Afrotainment Channels Afro-centric Home Entertainment

NCTC Strikes Carriage Deal for AFRO Channel

Afrotainment Signs Agreement with NCTC to Make AFRO Available to NCTC Member Companies

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

NEW YORK – Afrotainment announced today that they have completed a multi-year agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) that will permit NCTC’s members to distribute AFRO.

NCTC represents more than 750 small and mid-sized independent cable and broadband operators across the U.S.  Under the terms of the agreement, all NCTC member systems will be able to opt-in to a carriage agreement for AFRO.

AFRO, which is owned by Afrotainment, is a 24-hour polycultural black network broadcasting top-rated Nollywood and black movies, dramas, sitcoms, music, talk, and late night comedy shows.

"We are thrilled to bring AFRO’s live content and growing on demand catalog of  300+ hours of original programming to millions of NCTC customers. This agreement marks an important milestone in our continued growth strategy to increase our nationwide distribution footprint, and we look forward to a great partnership with the NCTC" said Yves Bollanga, Founder and CEO of Afrotainment.

NCTC members will be able to launch AFRO as a linear channel along with optional VOD library, TV Everywhere and OTT.
 
About Afrotainment
Afrotainment, a Florida-based company edits, operates and distributes eight networks from its state-of-the-art film and television studios in Orlando and Queens, New York. Afrotainment channels are available in the US and Canada via cable, satellite, fiber-optic and OTT platforms. Visit www.afrotainment.us for more information.

About the National Cable Television Cooperative
The National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC) is a Kansas-based, not-for-profit corporation that operates as a programming and hardware purchasing organization for its member companies who own and operate cable systems throughout the U.S. and its territories. NCTC seeks to maximize current and future opportunities to ensure the profitability, competitive stature and long-term sustainability of its member companies. NCTC represents more than 750 small and mid-sized independent cable and broadband operators across the U.S., in programming and technology acquisition. NCTC is actively engaged in helping network providers and suppliers evolve their business models to deploy new video/data solutions to match the changes in the media landscape.
 
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Comcast signs a major agreement with Afrotainment

 

Philadelphia, PA – November 15, 2018

After a thorough evaluation of dozens of proposals, Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) announced today it has selected AFRO, a channel from Afrotainment to be broadly distributed on Comcast Cable systems beginning in January 2019. Comcastselected AFRO which provides quality entertainment that highlights and features TV and movie content about African American and black communities. 
 
“The offering from AFRO serve as an excellent complement to the growing catalog of programming choices we offer about global black communities,” said Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Products at Comcast Cable. “We remain committed to delivering a wide array of programming by partnering with independent networks, such as AFRO, to better serve our increasingly diverse customer base.” 

"We are excited to bring AFRO’s live content and growing on demand catalog of more than 300 hours of original programming to millions of Xfinity customers. Comcast’s selection of AFRO, which is a recognition of the rich diversity in black content and culture, solidifies our position as a leader in polycultural black home entertainment in North America," said Yves Bollanga, Founder and CEO of Afrotainment.

To narrow down the proposals received, the main criteria Comcast considered were: the content of the network; whether the network is fully financed; whether the network’s ownership and/or management group(s) are well established, have relevant experience, and are substantially owned by African Americans; whether the network is already launched and has existing or potential multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) distribution; price; and whether the network and its potential carriage provide value to Comcast and its customers. 

In 2011, as part of Comcast’s commitments made in connection with the NBCUniversal transaction, Comcast agreed to launch 4 new independently owned and operated African American networks. In 2012, Comcast launched ASPiRE and REVOLT two networks respectively owned by Magic Johnson and Puff Daddy. In January 2019 Comcast will launch AFRO and CLEO TV (a channel owned by Urban One) as part of this commitment. AFRO and CLEO TV will join over 100 diverse networks available across Xfinity platforms.

About Comcast
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the largest provider of video, high-speed internet, and phone in the United States Of America under the XFINITY brand. Comcast owns amongst other properties: the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks; Television channels Bravo, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA, NBCSN, Golf Channel, SyFy, Oxygen, Telemundo and E; Digital platforms Freewheel, Hulu, Chiller, Fandango and Awesomeness; Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Universal Studios Parks & Resorts in Orlando, Los Angeles, Osaka and Singapore. 
Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. 

AFRO, a Polycultural Black Television Network, debuts on Sling TV

AFRO, a Polycultural Black Television Network, debuts on Sling TV

For immediate release - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

NEW YORK, NY – Sling TV, the provider of live and on-demand streaming television services, expanded its programming with the addition of AFRO, a polycultural Black television network, to its “Lifestyle Extra,” which includes, among other networks BET, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, E!, FYI, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, LMN, Oxygen, truTV, VH1 and WE tv.

The launch of AFRO provides Sling TV Lifestyle Extra customers with AFRO's live stream in addition to hundreds of hours of exclusive and original afro-centric movies and series on-demand.
 
“As we solidify our position as the leader in multicultural Black entertainment in North America, this latest development reaffirms our commitment to listen to and adjust to changing consumer behavior while opening the door to exciting possibilities for our company.” said Yves Bollanga, CEO of the Afrotainment Family of channels.

AFRO is available in Lifestyle Extra, $5 per month with a Sling Orange and/or Sling Blue subscription. Visit www.sling.com for more information on programming and services available through Sling TV.

AFRO is the first independently owned and operated African American television network distributed by Sling TV. Visit www.afros.tv for more information on content and programming.

OUI TV article on Cameroon-info.net

OUI TV, la nouvelle chaîne de télévision consacrée à la diffusion des Séries télévisées francophones à prédominance camerounaise lance ses programmes aux Etats-Unis sur le réseau Dish Network.

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