Showing posts with label DStv. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

What To Expect From The New Youth Channel Coming Soon On DStv? [Updated 10/05/2019]

MultiChoice has been quite lately with channel additions either they don't have the time or there's nothing exciting to boast about. They recently launched the overdue news channel Newzroom Afrika and now their next target is PBS Kids. 

For sometime I've been following the latest developments of this youth channel with less input from MultiChoice. PBS Kids was first added through their Catch-Up service on DStv Now as an experimental channel last year to see if the content would blend with its viewers. 

Thanks to MultiChoice Kenya we finally know that it will be a new channel addition to DStv. As some may already know PBS Kids exists as a programming block on PBS and a video channel in the United States. 

From what I've heard in other markets those who get the standalone channel through cable recieve the outdated version while those who stream the channel and possibly get it as a programming block get the latest content. All these shows are costly so whenever PBS commissions a new youth oriented show they either cancel the show or put it on an indefinite hiatus with Cartoon Network only falling through the hiatus and lack of cancellation. 

For those living in Africa you'll discover that PBS Kids' latest shows like Ready Jet Go, Wild Kratts and Daniel Tigers Neighbourhood are available through MultiChoice's Showmax cancels any possibilities of the PBS Kids video app. MultiChoice is currently working on some tests for the channel in the i-plate section so we could expect an official announcement in the next 2 weeks. My assumption is the channel will launch on the 3rd of June if not later on channel 318 when the contents expires at the end of May. 

At the moment, PBS Kids' schedule on the i-plate consists of double bills with 7/8 shows currently seen on DStv Now air new episodes 7 days a week like Zee World. It could change when it launches only time will tell, here's what to expect from this new youth channel:

ARTHUR (1996-)
The show is set in the fictional American city of Elwood City, and revolves around the lives of 8-year-old Arthur Read, an anthropomorphic aardvark, his friends and family, and their daily interactions with each other.

Fred Rogers explores various topics for young viewers through presentations and music, both in his world and in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Viewers follow Peep, Chirp, and Quack as they investigate and explore the world around them.

Pinkalicious imagines creative possibilities
everywhere she looks. Aimed at kids 3-5,
Pinkalicious & Peterrific encourages
viewers to engage in the creative arts and
self-expression, including music, dance,
theater and visual arts. Get creative with
Pinkalicious, Peter and all their friends in

Young rabbit Buster Baxter is a familiar face from the hit children's series "Arthur." Now he has his own show, traveling across America, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico with his dad.

TIME WARP TRIO (2005–2006)
For his tenth birthday, Joe receives a
mysterious blue book from his magician
uncle and namesake, "Joe the Magnificent,"
known only as "The Book". Using a number
of often unpredictable and/or unintentional
voice and print cues, The Book frequently
transports Joe and his friends, Fred and
Sam, to a variety of places in history, like
Ancient Egypt, the Old West and to the year
2105, where they meet their own great-
granddaughters, Jodie, Samantha and
Freddi. The only way they are able to return
present-day Brooklyn, New York is to find
The Book again within whatever time period
they are in. Later in the series, Joe's evil
uncle, Mad Jack, makes several attempts to
capture the children and The Book with his
crafty tricks, whether stranding them in
Antarctica (where The Book doesn't work)
or trying to make their new home in China
(during the Tang Dynasty).

WORDWORLD (2007-2011)
Come along for an adventurous romp into a colorful, vibrant world of words with Duck and his lovable, legible WordFriends — animals whose bodies are made up of the letters that spell the word they are.

According to insiders, PBS Kids lost the rights to this show. That could explain Pinkalicious' double bills and Ruff's absence from the i-plate unless they're plans in place to launch it later. Just like NickToons did with Totally Spies! and SpongeBob Squarepants with Disney Junior being Elena of Avalor.
Blending live-action and animation, FETCH revolves around an animated dog named Ruff Ruffman, who develops, produces, and hosts his own reality TV show. Ruff runs the show from his state-of-the-art headquarters, otherwise known as his dog house, and issues wild and wacky real-world challenges to a group of 10-14 year old kid contestants.

Please take note of the following:
1.If you see two different times separated by a / that means its a double run or bill. This format is applied to 99% of the schedule on a daily basis.
2.The 1% doesn't have a double bill and usually occurs at midnight (12am) or morning (6am) depending on the times in days.
3.The times are the only things that change on this channel drastically especially at midnight and morning e.g. Arthur does at 18:33 on Monday, 19:00 on Tuesday and 18:52 on Wednesday. The format and order remain the same (excluding 11pm-12am and 5am-6am).
4.When the channel does launch the schedule could be different from the i-plate perspective but I doubt that's gonna happen anytime soon.
5.Even though 99% of the schedule is double runs, it will change overtime. Some shows will fall off  the schedule to make way for new shows while others share a timeslot meaning less double runs.

