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Nigerian Pavilion Debuts at MIPCOM 2013

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The beautiful spectacle, irresistible warmth and charm for which Nigeria is well known was in full display as the first ever country pavilion makes its debut at MIPCOM 2013, a global gathering of the who-is-who in TV entertainment content, currently holding in Cannes, France
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The pavilion, which is proudly the brainchild of the National Broadcasting Commission, is being manned by a delegate of officers of the Commission led by the Director General –Mr Emeka Mba and some top management staff.

The inspiration behind the hosting of the country pavilion according to Mr. Emeka Mba,  director general – National Broadcasting Commission –said stemmed from the fact that Nigeria being the content hub of Africa and MIPCOM the biggest content market in the world, it is only appropriate that Nigeria makes her presence known and felt at the global event.
“We are hoping to change the conversation. It has always been about us coming to MIPCOM to buy content but we are now repositioning to let other countries come and buy Nigerian content so that rather just being a consumer, we can also be exporters of Nigerian content to the rest of the world and I am very delighted that we are beginning to get positive response, going by what we have seen here today”.

The Nigerian pavilion recorded an impressive turn out of visitors whose interests were mainly in content acquisition, distribution and co-production. Some exhibitors under the Nigerian pavilion described day one this way:

Jane Maduegbuna – External Director, Afrinolly Fan Connect Online: I will say it has been awesome since the event kicked off yesterday with the match-making event. Today, I have had a lot of visitors and people are curious, so many participants visited the pavilion and they were very curious to know what we have to offer. Right now, it is about 3 O’clock and I have a meeting to attend outside already with some visitors. I want to thank the NBC for this wonderful opportunity.

Asiwaju Benson Akindeju – CEO, AK Media Concept: This event is very well organized. We have met a lot of participants from other countries who are willing to partner with us. I thank the NBC for providing this platform for us.

Dimiri Dike – Heritage Bank: the Nigerian booth has been up and running since morning and that is impressive. The NBC has really done so well by providing this opportunity to showcase Nigerian TV content. The organization of the whole event is so well coordinated. This pavilion feels so much like home unlike in the past when we come here and just move around individually. The NBC has also played the role of the facilitator very well. The number of visitors has been high. Today has been very successful and am sure that over the next few days, we are going to have more visitors.

Mo Abudu – CEO, Ebony Life TV: I want to thank the DG, NBC for hosting this pavilion. Ours is a new company and it would have been really difficult for us to organize this ourselves. Today has been a fantastic day! We just entered into a partnership with Disney Media to launch the hit TV series Desperate Housewives, Nigeria. We hope that come next year, we will have a bigger space to showcase more of Nigeria.


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Netflix Moves Against Showmax with Cheaper Mobile only Subscription

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Netflix Inc, American Technology and Media service giant, has concluded plans to introduce cheaper, mobile-only subscription in Nigeria and the rest of Africa in order to strengthen its presence in the country and the region as a whole.

Netflix Moves Against Showmax with Cheaper Mobile only Subscription

This is seen as a move targeted at Showmax’s dominance in the continent.

This is in addition to commissioning more locally produced contents and shows that depict the cultures and experiences of ordinary Africans.

Netflix Inc. became the world’s largest subscription-streaming service by flooding the market with popular content that’s cheaper than the competition.

However, five years after it got introduced in Africa, the US company is struggling to grow beyond the wealthiest segment of the population, in a continent held back by poverty, piracy and limited access to broadband.

This is expected to greatly increase the competition for the African market with Showmax, the Multichoice subsidiary, which seems to be clearly ahead and has the majority of the market share because of its more local and African content.

It could also help increase its presence in the continent where it is struggling and is still a relatively small player.

According to Digital TV Research, the streaming service firm has only 1.4 million subscribers when compared to about 20 million customers that have been signed up to Multichoice Group Ltd, the leading African pay-TV firm.

With the rapid expansion of 4G mobile networks, the streaming service is given a new channel to get to audiences especially in a country like Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest economy and the heart of its TV industry.

Netflix plans to expand the mobile-only contracts permanently if the trials, which began in South Africa and Egypt, becomes a success.

It agreed to deals with South African wireless carriers to add subscriptions to people’s phone bills and offers pre-paid vouchers for those without bank accounts.

This is similar to the services that have been adopted by ShowMax, MultiChoice’s streaming service.

