Thursday, August 11, 2011

SITE RE-DIRECTION TO: http://talkmedianigeria.com/


As part of my efforts to give you more all access pass to the latest breaking news in the media and entertainment industry in a more expended way,I here by annouce the part-launch of my new website http://talkmedianigeria.com/.

This blog (www.talkmedianigeria.blogspot.com) will be closed by the end of this month.Traffic will therefore be re-directed to http://talkmedianigeria.com/.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

StarTimes wins UEFA 2012-2015 DTT media rights for sub-Saharan Africa.



UEFA announced that the 2012-15 DTT media rights for sub-Saharan Africa have been awarded to Chinese pay TV operator Star Times. It has come from nothing two years ago to becoming a player to watch.

UEFA announced that the 2012-15 DTT media rights for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in sub-Saharan Africa have been awarded to Star Times.

Pay TV football sports rights have been hard fought over in the last five years and arguably were one of the factors that led to the demise of GTV. Most people in the industry argue that they are over-priced but since companies are willing to pay the premium, it’s hard to see how this will change.

The only route to change is probably a regulatory one. In Europe, regulators have insisted that football rights are broken up into different packages, allowing greater choice and competition in the market. Currently African football rights – particularly Pay TV rights – tend to be locked down by a limited number of operators. But because Africa’s broadcast regulators are young, it will be some while before they have the confidence and skills to take on this task but it will happen.

Meanwhile Star Times is the dark horse Pay TV operator, powering up on the inside rail. In July it claimed to have connected 200,000 subscribers across its 10 East African territories. In Uganda, for example, it claims to have 30,000 subscribers; in Burundi, 8,000 subscribers; 30,000 in Rwanda; and 100,000 subscribers in Tanzania where it is partnership with state broadcaster TBC as one of the country’s signal carriers. The balance of subscribers are in Kenya.

In Nigeria it claims to have got 400,000 subscribers and is rolling out across the country, with boxes now selling in Port Harcourt. It is looking at 12more  states including Abia, Anambra, Kaduna and others before the end of the year. It claims to be selling 30,000 boxes a month. Taking East and West Africa together, its claimed subscriber base is around 600,000 subscribers, making it the largest of the current group of DStv challengers. Back in its home base in China it has around 7 million subscribers.

Like all the Pay TV challengers, Star Times is pitching is price lower to attract new customers. The initial installation fee is around US$60 while the monthly subscription fee is $7.50 and offers about 36 channels for all the East African countries.

Star Times’ strategy has been to do deals with state broadcasters ahead of any Government or regulatory digital transition strategy being in place. The weakness in this strategy are illustrated by Ghana where the regulator NCA told Swedish-owned NGB (which is pursuing the same strategy) that they must line up like everyone else to get a new licence. This forced it to go into alliance with Skyy TV which already has a licence so that it could continue operating.

However, the DTT space will not go uncontested by DStv. Because the DVB-T2 standard can carry both a terrestrial and mobile TV signal, it has rolled out a DTT service in four countries (Zambia, Malawi, Nigeria and Kenya) through it's GoTV Platform using its existing DVB-H masts. So watch this space with interest as the formerly glacially slow DTT transition begins to start becoming competitive….



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Friday, August 5, 2011

SLASHER- ENIGMA

Something to start your weekend from United States based Slasher.Click on link > http://www.4shared.com/audio/v72yXk9H/SLASHER-_ENIGMA_By_DonJazzy_.html to download and listen.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

CNN iReport Celebrates Five Years of Global Citizen Journalism.


Five years after inviting CNN’s global audience to contribute photos and video of the news of the day, CNN iReport, the network’s participatory news community, has grown into a globally recognized platform.

To date iReport has received a submission from every country on the planet with an average of 2.4 million unique users each month through June 2011 (Source: ComScore.) From the Virginia Tech shooting to the fallout from Iran’s presidential election to the devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, CNN iReporters have provided some of the first images of these important stories to a global audience; in addition to their unique points of view from the ground.

This week, CNN iReport is launching its first iReport App for Android for users on-the-go. This app enables iReporters to more efficiently upload to iReport and take a deeper dive into the content. The iReport app is completely customizable and serves assignments to iReporters based on where they are and their interests by using location and topic based alerts. The app will be available in August to Android Market.

To commemorate the anniversary, CNN iReport is having the ultimate birthday party with iReporters from all over the globe in cities like Atlanta, New York, London, Hong Kong and more attending meetups. iReporters can sign up to host or RSVP for a meetup at http://meetup.com/CNNiReport .

“We created iReport to engage viewers who have a desire to share and participate in the telling of stories that touch their lives. CNN iReporters have exceeded our expectations in both the quality and quantity of their submissions over the last five years,” said Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide. “Not one day goes by that CNN iReporters don’t display an impassioned point of view for the community they helped to create along with CNN.”

“The iReport five year anniversary is a perfect time to celebrate iReport and all it stands for: an amazing community, storytelling with heart, and a breakthrough model for participatory journalism. And naturally we'll do that with a party heard 'round the world," said Lila King, participation director for CNN Digital. "I am tremendously proud of what we've accomplished - and what's still to come - together with the iReport community and all of CNN."

Throughout the month of August, CNN will kick off its observation of iReport’s birthday by featuring the CNN iReport ‘Top Five.’ The ‘Top Five’ lists are being written by employees that touch and work with iReport and they will take a look back at some of the platform’s significant moments and submissions. CNN viewers can expect to see the ‘Top Five’ on CNN.com and on CNN’s networks and platforms.

CNN is supporting the global celebrations by sending “meetup kits” to the organizers of the meetups in more than 50 cities worldwide. An exclusive iReport assignment is included in the kit and is available only to the meetup attendees. Highlights from the celebrations will be seen on CNN’s television coverage throughout the month of August.

