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…

Can Top TV claw itself back to solvency?

On October 31 last year, TopTV sought business rescue protection under Chapter 6 of the 2008 Companies Act.  What this means to TopTV is that it provides the company with a protective bubble within which to restructure itself and hopefully avoid liquidation.  What it means to the media industry is that the local Pay TV sector…

Dwight moves from The Office to the Farm

The Office’s Dwight Schrute (played by Rainn Wilson) could soon have his own spinoff series entitled The Farm. The spinoff would see  Wilson departing from the Office altogether. The comedy concept is expected to get a test later this season on an episode of The Office.

‘Big Bang Theory’ Brings Stephen Hawking on as Guest Host

The renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking will guest-star in an upcoming episode of the hit ‘Big Bang Theory’.In the cameo, Hawking visits uber-geek Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) at work “to share his beautiful mind with his most ardent admirer’.

2012 Olympics on YouTube

YouTube will offer videos from the upcoming 2012 London Olympics. The technology and promotional partnership with broadcaster NBC will see YouTube provide the video player for throughout the London Games.

Nelson Mandela’s grandson denies selling funeral broadcast rights to BBC

Mandla Mandela has been accused of selling exclusive rights to film the anti-apartheid icon’s funeral for around £250,000. The tribal chieftain, 37, is alleged to have cut a deal with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in conjunction with the BBC.