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Nigerians Develop Free TV, Movie Streaming App




Bamidele Adetayo and Suleiman Nadabo, two US-based Nigerians, have developed a Web App, “Entertale’’ to give TV audience in Africa and the world quality experiences.

Adetayo yesterday in Abuja said “Entertale’’ was an online live TV and movie streaming services.

“It allows users to watch multiple live TV stations for free.

“The story of Entertale begins due to lack for African valued TV contents to enable people connect with what are happenings and watch movies and TV shows with friends they are already connected with.

“The App which is set for launch later in the month does not require monthly subscription, and the live channels would comprise international and African TV stations,’’ Adetayo said.

Also speaking, Nadabo, co-founder,  stressed that the web service which solely focused on TV, allow users to also rent movies that they were only interested in watching.

He said that users would also get notifications on what their friends were watching, follow and chat with them.

According to Nadabo, in the App is a feature called “Co-Play’’ which give users the options to watch movies they rented with friends irrespective of location.

“Using the App is like watching television in an alternate reality where you do not recognise any of the shows while evolving a new space that has been lacking in the African entertainment industry.

“Cord cutting’ might be getting another kin but this time it is driven with a social experience – a free service that mimics the cable box with Internet channels instead of traditional ones and cinematic experience.

“The app is still in its web versions where much of the content comes from YouTube; in its movie model cases, Entertale also makes direct content deals with big independent studios to access their latest library,” Nadabo said.

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TSTV Denies Infringement Charges, Begins Sales November 1



TSTV has not infringed on the copyright of Bein Sports and Turner Broadcasting which owns CNN, according to Madu Ugo, Head of Corporate Communication for TSTV.


Ugo was reacting to report that the two international content providers, have accused his company of infringing their exclusive distribution rights to certain television programmes.


He said “Our attention has been drawn to memos circulating on social media claiming TSTV illegally used the logo of Bein Sport and Tuner on its website. We wish to state that this is malicious and false. The memos circulating on social media are FAKE. Both letters were packaged in a single brown envelope and was hurriedly dropped at our office by an unidentified person.


“TSTV has a non-disclosure agreement with Beni Sports and Turner to air their stations on TSTV satellite Television. The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission team were also in Qatar to confirm our agreement with Bein Sports and also have a copy of our agreement with Bein Sport.


Nigerians should kindly disregard the documents because they are frivolous. TSTV is prepared to offer affordable and excellent digital services to Nigerians and Africans completely hitch free.”


Meanwhile, TSTV said its newly inaugurated pay TV, TSTV Africa, will begin commercial operation on Nov. 1.


Mr Bright Echefu, managing director, said that at least 5,000 decoders TSTV would be released to the public next week for  free, adding that it would use the first set of decoders with one month free subscription to test run its services.


“Commercialization of our decoders will resume officially on Nov. 1 and by that time, every part of Nigeria would have TSTV decoders for people to buy.


“We are releasing about one million which can go round and our target for the first quarter is one million units.


“In every quarter we will bring one million units and we are targeting four million units within the next one year.


“I can tell you categorically that some decoders will be released next week for Nigerians to test and we are going to cover the 36 states of the federation.


“These decoders are going to be free and it close to 5,000 units to test and that will last for two weeks,’’ he said.


Echefu disclosed that the delay in releasing the decoders to the public was to ensure that dealers were properly scrutinized so that the decoders do not fall into the wrong hands.


He explained that the decoder would be sold to Nigerians at a subsidized rate.


According to him, the landing cost of the decoder is N28,000.


“We don’t want a situation where someone would pick our decoders and dump them somewhere.


“That is why we are very careful because of competition.


“ We have received well over 6,000 applications and it has been overwhelming processing these people; but so far, we have been able to accredit more than 748 dealers and we have received applications from more than 3,000 of them.


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Film Producer Drags Multichoice to Court over Unlawful Airing of Yoruba Movie



Mr. Lateef Onida, a film Producer, and his company LAT -Larry Film Company whose film ‘Aroni Rogun Matidi’ was allegedly infringed by Multichoice Nigeria Limited has slammed N25 million suit on the Digital Satellites Television, DSTV.