Later this fall, CNN will unveil a newly imagined site and platform for iReport that builds on many of the successes of the last five years, and sets it up for five –or fifty - more.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

NOMINEES FOR THE HEADIES 2011.


Nomination eligibility is for music works released between Dec. 2009 and Feb. 2011.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (in realms as: songwriting, production, rendition and promotion) and acceptability (sales, popularity)
MI2 – M.I
Back From The Future – Sound Sultan
Turning Point – Dr Sid
Beautiful Imperfection – Asa
Unstoppable Int’l Edition – 2Face


ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste for the year under review.
Darey
MI
D’banj
Tuface
Duncan Mighty


SONG OF THE YEAR
Most popular song released as a single or from an album in year under review. Decided by voting
Oleku – Ice Prince Ft. Brymo
Only Me – 2Face
Give It To Me – D’Prince ft. D’banj
Pop Something – Dr Sid ft. D’banj
Fimile – Kas


RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Best single recording (On-air only or released) by artiste or group in year under review. Originality and production very essential
The Way You Are – Darey
God Hand – Eva
Rain Drops – Tuface
Be My Man – Asa


PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
The individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed songs/album in the year under review. His CV for the year includes top-notch tracks and production credits no one can fault.
Don Jazzy – “Over the Moon” by Dr Sid, Mr. Endowed, Pop Champaign
Samklef – Don’t Dull, Kilode, Jonzing World, Noni
J Sleek – Only Me, 2010
Jessie Jagz – Oleku, Jargo
Cobhams – The Way you Are, There Is A Cry


BEST MUSIC VIDEO (AWARD GOES TO DIRECTOR)
Best conceptualized, best edited, best picture, best directed and most exciting video in year under review as voted by fans and decided by the jury.
Patrick Elis – Holler At Your Boy
Clarence Peters – You Know It (Goldie)
Gini – Ko Ma Roll (Mo’Cheddah)
Mex – Pop Off Selecta (Dipp)
DJ Tee – Eni Duro (Olamide)


BEST R ‘N’ B SINGLE
Best R&B single in year under review (by single individual or group)
Only Me – 2Face
The Way You Are – Darey
I Gat Money – Femi Ft. Eedris
For A Minute – Waje
Oyi – Flavour


BEST POP SINGLE
Best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group)
Give It To Me – D’Prince
Pop Champaign – Dr. Sid
Holler At Ur Boy – Wizkid
Endowed – D’banj
Fimile – Kas

BEST R ‘N’ B/ POP ALBUM
Best R&B or pop album in year under review (by single individual or group)
Turning Point – Dr Sid
Beautiful Perfection – Asa
Back To The Future – Sound Sultan
Double Dare – Darey
Unstoppable Int’l Edition – 2Face

BEST RAP SINGLE
Best single released on-air recording of a rap song
Oleku – Ice Prince
Ten Over Ten – Naeto C
Boys Are Not Smiling – Terry Tha Rapman
Eni Duro – Olamide
She and My Swagga – Ruggedman feat Ice Prince

BEST RAP ALBUM
Best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review
Untouchable – Ruggedman
MI2 – M.I
I Am William – 2Shotz
African American – Sauce Kid
Boys Are Not Smiling – Terry Tha Rapman


LYRICIST ON THE ROLL
Rap Artiste with best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album
Modenine – Rhyme Tight
Ice Prince – Oleku
MI – Undisputed
Terry Tha Rapman – Boys Are Not Smiling
Vector – Get Down


BEST COLLABO
Best R&B, Pop or hip hop collaborative track (including cameos) in year under review
You Know it – Goldie ft Eldee
Facebook Love – Essence ft Jaywon
Joor Oh (Remix) – Jahbless ft. Ruggedman, Ice Prince, Durella, Reminisce & Eldee
Number One – M.I ft. Flavour
Oleku – Ice Prince Ft. Brymo

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)
Single male artiste with most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album
Darey – The Way You Are
Bez – More You
Femi – Money Money Mone
Timi Dakolo – There Is A Cry

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
Single female act with most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album
Waje – For A Minute
Tiwa Savage – Kele Kele Love
Eva – God Hand
Ego – Fall In Love


AFRICAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR
None Nigerian category
Cabo Snoop (Angola) – Windeck
R2Bees (Ghana) – Kiss Your Hand
Liquid Deep (South Africa) – Fairytale
Freshly Ground (South Africa) – Waka Waka
V.I.P (Ghana) – Away

BEST STREET HOP
The most popular street-hop single in year under review
Noni – Samklef
Joor Oh (Remix) – Jahbless ft. Ruggedman, Ice Prince, Durella, Reminisce & Eldee
Eni Duro – Olamide
Kabakaba – Konga
Owusagi – Wizboyy

NEXT RATED
Most promising upcoming officially unreleased act in the year under review
Ice Prince – Oleku
Wizkid – Holler At Your Boy
Olamide – Eni Duro
Tiwa Savage – Kele Kele Love


HIPHOP WORLD REVELATION OF THE YEAR
Best New artiste in the year under review
Dr. Sid
Mo’Cheddah
Jesse Jagz
YQ
Lynxxx


BEST CONSCIOUS SONG OF THE YEAR
Best positive message oriented and social corrective songs that meet judges requirements in areas of composition, production, concept and acceptability.
If You Ask Me – Omawumi
Wild Wild West – M.I
Only me – 2Face
There Is A Cry – Timi Dakolo
One Day – eLDee Tha Don


HEADIES HALL OF FAME
Special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry.
Chief Raymond Dokpesi



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Monday, August 1, 2011

BIG BROTHER AMPLIFIED: KAREN AND WENDALL WIN USD200 000 EACH!


After outlasting 24 other Housemates over 91 days, the duo of Karen and Wendall scooped the two USD200 000 prizes on M-Net’s Big Brother Amplified last night (31 July) in a spectacular show screened on DStv Channel 198. They were given the big news by presenter IK at the end of a glittering 2-hour Finale worthy of the Amplified name.

