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SA VOD service, ShowMax reaches 10 million views

SA VOD service, ShowMax reaches 10 million views

ShowMax, a South African subscription-based video-on-demand service, has announced that its TV shows and movies have been viewed by its customers over 10 million times. In total, more than five million hours of content have been viewed on the platform, the equivalent of more than 500 years if played back-to-back. “We knew we had a


YouTube adds live streaming to mobile

YouTube has announced that it is adding a live streaming option to its mobile platforms that will allow users to broadcast live video from their mobile devices — initially limited to web only. The video-sharing site which has been offering live streaming since 2011, including the streaming of the Royal Wedding of Britain’s Prince William


TRACE acquires Buni.tv, set to launch VOD service

TRACE, an international media group that provides contemporary music and sports entertainment content to a large and predominantly young audience, has acquired Pan-African video-on-demand platform, Buni.tv for an undisclosed amount. Launched in 2012 as one of the first ever VOD platform to focus on the African market, Buni.tv is recognized as one of the 3 largest SVOD services


SociaLiga Members Can Now Pay Using Paga

Members and fans of the SociaLiga, Nigeria’s fastest growing social football league, can now pay for games using Paga, a leading mobile payment platform, as both companies have announced a partnership. The partnership will allow Social Liga fans and members use Paga for events as well as for their daily transactions. Paga offers not only a fast


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