ShowMax (www.ShowMax.com) has officially launched internet TV services to 36 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The company originally launched in August 2015 with the largest subscription video on demand catalogue on the continent.

The sub-Saharan service costs US$ 7.99 per month for unlimited viewing. The catalogue includes approximately fifteen thousand TV show episodes and movies, totaling almost ten thousand hours of viewing. The service includes a Kiswahili language section and a Nollywood section, as well as an African Film section that pulls together classic movies from across the continent.

Barron Ernst, Chief Product Officer for ShowMax commented: “The speed and cost of connectivity are significant hurdles for any internet-based service in Africa. Getting it right means you’ve got to do much more than just flick a switch.

“We’ve been busy testing the service in key locations across the continent and optimising our delivery network. Perhaps more importantly, we’ve adapted our apps to address the needs of consumers in Africa, introducing features like downloads for viewing TV shows and movies when not connected.”

The product features developed by ShowMax to address connectivity constraints include:

• Adaptive bitrate streaming that monitors connection speeds and automatically adjusts video stream resolution to avoid buffering

• Download functionality to save up to 25 TV shows and movies in total to Android and iOS smartphones and tablets for viewing offline

• User-selectable download quality to limit data usage

• User-selectable streaming quality to limit data usage

• Automatic size reduction of static pictures delivered to mobile devices

“The other key to success is making sure you’ve got the right mix of international and local content. We’ve added Kiswahili and Nollywood shows and movies to our existing class-leading catalogue of Hollywood and British favourites,” said Ernst.

According to the GSMA, around 160 million connected smartphones were in use in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015, set to rise to more than 500 million by 2020. This explosive growth combined with the increasing availability of WiFi services, the rollout of FTTH in urban centres, and the rollout of other high speed fixed mobile options is driving the take-up of video on demand services.

“The growth potential of the African market is huge, and we’re not the only internet TV service looking to meet that demand. The difference is that we’re not simply cutting and pasting an existing model from elsewhere, and instead have built a product and content selection designed specifically for Africa,” concludes Ernst.

ShowMax offers a risk-free seven-day trial.

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Magic1 TV Management denies owning replica channel ‘MAGIC 1HD’ on StarTimes

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By BigEyeUg Team

Renowned Uganda’s entertainment TV channel, Magic1 management has opened up on the issue of owning a rather similar channel dubbed ‘MAGIC 1HD’ on StarTimes digital platform.

In a statement released regarding the change of Magic1 TV via StarTimes pay TV platform, the management of Magic1 TV which is a subsidiary channel of Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) is aware of the replica channel known as (MAGIC 1HD).

The management has noticed that MAGIC 1HD has replaced UBC’s original channel known as ‘Magic1’ TV on channel 242 via Star Times Pay TV platform and caused confusion among its stakeholders.

Therefore, ‘Magic1 TV’ is not legally responsible for Magic 1HD channel as portrayed by Star Times.

The official channel that is registered by UCC under Uganda Broadcasting Corporation is Magic1 TV is carried on channel 820 on Go TV and channel 36 on free to air decorders.

In no event shall Magic1 TV be liable for any special, direct, indirect, consequential, or incidental damages or any damages whatsoever, whether in an action of contract or other tort, arising out of connection with the use of the services of Magic 1HD.

In this matter, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation is in touch with Uganda Communications Commission to resolve this matter with Star Times as soon as possible.

Here is the official statement;

We will keep you posted.

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ESPN channels coming to DStv, customers to enjoy larger sports offering

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MultiChoice Group (MCG) and The Walt Disney Company Africa have announced that they have signed an exciting partnership which will see a significant addition to the sports available to its customers across the continent. The agreement will result in two 24-hour ESPN channels being made available to DStv customers from 29 July, where they will be able to enjoy the very best of US sports.

Featuring every major US sport as well as European football, fans across the continent can now look forward to popular premier American leagues including the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), and Major League Baseball (MLB), via ESPN & ESPN2.

The channels will also feature live football from the English Football League (EFL), Scottish Premier Football League (SPFL), Dutch Eredivisie and Major League Soccer (MLS), as well as local sports including the West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations and featured boxing tournaments and events.

During last month’s financial results announcement, MCG reaffirmed its commitment to continue providing the best available content to its customers. This deal allows the company to provide a larger sports offering than ever before, as the home of sports on the continent.

