DStv opens Lifetime® to everyone from 20 to 23 February 2015: Whitney movie to debut on Lifetime® + DStv Highlights

MultiChoice is excited to announce that from the 20th to the 23rd of February, DStv subscribers across all packages will get an all-access pass to an entertaining and uplifting television viewing experience on Lifetime (DStv Channel 131).

Subscribers who don’t normally have access to this DStv Premium channel will be engaged and inspired by Lifetime’s winning formula of quality scripted dramas, Lifetime Original Movies and factual entertainment shows.

With this month marking the third anniversary since the death of iconic singer, actress, producer and model Whitney Houston, all DStv subscribers will have an opportunity to celebrate her life and music when Lifetime showcases the African premier of Whitney, a bio movie based on the singer’s life. The much-anticipated biopic will air on Sunday, 22 February at 6:00 GMT.

Directed by award-winning actress Angela Bassett in her directorial debut, Whitney chronicles the headline-making relationship between the singer aptly nicknamed “The Voice” and her husband, Bobby Brown. From the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity status, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage. Throughout Whitney’s life, difficulties followed the couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Whitney’s meteoric rise to superstardom.

On top of this momentous premier, the channel also offers a range of new and exciting shows including:

–          I’m having their baby Series 2, Fridays from 6 February at 6:45 GMT – This series follows would-be moms as they make the most difficult decision of their lives – whether or not to place their babies up for adoption. This hard hitting, emotional reality series takes viewers through the process of searching for potential adoptive parents as well as the reality and consequences of their agonizing decision.

–          A Day Late and a Dollar Short, Sunday 22nd Feb at 3:00 GMTThis is a Lifetime Original Movie, based on the bestseller by Terry McMillan. Whoopi Goldberg stars as a feisty matriarch who learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her. So, in case the worst happens, she embarks on a quest to fix her family torn apart because of sibling rivalry, teen pregnancy and drug addiction. Look out for more familiar faces of Mekhi Phifer, Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose and Tichina Arnold.

–          Married at First Sight, Sunday 22nd February at 8:00 GMT – This ground-breaking format offers a shockingly novel twist on the relationship, dating and wedding space. Four experts – a therapist, anthropologist, spiritualist and clinical psychologist – will create what they believe are three perfect couples. The twist is that these couples will never meet or know each other until they walk down the aisle and see each other face to face, for the first time, at the altar. Yikes!

–          Preachers Daughters, Friday 20th February at 7:35 GMT – The series follows the trials and tribulations of three teenage girls that are pastor’s daughters as they deal with the daily pressures of life as a typical teenagers. How will they balance the temptation of everyday life and the pressure of faith under the disconcerting eye of their fathers? Expect loads of drama as the girls struggle with living up to the expectations of their parents and their congregations.

–          Dance Moms 5, Mondays from 16 March at 6:00 GMTThese brand new episodes of Dance Moms follows Abby Lee Miller as she opens a new dance school in LA along with some familiar faces – and a few new ones. These mothers are driven, fierce and at times ruthless, and are willing to spend thousands of dollars, some even mortgaging their homes – all for the chance to turn their daughters into dancing stars. Two words: Drama. Galore.

With so much to look forward to, there’s really no excuse not to be glued to your TV screen however, for those unavoidable moments away from your TV, all shows can be recorded on the DStv Explora or the DStv Now app. After this period, you can gain non-stop access to Lifetime’s riveting shows and more entertaining channels, all it takes is a package upgrade to the DStv Premium.

The Lifetime (DStv channel 131) open weekend will start at 11:00 GMT on 20th February and close on the 23rd February at 8:00 GMT.

For more information on great DStv entertainment, visit www.dstv.com.

DStv Is Now Showing in the Dark

Power outages can cause you to miss some of your favourite shows on DStv. They can also disrupt the delivery of programmes to your decoder due to the satellite connection to your decoder’s hard drive being interrupted. This results in the loss or interruption of recordings.

We’ve put together a handy guide on how DStv customers can prepare before the electricity goes out, to ensure that you continue to feel every moment with DStv.

Before the lights go out:

Step 1 – Charge all your devices from laptops to smartphones and tablets.

Step 2 – Make sure you’re registered for a Connect ID.

Step 3 – Download the DStv Now App on your smartphone and tablet.

Download the DStv Now App for Android here and for iOS here.

