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In this monthly Africa and Middle East video spotlight feature, S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a roundup of news related to over-the-top, video-on-demand and other online video initiatives in different African and Middle Eastern markets.


* BeIN Media Group LLC's beIN SPORTS filed a lawsuit against Comcast Corp. for allegedly offering the Qatar-based company with a "discriminatory and patently unfair renewal," Rapid TV News reported March 26. In response, the U.S. cable company said that beIN SPORTS is not negotiating the renewal of its contract in good faith.

* Internet service provider CENE Media has tapped Econet Media Ltd.-owned pay-TV operator Kwesé to provide on-demand content in Botswana, Telecompaper reported March 5, citing Mmegi. Kwesé Play's content will be streamed through CENE Media's fiber-to-the-home service.


* The Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority has provided GOtv Zambia Ltd. with a license to install and operate a digital terrestrial television network, IT Web Africa reported March 27. The company has committed to invest $95 million in five years and up to $241 million in 15 years, the report said, citing a statement from ZICTA Manager for Corporate Communications Ngabo Nankonde.

* Nigeria's EbonyLife Ltd. plans to produce "The Dating Game" for the African audience, NexTV News International reported March 26. The entertainment show, distributed by Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures Television Inc., has also been aired in about 25 other countries.

* Bloomberg will be airing morning series "Daybreak" in the United Arab Emirates to replace news program "Bloomberg Markets: Middle East," NexTV News Africa reported March 21. The new morning news program will be aired from the network's studio in the Dubai International Financial Centre.

* Euronews Group has opened its bureau in the Middle East through its partnership with Abu Dhabi-based investment company International Media Investments, Broadband TV News reported March 20. Euronews is also producing "Inspire Middle East," as well as other news content on Euronews and Africanews.

* IMImobile SA launched mobile video delivery solution mVideo in South Africa, according to a March 8 news release. The platform will allow businesses to create video content for various media channels, including emails and social media platforms.

* The Middle East Broadcast Corp. on March 2 stopped airing all Turkish TV programs on its network due to a conflict between Turkey's Ankara and selected Arab states, Reuters reported March 5, citing a statement from the company spokesman Mazen Hayek. The MBC has reportedly followed a "decision" that also included other television stations.

* Radio Miraya has failed to comply with media laws in South Sudan, leading the South Sudan Media Authority to suspend its operations, Reuters reported March 9. The radio station, owned by the United Nations Missions, has been allegedly culpable of "persistent noncompliance and refusal to be regulated under media laws of South Sudan," according to Elijah Alier Kuai, the head of the country's media regulator.

* French digital marketing company Digital Virgo acquired rights to provide mobile video content for the 2018 Football World Cup, through an agreement with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association and Econet Media, NexTV Africa reported March 1. The deal allows Digital Virgo to be the go-to company of advertisers looking to use mobile video content for the World Cup in French-speaking Africa.

* Eutelsat Communications SA, channel operator Blue Ant Media and IKO Media Group have teamed up for the distribution of various channels in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, according to a Feb. 27 news release. The channels will include ZooMoo, Love Nature HD and Love Nature 4K.