Saturday, 24 June 2017

NBCUniversal Starting Universal Kids With DreamWorks Animation As A New Kids Channel In September - Will DStv Perhaps Consider Getting The Channel?

NBCUniversal and DreamWorks Animation is launching a brand-new kids TV channel, Universal Kids. The channel will replace Sprout Network on 9 September with new and fresh programming line-up to spice it up, old programming will still resume on the new channel.

Universal Kids will be aimed at 2 to 11 year olds with content from DreamWorks Animation Television, including series, unscripted entertainment, live action shows and international programming.

Universal Kids will launch on 9 September in America with shows like DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk based on the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, All Hail King Julien based on the Madagascar franchise, and Nowhere Boys, a fantasy-adventure series that follows four teenagers who get lost in the woods only to discover upon their return that they're stuck in a world in which they never existed.

Other shows on Universal Kids will include comedy series Little Lunch about what happens during lunch where kids discuss big issues, the tween drama The Next Step that follows a group of dancers, and Hank Zipzer about the misadventures of a 12-year old dyslexic schoolboy based on Henry Winkler's novels based on his own childhood experiences.

"We see enormous potential to grow our audience in this space and create the Universal Kids platform for families to experience together,” said Frances Berwick, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Lifestyle Networks president, in a statement.

"NBCUniversal is invested in the kids and family business, and the company believes in working together – we will benefit from promotion across our portfolio of networks and across the company through support that is unparalleled in the industry."

"We will reflect all that is universal about being a kid through connection, storytelling and entertainment - a place that reflects their life and passions," says Deirdre Brennan, Universal Kids general manager, who was appointed back in January.

7 Cartoons Have Tragically Been Banned From Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon And Disney XD Africa Due To Homosexual (Or Gay) Behaviour (And Violent Language)

The outrages reasons are now surfacing as to why Ezekiel Mutua, the censorship tsar of Kenya's censorship board, last week abruptly banned 7 cartoons on Nickelodeon (DStv 305), Disney XD (DStv 304) and Cartoon Network (DStv 301) for being homosexual (gay).

The bizarre reasons provided by Kenya's Film Classification Board (KFCB) it seemingly took straight from the internet without having actually watched and screened the various kids cartoons, are mind-bogglingly insane and shockingly unbelievable.

Ezekiel Mutua, KFCB CEO, told MultiChoice the 7 cartoons must be off the air on the DStv and GOtv satellite pay-TV platforms over seemingly foolish reasons, ranging from one character "who has a dick for a head", to two characters who go on an (unseen) "implied romantic vacation".

While on a superficial level Kenya's censorship and banning of kids cartoons might seem silly, it has systemic and operational real-world consequences for South African and African TV viewers far beyond the borders of the East African country.

Since channel distributors often only has one TV channel broadcast feed for Africa, a ban of content on a channel in one country, like Kenya or Nigeria - that a channel distributor then must agree to - means one of two things.

Either the whole channel must be completely blocked and be made unavailable in the affected country, or the content deemed offensive on the TV channel must be removed from the linear broadcast schedule.

Since we share one similar channel feed for more than one country, this means that the content is taken away not just from viewers in the country affected, but from millions of DStv subscribers right across several African countries, including South Africa.

The 7 cartoons are now abruptly banned, with the KFCB's shocking censorship that is creating problems for not just MultiChoice and DStv, but also the channel and content providers Walt Disney Africa, Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) and Turner Broadcasting EMEA that respectively run and programme the Disney XD, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network channels.

Some of the cartoons are not even airing anymore and ended years ago - for instance the now-banned The Legend of Korra that finished its run in 2014 (it would have aired on NickToons by now).

After responding to a media enquiry, the KFCB says the 7 cartoons - Loud House, The Legend of Korra, Hey Arnold, Clarence, Steven Universe, Adventure Time and Star vs the Forces of Evil are TV children programmes "with homosexual themes".

The KFCB says it doesn't matter that the shows don't include or show any overt on-screen "gayness".

