Bonus Channels Exclusive to DStv Now
DStv Now, the recently launched brand new app that gives you sport, movies, series and so much more is launching three bonus channels; ShortsTV, Ginx TV and Eurochannel, that will only be available on the DStv Now app for a limited period. This marks an unprecedented move for MultiChoice as new channels usually hit linear television first.
“As a pioneer at delivering content via breakthrough technologies, we do our best to get content that will captivate audiences across the continent. We are pleased to acquire the new channels for DStv Now and hope they will resonate with short film junkies, video gamers and European culture lovers” commented John Kotsaftis CEO of DStv Digital Media.
ShortsTV is the global home of short film, where short stories come to life in stunning high definition. The channel brings audiences captivating contemporary short form content from filmmakers across six continents. The programming line-up includes films with big stars such as Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch, award-winning animations, and African short films.
“At ShortsTV we are thrilled to expand our carriage in Africa with MultiChoice this March,” said ShortsTV EMEA President Jan Pieter Koene. “Our short film programming is very well suited to the DStv Now platform and on-the-go viewing, and we are confident that the channel is a unique addition to the line-up.”
Ginx TV is the world’s only 24/7 international video gaming television channel – offering the very best video reviews, news and features from the world of video gaming and video gaming culture. Based in the UK, the growing library of shows and videos are enjoyed by audiences both as a part of the Ginx TV channel on 26 million homes worldwide and in 9 languages, through syndication on other networks and services across the globe.
Commented Ginx CEO, Michiel Bakker: “We are very excited to be taking this step into South Africa, Africa’s biggest TV market, in partnership with the country’s biggest platform. Video-gaming is now a massively mainstream leisure activity and it is fantastic that we are able to bring the channel to South African gamers as part of this exciting new offer from MultiChoice”.
Eurochannel is an award winning television channel featuring premium European entertainment with the biggest stars; the channel is in English. Eurochannel presents only top-of-the-line European programming from recent blockbusters to critically acclaimed TV series. Experience Europe on Eurochannel through cinematic adventure, humor, history and entertainment. www.eurochannel.com now offers local listings for DStv Now customers as well as local editions of its monthly digital magazine the Eurochannel Guide.
“We’re thrilled to start offering our extensive and premium selection of European movies, TV series and music to the African audiences thanks to MultiChoice’s new OTT service DStv Now. All Eurochannel programs will be available in English, so everyone is invited to take this emotional rollercoaster ride of non-stop European entertainment! To celebrate our launch, Eurochannel will offer an exceptional line-up in March, such as a music special on Grammy Award winner Sam Smith and a gripping British period drama starring 50 Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan – Shadows in the sun,” says Gustavo Vainstein, Eurochannel’s President.
The DStv Now app is free to download and is available to all DStv customers. The video content on DStv Now is available exclusively to DStv Premium PVR customers and can be watched via an Android phone/tablet or iOS phone/tablet. Relevant data costs will apply when streaming content.
Shorts TV, Ginx TV and Eurochannel will be available for three months from mid March to mid June 2015.
Visit www.dstv.com/now for details.
Africa Magic Refreshes Urban Channel
Africa Magic, the continent’s foremost provider of African entertainment content, has announced a change to its Africa Magic Urban Movies channel (DStv channel 153). The channel, previously renowned for its focus on contemporary movies, is expanding to also feature short format content including sitcoms, soaps, magazine and reality shows.
The change, which takes effect from the 16th of March, 2015 at 12:00 CAT, will also see the channel remove its ‘movies’ descriptor as it will henceforth simply be known as Africa Magic Urban. According to the Regional Director, M-Net (West), Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, this is part of Africa Magic’s ongoing development strategy, as the brand continues to enhance the viewer experience whilst ensuring its channels are clearly defined by content and name.
Speaking further, Mba-Uzoukwu said: “At Africa Magic we constantly strive to improve our offerings. It is in this vein that the Africa Magic Urban Movies channel is experiencing a change as it expands on its content whilst also removing its movies designation. The new Africa Magic Urban channel will henceforth be the home of new and exclusive short format content like soaps, sitcoms, magazine and reality shows, even as it continues to showcase exciting contemporary movies that mirror real life and tell real stories.”
