Project Isizwe’s Video-On-Demand (VOD) service, WiFi TV, that was launched in November last year, has reached 1 million views this month.
WiFi TV is a free and hyper-localised internet VOD service delivered by the City of Tshwane (CoT), providing unlimited access for users of the Tshwane Free WiFi network. The VOD service streams video content created by young film makers living in various areas of the CoT, offering relevant and engaging news and entertainment. They cover topics such as music, current affairs, entrepreneurship, religion, jobs and sport and were previously unemployed or under-employed.
The CoT created the platform to obtain a deeper insight into the lives of the city’s people while, at the same time, communicating with its citizens directly via video without the restriction of data costs. The My City channel, which houses video content directly from the CoT, has the most video views of the 5 available channels. The other channels, Sosh, Mams, Att’ville and CBD, have seen significant uptake as well.
In the future additional channels will be added to WiFi TV, offering more hyper-local content for communities in Tshwane. This will include dedicated music and sports channels to provide more entertainment and information for users.
The WiFi TV content is delivered via Tobetsa, the content portal for Project Isizwe’s Free WiFi network, available at more than 420 sites across CoT, which is set to grow to more than 600 sites by June 2015.
“We are very proud to announce that WiFi TV has enjoyed 1 million viewers in February alone,” said Alan Knott-Craig Jr, CEO of Project Isizwe, a non-profit organisation that aims to bring the internet to people across South Africa.
“We are thrilled that WiFi TV has been so well received by the people of Tshwane. The fact that communities are responding positively to the content provided across the platform is particularly encouraging.”
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Android arrives on SA TVs
The arrival of the first name-brand Android TV in South African stores symbolises the shift to smart TVs, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK.
You probably have a good idea of what operating system (OS) runs on your phone, and may even know the version number. After all, Android and iOS almost define our relationships with our phones.
Not many, on the other hand, know anything about the OS on their TVs. Older TVs don’t even have names for their OS. Newer TVs with Internet connectivity, generally known as smart TVs, all have operating systems, but in most cases do not make a big deal of it. Only Samsung, with its Tizen OS, and LG, with webOS, are well-known. Then again, not all that well-known either.
Before Sony pulled out of the local TV market, it was about to introduce Android, the OS made by Google for smartphones, to the big box. A number of no-name brands have also debuted with Android, but consumers have tended to avoid them precisely because they were such an unknown quantity.
Enter Skyworth. It’s an $8-billion dollar business listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, but is only beginning to emerge as a presence in the South African market. It bought out Sinotec, the most popular budget big-screen TVs locally, and introduced the parent brand to the country in the last two years.
It keeps costs down because it brings in components from China, but assembles the TV sets at a local factory, thereby avoiding import duties on luxury items. Quality has rarely been an issue for Sinotec devices, and Skyworth seems to be benefiting from its long relationship with retailers.
Continue reading about the first Android TV contender in South Africa.
SA rises as Spotify turns 10
October 2018 marks 10 years since Spotify officially launched its music streaming platform and to celebrate this milestone, Spotify has taken a look at some of its biggest discoveries in music.
Spotify provided the following information:
The service only launched in South Africa in March this year, so this country is not included in the retrospective, but Spotify supplied Gadget with the following local streaming landmarks:
· Most streamed South African artist – Jeremy Loops
· Most streamed female South African artist – Shekhinah
· Highest first-day streaming record – AKA’s Beyonce
Since launch Spotify now sits at 180 million monthly active listeners across 65 countries. These Spotify users can enjoy a music library of over 40 million songs and podcasts, and over 3 billion-plus user-created playlists. As of 31 August 2018, Spotify has also paid over 10 billion euros to rights holders since launch.
To date, over 2 000 genres of music have been identified on Spotify, among them Wonky (electronic music characterised by synths with unusual time signatures), Shimmer Pop (a Swedish cousin of indie pop and indietronica), and British Blues (the blues…with a British flavour).
Spotify has also done an assessment of “listening diversity,” – the number of artists the average user streams per month – which has risen on Spotify over the past 10 years, at an average of about 8% per year. In the past three years alone, listening diversity increased about 40% on the strength of new personalised and editorial playlists – meaning people are listening to an increased number of artists on a regular basis.
An official Decade of Discovery playlist features the most-streamed songs over the past decade, including favourites like Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” Hozier’s “Take Me To Church,” Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.,” Rihanna’s “Work,” Sia’s “Chandelier,” Major Lazer’s “Lean On,” and the star-studded “Despacito Remix”.