If a show's creator said a character is gay - in the way that JR Rowling after the conclusion of the Harry Potter series said that Prof Dumbledore is gay - that is enough for Kenya's censors to order a ban on a kids cartoon on MultiChoice's DStv platform.

The KFCB says its "investigations focused on both current and previous programmes that are not suitable for children.

The KFCB - that said it banned the cartoons because it believes that the Nickelodeon, Disney XD and Cartoon Network shows "are intended to introduce children to deviant behaviour".

The KFCB says Kenya's constitution "only recognizes marriage between people of the opposite sex. From these references to the Kenya Constitution 2010, it is clear that homosexuality is not part of the culture, national values and the concept of a family."

"Further, it is important to note that South Africa is the only African country that recognizes same sex marriages. The Kenyan government has a responsibility to protect children against harmful exposure to negative media content and this is what the KFCB is doing as part of its mandate."

The KFCB provided the following reasons for why it banned each of the 7 cartoons on Nickelodeon, Disney XD and Cartoon Network:

The Loud House
The KFCB is so uninformed that it missed the announcement of self-censorship by VIMN Africa in mid-2016 when Viacom International "assured" DStv subscribers that it won't be broadcasting on television anywhere in Africa the "Overnight Success" episode on the Nickelodeon channel featuring the flash-appearance of two gay dads.

The KFCB has now banned the Loud House series over an episode that was never even broadcast in Kenya in the first place.

Star vs the Forces of Evil
KFCB would ban a cartoon that couldn't possibly have seen yet. Disney XD just started showing the second season of the show on the channel across Africa and is now at episode 8. It will be quite a while before episode 20, "Just Friends", makes it to actual TV screens that does contain a fleeting kiss - if you know where to pause and look closely in the background.

Legend of Korra
The KFCB decided to ban The Legend of Korra since the creator, after the conclusion of the show in 2014, said that two characters are lesbian. Yet nothing romantic during the duration of the show was ever shown on-screen.

Legend of Korra is banned although it isn't even showing on Nickelodeon currently.

Adventure Time
The KFCB decided to ban Adventure Time on fake reasons and alleges that "the creator said the two main characters are in a gay relationship".
Not only are Princess Bubblegum and Marceline not the main characters as the KFCB alleges, but the creator, Pendleton Ward, has never said anything to that effect ever.

The closest is actress Olivia Olsen voicing the character of Marceline, at a book signing, who said that in her personal opinion Marceline is likely lesbian but that the show will never venture into that territory since "in some countries where the show airs, it's sort of illegal".

Steven Universe
The KFCB found a correct quote from an interview with the website Movie Pilot with the show's creator. Ruby and Sapphire are indeed lesbians, according to the show's creator, but viewers will have to watch the show with that specific subtext to see that.

The KFCB however seems to read a lot of fanfiction. Is Pearl and Rose gay? The creator hasn't confirmed or mentioned anything.

Gravity Falls
Explaining why it banned this cartoon, the KFCB again lies and says a character calls someone "bitch". Nobody says this to another character and the word is never spoken.
What happens is that a character called Grunkle Stan once says "son of a ..." before the scene cuts away.

The KFCB lies when it says the characters watch porn. It's never happened. The show also finished in 2016 already. Like The Legend of Korra, the show's creator, after the conclusion of the series, said Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durand are gay, although its never ever mentioned or explored in the show.

Hey Arnold
The KFCB says "Arnold is taught the wonders of sexual stamina and given stories about sex". Nowhere in the series does that ever happening.
As proof of these and other simply not there things, the KFCB seems to have found a website that tries to find so-called "dirty jokes" in the cartoon.

The KFCB says Arnold's grandpa "had a dick for a head – head is in the shape of a penis and somewhere in the scene there is a poster written 'try my sausage".

It's real, definitive proof according to the KFCB that Hey Arnold isn't meant for children.
Luckily Hey Arnold isn't even on Nickelodeon currently but was on NickToons until this whole thing happened, so the KFCB didn't have to bother.