The General Entertainment channel, which sits on the compact and premium bouquets, will also bring to viewers popular shows like the Emmy Award nominated Angolan telenovela Windeck, and Nigerian television series, Gidi Up, amongst many others.
“The rest of the Africa Magic channels will remain as they are, and our viewers can continue to expect the best of world class African entertainment content. Our viewers’ options have greatly improved and with so much more new and exciting content like telenovelas, sitcoms and reality shows coming up in 2015, the Africa Magic channels remain the best place for lovers of entertainment,” Mba-Uzoukwu added.
Empire Wednesday 04 March 2015 7:00PM GMT | FOX (125)
Lucious Lyon is the king of hip-hop. An immensely talented artist, the CEO of Empire Entertainment and a former street thug, his reign has been unchallenged for years.
But all that changes, when he learns he has a disease that is going to render him crippled and incapacitated in a matter of three years.
The clock is ticking, and he must groom one of his three sons to take over his crowning achievement, without destroying his already fractured family.
The Bernie Mac Show S5 Thursday 05 March 2015 5:35PM GMT | SONY (127)
Bernie Mac is a world famous stand-up comedian living the good life in his Los Angeles home, complete with his beautiful wife, Wanda.
Life was sweet for the “Mac-Man”, then one day, Bernie’s sister, in Chicago, is sent to rehab for drug use and her three children: teenage Vanessa, asthmatic wheezing Jordan and sweet, innocent Bryana, are put into Bernie’s custody.
Thelma & Louise Friday 6 March 2015 7:00PM GMT TCM (137)
What is women’s month without a good old classical movie? Viewers can look forward to Thelma & Louise, Geena Davis (Thelma) and Susan Sarandon (Louise) who received Best Actress nominations for their performances in this iconic cult hit about two friends that embark on a road trip that quickly turns into a police chase with disastrous consequences. Follow their incredible story of friend on Friday 6 March at 7PM GMT
Top: Best Female Role Models Friday 06 March 2015 7:00PM GMT | TRACE Sport Stars (188)
This episode counts down a list of the most inspirational women in the world. Sport stars and celebrities in their own right, these women have defied the odds, gone against the grain and emerged as role models for millions.
Featuring on the list is Martina Navratilova, the tennis legend who won fans for her sexual revelations as well as her undoubted on-court talents. Celebrities who also appear include pop stars Beyoncé and Rihanna.
Tune in for our count of the best female role models Friday 6 March at 7:00 on TRACE Sport Stars.
Transformers: Robots in Disguise Friday 06 March 2015 10:55PM GMT | Cartoon Network (301)
Bumblebee has been tasked with saving Earth from a rogue faction of Decepticons!
Click on Cartoon Network at 10:55PM on Sunday 6 March to watch this high-octane episode of Transformers: Robots in Disguise.
Trace Urban (DStv 325) Focus: Girl Bands Saturday 07 March 2015 12:00PM GMT | TRACE Urban (325)
Get to see the best of the best music videos from the greatest girls bands of all time.
Take it back with the trend setting TLC and sway to the music of Destiny’s Child and bump to the beat with the iconic Pussy Cat Dolls.
TRACE Urban takes viewers on a journey to reveal the best girl anthems of all time. Featuring a special selection of today’s women to watch, as well as a review of the top girl bands from the past, this show takes a look at the likes of Beyoncé, TLC, The Pussycat Dolls and more!
When Dreams Fall Apart Sunday 8 March 2015 7:00 PM GMT Africa Magic Showcases (DStv 151)
Viewers can also look forward to a range of homegrown movies with a variety of talented actresses such as, Ini Edo, Gloria Young, Uche Jombo, Martha Ankomah, Beverly Naya and Helga Sosthenes.
The line-up includes movies such as When Dreams Fall Apart which follows child abuse and child trafficking and showcases the pain that young girls go through in the hands of guardians, who promise them a good life in the city before taking them away from their parents in the village. Catch it on Sunday 8 March at 7:00PM GMT.
Lifetime original movies: AALIYAH: the Princess of R&B Sunday 8 March at 6:00PM GMT. LifeTime (131)
Before Beyoncé and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed “street but sweet” Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base. This Lifetime Original Movie follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey, from her debut on “Star Search” at the age of ten to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B.