Daily Schedule
Friday 10 May
06:01  Wordworld
06:28/06:50  Peep And The Big Wide World
07:12/07:37  Pinkalicious And Peterrific
08:02/08:26  Arthur
08:53/09:19  Postcards From Buster
09:46/10:09  Time Warp Trio
10:32/11:01  Mister Rogers Neighbourhood
11:29/11:56  Wordworld
12:23/12:45  Peep And The Big Wide World
13:07/13:32  Pinkalicious And Peterrific
13:57/14:22  Arthur
14:48/15:15  Postcards From Buster
15:41/16:05  Time Warp Trio
16:28/16:56  Mister Rogers Neighbourhood
17:24/17:52  Wordworld
18:19/18:40  Peep And The Big Wide World
19:02/19:27  Pinkalicious And Peterrific
19:52/20:17  Arthur
20:43/21:10  Postcards From Buster
21:37/22:00  Time Warp Trio
22:23/22:52  Mister Rogers Neighbourhood
23:20/23:47  Wordworld
Saturday 11 May
00:14/00:36  Peep And The Big Wide World
00:58/01:23  Pinkalicious And Peterrific
01:48/02:15  Arthur
02:41/03:09  Postcards From Buster
03:37/04:00  Time Warp Trio
04:23/04:51  Mister Rogers Neighbourhood
05:20/05:47  Wordworld

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Newzroom Afrika Launches On DStv

The addition of Newzroom Afrika will add further news diversity to MultiChoice platforms

MultiChoice Group (MCG) is proud to announce that it will soon be adding Newzroom Afrika to its portfolio of news channels on 2nd May 2019. The channel founded by Thokozani Nkosi and Thabile Ngwato, will complement the existing local and international news channels currently available on DStv; joining the likes of CNN, BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera, eNCA and SABC.
Newzroom Afrika will be live on DStv channel number 405 and will be available to DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family, Access and EasyView customers. The channel will be simulcast (SD/HD) and available 24/7.

In addition to the traditional DStv linear platform, Newzroom Afrika will also be available via streaming on smartphone, tablet or desktop, through DStv Now.

According to Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment, “the addition of Newzroom Afrika will increase the diversity of voices and perspectives in South Africa’s news media space. Their vision and entrepreneurial outlook has the potential to grow news viewership through its commitment to consumer centric, objective analysis and a strong digital focus”.

Newzroom Afrika promises a fresh take on news coverage, with credible and leading voices who will deliver  the day’s top stories. The talent line-up features experienced news professionals from  the industry. In addition, Newzroom Afrika will provide a platform for new talent to develop both in front of and behind the camera. The company will be supported by  an experienced and respected management team and editorial board.

“We are proud of how quickly Newzroom has progressed and wish them everything of the best,” concluded Phahle.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

And, The Show Goes On - Tellytrack Continues To 'Run' On All DStv Platforms

For over 15-years, DStv has been the ‘race track’ of choice for many horse racing lovers across the country, through the broadcast of the Tellytrack channel. This almost two-decades long partnership, between Tellytrack and Multichoice, will continue to run on DStv channel 239 enabling viewers to experience the ‘Sport of Kings’ in the comfort of their homes.

‘’Over the years we have seen consistency in the channel’s viewership ratings, indicating that the South African television market has an appetite for the sport,” explains Rob Scott – Sports Betting Executive for Phumelela Gaming. “As such from a business perspective, extending the contract became key, as the partnership continues to provide extended reach of the sport.”

The channel will see a ‘look and feel’ as well as content facelift – launching new content propositions as well as injecting a more lifestyle feel into the programming. “We will be introducing an hour-long daily Morning Show, that will carry 30 minutes of horseracing content and 30 minutes of other sports. Our objective is to provide our viewers with variety through the morning show but through our other offerings, become a channel that features predominantly local horseracing,” says Scott.

Currently the channel, on DStv 239, is available across five packages with the lowest – Access – costing only R105 per month and adds to the variety of sport available on our platform. “The Tellytrack channel forms part of our platform’s strategy to bring great quality and diverse content to SA audiences,” explains Aletta Alberts – Head of Content Strategy for Multichoice. “Through our content we celebrate our diverse audiences’ interests, and this can be demonstrated in the number of channel offerings available on our packages. The Tellytrack channel allows us to continue to meet this mandate – of continuously serving our viewers with content that is relevant and excites them.”

The revamped channel will go live on 4 May 2019.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

DStv Extends Its Magical Content Base 1Magic Channel Now Available On Compact Plus

From Thursday, 18 April 2019, 1Magic will be accessible to DStv Compact Plus customers. The channel, which was previously only available to DStv Premium subscribers, is the entertainment destination of choice for the finest in gripping local dramas, telenovelas, reality shows and movies. 

1Magic (DStv Channel 103), home of the critically acclaimed and most awarded production by the SAFTA’S - telenovela The River has, for months, provided entertainment to DStv Premium subscribers with edgy international series such as the award-winning comedy Black-ish, gripping crime drama Power, as well as the freshest local & international celebrity news on V-Entertainment.

In addition to the content already available on the channel, DStv Compact Plus customers can now catch the brand-new reality show One Night with My Ex, where the complex theme of love is explored. Saucy attempts to rekindle the flames of lost love for lonely singles, scorned lovers and deserted dreamers are simply not to be missed.

