Thursday, June 30, 2011

Maltina Dance All 2011: Season 5


Ten Nigerian families will slug it out on the dance floor as they attempt to outwit one another as the popular family reality television show Maltina Dance All (MDA) enters its fifth season. The MDA is a unique TV reality show where families strive to outdo each other through the mastery of various types of dance steps ranging from Wazobia, Hip-hop Jive, Pantomime, samba to salsa, it is also the consumer engagement and experiential marketing platform that the brand deploys to resonate with esteemed consumers and the society in general.

In line with its new positioning of sharing happiness, MDA 5 promises to be bigger, better and bolder, Nigerian Breweries Plc has announced an upward review of the prize money. According to the new arrangement, the winning family will now take home N5 million in addition to a brand new family SUV, while the first and second runners up will take home N1 million and N500, 000 respectively. The MDA is the consumer engagement and experiential marketing platform that the brand deploys to resonate with its consumers and the society in general.

Speaking at the Press briefing held at its expansive Lagos breweries headquarters, Ageni Yusuf, Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries plc said Maltina Dance All is the foremost experiential and sponsorship platform of the Maltina brand renowned for promoting family values and bonding in line with the new brand proposition of “Sharing happiness” The reality TV show, Yusuf stated, debuted in 2007 and has remained Nigeria’s first and only family dance reality TV show featuring families from various regions across the country. It will be recalled that the 2007 maiden edition produced the Onye family; in 2008 it was the Opuwari family that carted away the star prize, in 2009 the nation’s best dance family were the Ibiams while the Adejo family was the overall winner for 2010.

The top NB Plc brass enjoined consumers and Nigerians in general to participate in the exciting show by registering at the regional auditioning centres at Port Harcourt, Benin, Enugu, Ibadan, Lagos and Abuja between June 29 and August 6 2011 or by registering online at www.maltinadanceall.tv. Breakdown of the regional auditioning dates show that Enugu and Abuja audition will take place on July 22-23, Ibadan July 29 and 30 while Port Harcourt is July 28 and 29. Benin and Lagos will have their turn on August 5-6 2011.

As a further incentive, Yusuf stated that, during the regional auditions consumers and members of the public also stand a chance to win any of the numerous regional dance competition prizes of; 2.5KVA Generators, 21” Flat screen TV sets, Home theatre systems and lots of nourishing Maltina. The Reality TV show will be aired in September this year on major TV networks and other stations across the country and on satellite stations like Africa Magic. Viewers can also participate and win fabulous prizes through the interactive SMS platform during the show.

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CNN Presents: A Larry King Special – Harry Potter: The Final Chapter in July


Larry King sits down with the cast of Harry Potter leading up to the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. The one-hour special, airing July 10 at 8pm and 10pm (Nigerian time) on CNN International will feature interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson,  Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter and Robbie Coltrane, as well as never before seen footage from the film days before its worldwide premiere. Additionally, James and Oliver Phelps, who play the Weasley twins, take viewers on a tour of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort and interact with fans on the eve of the final Harry Potter movie.

Radcliffe, calling the final Potter film a “hell of a movie,” tells King that he “wept like a child on that last day” of filming.  The three main stars, who have spent half of their lives playing these characters, open up to King and reflect on the end of the series of films.  “I was so young, it’s difficult to remember much of my life before this thing happened to me,” Watson says.  “I was still losing my baby teeth” while playing Hermione. Grint says after 10 years of his life playing Ron Weasley, leaving the character behind was “quite a big kind of shock.”

In what many predict will be the movie event of the summer, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 will mark the end the most successful film franchise in history.  The films are based on a series of seven best-selling novels, written by J.K. Rowling.  After 10 years and over six billion dollars in ticket sales, Larry King will take viewers on an exclusive tour behind the scenes and into the making of the final movie with the special effects team who brought the magical world to the big screen. Never-seen footage will give CNN viewers a new glimpse at the iconic characters and for the first time, fans will see an extended clip of the film that will be shown exclusively on CNN just days before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 opens in theatres on July 15th.  Wendy Walker is the executive producer of CNN’s Larry King Specials. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, A Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

M-Net launches Africa Magic Swahili on July 1.