In a show which saw drama, tears, laughter and joy – along with rocking performances from Nigerian stars Wizkid and Mo’Cheddah, Tanzania’s CPWAA, South Africans Speedy & Professor and Fally Ipupa (DRC) – it was the Nigerian and the Zimbabwean who prevailed to pick up the spoils on the continent’s biggest reality show.

IK and Big Brother drew the tension out until the last possible second of the two-hour Finale, leaving Karen and Wendall delighted at the Amplified outcome. Earlier in the show, Vina and Hanni had been evicted before IK took viewers back into the House and asked the remaining 5 Housemates – Sharon O, Wendall, Karen, Luclay and Lomwe to join him on stage. One-by-one he sent Sharon O, Lomwe and Luclay to join the ranks of the evicted Housemates before dropping the explosive Amplified twist on the remaining duo.

IK had surprised the Housemates at the start of the Finale by joining them in the House for a quick Q&A to set the tone for the evening, before taking viewers on a journey through the 91-day rollercoaster that was Big Brother Amplified. Love-ins, fights, Heads, Tails, ups and downs – it was truly an epic season. Vimbai, Kim and Millicent had a chance to have their say after being evicted last week, within touching distance of the two mammoth cash prizes.  Vimbai said she had become more open-minded and less inclined to judge people, after her time in the House. Kim said she hadn’t changed – just improved, having left the House a stronger, more confident and more certain person. Millicent said she had discovered that she was a giving person: “No matter how much the pressure, I never stopped giving,” she said.

Vina was the first to leave the House this week and collapsed in a heap on the stage when she saw her family waiting to greet her in the audience. Before the Housemates had a chance to draw breath, IK returned with more eviction news, sending Hanni through the Big Brother doors for the final time. He then returned to the House for a third time, asking the remaining 5 Housemates to stand and leave the House en masse.

Once they had joined IK on stage and the pandemonium in the studio had settled down, he got to talk to each of them briefly before getting back to business. One by one, he broke the news to Sharon O, Lomwe and then Luclay that they had been evicted, leaving Wendall and Karen locked in an embrace – not knowing that both of them had won the Amplified game.

IK then summoned them to the edge of the stage. “In the past, it’s always boiled down to one Housemate, one moment – this is that moment,” he told them gravely. “Karen… Wendall… both of you have won USD200 000 each! Both of you are winners!” he told them, before leaving them to celebrate with friends and family.

The winners of the final set of viewer prizes were Dumisani Ndlovu (South Africa) and Eko Samson (Uganda) who won a Samsung Camera each, Anita Okafor (Nigeria) won a Samsung Camcorder, Albertina Spanyoni (South Africa) won a Samsung Laptop and Humphrey Serong (South Africa) won a Samsung Galaxy S.

HOW AFRICA VOTED:
The Housemates who received the least country votes were Evicted. The Housemates who received the most country votes were named the two Big Brother Amplified winners.
Vina received zero country votes and was evicted first.
Hanni, Lomwe and Sharon O received one country vote each and were also evicted, as was Luclay who received 2 country votes.Karen, with six country votes and Wendall with four country votes have won the Amplified season

Karen: 6 country votes - Nigeria, Angola, Rest of Africa, Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania
Wendall: 4 country votes - Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya
Luclay: 2 country votes - South Africa, Botswana
Lomwe: 1 country vote – Malawi
Sharon O: 1 country vote – Uganda
Hanni: 1 country vote – Ethiopia
Vina: 0 Country Votes.


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MTN Project Fame West Africa Season 4: Audition Venues


Benin
Hexagon Hotels
2a Golf Course Road, GRA
Benin city,Edo State,Nigeria
Saturday, 13th August, 2011.

Seirra Leone
Miatta Conference Center
Freetown,Republic of Sierra Leone
13th August

Kaduna
GAMJI Multi Purpose Hall
Kaduna,Nigeria
Saturday, 3rd September, 2011.

Abuja
National Women Development Center
Better Life Street, Central Area,Garki,Abuja,Nigeria
Saturday, September 3rd, 2011.

Rivers
Landmark Hotels
4 Worlu Str.,Off Olu Obansanjo Rd,Port Harcourt,Nigeria
Saturday, 27th August, 2011.

Ghana
MUSICGA Union Hall(Beside Independence Square)
Town/Suburb/City : Accra
Saturday, 27th August, 2011

Uyo
IBOM HALL
Babangida Avenue,Uyo,Akwa Ibom,Nigeria
Saturday, 20th August, 2011.

Liberia
Monrovia City Hall,Monrovia,Republic of Liberia
Friday, 19th August, 2011.

Ibadan
Tafo Arena
Polytechnic Road,Eleyele, Ibadan,Oyo , Nigeria
Saturday, 6th August, 2011.




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2 FACE IDIBIA WEEKEND ON Hip TV CHANNEL 9 ON HiTV


Smooth Promotions owners and operators of Hip TV and The Headies in partnership with Buckwyld Media Network and Hypertek Entertainment, will be hyping 2face Idibia all this Weekend on Hip TV, a 24hours  entertainment channel showing on HITV Channel 9 from the 5th to the 7th of August 2011. The programme will be about 2face and his musical career.



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eNews Africa new offices up and running by September 2011.


Early in July I broke the news that eNews Africa was working on setting up offices in Nigeria and Kenya, and now I can tell you that eNews Channel and eNews Africa expect these offices to be up and running by September.

''eNews Africa will establish offices in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria,'' Chris Maroleng, Africa editor of the eNews Channel and anchor of the weekly Africa 360 says, confirming the news .

''These offices are expected to become operational in September 2011,'' he says, ''and will be staffed by two full time correspondents and camera operators''.

