Showing posts with label DStv. Show all posts
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Friday, 28 June 2019

GINX Esports TV Undergoes Changes On The DStv Platform

GINX Esports TV, the leading TV channel dedicated to esports across the globe, is to move from 240 to 127 on DStv.

From June 25th, the esports TV channel will move from its current position in the sports section of the EPG (Electronic Program guide) to a new home among entertainment and lifestyle channels, channel 127.

Neighbouring channels include global lifestyle channels, BET and MTV. GINX Esports TV is expecting this change to make it easier for new viewers to discover the channel.

“GINX Esports TV’s community is growing every day, especially in South Africa. With this change we expect even more people to discover the channel” said Julia Robson, GINX Esports TV’s Esport Correspondent for Africa.

GINX Esports TV provides unique round-the-clock esports and lifestyle coverage, catering to all esports communities. Some of its iconic programmes include The First Hour, This Week in Esports or Daily Download, a daily light-hearted chat show about what’s happening in the world of esports and gaming.

For more info about the channel and how to watch, visit ginx.tv

About GINX Esports TV
GINX Esports TV is the world’s largest esports tv network and is available in over 40 countries in 55+ million homes internationally including: UK, France, Scandinavia, Middle East, South Africa and a partnership with Super Channel in Canada.

The linear 24/7 channel aims to extend esports’ reach into television and to provide a more mainstream voice in the esports ecosystem. GINX Esports TV is the home of esports on TV.

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About MultiChoice
MultiChoice Group is Africa's leading multi-channel digital satellite and pay-television destination, offering its 14 million customers access to a world of entertainment, anywhere, anytime. MultiChoice has been in operation for the past 20 years and through its flagship product brand, DStv, the company delivers the latest and most compelling local and international content to millions of households across Africa. The company’s ongoing commitment to innovation and technology advancement resulted in the creation of its iconic high definition PVR decoder, the DStv Explora – which won the Product of the Year for 2015. Through its corporate social investment, MultiChoice actively participates in social transformation, ongoing investment in local content, job creation and skills development - which in turn strengthens the television and broadcasting industry and contributes to the South African economy.

Friday, 21 June 2019

MultiChoice And Mozambique's National Public Broadcaster Partner To Launch TVM International On DStv

Portuguese-speaking DStv customers are in for a treat with the addition of a channel made in Mozambique, to tell authentic Mozambican stories in Africa just in time to commemorate Mozambique’s Independence Day on 25 June 2019.

TVM International will start airing on DStv channel 701 from Wednesday, 19 June 2019 at 10:00am CAT and will be available to DStv customers in Mozambique, Angola and South Africa to experience local programming featuring Mozambican culture, tourism, sports and more.

TVM International is the international channel of Mozambique’s public national television station, Televisão de Moçambique (TVM). With the motto "Comunicando Moçambique" (Communicating Mozambique), the channel’s aim is to promote the cultural diversity and riches, natural resources as well as the tourism and agricultural potential of Mozambique with programming that will be air 24-hours a day on DStv.

TVM International joins the DStv’s growing channel line-up of local channels at a time where MultiChoice has intensified its efforts to invest in local content and grow the local creative industries. The addition of TVM International on DStv speaks directly to MultiChoice’s commitment to growing the local content offering and making great local stories more accessible to the communities in which the business operates and beyond.

Agnelo Laice, Director General of MultiChoice Mozambique, stated: “At MultiChoice we strive to find the right mix of content that resonates with our viewers.  The addition of TVM International onto the DStv platform is just one more way that we can play a role in supporting the growth of the local TV industry and creating lasting partnerships to uplift the local broadcasting industry to greater heights and furthermore, we’re proud that we can provide a platform to showcase the Mozambican culture to other parts of Africa."

“The addition of TVM International on DStv is in line with our objective to spread the social, political, cultural and sporting reality of Mozambique across our borders.  This collaboration is a giant leap for both TVM and MultiChoice, and indeed a step in the right direction of broadcasting inclusivity for all Mozambiçans’’ said Marta Odallah, Director TVM International.

TVM International (DStv channel 701) will be available to DStv subscribers in Mozambique and Angola via the DStv Portuguese packages: DStv Bue, Grande Plus, Grande and Facil while DStv customers in South Africa will get access to the channel on the DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact packages as well as the DStv Portuguese stand-alone and Add on packages.
For more information on the channel, please visit www.dstv.com

Friday, 31 May 2019

Home And Garden Channel HGTV Coming ToDStv In July

Discovery and MultiChoice will add the HGTV channel to its DStv satellite pay-TV service from mid-July, bringing DStv subscribers a new TV channel with fresh content about home improvement, do-it-yourself house renovations, design, real estate and gardening.

HGTV will launch on 15 July on DStv and will be available to DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact subscribers in South Africa.

It's not yet known whether HGTV, which initially stood for "Home and Garden Television" when it started in 1994, will launch as a high-definition (HD) channel on DStv in South Africa.

HGTV ended 2018 as the 4th most watched pay-TV channel in the United States, where it is the leading home and lifestyle channel and often gets cited by pay-TV subscribers as one of the "must-keep channels" and one of the reasons why viewers pay for subscription television.

In November 2017 MultiChoice did a 3-week marketing research tryout of HGTV on DStv, when the channel was run as a prime time content block on the Travel Channel during weekdays and over weekends. It led to a hugely favourable response from DStv subscribers.

Besides America, HGTV is already available in Canada, the Caribbean, Asia and Australia and will also launch in Germany in June, marking the channel's first European rollout since Discovery completed its takeover of Scripps Networks Interactive in 2018.