M-Net has announced the arrival of their new baby, Africa Magic Swahili, a gift for more than 124 million Swahili speakers across the continent.

M-Net Africa Managing Director Biola Alabi says the complete Swahili package will debut on DStv channel 127 on July 1, at 3pm to be precise.
General Manager of Multichoice Kenya Stephen Isaboke  and  M-Net Africa Managing Director Biola Alabi
“Kiswahili is one of the oldest and most beautiful languages in the world. It’s also one of the most widely spoken languages in the region,” she said, stressing that it was a by-product of an urgent request from subscribers in the region.

Africa Magic Swahili will be the fifth offering of more localised content for the region after Africa Magic, Africa Magic Plus, Africa Magic Hausa and Africa Magic Yoruba.

DStv Channel 127 will initially broadcast on six hour loops much like the M-Net Series channel, and content will range from movies, drama series, talks shows and music videos.

“Content is a big challenge,” says Wangeci Murage, program Manager for M-Net in East Africa, who acknowledges that most of content is currently being sourced from Tanzania.

She however stresses that since there is a platform, local producers and film makers should take advantage of the chances to come up with more content.

It should come as good news to film makers in Kenya who rarely have an outlet for their creations that would generate revenue.

Wangeci has called on any film maker with relevant content to drop it at the M-Net offices in Rahimtulla Towers in Upper Hill,Kenya.

Biola said that most of the contracts they sign with programmes on their pay-TV channel range between 12 and 18 months, and this has been a successful model across the continent.
Stephen Isaboke,Biola Alabi and Wangeci Murage, program Manager for M-Net in East Africa
She also took the chance to announce that they would be shooting another season of Changes in the near future.

The General Manager of Multichoice Kenya Stephen Isaboke said the channel would be available even on their cheapest bouquet – DSTv Access – making it within reach for anyone who can afford to pay the monthly subscription.

Anyone can enjoy the programmes on the channel though as the dramas and movies will have English subtitles.

Monday, June 27, 2011

BET Awards 2011 to air 30 June 2011 on BET International.

The 2011 edition of the BET Awards which took place on Sunday 26th June at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles with performances by Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne and other top performers,airs Thursday 30th June at 8pm (Nigerian time),with a repeat broadcast on Sunday 3rd July at 7pm on BET International (HiTV / DStv / StarTimes / Top TV).

Also a special 106 and Park :Bet Awards 2011 Pre-Show broadcast from 6pm Thursday 30th June.Hosted by Terrence and Rocsi ,tune in to see the lively jump-off bringing the coolest performances, interviews and red carpet happenings.

TRANSMISSION HIGHLIGHTS (All Nigerian time)

- Bet Awards Special:The 2011 African Nominees - THURSDAY,4pm
- 106 and Park:Bet Awards 2011 Pre-Show - THURDAY,6pm
- Bet Awards 2011 - THURSDAY,8pm,REPEAT SUNDAY,7pm
- BET Awards After Party:The Swagga Continues - THURSDAY,11:30pm

Chris Brown,2Face Idibia and D'banj Shines at BET Awards 2011


Last year at the BET Awards, Chris Brown stomped and bawled his way through an emotional tribute to his idol, the late Michael Jackson. The performance earmarked a yearlong public plea for redemption that had plenty of highs and lows. On Sunday night, it was pretty clear that at least one audience had embraced the singer.

The 22-year-old was the uncontested man of the evening, collecting five trophies, including male R&B artist, video of the year and collaboration for “Look at Me Now” during the telecast, which aired live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Chris Brown
"All my fans are everything to me," Brown said while accepting the award for male R&B artist. "I know it's been a long road. I just appreciate every blessing that's been put in front of me."

Later, he delivered a dance-heavy medley of tracks from “F.A.M.E.,” his first No. 1 album, and performed alongside buzzy up-and-coming rapper Big Sean. He even chided his own lack of poise when it comes to public speaking, something the audience got a laugh out of, given his meltdown on "Good Morning America" in March.

Although Brown’s appearance made for the rather awkward question of seating arrangements in case Rihanna would make an appearance -- she didn’t, despite winning for female R&B artist -– their names did cross paths thanks to a major snafu.

