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Sahara TV

Sahara TV

Quick Look: Sahara TV streams videos from Sahara Reporters, which is self-described as "an online community of international reports and social advocates dedicated to bringing you commentaries, features, news reports from a Nigerian-African perspective." From the videos I sampled, Sahara TV channel appears to translate into a Nigerian version of local community access channels.

Some videos are studio productions, others are on-the-street video clips that appear to come from an iPhone. Specifically, here is what you get:

  • Video On Demand - Only two videos: "White Man Speaking Yoruba Language" and "My Experience at the Lagos Airport".
  • Keeping it Real - A series of videos featuring a woman offering her opinion on various current issues.
  • Breaking News - a one-minute video clip of a fuel subsidy protest.
  • Occupy Nigeria - Video of Nigerian activitists in New York shutting down a meeting held by the Nigerian Minister of State for foreign affairs.

There is also a Live category that would appear to offer a live stream, but clicking on it shows a clock that is counting down from less than ten minutes. Every time I watched videos or changed channels then returned, I still had between five and ten minutes on the countdown. I haven't figured out if it resets when I leave, or if it starts over at zero, but I'm not going to sit here for 10 minutes to find out. If you figure it out, leave a comment below.

Video quality is medium to poor; these are obviously podcasts for web streaming that have been repurposed for Roku. Video loading time was variable across videos.

The Sahara Reporters website offers a great many more videos that are available here. This looks like a project that someone started but never completed.

Developer's Channel Description: Sahara TV is an online community of international reports and social advocates dedicated to bringing you commentaries, features, news reports from a Nigerian-African perspective.

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CHANNEL STORE CATEGORY: International

DEVELOPER: NETCASTER MEDIA

FEES: None

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