Nigerian VoD content platform Dobox TV offers simultaneous online premiere of cinema releases

This is a pilot issue for Digital Content Africa, which will launch

shortly as a fortnightly e-letter that will cover all forms of digital

content and services but with a particular focus on film and music.

The Top Story in this pilot issue looks at how one of Nigeria’s newest

online platforms has sought to carve itself out a niche in what might

otherwise become a rather crowded market.

Leaving aside the online platforms that deal mostly in pirated content,

there are only really two large online platform contenders in Nigeria:

iROKO and Afrinolly. iROKO is still largely focused on the diaspora but

Afrinolly has an Android platform that has attracted a significant user

base in Nigeria.

Dobox.tv launched in March 2013 and has very quietly been building up both

its users and its content. It has an attractive interface with various of

its content topic areas tagged with the Box title: for example, the Magic

Box genre gives users access to what it describes as “quality Nollywood

movies”.

So what are these? It gives as an example Tunde Kelani’s MAAMi (see video

clip interview:  [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_wZrQGM67Q] )but it also

carries Lekki Wives, Aina, Misfit, Turning Point, Amina, and First Cause.

On 25 October this year, it did a simultaneous online premiere with the

cinema release of Confusion Na Wa. It also has a music channel called

Music Box that plays non-stop Nigerian music videos. Live Box offers live

transmissions of TV stations, including Nigeria’s TVC which has just added

an entertainment channel. Using iBox, customers can upload their own

videos.

 

For payment, the customer opens a wallet when he or she joins and to get

content, they need to keep the wallet topped up with cash:”We are

connected to all major gateways in Nigeria including Visa and Mastercard,

Quick Teller and the Verve card. We are not yet connected to Paga.” Its

DRM system means that customers can download and have what is effectively

a “rental period” before the content becomes inaccessible. It has software

that will adjust to the size of the connection the customer is using.

The major mobile platform for content remains Blackberry and Dobox.tv

estimates that there are perhaps 3 million users who actually make use of

it as a data device. After that, it’s all iPhone or Samsung among

smartphone users. It believes that Nigerians are using a lot of tablets

and these are more Samsung than Apple. In terms of access, Dobox.tv has

desktop apps for Windows and Mac as well as mobile apps for Blackberry,

Android and iOS.

Dobox.tv is available as an app on the MTN platform in Nigeria and

although it is cagy about releasing user numbers, there appear to be

around 50,000 users, 51% of whom are from Nigeria itself.

According to Dobx.tv’s Head, Business Development. Bimbo Koku it will be

the entertainment hub for the growing Nigerian online audience who want to

watch content “on the go” and who love interacting and networking with

friends as they can stream or rent movies read reviews, create and share

music video playlists.”

Source: Smart Monkey TV: http://www.smartmonkeytv.com

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Nigeria: FG, Huawei Train 1,000 Female Students

[This Day]The Ministry of Communications Technology in partnership with Huawei, a technology solutions provider, on Monday in Lagos flagged off a training programme on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) basic knowledge for 1000 Nigerian female students. The ministry also launched the SmartWoman Nigeria initiative in collaboration with US based social enterprise ChangeCorp and WIMBIZ same day in Lagos. The launch of the gender initiatives was expected to help empower Nigerian women and girls in ICT.
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HealthMobile – Medical App Built in Africa Launches at Tinapa.

Healthcare delivery around the globe is taking a new technological twist and it is  refreshing to know that Africa is not getting left behind. In this era of smart  devices and high internet connectivity, each of us deserves better access to  healthcare information from the ease of our mobile phones to better manage our  health and make better-informed lifestyle choices. Healthcare data and trends are  a big part of proper personal, social and big healthcare delivery.

The good news is that the much anticipated HealthMobile phone app is now  available for download having launched officially on 21st October at the Tinapa  Business Resort, and the company behind it are set to exceed expectations by  making the content not only global, but personal, social and big.

HealthMobile is the second mobile phone application of the HealthBook Project.  The initiative of creating a cross platform full feature app was founded by Joshua  Ihejiamaizu and Johnson Okorie who are co-owners of NIXIT, the company  directly responsible for managing HealthMobile.

The app in the long term will seek to combine native medical information with  user-generated content to create a top web healthcare facility through which  healthcare delivery can be made possible from any location, with or without the  physical presence of a doctor. The content of the app is also geared towards  helping doctors get smarter and ease the workload attached to their jobs.

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HealthMobile provides Health Topics/Information, Health News focusing on  various categories important to you, Food/Diet information for Lifestyle Planning,  Hospital Locator service for finding the nearest hospital around you,  Drugs/Supplements information, First Aid Information and videos to accompany.

The app is available for Android and BB 10 OS users.

Download the app from the link:
www.nexva.com/31673 or on the Google Play Store as ‘HealthMobile’ for Android
users.

Connect:
Join HealthMobile on Twitter LIVE updates @Health_Mobile

Facebook: www.facebook.com/healthmobile

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Nigeria: Multinational Concepts Unveils 3-D Digital Printing Machine

[This Day]Determined to take printing business a notch higher in the country, Multinational Concepts Nigeria Ltd. has acquired 3-Dimensional Digital Press Machine, to deliver highest quality printing to its customers. Described as the first of its kind, the new machine has helped to move the firm beyond the challenges of using off-set press.
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