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Nigeria Emerges Second Most Developed pay-TV Market in Africa

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Nigeria has been rated second most developed pay-TV market in Africa.  This is the main takeaway from Frost & Sullivan’s “Pay-TV, Video-on-Demand, and IPTV Growth Opportunities in Africa” report which studies the South African, Nigerian and Kenyan markets.

According to the market analyst firm, the pay-TV, video-on-demand (VOD), and Internet Protocol television (IPTV) services market is growing rapidly as significant Internet penetration and smartphone adoption in Africa alter the manner in which consumers view content.

It notes growth will be augmented by the availability of cheaper digital terrestrial television services, data-saving video consumption options and attractively packaged triple-play services.

According to Frost & Sullivan, MultiChoice DStv and GOtv, and StarTimes are among the leading pan-African pay-TV operators, while IROKOtv, ShowMax and Netflix lead the VOD space. It points out that despite DStv’s dominance, South Africa has the most developed pay-TV market, whereas triple-play services are more developed in Kenya.

It points out that partnerships between pay-TV operators and telecommunication companies are expected to gain traction as this extends the reach of pay-TV services, while enabling telecommunication service providers to capture new revenue streams.

For instance, it notes, Vodacom is looking to partner with MultiChoice and attract customers by offering a fixed price to download content on a subscriber’s mobile device rather than billing per megabyte.

Frost & Sullivan adds that Africa’s large population and demographics make it a highly attractive market for new and existing participants.

“It is critical for market participants to gauge viewership trends, price sensitivity and technical requirements while offering their services,” says Deepti Dhinakaran, Frost & Sullivan’s digital transformation research analyst.

“In terms of pricing and richness of content, strategic partnerships will be crucial in defining the market leader in the next five years.”

However, Frost & Sullivan says pay-TV, VOD and IPTV growth opportunities in Africa are hindered by spiralling cost of operations, primarily due to international currency requirements, slow download speed and high costs of Internet access.

To overcome these challenges, the analyst firm says providers are trying to achieve economies of scale by expanding across the continent and partnering with mobile operators. It believes this will enable subscribers to access content through a small monthly subscription fee while minimising data costs for operators and subscribers.

It points out that innovative pay-TV and VOD providers such as StarTimes, MultiChoice, iROKOtv, Ericsson, Zuku, MTN and Safaricom are prioritising their content strategy according to the preferences of their subscribers, while offering services across multiple platforms such as Web sites, mobile apps and other partner platforms.

“The market shows huge opportunity for ‘value-for-money’ services, especially in South Africa, from providers that offer the right mix of content at a competitive price with a sophisticated, user-friendly interface. Service segments such as triple-play and IPTV services have a high growth potential,” says Dhinakaran.

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NFVCB Confiscates Pirated Materials Worth N150m in Alaba Market

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The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has seized pirated materials worth N150 million at Alaba International Market in Lagos and arrested five suspects.

Mr Adedayo Thomas, the Director-General (DG) of the board disclosed in Lagos on Thursday that the seizure was made between May and October.

He said that the pirated materials seized include: CDs, Videos CDs and literary works.

Thomas mentioned that the seizure followed the information the board gathered from some people at the market, regarded as the hub for piracy.

“We have our informants that spy the market on a regular basis, once they notice any form of piracy operations going on there, they inform the board.

“The seizure of the N150 million worth of materials is a result of the information giving to the board on the mass productions of some films that are yet to be made public.

“When our anti-piracy squad assisted by some police men got to the market, we saw pirated copies of films yet to be produced littering the whole environment and were being sold at cheaper prices.

“By Nov. 30, the board will start the court proceedings of those arrested for piracy,’’ he said.

The Director-General likened piracy to a murder case, robbery or economy sabotage where the suspect wanted to reap where he or she did not sow.

He said that the legitimate owners were usually subjected to huge debts and loss.

“The board is going hard on piracy. We are working seriously to reduce piracy to its barest minimum in our environment.