Special thinks to TV with Thinus

Friday, 9 June 2017

New Supersport Channel Line Up Coming Soon On DStv With New Esports Channel

SuperSport has introduced a new channel line up to give sport lovers a better viewing experience and make it easy for fans to find their favourite sport. DStv customers can look forward to 14 SuperSport and one eSports channel, with less duplication of sports across channels and more predictable scheduling.

DStv customers on all packages can look forward to a rebranded SuperSport Select, now on SS10, and DStv Extra customers will get more sports channels – SS7 and SS8.

Fans of football can follow La Liga on SS7 exclusively, and SS11 (new channel) and SS12 will become permanent events channels to be the home for overflow sport.

“We believe that these changes will give our customers an even better viewing experience, making it easier to navigate our wide variety of sports in the back-to-back channels. As there will be less duplication and repeats of sport, and no impact on live events, the overall sport viewing will be enhanced,” said Gideon Khobane, CEO for SuperSport.

eSports is growing in popularity, so GINX eSports TV that is currently available on DStv Now, will find a home on DStv channel 240. DStv Premium, Extra and Compact customers will be able to enjoy the action on this unique channel.

And of course, most of the channels will be in glorious HD – SS Blitz, SS1-9 and SS11 will be in HD, as will GINX eSports TV. SS8 is currently in SD and will change to HD.

Gideon reassured fans “SuperSport is still the home of the best sporting action on the African continent.”

The new channel line up will take effect on 4 July. Sports fans will start their viewing on Channel 200 on SuperSport Blitz through to SuperSport 12.

DStv customers can go to DStv.com or SuperSport.com to see how the sports are allocated across the different SuperSport channels.

And remember to tune in – at home on your decoder, or through DStv Now online or via the DStv Now app on your tablet or smartphone. DStv Now is available to our Compact, Extra and Premium customers at no extra charge. You don't have to miss a second of the action.

Summary of changes

SS7 and SS8 will go to DStv Extra customers
SS7 will be home of La Liga Football
SS Select will no longer exist on DStv – replaced with SS10 for all customers who currently get it including DStv Select customers
SS11 and SS12 will become permanent events channels – no more overflow channels
GINX eSport, currently available on DStv Now, will be on DStv channel 240
12 HD channels available – SS Blitz (to all DStv customers), SS1-9, SS11 and Ginx eSports. SS8, currently in SD, will become HD.

SuperSport Channel Optimisation FAQ’s

What is happening to the SuperSport channels?
SS7 and SS8 will go to DStv Extra customers
SS7 will be home of La Liga Football
SS Select will no longer exist on DStv – replaced with SS10 for all customers who currently get it including DStv Select customers
SS11 and SS12 will become permanent events channels – no more overflow channels
GINX eSport, currently available on DStv Now, will be on DStv channel 240
12 HD channels available – SS Blitz (to all DStv customers), SS1-9, SS11 and Ginx eSports

What is the benefits of the optimization to customers?
Fewer repeats and less duplication of sports
Predictable events channels on SS11 and SS12
Know which channel you can find your sports – SS7 dedicated to La Liga

Which channel will be rebranded?
SuperSport Select will now be called SS10. All customers who received SuperSport Select, will get SS10.

Which new channels are being added?
SS11 is being added as an event channel for overflow sport for live events.
Also GINX eSport is added to DStv channel 240.

Are any channels being changed?
SuperSport 12 - currently a 24-hour La Liga (Spanish football) channel - will become an events channel like SS11. La Liga will find a permanent home on SS7.

When do the changes come into effect?
The new line-up will come into effect on Tuesday, July 4.

Do customers need to do anything?
No need to do anything as the changes will happen automatically on 4 July. We encourage customers to go to DStv.com and SuperSport.com to familiarize themselves with where they will find their favourite sport.

