Frequently Asked Questions

What is Buni TV?
Buni TV is a web and mobile distribution platform for high-quality pan-African videos, including movies, short films, television, documentaries, animation, and web series. By showcasing the best, most innovative and visually arresting content being currently produced in or about Africa and distributing it directly into the hands of new audiences on the continent and abroad, Buni TV intends to revolutionize the African media landscape. You can access Buni TV on the web at and from your mobile at Buni TV is a service of Buni Media (, a multimedia company based in Nairobi, Kenya with offices in Los Angeles, California.

When did Buni TV officially launch?
Buni TV launched on April 18, 2012.

What does “Buni” mean?
“Buni” (pronounced [boo - nee]) means “innovation” in Swahili.

How does Buni TV make money?
At the moment Buni TV is free for viewers to access and supported by advertising. In the future, we will develop a subscription option to give our most engaged viewers access to premium content.

Can I share or embed Buni TV videos?
You can share Buni TV videos on all social media platforms using the buttons situated under each video, but at this point you cannot embed them.

Can I access Buni TV from anywhere?
Yes, Buni TV is accessible from anywhere, at any time.

Can I watch instantly on my smartphone or tablet too?
Yes, Buni TV is fully compatible with mobile devices including Android phones, iPhones, Blackberrys, and Nokia smart phones, as well as all tablets. Basically if you can watch YouTube videos on your device, you can watch Buni TV. Be sure to play from your device native web browser. Opera Mini is notoriously bad for videos, but our team is working on it.

I am a filmmaker/producer/artist. Who can I contact regarding opportunities to distribute my content on Buni TV?
Our mission is to promote creativity - even from the most remote corners of the world - and we welcome your submissions of full-length content for licensing purposes. Send a synopsis of your work and a link to a clip or trailer to

How do I make money?
Buni TV shares all its advertising revenue with content owners such as producers and filmmakers on a 50/50 basis. Traffic to each video is tracked on a monthly basis and advertising revenue is attributed to each video based on the percentage of total traffic generated by that video. For example if the total traffic on Buni TV generated $1,000 in advertising revenue and your video accounts for 10% of that traffic, 10% of $1,000, or $100, will be split equally between you and Buni TV.

Can I download videos?
No. Buni TV only allows for video streaming. This is to protect the content creators’ work and prevent piracy.

Can I upload my own videos on Buni TV?
No. If you would like to submit your work for distribution on Buni TV, send us a synopsis and a link to a clip or trailer at

Streaming the videos is expensive, what is the cheapest way to watch Buni TV?
We advise that you purchase unlimited internet bundles from your mobile or internet operator. This is the most cost-effective way to enjoy videos on Buni TV.

The video is not playing, what can I do?
Wait for the browser to completely load and try again. If you are using Opera Mini on your mobile, close this window and open your device’s native web browser instead.

I get an error message, what can I do?
If the message says “Server not found: rtmpte://”, this is likely to be an issue linked to your internet service provider. Try playing using Internet Explorer.

It’s still not working/ My problem is different, what can I do?
If problem persists do not hesitate to send us an email at with your ISP, browser and device details and we’ll respond as fast as possible.

My company is interested in advertising on Buni TV, who do I contact?
Buni TV enables advertisers to associate brands with targeted, highly engaged audiences. To learn more about advertising opportunities on Buni TV, contact

When do advertisements play on Buni TV?
On the web, advertisements play before and after each original Buni TV video. On mobile, banner advertising appear within the site’s design.

More contacts:
For any other questions, do not hesitate to contact us via the contact page, or:
For legal inquiries, contact
For technical inquiries, contact
For press inquiries, contact
For any other matters, contact