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YouTube outs VR app to give users truly immersive video experience

YouTube outs VR app to give users truly immersive video experience

Google’s video-sharing platform, YouTube has announced the launch of a virtual reality (VR) app to give users a truly immersive video experience. Known as YouTube VR, the app will allow users experience events they ordinarily wouldn’t engage in such as swimming with sharks, or events they don’t have the opportunity of participating in such as riding


Skype To Give US$20,000 To The Winner of Its Shoot The Future Competition

Skype in Media has announced it will be giving out US$20,000 to the winner of Shoot The Future, a competition designed to discover new entertainment concepts that are truly innovative and inclusive. Not only must these concepts/ideas be creative, innovative and inclusive, – all the values that Skype embodies – they must also incorporate the power


ShowMax now available in 36 countries across sub-Saharan Africa

South African subscription-based video-on-demand service, ShowMax is now available in 36 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Launched in 2015, Naspers-owned ShowMax has the largest video entertainment catalogue in Africa with over 20,000 episodes of hit TV shows and movies. These countries can now access this humongous catalogue – which includes approximately fifteen thousand TV show episodes and


Nigerian Newspaper, The Guardian Launches Online TV Platform

The Guardian, Nigeria’s most trusted newspaper, has announced the launch of an online TV platform, Guardian TV. Guardian TV will provide exclusive video interviews, as well as up-to-the-minute videos from across the world. The platform will provide viewers the best in news entertainment and sport from partners such as Al Jazeera, AFP, Reuters, CNBC Africa,


African Startup TV Launches To Tell Stories Of African Entrepreneurs

African Startup TV, an indigenous web-based TV, has been launched into the Nigerian media industry, with the aim of telling the stories of African entrepreneurs. The web TV will feature news, interviews, how-tos, stories and interesting articles about the African Entrepreneurship spirit. According to the CEO of the startup, Roberta Edu‎, the initiative became necessary


Spotify Is The Exclusive Playback Partner of the Billboard Charts For 2016

If Spotify, a digital music service, is your favourite and you’re always checking the Billboard music charts to keep up with the hottest songs, then this piece of news might interest you. Billboard has announced Spotify as its exclusive streaming partner for 2016, a partnership that allows the streaming service to power playback of more


ShowMax vouchers now available in almost 500 outlets across South Africa

Incredible Connection and HiFi Corp are the latest retailers to offer ShowMax subscription vouchers, bringing to almost 500 the outlets where the vouchers can be purchased. The vouchers enable the large chunk of the population who don’t have credit cards and/or PayPal accounts to subscribe for ShowMax and enjoy its services. The vouchers will be


TECNO launches Boom J8 – the No. 1 music smartphone

TECNO, a leading manufacturer of high-end smartphones and feature phones for emerging markets, has launched the Boom J8, giving music lovers in the country something to cheer about. The Boom J8, which is an upgrade of the 2015-launched BOOM J7 and J5, comes with top-of-the-line features. It has a plastic and metal trimming design, and


Moodit Music app to drive consumption of Nigeria’s hottest hits and classical evergreens

When last did you buy a music CD? No doubt Nigerians are such music lovers; the explosive growth of our music industry – one of Africa’s biggest entertainment exports is testament to that. But should you need a bit more convincing to agree to this point, maybe the contribution of the Nigerian music industry to


ShowMax partners yet another store to make subscription vouchers available to customers

ShowMax, a South African subscription-based video-on-demand service, has partnered yet another another store to make its subscription vouchers available to customers, especially those who can’t pay via credit card or PayPal. The subscription vouchers will be available at all Makro stores all over South Africa. “These partnerships are a big deal for us to give


Econet acquires right to air Premier League matches across Sub-Saharan Africa

The Premier League has announced that Econet has acquired the package of free-to-air broadcasting rights that it makes available in sub-Saharan Africa. Econet, through its Kwese Sports platform, will make available one Saturday afternoon Premier League match live on a free-to-air basis each weekend of the season for the next three seasons – 2016/17 to


Orange is the New Black to have three additional seasons on Netflix

Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network with over 75 million members in over 190 countries and Lionsgate, a premier next generation film production/distribution studio, have announced that the original series, Orange is the New Black has been renewed for three additional seasons on Netflix. Season four of the series will premiere on June 17,


ShowMax subscription vouchers to go on sale in Massmart and Edcon retail stores

Naspers-owned ShowMax, the Internet TV service which claims to have the largest subscription video on demand catalogue in Africa, has announced it has concluded agreements that will see its vouchers go on sale in 125 Game stores and more than 100 CNA stores across South Africa. The retail voucher agreements are important because access to


MTN, Sony Music sign content distribution deal

MTN, a leading telecommunication service provider in Africa, has announced the signing of a content distribution deal with Sony Music, an American music corporation. The deal will give MTN’s customers unprecedented access to Sony’s expansive catalogue of local and international performers. “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with Sony as it gives expression


Rise of the Tomb Raider now available for Windows 10 devices

Redmond-based multinational technology giant, Microsoft has announced the release the Rise of the Tomb Raider for Windows 10 devices. Rise of the Tomb Raider comes with some nice features, including Xbox Live integration. Here are the minimum specs that are required to run the game: Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD Phenom II X4 945;


YouTube Red to premiere its first Originals on February 10

YouTube Red, an ad-free, paid video-subscription service offered by YouTube, will be premièring the first of its YouTube Red Originals on February 10, 2016. The first Originals – four in number – are described below: A Trip to Unicorn Island: From the team at Astronauts Wanted, this feature-length movie gives fans an extraordinary look inside


American singer, Keri Hilson to mentor Season 2 winner of Airtel Trace Music Star competition

Airtel, a leading telecommunications service provider in Africa has announced that American singer and songwriter, Keri Hilson will mentor the winner of Airtel Trace Music Star (ATMS) Season 2. The competition, claimed to be the biggest pan-African talent search competition, will see Niger join Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania,


ShowMax’s iOS app now has a download feature

ShowMax, the Internet TV service which claims to have the largest subscription video on demand catalogue in Africa, has added a download feature to its iOS app. The download feature will help tackle the problem of cost and availability of Internet connectivity faced by South African consumers. “The Internet connection is the challenge for many


Gameloft opens office in Nigeria

Gameloft, an international publisher and developer of digitally-distributed video games has opened an office in Nigeria, according to a report from Game Industry. The launch of the office will allow Gameloft take advantage of the considerable potential of Africa – revenues has increased to about 536 per cent over the last four years – which