D'banj Arrival
As a fan presented the Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award, Brown's name was called as the winner (the show used tablet computers instead of traditional envelopes to reveal who had won), but then it was quickly changed to Rihanna.

“Well, this is awkward,” said Drake, who emerged from backstage to accept on behalf of the absent singer for their hit “What’s My Name,” amid gasps and muttering from the confused audience.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, host Kevin Hart bought out Brown to tell him he was actually the intended winner of the trophy, along with the FANdemonium Award. Talk about awkward -- especially as a chunk of the audience had already began filing out of the venue.

2face @ the press room
The BET Awards have always been less about onstage drama and more about what surprises the network could cook up, and there were a few highlights throughout the night, including Anita Baker performing with Mary J. Blige and a passionate, posthumous tribute to Teena Marie, Gill Scott-Heron, Nate Dogg and Clarance Clemons.
The BET stage, as Brown demonstrated, is the place to begin a much-needed comeback narrative.

Former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland sent tongues wagging with a steamy performance of her No. 1 single “Motivation,” alongside crooner Trey Songz. After a handful of stalls for her serially delayed disc, "Here I Am," it was no surprise that all eyes were on her for the performance, especially as her last BET showing came at the tail end of a number from her more famous ex-bandmate Beyonc√©.

Not one to let her presence go unseen, Beyonc√© this year was beamed in from her Glastonbury festival debut, where she delivered a charging performance of the new single “End of Time.”

2face
With her new album, “4,” getting off to a slow start –- none of the singles have cracked the top 10 –- the closing slot was a much-needed promotional push.

Despite being a continent away, the singer managed to have the performance of the evening. In the Shrine, a section of the audience waved flags emblazoned with the letter "B," and a slew of dancers gyrated below the big screen of her performance. Though satellite performances are nothing new for awards shows, she was the first artist to perform on the network via satellite.

Other winners included Wiz Khalifia for new artist and Kanye West for male hip-hop artist. Nicki Minaj was all laughs when she won for female hip-hop artist, as expected.

"Wow, I can't believe I won. No, no. Not like that," Minaj said as the audience roared in laughter. "What I mean is I didn't expect to....When I say I can't believe I won, I mean I can't believe I get to share this with [Lil Wayne], who saw me rapping on the steps."

2face Arrival
Here’s a complete BET Awards 2011 Winners List:

Female R&B artist: Rihanna
Male R&B artist: Chris Brown
Female hip-hop artist: Nicki Minaj
Male hip-hop artist: Kanye West
Collaboration: Chris Brown, “Look At Me Now,” feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes
New artist: Wiz Khalifa
Group: Diddy Dirty Money
Young Stars award: (tie) Jaden Smith and Willow Smith
Gospel: Mary Mary
Centric award: Marsha Ambrosius
Actress: Taraji P. Henson
Actor: Idris Elba
Movie: “For Colored Girls”
Sportsman of the year: Michael Vick
Sportswoman of the year: Serena Williams
International act, UK: Tinie Tempah
International act, Africa: (tie) 2Face Idibia and D’Banj
Video director of the year: Chris Robinson
Viewers’ choice: Chris Brown, “Look At Me Now”

Did any of the top choices surprise you?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Nigeria Alternative EnergyChanges Date for 2011 Expo.


ABUJA, NIGERIA -- Mathesis Consulting has announced today that, Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo  has changed the date of the 2011 Expo, to be held at the Yardua Conference Centre, Wuse, Abuja, Nigeria. The expo will now be held on October 17 - 19, 2011.

”There are a few reasons we decided to shift the date,” according to Emeka Offor, Business Development Director Mathesis Consulting, Organizers of the Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo 2011.  “Most importantly, due to transition to new government and changes of some cabinet members, we have decided to allowed some time to ensure smooth take off  in the new administration”.

‘’We also had tremendous support from the relevant Governments, which are willing to create enabling policy and regulatory environments, and expect to roll out the Renewable Energy projects in several locations in the Country, ’’ he stated. The new administration is keen on delivering power to Nigerians. Climate change will see agricultural production in Africa halve over the next few years as the continent falls victim to major environmental disruption. This will be aggravated by the estimation that the majority of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) will come from developing countries, including that of Africa, according to the ‘Energizing Development in a Changing Climate’ magazine by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The publication also estimates that the rising energy demand will come from developing countries where this will increase to 40% by 2030. As a result, GHG will increase from the existing 39% to 52% by 2030. Our lists of partners are tremendously increasing as Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership; African Renewable Energy Alliance; Energy commission of Nigeria; Ministry of Environment; and Ministry of Power are now partnering with us. Now is the time for Nigeria and the world to rely on renewable energy, join us and make this huge success.