For only R519, DStv customers can upgrade to Compact Plus to watch One Night with My Ex, set to premiere on 1Magic on Friday, 19 April 2019.

“Last year, we announced that 1Magic would replace VUZU AMP to make the channel a new home of entertainment for our DStv Premium viewers. This was informed by our drive to invest in local content by showcasing local hit shows alongside international content.

“Now as our own way to turn up the heat this winter and keep our viewers on their couches, we have decided to give an added incentive for our DStv Compact Plus subscribers to bring the best entertainment to their living rooms,” says Nkateko Mabaso, M-Net CEO.

The package is also available on a price lock deal for R649 p/m for 24 months, and at R5709 as a once off annual deal. For more info on the DStv Compact Plus package go to:

Monday, 1 April 2019

New Channel Alert: Newzroom Africa On DStv Channel 405

Newzroom Afrika, which won a bid last year for a new channel on Multichoice's DStv platform, says it has started recruiting staff.

"Newzroom Afrika promises to be an innovative and interactive multi-media news service that is impartial, unbiased, unapologetic and disruptive," the news channel, which won the bid out of 111 contenders, said in a statement.

The channel is the brainchild of former news anchor and entrepreneur Thabile Ngwato and television production entrepreneur Thokozani Nkosi. It is looking to recruit for positions including a multimedia designer, senior news reporter and an assignments editor, as well as positions in business and production.

"We’re looking for journalists who share our commitment to the values of our magnificent Constitution and the highest standards of principled journalism," said Nkosi.
Ngwato added: "It’s been incredibly exciting to see our vision taking shape after months of hard work and we can’t wait to put a really strong editorial team together to put it all into practice."

Newzroom Afrika has an editorial advisory board headed by journalism stalwart and former press ombud Joe Thloloe and public advocate on the South African Press Council Dinesh Balliah, while former eMedia group executive for stakeholder management Malebo Phage and former Power 98.7 head of news Dianne Hawker will be among the editorial executives.

"We will work hard to develop a professional news service for South Africans which, while pulling no punches, will consider nation-building as an ultimate good," Ngwato said.
The channel is expected to announce its launch date soon.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Possible New Channel And HD Channel Alert For DStv

eReality was introduced as a member of the eFamily of channels owned by eMedia Investments and began broadcasting on 19 November on Openview. The channel positions itself as a broadcaster of "the world's most popular reality programmes, featuring real-life stories, fascinating personalities and human emotion in its rawest form."
The channel includes shows themed around crime, paranormal activity, nature, adventure, medical anomalies, outrageous obsessions and bizarre behaviour.

OneZED is a general entertainment channel and home for family viewing where authentic local stories meet international narratives. The channel will be available to all DStv customers in Zambia on DStv Channel 172 from Monday, 1 April 2019. DStv customers will find the best of Zambian entertainment in ONE place with a mix of talk shows, dramedies, music shows and documentaries on OneZED.

SABC News (DStv 404) which is carried on MultiChoice's DStv through an exclusive clause which prevents operators like ODM's Starsat from carrying the channel.

Friday, 29 March 2019

Entertainment Upgraded!

From Monday, 1 April, eExtra viewers will enjoy a revamped schedule with their favourite eBella telenovela titles moving to the channel to create a weekday guilty pleasure afternoon block. This will be followed by a serving of some court drama, the Afrikaans and viewer favourite ‘KuierTyd’, and other riveting local and international series.

This merger of the two channels will give our audiences the best of both with a 24-hour entertainment offering. “eBella built a loyal following over the last year and gave us the opportunity to showcase and test new content that celebrates the lives of women around the world,” says MD of channels Marlon Davids. “Following the success of eBella, we are excited to incorporate our viewers’ most-loved telenovelas and series into our main schedule on eExtra. This move gives us the opportunity to provide eExtra viewers with a bigger and bolder content offering throughout the day, with all their favourite shows in one place.”

The daytime lineup will see fan favourites like Fatmagul, The Girl Named Feriha, Caribbean Flower and Naagin, to name a few, featured alongside many of the best telenovelas from Latin America, India and Turkey.

The channel will bring audiences more courtroom reality with a new series, Hot Bench. ‘KuierTyd’ will also be extended to include Die Wiel Draai and another hit local Afrikaans drama series, Vallei Van Sluiers on Sundays.

eExtra will still feature award-winning local dramas, like Umlilo and Traffic, international series’, comedies and more. eExtra is available on Openview (channel 105) and DStv (channel 195).

Why is eBella ending?
We are moving your favourite eBella shows to eExtra to provide you with a bigger and bolder content offering throughout the day. You can now enjoy all your favourite shows in one place. eExtra will now air 24 hours a day with a revamped schedule.

What is happening to all my favourite eBella shows?
Many of your favourite eBella telenovelas and drama series will continue on eExtra. These include Fatmagul, The Girl Named Feriha, Caribbean Flower and Naagin. eExtra will also continue to bring you the best telenovelas from around the world as well m as other quality local and international content.

