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When viewers have the power to watch what they want, TV schedules don’t look like they used to

Netflix may have broken the mold by releasing all episodes of House of Cards at once in 2013, but it’s viewers who are changing the nature of TV. And it’s more than just binging. From the characters we choose to wake up with to what we watch in bed, when viewers have the power to program their own day, TV watching no longer looks the same.

“For years our lives had to fit around television, now it’s the other way around,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content. “We’ve given consumers control and it’s interesting to see the behaviors that emerge when viewers aren’t tied to a schedule. And even more so to see that these routines are replicated by millions the world over.”

 

Comedy for breakfast – viewers feel at home starting their day with Fuller House. The Tanners may have originally premiered at 8PM, but today, the Fullers are devoured before 8AM. While you might not expect popular parodies to stir laughs bright and early, around 6AM members are 34% more likely to watch comedy compared to the rest of the day, with the new comedy wake-up block including the likes of Michael Scott (The Office), Kimmy Schmidt (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Chandler Bing (Friends), to name a few.

 

High noon, high drama – members pay a visit to the ladies of Litchfield at lunch. When viewing schedules are set by people and not programmers, lunchtime becomes no binging exception. Across the world, drama accounts for nearly half (47%) of viewing between noon and 2PM (an increase of 5% compared to the rest of the day). Midday streaming is especially prevalent in Brazil where members are 25% more likely to watch at this time compared to the rest of the world – who says shows like Shameless, Grey’s Anatomy and Orange is the New Black are strictly evening fare?

 

Opposite genres attract when we binge in bed – members trade the Demogorgon for Dave Chappelle. It’s no surprise thrillers like The Walking Dead, Stranger Things and Breaking Bad are being enjoyed in the evening – globally the genre sees a 27% increase come 9PM. But viewers are kicking Rick Grimes, the Upside Down and Walter White out of bed by 11PM and restoring balance with partners like Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation), Dev Shah (Master of None) and Bojack Horseman before they hit the hay – apparently members around the world choose to start and end their day with a laugh.

 

Late nights are for learning – watchers prefer Chef’s Table as a midnight snack: Globally, 15% of streaming happens between midnight and 6AM and even rises as high as 21% in Japan and South Korea. And what these night owl members are watching is not what you think – documentaries see a 24% increase in viewing during this time, including titles like Abstract, Making a Murderer and Planet Earth. The pursuit for quality entertainment (and knowledge) doesn’t dim when the lights go out.

 

Ultimately, Netflix-time is anytime. When viewers fit TV watching around their daily lives, rather than the other way around, we see peak streaming as early as 5PM in India to as late as 10PM in Argentina and Singapore.

 

When it comes to defining the new ‘rules’ of TV watching, Frank Underwood said it best: “If you don’t like how the table is set, turn over the table.”

 

*METHODOLOGY

 

Six months of Netflix streaming data – accounting to roughly 77 million accounts per month – was used for this analysis to draw time of day insights on the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, and United States. Peak viewing hours were identified based on weekday viewing as well as the hours certain genres peaked in relation to the genre’s overall share of daily viewing. Where relevant, data was adjusted to account for timezones. Titles included in the release are listed as examples and do not relate to viewership or popularity.

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MTN Bushfire reported in April that the rate of ticket sales had increased and fans were purchasing their festival tickets faster in comparison to 2016 with Golden Lounge tickets selling out weeks before the event. MTN Bushfire tickets have sold out for 4 consecutive years.

 

If you haven’t bought your tickets and are still looking to bring your fire, we are happy to announce that Sunday main arena tickets will be available at the festival entrance gate on Sunday morning. Sunday main arena tickets will cost E380.

 

Only people with valid tickets purchased in advance will be able to access the festival over the duration of the weekend. No tickets will be sold at the festival gate, except for Sunday main arena tickets. The MTN Bushfire ticket office will be closed on Friday and Saturday, so festival goers cannot buy tickets at the gate on these days. It is also important to note that tickets are not for resale. Anyone found selling tickets outside the festival entrance, parking lot or any festival property may be prosecuted.

 

MTN Bushfire kicks off this Friday, 26 May and goes on until Sunday, 28 May. Over 26 000 festival goers are expected to descend onto the scenic farmlands of the Malkerns Valley to enjoy the eclectic three-day music and arts programme. As in previous years, the MTN Bushfire 2017 artist line-up features a dynamic range of artists from across southern Africa and the glob

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Darren Simpson joins KFM

Posted by radio On May - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

KFM has surprised followers with a major line up remix, including the big news that Darren Simpson will be joining the Cape station from 3 July.