“ The board will go on street campaigns and to secondary schools to enlighten them not to patronise pirated materials and explain the implications of doing so on the rightful owners,’’ he said.

Thomas also said that the board also frowned at nude movies adding that it was not part of its culture.

He added that nude movies always had negative impacts on the lives of the masses and an abuse on the society.

“We are not going to accept that as we had not done in the past. We are going hard in banning such movies from being shown on air,’’ he said.

Thomas said that the board was also looking at reviewing some of its policies and laws to suit contemporary situations.

He advised Nigerians not to buy pirated materials on the streets or from any unlicensed people selling such works.

The DG said that the industry was worth billions of naira, and urged government and stakeholders to utilise the opportunity in the sector judiciously.

“The industry is generating billions but losing more to piracy.

“Actors, actresses, producers, marketers and other stakeholders are not happy with the loss to piracy.

“The board is doing all it can to sanitise the industry for producers, film makers and other relevant stakeholders to enjoy the fruits of their labour,’’ he said.

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MultiChoice Nigeria Gives #12GoodReasons in Festive Season Promo

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Nigeria’s leading Pay TV operator, MultiChoice Nigeria, has revealed its festive promotion for consumers across the country with the #12GoodReasons goody bags.

From Friday,  24th  of November 2017 until 18th March  2018, subscribers on both the DStv and GOtv platforms stand a chance to win free subscriptions and kitchenware whilst gaining access to new and exciting content at no extra cost.

The #12GoodReasons promotion covers the spectrum of DStv and GOtv offerings and gives new and existing customers the chance to amongst other things win big and enter a raffle draw.

Martin Mabutho, the general manager, Sales and Marketing for MultiChoice Nigeria, said: “As 2017 draws to a close, we are rewarding our loyal customers and dealers, whilst also providing an exciting opportunity for new subscribers to get on board. For the festive season, you can now pick up a HD decoder and dish with one month compact subscription for just N9, 900.

“You can also get a DStv HD decoder and dish with two months’ Family subscription for only N10, 900. Our GOtv subscribers can enjoy our ‘GOtv Chop Life’ promo which has something for everyone. New GOtv customers only have to pay N4, 300 and they get a GOtv decoder plus one month GOtv Plus subscription. If you also pay for an additional month’s subscription you automatically enter a raffle draw where you stand the chance of winning exciting prizes, including 1.5KVA generators, a set aluminum cooking of pots and 6kg Camp gas with Stainless Steel burner”.

Furthermore, from the 29th of November to the 31st of January, DStv Premium customers can enjoy ShowMax, MultiChoice’s Video on Demand service which supplies an extensive catalogue of world class TV shows and movies. DStv & GOtv subscribers will be treated to exciting entertainment content including all the footballing action from the Premier League, Champions League and Spanish La Liga including the highly anticipated “El Classico” match between Real Madrid and Barcelona. The kids are not left out with the special Animania channel just for them. Nigerian Festival lovers and followers also need not travel as they can watch the coverage of the biggest festivals including the Calabar Carnival, Experience, Miss Africa, Miss Universe and the One Lagos festival all LIVE on the Festivals Pop-Up channel.

Speaking further, Mr. Martin Mabutho said: “On the first of December, viewers can also tune in to catch the live draws of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on SuperSport, and we are also delighted to announce that the tournament will be broadcast LIVE, with our exciting commentary, analyses and magazine shows ensuring that the SuperSport channels remain the only destination for lovers of football.”

 

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Interswitch Announces Appointment of Kenneth Olisa OBE as Chairman

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Interswitch, the leading Africa-focused integrated digital payments and commerce company, has announced the appointment of Kenneth Olisa OBE, FRSA, FBCS, as its new Chairman, succeeding Adedotun Sulaiman, MFR.

 

This appointment follows the recent minority investment by TA Associates in Interswitch in March of this year, a landmark transaction being TA’s first ever investment into the African continent.