Mathesis Consulting has announced its commitment to organizing an exposition to give an insight into the reformation roadmap the Nigerian Power sector is going through and the opportunity for Green Energy Solutions and promise to host a completely carbon neutral Expo.

One of the major challenges facing Nigeria (with a population of over 150 million) is energy generation and distribution. Since March 2005, with the establishment of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act by the National Assembly, the vision of the power sector reform has been to stimulate adequate levels of investment in the power sector, which the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) put at $10 billion per annum, and improve the quality of management. The Federal Government has stressed the need to return to the task of pursuing the fundamental changes to the ownership, control and regulation of the sector.  In August 2010, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria expressed his commitment to building a solid energy sector: “Our commitment is to bring an end to our nation's stunted growth and usher in the fresh air of prosperity by pursuing a new era of sector-wide reform which is driven by improved service delivery to every class of customers in the Nigerian electricity sector”.

Amongst other numerous benefits, NAEE 2011 will provide the participants and exhibitors with the opportunity of networking with more than 200 senior level energy sector experts and decision-makers; visiting over 100 leading energy suppliers, from Europe, Asia and the US -  showcasing the latest technologies, equipment and services; establishing a remarkable presence in the Nigerian market; and sourcing of local business agents and partners.

About Mathesis Consulting
The Mathesis Consulting was founded in 2000, initially, specializing in the organization of national and international conferences; the company has since transferred its considerable skills to the management of standalone exhibitions, award programmes and corporate events. With more than 10 years’ experience in the industry, Mathesis Consulting is one of London’s most well-established and reputable conference management companies.


Admission:
Admission to the Exhibition is free.
Registration details:

All visitors must register on arrival at the venue. Registration cards must be obtained and completed before one can gain entry into the venue. Invitation cards may be obtained from the Organizers Office at the Exhibition arena. Admission badges will be issued and must be worn at all time in the venue for security reasons. Subsequent entries can be made without further registration provided that the assigned badges are worn.
Registration :

Early registration before the 1st of August 2011 will guarantee you a discount 5% so don't wait Register Now!!
http://www.nigeriaalternativeenergyexpo.org/registration.html

Media contact
Douglas Duncan
Telephone: +44 203 239 6611
EMail:media@nigeriaalternativeenergyexpo.org

Suite 211 & 212
Lozumba complex Area 10
Garki, Abuja
Nigeria
Telephone: +234 9 480 6271
+234 803 703 5439
E: info@nigeriaalternativeenergyexpo.org

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Steven Spielberg's new Falling Skies lands on Fox Entertainment July 4th.


The new highly anticipated Steven Spielberg drama Falling Skies starting in Africa on Fox Entertainment (HiTV Channel15 /MyTV Africa/ Zuku TV /Top TV) on Monday 4 July at 7:15pm (Nigerian time) is an out-the-box TV hit in America where the first two hour premiere Sunday had a record viewership.

Falling Skies had 5,9 million viewers Sunday night in America which makes it the most-watched start of any TV show this year on a pay TV channel in America, and even beating the popular The Walking Dead that started with 5,3 million viewers in America.

In Falling Skies Noah Wyle plays a dad Tom Mason in Boston who leads a group of resistance fighters after aliens have attacked and invaded Earth while he's looking for his one son who has been ''altered'' by the aliens looking for teenagers. African viewers will only be three episodes behind America with Falling Skies that will have a definite full first season of 10 episodes.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

eLDee & Rita Dominic to host the 2011 Headies.


Award winning actress Rita Dominic and celebrated artiste eLDee will host the 2011 edition of the Headies. In its continuing commitment to the promotion and development of urbane music Smooth Promotions, producers of the Headies awards announced on Monday that the two reputable performers have signed on to anchor this year’s show.

