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Digital Content Revenues to Pass $200bn in 2018 – Report



Global consumer spend on digital content will reach $202 billion in 2018, up by 10% on this year’s total of $184bn.

This is according to a report by Juniper research titled Digital Content Business Models: OTT & Operator Strategies 2017-2022.

The report found that subscription video on demand (SVOD) services will be a key driver of growth, with major over the top (OTT) players such as Netflix and Amazon committing budgets of more than $5 billion to original content over the coming year.

Meanwhile, Apple and Facebook are each expected to invest at least $1 billion for their on demand digital content services – Apple iTunes and Facebook Watch and Facebook Live.

“Around 35% of UK households now subscribe to one or more SVOD services, a proportion which rises to 76% in the US. Furthermore, the trend towards multiple subscriptions per household was increasing, leading to a greater opportunity for content aggregation and curation,” notes the research.

Meanwhile, the research also found that both telcos and OTT players were increasingly seeking to augment their offerings with the acquisition of eSports rights, and suggested that ultimately players might evolve from creating their own teams to developing and owning eSports tournaments.

There are around 109 million Netflix users globally, with the company expecting six million new users to be added in Q4 this year. ShowMax, the Naspers-owned VOD platform available in 65 countries, houses Africa’s largest subscription video entertainment catalogue. The company announced in November 2016 that it had surpassed the 20 million cumulative views mark.

According to a report by Frost & Sullivan, the pay-TV, VOD and Internet Protocol television services market in Africa is growing rapidly as significant Internet penetration and smartphone adoption in the continent alter the manner in which consumers view content.

“MultiChoice DStv and GOtv, and StarTimes are among the leading pan-African pay-TV operators, while IROKOtv, ShowMax and Netflix lead the VOD space. Despite DStv’s dominance, SA has the most developed pay-TV market, whereas triple-play services are more developed in Kenya,” the research points out.

According to a report by market analyst firm Dataxis, the total number of pay-TV subscribers in Africa has reached approximately 23.7 million, representing quarter-on-quarter growth of 2%, and year-on-year growth of 18%.

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NCC Seizes N36.1M Broadcast Materials, Apprehends 2 Suspects in Delta



The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), said it had seized broadcast contrivance worth N36.1 million in Delta. Mr Augustine Amodu, the NCC Director of Enforcement, made the disclosure in Warri, while speaking with newsmen.

Amodu said that two suspects were also apprehended by the enforcement team and were currently detained at the facilities of the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Warri.

He said the operation was carried out between March 13 and March 16, in Ughelli and Warri. The director of enforcement said the items seized included: several decoders, splitters, senders, boosters, adding that about two trucks load of wires were also destroyed in the operation.

“We conducted anti-piracy exercise in Ughelli and Warri between March 13 and 16, and we made a seizure of broadcast contrivance worth N36.1 million.

” Following the zeal of the NCC Director-General, Mr Afam Ezekude on the enforcement of the Nigeria Copyright Law, we got complaints from the Multichoice DSTV.

“We raided three stations in Ughelli on the 13th and seized a lot of broadcast items, but no suspect was caught.

” Between 14th and 16th, we raided more than seven stations in Warri, and seized contrivances and also apprehended two suspects who are currently detained at the NDLEA facilities,” he said.

Amodu said that there was the need to sustain the anti-piracy operations, particularly on broadcast items in the Niger Delta region because the perpetrators quickly come back to resuscitate them as soon as the enforcement team left. ”

Under the leadership of the DG, Mr Ezekude, the enforcement of the Copyright Law has come to its height, today NCC has recorded 58 convictions and over 150 cases in the Federal High Courts,” he said.

The director of enforcement warned perpetrators who indulged in the illegalities to desist from it and sought for a better means of livelihood before the law catches up with them.

Amodu who said that piracy was a cankerworm that had eaten deeply into the fabric of the society, noted that it was a setback on the diversification policy of the Federal Government because it discourages legitimate creativity.

He advised the public not to patronise the perpetrators who he said do not pay tax to the government, “if you do, it will be unfortunate that you will begin to have a problem with us”.

