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 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.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Join NickToons Africa This School Holiday In June 2019 As Welcome Felicity In Nickelodeon's Newest Animated Series Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty Also Joining The Holiday Lineup Is Brand New Episodes Of Rise Of The TMNT And Peppa Pig As Well As Marathons From Your Favorite NickToon Gang

Peppa is a very cute little pig that lives with her pig-family: big brother George, her mom and her dad. Peppa loves to play games, dress up nicely, take nice long trips and jump into mud baths. She always ends her adventures with lots of cheering and laughing. Her best friends always accompany her when she on her big adventures.
In the new episodes:
• It is Danny Dog's birthday.
• The children take part in a treasure hunt.
• Madame Gazelle takes Peppa and her friends on a train ride.
• The family go to the funfair.
New Episodes (121-140 5min episodes) Weekdays from 03 to 14 June At 17:25 CAT/ 16:25 WAT/ 18:25 EAT

Legendary brothers – Raph, Leo, Donnie and Mikey – must work together to navigate the perils of both the modern
age and secret realms beneath New York City to become the heroes they were always destined to be. Offering fantastic ninja action – but with a lot more comedy and fun. The absurdity of the world and of the Turtles’ existence…it’s anything but ordinary – and that lends itself to unexpected surprises. Cowabunga!
New Episodes (116-119) Saturdays from 29 June to 20 July At 17:10 CAT/ 16:10 WAT/ 18:10 EAT

Nickelodeon’s newest animated series is a mashup character comedy introducing viewers to Felicity, an adorable but fierce kitty that one day gains the magical and majestic powers of a rainbow, butterfly
and unicorn as she embarks on whimsical
adventures with her buddies.
New Show (101-113)
Weekdays from 24 June to 10 July At 16:25 CAT/ 15:25 WAT/ 17:25 EAT

This play-along, animated adventure series stars Dora, a seven-year-old Latina heroine who asks preschoolers for their help on her adventures. Along the way, they'll meet friends, overcome obstacles and learn a little Spanish!
• It’s Twins Day and everyone’s getting ready for the big Twins Day Party at Play Park!
• Dora and Isa are planting Isa’s special unicorn flowers when suddenly a baby unicorn, Unicornio, rides in on a Rainbow!
• Boots and Tico are really excited because it’s their first day of school ever!
New Episodes (501-516, 601-605,607- 614,616-620, 701-714,717-720, 801-820). Every day from 10 June at 08:30 CAT/ 07:30 WAT/ 09:30 EAT during the Nick Jr. Block on NickToons

16:00 CAT/ 15:00 WAT/ 17:00 EAT
The important thing is to make kids laugh.
So, what is funny? That’s simple.
Our Characters are funny! And that’s why we’ve made them the face of the new
02 June Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
09 June Peppa Pig
16 June Father’s Day Episodes: RocketPower, The Adv. Of Kid Danger, Danny Phantom, El Tigre, Kung Fu Panda
23 June Atchoo!
30 June Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty

We’re bringing it home this June!
It may be cold, dull and boring outside but we’ll be heating things up with a whole lot of kid-power on NickToons. Discover warm new friends and colourful new places with a programming line-up that’s guaranteed to excite!
Weekdays from Monday 17 to Friday 28 June starting at 09:45 CAT/ 08:45 WAT/ 10:45 EAT.
Monday 17 & 24 KCAs & Nickelodeon's Toy Sprint 2018
Tuesday 18 & 25 ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks
Wednesday 19 & 26 SpongeBob Squarepants
Thursday 29 & 26 The Fairly OddParents
Friday 21 & 28 Peppa Pig