Netflix is offering subscribers N1,200 ($2.65) a month for its mobile-only service, well below the N2,900 it’s been charging for its most basic account. However, the offer is still more expensive than the N250 per month charged by Iroko TV, a streaming platform that has the largest online catalogue of Nigerian Nollywood content giving access to over 5,000 of such movies.

But the income from Iroko’s low-price plans hasn’t been enough to cover its costs and the company is now scaling back its African operation to focus on wealthier viewers in the diaspora.

Netflix’s has moved to avoid the low production values found in a lot of Nollywood output and channel the continent’s best talent to develop slickly-made shows across every genre just like its deal with well-funded producers like Nigeria’s EbonyLife TV.

 

 

 

 


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TStv Lures Subscribers with N5 Daily Subscription

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TStv, a local satellite television network, has said that it will on October 1, roll out pay-per-view services in 18 states to mark the country’s independence on October 1.

TStv Lures Subscribers with N5 Daily Subscription

Dr. Bright Echefu, managing director of the company, who said this on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the company had surmounted the challenges it encountered after its launch in October 2017 and was better positioned to deliver quality services to Nigerians.

He said that the pay-per-view entails the minimum of N3 and maximum of N5 daily subscription per channel.

According to him, the company since 2017 went back to the drawing board to address all lapses to give Nigerians value for money and that while services will begin in 18 states on October 1, the remaining states will enjoy services from October 10.

“While we were off the radar, we properly studied the business and we have created a model to fit every Nigerian’s desire. We have created the pay as you view model where Nigerians will pay only for the channels they want to watch.

“Nigerians will be able to choose their bouquet by themselves, by choosing only those channels that they want to watch and pay for with a minimal amount per pay; 108 channels are available on our platform and more than 80 of them are High Definition (HD),” he said.

Echefu also said that as a gift to Nigerians for their steadfastness and understanding, the company had made the Grande Sports Extra Channel and some other local channels free to all Nigerians for one year.

While saying that Nigerians would be able to enjoy the ability to pause the decoder when not in use for a long period, he however, said that to safeguard against abuse, genuine reasons must be given for pausing the services.

He also commended the Federal Government for giving the company the desired support to start again after the challenges that led to its failure when it was first launched.


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UBA Launches ‘RED Radio’, New Online Entertainment Platform

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United Bank for Africa, (UBA Plc), Pan- African financial institution, has continued to lead in innovation with the launch of its dynamic and creative Online Radio channel – RED Radio.

UBA Launches ‘RED Radio’, New Online Entertainment Platform

RED Radio, powered by UBA is a lifestyle web platform that has been set up to inform, educate, entertain and to bring to the fore, the best of Africa.

Much like its sister platform, REDTV, RED Radio is expected to showcase the best in lifestyle, entertainment, music, news, comedy and fashion.

Speaking on the launch of RED Radio, Tony O. Elumelu, group chairman of UBA,  applauded the creative initiative, emphasising that UBA is a financial institution always ready to support  creativity and entrepreneurship. The 2020 Time 100 most influential person in the world who has committed USD100 million to empowering young entrepreneurs across Africa said about RED Radio, “Creativity and innovation are a powerful combination and every detail in an art piece is important and meaningful. This applies to growing businesses and budding entrepreneurs. You will encounter challenges, like I did, but each experience is a lesson that brings you closer to your goal. That is the beauty of creativity.”

Continuing, Elumelu remarked, “There are many ways to make something beautiful, to make a sound interesting or to bring a story to life. You can define your expression, and today, as UBA’s RED Radio launches, I wish Bola Atta and her enterprising team many successes through this beautiful medium of expression.”

In appreciation of the support of UBA Group Chairman for the exciting creative initiative, Bola Atta, UBA’s group head, Corporate Communications, said ‘just like, REDTV which is Africa’s leading  online entertainment network, RED Radio is positioned to fast become the foremost online radio platform in Africa’.

Also expressing his delight, UBA’s Brand Ambassador and star boy, Wizkid, said, “I am never too busy for my UBA family as he granted an exclusive interview on one of the station’s flagship shows ‘On the Street’ where he spoke extensively about his upcoming album and what his fans should expect from him in the coming weeks.

RED Radio promises to bring rich and engaging content that will keep its audience coming back constantly for vibrant and robust entertainment. Listeners can tune in to www.itsredio.com 24/7.

 

 


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