What about KuierTyd?
eExtra’s popular Afrikaans slot ‘KuierTyd’ is staying put. In addition to brand new episodes of Bittersoet (weekdays at 7pm) and Nuusdag Om 8 (daily at 8pm), you can also enjoy Die Wiel Draai (every Wednesday to Friday at 8.30pm), and Vallei Van Sluiers (Sundays at 7pm). Nuusdag Perspektief now airs every Sunday evening at 8.30pm, delving deeper into the week’s top news stories and current affairs.

What else is new on eExtra?
eExtra boasts some of the best local and international television series. The channel offers back-to-back telenovelas. A brand new Afrikaans-dubbed Turkish drama will launch in the next few months and fans of Gebroke Harte will see their favourite characters return for a second season which starts in July. 
Court Hour has also been improved and now features 3 court shows back to back.

Where can I view the eExtra TV guide?
You view the eExtra TV guide on your Openview or DStv decoder, or by visiting

Where can I watch eExtra?
eExtra is available on DStv channel 195 or Openview channel 105.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

eExtra Switches Back To 24/7 Channel When eBella Stops Airing At The End Of March

eExtra the South African digital satellite
television channel supplied by eMedia Investments on their Openview platform as well as MultiChoice's DStv and On Digital Media (ODM) Starsat switches back to 24 hour channel from April.

The reason for the switch has to do with the shutdown of the unsuccessful female based channel eBella. Several if not most of eBella shows will be transmitted on eExtra in April as a "weekday guilty pleasure afternoon block" on the channel.

eExtra hasn't been schedule wise for sometime now which has built a major impact on the brand. You'll find some new content on this channel get the late night treatment similar to what Turner U.S. and International does with Cartoon Network and Boomerang where 2-3 shows get attention while others which are on an indefinite hiatus for some reason get the death treatment by being put weekday mornings or nights with no repeats most of the time and if there was they'd put it at a time less viewers would be tuned in so Turner's channels are way worse than eExtra. This treatment is unacceptable as it forces some viewers to distance themselves from the channel and the minute something good comes on you miss it and for those who want to see the show can't since the channel is not schedule wise.

eExtra is basically described as a premium entertainment channel in HD including sitcoms, drama series, reality, telenovelas, court shows, lifestyle and movies after the shutdown of eBella you can say weekdays eExtra became a telenovela channel with a dash of court shows, drama series and news as indicated:

06:00  The Girl Named Feriha
06:40  Qubool Hai
07:30  Madhubala: Ek Ishq Ek Junoon
07:50  Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi
08:15  Piyaa Albela
09:00  Reina De Corazones
09:45  Caribbean Flower
10:30  Judge Judy
10:55  Divorce Court
11:15  The Girl Named Feriha
12:05  Bittersoet
12:50  Rhythm City
13:15  Scandal
13:40  Ashes To Ashes
14:05  Broken Vows
14:30  Madhubala: Ek Ishq Ek Junoon
14:55  Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi
15:20  Piyaa Albela
16:10  Caribbean Flower
17:00  Hot Bench
17:25  Divorce Court
17:50  Paternity Court
18:10  Chicago P.D
19:00  Bittersoet
20:00  Nuusdag Om 8
20:30  Die Wiel Draai
21:30  The Americans
22:15  Imbewu: The Seed
22:40  Tierra De Reyes
23:30  Chicago P.D
00:15  Reina De Corazones
01:00  Caribbean Flower
01:45  La Impostora
02:40  Marido en Alquiler
03:30  Matter Of Respect
04:05  Piyaa Albela
05:00  Parenthood
05:40  Paternity Court

Results from the weekday schedule
71,05% Soapies (50% from eBella, 21,05%=13.16% from eExtra+7,89% from
15,79% Court shows
10,53% International drama series
2,63% News

Then you have your weekend lineup the channel has more variety but no movies. When eExtra first launched the weekends always had variety so its no different even after they switch it back to 24 hours. Two things you should pay attention to the telenovelas dominate the weekend to a lesser degree Saturday is filled with Indian telenovelas and 1 turkish telenovela but you'll hardly notice any difference as usual as there's reality shows, news and sitcoms while Sunday is consists mostly of programs catered for Afrikaans speakers plus news, telenovelas and local series like Traffic! and Umlilo as indicated:

00:15  Reina De Corazones
01:00  Caribbean Flower
01:45  La Impostora
02:40  Marido en Alquiler
03:15  Matter Of Respect
04:05  Naagin
05:00  Paternity Court
05:20  Divorce Court
05:40  Judge Judy
06:00  Piyaa Albela (Marathon)
09:00  Naagin
09:55  Nirmala's Kitchen
10:20  Madhubala: Ek Ishq Ek Junoon (Marathon)
12:25  Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi (Marathon)
14:30  American Grit
15:20  The Almost Impossible Game Show
16:00  #Hastags
17:00  Raising Hope
17:30  Instant Mom
18:00  Are We There Yet?
18:30  America's Funniest Home Videos
19:00  Groen
19:30  Vaalharts
20:00  Nuusdag Om 8
20:30  Die Wiel Draai (Marathon)
22:45  The Girl Named Feriha (Marathon)