What will be the total number of channels available on SuperSport after July 4?
14

Which DStv package will carry which channel?
Blitz: On all packages, Premium, Extra, Compact, Select 1, Select 2, Family, Access and Easy View.
SS1: Premium only
SS2: Premium only
SS3: Premium, Extra and Compact
SS4: Premium, Extra and Compact
SS5: Premium only
SS6: Premium only
SS7: Premium and Extra
SS8: Premium and Extra
SS9: Premium, Extra and Compact
SS10: Premium, Extra, Compact, Select 1, Select 2 and Family, Access.
SS11: Premium only
SS12: Premium only
Maximo: Premium only
GINX eSports: Premium, Extra and Compact

This means our Extra customers get 3 more sports channels – SS7, SS8 and GINX
Our Premium customers get 2 more sports channels – SS11 and GINX
Our Compact customers get 1 more sport channel - GINX

In the repurposing, will there be any SD channels upgraded to HD?
Yes. SS8 will be upgraded to an HD channel, this will bring the total number of HD channels available to 12.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Beast Happy Summer Stunt Invades July 2017 On NickToons Africa Including Season 2 Of Rabbids: Invasion, Final Episodes From Season 2 Of Harvey Beaks, Season 5 Of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic And The Return Of All Grown Up!

6:00  As Told By Ginger
6:25  Littlest Pet Shop
6:50  Peppa Pig
7:15  My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
7:40  Regal Academy
8:05  ALVINNN and the Chipmunks
8:30  Rabbids: Invasion
8:55  All Grown Up!
9:20  Littlest Pet Shop
9:45  My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
10:10  Peppa Pig
10:35  Harvey Beaks
11:00  Inazuma Eleven
11:25  Totally Spies!
11:50  Totally Spies!
12:15  Winx Club
12:40  Regal Academy
13:05  Peppa Pig
13:30  Littlest Pet Shop
13:55  My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
14:20  ALVINNN and the Chipmunks
14:45  The Fairly OddParents
15:10  Inazuma Eleven
15:35  The Penguins of Madagascar
16:00  Harvey Beaks
16:25  Peppa Pig
16:50  Rabbids: Invasion
17:15  Littlest Pet Shop
17:40  My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
18:05  My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
18:30  Regal Academy
18:55  Winx Club
19:20  Totally Spies!
19:45  Totally Spies!
20:10  ALVINNN and the Chipmunks
20:35  The Fairly OddParents
21:00  Harvey Beaks
21:25  Inazuma Eleven
21:50  Regal Academy
22:15  ALVINNN and the Chipmunks
22:40  Rabbids: Invasion
23:05  The Fairly OddParents
23:30  The Penguins of Madagascar
23:55  T.U.F.F. Puppy
0:20  The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
0:45  Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
1:10  Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
1:35  The Penguins of Madagascar
2:00  The Penguins of Madagascar
2:25  Avatar: The Last Airbender
2:50  Avatar: The Last Airbender
3:15  Totally Spies!
3:40  Totally Spies!
4:05  Fanboy and Chum Chum
4:30  Hey Arnold!/Rugrats
4:55  Winx Club
5:20  Winx Club
5:45  ALVINNN and the Chipmunks

Summer Stunt: Beast Happy
Monday 3-16 July at 08:05 CAT. Marathon on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July at 8:05 CAT and 16:00 CAT respectively. Another marathon on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July at 8:05 CAT and 16:00 CAT respectively. Including Rabbids: Invasion, Planet Sheen, Monster vs. Aliens, Harvey Beaks, CatDog, Robot and Monster, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters and Catscratch.

Harvey Beaks
Final Episodes (213-226)
Premieres Monday 3 July at 16:00 CAT. New episodes marathon on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July at 8:05 CAT and 16:00 CAT respectively.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
New Episodes (501-513)
Premieres Monday 10 July at 13:55 CAT. New episodes marathon on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July at 8:05 CAT and 16:00 CAT respectively.

Rabbids: Invasion
New Episodes (201-213)
Premieres Monday 10 July at 16:50 CAT. New episodes marathon on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August at 8:05 CAT and 16:00 CAT respectively.

All Grown Up!
New Episodes (40-49)
Premieres Monday 17 July at 8:55 CAT.