Former Scripps sister channels – now all belonging to Discovery like the Travel Channel (DStv 179 / Cell C black 255), the Food Network (DStv 175) and Fine Living (Cell C black 251 / StarSat 281) – are already available in South Africa and throughout the continent on various pay-TV services.

Yet the addition of HGTV makes it Discovery Inc.'s first channel brand from what was Scripps, to be launched in South Africa and Africa as Discovery realigns and scales its expanded collection of lifestyle channels in the territory.

HGTV's content covers six basic pillars, ranging from buying and selling property, home renovation, investing in improving property to sell it for a profit (flipping), home improvement and dream homes.

HGTV will launch with an extensive slate of home interest programming, with many of the shows on the schedule during South African prime time that have never been seen here on television before or are first-to-market episodes.

The home improvement and aspirational property programming on HGTV will aim to help DStv subscribers with inspiration, instruction about renovations and the selling and buying of homes, as well as providing entertainment, fresh ideas, the latest trends, and access to celebrity homes and sought-after real estate listings across the globe.

"HGTV shows were placed on the Travel Channel in late-2017, and the content flew. HGTV is now going to launch on 15 July on DStv, and we're very, very excited about the content on the channel," says Henry Windridge, the head of brand at Discovery Inc. for the African and Middle East region.

"It's very much focused on the genres that we know work very well in the United States Renovation shows, for instance, are such a core part of HGTV. It's not about decorating."

HGTV'S PROGRAMMING SLATE
HGTV's programming launch line-up on DStv between 20:00 and 22:00 will be stratified according to days of the week that will each have a soft theme.

Viewers will be able to see property buying and selling shows on Mondays, renovation shows on Tuesdays, property seeking shows on Wednesdays, property flipping shows on Thursdays, renovation and flipping shows on Fridays, "tiny" home shows on Saturdays, and ending with aspirational and dream home shows on Sundays.

On Mondays, DStv subscribers will be able to watch shows like My Lottery Dream Home and Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation; Good Bones and Home Town on Tuesdays; House Hunters USA and House Hunters Renovations on Wednesdays; and Flip or Flop Nashville and Boise Boys on Thursdays.

Flip or Flop Atlanta and Lakefront Bargain Hunt Renovation will be shown on Fridays; Tiny House, Big Living and Tiny Paradise on Saturdays; and with Sundays belonging to Beachfront Bargain Hunt and Mediterranean Life.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

MultiChoice Brings Edutainment Fun For Children With The Launch Of PBS Kids

Multichoice is always looking for the freshest in kid’s entertainment and has partnered with PBS to bring PBS KIDS’ high-quality educational content to the DStv platform available in all of sub-Saharan Africa. For three months, starting Wednesday, 22 May through Thursday, 22 August 2019, DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family & Access customers will have PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC, ARTHUR and other well-known PBS KIDS series available on DStv Channel 313.

“MultiChoice is always open to exploring ways to expand our customer offering, adding a children’s channel that is not only entertainment for the entire family but also experiential and educational adds value to the DStv packages,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment for MultiChoice.

Andrea Downing, Co-President of PBS Distribution, comments, “We are excited to offer this new audience the opportunities that PBS KIDS content offers.  PBS KIDS is the number one educational media brand for kids, offering children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds. DStv is inviting parents and children to experience this trusted content that helps children learn and grow.”

To stimulate the intellect of our young ones on the go, they can stream PBS KIDS live with parental controls for a safe viewing environment anytime, anywhere via the DStv Now mobile app or online now.dstv.com.

Among the series included in the channel are:

PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®
PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®, based on the beloved book series by Victoria Kann, encourages children to engage in self-expression and to explore the arts, including music, dance, and visual arts. Kids will be inspired to get creative by Pinkalicious, Peter, and their friends through adventures in their neighborhood of Pinkville!

ARTHUR
Based on the best-selling children's books by Marc Brown, ARTHUR follows the adventures of 8-year-old Arthur Read. Join the beloved aardvark for heartfelt and humorous stories about family, friends, and the challenges of growing up.

WORDWORLD
The lovable WordFriends take children on adventures in a world of words where they encounter problems that can only be solved by building a word. Playfully demonstrating the connections between letters, sounds, words, and meaning, WORDWORLD empowers children to advance from learning letters to learning how to read.

PBS KIDS on DStv will also feature episodes from POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER, PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD, and TIME WARP TRIO.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Always Entertaining Kids Being It's Forte, DStv Has Added PBS Kids A New Education Based Entertainment Channel, Offering The Opportunity For Children To Explore New Ideas And New Worlds. From May 22nd To August 22nd, On Channel 313 On All Our Packages By MultiChoice Ethiopia

Its only temporary so MultiChoice could be testing out the content again if all goes well it could come back or stay after August 22nd since it is a 3 month pop-up channel.
The PBS content expires at the end of May a few days before the pop-up channel arrives. So don't be surprised if there was some announcement that it would be a permanent addition to DStv later in 2019.

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.

MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBOURHOOD (1968-2001)
Fred Rogers explores various topics for young viewers through presentations and music, both in his world and in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD (2004-2011)
Viewers follow Peep, Chirp, and Quack as they investigate and explore the world around them.

PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC (2018–)
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
Pinkville!

POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER (2004-2012)
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.

UNKNOWN:
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.
FETCH! WITH RUFF RUFFMAN (2006-2010)
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.

FORMAT OF THE SCHEDULE (RECAP)
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:https://www.dstv.co.za/get-dstv/packages/dstv-compact-plus/

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

NEW CHANNELS:
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.

EXCLUDED:
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.

THE HD PURGE:
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 e.tv 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).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 www.etv.co.za

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:

Weekdays
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 e.tv)
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:

Saturday
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)

Sunday
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.