In a news release early this week, executive producer Ayo Animashaun says eLDee and Rita Dominic – The veteran musician and respected actress are the ‘‘perfect’’ choice to host this year’s show.

Ayo Animashaun who is the CEO of Smooth promotions said in a statement released on Monday ‘‘I can exclusively tell you Rita Dominic and Eldee have signed on to host the Headies awards. We are energized by our choice of hosts and we are confident with both of them anchoring the show our audience will have fantastic moments and an amazing show. Be assured this duo brings the perfect mix of elegance and sophistication that will set the tone for an amazing show. Preparations are in top gear and we are once again presenting you with the biggest faces that you know to host the 6th edition of the Headies awards and it will be amazing’’ said Ayo Animashaun who founded the awards in 2006.

According to organizers, Eldee was a natural selection as host given his pedigree has a long standing successful music artiste and producer, while his co-host for the big night Rita Dominic is one of Nigeria’s biggest stars with a huge followership on the big and small screen.
Eldee, born Olanrewaju Dabiri is widely known by the moniker eLDee and is one of the earliest pioneers of hip hop music in Nigeria. He is a well respected artiste and music producer who released several chart topping songs and albums to much critical acclaim.

Rita Dominic exemplifies the perfect example of how a talented young girl can rise to become a household name in Nollywood with a long line of blockbuster movies to her credit. She starred in her first movie in 1998 and has since emerged as one of Nollywood’s biggest exports.

Hailed for one-of-a-kind moments, elegant fashion displays, and five star musical performances, the Headies (also refered to as Hip Hop World Awards) has produced some of the most unforgettable moments in the history of award shows in Nigeria. The annual music event is ranked among the top award shows in Africa.
The selection of the siren and the celebrated musician as masters of ceremonies for the high-profile event can best be described as a ‘‘plus’’ for this year’s edition which organizers have promised would be a wonderful experience for entertainment enthusiasts in Nigeria.
It’s the second time a movie personality will be host after fellow Nollywood actress Dakore co-hosted alongside Basketmouth in 2008.

Eldee and Rita Dominic follow in the footsteps of names such as Darey in 2006, D’banj and Tana who served as hosts in 2007, Dakore and Basketmouth in 2008, Banky W and Kemi Adetiba in 2009 all of whom have hosted the awards show in the past years.

The Headies (also known as Hip Hop World Awards) was created by Ayo Animashaun in 2006 as a platform to recognize and celebrate musical talents with the best, offering every calendar year with a total of twenty-two 21 carat gold award plaques to reward deserving artistes amid over 8,000 entries received every year.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

M-Net’s BIG BROTHER AMPLIFIED: A MASSIVE SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT!


It was a definitely a night to remember when Big Brother Amplified turned up the volume last night (Sunday June 12 at 6pm on DStv Channel 198) with the biggest announcement in the show’s history!

To huge applause from the studio audience, and in news that is sure to cause great excitement, series presenter IK revealed during the live eviction show, that this season there will be not one, but TWO winners - and each will take home a whopping USD200 000 cash prize. With the series almost at the halfway point, the surprise announcement is the latest twist in the highly popular reality series which is set to end with a spectacular two hour finale on July 31. It’s the first time ever that Big Brother Africa series will award two winners, bringing the total prize money to an incredible USD 400 000 though the housemates themselves will only find out about the double prize during the final show!

With Malawian stars Tigris and Maskal lifting the roof off of the Big Brother Amplified studio with amazing musical performances, the night also saw two housemates leave the Heads house…

With 7 Housemates nominated for eviction, there was a lot of tension in the Heads House this week. When IK asked Head of House Lomwe to reveal and explain his ‘save and replace’ decision to the Housemates, he told them it was “nothing personal”. “The person I decided to save represents the same cause as I do, that’s obviously Felicia,” he said. “The person I decided to replace her with – again nothing personal – has a strong background and foundations. If they leave the House, they will have a bright future. At the same time, that person is strong and I believe they won’t be evicted – sorry, Vimbai,” he revealed.