''It is anticipated that these offices will cover news and events in the countries in which they are based and will also act as platforms to leverage more content out of the west and east African regions,'' says Chris Maroleng.



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HURRY!!! MTV IS 30.

MTV turns 30 today.

MTV started in America on 1 August 1981 and its first music video was Video Killed the Radio Star. Over the past 3 decades MTV has had a profound impact on popular youth culture around the globe.

Happy Birthday MTV, you RoCk.


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Friday, July 29, 2011

MultiChoice introduces SuperSport Select Channel.


MultiChoice has announced that subscribers across Africa to DStv Access, Family and Compact bouquets are now set to enjoy selected live sports with effect from 1 August 2011.

The introduction of a new channel from SuperSport called SuperSport Select means that it's subscribers are set to have access to selected 24 hours live international sports from around the world such as the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, French Football and Europa league matches,Athletics and boxing events. – SuperSport Select will also air contain repeat broadcasts of matches from the African leagues in countries including Zambia, Kenya and Nigeria.

President of MultiChoice Africa, Collins Khumalo said “The new channel is a direct response to the viewing requests of many of our DStv subscribers who wish to watch the most competitive sporting events in the world at an affordable price”.

“The introduction of a new sports channel, at no additional cost to subscribers, is the company’s gift to its subscribers for their loyalty, and the new channel will launch ahead of the new soccer season for the benefit of all its subscribers” said Khumalo.

Transmission for SuperSport Select,DStv Channel 220 starts from 5am WAT on the 1st of August 2011.


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MTN Project Fame West Africa Season 4 is HERE!


The smash hit TV singing competition, Project Fame West Africa continues to search for singing talents in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia as it returns with season four. The organizers of the reality TV show that has already launched the careers of talented acts like Kesse,  Praiz, Iyanya, Chidinma and others have announced that auditions for the new season will take off soon.Text Name & Location to 35850 to get your PIN now! (Nigeria only).

To enter just download an application form HERE <<>> .If you live in Nigeria, send your name to 35850 to get a PIN  (SMS cost N100), complete the form, then train for the auditions coming to a city near you soon!.

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2011 GULDER ULTIMATE SEARCH 8:CALL FOR ENRTY


The eighth edition of the popular Nigerian TV reality show Gulder Ultimate Search is set to kick off as organizers of the yearly show Nigerian Breweries Plc, makers of Gulder Beer announced .

This year’s edition is designed to ‘stretch man to the very limit of his endurance’ will be held at the Egbetua Quarter, Ososo Mountains in Akoko Edo in Edo State, Nigeria.

The show will feature 30 contestants battling for the ultimate prize .Participants will be selected through rigorous physical screening exercises which will be held in Lagos, Owerri, Benin and Abuja.

The winner of the competition will smile home with the sum of N7 million, a brand new jeep worth N10 million as well as N500,000 wardrobe allowance; while the first runner up will go home with N2.5 million.

The second runner up gets N1 million, followed by the third runner up who gets N800,000. The fourth, fifth and sixth finalists get N750,000, 700,000 and N650,000 respectively. The seventh, eight, ninth and 10thfinalists will also get N650, 000 N600,000, N550,000 and N500,000 respectively.

The other 20 participants will get N150,000 each. Furthermore, a special prize of N1 million would be awarded to the last woman standing in the competition.

ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS
In order to participate,the applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Be between the ages of 21 and 30 years old
- Possess demonstrable skills in the following vital areas:strength,confidence,endurance,physical and health fitness.
- Carefully read the terms and agree to the Terms and Conditions required for applicants
- Fill out the on-line Entry form (http://www.gulderultimatesearch.tv/GUS%208/Registration/register.php) and upload a recent photograph in the space provided for it on the Entry form and submit the form on-line.If you Qualify a mail will be sent to your mail within 24hrs containing 1. TERMS AND CONDITIONS FORM and 2. THE REFEREE FORM* as attachments.
- Download and carefully read the Terms and Conditions Form before signing it.
- Other details/instructions will be communicated to you via email.

*Applicant's two referees MUST be reputable members of the society,one of whom MUST BE the Applicant's Parent or Guardian.The Referees must authenticate the calms of the applicant by signing the form.

Closing date for the online entry is August 19th,2011.
Multiple registration will lead to automatic disqualification.

Register here > http://www.gulderultimatesearch.tv/GUS%208/Registration/register.php

Call +23408100680454 or +2348093259559



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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Chris Brown ,Adele & Lil Wayne To Perform At 2011 MTV Video Music Awards


Three big artists are ready to get the party started at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards .Adele, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown have all been announced as performers at the show, airing live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles next month.

This will mark the first time that Adele has graced the VMAs stage. The British chanteuse is up for seven nods for her emotional "Rolling in the Deep" video, including Best Female Artist, Best Pop Video, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Editing and the night's big prize, Video of the Year.

Brown will return to the stage, after making his unforgettable VMA debut back in 2007. His eye-popping video for "Look at Me Now," which features Wayne and Busta Rhymes, is up for multiple Moonmen at the big show, including Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Collaboration.

"I am excited about my nominations and to be back on the VMA stage," Brown said in a statement. "I have a special performance planned for my wonderful fans."

Wayne himself is also slated to take the stage. He's got some big nominations up for grabs at the show including best Hip-Hop Video for his "6 Foot, 7 Foot" clip.

"Being a nominee and performer on the VMAs once again is an honor because everyone doesn't get that opportunity," Wayne said in a statement. The event coincides with the August 29 release of his upcoming album. "Looking forward to performing on the show, and having Tha Carter IV drop the same week!"

The night is shaping up to be quite the gathering, with stars like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Pitbull up for Moonmen at the show. Perry leads the pack with an unprecedented four videos earning a total of nine nominations, including Video of the Year, Best Female Video and Best Pop Video.