Get The Holidays Every Weekday Morning In June 2019 On Nick Jr. Africa

WEEKDAYS: 03 TO 28 JUNE AT 07:40 CAT/ 06:40 WAT/ 08:40 EAT
Episodes 102-104, 106, 107, 111, 101, 109, 112, 108 | half carts
When the Fuzzlytwins, Mo and Bo, get separated in the hotel, it's up to Abby to get them back together again.
Princess Flugdoesn't want to get dirty in the park, but she also doesn't want to be left out of her friends' fun.
Teeny Terry worries that he's too tiny to be helpful.
WEEKDAYS: 03 JUNE TO 07 JUNE AT 10:45 CAT/ 09:45 WAT/ 11:45 EAT
Episode 123, 127-130 | half hours
Lacey builds a cupcake machine to keep the bakery open while Cindy recovers from a wrist injury.
The gang helps Scratch run a dog adoption at the pound. When a shy dog named Rosie isn't adopted and then finds herself in trouble, Blair steps up to save the day.
SUNDAYS: 02 TO 30 JUNE AT 16:40 CAT/ 15:40 WAT/ 17:40 EAT
Episodes 411-415 | half hours
When Crusher and Pickle are trapped at the top of a tall, rickety tower, Blaze, Stripes and Starla transform into awesome construction vehicles to build a way down.
Blaze and AJ are joining the police department! With the help of their new police pal, Officer Anna, Blaze transforms into a super-fast police car to lend a helping hand (or tire) to any truck in trouble.
WEEKDAYS: 10 TO 18 JUNE AT 14:10 CAT/ 13:10 WAT/ 15:10 EAT
Episode 712-718 | half hours
Ruby and Louise enter a snow sculpture contest while Max and Morris make a big snowball!
While Ruby has a list of things to do, Max just wants to have a fun day.
Ruby and Louise work on their science project, while Max and Morris tidy up toys.
SUNDAY 16 JUNE FROM 13:15 CAT/ 12:15 WAT/ 14:15 EAT
Episodes 520, 517, 514, 511 | half hours
Something's gone wrong on the swamp tour. This Ultimate Rescue calls for Zuma and his Ultimate Swamp Vehicle!
Everything is shaking and breaking beneath Adventure Bay! Ryder will need Rocky to lead the pups on an Ultimate Fix-it Rescue!
SUNDAY 23 JUNE FROM 10:10 CAT/ 09:10 WAT/ 11:10 EAT
Episode 110-116 | half hours
Dazzle is a great singer, but her constant singing gets distracting. Can Butterbean tell her without hurting her feelings?
Dazzle and Poppy each think that the other's job is easier, so they switch jobs to see!
EVERY SUNDAY AT 07:05 CAT/ 06:05 WAT/ 08:05 EAT
Double episodes | one hour
Get an early start and let mom and dad sleep in a bit by spending time with your favourite Nick Jr. friends
Blaze and the Monster Machines: Blaze of Glory Sunday - 02 June
Dora and Friends: Dragon in the School - Sunday 09 June
Bubble Guppies: The Puppy and the Ring - Sunday 16 June
Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves King Unicornio - Sunday 23 June
Shimmer and Shine: The First Wish - Sunday 30 June

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

Among the series included in the channel are:

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!

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.

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.


Thursday, 16 May 2019

If Food Is What You Crave Check Out Food Network On DStv Channel 175 To See What The Cooks Have Lined Up For You In The Kitchen

Burgers, Brew & 'Que
From Monday 8 July at 19:00
Michael Symon takes a road trip to taste the best classic dishes America has to offer, from mouth-watering burgers to tender barbecue, washed down with the best local beers and brews. In this culinary series he travels from one end of the country to another, starting off in New York for some Greek-style lamb band feta burgers and Italian-style smoky mozzarella and prosciutto, before heading West for the best BBQ and smoked dishes around. If it's meat and grilled or barbecued, Michael will try it, as this series tantalises the eyes and excites the taste buds!

Girl Meets Farm
From Thursday 25 July at 19:55
Cookbook author and food blogger Molly Yeh makes delicious dishes inspired by her Jewish and Chinese heritage in her farmhouse kitchen in the Midwest of America. In this culinary series she aims to bring some fresh and tasty multicultural cuisines to an area unfamiliar with them. Whether it's a unique take on brunch that combines shakshuka with feta, Brussels sprouts and bacon hash, or Chinese-inspired scallion pancakes with maple carrot slaw, Molly is sure to have a new, tasty dish that will give fresh ideas to cooks everywhere.

The Johnson Family Land On Real Time Africa's Screen In July 2019 Also Joining The Lineup Is Something Borrowed, Something New And Too Ugly For Love?

7 Little Johnstons
From Wednesday 17 July at 20:00
In some ways, the Johnstons are an average American family of seven, pursuing the American dream: They live and work in rural Georgia, and are transforming a fixer-upper into their dream home all by themselves. However, this is no ordinary family - they are the largest known family of little people in the world. All seven Johnstons have Achondroplasia Dwarfism, a genetic condition that affects their size. Dad, Trent, and mom, Amber, have a total of five kids under the age of 16: Jonah and Elizabeth, their biological kids, as well as three adopted children, Anna from Russia, Alex from South Korea, and Emma from China. Juggling the demands of a family of seven while living in your dream home that is being renovated because it's a fixer-upper is anything but easy, but the Johnstons are up for the challenge.