Step 4 – Download all your favourite series and movies using the DStv Now App on your tablet or phone and make sure they are in your playlist.

Step 5- Download the DStv Desktop player on your laptop.

Download the DStv Desktop player here.

Step 6 – Download your favourite series, movies, actuality shows and sports highlights from DStv Catch Up. Make sure that everything you’ve downloaded is sitting comfy in your desktop player playlist.

When the lights go out you can –

– Live stream a selection of 18 premium channels using the DStv Now App. It’s as simple as opening the DStv Now App, entering your Connect ID once off, selecting Live TV from the menu, selecting a channel and hitting the Watch Live button.

Stream movies, actuality sports highlights and series from DStv Catch Up on your laptop.*

– Watch your favourite shows which you’ve already downloaded on your laptop, smartphone or tablet.

– Rent and stream movies using the BoxOffice App for Android or via the BoxOffice website.

Download the BoxOffice App for Android here.

– Watch sports on the go using the SuperSport App or via live video streaming on supersport.com.*

Download the SuperSport App for Android here or iOS here,

Now that you’ve prepared for load shedding, it’s safe to say that your now-showing-in-the-dark line-up will be uninterrupted.

Age Gap Love Tuesday 10 February 2015 7:50 GMT | TLC Entertainment (172)

Six British couples with big age gaps are determined to prove that coming from different generations is no barrier to romance.

Meet 78- year-old Edna and 39-year-old Simon, who met over their mutual love of organ music.

With a 39-year age gap between them and Edna now reliant on a zimmer frame, how do the couple keep their spark in the bedroom?

Don’t miss the premiere of Age Gap Love on Tuesday 10 February at 7:50 GMT on TLC.

Real Husbands Of Hollywood S3 Tuesday 10 February 2015 10:00 GMT | BET (135)

The all-star cast, Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe, Nick Cannon, JB Smoove and Duane Martin, are returning with more laughs and more celebrity guests in an all-new series of the “fakest reality show on TV” – the Real Husbands of Hollywood!
The husbands are still struggling to navigate their way through stardom.

As always, Real Husbands Of Hollywood packs a punch – both literally and figuratively – as the spoof style series gets down and dirty shining a light on the male ego and “bestie” beef presented from the “celebrity husbands” point of view.

 

 

 

Fashion Police: The 2015 Grammy Awards Wednesday 11 February 2015 8:00 GMT | E! Entertainment Television (124) 

 

 

 

 

Go behind the velvet ropes once again for even more glitz and glamour from music’s big night with Fashion Police: The 2015 Grammy Awards.  

Join hosts Kathy Griffin, Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski for an in-depth, fun-filled analysis of all the red carpet style.  Plus, hit singer-songwriter Ne-Yo and Grammy presenter Katharine McPhee stop by to tell us all about the big show and to help the gang break down all of the jaw dropping looks!

Viewers will not want to miss this fashion savvy and outspoken panel go head to head as they pick their best, and of course their worst, from this year’s event.

 

 

 

Romeo & Juliet Thursday 12 February 2015 6:30 GMT | M-Net Movies Premiere (103)

 

 

 

 

The British re-telling of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet secretly wed causing a chain of fateful events that changes both their lives and their families.

Starring:
Douglas Booth as Romeo Montague
Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet Capulet
Damian Lewis as Lord Capulet

 

 

 

 

The Fixer S4 Thursday 12 February 2015 7:30PM GMT | M-Net West (101)

 

 

 

Fitz asks Olivia to shut down a situation that arises when his daughter Karen becomes part in an involuntary sex tape, which could destroy the Grant family’s reputation. Olivia does her best to find the video before it is released, but faces trouble when the parents of the boy who made the sex tape, demand money in exchange of giving up the video. Meanwhile, Mellie struggles with the situation and with Olivia’s presence at the White House, but starts to feel better after a talk with Karen. Meanwhile, Jake finds himself in trouble when Rowan sends Tom Larsen to assassinate him after his discovery of how the President’s son, Jerry, really died. He is about to reveal the truth to Olivia and the President when he is arrested for the murder of Jerry as Tom was forced by Rowan to reveal who gave him the orders to kill the president’s son, and he falsely accused Jake for it.

 

 

 

Let’s Stay Together S3-4 Marathon Saturday 14 February 2015 2:00 GMT | BET (135)

 

 

 

Have an afternoon filled with laughs and love with our Let’s Stay Together Season 3 & 4 Marathon!