IK then took viewers into the House and told the Housemates that when he called out their names, they should stand. He named Millicent, Weza and Zeus. After a dramatic pause, he told Millicent and Zeus that they had been saved, calling Weza to the stage. Once she emerged, he asked her about her favourite memory in the House. As she started to answer, Big Brother delivered a message to IK – that Weza was to leave the stage immediately. The bewildered Angolan made her way off stage and before long, found herself entering the Tails House and being mobbed by a new set of excited Housemates.

It wasn’t over for the Heads Housemates – IK took viewers back into the House and asked Vina and Confidence to stand. “Vina, you’re safe,” said IK.

“Yay!” exclaimed Confidence. “I’m walking out! I’m free – I’m free of you people!” said the Ghanaian. Unfortunately for Confidence, she will miss out the cash prizes as she was evicted after gaining the fewest votes from Africa during the week.

As Confidence joined IK on stage, he confirmed that she had been evicted. “What was your favourite moment?” he asked her. “Well every moment was my favourite, I’m so grateful I’ve been brought to this place and taught the lessons of life and I’m going to go home a changed person,” she said.

When IK asked about her least favourite person in the house, Confidence said “Put it this way - they’re behind me. I’m moving forward!” IK quizzed her about what she’d be taking away from the experience. “Big Brother!” she said jokingly, before saying: “I have so much in my life and feel I’m so blessed to be here, of all the Ghanaians, I’m the girl who’s been picked to be here. I feel honoured and privileged and for me this is fun. Come on Africa - thank you so much!” Her parting shot came when IK asked her for a quick prediction on who would win Big Brother Amplified. “None of those people in that House [Heads]. There are nicer people in the other house. Those people are pretenders, please!”

As Confidence left the stage to head back home, IK still had time to scare Hanni and Vimbai when he crossed back into the House – but revealed that they had been saved.

Earlier in the show, viewers got a chance to see how Ernest and Bhoke had been coping after their eviction last week. Ernest explained his ‘intelligent attack’ on Luclay and talked about Bhoke’s ‘beautiful energy’. He looked forward to visiting Botswana to meet up with Zeus and Miss P and also hanging out at Confidence’s club in Ghana. He said he felt he had represented his country and its diversity well.

Bhoke said that being part of Big Brother Amplified was an “awesome experience” that she would carry with her for the rest of her life. She saw Confidence as a big sister in the other House, and had bonded with Kim in the Tails House as they both recognized something of themselves, in each other. She revealed that her high point was the first task win – having previously lost two tasks. Speaking about tension in the House, she felt that there had been many disagreements because nobody wanted to be seen as a weak person. “It’s been a learning experience,” she said. “I learned a lot about myself and I’m strong and confident in my own skin”.

Four viewers picked up fantastic prizes for voting and interacting with Big Brother during the past week: Ijeoma Sophia Nwogbo (Nigeria) won a DStv HD PVR, Ntsikiseng Motaung (South Africa) picked up a Samsung Laptop, Susan Kotobridge (Ghana) won a Samsung Smartphone and Jacob Asante (Ghana) won a Samsung Galaxy S.

Big Brother Amplified is headline sponsored by Coca-Cola. Fans can catch all the latest news, video – and all-important voting information – at www.mnetafrica.com/bigbrother. Tweet Big Brother @BigBroAfrica, send SMS messages to the on-screen strap, visit the Big Brother Africa Facebook Group to get the low-down on the continent’s favourite reality show and get updated news and two video streams – and houses - by pressing the “OK” button on your DStv remote when on DStv Channel 198.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Oprah Show Season 25 - Farewell season


After 24 seasons of history-making television, the Oprah Show has just one more to go!

The  25th season premiere will feature special appearances by celebrity guests and a surprise musical performance. Find out what happens when one of Oprah’s favourites, John Travolta, joins her as the first guest of the farewell season.

Plus, dreams will come true for some lucky Oprah Show viewers. Then, a year in the making, the show pulls off one of the biggest surprises in Oprah Show history.

SHOWTIME:
MNet West (DStv 102)
Wednesday,6pm

DStv Mobile - Drifta FAQs


About the Drifta:
The Drifta is an innovative new mobile television decoder from DStv Mobile.

DStv Mobile is operated by DMTV which is a licensed service provider of Details Nigeria Ltd.

The Drifta is another example of technology innovation from the DStv stable, thus ensuring that Nigerians are kept at the cutting edge of the latest pay television technology.