Too Ugly For Love?
From Thursday 11 July at 20:00
Finding love isn't always easy. Dating can be awkward and uncomfortable at the best of times. But what happens when you have to reveal you've got a hidden or embarrassing medical condition to a potential partner? In this emotional series, 12 singletons conditions face that dilemma. From alopecia to missing limbs, excessive sweating to colostomy bags, the brave daters are all outwardly attractive and eligible, but internally feel undesirable. The series follows the romantic hopefuls navigate the highs and lows, the awkwardness and embarrassment of dating as they grapple with just how much of themselves to reveal. And, some of these singletons have never before revealed their issue and are terrified at the prospect. They've all become skilled at concealing their condition, but deep down know that, if they want a shot at love, they'll need to open up.

Something Borrowed, Something New
From Tuesday 2 July at 21:00
It's one of the biggest decisions in a woman's life: what to wear on her wedding day! But, in this series, help is at hand! Designer Kelly Nishimoto and stylist Sam Saboura help a bride-to-be solve a classic bridal dilemma: does she wear a borrowed family heirloom filled with a sense of history, or does she go her own way in a brand-new gown? Wearing a family wedding dress can be a joy or it could be a bridal disaster! Kelly is on hand to customise it into something unique that the bride will love, while Sam tries to tempt the indecisive bride-to-be with a brand-new dress with a shopping trip to a bridal salon. From the tall bride whose prison guard mum has strong views on modesty, to Sarah, whose grandma's 1942 dress is now falling apart, every bride is faced with the ultimate sartorial dilemma. It's two dresses, one decision: will it be something borrowed or something new?

Investigation Discovery Africa Brings You More People Magazine Investigates In July 2019 Along With More Murder Mysteries

People Magazine Investigates: Cults
From Thursday 11 July at 22:00
The magnetic, dangerous world of cults has been making the headlines across the world over the years. In this powerful series, People Magazine explores the shocking stories of ordinary people who get caught up in a terrifying web of abuse, deception, and manipulation. How did Charles Manson entice dozens of young women to live with him in his commune in late 60s California; and how did he order his followers to commit a string of gruesome murders? What led 39 people to follow Heaven's Gate leader, Marshall Applewhite to their graves in 1997? This series examines these chilling cases and more, through the eyes of survivors who managed to escape and the People journalists who covered these harrowing stories.

Death In The Bayou: The Jennings 8
From Sunday 7 July at 21:00
Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight young women were found dumped in and around the small town of Jennings, Louisiana. Although they all knew each other, and their bodies were discovered in very similar circumstances, local police refused to link the deaths. After more than 10 years, the cases are still unsolved, leaving the community haunted by the question: who killed the Jennings 8? Tired of waiting for justice, Brittany and Taylor Dubois, sisters of victim Whitnei Dubois, are on a mission to find the truth. As the stories of Whitnei and the other early victims unfold, friends and family members talk about their lives and their suspicious deaths, revealing a world of secrets and suspects beneath the surface of this small town, exploding to a surprising arrest.

The Wonderland Murders
From Monday 29 July at 21:00
Hidden amongst the rolling mountains and deep forests of the iconic Pacific Northwest sits a breeding ground for one of the deadliest terrains in the world. Known as a 'serial killer's playground', this land once dubbed "Wonderland" due to its grandeur and summer beauty, washes away into nine dreary months of rain that bring grey skies and a falling mist. And shrouded in fog are those who are driven to kill. This series follows the dedicated Portland homicide investigators who examine a series of mysterious, riveting and disturbing murder cases in the area. As a team, these investigators explore stories of mystery, obsession, and cold-blooded evil. Recreations, exclusive crime scene video and first-person interviews bring to life a haunting yet beautiful world where a heavy mist often shrouds its hidden horrors.

Diabolical: Deadly Love
From Friday 5 July at 22:00
There are some devious people who use their wits and wiles to manipulate, seduce and even try to get away with murder. This series recounts the chilling tales of murderous masterminds using their devious ways to carry out shocking murders. From the murder of police officer that at first appears to be a suicide, to the suspicious death of a woman in the middle of a crowded lake, investigators peel back the layers of each case to reveal the dark truth. Full of psychological suspense, these compelling, intrigue-driven mysteries feature all the twists and turns of a true-crime thriller - and at the heart of each case is a devastating plot devised by a cold-hearted killer.