00:15  The Girl Named Feriha (Marathon continues from Saturday)
02:30  Hot Bench (Marathon)
04:10  Girlfriends Guide To Divorce
05:00  Divorce Court
05:20  LOL
05:40  Nirmala's Kitchen
06:00  Grassroots
06:30  Life By Design
07:00  Caribbean Flower (Marathon)
10:45  #Hashtags
11:30  Sonder Jou Soetkys
11:55  The Wild (Marathon)
14:00  LOL
14:20  Nisboere
14:50  Bittersoet (Marathon)
18:35  The Great Penguin Rescue
19:00  Vallei Van Sluiers
20:00  Nuusdag Om 8
20:30  Nuusdag Perspektief
21:00  Umlilo
21:50  Traffic
22:15  Black Money Love (Premiere)
23:05  Tierra De Reyes (Marathon)

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Rumored: FlavourTV Coming Soon To DStv

As the name is suggests FlavourTV is some of food/cooking channel meaning it could be South Africa's first ever food/cooking channel.

Not much details is given about the channel except that it was made in South Africa. There's no telling if this is true or just a sham to get the media's attention.

As Yatish Bipulprasad stated the channel will launch on DStv with a new show starring him and the Mayor of Durban Hot Sauce (lol). So basically this channel will be a rival to Discovery Inc's Food Network and BBC Studios' BBC Lifestyle.

There's no telling how good the channel might be that is if its real. It was possibly commissioned by DStv as the pay-tv service is open for channel proposals (even tv shows) you've had successful ones like Moja Love (female base), TV Mall (Business, not sure for viewership) then you have non-performing channels like Voov (who watched it better yet who was it for exactly) and ANN7 (the Gupta owned channel was unorganized even when DStv knew the channel's circumstances they still chose to keep it on air at that time).

Since South Africa is a land of opportunities (sort of) and discovery hopefully we'll get a dance(ing) channel, heritage channel, clothing channel, wildlife channel, job or career channel, and a clips/video channel like YouTube.

Is OUTtv Making A Comeback To South Africa?

The Canadian LGBT+ network OUTtv commissioned a bran new show titled "Fak Yaass" which is slated for an early 2019 release. 

Fak Yaass is a series that tells the 'true' story of Nico Nicolakis' big Greek family and their journey of accepting Nico no matter his sexuality. Showing the clash between old tradition and the new age, millennial Nico struggles with the idea of returning home, somewhere he's always felt judged and unworthy. With the help of his friends, Anton and Jill, we'll watch as Nico's heart begins to let his family in and we'll see his family accept him for who he is, until a secret family scheme may ruin that forever.

According to one of the crew members which has yet to be confirmed the series will air in South Africa along with Canada, New Zealand and Australia.(pictured below)

Not only that the channel teased its return with more bold, diverse and LOCAL shows a few days after the channel closed.(pictured below)

OUTtv started on 4th October until 4th November as a one month pop-up channel on DStv Premium and Compact Plus only in South Africa featuring a range of programs from a gay bachelor looking for love, to a stripping dating show that had full frontal nudity and even a series showing what happens behind the production of a gay porn site.
OUTtv recieved complaints over a couple of shows that were mistakenly uncensored forcing the channel to remove them. The channel's boss is hopeful that it could be a permanent pay-tv channel.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Even The Walt Disney Company Doesn't Know Disney XD Fate!

Today we go back to Steve Hullet’s blog he answered some question mostly all of them where CN related but somebody mentioned if Disney XD is having a future project or if Disney XD will rebrand in Marvel HQ due the lack of original content Steve Hullet says that the status of the channel is quo.

When I talked to Marvel a couple weeks back, they weren’t doing Marvel HQ in Glendale. Not sure where it’s being done.

My assumption is that, at some point it will be streamed. (Prediction: eventually, most channels and most product will be streamed.) But until Diz Co. makes an announcement about Disney XD'x fate, its status can be considered quo.

At the moment Steve mentioned that 3 Spiderman specials are on the works (unsure if it will be for XD) and that future Marvel projects will go to Disney Channel (Marvel Rising) or Hulu (those 4 adult Marvel animated shows) and that Avengers Assemble is wrapping up production.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Important Notice: eBella Stops Airing On DStv And Openview

eBella (DStv 159/Openview 109) channel was unsuccessful and will be shutting down at the end of March a year after it started. eBella's dubbed telenovelas and other content will be moved to eExtra from April after eBella closes.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Groen Premieres Saturday 16 March At 19:00 For Kuiertyd Op eExtra

Dave Pepler is a well-known South African environmentalist. After growing up in Robertson in the Western Cape, he attended the Saasveld Forestry College for a National Diploma in Forestry, and also received an MPil in Zoology from Cambridge (UK).
Dave Pepler is best known as the face of Groen, one of the icons of KykNET. He has been presenting this environmental programme for almost 10 years and it has become one of the most watched programmes on TV in South Africa. However Groen represents only a small part of Dave's interests, activities and contributions.

