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Educational Platform for South Africa
Motive signs agreement with ABT Africa to develop and operate new educational service

09 December 2015
Educational Platform for South Africa
Motive signs agreement with ABT Africa to develop and operate new educational service
 

Motive Television PLC, the technology provider to broadcasters and pay television operators, is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ABT Africa to provide educational content to tablet users in South Africa, with possible further expansion throughout Africa to follow.

The first market for the new service will be schoolchildren with a specific focus on helping to bridge the digital divide for those in historically disadvantaged areas.  Motive will be providing specialized tuners and technology to enable content services to be received by children in areas with limited broadband connectivity.  Motive’s opportunity is to license and supply TabletTV and Content Express technology to ABT who will co-develop and market solutions specifically designed to cater for the South African Education market.

The South African government has already begun the investment in rolling out Tablets to school children in different communities to leverage the use of technology in improving the quality of Education for all. The TabletTV and Content Express technology will enhance the functionality of these Tablets for Educational use and increase the number of services available.

The Internet is not yet sufficiently pervasive and reliable in South Africa to be able to provide continuous connectivity to the tablets.  Motive’s patented technology is uniquely suited to address this problem by enabling content reception via both the Internet and the digital broadcast network, regardless of the Internet bandwidth availability.

ABT Africa is a South African private limited company active in the design and manufacture of electronic consumer devices and the development of custom applications for various content services.

The business will provide Motive with income from royalties, and licence fees based on the number of users in addition to up-front non-recurring engineering fees to customize the Motive technology.  The Company estimates the value of this opportunity to Motive to be more than $2.5 million in revenues.

After developing the educational platform in South Africa, ABT and Motive intend to roll out the availability of the platform to the rest of Africa.

Leonard M Fertig, CEO of Motive commented, "The educational market in South Africa and Africa in general is a very large one and this application of existing Motive technology serves to further exemplify the opportunities and value in what the Company has developed.  In addition to being able to exploit the Company’s technology in a large and scalable market, Motive has the advantage of local knowledge and relationships, having worked in South Africa since December 2013.”
 
Muzi Makhaye, CEO of ABT Africa commented, "ABT Africa has a strong ethos around using digital technology to improve the lives of Africans. This partnership with Motive provides an exciting opportunity to leverage the digital migration programme to introduce innovative technology and applications that can enable the development of our country’s future leaders. Technology in Education is a key opportunity for ABT Africa and this venture is critical in our company’s growth plans for the future.”


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Leonard M Fertig, CEO
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Notes to Editors:

Motive Television was founded in London in 2005 and its shares are quoted on the London Stock Exchange (AIM).
http://www.motivetelevision.co.uk

Motive Television provides broadcasters and pay television operators with enabling technology that provides opportunities to deliver highly valued services to viewers that generate additional income and retain existing subscribers, comprising:

Content Express™
Today's television viewers are demanding the ability to watch whatever they want when they want it on any screen, and Motive's Content Express™ makes that possible without having to build new networks. Content Express™ software provides secure delivery and management of non-linear digital content across any type of broadcast network to any consumer-facing screen or device.  Motive has deployed it in both single and hybrid distribution systems that combine broadband access with traditional distribution for an optimal solution.

Motive's Content Express™ solutions platform provides a one-stop shop for digital terrestrial broadcasters, satellite, DTT cable pay television platforms, and Internet OTT content providers to offer new services including: Video on Demand (VOD and SVOD), Catch-up television, Tablet Television, Targeted advertising for VOD, Mocast for 4G LTE, Virtual channels and Video2Go.

TabletTV
With a proprietary app and TPod antenna-tuner, tablet owners around the globe can watch and record all the programming currently broadcast over digital terrestrial channels.  Additionally, Tablet TV subscribers have the ability to download a selection of video-on-demand movies and programmes without the need for Internet access and, when they are connected, use integrated social networking and access anything available over the Internet.

BYOD TV
Motive's BYOD TV solution provides passengers and crew in maritime environments with access to video-on-demand movies and television without needing direct access to the Internet or broadcast signals.  Markets for the platform include operators of passenger ferries, cruise lines, commercial ships, and oil platforms among others.  In addition, BYOD TV has application for additional markets including passenger airlines, trains, waiting lounges, etc.
 
Motive's content division is:
Motive Television Limited, a Dublin-based award-winning independent production company that produces factual programmes for Irish broadcasters. It specializes in live sports production and sports documentaries and also produces factual and entertainment series.