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Africa's changing times in broadcast media: Embracing platforms to keep up with rising competition

As newer and more innovative technologies change how content is created, distributed and consumed, the entry of global players is threatening the local South African market share and compelling local media organisations to rethink their traditional business models to take up the competition in the global context...

By Roman Magis 15 Jul 2020

Video Exchange Africa, AfricaCom Panel (L-R): Siddhartha Roy, Cees van Versendaal, Russell Southwood, Ryan Solovei.
#AfricaCom: The many VOD markets

Video on Demand in Africa is hampered by high data costs and driven by consumer behaviour change...

By Louise Burgers 25 Nov 2019

John Ugbe.
#AfricaCom: TV content future will be shaped by OTT

OTT has disrupted the way we experience content: visually, auditory and in several other ways...

By Louise Burgers 20 Nov 2019

Image credit: Bram Van Oost on Unsplash.
Elon Musk says Netflix and YouTube are coming to Teslas

"Netflix and drive" might become a thing now that Elon Musk revealed upcoming support for the streaming service and YouTube on his Tesla vehicles...

By Shereesa Moodley 31 Jul 2019

VR will reshape our entertainment experiences
VR will reshape our entertainment experiences

Virtual Reality (VR) has a long way to go before it bursts into the mainstream, but there are signs that the technology is starting to mature...

By Ernst Wittmann 29 Jul 2019

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What sets challenger brands apart from the rest

Underdogs have a special place in the hearts of many. Whether it's a revolt against the Romans or the ice-veined Spartans' last stand against the Persians at Thermopylae, either through superior tactics or better use of technology and resources the outnumbered often triumph against incredible odds.

By Mikhaila Hunter 21 May 2019

#Bookmarks2019: Bravery in telling stories without fear or favour
#Bookmarks2019: Bravery in telling stories without fear or favour

Eyewitness News recently won a Bookmarks' Gold for its Poisonous Bullets: The Silent Betrayal of Sindiso Magaqa three-part podcast series...

By Jessica Tennant 16 Apr 2019

4 best practices for making mobile video work for your brand
4 best practices for making mobile video work for your brand

When it comes to mobile video advertising, most marketers would intuitively think that what matters most is how long a viewer engages with the content. But new research shows that there is no correlation between total average view time and aided brand awareness...

By Elizma Nolte 15 Apr 2019

#BizTrends2019: Bizcommunity hosts #BizTrendsLIVE!, an overview
#BizTrends2019: Bizcommunity hosts #BizTrendsLIVE!, an overview

Bizcommunity invited contributors to join its vision for Africa (with over 230 industry trend contributions making up the 2019 report) at BizTrendsLIVE!, which took place at Ster-Kinekor Sandton City in Johannesburg on Thursday, 31 January.

By Jessica Tennant, Issued by Bizcommunity.com 1 Feb 2019

#BizTrends2019: Convergence, connections and trust
#BizTrends2019: Convergence, connections and trust

Jessica Tennant reports back on Charles Stuart's analysis of the annual 'Entertainment Media Outlook: An African Perspective', specifically with regard to three key trends in the entertainment and media space...

By Jessica Tennant 31 Jan 2019

Kelly McGillivray, squad leader, theSQUAD Creative Event Management.
#BizTrends2019: 19 Event trends for 2019

Generally speaking event trends for 2019 are on two separate trajectories: mindfulness and technology. The most successful experiences will find ways to merge the two...

By Kelly McGillivray 21 Jan 2019

4 trends shaping the future of TV and entertainment
4 trends shaping the future of TV and entertainment

Jacques Bentley from Skyworth highlights four global industry trends that are making waves and are expected to gain even more momentum in 2019...

By Jacques Bentley 31 Dec 2018

YouTube's influencer marketing phenomenon (Infographic)
YouTube's influencer marketing phenomenon (Infographic)

In 2018, the number of channels earning six figures per year on YouTube grew by more than 40% year over year! To try and learn more about this, Shorr Packaging conducted an analysis of more than 1,500 YouTube user channels to learn more about the growing impact of YouTube influencer marketing...

By Matt Zajechowsk 19 Dec 2018

Africa Video Forum, AfricaCom 2018.
#AfricaCom: 'Don't die with your idea'

The Africa Video Forum at #AfricaCom 2018, this year grappled with funding models for original content on the continent and the disruption that mobile brings...

