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net-m to provide the technology for the launch of first ever African-only VOD service from WatchAfrica Ltd. at AfricaCom

(PresseBox) (Dusseldorf, ) WatchAfrica Ltd., a media and content provider company specialized on African content and net-m, a global leader in payment solutions and mobile entertainment services, are announcing the launch of the WatchAfrica app, the world’s first African mobile IPTV & VOD service, at this year’s AfricaCom.

WatchAfrica will be the first mobile IPTV & VOD service to provide African content that is exclusively available for viewers in Africa as for the African diaspora leaving outside the continent. The service will be made possible by net-m’s Anyscreen service, which supports the streaming of multiple channels onto smartphones, tablets and set-top boxes using current state-of-the-art technologies. The integrated 24/7 scheduling solution provided Tele 10, the entertainment provider behind WatchAfrica, with an intuitive system to build a series channels from live, pre-recorded or mixed content.

As net-m’s Anyscreen is compatible with its mobile payment technology, it also means that anybody with a smartphone in Africa will be able to pay for content.

Carsten Müller, Senior Vice President B2O and Media at net-m, says: “We believe that as one of the highest growth regions for mobile entertainment, Africa is deserving of a tailored mobile IPTV & VOD solution. We also know that with the low credit card penetration and high smartphone usage in Africa, the traditional forms of payment offered by many other VOD services wouldn’t appeal to consumers.

“We are excited to be part of the launch team for WatchAfrica and are looking forward to speaking with additional content providers at AfricaCom to help us expand the service.”

Much of the launch content will be delivered by AfricaXP, the leading independent creator and distributor of custom designed channels and themed VOD content offering for African audiences. It offers over 20 themed linear and VOD channels, and has full capacity to customise channel content mix and branding. WatchAfrica will also launch with Aflix, an African content service, which is similar to Netflix, and a range of news services including K24, the leading Kenyan news broadcaster and TV10 the first private TV channel from Rwanda with a direct access to social networks.

Eugene Nyagahene, President of WatchAfrica Ltd. says: „We will make sure to deliver a full range of local African news as African content and give our customers the possibility to comment these news direct over their social networks.“

For more information on net-m and WatchAfrica, please contact Dennis Heisig, Press Officer at net mobile AG on Dennis.Heisig@net-m.de or call +49 211 970 20 322 or +49 162 406 32 42.

net-m and WatchAfrica will be located at stand P45 at AfricaCom on 17th-19th November, in Cape Town. To book an appointment at AfricaCom, please contact either Till Brauckmann (Director Sales - New Business at net-m) on till.brauckmann@net-m.de or call +49 162 108 37 46 or contact Christophe von Rakowski (CEO Watch Africa Ltd.) on Christophe.vonrakowski@watchafricatv.com or call +27-78-826 5555.

About WatchAfrica

Watch Africa a company, which was created in 2013 by international investors offers a range of different international and African content that will be offered over a mobile TV service as also over an OTT service accessible over different platforms by all African people in Africa as also for the African Diaspora living outside the continent. Please visit www.watchafricatv.com

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The net mobile AG Group is a leading international full-service provider of payment solutions and mobile value-added services. Founded in November 2000, the company is regarded as an innovation leader in the market.

Clients worldwide include national and international mobile telecommunication providers, media and blue chip companies as well as TV channels, for which complete white label solutions such as Direct Carrier Billing, Mobile Payment and Mobile TV services are provided.

Since December 2009, NTT DOCOMO, INC. is the main shareholder with over 87% share ownership.