NuWeb, new challenger to DStv, to launch in April

A new challenger to pay-TV operator MultiChoice, which owns DStv, is expected to launch commercial services soon, possibly by as early as April. Unlike DStv rival TopTV, however, NuWeb Television doesn’t intend using direct-to-home satellite technology. Rather, it will deliver its offering over fixed-line broadband connections. The company is in the process of securing the necessary network…

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Oscars 2013: what the nominations say about America

From Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained to Lincoln and Life Of Pi, the Oscar-nominated Hollywood films champion hope, faith and vengeance – or the moral values of the wild west – according to David Cox, of the Guardian. After indulging Europe by garlanding The Artist last year and The King’s Speech in 2011, the Oscars seem set to…

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9 tech innovations that changed the film industry (through the ages)

As all film industry workers know, technological progress has continuously changed filmmaking. Both mechanical and digital innovations have influenced everything from equipment to distribution, changing how films are made and the manner in which we consume them. With the medium being just around 120 years old, here’s a look at the biggest tech innovations that…

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Mxit claims first with feature film

Stellenbosch-based Mxit has said it will debut what it’s calling the first full-length feature film to premiere on a social network when it begins showing A Lucky Man, a film about former gang boss Ernie “Lastig” Solomon, this week. Mxit users can download the movie using the company’s newly launched Cinemo app. A Lucky Man has been broken into 18…

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Panasonic’s new camcorder makes a camera into a server

Yes, the Panasonic AG-HPX600 P2 is a camcorder, and so not necessarily fit for a professional shooting environment. But what it does do is introduce a new way of working with Data.  Taking advantage of a LAN or Wi-Fi connection, the new camera-server enables remote screening and collaboration on a level we haven’t experienced before.

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Why advertising has a part to play in engaging digital story-telling

Media content has evolved dramatically over the last 70 years, and the models traditionally used to fund such content are only just keeping up. The vast array of content today would probably overwhelm those pioneers who celebrated the first television broadcast back in 1928. Nearly 100 years later and instant access to an unlimited wealth…

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