Available on Openview 150, DStv 311 and Starsat

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

VIMN Africa In Partnership With MultiChoice Expands MTV Base To Launch MTV Music 24

Johannesburg, 26 February 2019: Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa), with its major distribution partner, MultiChoice, is taking its flagship local youth culture channel to a broader South African audience by launching MTV Base on DStv Access. MTV Base brings subscribers the best of locally produced content from Tuesday, 5 March this year. The Youth and Music entertainment channel airs home grown shows like Gqom Nation with Busisiwa and Ntando Duma, edutainment series MTV Shuga starring Thuso Mbedu and Mohale Motaung along with popular Newsish featuring local VJ talent from Tshego Koke, Farieda Metsileng to recent competition winner Ntandose Mosibi.

At the same time, VIMN Africa will expand its international entertainment offering to the continent with the introduction of MTV Music 24 on the DStv platform in addition to the MTV Africa and MTV Base channels. This new content offering for DStv viewers will air as a simulcast (SD) linear TV service with music videos 24/7/365. MTV Music 24 will feature the latest music videos from all genres, including pop, dance, rock and urban, featuring firm favorites and future hits. It replaces VH1 on the platform from Tueday, 5 March.

VIMN Africa EVP and MD, Alex Okosi said, “As we celebrate the 14th year of establishing VIMN’s local presence on the continent, we continue to value our strong partnership with MultiChoice to deliver great entertainment experiences to subscribers across Africa. The expansion of MTV Base’s reach to DStv Access, the arrival of MTV Music 24 and the upgrade of some of our channels to HD are part of our commitment to provide dynamic channels that speak to diverse audiences.”

The move to HD forms an important part of VIMN Africa’s distribution strategy with MultiChoice with the network launching 4 channels across Southern Africa (SADC): BET, Comedy Central, MTV and MTV Base to high definition next month. Nickelodeon will be available in HD in South Africa at the same time. 

By simulcasting (SD/HD) these popular household content brands, MultiChoice ensures that DStv’s offerings are at the forefront of broadcast and content innovation across the continent.

MultiChoice Executive Head: Content Strategy, Aletta Alberts added, “DStv is always thrilled with the innovative customer solutions that comes out of the Viacom stable. We are inspired by their focus on producing local content and putting local talent in the limelight through well-established international brands. Our DStv Access customers will thoroughly enjoy the programming on MTV Base, which really speaks to this audience and the addition of MTV Music 24 is a current and relevant evolution that will delight viewers.”

VH1 on DStv 323, transitions off air on Monday, 4 March 2019 at 23:59.
MTV Music 24 launches on DStv Premium and DStv Compact Plus on DStv 323 from 00:00 on Tuesday, 5 March 2019.
On Tuesday, 5 March 2019 the following channels will also be available in SADC in HD viewing:
MTV Base on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family and DStv Access, (DStv 322)
MTV (DStv 130)
Comedy Central (DStv 122)
BET Africa (DStv 129)
Nickelodeon (DStv 305) will be available in HD, in South Africa only from Tuesday, 5 March 2019.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Turner Africa's Reach And Ratings Are Stronger Than Ever!

Turner Africa had a successful end to 2018, with the combined kids multiplex and general entertainment channel, TNT, achieving greater reach and rating results than ever before.
In November, Turner Kids celebrated 51 consecutive months in the #1 spot among pay-TV multiplexes in South Africa. Alongside this, Cartoon Network celebrated its highest-ever monthly share, and remained the #1 pay-TV Kids channel among kids aged four to 14-years-old. 
Cartoon Network remains the favourite kids’ TV channel in South Africa, dominating the entire top 15 chart of best performing shows. The most popular shows vary between familiar faces such as Ben 10, alongside new Cartoon Network original hits like Apple and Onion and Craig of the Creek. Original Cartoon Network productions and Warner Bros. content totaled 77% of the most viewed content on the channel.
Cartoon Network continued with its high performance success in December, with the Power Rangers: Clash of the Red Rangers movie viewed by an impressive 239 000 kids aged four to 14-years-old, and the sneak peak of the new Cartoon Network Original Summer Camp Island claiming the second spot.
Boomerang is closing in on Cartoon Network’s ratings, after moving up to rank #2 amongst the pay-TV Kids channels for kids aged four to 14-years-old.
After benefiting from a fresh rebranding in September 2018, TNT Africa had an excellent month in October, with the highest performance ever in ratings (an average of 36 000 viewers). In November, TNT Africa broke a new record with 40 700 viewers tuning in (+13% month on month) and achieved its second highest performance in share (1.14%) since December 2016. TNT ranked #5, ahead of Studio Universal, for a second month in a row.
For the first time ever, not only did TNT dominate the Top 50 competitive movies in November, with seven movies on the Top 10 list, but the channel also secured the top three spots for the month.
For prime-time tune-ins, TNT remained on top of the podium. TNT's great performance was driven by viewers tuning in on weekday afternoons (averaging 83 000 viewers between 3pm and 6pm) and Saturday evenings during prime time (in November driven by the The Schwarzenegger Fan Month stunt). The stunt was a huge success, with the four Schwarzenegger movies, aired at 8pm, gathering an average of 202 000 viewers, resulting in a fantastic 3.8% in share!
About Turner International
Turner International is an entertainment, sports and news company that creates premium content and delivers exceptional experiences to fans whenever and wherever they consume content. It operates versions of core Turner brands, including CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and TCM Turner Classic Movies, as well as country- and region-specific networks and businesses in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. It manages the business of pay- and free-TV-channels, as well as Internet-based services, and oversees commercial partnerships with various third-party media ventures; it teams with Warner Bros. and HBO to leverage WarnerMedia’s global reach. Turner International operates 178 channels showcasing 47 brands in 34 languages in over 200 countries. Turner International is a WarnerMedia company.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Khalik Sheriff In Aspirational And First Public Speech As New eMedia CEO Says's Free-To-Air Satellite TV Service Openview Is Transitioning 'From The Outbuilding To The Main House'.