You can vote for general VMA categories, including Best New Artist, by visiting VMA.MTV.com or m.mtv.com on your mobile phone. Voting for Best New Artist continues through the show.

The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live on MTV Europe,Sunday, August 29, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 2am WAT.

OFFICIAL 2011 MTV VMA NOMINEE LIST 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:
1. Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"
2. Tyler, The Creator - "Yonkers"
3. Katy Perry - "Firework"
4. Beastie Boys - "Make Some Noise"
5. Bruno Mars - "Grenade"

BEST NEW ARTIST:
1. Foster the People - "Pumped Up Kicks"
2. Wiz Khalifa - "Black and Yellow"
3. Tyler, The Creator - "Yonkers"
4. Big Sean featuring Chris Brown - "My Last"
5. Kreayshawn - "Gucci Gucci"

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO:
1. Wayne featuring Cory Gunz - "6'7"
2. Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi - "All Of The Lights"
3. Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now"
4. Lupe Fiasco - "The Show Goes On"
5. Nicki Minaj - "Super Bass"

BEST MALE VIDEO:
1. Cee Lo Green - "F*** You"
2. Eminem featuring Rihanna - "Love The Way You Lie"
3. Bruno Mars - "Grenade"
4. Kanye West Featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi - "All Of The Lights"
5. Justin Bieber - "U Smile"

BEST FEMALE VIDEO:
1. Adele - "Rolling In The Deep"
2. Katy Perry - "Firework"
3. Beyoncé - "Run The World (Girls)"
4. Nicki Minaj - "Super Bass"
5. Lady Gaga - "Born This Way"

BEST POP VIDEO:
1. Adele - "Rolling In The Deep"
2. Bruno Mars - "Grenade"
3. Britney Spears - "Till The World Ends"
4. Katy Perry - "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"
5. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack - "Give Me Everything"

BEST ROCK VIDEO:
1. The Black Keys - "Howlin For You"
2. Foo Fighters - "Walk"
3. Foster the People - "Pumped Up Kicks"
4. Mumford & Sons - "The Cave"
5. Cage The Elephant - "Shake Me Down"

BEST COLLABORATION:
1. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack - "Give Me Everything"
2. Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes - "Look At Me Now"
3. Kanye West Featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi - "All Of The Lights"
4. Katy Perry Featuring Kanye West - "E.T."
5. Nicki Minaj featuring Drake - "Moment 4 Life"

BEST ART DIRECTION:
1. Adele - "Rolling In The Deep"
2. Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - "E.T."
3. Lady Gaga - "Judas"
4. Kanye West featuring Dwele - "Power"
5. Death Cab For Cutie - "You Are A Tourist"

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY:
1. Beyoncé - "Run The World (Girls)"
2. Britney Spears - "Till The World Ends"
3. Lady Gaga - "Judas"
4. Bruno Mars - "The Lazy Song"
5. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & Goon - "Rock Party Rock Anthem"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
1. Adele - "Rolling In The Deep"
2. 30 Seconds To Mars - "Hurricane"
3. Eminem featuring Rihanna - "Love The Way You Lie"
4. Katy Perry - "Teenage Dream"
5. Beyoncé - "Run The World (Girls)"

BEST DIRECTION:
1. Adele - "Rolling In The Deep"
2. Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - "E.T."
3. Eminem featuring Rihanna - "Love The Way You Lie"
4. 30 Seconds To Mars - "Hurricane"
5. Beastie Boys - "Make Some Noise"

BEST EDITING:
1. Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - "E.T."
2. 30 Seconds To Mars - "Hurricane"
3. Adele - "Rolling In The Deep"
4. Manchester Orchestra - "Simple Math"
5. Kanye West Featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi - "All Of The Lights"

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS:
1. Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - "E.T."
2. Linkin Park - "Waiting For The End"
3. Manchester Orchestra - "Simple Math"
4. Kanye West featuring Dwele - "Power"
5. Chromeo - "Don't Turn The Lights On"


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NFI AWARDS 2011: CALL FOR VOTES


The Food Industry is a complex and global collection of diverse businesses that combine to supply most of the food produce consumed widely by Nigerians and the world at large. Thus, the industry has become indispensible in the world we live today. Its indispensability and immense contributions to economic development of nations cannot be over-emphasized. In order to improve and sustain the industry as well as the pace at which this hub of all economies move, a conscious development agency both private and governmental, will stop at nothing in offering opportunities and reward excellence in the industry. This is the benchmark to which Yoshinto Food Consulting Firm has swiftly moved.

CATEGORIES INCLUDES:-
Best Fast Food Outlet of the Year
Best Noodles of the Year
Best Fruit Juice of the Year
Best Food Seasoning of the Year
Best Beverage Drink of the Year
Best Packaged Water of the Year
Best Malt Drink of the Year
Best Alcoholic Drink of the Year
Best Soft Drink of the Year
Best Beef Sausage Roll of the Year
Best Milk of the Year
Food Industry State of the Year
Food Industry Bank of the Year

Visit http://www.nfiawards.com/index.html for more details about the awards and methods of voting for each of the categoies.



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BIG BROTHER SET TO AMPLIFY THE FINALE.




This year's Big Brother Amplified has been jam-packed with entertainment, drama and non-stop action from the moment the 26 housemates met on Sunday 1 May.

Triumphs and tantrums, romance and rivalry, friendships and feuds, the housemates have laughed, cried, bonded, argued and danced their way through a 91 day reality TV adventure, screened live continent-wide on DStv channel 198!

Now M-Net has revealed the star-studded line-up for the show’s dramatic two-hour finale during which two winners, chosen by the public, will each walk away USD 200 000 richer.