By Louise Burgers 23 Nov 2018

General manager for the Middle East and Africa, Amanda Turnbull.
The evolution of Discovery in Africa

Discovery Inc talks about investment in the African broadcast content market through diversification and a multi-partner model...

By Louise Burgers 25 Sep 2018

Netflix is now showing ads between episodes to some users
Netflix is now showing ads between episodes to some users

Netflix is now showing unskippable advertisements of its other content between episodes, the company confirmed this weekend...

By Andy Walker 20 Aug 2018

Spotify may soon let users skip advertisements
Spotify may soon let users skip advertisements

In an extremely brave and risky financial play, Spotify may soon allow free tier users to skip audio and video advertisements whenever they want...

By Andy Walker 13 Aug 2018

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Mobility to rule video in 2018

Video production and viewing become more challenging as goldfish attention span proves longer than a human's...

By Priscilla Kennedy 1 Jun 2018

#AfricaMonth: Media companies need to invest in African content
#AfricaMonth: Media companies need to invest in African content

The new general manager and vice president of Fox Networks Group Africa, Evert van der Veer, will focus on the expansion of Fox Sports and local content production...

By Louise Burgers 16 May 2018

TV celebrity and CEO of Special Effects Media, Danilo Acquisto. Image supplied.
Danilo Acquisto on the online video revolution (Part 2)

At a recent Heavy Chef event, Danilo Acquisto elaborated on the secrets of creating successful online video strategies...

By Juanita Pienaar 9 May 2018

TV celebrity and CEO of Special Effects Media, Danilo Acquisto. © .
Danilo Acquisto on the online video revolution (Part 1)

Everyone is creating online video nowadays and by doing this, bypassing traditional channels, serving hundreds of millions of people their lively forms of content. At a recent Heavy Chef event, Danilo Acquisto shared some secrets of creating successful online video strategies...

By Juanita Pienaar 8 May 2018

#FutureAdAfrica: Brand safety is not optional, support local publishers
#FutureAdAfrica: Brand safety is not optional, support local publishers

Marc du Plessis, joint CEO of Spark Media and head of the Publisher Council of the IAB, gave a keynote address at Future Ad Africa in Johannesburg yesterday on the subject of brand safety, trust and supporting the independent press...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Mar 2018

Three applications for video in channel communication
Three applications for video in channel communication

Wynand Smit takes a fresh look at how video can be used in the channel environment, like how AI-enabled video screens can "learn" from the data you create when interacting with them...

By Wynand Smit 7 Mar 2018

Alexi Wheeler, vice president, animation production and development, Nickelodeon.
Nickelodeon's Alexi Wheeler on entering the age of content

Nickelodeon's Alexi Wheeler shares about the talk he presented at the 2018 CTIAF, how he feels about the role of women in the animation industry and elaborates on what he thinks the industry as a whole can still improve on...

By Juanita Pienaar 7 Mar 2018

Is Spotify launching in South Africa next week?
Is Spotify launching in South Africa next week?

Well well well. It seems that Swedish music streaming giant Spotify may finally make a play in South Africa....

By Andy Walker 6 Mar 2018

Images provided by Danilo Acquisto.
Why brands should focus on community building over the eye-balls approach

Danilo Acquisto writes that brands should build a YouTube presence now, to begin producing content that is relevant and consumable and to avoid the shotgun approach of gaining eyeballs alone...

By Danilo Acquisto 22 Feb 2018

Charles Murito, country manager of Google Kenya |
Google Kenya's Charles Murito on digital advertising and the age of assistance

Google SA hosted a media event earlier this week to bring media practitioners across Africa up to speed on the latest technological advancements in the digital advertising space, focusing on Google Ads in particular...

By Jessica Tennant 7 Feb 2018

The who, what and why of the Ugandan Knuckles meme
The who, what and why of the Ugandan Knuckles meme

The internet is an odd and confusing place, and the gaming world's latest meme is solid proof of this...

By Andy Walker 16 Jan 2018

Colin Cullis, product owner for Primedia Broadcasting's talk stations, 702 and CapeTalk.
#BizTrends2018: Radio trends for the year ahead - podcasts, streams and subscriptions

Here are three predictions for what will become more significant for radio broadcasters in 2018: Podcasts, streams and subscriptions...

By Colin Cullis 16 Jan 2018

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Netflix users watched 1 billion hours of content a week in 2017

Netflix doesn't like giving out numbers but the company has revealed that in 2017, users around the world were watching over 140-million hours of content a day...

By Julia Breakey 13 Dec 2017

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