iflix appoints Telco executive John Saad as CEO of iflix MENA


iflix, the emerging markets-focused SVoD has appointed telecommunications industry executive John Saad as iflix’s new CEO of MENA.

With more than 15 years of commercial and marketing experience in the mobile telecommunications sector, Mr. Saad brings a wealth expertise and a successful track record leading business growth across various markets.

As a top executive, Mr. Saad was responsible for growing the business and market position of telecom operators in MENA, including Mobily in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Vodafone in Egypt and Qatar.

iflix Co-founder and Group CEO, Mark Britt commented: “John’s commercial and telco expertise will be invaluable as we continue to cement our position as the leading entertainment provider across emerging markets. I’m thrilled to welcome him on board to lead iflix MENA into the next phase of growth.”

Current Head of iflix MENA, Nader Sobhan shifts to a new global role as Strategic Advisor working closely with iflix Co-founder and Group CEO, Mark Britt.

“Nader was instrumental in building iflix’s footprint throughout the region. As a Co-founder of iflix MENA, he was pivotal in establishing the partnerships and strategies which have propelled our business in the region. On behalf of the team, I would like to congratulate Nader on his new role where he will continue to advise iflix’s executive team and Board, grow and manage the Company’s key partner relationships, and provide crucial business development support,” said Britt.


Since its launch in June 2017, iflix has achieved exponential growth in MENA, expanding its footprint across eight markets and partnering telcos such as Zain, Safaricom among others for affordable data services for its customers.

Now available across 24 territories throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, iflix is battling Showmax and Netflix in the video streaming and Showmax’s competitive pricing is set to make it a clear market leader according to people familier with both firms.

IROKOtv Opens New Offices in Accra & Rolls Out 25 Kiosks For Data-Free Downloads Across the City


IROKOtv has finally launched its operations in Accra, Ghana, weeks after TechMoran announced the firm’s move to double down on Kenya and Ghana.

IROKOtv has rolled out over 25 bright pink kiosks across Accra, that will enable users to download Ghanaian and Nigerian movies and TV series directly onto their mobile devices, without using any of their data allowance.

Apart from Jollof rice, Nigeria and Ghana have a number of similarities and are each others trading partners. The country was also a natural first choice for the company due to its proximity and their near-similar culture. Ghanaian movies and Nollywood are also the very best of African storytelling.

According to Jason Njoku, CEO of IROKO says: “We know that our Ghanaian neighbours cannot get enough great content, but that data costs have all too often been prohibitive to them watching content online. We hope that with the launch of the IROKOtv kiosks across Ghana that provide data-free downloads, and a one year subscription to IROKOtv at just GHC 25, we will be able to build an even bigger community of online Nollywood fans here in Ghana”.

IROKOtv says it has put together a team of nearly 30 and expect the number of staff to increase to 140 by the end of November, to bring the GHC 25 for a one year subscription TV series to subscribers everywhere they are.

IROKOtv kiosks will be staffed six days a week – from Monday to Saturday – and movie fans can purchase subscriptions, download the app on their smart phones,  and download movies directly onto their phone, data free.

Kiosks can be found in areas including Accra Mall, A & C Mall, Oxford Street Osu, VVIP Circle, KFC Haatso, Pure Fire Ministry Achimota, Adenta SSNIT Fats, Accra Polytechnic, National Lottery, Accra Central and Lagos Avenue.

Some of the most recent movies and TV series include Stalemate, Ghana Must Go and Black and White.

Nigeria’s video streaming service nVIVO TV launches in Africa to take Nollywood to more users


Subscription video hosting platform Uscreen wants to allow you to sell your videos online


Launched in 2012, subscription video platform Uscreen aims to allow users to easily sell videos online as if they are setting up their own Netflix or Showmax platforms.

Terming itself as the first online video platform combining powerful billing systems alongside branded native apps, Uscreen allows individuals and businesses to launch and monetize their own branded video services globally

According to founder and president PJ Taei, Uscreen powers over 1,000 customers worldwide allowing them to sell branded videos online with monthly subscription or premium membership.

Based out of their headquarters in Washington DC, Uscreen allows users to upload their videos or native apps, set up billing over the subscription engine, get access to marketing and community tools and easy to use in-depth analytics.

“Uscreen exists to enable anyone to sell videos online,” said PJ Taei, founder and president Uscreen. “It is a third-party video hosting service that securely hosts videos, allowing all the flexibility and none of the hassle of building a video website.”

“Uscreen provides the ultimate personalized video-distribution platform, offering anyone the opportunity to build a professional website and start making money,” Taei added.

Unlike platforms such as YouTube which only allow creators to earn from advertisements, Uscreen guarantees an easy, passive income source from their video content. As an online video distribution business model, users need only to define the purpose of their video content, who they want to target and what makes them unique from the free videos online. So you have to be an expert in your field or just an entrepreneur or trainer ready to monetize your content.

From comedians, fitness gurus, entertainers to educators, Uscreen says it has over 1000 customers selling their videos online.