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CNN African Voices Profiles Talents Behind the Camera



African talents, who operate behind the scenes from the camera, are the guests on this week’s edition of Globacom-sponsored African Voices on CNN International. The episode has the theme: “Through the Lens”.

The 30-minute magazine programme will feature great African photographers like Gerald Rambert of Mauritius, Omar Victor Diop of Senegal and Adnen Chaouchi of Tunisia.

Globacom in a press statement in Lagos on Friday urged viewers to watch African Voices on CNN at 7 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. on Saturday and at 12.30 a.m., 4.30 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday. Further repeats will also run at 5 a.m. on Monday and at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

The company announced that the CNN crew will go underwater with the Mauritian photographer, Rambert, as he introduces viewers to the world of deep sea photography. He will in the course of the interview  disclose how his big passion for the fish and the sea led him to spending hours in the water and finally to underwater photography.  Rambert today is the photographer for many acclaimed magazines.

The second guest is the Senegalese photographer, Omar Diop. He is a graduate of the Paris Business School and has worked in several multinationals before abandoning his corporate job to devote himself to photography. Viewers will find out how he is interchanging between photography and painting.

The final guest on the programme, Adnen Chaouchi, is a journalist and radio host who CNN said is changing the way news is consumed through mobile journalism. He is expected to talk about how he combines his job as a journalist with television production.

In the last edition of African Voices was dedicated to women across Africa who are driving the styles found on runways around the world including Ethiopia’s Anna Getaneh, Nafisa Hafiz of Sudan and Anita Beryl of Uganda.

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FBD‎ Holds 2nd Franchise Matchmaking Investment Forum



(L-R): Mr. Chukwuka Monye, Managing Partner of Ciuci Consulting and DG, Delta Economic Summit Group; Mrs. Tundun Adreribigbe, COO, House of Tara; Mr. Chiagozie Nwizu, Convener and Managing Consultant of Franchise Business Development Services; Mr. Kunal Malhotra, General Manager, First Choice Retailing Limited; and Mr. Emma Esinna of Curves Fitness during the recent Franchise Investment Forum at Oriental Hotel, V.I, Lagos.‎

Franchise Business Development Services (FBDS Nigeria) has said that its second (2nd) Franchise Matchmaking Forum will hold on Thursday 29th March 2018. ‎


Franchise Matchmaking Forum is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and representative of World Franchise Associates (WFA) in Nigeria


The Forum according to the company is a quarterly franchise investor’s forum, where CEOs of franchise brands (Franchisors) pitch their franchise opportunities to an audience of prospective franchise buyers (Prospective Franchisees).


Mr. Chiagozie Nwizu, ‎Convener of the Forum, said that the forum is in line with the programmes in the calendar of the Nigeria 2018 Franchise Agenda, developed after a franchise industry stakeholders round table, which held in November 2017.


‎He said, the event offers the opportunity where the franchisor finds qualified potential franchisees who meet his brand’s criteria, and the potential franchisee meets the franchisor with a suitable proposition for his investment interest.


“Fund and support providers such as Nigeria American Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and commercial banks will be attending to provide support.


“The event holding at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos between 10am-6pm, will be attended by 20 local and international franchise brands like House of Tara, Experimac, ReMax, Avis, Meadow Foods, Chicken Republic, Studio24, BestChoice, among others, looking to expand in the lucrative Nigerian economy, and driven by the sheer volume of investible funds seeking promising franchising opportunities”, said Nwizu, the ‎Managing Consultant of Franchise Business Development Services‎‎.‎


‎The reputable and successful franchise brands operating various businesses of varying investment sizes and industry categories will be pitching and exhibiting their franchise prospectus to the prospective franchise buyers.


“Invited franchise buyers who are only required to register at a dedicated event website ( include potential start-up entrepreneurs; corporate workers seeking investment or retirement plans; institutional investors looking forward to investing in new portfolios.


“The participants will in addition, be learning how franchising works, and various support services they can take advantage of. They will also have the privilege of meeting franchise fund providers and learn how they can access low-interest fund for franchise investment,” the Convener explained‎.‎




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