Darren is one of South Africa’s most prominent commercial broadcasters, having hosted 947’s Breakfast Xpress for 7 years, and featuring on the breakfast show for 7 years before that.

 

Despite his young age, Darren has already been in the industry for 24 years as he started working at Capital Radio when he was only 16, and went on to broadcast in the United Kingdom for three years and Australia for a year. He’s won numerous awards including multiple nods for ‘Best local radio personality’ in the Best of Joburg Awards.

 

Darren achieved national fame through his notorious “Whackhead” pranks, which hit record sales year after year and have totalled over half a million units sold. The prank also featured on KFM breakfast so there is an existing connection between Darren and the Western Cape audience. The success of his pranks, plus his TV work and stand-up comedy have made him a household name in South African entertainment.

 

In April 2017 he moved to the afternoon drive slot on 947 for lifestyle reasons, and in another lifestyle motivated move, he will be fulfilling a long-term goal of relocating his young family to the fair Cape.

 

From July, Darren will take over the KFM breakfast show between 6am and 9am, bringing his brand of fun, funny, relatable radio to listeners across the Cape – and yes, there will be a daily prank!

 

This is a dream come true for me and my family. To do the breakfast show on KFM in Africa’s most beautiful city, is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am incredibly excited,”

Darren Simpson

 

Joburgers will still get their fix as the two stations are both in the Primedia Broadcasting stable, and Darren will remain on Xpress Drive on 947, which he will broadcast from the Cape Town studios, from 4pm to 7pm.

 

Darren has earned his reputation as a heavyweight in the South African radio industry and we are thrilled to be able to share his radio magic with audiences in both of our broadcast regions

 

Primedia Broadcasting CEO, Omar Essack

 

 

The move will see current breakfast host, Ryan O’Connor moving into the weekday work slot, from 10am to 1pm.

The weekday work slot has been a major focus area for KFM as it offers the station a chance to connect with audiences in the busy part of their day whether they are in their cars, offices, homes, or wherever they are going about their business.

 

Ryan is at the top of his game, having recently won the Best Breakfast Presenter title at the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards, becoming the only presenter to win this award twice. A born and bred Capetonian, he’s got an innate understanding of what makes this region tick.

 

Ryan has a fantastic connection with listeners. We believe that he’s going to turn this show into ‘can’t-miss-it’ radio and are thrilled to have such a dynamic broadcaster steering us through this new chapter as we shake up daytime radio.

 

CEO Primedia Broadcasting Western Cape, Trish Taylor

Ryan will be followed by Sechaba G on early afternoons, 1pm to 4pm, a time channel which suits her easygoing style.

 

The afternoon drive will be taken over by pint-sized dynamite: Carl Wastie, whose energy will drive listeners through their homeward commute. Carl joined KFM in mid-2016 and his infectious enthusiasm quickly made him a hit with listeners. Wastie will also host a regional chart show on Saturdays.

 

The station says goodbye to Rob Vember, who has hosted the afternoon drive since 2014 as well as the Coca-Cola Top40SA.

We thank Rob for his contribution to the station, and wish him the very best for the next part of his journey.

CEO Primedia Broadcasting Western Cape, Trish Taylor

 

These are bold moves and with this line up, KFM will become a bold voice in the Cape media landscape

Primedia Broadcasting CEO, Omar Essack

 

Details of the supporting casts of the shows as well as formats and features will be finalised and announced in due course.

We are currently speaking to Deon, Liezel and Jeremy about new opportunities in the business.

 

THE WEEKDAY LINE UP FROM 3 JULY 2017 WILL BE:

06h00 to 09h00: Darren Simpson

09h00 to 10h00: What’s Up @ Work

10h00 to 13h00: Ryan O’Connor

13h00 to 16h00: Sechaba G

16h00 to 19h00: Carl Wastie

19h00 to 22h00: Brandon Leigh

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Metro FM listeners are in for a treat this weekend. The station is introducing three new shows as part of its new weekend line up.

 

Hip-hop enthusiasts will be in the company of DJ Speedsta and LootLove on Saturdays between 18:00 – 22:00.  The show, Absolute Hip-hop, looks at among other things, trends, fashion and breaking hip hop news.

 

Metro FM’s popular Sunday Love Movement is extending its hours from 9am – 6pm to 9am- 9pm.  The Love Movement was built around the station’s Sunday sound of embracing and celebrating love.