According to the firm, one big customer is Magic Stream, an online training center for aspiring magicians currently generating about $50,000 a month from its 4,000 plus subscribers paying just $13/mo. While Totalimmersionacademy.com generates $35,000/month in sales using Uscreen to teach anyone how to swim. Tmilly.tv has over 3,000 subscribers in less than 6 months after leaving Youtube to Uscreen to monetize content. Tawzerdog.com generates over 100K selling dog training videos online.

Taei says Uscreen is 100% royalty and commissions free, which users get to keep 100% of your profits as long as you pay a set monthly fee. Uscreen packages start at just $99/month with 24/7 support and users can add documents and pictures to their videos or programs.





“Whether you want to distribute and sell videos, podcasts, offer quizzes & certifications, Uscreen protects your content and gives you the tools you need to build a powerful members base of paying customers with integrated billing and payment systems,” Taei says adding that Uscreen also offers powerful integrations with Sales Force, Shopify and other major platforms.




Video Streaming Platform kweliTV Launches to curate content on the global black community

 kweli.tv, a subscription VOD service focused on the global black community has officially launched to the publish with documentaries, films, web shows, children’s programming, news and more to its audience in North America, Europe, Latin America, The Caribbean and Africa.
kweliTV also features independent filmmakers of color from across the globe to showcase their content after their film festival runs.
With subscription plans of $49.99 a year or $5.99 a month; Rental – $3.99 per 24-hour; Live TV – Free,  KweliTV says its mission  is to curate content from African descent to both African and non-African audiences.

“We believe that by doing so we not only giving much needed platform for black filmmakers and producers to showcase their work, but also change how people of African descent are portrayed in mainstream media,” said DeShuna Spencer, founder and CEO. “Our community is overwhelmingly absent from leadership roles in film and production studios, which is why we end up with scenarios in which black man and women are portrayed unjustly…this is why media perception and authentic representation matter. It is critical that as a community we create and control our own narratives through media ownership.”

kweliTV currently has nearly 200 titles (more than 7,000 total viewing hours) and will be adding five new titles every Wednesday. More than 50 new films will be added between September and Christmas.

kweliTV is available on Roku, Google Play and Apple TV for subscribers and is fully integrated with both Chromecast and Apple Airplay. Additionally, kweliTV offers a free live TV stream and member discounts/perks to black-owned businesses, weekly subscriber contests, and more.


Iflix Finally Launches In Nigeria


Iflix, a leading Video on Demand (VoD) service provider for emerging markets have officially announced Nigeria. Users can enjoy unlimited access to Iflix library featuring thousands of movies, popular TV shows, sports, children’s program among other content.

Iflix was launched in Malaysia and the Philippines in 2015 and has since expanded its service through 22 markets around Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Ngozi Madueke-Dozie, Iflix Nigeria Country Manager commented: “We are especially thrilled to launch Iflix in Nigeria. Iflix offers affordability, variety and convenience by giving our users an amazing selection of the best TV shows and movies from all over the world, to stream or download on any device of their choice for less than N800”.

Ngozi Madueke-Dozie, Iflix Nigeria Country Manager

Iflix has its success over the years hinged on playing in emerging markets and establishing strategic collaboration with Hollywood, entrepreneurs and Telecommunication companies. These success has been backed by funding from several investors, the latest being $133 million round led by Hearst, U.S. a media service company bringing the total investments raise by the company to $303 million.

Iflix can be accessed on up to 5 devices at once including phones, tablets, laptops TVs and other connected devices. Apart from streaming, users can also download movies and other content then watch later can also be downloaded and watched later when offline. A downloaded content remains on the device for 7 days after which it expires, however, once you begin to watch a downloaded content, its expiry is reduced to 48 hours.

Disney To Launch Own Streaming Service In 2019 As It Ends Deal With Netflix


Disney has announced that it will remove its films from Netflix in 2019 and launch its own streaming service later that same year. The House of Mouse made the announcement during a recent earnings report.

It plans to introduce an ESPN-branded sports streaming service in 2018, with a general consumer service following the year later.

To launch its new service, Disney bought a 43-percent stake in BAMTech, which owns ESPN, for $1.58 billion. BAMTech is a company that focuses on direct-to-consumer streaming technology and marketing services, data analytics, and commerce management. This automatically raises Disney’s stake in the company to 75% having previously held a 33-percent stake in the company under an agreement that included an option to acquire a majority stake over several years.

Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney said: “The streaming services will give Disney much greater control over our own destiny in a rapidly changing market. The move is an entirely new growth strategy for the company.”

As a result of this decision, Disney will stop providing new movies to Netflix in 2019 and begin its own streaming service. The Disney-branded film and TV offering would include original content developed by Walt Disney Studios.