The Drifta ensures subscribers can watch DStv channels anywhere and at any time. (Only within the DVB-H coverage cities listed below)

Drifta subscribers are able to watch a selection of DStv channels on their choice of mobile devices including an iPod, iPad, iPhone, a smartphone or a laptop or PC.

The Drifta receives the DStv Mobile broadcast signal and relays it over WiFi to a range of WiFi-capable devices. On some laptops and PCs the DVB-H signal can be relayed via a USB cable.

The Drifta operates on DVB-H technology and is thus available in all DStv Mobile network coverage areas including Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Onitsha, Asaba, ABA, Benin City, Kaduna, Enugu.

The Drifta allows for unlimited access to the channels available on the DStv Mobile (DVB-H) networks.

To receive the channels via the Drifta, consumers will need to purchase a Drifta decoder and take out a subscription – however DStv Premium subscribers will receive the Maxi Plus bouquet free of charge as part of the DStv Premium services.

There are four bouquet options for the Drifta:
BOUQUET CHANNELS COST
Drifta decoder N14,700
Free bouquet Channel O + NTA Plus FREE
Mini bouquet General entertainment – no sport N680
Maxi bouquet General entertainment + sport channels N1,600
Maxi Plus bouquet Maxi + SuperSport 3 FREE to DStv Premium subscribers only

What is a Drifta?
A Drifta is a mobile TV decoder that receives the DVB-H signal and relays it over a Wi-Fi network for Wi-Fi enabled viewing devices such as PCs, tablets and smartphones. Hence it is a DStv Mobile decoder.

Can anyone get the DStv Mobile Decoder - Drifta?
The Drifta is available to all television lovers (general public) and are available at MultiChoice offices and agents, however due to limited stock at launch it will be offered initially to DStv Premium subscribers first as part of the loyalty programme.

Will there be a commercial Drifta launch in the future?
Yes, the Drifta will be commercially available to anyone living in any of the cities in which it is available.

What is the cost of this device?
The Drifta will cost N14,700 and will be available from MultiChoice offices in all DVB-H coverage cities.

What will the cost of DStv Mobile be when the billing phase commences?
Subscribers will be able to choose from different packages with different pricing options.
Free: monthly, free
Mini: monthly, NGN 680
Maxi: monthly, NGN 1,600
Maxi+: monthly, bundled with DStv Premium subscriptions only at no extra charge

Where will the Drifta be available for purchase?
The Drifta will be available from all MultiChoice centres and dealers in the 10 cities that have DStv Mobile coverage, namely:
Lagos
Ibadan
Port Harcourt
Abuja
Onitsha
Asaba
ABA
Benin City
Kaduna
Enugu

Does a special SIM card need to be inserted into the Drifta for it to work?
The Drifta does not require a SIM card to work

Why does the Drifta only work with selected devices?
At this stage, the Drifta only works with certain devices, however additional devices such as Blackberries, Nokia and Android smartphones will follow in the future. Please note that the device needs to have WiFi.

When will the Drifta be available in other African territories?
The Drifta will launch in Ghana, Kenya and Namibia in July 2011.

What channels will subscribers be able to view via the Drifta?
NIGERIA
Africa Magic (Entertainment)
Africa Magic Yoruba (Entertainment)
E! Entertainment M4M (Entertainment)
BET (Entertainment)
NTA Plus (Free to air, Entertainment)
Channel O (Music)
Trace Urban (Music/events)
Big Brother Amplified
SS Blitz (Sport)
SS9 (Sport)
SS10 (Sport)
SS3 N – DStv Premium Subs ONLY (Sport)
CNNi (News)
NN24 (Free To Air, Entertainment)
Cartoon Network M4M (Animation)

Which devices will the Drifta be compatible with at launch?
Initially this decoder will be compatible with the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, PCs, and laptops. Other devices such as Blackberries, Nokia and Android smartphones will follow soon.

