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DStv highlights for the week


Africa’s leading pay TV brand has confirmed plans for an entertaining OPEN WEEKEND, during which time DStv Access, Family, Compact and Compact Plus subscribers will be able to view selected DStv Premium channels, at no extra cost.

Running from Friday July 19 at 16:00 CAT until Monday July 22 at 10:00 CAT, the DStv OPEN WEEKEND is the latest development in the DStv Rewards campaign, which aims to reward subscribers for their loyalty in different ways. Earlier this year, thanks to DStv Rewards, lucky subscribers from different parts of the continent walked away with wonderful cash prizes.

With the OPEN WEEKEND now just days away, DStv has confirmed the channels that will be part of the offer and these include some of the biggest, most popular television brands in the world – AfricaMagic Entertainment, Animal Planet, BBC Knowledge, BBC LifeStyle, Big Brother The Chase (Channels 197 and 198), Cbeebies, Comedy Central, Crime and Investigation, Discovery, Fox Entertainment, History Channel, MTV, MTV Base, Sky News, SuperSport channels 1 – 6, Trace Sports Stars and the Travel Channel.

So if you’ve ever wondered about these channels, and exactly what viewing they offer, then wonder no more. Now is your chance to see them firsthand and experience some of the finest content available on television today. From world class sport to hit music, from blockbuster reality television to fascinating documentary, from sensational series to awesome African content, DStv Premium is the most comprehensive television product available in Africa today.

It’s all happening so make a date for the DStv Open Weekend…You won’t want to miss a moment! For more information on DStv programming, channels and bouquets, visit 

M-Net (DStv Premium, Ch 103)

The Odd Life of Timothy Green: A happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green, can’t wait to start a family, but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim – and their small town of Stanleyville – learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts. Don’t miss The Odd Life of Timothy Green on Friday 19 July 2013 18:30 CAT.

Studio Universal (DStv Compact, Compact Plus & Premium, Ch 112)

Alpha Dog: They grew up together in the suburbs of LA, living their own version of the American dream, with every day a blur of partying and looking for the next thrill. Johnny is the leader in a sordid world of drugs, greed, power and privilege. But when he is double-crossed by another dealer, things quickly begin to spiral out of control, and an impulsive kidnapping leads to a shocking conclusion. Watch Alpha Dog on Tuesday 23 July 2013 20:00 CAT.

MTV Base (DStv Premium, Ch 322)

MTV Base Meets Michelle Obama:  First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama is to underline her commitment to and support for youth on the African continent by participating in the groundbreaking African TV series and multimedia campaign, MTV Base Meets.

MTV Base Meets Michelle Obama was taped on 29 June during the President and First Lady’s visit to South Africa.

Mrs Obama will deliver remarks and participate in a discussion with youth at an event being organized in conjunction with African youth and music channel MTV Base and Google+.

MTV Base Meets Michelle Obama will premiere to 52 countries across sub-Saharan Africa on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on 19 July at 17:00. Repeats 20 July at 13:30, Sunday 21 July at 10:00 CAT, 22 July at 20:30 and on 26 July at 20:00 all CAT 

Ebony Life TV (DStv Compact, Compact Plus & Premium, Ch 165)

Love Lounge: Love Lounge goes where few other talk shows go. A fusion of radio and TV, Oreka Godis is joined by experts as they discuss love, sex and relationships. Together they uncover juicy topics, share provocative stories and offer useful advice. Catch Love Lounge on EbonyLifeTV on Friday, 19 July at 23:00. 

E! (DStv Access, Family, Compact, Compact Plus & Premium, Ch 124)

Keeping Up With The Kardashians Season 8: Take a peek past the glamour and into the private lives of America’s most famous celebrity family as E! takes you into the hectic world of Kim Kardashian and her siblings. With their mother married to Olympic champion Bruce Jenner and two stepsisters thrown into the mix, can the two clans come together to form a united front or will their need to be in the spotlight result in them ruining their relationships with each other? This month, the drama continues as Kim deals with her pregnancy and blossoming relationship with Kanye West, while Kris tries her best to keep the family together despite everything. Watch it from Sunday 21 July at 21:00 CAT.