In a statement of claim filed before a Federal High Court in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria by a Lagos lawyer, Olu Ogunmola, on behalf of the plaintiffs, it was alleged that, sometimes in 2011, the plaintiff engaged and signed a contract with a film marketing company to market his film titled “Aroni Rogun Matidi,’ which was registered with the Nigeria Copyright Commission and also submitted it to National Film and Video Censors Board and got their approvals.

The marketer was given the right of releasing the film only at the Idumota market in Lagos, and it was further agreed that the agreement shall not cover the right to exhibit the film at Cinemas, Television, Cable Network, or the selling of the film ‘s Porter by the marketer unless as may be agreed by the producer.

However, it was alleged that, Multichoice Nigeria Limited’s DSTV having had unlawful, illegal and unauthorized access to the Plaintiffs’ film aired the said film on the 27th day of July 2012 at about 5pm vide their Network Digital Statellite Television in a Caption Yoruba African Magic and the airing continued through the 30th July, 2012 in flagrant breach of the Plaintiff ‘s Copyright of the film Aroni Rogun Matidi.

The Plaintiffs averred that on becoming aware of this flagrant breach of the Plaintiff ‘s Copyright of the film, instructed their lawyers to demand for a discontinuance of airing of the film, and also demanded for compensation and damages for the breach complained of, but the defendant ignored the two letters written to them, consequently, the Plaintiffs were compelled to write a petition to the Yoruba Video Film Producers/Marketers Association of Nigeria.

While the Plaintiffs were awaiting a response or reply to the petition, Multichoice who had earlier stopped the airing of the film after letters written to them informing it of the breach recommenced the unlawful and unauthorized airing of the film by cleverly changing the film’s caption to something else, while the entire features and theme remained the same.

The Plaintiff’s counsel wrote another protest letter to the defendant, consequent upon this letter the defendant’s lawyer for the first time in their reply requested for necessary proofs, including video coverage evidencing the infringement and this were furnished to the defendant, but the defendant still denied airing the film despite clear proof sent to the defendant and went ahead to send to the plaintiffs a letter of authority purportedly given to the defendant to air other films unrelated to the Plaintiff ‘s film by one Frank Dallas Communications.

The plaintiffs averred that a check at the purported 102, Ogunsanya Drive, Surulere, Lagos address of Frank Dallas Communications shows that no such company existed in the said address. Consequently the Plaintiff wrote a letter to Multichioce demanding for copyright Documents of Frank Dallas Communications on Ayeloja, Owo -Ida and Ofin and the Films Censors Board Certificate of same but the letter was not replied by Multichoice.

Consequently the Plaintiffs is now urging the court to declare that the unlawful and unauthorized airing of its film entitled ‘Aroni Rogun Matidi’ by Multichioce and serialing same by cleverly changing the caption of the film is a flagrant breach of its copyright under the copyright Act 2004.

The Plaintiffs are also urging the court to order Multichoice to pay them the sum of N25 million as exemplary and General damages for the financial trauma, financial hardship, financial embarrassment, loss of income inflicted on them by Multichoice.

However, Multichoice in its statement of defense filed before the court by the law firm of Ogunsanya and Ogunsanya, denied almost all the claims of Mr Lateef Onida and his company and averred that it acquired some Yoruba Soap Opera series titled Ayeloja, Owo ida and Ofin which came in episode formats with 26 episodes each from their lawful owner being Frank Dallas Communications, therefore never had any unlawful, illegal and unauthorized access to the plaintiffs’ movie titled Aroni rogun Matidi and that there was never a time the defendant aired the said movies as alleged, and it is not in any position to know whether the plaintiffs checked the address of Frank Dallas communications being 102,Ogunlana Drive, Surulere to ascertain its existence or not.

The defendant prayed the court to dismiss this suit with substantial cost for being frivolous and an abuse of court process.

The presiding judge, justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo has adjourned till 4 December, 2017 for hearing to commence.

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Ericsson Report: 50% TV Viewing Will Be On Mobile In 2020




By peter oluka

Ericsson unveils the eighth edition of its annual ConsumerLab TV and Media report, which details the massive growth in TV and video viewing and the ongoing shift in the way consumers watch content.