Re-live the exciting adventures in love and marriage of our favourite BET International couples as they redefine what modern love looks like.

Family, career, friends and relationships; even when things don’t always go their way, the gang still finds that love is all they need to stay together.

 

 

 

 

FOCUS: Love Saturday 14 February 2015 12:00 GMT |Trace Urban (335)

 

 

 

Love is in the air as Focus bangs out some top romantic tunes. Hits include the internationally renowned Stay With Me by British singer-songwriter Sam Smith, the dulcet tones of Alicia Keys on If I Ain’t Got You and ‘90s slow jam U Got It Bad by US R&B star Usher.

 

 

 

Valentine’s Love Songs Saturday 14 February 2015 6:00 GMT | MTV Base (322)

 

 

 

 

Celebrate the day of love with MTV Base.

Tune in on 14 February as they play some of the biggest love songs this Valentine’s Day.

 

 

 

 

 

Along Came Polly Saturday 14 February 2015 5:30 GMT | Turner Classic Movies (137) 

 

A newlywed man with a very organised life finds himself on the edge when he falls in love with an old classmate.

Starring:
Ben Stiller as Reuben Feffer
Jennifer Aniston as Polly Prince
Debra Messing as Lisa Kramer

 

 

 

One Spice At A Time Saturday 14 February 2015 8:00 GMT | Ebony Life TV (165) 

 

 

 

Tracy cannot cook to save her life and is desperate to impress Stanley Briggs, her blue blood fiancé with high standards for her and no regard for her feelings.

When he gives her a 2 week ultimatum to learn how to cook, Tracy gets desperate and hires the services of Larry, a good looking chef to help her with this task.

As they spend more time together and enjoy each other’s company, Tracy begins to see that there’s more to life than spending it being miserable while trying to meet up with people’s standards.

 

 

 

 

Love Takes Wing Saturday 14 February 2015 6:00 GMT | FAITH (341) 

 

 

 

 

Still as feisty as ever, Belinda Simpson is now a doctor in a small Missouri town where an unknown plague is spreading fear and resentment among the townspeople.

One local resident thinks the illness was spread from the town orphanage and wants to see it shut down.

Belinda struggles to make sense of the disease and God’s plan for the beleaguered town.

But with the support of Lee Owens, the town’s handsome young blacksmith and her best friend, Belinda learns that if she can rely on faith and love then everything else may just fall into place.

Starring Jordan Bridges, Haylie Duff.

Watch Love Takes Wing on Saturday 14 February at 20:00 on FAITH.

 

 

 

Break Up Songs Sunday 15 February 2015 2:00 GMT | MTV Base (322)

 

 

 

There’s nothing quite like a really good break up song to get all the hurt and anger out of your system.

Join MTV Base as they play some of the top break up songs, this Valentine’s Weekend.

 

 

 

 

Be My Guest Sunday 15 February 2015 7:00 GMT | AfricaMagic Showcase (150)

 

 

 

An obsessed ex lover who refuses to let go of the past thinks up an intricate plot to pursue her newly wed childhood sweetheart on his honeymoon.

Starring:
Chris Attoh
Nadia Buari
Omotu Bissong

 

 

 

Nellyville Sunday 15 February 2015 10:00 GMT| BET (135)

 

 

 

Brand New docu-series “Nellyville” follows multi-platinum recording artist Nelly, as he navigates his busy career as a hip-hop icon, successful entrepreneur and loving father to both his biological children and his deceased sister’s children – all while trying to start a new relationship with “Miss Jackson” the ex-girlfriend of a world famous boxer, Floyd Mayweather. Jr.

Known as an one of the most notable figures in modern pop culture, Nelly has also been dominating the business world with his fashion line, Apple Bottoms, and as co-owner of the NBA Charlotte Hornets. Despite his soaring career, Nelly’s crowning achievement is being a devoted father, friend, and mentor.

This unprecedented series will grant viewers an all-access pass to Nelly’s unique life in eight thrilling one-hour episodes.

 

 

 

12 Years a Slave Monday 16 February 2015 8:35 GMT | M-Net Movies Premiere (103) 

 

 

 

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist forever alters his life.

Starring:
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup
Michael Fassbender as Edwin Epps
Benedict Cumberbatch as William Ford
Brad Pitt as Samuel Bass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS WEEK ON BOX OFFICE

 

This week BoxOffice brings you blockbusters that will fill up your days with excitement. See the twisted, the lovely, the scary and the action packed movies  Don’t miss out on any of these!

