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  • iRoko, Canal+ to launch Africa’s first French subscription VoD service in ‘multi-million euro’ deal

    French film studio and distributor Canal+ Group has partnered with online film platform iRoko to launch Africa's first French-speaking subscription video on demand (SVoD) service. This is said to be part of a "multi-million euro deal" between the two companies. The service will first launch as an Android-only app with download functionality in the coming months. It will also be optimised to save on data bandwidth costs. According to a press release sent to Ventureburn, there are 250 million French-speaking individuals across 23 African countries. This collaboration sees language as the first step to bringing content closer to viewers. All content...

  • iROKOtv unveils international content to meet Africa’s growing market needs

    Africa focused video-on-demand service iROKOtv is unveiling a new international content package, targeting its diverse subscribers throughout the continent. Adding to its existing line-up of Nollywood focused series and movies, the new content categories include international content such as movies Hollywood, Bollywood, and Korea as well as Telenovelas. The Netflix of Africa launched in 2011 and is currently the region's 11th largest Pay TV operator, with plans of becoming part of the top 5 in the near future. iROKOtv secured additional funding early 2014, bringing the total raised from Tiger Global, Kinnevik and Rise Capital to US$25-million. Last week, the...

  • Video on demand startup iROKOtv expands to East Africa

    Online television startup iROKOtv will be opening up its doors to Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in the following week. The move comes as part of the company's transition to focus more on the local African audiences as opposed to its diaspora. Originally based in London, UK and Lagos, Nigeria, founder of iROKOtv Jason Njoku explains the massive market potential in East Africa, pointing out that the active payment penetration as well as the internet data are significantly cheaper than in other markets. "Payment isn’t an issue in East Africa. Data is significantly cheaper. For Internet TV, these are...

  • 20 kickass African tech entrepreneurs worth your time

    Entrepreneurship means setting sail on a whirlwind adventure without a boat and the hope that you'll be able to build a ship along the way. It is the impossible, the improbable and magnificent all at the same time. Giving up everything of themselves, entrepreneurs will work to build their proverbial ships. On Ventureburn we cover a lot of startups and we have seen our fair share of kickass companies birthed in Africa. Behind those amazing companies are some very dedicated entrepreneurs who work tirelessly to build great companies that Africa's tech ecosystem can be proud of. We have picked some very...

  • iROKOtv living high with $8M funding round for video on demand platform

    Things are looking up for iROKOtv, the African-based movie platform for Nollywood. The company just announced a new funding round of US$8-million. The round was led by existing investor Tiger Global, with further participation from Sweden-based Kinnevik and introducing new investor to this round, US-based Rise Capital, bringing the total raised to US$21-million. "The US$8-million raised by Tiger Global, Kinnevik and Rise Capital will further fuel our expansion and help us to realise our long term goal of becoming one of Africa’s pre-eminent media companies," said CEO and co-founder Jason Njoku. iROKOtv is the leading Video-on-Demand (VOD) platform for...

  • 30 brilliant African tech startups

    The methodology behind this list of startups had two simple directives. First, the startup had to have African roots and secondly it had to be brilliant. More specifically, we were looking for that type of brilliance that exudes intelligence, talent, quality or simply, something fresh. Of course brilliance, like most things in life, is subjective, so we went into this journey with an open mind. Tabula rasa if you will and we hoped to recognise brilliance when we saw it. We did, over and over again. Why did we focus on Africa? The continent’s one-billion people are coming online and 600-million...

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