In addition to the finale including the biggest prize in the history of the show, it will also welcome the talents of six of Africa’s hottest performers - the incredible Fally Ipupa from the DRC, Nigeria’s sensational WizKid and Mo’Cheddah, South Africa’s Professor and Speedy, plus Tanzania’s Cpwaa. Joining them on stage will be all the previously evicted Big Brother Amplified housemates and the Big Brother Amplified dance crew, whose fast routines and smooth dance moves have won the hearts of fans continent-wide.

“We’re going all out to amplify the finale!” says M-Net Africa Managing Director Biola Alabi. “In addition to these great performers, there’s going to be one really magic moment when it becomes clear to the final housemates that this year, there are two prizes. We know, our audiences know but the housemates competing for the big prize don’t know this as yet – and I can only imagine their shock and delight when they find out that there are TWO prizes of USD 200 000!

Meanwhile, the current season of Big Brother Amplified has already set new records for voting. Last week, over 1.4 million votes were logged, the highest of any Big Brother Africa voting period. In addition, this current season has already achieved the highest cumulative total of any Big Brother edition, a total of 6.3 million votes. With voting for the final now well underway, total vote numbers look set for a new record.

So with just a few short days to go, audiences are encouraged to vote for their favourite housemates. Only you can decide which two winners go home with the big prizes! Competing for this year’s big prizes are – Hanni (Ethiopia), Karen (Nigeria), Lomwe (Malawi), Luclay (South Africa), Sharon O (Uganda), Vina (Nigeria) and Wendall (Zimbabwe).

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

BBC WORLD NEWS ASKS YOU TO JOIN TO CELEBRATE ONE YEAR TO THE 2012 LONDON OLYMPICS


2012 is set to be an amazing year in Britain and the BBC is best placed to share the experience with a global audience. Over the next year the BBC will have coverage which spans sport, culture and Britain, showcasing our rich sporting heritage and world-renowned journalism.

New programming opportunities include:

• World Olympic Dreams: follows the lives of 26 athletes as they journey towards the Olympics in London
• Britain Direct: a month of programming and online reports exploring the many faces of the host country
• Destination London: a new weekend show on BBC World News sharing the results and interviews from all the major sports competitions and events leading up to the London Olympics
• Sporting Witness: A vignette series dedicated to sporting history as told by the people who lived through it, offering a uniquely personal perspective about their experience

The coverage starts today with a one year to go celebration at 7pm WAT on BBC World News, live from Trafalgar Square.


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Fox International Channels Promotes Jesus Perezagua and Jason Thorp


Fox International Channels (FIC) has announced the promotion of Jesus Perezagua to President, FIC Europe & Africa.

Mr. Perezagua, who is widely credited with spearheading the growth of FIC's business in Europe into the most profitable among its global peers, will add 15 TV channels and online businesses in the UK and Africa to his oversight, and will be tasked with further integrating and building FIC’s businesses in the region.

Jesus Perezagua
He will continue to be based in Amsterdam and report to Hernan Lopez, CEO of Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels International.

"Consolidating our strong operations in Europe and the additional resources allocated to Africa are key to sustaining and invigorating our growth in these regions," said Perezagua. "I am thrilled to lead FIC’s extraordinary group of executives as we build on our first class TV channels and services to become the leading international TV group in the region." 

Perezagua has been with the company since 2003 when he was appointed Managing Director of FIC Iberia. Since 2005, he has directed the expansion of Fox International Channels across Eastern and Central Europe, Turkey and Greece.

Lopez also announced the appointment of Jason Thorp to EVP of Content, FIC Europe & Africa. Thorp will relocate to Rome, reporting to Perezagua. In his role, he will oversee FIC's pan-European programming acquisitions, production and strategy, working closely with the programming teams in each of the countries as well as with the global development and acquisitions team in Los Angeles and London.

"Owning our own content is crucial in growing the FIC business, and we now have real scale to bring to bear in that respect," said Thorp. "A unified approach across Europe will give us the clout we need to make a big difference quickly."

Jason Throp
Thorp joined FIC in 2003 and has been credited with turning the FX channel in the UK into one of the most successful and best-positioned entertainment brands in the market. He will maintain his responsibility for the UK business.

"Jesus is an outstanding executive with great business acumen and a proven track record. Jason is one of the most talented content-oriented executives in all of FIC, " said CEO Lopez. "As FIC looks to expand in Europe, own more content worldwide, and build a new growth engine in Africa, I am thrilled to count on their help in this new stage of our business."



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CNN to Air New Olympics 2012 Series 'Aiming for Gold'


With just one year to go until the eyes of the world are on London for the Games of the XXX Olympiad, CNN is launching a series of special Olympics 2012 programming, ‘Aiming For Gold’, as it takes on the role of the international home for the greatest sporting event in the world.

CNN’s programme will speak to the biggest Olympic stars, as well as the newsmakers driving the myriad decisions and events that contribute to the 2012 Games, with contributions from its many bureaux around the world to bring all aspects of the event – financial, social, cultural, political or sporting – to global viewers across all its platforms, from TV to cnn.com and through dedicated social media on Twitter and Facebook.

‘Aiming For Gold’ kicks off its year-long programming with a key interview with Lord Sebastian Coe, former Olympic 1500 meter champion and the man responsible for spear-heading the London 2012 campaign. Coe talks to CNN’s Don Riddell about the challenges, controversies and opportunities the Games will bring to people from across the world, including questions from the CNN audience.

Also in the debut show, Becky Anderson reports on London’s history in hosting the games – in 1908, 1948 and now 2012; Stan Grant looks at the legacy of the 2008 Beijing Olympics; and Christina Ohurugu, a British 2008 gold medallist who grew up in the shadow of the games being built in east London, talks about the inspiration the 2012 provide.

First programme: Thursday 28 July at 10:30am and 6:30pm WAT



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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

STAR MEGA JAMS 2011: CALL FOR ENTRIES


Nominate your favourite International and three Local artite for STAR Mega Jam 2011.

Get your MOST WANTED artiste to perform at this year's edition and win a free ticket to see him/her LIVE on stage.

