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MultiChoice, HiTV Open War Chests for EPL Rights

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Brace up for war! An epic battle for broadcast rights to the English Premier League (EPL) looms between the two major pay-TV operators in Nigeria – MultiChoice Nigeria, operators of DStv, and HiTV; now positioning themselves for lion shares of the rights for African continent, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek can now reveal.
The EPL broadcast rights are currently divided between three pay-TV operators within the four African territories – with North Africa going to ShowTime Arabia, Nigeria going to HiTV, South Africa and the rest of Africa going to MultiChoice’s DStv.
Whoever wins the rights to air majority of the matches this time, will also win the hearts of most Nigerians crazy for the English Premier League.
In the about to end 2008/2009 season, HiTV has 80 percent of Premier League coverage in Nigeria, while MultiChoice owns rights to the other 20 percent.
The rights to majority of the live matches in the premiership are instant payoff for HiTV with a subscriber base of over 200,000 and growing. It is today one of Africa’s fastest growing direct-to-home (DTH)/pay-TV platform.
Nigeria CommunicationsWeek gathered that the growth was also bolstered by the company’s subscription package priced within the reach of all classes of consumers.
Elsewhere, MultiChoice with just 20 per cent of live matches maintained its leadership of the local market with an avalanche of programmes being delivered under various service bouquets.
With another round of rights licensing around the corner, both major operators have now realized the potentials and power of EPL on subscribers and the growth of their operations, and are sparing no efforts for the majority rights.
Nigeria CommunicationsWeek gathered HiTV is pulling 11 other pay-TV operators in Africa in a consortium to acquire the broadcast rights to EPL. They are Yes TV, Star TV, Total Access, Skyy Media, Kiss FM, Zuku TV, VOX Africa, Next Generation Broadcasting, Imanle Africa, and several former GTV representatives.
The move will spearhead the development of a continent-wide technology and content backbone to allow individual countries in Africa to develop their own independent broadcasting market and tailor their solution (cost, content, language) to meet the demands of regional viewers.
Toyin Subair, managing director and CEO of HiTV, says: “The English Premier League draws more African viewers than any other genre of programming.”
MultiChoice however, is counting on its rich experience and tradition of excellent programming, and is going into the bid with the financial muscle of its South African based mother company.
Joseph Hundah, managing director, MultiChoice Nigeria, told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek in an interview that they would not rest until they regain the broadcast rights to EPL.
“We are going to bid for EPL rights as high as we possibly could. It is always regretful to lose any content you have, and we are certainly not going to leave any stone unturned in acquiring those rights back,” he said.

 

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Industry Heavy Weights to Attend BoICT Awards @ 10

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Board and management of Communication Week Media Limited, publishers of Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, delightful announced that more than 130 policy and decision makers in the ICT, financial institutions and financial technology spaces have confirmed their attendance at this year’s Beacon of ICT Distinguished Lecture/Awards Series (BoICT).

 

Beacon of ICT Distinguished Lecture/Awards Series, widely regarded as the most prestigious annual event available in the ICT industry in Nigeria is in its tenth edition. The event will hold on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Lagos.

 

The Distinguished Lecture is aimed at charting the way forward for the country’s ICT sector while the award ceremony reward best practices and recognize outstanding contributions to the growth of the sector.

 

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Telcos and Banks Partnership to Drive Financial Inclusion” and will examine efforts to empower Nigerians to boost financial growth and development.

 

Ken Nwogbo, CEO, Communication Week Media Ltd, organisers of the BoICT Distinguished Lecture/Awards Series, said that the lecture will be delivered by Prof. Umaru Danbatta, executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

 

Danbatta, an exceptional public servant and one of the most sought after speakers within Nigeria and abroad will join the list of distinguished speakers at the event in the past like; Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA); John Obaro, MD/CEO, SystemSpecs Ltd; and Femi Adeoti, managing director/CEO, Africa Operations of Inlaks.

 

Nwogbo, also said that the event will be chaired by Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, chairman, Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), an industry association for all Telecommunications Operators in Nigeria.

 

Adebayo, described as ‘Telecom Wizard’ by City People Magazine is also chairman and group chief executive officer, Communication Network Support Services Limited and CNSSL Contact Centre Limited, a leading business process outsource company in telecom network engineering and contact centre operations across Nigeria.

 

He is also president and founder of African Broadband Limited, owners of Royal FM, Royal Television Service and Royal Times of Nigeria Newspapers.