Supported by eight years of extensive media insights, Ericsson ConsumerLab predicts that the growth of on-demand viewing will continue to soar through to 2020, making up almost half of total viewing.

By the report, 50 percent of all TV and video viewing will take place on a mobile screen (tablets, smartphones and laptops), an increase of 85 percent since 2010, with the smartphone alone accounting for almost one quarter (an increase of nearly 160 percent since 2010).

Additionally, VR will be on the road to becoming mainstream, with 1 in 3 consumers becoming VR users by 2020.

According to the seventh edition of the annual ConsumerLab TV & Media Report released in 2016, 48% of all active viewing in South Africa was on-demand. Consumers spend most of their viewing time watching downloaded TV and video content, followed by streamed on-demand content, TV series and movies, as well as recorded TV and movies.

Live and Linear TV and video viewing was fueled by TV series and movies, while live sports only made up 6% of the total weekly active viewing time.

The average South African TV viewer will spend 1,1 years of their life searching the TV guide for  something to watch. When it comes to using multiple on-demand services across several devices, millennials are the most interested group at 46 percent, while 58 percent of South Africans showed the highest interest levels for such capabilities.

Anders Erlandsson, Senior Advisor, Ericsson ConsumerLab, said: “We can see that consumers are not only watching more video but also changing how and when they do so.

“This is also shown through the continued growth of mobile viewing, which has been a booming trend since 2010. This year also marks the first time that we have explored the level of consumer interest in VR in conjunction with media consumption, and the findings have been fascinating. VR has the potential to bring together people from all over the world and create deeper, more personalized, and more complementary media experiences. As consumer expectations for on-demand, mobile and immersive viewing continues to increase, the TV and media industry must focus on delivering highly personalized services in the very best possible quality available.”

TV and video viewing is on the rise; but how, when and where we watch content is changing

Time spent watching TV and video content has reached an all-time high of 30 hours a week, including active viewing of scheduled linear TV, live and on-demand internet services, downloaded and recorded content, as well as DVD and Blu-ray.

However, close to 60 percent of viewers now prefer on-demand viewing over scheduled linear TV viewing, an increase of around 50 percent since 2010.

The average number of used on-demand services has increased from 1.6 in 2012 to 3.8 services in 2017 per person; 2 in 5 consumers already pay for on-demand TV and video services today and nearly a third (32 percent) say they will increase their on-demand spending in the next 6-12 months.

Portability is also becoming increasingly important factor, with more than a third of consumers wanting access to content when abroad.

Smartphone viewing also continues to gain ground; approximately 70 percent of consumers now watch videos on a smartphone – double the amount from 2012 – making up a fifth of total TV and video viewing.

16-19-year-olds watch the most content each week (33 hours), an increase of almost 10 hours a week since 2010.

However, more than half of this demographic spend their time watching content on-demand, with more than 60 percent of their TV and video viewing hours spent on a mobile device screen.

Content discovery challenges persist

The findings also show that while consumers have more access to TV and video services than ever before, the average time spent on searching for content has increased to almost one hour per day, an increase of 13 percent since last year.

In fact, 1 in 8 consumers believe that they will get lost in the vast amount of available content in the future.

With the user experience becoming ever more fragmented, 6 in 10 consumers now rank content discovery as “very important” when subscribing to a new service, while 70 percent want ‘universal search for all TV and video’.

Experiences matter

The social and immersive quality of VR technology is helping to add a new and valuable dimension to the viewing experience.

With a third of consumers projected to be VR users by 2020, the technology is expected to play an essential role in the future of TV and video.

However, if consumer interest in VR is to increase, several things will need to change. Close to 55 percent of consumers planning to get VR devices would prefer it if the headsets were cheaper, and almost half think there should be more immersive content available.

A third would be more interested in VR if they could get a VR bundle from their TV and video provider.

Consumers also value high quality viewing experiences as well as immersive experiences. Close to a quarter of the surveyed consumers say they already have access to a 4K UHD TV screen and another third plan to get one.

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