 

It now features on-air personalities; Wilson B Nkosi, Msizi Shembe, Sentle and Mo G.

 

Speaking with Dineo Ranaka on the The Bridge earlier, Shembe, who will be hosting the Sunday Soul Therapy between 12:00 -15:00, promised listeners good radio.

 

“It is going to be amazing, I think it is one of the hottest line-ups on radio and as you say we are reclaiming Sundays. It is going to be absolutely fantastic.”

 

Mo G, who joined the station three weeks ago, says he is excited to host the Metro FM Sunday Night Love between 12:00 – 15:00. “ It is going to be a new challenge, the style of presenting that I normally do is quite fast paced but now one is going to see another soft side of me which I am quite excited about. “

 

Metro FM recently won the Coolest Radio Station award for the 5th time in a row at the Sunday Times Generation Next Awards. Click below to listen to Mo G’s full interview:

 

According to a statement released by the station, the new line-up aims to ensure that the brand stays at the forefront. “The station deemed it important to refresh the station to strengthen its position in the market and further stay relevant and rotate its talent to get maximum output.”

 

 

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SABC a hit at GENERATION NEXT Awards

Posted by radio On May - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

SABC Radio Stations and TV programmes were once again recognised and voted the Coolest in the  Celebrity and Entertainment categories at the 13th Sunday Times Generation Next Brand Awards, which were held at the Sandton Convention Centre on Thursday, 11 May 2017.

Metro FM affirmed its position as the Coolest Radio Station at the Awards for the 5th   year in a row, followed by 5FM and Umhlobo Wenene FM.  SABC1 drama Uzalo was voted Coolest TV Soap and Khumbul’ekhaya, Coolest Community Programmes 2017. The very popular Skeem Saam, also broadcast on SABC1 came in at 3rd place in the Coolest TV Soap category.

 

“The SABC congratulates its Radio Stations and TV progammes for being recognised and receiving these important awards. This is an affirmation that SABC as the Public Broadcaster remains an important part of the South African media landscape and that it will continue to deliver on its Public Service Mandate to all South Africans, from all walks of life. These awards bear testimony that SABC Radio and TV brands are still relevant with younger South Africans and we must continue to use these platforms to inform, educate and entertain our listeners and viewers with new and exciting Innovations”, said Elouise Kelly, SABC Head of Marketing.

 

The Awards are presented by the Sunday Times Generation Next Youth Survey, which gathers opinions and attitudes of young people between the ages of 8 and 22 to determine which brands they think are the coolest and most relevant in their lives. The survey is conducted by HDI Youth Marketeers. The survey has been running for the past thirteen years and has become the go-to source of information for brands wanting to tap into the younger segments of the market.

 

The SABC is honoured to receive this recognition in a media landscape which is quite cluttered.  It serves as a great motivation for the SABC to keep improving programming on its radio and television platforms.

 

Other winners from the SABC stable at the Awards include:

Muvhango (SABC2) – Coolest TV Programmes/series 2017

100% Youth (SABC1) – Coolest Community Programmes 2017

Skeem Saam (SABC1) – Coolest TV Soaps 2017

Soul City (SABC1) – Coolest Community Programmes 2017

Soul Buddyz (SABC1) – Coolest Community Programmes 2017

7de Laan – Coolest TV Soaps 2017

Generations – The Legacy (SABC 1) – Coolest TV Soaps 2017

Isidingo (SABC3)  – Coolest TV Soaps 2017

The Bold & the Beautiful (SABC 3) – Coolest TV Soaps 2017

YoTV (SABC1) – Coolest Kids TV Channels/Blocks 2017

Survivor (SABC3) – Coolest Reality TV Shows 2017

Zaziwa (SABC1) – Coolest Reality TV Shows 2017

Ukhozi FM – Coolest Radio Stations 2017

Lesedi FM – Coolest Radio Stations 2017

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Khaya Mthethwa to host BET’s gospel show

Posted by radio On May - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Sunday praise and worship is coming to your television screens from 21 May at 13:00 CAT on BET Africa (DStv channel 129). Gospel lovers can now watch one of the country’s favourite gospel stars, Khaya Mthethwa, sit down to chat to some of the biggest names in gospel on BET’s new local series – Rhythm & Gospel.

 

Have you ever wondered how Judith Sephuma managed to transition from being a jazz musician to a bona fide gospel singer with successful albums and live DVDs? Or how reigning Crown Gospel Awards Female Artist of the Year Lebo Sekgobela’s turned Matthews Matsetse’s “Lion of Judah” into a smash hit? Or how Dr Tumi, a medical doctor with his own private practice, found music only a decade ago and managed to became an accomplished award-winning gospel musician? What about the secrets to Rebecca Malope’s longevity?

