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Dovey, Lindiwe (2018) 'Entertaining Africans: Creative Innovation in the (Internet) Television Space.' Media Industries, 5 (2).

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Abstract

In the growing scholarly literature on internet television, Africa is mentioned tangentially, if at all. This article attempts to rectify this by offering one of the first studies of Africa-based and Africa-focused internet television and video on demand (VOD) for domestic and diasporan African audiences. It begins by giving a brief overview of screen and television infrastructure across Africa before moving on to describe the landscape of internet television in Africa, focusing on six core competitive factors: content, internet connectivity, data costs, payment options, security, and multimedia convergence. Finally, it identifies and briefly analyzes the potentially most popular Africa-based and Africa-focused internet television and VOD platforms. The article draws on original interviews conducted with key players at some of the most important Africa-based and African-focused internet television and VOD platforms and with other African media scholars and filmmakers who have expertise in different regions of the continent (and specifically Senegal, Ethiopia, Angola, Rwanda, and Kenya).

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: African Internet Television, African VOD, Mobile Television, Nollywood, Digital Turn
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Arts
ISSN: 23739037
Copyright Statement: Copyright: Lindiwe Dovey
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.3998/mij.15031809.0005.206
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2018 12:05
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/25969

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