On August 25, 2001, at the height of her popularity, her life was tragically cut short when a plane carrying the singer and some of her video crew crashed after take-off from a Bahamian runway. Although just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah continues to lead a legacy as Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B artist of the past 25 years and one of the recording industry’s most successful artists. Tune in on Sunday 8 March at 6:00PM GMT.
X Men: Days of Future Past Sunday 8 March 2015 6:30PM GMT M-Net Movies Premiere
Hugh Jackman stars as Wolverine in this thought-provoking superhero film. Set across two time periods, the original X-Men characters join their younger selves to save the future.
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares Series 7 Monday 9 March 2015 4:00PM GMT BBC Lifestyle (174)
In the aftermath of a crippling recession, countless Brits find themselves trapped in a living hell and facing financial ruin. When Gordon travels to Fuengirola, on the Costa del Sol, he finds Mayfair – a restaurant in a prime location on the busy seafront that should be raking it in, but is almost empty. Later in Capbreton, a popular coastal town in south west France, Gordon meets Tim and Debbie who are struggling with their three-year- old restaurant Le Deck. When Gordon visits a family run restaurant in the Costa Blanca that’s losing 3000 Euros a week he realizes that they won’t make it through another summer, unless Gordon can help
Grey’s Anatomy Monday 9 March 2015 5:30PM GMT M-Net (101)
The multiple Emmy and Golden Globe award winning hospital drama continues into its eleventh season. If you like Grey’s, you may also enjoy The Fixer, The Good Wife and The Affair. Drama, tears, blood and sweat roam the halls of Seattle’s Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital- and that’s just from the doctors and surgeons. Season eleven’s focus sees tension between Meredith and Derek increase, after Cristina’s departure and Mere’s reluctance to follow Derek to Washington. But there’s a new Grey sister at the hospital, which may just even complicate things more.
Naked and Afraid Tuesday 10 March 8:00PM GMT Discovery Channel (121)
What happens when you put a naked man and woman in one of the world’s most remote regions? Following the success of the first series, ‘Naked and Afraid’ is back to take six more couples from all walks of life and leave them stranded. Extreme conditions aren’t their only worry – the pair can only take along one item of their choice, must arrive unclothed and must survive on their own for a full 21 days. Will the nude castaways have the brains and brawn to endure the harsh conditions, or will the challenges prove to be too overbearing? Watch as each couple battles the elements, each other and their own inner weaknesses to see who will triumph over the terrain or fail under the force of nature.
Guinness World Records Unleashed Wednesday 11 Match 6:00PM GMT Discovery Channel (121)
For years they’ve delighted, astonished and amazed readers with their book of incredible achievements – and now, Guinness World Records Unleashed‟ brings all that record-breaking action to television. Watch as aspiring record-setters take their shot at immortality with some of the most awe-inspiring and head-scratching stunts ever witnessed. Some of these marvels must be seen to be believed.
The Interview with Nneka Wednesday 11 March 9:00PM GMT Trace Urban (325)
Nneka: German-Nigerian star Nneka now has the global recognition she deserves, following a tour with Nas and Damian Marley. TRACE Urban interviews the hip-hop and soul artist for a first-hand account of her impressive rise to fame. Catch her on Wednesday 11 March at 9:00PM GMT
Siba’s Table: Fast Feasts Thursday 12 March 2015 6:00PM Food Network (175)
Catch the young and dynamic food enthusiast Siba Mtongana, as she cooks up delicious fast feasts.
The new series showcases super delicious recipes for those that don’t like cooking and strapped for time on food preparation, as she reveals some of her clever cheats, tips and shortcuts.
Watch the new delicious season of Siba’s Table: Fast Feasts on Thursday 12 March at 6:00 on the Food Network.
Ivory Wars Thursday 12 March at 8:55 PM GMT Animal Planets (183)
Brand new series, Ivory Wars‟ explores the illegal ivory trade, a business that can be more lucrative than drug trafficking and is decimating the African elephant population. Two ex-Navy SEALs and a helicopter pilot are hired to help in the fight against poaching in Kenya. It’s an experiment to see if military tactics can prevent illegal hunting, as the team faces the horrific results of the poachers’ deadly trade and the frustration of trying to catch these criminals in the vast African bush. Their goal is to prevent the extinction of the wild African elephant.