What's New In July 2017 On Nick Jr Africa

NELLA THE PRINCESS KNIGHT S1
NEW EPISODES
Nella uses her position as a princess-knight to be a guardian for justice – when she’s not practising for her ballet recital or playing with Trinket, her unicorn best friend! In the new episodes, the girls are excited because there’s a celebrity visiting Castlehaven. Trinket has to overcome her jealousy of Nella’s new friendship with Minotauri and a near-sighted cyclops interrupts Nella’s ballet class.
Daily from Saturday 1 July @ 15:05 CAT

THE DAY HENRY MET… S2
NEW EPISODES
Henry is one inquisitive four year old! Children can learn a lot from his conversations with the different objects he meets in each episode, from what they are, to how they work. And Henry’s colourful imagination always takes  him on an adventure with the visitor of the  day. This month, Henry meets a telescope,  a golf ball, a rainbow, a bear and a violin!
Daily from Monday 10 July @ 16:30 CAT

RUSTY RIVETS S1
NEW EPISODES
Rusty is his name and engineering is his game! When it comes to building, fixing and inventing, Rusty and his friends Ruby, Botosaur and Liam are first to pull their sleeves up. They don’t always get it right, but they learn along the way. This July, the friends find out that team work is the dream work when they clean up the beach. Rusty also builds a custom ride from junk when the theme park is closed over Liam’s birthday and creates a new habitat for a rare bird in trouble.
Daily from Monday 17 July @ 17:00 CAT

BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES  MARATHON
If you’re a fan of Blaze and the Monster Machines then take note of these two days at the end of July when the animated series, about Axle City’s number one racer and his monster truck friends, plays back-to-back! Some of the episodes introduce scientific concepts such as hydraulics (“The Hundred Mile Race”), melting point (“The Polar Derby”) and counterweight (“Mega Mud Robot”), in a fun and accessible way.
Saturday 29 July @ 21:00 CATSunday 30 July @ 09:00 CAT

WEEKEND MOVIES

TEAM UMIZOOMI: THE KING OF NUMBERS Preschoolers are tested on their basic counting and recognition of shapes and patterns in this animated series. In this special, the siblings Milli and Geo, and their green robot friend Bot, have  to use all their maths skills to save a king.
Saturday 1 July @ 19:10 CAT
Sunday 2 July @ 07:10 CAT

BUBBLE GUPPIES: GUPPY STYLE!
The Guppies are bubbling with excitement to watch their favourite singer, Stylee, perform live in concert. They’ll do anything to see her, including travelling on land, sea and even air.
Saturday 8 July @ 19:10 CAT
Sunday 9 July @ 09:10 CAT

DORA THE EXPLORER: DORA SAVES THE CRYSTAL KINGDOM
Imagine a world without colour! It’s up to Dora and Boots to save the Crystal Kingdom from a greedy king who has stolen all the crystals that give the kingdom its beautiful hues.
Saturday 15 July @ 19:10 CAT
Sunday 16 July @ 09:10 CAT

BLAZE AND THE  MONSTER MACHINES: BLAZE OF GLORY
When Blaze and AJ get together, you know you are in for a good race! But mischievous Crusher tries to win by cheating. Blaze will have to use his special skills to help his fellow racers and to cross the finish line first.
Saturday 22 July @ 19:10 CAT
Sunday 23 July @ 07:10 CAT

DORA THE EXPLORER: DORA SAVES THE SNOW PRINCESS
Dora and her friends get caught up in a fairytale rescue. A wicked witch has locked up Sabrina the snow princess and cast a spell on the snow forest! Can Dora help save Sabrina and winter?
Saturday 29 July @ 19:10 CAT
Sunday 30 July @ 07:10 CAT

What's New In July 2017 On Nickelodeon Africa

HOLIDAY MARATHON
School’s out! For three weeks in July, Nickelodeon is offering weekday marathons packed with special episodes and a brand new series! Let the kids fly away with superheroes The Thundermans and Henry Danger, get technical with the internet gurus and gamers from Game Shakers and iCarly, go on a family adventure in Hunter Street and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, and laugh out loud with our animated series The Loud House and Bunsen Is a Beast. Plus, check out the new addition ToonMarty.
Weekdays from Monday 3 July @ 08:10 CAT