 

 

 

Gone Girl

Conrad has spent his life in a Manhattan Hotel ever since his parents decided to take a 20-year vacation to Paris, leaving him to be raised by hotel staff. His spoiled life comes to an end as a result of his parents’ divorce.

 

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris

Genre: Drama/Mystery/Thriller

 

Available from 9 February 2015.

 

Dracula Untold

The story chronicles a young prince who, when the lives of his wife and child are put in danger by a bloodthirsty sultan, risks his soul to save them…and in the process begins his tragic transformation into the eternally infamous vampire.

 

Starring: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon

Genre: Action/ Drama/ Fantasy

 

Available from 9 February 2015.

 

 

Eliza Graves

A recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues — though he has no initial idea of a recent, horrifying staffing change.

 

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess

Genre: Thriller

 

Available from 9 February 2015

 

 

The Equalizer

 

A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.

 

Starring: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz

Genre: Action/ Crime/ Thriller

 

Available from 10 February 2015.

 

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

When New York City is in trouble, it’s up to these four ninja-fighting, pizza-loving brothers to save it. Aided by reporter April O’Neil and their wise master Splinter, these heroes must face their ultimate nemesis – the evil Shredder.

 

Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner

Genre: Action/Adventure/Comedy

 

Available from 10 February 2015.

 

 

If I Stay

What should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now Mia’s life hangs in the balance.  Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.

 

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley

Genre: Drama/ Music/ Romance

 

Available from 11 February 2015.

 

 

Get On Up

The film takes a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of James Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

 

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd

Genre: Biography/ Drama/ Music

 

Available from 11 February 2015.

 

 

Reach Me

 

A motivational book written by a mysterious man quickly gains popularity, inspiring a group of people to re-evaluate their choices and decisions by confronting their fears in hopes of creating more positive lives.

 

Starring: Thomas Jane, Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick

Genre: Drama

 

Available from 14 February 2015.

 

 

 

 

THIS WEEK ON CATCH UP

 

Did you miss one of your favourite shows or movies during the week?  No sweat, we have a great selection of series, movies, sporting shows and actuality programming that is available for you to Catch Up when it suits you.

 

Remember you can access DStv Catch Up via your PVR, Explora and online here.  There’s a huge selection of content available online that you can stream, and you can also download the DStv Player to download shows and movies to watch later, at your convenience. You can also always view all live TV with your DStv Now app.

 

 

 

This week’s highlights:

 

New series

 

Hit the Floor

 

Ahsha Hayes enters the wild world of professional basketball when she tries out for the elite L.A. Devil Girls dance team against the wishes of her mother Sloane, a former dancer herself.

 

 

Returning for another season:

  • Paw Patrol (S2)
  • The First 48 (S15)
  • Unusual Suspects (S6)

 

 

 

Here’s a list of other great shows you can expect to find in the DStv Catch Up playlist on your Explora:

 

  • How to Get Away With Murder
  • For Better or Worse
  • Teen Wolf
  • Nashville
  • Graceland
  • The Newsroom
  • Dominion
  • Suits
  • The Lottery
  • Mind Games
  • Marvel’s Agent Carter
  • The Mentalist
  • The Fixer
  • Elementary
  • Modern Family
  • 2 Broke Girls
  • Crossbones
  • The Millers
  • Mom
  • Gotham
  • About a Boy
  • The Vampire Diaries
  • Supernatural
  • Black-ish
  • Criminal Minds
  • Mysteries of Laura
  • Stalker
  • The Flash
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Major Crimes
  • CSI
  • Blue Bloods
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Anger Management
  • The Librarians
  • The Graham Norton Show
  • Hair
  • Embarrassing Bodies
  • Orphan Black
  • Jewel for Jim
  • V-Republic
  • Calabash
  • Hotel Majestic
  • Windeck
  • Mashariki Mix
  • Tinsel
  • 53 Extra
  • Jara
  • Mr. & Mrs. Singh
  • Rush

 

 

To access DStv Catch Up on your PVR:

–          Press TV GUIDE

–           Scroll down to select “DSTV CATCH UP” and press OK

 

To access DStv Catch Up on your Explora:

–          Press the CATCH UP button on your Explora remote

 

Remember, we update all of these shows on a weekly basis, so make sure you never miss a moment.  Check out DStv Catch Up today.

 

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