 

Khaya Mthethwa, the multiple award-winning young musician will engage these and other stars including Mahalia Buchanan, Benjamin Dube, Loyiso Bala, Nqubeko and Ntokozo Mbatha, Neyi Zimu and James Okon for all the answers.

 

Monde Twala, Vice President for BET, Youth & Music for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa is very excited to bring our first ever locally produced Gospel show to the channel, ” this is a very unique format and we are proud to be the channel that hosts a show of this calibre. It’s a genuine showcase and spotlight on this genre which has a large fan base across the African continent. This is a continuation of our ongoing commitment to local talent and programming that resonates with our market”.

 

“It is such an honour to be able to sit down with these legends. I’m feeling very star struck as I got to hear about their journey, how they started, their future plans which was amazing. I encourage all the BET viewers to tune in and to not miss this show as we take a musical journey into the hearts and minds of their favourite gospel stars,” said an overwhelmed Khaya Mthethwa,

 

Rhythm and Gospel premieres on BET Africa on Sunday 21 May 2017 at 13:00 CAT with a repeat later in the day at 19:00 CAT.

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DStv gets new e.tv channels

Posted by radio On May - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

DStv customers will get even more entertainment as we add four new e.tv channels to the DStv family. These channels are eMovies+ (138), eMovies Extra (140), eExtra (195) and eToonz+ (311). Three of these channels will be available in crystal clear HD: eMovies+, eMovies Extra and eExtra.

 

These channels offer a broad range of entertainment, which will give our customers a more expansive viewing experience. The shows will appeal to the entire family: eToonz+ offers a safe and sunny space for the kids; eMovies Extra packs a punch with robust action movies; eExtra gives mom a chance to tune into telenovelas and the rest of the family can enjoy sitcoms; while eMovies+ offers an escape with the stars.

 

“We’re always on the lookout for ways to add more value to each of our DStv packages – it’s about offering our customers the best entertainment in one place. These e.tv channels, of which three are in HD, will bring hours of viewing delight to the whole family,” commented Mark Rayner, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa.

 

eMovies+ (138) and eMovies Extra (140) will be available to DStv AccessDStv FamilyDStv CompactDStv Extra and DStv Premium customers. eExtra (195) and eToonz+ (311) will be available to DStv EasyView, DStv Access, DStv Family, DStv Compact, DStv Extra and DStv Premium customers.

 

The addition of three more HD channels means that customers on the DStv EasyView package will now have access to three HD channels, DStv Access customers will have seven, DStv Family 12, DStv Compact 21, DStv Extra 26 and DStv Premium 41.

 

 

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Showmax, which launched its internet TV service in Poland in February 2017, has agreed a deal with the Polish mobile network operator Play to supply the Showmax service to Play’s entire contract customer base, totalling more than 8 million subscribers. The transaction will see Showmax accelerating the rollout of the service in Poland.

 

Play, one of Poland’s leading mobile networks and the country’s fastest-growing operator, has a customer base of 14 million subscribers and a market share of 26%. As part of the transaction, Showmax will be included for 12 months at no extra charge to the majority of Play’s postpaid customer base, with the remainder getting one month’s access to Showmax.

 

Showmax CEO John Kotsaftis said:

“The level of interest in Showmax since our launch in Poland earlier this year has exceeded even our most optimistic estimates. The Play transaction is a big deal for us because it gives us instant access to millions of customers and I’m hoping will help us build on the great start we’ve already had in the country.”

 

Showmax launched in Poland with a specialised local offering that included short films directed by leading Polish directors Patryk Vega and Wojciech Smarzowski. Showmax had also secured the rights to the popular political satire series Ucho Prezesa (The Chairman’s Ear).

 

Showmax’s operations in Poland are based in Warsaw and headed up by former Google executive Maciej Sojka. Prior to joining Showmax, Sojka ran YouTube partnerships for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He also set up the well-known 24-hour news channel TVN24 before moving on to the role of CEO of satellite pay-TV platform owned by ITI Neovision.

 

Showmax Poland’s executive team also includes Grzegorz Esz as Head of Marketing (ex-UPC Polska and T-Mobile) and Jerzy Dzięgielewski as Head of Content (ex-HBO Central Europe).