Netflix stock dropped following the announcement of the news.

iflix raises $133m funding led by Hearst to take on Netflix in emerging markets


iflix, a Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets has raised $133 million led by Hearst and new investors Singapore-based EDBI and clients of DBS private bank and existing shareholders Evolution Media, Sky PLC, Catcha Group, Liberty Global, Jungle Ventures and PLDT Inc. to bring the world’s best entertainment to its audiences.

iflix says it will use the new funds to further execute on its local content strategy and expand its technology and development teams to meet the unique challenges of emerging markets. These new funding follows a $90m raise in March this year led by Liberty Global and Zain Group to expand operations in South East Asia and launch in Middle East and Africa targeting the growing smartphone users.

According to iflix Co-founder and Group CEO Mark Britt: “We are thrilled to welcome Hearst President and CEO Steven Swartz and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication President Neeraj Khemlani to the iflix family. As iflix continues to grow and pioneer new ways for consumers to enjoy entertainment on their terms, we were looking for a partner who could bring additional expertise and knowledge to our business.”

Hearst is a plus for iflix because of its many innovative and iconic video brands, including ESPN, A+E Networks, Vice, AwesomenessTV, Complex and more.  The new round brings total funding raised by iflix this calendar year to an excess of $220 million and iflix aims to use it to invest in exclusive content production in its markets and sign up new content partners. Recently, the firm partnered with TVOne to launch live premiere football streaming in Indonesia. Last week, iflix Philippines announced its collaboration with the Philippines’ Queen of All Media, Kris Aquino, to commission an original drama series.

Since going live in May 2015, iflix says it has seen extraordinary growth across expanding from four markets to 19 across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The company has additionally built deep integrated distribution partnerships with 27 leading telecommunications operators to bundle the iflix service with customers’ mobile and data subscriptions, all sponsored by the telecommunications provider.

The company has increased its commitment to localization, producing 26,000 hours of subtitles in nine languages, with locally-curated content in every market. iflix’s full content library showcases thousands of award-winning and iconic first run programs and library content from over 230 studio partners from 30 countries. Founding shareholders Evolution Media and Catcha Group have participated in all preceding capital raisings and further increased their support this round.

President of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication Neeraj Khemlani said: “iflix is riding the wave of exponential growth of the middle class in emerging markets that want more access to premium regional, local and Western content. We look forward to working with our new partners Sky, Liberty Global, Evolution Media and Catcha Group, as well as emerging market telcos, to support iflix’s innovative founders and management team in their rapid expansion plans.”

Apart from Netflix, some of the iflix competitors include Amazon Prime Video, Showmax, BritBox and NuVu among others.

Netflix killer iflix is finally launching in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania & Zimbabwe

iflix co-founder and group CEO Mark Britt

Less than two months after launching in MENA, iflix, a Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service has announced its launching iflix Africa to bring its world class content to sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) targeting South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe then expand into other markets gradually over the coming months.

iflix Africa will be headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa where it has had an office since late last year. iflix Africa also has been operational in Nairobi, Kenya for a while but the SVoD service platform is planned to go live across Africa in the second and third quarter of 2017, to carry its thousands of TV shows, movies and more, including many first run exclusives and award winning programs available to hundreds of millions of consumers across the region.

Netflix and Naspers-owned ShowMax are already in these markets but out of South Africa, iflix will majorly see competition from Netflix as ShowMax has suffered poor uptake due to South Africa’s xenophobic acts against other Africans and due to its foundations in apartheid founded Naspers which has shifted focus to US, Europe, India and LatAm and other emerging markets .

According to Mark Britt, iflix Co-founder and CEO: “The establishment of iflix Africa represents an incredibly exciting step in iflix’s growth story. As Africa transitions from the margins to the mainstream of the global economy, there is a unique, ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to fundamentally shift the way a billion people consume and enjoy content. By 2020, Africa will have 720 million smartphone users. We aim to meet the entertainment needs of those growingly connected viewers.”

“As the fastest-growing mobile market on earth, Africa is without question one of the world’s most dynamic regions. We are thrilled to introduce our first-of-its-kind SVoD service here. We are passionately focused on providing the broadest selection of premium content at a price everyone can afford. We can’t wait to tackle both the enormous opportunities and challenges ahead, in serving this incredibly diverse and exciting region,” added Andre de Wet, iflix Head of Africa.

Currently available to over one billion consumers in 18 markets across Asia and MENA, iflix will soon roll-out its world class service across sub-Saharan Africa with initial launches in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Each subscription will allow users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever. On devices, iflix beats both Netflix and Showmax.

With a global footprint to 23 territories worldwide, iflix is promising the best of Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood and other regional and local programming, the service and an extensive collection of highly acclaimed African shows and movies with iflix Africa planning to introduce exclusive African content series.

Launched in May 2015 in Asia, iflix has rolled out its world class service to 18 markets across Asia and MENA and has over 5 million members. In March 2017, iflix announced the completion of a US$90+ million round of funding to support its international expansion. The round added new investors Liberty Global Group and Zain Group to the company’s formidable shareholder registry which also includes global heavyweights Sky plc, Catcha Group and Evolution Media.