In his first public speech as new CEO of eMedia Investments, Khalik Sherrif says's rebranded and fast-growing free-to-air digital satellite TV service, Openview, is moving to the "main house", shedding its image as a TV service just for domestic workers and granny.

In a fiery and aspirational public speech at the exclusive black tie launch event of Openview's new TV commercial, Khalik Sherrif who took over as new eMedia CEO since the beginning of this month, weighed in on Openview's growth, future prospects and ambitions, and the platform's role in South Africa switch from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) - a process known as digital migration.

The experienced veteran TV executive who has been with eMedia for over 15 years, started with an anecdote of how that in October celebrated two decades of broadcasting in the country, helped to change and shape the South African television landscape.

"When started, nobody gave us a chance. Twenty years ago they said, 'What do those guys know about TV? Who are they? They are not going to last?' Twenty years later we are still here and we are growing because we dared to be different over all those years."

"When all of you grew up watching the TV news at 20:00 on the SABC, there came these little fellas and they said 'South Africa, stop. Don't watch your news at 20:00 anymore, watch your news at 19:00. And we moved the whole nation."

"When we put our eNews at 19:00 so many years ago, everybody else put the news at 19:00. Do you know why they did that? Because we said 'Watch the news on at 19:00 because by 20:00 it's history' and they came along to join us at 19:00."

About digital terrestrial TV migration - the switch from analogue to digital TV in South Africa, Khalik Sherrif said "8 million South African TV households have already been migrated - 6.5 million on DStv and 1.5 million on Openview."

"South Africa has 14 million TV households which means that another 5.5 million TV households still need to be migrated."

"We had a meeting with the department of communications, saying 'We will help you to get to the other 5.5 million'. The department of communications will give R400 per household that can't afford to buy a set-top-box (STB), and they will go out to the market, and they will buy a box."

"The department of communications has 500 000 more STB to sell and they're not manufacturing any more. They will buy a box and they will buy Openview. Why? Because for the first time in the South African landscape there is world-class television in high definition (HD), for free," said Khalik Sherrif.

"People in South Africa will buy a STB at any of the retailers for about R400 and will then have world-class television - 20 channels on Openview at the moment; all of the SABC - SABC1, SABC2, SABC3, and all of - and isn't just one channel any more."

"There is eMovies, there is eExtra, eReality, there's OpenNews, there's Star Life, there are plenty of them," said Khalik Sherrif , "with Openview growing at 30 000 to 35 000 box activations per month."

Openview: Transitioning from the outbuilding to the main house
"We started Openview on this premise: When the government was pushing digital television to us, the little fellas in Hyde Park realised the following - that we need to own some property in the TV space," said Khalik Sherrif.

"The SABC is the public broadcaster. MultiChoice has their property in Randburg which is the DStv decoder. What do we do? If MultiChoice is fed up of us one day and kicks us out, where do we take our channels? If we maybe don't like the [government-supplied] DTT [STB] performance because it's inferior and standard definition and not high definition, what do we do?"

"So we decided 5 years ago, let's launch our own little thing. We started it with OpenView HD, and now it's Openview.  Let me tell you, when we started it, we made some mistakes. We made some mistakes," said Khalik Sherrif.

"And the mistake we made is that we positioned it for the outbuilding. We didn't think about it really. People were buying it for the outside house. If it was not for the helpers, it was for granny. Today you are witnessing the transition of Openview from the outbuilding to the main house - that's where we belong," said Khalif Sherrif.

"Mark my words: Openview is going to be the biggest thing in South African television. Why do I so confidently say this? Because throughout the world, traditional pay-TV is declining. Free-to-air television viewing is increasing."

"If you visit the United Kingdom, you'll know that the most popular medium of receiving television is Freeview - not Sky, not BT. Freeview. Why is this so?"

"While a lot of people are lucky enough to be able to afford pay-TV, they're not watching it because they're watching Netflix. We're streaming this; we're getting Amazon Prime Video. So you're viewership of traditional pay-TV is declining and you're viewership of Netflix is increasing."