 

 

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Air Peace Plans to Deploy Boeing 777 Aircraft For Domestic Operations

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Air Peace is set to deploy its wide-body Boeing 777 aircraft for its domestic operations on the Port Harcourt-Abuja and Abuja-Port Harcourt routes on Easter Friday and Monday.

Air Peace recently acquired four Boeing 777 aircraft for its long-haul operations to Sharjah, Dubai, Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai.

Three of the wide-body aircraft have so far been delivered to the airline in readiness for its soon-to-start international operations.

Spokesman for the airline, Mr. Chris Iwarah said the carrier decided to deploy its Boeing 777 aircraft at Easter to “give Nigerians and the travelling public a taste of the luxury to expect on our international routes starting soon.

The deployment of our beautiful big birds, the Boeing 777 on our domestic routes this Easter begins with our Port Harcourt-Abuja and Abuja-Port Harcourt services on Easter Friday and Monday.

“Although our decision to deploy our wide-body aircraft on the domestic routes has huge financial implications for us, we are pleased to honour our pledge never to spare anything in giving our esteemed customers an exceptional feel of air travel experience.

“In the next few days, we will be announcing a firm date for the commencement of our international operations. We plan to operate long-haul flight services to Sharjah, Dubai, Johannesburg,  London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai.

“We are set and ready to give Nigerians, Africans and the flying public a reliable alternative on our chosen international routes. But we are pleased to give our loyal customers on the domestic routes a foretaste of our long-haul offering. It sure will be a memorable experience starting with our Port Harcourt-Abuja and Abuja-Port Harcourt services on Easter Friday and Monday.”

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Property Experts Task FG on Practicable Housing Policy, Others

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Miss Chioma Oruh receives her prize from Idowu Bakare, Director of Locke Homes Ltd.
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Operators in the Nigerian real estate development industry, say that there is a need to look at the sources of financing construction of housing to make life meaningful for Nigerians and also make housing affordable for all.

Director of Locke Homes Ltd, Idowu Bakare stated this on Tuesday while presenting the keys to a 3-bedroom flat at the Gold Estate, Ayobo, Ipaja, Lagos to Miss Chioma Joy Oruh who emerged winner in the Win-A-Home-Today lottery organized by the Home Lottery Limited in conjunction with Locke Homes and MTN.

He said the lack of affordable mortgage facilities is a big problem confronting housing scheme in the country. “People haven’t been able to afford the deposits required to secure a mortgage and, put simply, if people can’t buy, builders can’t build.

“That there’s a need for more affordable housing in Nigeria is beyond question. Government needs to ensure new schemes are implemented swiftly and effectively so that as many developers as possible are up and running with them at the earliest opportunity,” he said.

Also speaking at the presentation, Oladayo Oyelaja, who is the Lead advocate for DreamView Enterprise; the activation agency for the Home Lottery Ltd, operators of ‘Win A Home today’ Lottery, said the company is determined to give out more houses through the lottery scheme which is going to be a monthly affair.

According to him, the initiative is strategically designed to advance and compliment government’s target of achieving housing for all citizenry. He said winners are expected every month and everybody can be part of the exercise by just texting “Home’ to 718 on their MTN line and this SMS cost 250naira for a single entry.

He said the procedure for picking eventual winners is strictly monitored to ensure the transparency of the exercise, Speaking further, Oyelaja said regulatory agencies like the Consumer Protection Council, Lagos state lottery board as well as other independent bodies are involved during the draws.

According to him, approval was sought from the Consumer’s Protection Council and also Nigerian Lottery Commission. “You can’t just put up all these together, there are steps and there are procedures to ensure that all the checks and balances are right,” he said.

Director of Locke Homes Ltd, Idowu Bakare in his address said home ownership in Nigeria is incredibly hard. He added that the promo gives those who have no option at all some glimmer of hope.

“We are looking at being a part of the solution to assist the government mitigate housing problems for Nigerians,” he stated.

He said the lack of affordable mortgage availability has been a big problem confronting affordable housing scheme in the country. “People haven’t been able to afford the deposits required to secure a mortgage and, put simply, if people can’t buy, builders can’t build.

“That there’s a need for more affordable housing in Nigeria is beyond question. Government needs to ensure new schemes are implemented swiftly and effectively so that as many developers as possible are up and running with them at the earliest opportunity,” he said.

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