 

Helios Investment Partners, which invested in the company in 2011, is majority shareholder of the company.

 

Kenneth Olisa is a British businessman with a career in technology that commenced at IBM and spans well over 40 years.

 

He founded and led the technology merchant bank Interregnum and is also the founder and chairman of Restoration Partners, an independent boutique technology merchant bank, reputed as architects of the Virtual Technology Cluster model.

 

He is currently a Director of Thomson Reuters.  In 2015, he became the first black Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London having been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen.

 

 

Mitchell Elegbe, founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of Interswitch, stated that, “Ken’s inspiring business leadership, vast experience and professional expertise will be great assets to Interswitch as he comes on board as Chairman at a defining phase in our journey of transformation and international expansion.

 

“We are delighted to welcome him on board, in succession to the visionary and highly successful tenure of Adedotun Sulaiman, who as country CEO of Accenture, played a key role in the formative years of our company and upon assuming the role of Chairman, oversaw the successful transition of Interswitch to private equity ownership”.

 

Kenneth Olisa commented that, “Interswitch is a shining example of financial technology entrepreneurialism at its best.

 

“Unlike many of its global competitors, Interswitch is not only a fast growing and powerful innovator, it is also profitable.

 

“This is a testament to the skill and drive of its founder – Mitch Elegbe – and I am delighted to be joining him and his team.

 

“As the son of a Nigerian father I am particularly honoured to have been elected to fill the shoes of my distinguished predecessor – Mr Sulaiman – whose steady hand has helped steer Interswitch’s journey so far.  They are big shoes to fill.”

 

About Kenneth Olisa

 

A native of Nottingham, England, with Nigerian roots, Kenneth’s technology career, spanning well over 40 years, commenced in the 1970s at IBM having won a scholarship from the firm whilst being an undergraduate at Cambridge University.

 

He held various posts at IBM before joining Wang Laboratories in 1981.  Following a period as Marketing Director for Europe, VP of US Marketing and then of Worldwide Marketing based in Boston, he was appointed Senior VP and General Manager of Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EAME) located in Brussels, leading the team which restored the EAME operation to profitability.

 

Kenneth then founded Interregnum, the technology merchant bank, leading it through its early growth; its entry into, and exit from a joint venture with BDO Stoy Hayward as well as the AIM IPO in 2000.

 

At Interregnum, he worked at the forefront of the entrepreneur/technology growth cycle that began in the mid-1990s. As well as serving on the boards of many of Interregnum’s investments and advisory clients, Ken notched up some interesting firsts, including chairing the UK’s first publicly listed Internet Service Provider (ISP), Voss Net, on its admission to AIM and holding a similar position on the board of DMATEK, the first Israeli technology company to be listed on the junior exchange. He retired from Interregnum in 2006 and now runs Restoration Partners.

 

Ken was the first British-born black man to serve on the Board of a major UK public company (Reuters) and remains a Director of Thomson Reuters (where he is a member of the Audit Committee).

 

He was also a Director (and Chair of the Remuneration Committee) of Canada’s largest independent software developer, Open Text Corporation. More recently, he served as a Non-Executive Director of FTSE100 company, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), as it made its debut on the London Stock Exchange.

 

Today he serves on the Board of, or is an adviser to, several privately held and innovative companies including the UK’s leading corporate governance advisor, Independent Audit. He is committed to social inclusion and has served on the Boards of various charities.

 

Today he is Chairman of Shaw Trust a national employment and well-being charity with a turnover of £100+m.  In 2010, he was awarded an OBE for his services to the homeless of London and he is an honorary Fellow of his old college, Fitzwilliam, Cambridge.

 

On a more personal level, he describes himself as a keen skier and bad golfer. As a former IBM scholar at Cambridge, and reflecting a lifelong passion for information technology and education, Ken, and his wife Julia, donated money to build the new Library and IT centre at Fitzwilliam College.

 

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