VOTING METHODS:-
- SMS the name your favourite artiste to 7827 (Each SMS costs 10 Naira)

- Visit http://www.facebook.com/starnigeria?sk=app_250575418293066 and www.star-nigeria.com (via PC/Laptops) or

- http://starmegajam.bytesizeng.com/ (via your mobile phones).

Entry ends July 31,2011.



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THE HEADIES NOMINEE ANNOUNCEMENT ON AUGUST 2ND,2011.



Organizers of Nigeria’s most anticipated annual music Awards – The Headies (Hip Hop World Awards), are preparing various activities to keep the public duly informed. 


Producer of the Awards, Ayo Animashaun said after about three months of intensive deliberation and cross-examinations of music talents and their works under various nomination categories, the Headies nomination committee – a committee which includes music professionals and veterans of reputable pedigree, a comprehensive nomination list has been presented.


However, something new has also been introduced to the nomination list this year. Away from the norm of 20 nomination categories, the Organizers have included another category called “Best Conscious Music” in the usual bid to further promote and celebrate local music talents in a highly competitive industry. On this note, Ayo Animashaun had this to say,


The Nominees list will be released on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 on HipTV channel 9 on HITV and on the partnering urban Lagos radio station, The Beat 99.9FM. 


So come Tuesday the 2nd of August 2011, be the first to see the full nomination list on the blog.



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Monday, July 25, 2011

BIG BROTHER AMPLIFIED:- AND THEN THEY WERE SEVEN

After 12 intense weeks of explosive drama and tears, the men were definitely separated from the boys! Africa...Meet your Top Seven!

Lomwe - The smooth and laid back Malawian has stayed cool throughout the game - buddying up with the boys and also working the girls into a frenzy. He has been the subject of near-catfights over his affections in the House and it is safe to say he is a bit of a charmer or playboy. Lomwe took a liking to Hanni and made his intentions known in the early stages of the game, but their romance fizzled out before it started. Subsequently Vina, Sharon O and Kim set tongues wagging with what they term 'close friendships' with Lomwe. Is Lomwe the lady-killer a BB Amplified champion? We'll find out soon enough!

Luclay - Infamous for his massive blow up's, his dizzying crying spells, his running around naked and his threats of exposing people, Luclay has kept people talking both in the House and outside. Known for going through aliases faster than you can say Otono, Luclay has not been afraid to dig deep and give Africa what they want. Are people impressed with him enough to give him USD 200 000 though? Well, we'll have to wait and see?

Hanni - Known for her constant smile and close friendship with Vina, Hanni has gone through the Season relatively drama free. The only time the Ethiopian lass had a disagreement with anyone in the House was when Millicent decapitated her avatar by mistake. Hanni has managed to trump many former Housemates that were perceived to be 'strong' by maintaining her cool at all times. Does Africa love the squeaky clean image Hanni has presented to us over the past three months?

Vina - Vina has won more Head of House challenges than any of the other housemates. Known for her competitive streak, her controversial 'friendship' with Lomwe as well as her 'Siesta Sista' escapades with Bff Hanni, Vina has been a strong character from Day 1. Is she strong enough to walk away with USD 200 000 though?

Wendall - The Zim pilot proved to be more popular than country mate and potential squeeze Vimbai, as per this week’s voting statistics. Wendall has quietly made his way into the Top 7 and like Hanni, has not had any fights with anyone in the House. Will we see Nibbles walking away with USD 200 000.

Karen- Karen has fought and made up with most of her Housemates and infamously stopped talking to Luclay for close to two weeks following a massive fight the two had. The Nigerian is best known for her loud personality, dancing in her undies and ballsy attitude. Does Africa like Karen enough to give her USD 200 000?

Sharon O - The pretty Miss 'Jangu Jangu' has always maintained BB Amplified is not about brains but rather about entertainment and feels she has dished it out to the best of her ability. Her many fans seem to think she deserves a spot at the top of the pile. Do you think so?

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Friday, July 22, 2011

MTN Nigeria @ 10 : The Album - Calling on Music Producers, Singers or Songwriters !

It’s been an amazing 10 years since MTN began services in Nigeria in 2001. No one has been untouched - from the people of riverine areas  to the people of Northern Nigeria, from the East to the West, young and old, business or pleasure, the way MTN operates has changed forever.

MTN Nigeria is looking for Thank You songs from MTN to the people of Nigeria. If you’re a music producer, singer or songwriter, get into the studio and record a ‘Thank You’ song for them and upload it on the MTN Nigeria facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MTNLoaded?sk=wall . It can be in any genre, it could be in English or pidgin or in any Nigerian language -  all it needs to be is tuneful and catchy, and it must convey the immense gratitude that MTN feels for ten amazing years of partnership and growth!

10 final songs after public voting will feature in the MTN @ 10 music album and a total of N5 Million will be won!
Step 1 -Write a "Thank You" song on behalf of MTN to Nigerians.
Step 2 -Upload the lyrics or record an amateur video of yourself singing it or an mp3 file of your song.
Step 3 - Upload it on www.facebook.com/MTNLoaded or upload it on your page and share the link with them.

Deadline for submissions is the 28th of July 2011.

Here’s your chance to get your song on everyone’s lips… Help MTN say Thank You Nigeria!


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Thursday, July 21, 2011

DStv South Africa BoxOffice FAQs.

About DStv’s Video-on-Demand offering

1. Will BoxOffice compete with DVD stores?
DVD stores are in the business of distributing physical DVDs to their customers, which is a different user experience. However, Box office titles are available in the same time-frame as the DVD stores

2. Is DStv launching BoxOffice as a result of competitors recently entering the VOD market?
No. DStv on Demand launched last year and Box office is an evolution of such a service. It fits in with our business objective of driving innovation and evolving our business across multiple devices.
About the BoxOffice service

3. What is BoxOffice?
BoxOffice is brought to you by DStv and is a satellite-based video-on-demand (VOD) service, which offers DStv Premium subscribers more entertainment choice by giving them the opportunity to rent Hollywood blockbusters on their PVR decoders, from the comfort of their own home.

