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Discovery Channel to Launch HD Simulcast on DStv in early 2014

Posted by radio On November - 25 - 2013

Johannesburg,  Discovery Networks Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) and MultiChoice today announced the launch of a new, dedicated High Definition feed of Discovery Channel, exclusively for DStv subscribers in South Africa and across Sub-Saharan Africa.

The new Discovery Channel will launch in Q1 of 2014 and will mean that HD Premium DStv subscribers will be able to enjoy all of their favourite Discovery programmes, including Dynamo, Auction Hunters, Bear Grylls, River Monsters, Wheeler Dealers and Gold Rush Alaska, in true HD for the first time.

The new HD Discovery Channel will also be a dedicated feed for DStv – meaning that the channel will be scheduled with all of Africa’s favourite programmes and offer advertisers even more brand partnership and sponsorship opportunities.

To tie in with the launch, Discovery Networks will be bolstering its existing factual entertainment programming line-up with its first scripted drama, made by Hollywood director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Robin Hood). KLONDIKE, an epic 8-part mini-series, will star Academy Award-winner Chris Cooper (American Beauty, The Bourne Identity); Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction); Richard Madden (Game of Thrones); Abbie Cornish (Limitless) and Sam Sheppard (The Right Stuff, Black Hawk Down).  The mini-series is based on Charlotte Gray’s book Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike, and brings to life the tale about six strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small, frontier town in the remote Klondike.

The Discovery Channel HD simulcast will remain on Channel 121 on DStv and will replace the current Discovery HD Showcase channel. Discovery Showcase content will however not be lost to viewers – as this content will be made available exclusively to DStv viewers via the brand new Explora HD PVR decoder VOD service and Online VOD.  As such, DStv subscribers will have the opportunity to watch even more of Discovery’s HD content – at their convenience.

“The launch of the new dedicated HD Discovery Channel is an important milestone for our services in Africa and represents our continued commitment to offering DStv viewers the best, high quality programming experience possible,” said James Gibbons, Senior Vice President, Emerging Business, Discovery Networks CEEMEA. “We’re sure that our DStv viewers and South African advertisers will relish the chance to watch their favourite Discovery Channel programmes in unbeatable high definition quality.  We’re also planning more new shows targeted at our DStv viewers, starting with the launch of the epic Klondike drama.  Watch this space for more details!”

Commented Mark Rayner, COO of MultiChoice South Africa; “We want DStv to be our customers’ home for great entertainment. Offering the adventurous and life-affirming content on Discovery as HD simulcast to our customers gives our Premium customers access to the best HD content in the world.”

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