Nigeria’s Latest FTA Local Channel Bouquet via SES Unveiled

PREMIUM.FREE” launches a new bouquet of 13 compelling and high picture-quality channels supplied by AfricaXP and delivered using SES satellites at 28.2 degrees East

Luxembourg, 25 September 2018 – Local television broadcast audiences will now have access to 13 new free-to-air (FTA) channels delivered as a multi-channel bouquet branded ‘PREMIUM.FREE’. The bouquet’s launch channels will be supplied by AfricaXP and delivered via SES satellites at 28.2 degrees East, SES announced today.

AfricaXP is the leading independent African channel network, content distributor and producer, which owns and operates over 20 different themed channels supplied to major African broadcasters and African diaspora platforms worldwide. This new bouquet of FTA channels includes premium channels, which are custom-made for African viewers and blend premium African programming with top-flight international content across a diverse range of themes from sports to movies, telenovelas, kids, factual, reality and lifestyle programming.

“By choosing to work with SES, PREMIUM.FREE offers our channels full regional coverage for multinational language channels like Hausa. SES also offers the best possible verified reach in dynamic and important markets like Nigeria,” said Craig Kelly, CEO of AfricaXP. “AfricaXP is well known for its compelling Nollywood catalogue and longstanding partnerships with prominent West African producers. We are confident that localization coupled with our fresh international rights will provide the kind of content blend that modern West African audiences demand. Transmitted free-to-air, this is obviously a great offer at a price point that can’t be beaten.”

SES reaches over 9 million Direct-to-Home households across West Africa from its orbital position of 28.2 degrees East. Those households with existing FTA set-top boxes (STBs) will be able to start watching the new channels on their existing STBs for free.

In addition to hosting these TV channels on the ASTRA 2G satellite, SES’ media subsidiary, MX1, is providing the necessary ground services such as uplinking, encoding, playout servers, and ad-insertion.

“The Nigerian FTA market in particular offers great opportunities for growth, and we are proud to have engaged with PREMIUM.FREE to deliver a differentiated content package for Nigeria and offer more choice for viewers,” said Clint Brown, Vice President of Sales and Market Development, Africa for SES Video. “New initiatives like this, which focus on delivering local and international content that is attractive for the end-consumer and is offered in high picture quality will further develop consumer choice in Nigeria.”

For further information please contact:

Markus Payer
Corporate Communications & PR
Tel. +352 710 725 500
Markus.Payer@ses.com

Africa Fashion Week London 2018

 

Africa Fashion Week London is back for season 8!  Since debuting in 2011, AFWL has gone from strength to strength; championing established and emerging designers who are inspired by the rich culture of Africa and incorporate this heritage into their contemporary design.  Over 900 designers have had their work seen at Africa Fashion Week London, with some travelling not only from Africa to take part, but from around the world. The aim of this fashion showcase is to take African design into the mainstream both on the high street and in the fashion houses.
AfricaXP is very pleased to be a media partner with African Fashion Week London, and will be creating lifestyle content on the event for distribution on AXP channels around Africa – watch this space!

 

VivaBox Partners with AfricaXP

VivaBox partners with AfricaXP to provide premium content for MTNTV Ghana

1 June 2018

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Johannesburg, May 30, 2018 – AfricaXP(AXP), Africa’s leading provider of premium themed content announced today that VivaBox DMS, a leading turn-key Mobile IPTV/OTT provider for Telco’s has signed a multi-year contract to provide premium content for MTN-TV (Ghana).

Under this agreement, 10 premium AXP channels will be provided to VivaBox for the MTNTV platform. MTN Ghana’s 14 million subscribers will have access these channels specially themed to meet the needs of the African market.

AfricaXP, Head of Channels, Francois Schreuder said: “our channels are themed with the audience in mind. The bouquet brings a balance of African, kids content, sports, telenovelas, lifestyle, factual and International movies to the audience. We are delighted to partner with Vivabox”

Executive Director at VivaBox Ghana, H.E Princess A. Ocansey, noted: “The Premium-one blends AXP content and top local channels into an affordable, yet appealing bouquet to the Ghanaian viewer”.

AfricaXP maintained it’s commitment to support innovation on the continent according to CEO, Craig Kelly, who noted “we are passionate about supporting new and innovative offerings on the continent, and our channels will be a compelling addition to the VivaBox powered MTN-TV platform. The subscriber base, technology and content make a win win scenario for all and we look forward to a fruitful relationship in the coming years”.

VivaBox CEO, Julius Nyingmeh, said: “AfricaXP is a valued partner. This deal further strengthens our pan-African expansion strategy to provide turn-key solutions to telco’s. It’s about combining exciting African content with carrier grade technology, partnering with MTN Ghana to make this affordable to the end-user without compromising the viewer experience.

AXP channels will be offered in the MTNTV Premium-one bouquet from July 2018, alongside International news and local Ghanaian channels. MTN subscribers with access to a smart device will be able to access the MTN-TV app on Android, IOS and Web while the Viva 4G and Viva-Connect Tv Boxes will be available for homes and MTN Fiber to the home subscribers.

 

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