“As Africa’s leading video entertainment platform, we are unwavering in our commitment to ensure that we continue to find the best available content to delight our customers, both now and into the future. We endeavour to deliver both world-class international content as well as the very best in local content, giving our loyal customers a never-ending selection of outstanding entertainment,” says MultiChoice Group CEO, Calvo Mawela.

“From reliving the greatest moments in sports history to seeing those moments being made, ESPN’s compelling content and unique personality will be a complementary addition to MultiChoice Group’s sports offering,” says Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa. “We are thrilled to be bringing the achievements and triumphs of both international and local athletes, our quality storytelling and innovative programming to a whole new audience of sports fans in Africa.”

Together with the live sports programming, viewers will also be able to catch up on the very latest films, series, news, talk shows and highlights from ESPN’s iconic sports documentary and studio programming.

“In addition to being the home of American sports, ESPN is equally well-known for its dedication to great storytelling, something we as Africa’s most-loved storyteller can identify with,” concluded Mawela.



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MultiChoice Uganda adds Showmax Internet TV Service to its offering

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Colin Asiimwe, the Head of Marketing during the launch of Showmax at MultiChoice Uganda offices, looking on is Ms. Joan K. Semanda, the PR and Communications Manager and a staff at MultiChoice Uganda.

Colin Asiimwe, the Head of Marketing during the launch of Showmax at MultiChoice Uganda offices, looking on is Ms. Joan K. Semanda, the PR and Communications Manager and a staff at MultiChoice Uganda.

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MultiChoice has officially launched Showmax, it’s internet-based TV service in Uganda.

Speaking at the launch on Tuesday, Colin Asiimwe, the Head of Marketing revealed that MultiChoice continues to take strides that enable the business remain relevant to its customers.

“The entertainment industry is very dynamic and has witnessed several game-changing interruptions and molding including delivery of entertainment and TV over the internet,” Colin Asiimwe said, adding that, “to remain relevant to our subscribers, we must do two things; one is to be 5 steps ahead of the pack or constantly and instantaneously evolve as things change.”

Showmax, available in over 70 African countries, is an internet TV service that boasts of a unique combination of hit African content, first and exclusive international series, kids’ shows, and live sport.

In her remarks, Joan Semanda Kizza, the PR and Communications Manager, observed that, “MultiChoice Uganda is pleased to launch Showmax in Uganda to enable us offer our customers a range of TV entertainment options, especially at a time as this while being cognizant of the current times when families are together.”

“New subscribers will receive a two week trial period when they first initiate the service. In addition, there will also be an announcement when, to thank our Premium subscribers for their continued commitment to us, the service will be free as a value added service for them.” She added.

Showmax is available to stream using apps for smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, computers, media players and gaming consoles, and the monthly subscription goes for UGX 14,000 on Showmax Mobile and UGX 28,000 on Showmax Standard.



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NBS TV launches “Political Command Center”, to offer extensive coverage of 2021 General Elections

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Joseph Kigozi, the Next Media Services Chief Strategy Officer.

Joseph Kigozi, the Next Media Services Chief Strategy Officer addresses guests during the launch.

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With rallies banned and candidates set to use digital and mainstream media to campaign, NBS Television has moved quickly to yet again position itself for the unprecedented task ahead. It has today launched the “Political Command Center” ahead of the 2021 General Elections.

“The Electoral Commission’s position on scientific elections is well-known to all of us by now and we have quickly adapted to its needs at NBS Television; all candidates, regardless of their political affiliations or any other divides, shall be catered to,” said Joseph Kigozi, the Next Media Services Chief Strategy Officer.

With the launch of the Political Command Center, NBS Television has put together an extensive plan to exhaustively cover the whole nation, and is set to deliver daily spot-checks across the country. The station has also committed to availing all its resources, both human and technology, to ensure its viewers are kept updated.

Also speaking at the launch, Joyce Bagala, the Next Media Services Head of News and Current Affairs, said, “Our viewers, you already know how much we value you and it won’t be any less with this. We are going to, just like we did with our COVID-19 coverage, adjust our programming to ensure you’re all well updated.”

“On Monday, June 27th, you can expect a new property that will come to you daily at midday with all the latest on the elections from across the country, along with our 4:30pm and 8:30pm special bulletins,” Bagala added.

Critically-acclaimed political reporter, Joseph Sabiti, will also mark his return to the general elections frontline following a short sabbatical, along with a cast of personnel in a mix of both youth and experience on this project.

NBS Television has also confirmed that it, through its fully-fledged research
department, will conduct opinion polls in the central region along with selected hotspots across the country.



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