Discovery Channel (DStv Premium, Ch 121)

Extreme Smuggling:  Taka a peek into the underground world of drug smuggling, animal trafficking and illegal gun trading. Each hour-long episode uncovers the sophisticated methods and radical techniques used by criminals who are willing to take drastic measures in order to turn a profit. The series is shot partly from the point of view of smugglers themselves and reveals the oftentimes bizarre and disturbing ways that criminals try to feed the insatiable demand for drugs, exotic animals and guns. Watch it on Saturday 20 July at 22:45 CAT.

Kidnap and Rescue: It tells the story of Roy Hallums, an American food contractor in Iraq, revealing the violent world of the kidnap gangs who wreak terror across the war-torn country. Taken from his Baghdad office in November 2004, Roy spent 10 months blindfolded and bound in a subterranean cellar. He faced beatings, extreme psychological abuse and even a mock execution. But he never gave up hope. Not only was his family campaigning very publicly for his release, but they set up an organisation called ‘The Hostage Working Group’ which led to a highly sophisticated investigation to find him. ‘Kidnap & Rescue’ shows how this unique investigation endeavoured to find, and ultimately, rescue Roy Hallums. On Saturday 20 July at 23:45 CAT.

How it’s Made: Have you ever wondered how the items we use and rely upon on a daily basis are created? Popular science series How it’s Made puts everyday objects such as trumpets, sinks, pin ball machines, ballet slippers, cowboy boots and buses under the microscope to find out what it takes to manufacture the things we often take for granted. Taking viewers behind the scenes at different factories around the world, this fascinating series explores the high-tech processes used to transform raw materials into the final article. In this new series learn how everything from tissues to orange liqueur, and belt buckles to croissants are produced for our convenience. Sunday 21 July at 11:20 CAT.

Border Security: With the immense responsibility that comes with protecting the country, it is the customs and immigration officers’ ability to accurately read body language and decode a well-rehearsed lie that determines either capturing a criminal or letting them in. In these uncertain times, Border Security will take viewers to the frontline of  Australia’s national security, intercepting suspicious travellers and uncovering evidence of drug trafficking, wildlife smuggling and identity fraud along the way. From Sunday 21 July at 15:55 CAT.

What Happened Next?: This is a fast-paced clip show that explores the science behind some of the most jaw-dropping footage of destruction and mayhem ever captured on camera. The series explores everything from helicopters auto-rotating to avert deadly disasters, to cars fishtailing on the freeway and skiers trying to outrun deadly avalanches. Each of these clips is paused right before its big moment and the viewer is asked What Happened Next? They’re then presented with a number of incredible – but scientifically viable options to choose from. For example: Does the helicopter make the landing? Can the tornado lift the train? Will opening this window cause a backdraft? But they won’t be expected to answer off the cuff. From Saturday 20 July at 06:00 CAT. 

Sony Entertainment (DStv Family, Compact, Compact Plus & Premium, Ch 127)

Last Resort (New series): This new military-themed drama series tracks the crew of a fictional US Navy submarine that is given an order to launch nuclear ballistic missiles at Pakistan while stationed in the waters off that country’s coast. However, the sub’s commanding officer, Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher – Glory, Homicide: Life on the Street), refuses to obey this curious command, making his vessel a target and he and his men de facto enemies of their own country. Armed with a payload of nukes, they must find a way to prove their innocence and find out who in the US government has set them up. Expect political drama and maritime action aplenty! Starts on Tuesday, 23 July at 20:50 CAT.

**Please note that the schedules were confirmed by DStv and accurate as at the time of distribution. Dates and times are subject to change. For more sports news and information, visit or on

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