4. Who can access this service?
Initially available to DStv Premium subscribers with a PVR decoder, and later on PCs.

5. Why is BoxOffice not available to all DStv subscribers?
Although the 1st phase of the BoxOffice roll out is limited to DStv Premium subscribers with PVRs only, later phases will make the service available to a wider range of consumers.

6. Why are HD movies charged at the same rental rate as SD movies?
For the current offering, we wanted to keep the pricing as simple as possible.

7. How many movies are available on BoxOffice at any given time?
There will be a choice of up to 15 movies at any one time. New titles will be updated regularly as they are released by Studios.

8. Why are there only 15 movies available at any one time?
Due to storage limitations on the PVRs, a maximum of 15 movies can be available at any one time.

9. What type of movies can I choose from?
Approximately 150 blockbuster movies from most of the major Hollywood studios will be available on BoxOffice during the course of a year.

10. How do I access BoxOffice on the PVR?
You need to have a valid DStv Premium and PVR subscriptionPush the green button on your PVR remote and follow the steps on screen
- SMS your smartcard number to 37569 to register for BoxOffice
- A BoxOffice account is automatically opened for you
- Rental of movies happens via SMS, so you can link up to 4 mobile numbers to your BoxOffice account
- The current list of movies available to rent will be displayed on the BoxOffice screen on your PVR. Simply select the movie you want to watch and sms the code to 37569.
- A confirmation SMS will be sent within minutes (network dependent) and you will be able to watch the selected movie. Please note, movies cannot be cancelled once a SMS request has been sent.
- Once the transaction is successful, the selected movie will be available to view as many times as you like over a 48-hour period.
- For launch, the first BoxOffice movie is free.

11. What is the price of a movie title on BoxOffice?
The introductory price is R25 per title.

12. Why an introductory price?
This is a new service and we will monitor its progress over time. The more successful the product, the better the chance we have of negotiating more favourable deals with the Studios.

13. How do I pay for my BoxOffice rentals?
There are three payment options available via debit order against your BoxOffice account, pre-loading funds into the BoxOffice Account or via credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

14. How does the BoxOffice account work?
BoxOffice transactions are made from your BoxOffice account, which is separate to your DStv account.
DStv subscribers who pay their monthly DStv account by debit order could also pay their BoxOffice account by debit order. BoxOffice rentals will be added to the monthly billing.
Subscribers can pre-load funds into their BoxOffice account using any one of the different payment options available – these are the same options that you use to pay your normal monthly DStv account. Rentals will be subtracted from this amount, which can be topped up via the DStv website or the mobi site.

15. As I pay my DStv subscription at Checkers , will I also be able to add funds to my BoxOffice account at Checkers?
Currently funds cannot be added to the BoxOffice account at Checkers tills. DStv will be introducing a new payment service in the future, which will cover various paypoints including Checkers.

16. Will BoxOffice repeat movies?
The same movie can be rented multiple times until the movie expires and is removed from the rental line-up. Once a movie has expired it will not be available to rent through BoxOffice again.

17. Are the movies on BoxOffice new movies?
BoxOffice movies are generally released at the same time as they become available for DVD rentals - usually 4 to 6 months after appearing in movie theatres.

18. Why do we have to pay to access BoxOffice movies when this will become available on other DStv channels such as M-Net at a later date?
BoxOffice is an additional DStv service, which allows subscribers to watch movies in an earlier period than when they become available on the regular DStv channels.
We buy the rights for the BoxOffice movies from the Studios, which are in an earlier window to movies on pay television. These two windows each attract a separate rights payment.

19. How long will a movie stay on the rental line-up?
Each movie’s availability will vary depending on consumer popularity and availability of new movie releases from the studios. Some technical aspects of the BoxOffice service

20. Can I turn off my PVR at night?
The PVR requires time to download titles, therefore we recommend that you leave your PVR on or in standby mode when not in use.

21. Will BoxOffice reduce the recording space I have on my PVR?
Similarly to DStv’s On Demand service, BoxOffice does not impact on your PVR recording capacity.

22. Why is the confirmation code made up of such a long number?
The 18-digit confirmation code is designed to offer additional subscriber security, it refers to your specific smartcard number and contains details of the rental, such as date and time.

23. Can I watch BoxOffice movies when there is no signal?
If the BoxOffice movie has already been rented and the menu displays a view now status, the movie can be viewed regardless of available signal.

24. Does this mean I can’t watch the movie unless the ‘view now’ status is displayed?
That is correct, view now indicates that the movie is available for you to view. Other status that will be displayed is rent now, to indicate that a movie is available for rent.

25. How do I instil control over what my children watch when I’m not around?
The parental pin that is active on your DStv decoder will also apply to BoxOffice, this allows you to set access limits according to PG ratings. You will also be able to block BoxOffice rentals with a pin number.

26. Is there a difference between the HD PVR and SD PVR?
Although BoxOffice launches on 22 July 2011, the BoxOffice titles will progressively download to build the playlist on the SD PVR. BoxOffice movies will only start to become available after the software has downloaded.On the HD PVRs, the titles will be available from 22 July 2011.

27. What could be the wrong if I don’t have titles or a different number of titles?
There are four factors that can impact the download of BoxOffice titles:
- User recordings scheduled which conflicts with times of BoxOffice downloads
- Marginal installation which results in poor break-up / pixilation of content. The PVR will discard the content immediately
- Bad weather ie rain storms etc
- Power failures including switching off or unplugging the PVR

28. Where do I find more information about BoxOffice?
 visit - www.dstv.com/BoxOffice


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