"And as that happens, people are coming to the realisation of 'What am I really paying them for? I'm not watching them anymore?' And when you seize to pay them, when you stop paying for television, you know what will happen? You won't throw away your TV set because your lounge suite has to face somewhere," said Khalik Sherrif.

"The TV set belongs in the lounge and when you stop paying for TV and your TV set is not receiving pay-TV anymore, your TV set will receive something else - it will receive Netflix, it will receive Amazon, it will receive Google. It will receive Apple. It will receive Facebook."

"But you will also need to know the local news, you will also need to catch up with the local TV soapies, you will also need to know the local gossip, so you will have Openview. Don't say to anybody I didn't tell you," Khalik Sherriff concluded.

Friday, 30 November 2018

DStv Entertainment Is Getting Extra This Festive Season

Here at DStv we know this time of the year is special for you and your family. And that is why we want to make it extra special – by giving you some extra channels to enjoy.
DStv Access, Family, Compact and Compact Plus customers can enjoy all the world-class sporting action on SuperSport 1 from Monday, 17 December 2018 to Friday, 4 January 2019.
Early in January, the kids will get extra treats too. From 3 to 21 January, we’re giving Nickelodeon, Nick Junior and CBeeBees to our DStv Compact customers, and Disney Channel and Disney Channel Junior to our DStv Family customers.
These channels will be available on your decoder or on DStv Now online or on the app for smartphones and tablets. You can also use the DStv Now app to check the schedules for these channels, and to set a reminder for your favourite show.

Fun And Laughter With M-Net Movies Zone Kids Club Movie Festival

The festive season has arrived and the school holidays are upon us, and this can only mean one thing: it’s time for the kids to take over the television remote. Parents need to look no further for holiday entertainment for the young ones because M-Net Movies Zone DStv channel 139 has it covered!
From the 7 December 2018 to 6 January 2019  between 06:00 and 17:00, Sunday to Friday, and 05:00 to 19:00 on Saturdays, the Kids Club Movie Festival will bring you the very best in films aimed at the younger set.
The festival is not just for  kids, though. We're never too old to share in the wonder and adventures of beloved stories. The festive season is family time after all, and there will be movies to fit everyone's taste, whether it be for action, humour or high drama.
M-Net Movies Zone has partnered with Wimpy to host a great competition. Join the Kids Club on and stand a chance to win Wimpy family meal vouchers to the value of R600. The competition starts on the 7 December 2018 and closes on 6 January 2019. Terms and conditions apply. 
Some of the great films that will brighten up the small screen during the holiday season are Adventures Of Shark Boy And Lava Girl, Problem Child, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr, Stuart Little 2,Mirror Mirror and Muppets From Space just to mention a few.
So join the coolest kids on the block this holidays and be part of the M-Net Movies Zone Kids Club on M-Net Movies Zone DStv channel 139 which is available to DStv Access customers and up. And remember this time the parents are also invited.
To be part of the conversation and get more information and schedules visit the website, and follow on Twitter @mnetmovies,

Bring On The Summer Fun With Local Entertainment In January

If the January budget crunch is set to give you heart shivers, Mzansi Magic has the answer for you. With an exciting slate of new and returning hit shows, across various genres on our screens early next year,  January entertainment problems are a thing of the past.

Hot on the heels of successful dramas like Housekeepers, The Herd, and Imposter, Mzansi Magic viewers will see the intricacies of Maskandi music culture and the cutthroat underworld play out in the new series called eHostela. 

Set in the heart of a KwaZulu Natal’s KwaMashu Township, eHostela tackles the story of two sons whose bond is bound in secrets and sealed by guns. Can a family stay loyal when not tied by blood? eHostela premieres on Mzansi Magic on Sunday, 6 January at 20:00, exploring the underground society of inkabi (hitmen) which remains masked in mystery and hearsay. 

Drama unravels in the second season of the popular drama series, iKhaya as Eddie returns on Monday, 7 January at 20:00 to head his two families bound by his lies. In the new season, one of the wives forces her way to assert herself as the main wife.

On Tuesday, 8 January, the popular docu-reality series, Yobe returns for a second season. This chilling production unpacks the stories of perpetrators who take accountability for their actions by apologising to their victims and their families. 
For those in the mood for a dose of romance, DStv Channel 103, 1Magic continues the wedding season well into January with Talitha Ndima helping singletons ask their significant others to tie the knot in  Marry Me Now, every Friday at 19:00. 
Changing gears following the hit reality, I Blew It, DStv Channel 163, Mzansi Wethu brings its viewers a new reality series called Seng’Khathele hosted by actress, Lerato Mvelase. From Saturday, 19 January at 19:30, this first-to-Wethu show tackles relationships on the rocks and aims to mediate the process of one partner telling their significant other that they are no longer happy. The results is to assist couples in finding closure.

Nip the January blues in the bud and tune in on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161), 1Magic (DStv channel 103) and Mzansi Wethu (DStv channel 163) for your sizzling local entertainment.