Windows:
Requirements:
OS: Windows XP (Min Service Pack 2), Windows Vista, and Windows 7
Processor: 32 bit and 64 bit
Min Memory: 512MB
Min HDD: 100MB
USB connector

IOS:
Requirements: iPod Touch, iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4: IOS Version 4.0, 4.1
iPad: iOS Version 3.2

Who do customers contact with questions or queries about the Drifta?
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding Drifta please do not hesitate to contact us at +234 1 270 3232
General:

What is DVB-H?
DVB-H stands for Digital Video Broadcast Hand-held and is a type of broadcast technology that allows a user with a DVB-H enabled handset or Drifta mobile decoder to view broadcast mobile tv channels.

DStv Mobile launches the“Drifta”- a new DStv mobile decoder



Nigerians can now truly enjoy television “anywhere” at “any time” with the launch of the Drifta – an innovative new mobile decoder from DStv Mobile.  The launch follows a long line of technology innovations such as DStv Mobile, High Definition decoders and integrated customer services tools for which DStv has become known.

With the new Drifta, subscribers in DStv Mobile network coverage areas including Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Onistsha, Asaba, Aba, Benin City, Kaduna and Enugu will have unlimited access to all the channels on the DStv Mobile DVB-H network

The mobile TV decoder – the Drifta – receives the DStv Mobile (DVB-H) broadcast signal and relays it over WiFi to a range of WiFi capable devices, this includes laptops, PCs, tablets such as the iPad, smartphones, iPhones and iPods.  At launch the Drifta supports Windows and the iOS devices, however in the future additional devises such as the Blackberry OS, Symbian 3 and Android applications will also be supported.

While non-DStv subscribers can also purchase a Drifta  and subscribe to one of three bouquets - the Free bouquet, the Mini and the Maxi bouquet, DStv Premium subscribers on the other hand will have access to the Maxi Plus bouquet at absolutely no additional charge after paying only for the Drifta hardware.

The channel line-up on the DStv Mobile bouquet includes entertainment channels such as - Africa Magic, Africa Magic Yoruba, E! Entertainment Mobile and BET.  Free to Air channel NTA Plus, music channel Channel O and Trace Urban, sports channels SS Blitz, SuperSport 9, SuperSport 10 and SuperSport 3 Nigeria (for DStv Premium subscribers only), news from CNN and NN24 and children’s programming on Cartoon Network Mobile.

These are split into three bouquet options which include:

Free bouquet                 NTA Plus and Channel O
Mini bouquet                 Entertainment channels only (N 680)
Maxi bouquet                Entertainment channels plus SS Blitz, SS9 and SS10 (N 1, 600)
Maxi Plus bouquet       Only for DStv Premium subscribers (includes all channels as well as SS3N)

The Drifta will be available for N14,700 from MultiChoice offices and the service can be activated via the MultiChoice call centre or the DStv Mobile website.

Please click the link below for more information or visit www.dstvmobile.com.

Friday, June 3, 2011

NEW DStv MOBILE RATES FOR KENYA



DStv Mobile - The new 'watch wherever you are 'broadcast television service can be accessed by a number of DVB-H enabled cellphones - is set to change the way viewers catch their favourite DStv shows.

DVB-H enabled phones are available from Mobile Network Operators.

There will be four bouquets to choose from:

Free TierMiniMaxi
KTNKTNKTN
KBCKBCKBC
NTVNTVNTV

Channel OChannel O


Big Brother Amplified

Idols ExtraIdols Extra

Africa Magic PlusAfruca Magic Plus

Cartoon Network MobileCartoon Network Mobile

BETBET

E! EntertainmentE! Entertainment

CNNiCNNi

Trace RBANSuperSport 9


SuperSport 10


SuperSport Blitz


































DStv Mobile Subscription costs
Since the launch of the DStv Mobile broadcast service in Kenya, the service has been offered at no subscription cost as part of the introductory phase.  From the first week of June 2011, billing will commence in Kenya on Safaricom, Airtel and YU and a subscription fee will be applicable for the DStv Mobile package via the DVB-H handset.  The Free Tier is free of charge.  Orange subscribers will only the free package available at launch.  Billing on Orange will commence soon.

Summary of subscription costs for DStv Mobile


Handets
FreeFree
MiniKES 110.00
MaxiKES 260.00






Kenya DVB-H Coverage cities

NairobiMombasa
GigiriBima
KarenNyali
Moi
Rahimtulla
Steelmakers