Afrotainment

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Afrotainment
Afrotainment.png
Owned bySoundview Africa
Founder(s)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
SloganYour Premier in Afro-centric Home Entertainment
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
HeadquartersNew York, NY, United States (also has office in Orlando, Fl)
Websitewww.afrotainment.us
www.afros.tv
Availability
Satellite
Dish NetworkChannel 9859
(Afrotainment SD)
Channel 9868
(Africa Box Office SD)
Channel 9870
(Afrotainment Music SD)
Channel 9871
(Oui TV SD)
DirecTVChannel TBA
Cable
Comcast XfinityChannel 1623
(AFRO)
CHICAGO CH.483
PHILADELPHIA CH.184
DC CH.183
BOSTON CH.181
ATLANTA CH.171
DETROIT CH.123
MIAMI CH.265
PITTSBURGH CH.225
HARTFORD CH.178
BALTIMORE CH.183
SAN FRANCISCO, SAN JOSE, SACRAMENTO, FRESNO, MODESTO CH. 294
SEATTLE CH.491
OAKLAND CH.265
HOUSTON CH.401
CablevisionChannel 1101
(Afrotainment Plus SD)
Verizon FIOSChannel 265
(AFRO)
Channel 266
(ABO)
Videotron (Canada)Channel 269
(Haiti HD)
Frontier Communications
Channel 265
(AFRO)
Channel 266
(ABO)
Bell Fibe TV (Canada)Channel 662
(Afrotainment SD)
Channel 663
(Africa Box Office SD)
Channel 664
(Afrotainment Music SD)
Channel 665
(TV9ja SD)
Streaming media
Sling TVLifestyle Package
(AFRO)
RokuYEBO
Mizik
OYEEE
AFRICA24 Music
NAIJA Music
CAMER Music
Apple TVYEBO
Amazon Fire TVYEBO

The AFROTAINMENT Family of channels is a New York-based network of 9 linear television channels and digital properties (AFRO, Afrotainment, Afrotainment Music, Afro Sports, ABO, OUI TV, TV9JA, HAITI HD, YEBO) broadcasting Afro-Centric content in North America. Afrotainment family channels are available on Comcast, Sling TV, DISH Network, Altice USA, Verizon FIOS, Frontier Communications, Bell Fibe, Videotron, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.

History[edit]

Afrotainment was created in 2005 by Yves Bollanga, a former IBM Software Engineer and Shafquat Chaudhary [1] Afrotainment, besides being a company involved in TV transmission is also a TV production company that creates Afrocentric content: Films, Scripted and Unscripted content, talk-show, Late night comedy and much more.

  • On June 22, 2005, Afrotainment launched 3A TELESUD its first channel on DISH Network. Initial launch on DISH Network was followed by 3 more carriage agreement between 2008 and 2011 for the following TV channels: Afrotainment Movies, Afrotainment Music, TV9JA and OUI TV
  • On October 13, 2011, Afrotainment Launched its first channel on Cable: Afrotainment Plus, which includes the best of all Afrotainment programming, which includes African movies, Series, reality shows, talk shows, and highly coveted African soccer. Afrotainment Plus is available on IO Africa offering on Channel 1101
  • On September 19, 2013, Afrotainment launched 4 new channels in Canada on Bell Fibe TV. This agreement marks its first expansion outside of the United States.[2]
  • On December 5, 2014, Afrotainment launched Haiti HD a network targeting the Haitian community on Bell Fibe TV Canada.[3]
  • On August 2015, Afrotainment launched YEBO, an OTT music video on demand app on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV [4]
  • On March 3, 2016, Afrotainment launched 2 channels (AFRO and ABO) on Verizon FIOS.[5][6]
  • On October 30, 2016, Afrotainment launched Haiti HD on Videotron in Canada [7]
  • On June 28, 2017, Afrotainment launched AFRO, its Polycultural Black channel on Sling TV in the Lifestyle Plus package.[8][9][10][11][12]
  • On November 15, 2018 Comcast announced an agreement to launch AFRO on Xfinity[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27]

Programming[edit]

Afrotainment airs films and TV Series from the African and Black diaspora from all over the world. Afrotainment is also producing several hours of content from its Orlando TV Studios: Point of View, a daytime woman talk show; Afrotainers an Entertainment News show, Afrohits Top 10, a chart of the Top10 best Afro-centric Music videos, The Lowdown a Late night Comedy show, Journey an interview like talk show. As per African soccer, Afrotainment broadcast CAF Champions League, CAF Confederation Cup, CAF African Nation Championship, and CAF Youth Championship.

Channels[edit]

Soundview Africa currently owns and operates the following 8 TV channels:

  • AFRO - Polycultural Black Television channel
  • Afrotainment - Afro-centric general entertainment service, broadcasting in High-definition; programming includes TV series, films, talk shows and reality series.
  • Afrotainment Plus - Cable centric service featuring the best programming from Afrotainment & Afrotainment Music.
  • Afrotainment Music - Afro-centric music service featuring music from the African continent. Programming includes music videos, live performances and entertainment programs.
  • Africa Box Office (ABO) - Afro-centric movie service featuring the best in film from the African continent. It airs over 100 new movies every year from Nollywood and other movie houses throughout Africa.
  • TV Naija - General entertainment service aimed at Nigerian community, airs TV series & music from Nigeria.
  • Oui TV - Cameroonian, Ivorian and African sitcoms and Dramas in French
  • YEBO - Afro-caribbean music video onDemand (Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku)

Events[edit]

Every September the cream of the African music industry gathers at an Afro-glam red carpet event at the Afrotainment Studio in New York to recognize African talent as award winners are announced and celebrated. The Afrotainment Museke Online Africa Music Awards is multicasted Live on the Afrotainment family of channels nationwide in the US and also viewable online.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Channels, Afrotainment. "Afrotainment launches 4 channels on Bell Canada". PRLog. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  3. ^ Webmaster, Afro. "Afrotainment Channels - AFROTAINMENT launches Haiti HD on Bell Canada". www.afrotainment.tv. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  4. ^ Webmaster, Afro. "Afrotainment Channels - Afrotainment launches YEBO, an OTT music video on demand app". afrotainment.us. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  5. ^ Webmaster, Afro. "Afrotainment Channels - The Afrotainment Family of Channels launches 2 HD channels on Verizon". www.afrotainment.tv. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
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