TOONMARTY
NEW SERIES!
A great big dollop of comedy and a generous pinch of slapstick make Nickelodeon’s new animated series an entertaining hit. Marty is  a wacky boy with quite a large head, who works at the Toonmart in Toonville with his friends Burnie and Holly. And there’s no business Marty likes better than somebody else’s business, which often lands the trio  in hot water! Watch as they clean up their mess after their pranks go wrong.
Weekdays from Monday 3 July @ 14:45 CAT

PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET S2
NEW EPISODES
What do a pig, a goat, a banana and a cricket have in common? Not much, except that they are all certifiably “cray cray” and they’re all housemates! In the latest episodes of this high-octane show, Goat is mistaken for a secret agent and Banana becomes an overnight internet celebrity. Then the eccentric four open their own hotel! Can you imagine the chaos that will ensue with this motley crew running the show?
Weekdays from Monday 10 July @ 15:40 CAT

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: LOST & FOUND SPECIAL
If your kids like gaming, they will love  this interactive treasure hunt that starts on  TV and finishes online. Watch SpongeBob  from Monday to Friday, then catch up with  him at www.nickelodeonafrica.com to help  him find objects in Krusty Krab’s Lost & Found. Every day after completing a new level online, users can unlock a special bonus level by answering a trivia question about the episode.
Weekdays from Monday 17 July to Friday 21 July @ 13:50 CAT

In July 2017, Cartoon Network Africa Will Be Bringing You More New Episodes Of Vambre And Prohyas In Mighty Magiswords With Grizz, Panda And Ice Bear In We Bare Bears Plus A Gumball And PPG Mashup

BRAND NEW EPISODES
MIGHTY MAGISWORDS
The fun continues with all new episodes of Mighty Magiswords!

Yes that’s right, your favourite clumsy siblings, Vambre and Prohyas, are back this month and boy oh boy are you in for a treat so be sure to hold onto your seat! This month we have more adventure, more excitement and of course more swords! Tune-in and watch as the team of ‘warriors for hire’ sets out on a series of new adventures that include retrieving a never-melting ice-cube, and solve the mystery behind Princess Zanga’s missing Autostyle Magisword. Will Vambre and Prohyas find the magical cube? Will they manage to fnd the princess’s sword in time and ultimately save her from her bad hair day?

Premiere: Monday 10/07/2017
Tune-In: Monday - Friday @ 18:15 CAT
Repeat: Monday - Friday @ 11:05 CAT

BRAND NEW EPISODES
WE BARE BEARS
Brown, black and white! That’s right; your favourite brother bear trio is back!

Make sure you don’t miss out this month because the bears are back! The bears promise to bring more #Fun #Comedy and #Adventure than ever before! Watch as things go from good to bad when the audience decides to leave Grizz’s amateur movie screening – can he get them to stay? Viewers can also look forward to seeing Panda make a huge mistake when he agrees to babysit Lucy’s brother, Cliford (who is a menace), in an effort to impress her. Will he survive?

Premiere: Monday 03/07/2017
Tune-in: Monday - Friday @ 13:50 CAT
Repeat: Monday - Friday @ 08:20 & 20:25 CAT
Weekends: @ 05:00 & 19:40 CAT

PROGRAMMING STUNT
GUMBALL & PPG MASH-UP
Three girls, one cat and his fishy friend … every day, all week!

If you have not guessed it already, Cartoon Network will be airing back-to-back episodes of the Powerpuff Girls followed by The Amazing World of Gumball for a fve day marathon. Yes you read correctly – FIVE WHOLE DAYS!! So, if you like villain busting excitement with Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, or troublesome fun with the Wattersons, tune-in so that you do not miss out on any of the Powerpuff Girls action adventures or Gumball and Darwin’s hilarious mishaps and quirks! Are you excited yet? We sure are!

Tune-in: Monday 17/07/2017 through Sunday 22/07/2017 @ 09:30 CAT