 

Speaking about how the Play deal fits in with Showmax’s hyperlocalisation strategy, Kotsaftis said:

“Our strategy runs deeper than light-touch localisation. We’ve built our business in Poland around the premise that success requires having boots on the ground, having a deep understanding of customer needs, and having a willingness to make more than cosmetic changes to meet those needs. We’ve made good progress by partnering with incredibly talented local producers and directors, and it’s great to now expand that partnership approach and work with one of the leading mobile networks. ”

 

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Netflix, the world’s leading entertainment network, today announced its first Australian original series Tidelands, a supernatural crime drama that will debut exclusively on Netflix around the globe. Production will start in Queensland in 2018.

 

The drama follows a former criminal as she returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town’s secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants, a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called “Tidelanders.”

The series is produced for Netflix by Brisbane-based Hoodlum Entertainment. Executive Producers Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield and Leigh McGrath produced the acclaimed Australian hit series Secrets & Lies and its remake for the U.S. The ten-episode first season will be written by creator Stephen M. Irwin (Secrets & Lies). Episodes will run 50 minutes.

 

“We’re proud these strong Australian storytellers are bringing their vision to the first Australian Netflix original series,” said Erik Barmack, vice president of international original series at Netflix. “We can’t wait to bring the mystery of Tidelands to our members around the world.”

 

“We are excited to be partnering with Netflix on Tidelands — this story is one that has been itching to be told and we are thrilled to be making it on our home soil in Australia with fantastic creatives and highly skilled crews,” said Tracey Robertson, co-creator and co-executive producer of the show. “The primeval landscapes of Queensland are a perfect setting to tell the story of betrayal, small town secrets, ancient mythology and, when it comes to family, explore whether blood really is thicker than water.”

 

Tidelands is the latest of Netflix’s investments in Australian content including co-productions Glitch, Beat Bugs, Bottersnikes & Gumbles, Kazoops, Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure, White Rabbit Project and the upcoming Legend of Monkey. Netflix also licenses much-loved Australian-grown content like Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Code for distribution to Netflix’s 100 million members around the world.

 

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Final MTN Bushfire programme announced

Posted by radio On May - 15 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

From Hugh Masekela to Jah Prayzah….

From The Kiffness to Bombino…..

From Tkzee to Jojo Abot…

From GoodLuck to Baloji…..

 

From across Africa and beyond, a unique array of musical and artistic talent will on display in what promises to be MTN Bushfire’s most diverse and dynamic line-up to date.

 

With multiple stages and activity streams, May 26-28th will be jam packed with a diversity of musical styles that span the spectrum and the globe.  The full MTN Bushfire Festival programme has now been announced and can be accessed on the website www.bush-fire.com.

 

Tickets for the Golden Lounge are already sold out as the Glamping (VIP Camping) option provided by Harambee, so make sure to avoid disappointment and book your ticket and accommodation now.

 

MTN Bushfire Stages

With four stages this year, The Main Stage, Bacardi House on Fire Stage, The Barn and the newly added FireFly Stage, guests can take their pick of artists. The Main Stage will see MTN Bushfire headline acts including Hugh Masekela, GoodLuck, Bombino, Baloji, TKZee, Jah Prayzah and Jeremy Loops amongst others.

 

The Bacardi House on Fire stage features an exciting and eclectic line-up that includes Jojo Abot, The Kiffness, Mute Band, Ben Dey & The Concrete Lions, Trenton & Free Radical and many many more.

 

The more sedate Barn stage will provide a relaxing and diverse line-up that includes film screenings, open mic sessions, as well as live performances from Dusty & Stones, Hanwah, Floewe, Sutherland and Black Rhino amongst many others.

 

MTN Bushfire 2017 is also thrilled to announce the newest addition to this year’s Festival, MTN Bushfire Firefly STAGE, proudly sponsored by MTN, which gives budding local artists the chance to perform alongside top regional DJs. More than 100 local artists from a variety of genres entered a competition to perform on this stage and 3 winners were granted the opportunity to grace the Firefly stage during MTN Bushfire 2017.

 

Handcraft & Design Marketplace and Global Food Village

In addition to the full entertainment line-up, once again MTN Bushfire offers an amazing array of handmade local craft for sale in the MTN Bushfire handcraft & design marketplace welcomes sustainably sourced, quality products that are strictly handmade from recycled or natural and environmentally friendly materials. The Space is an ethical consumer’s dream, with each company or artisan contributing in a positive way to the environment and their communities.

More than simply a market, The MTN Bushfire Handcraft & Design Marketplace is an experiential space where creative curiosity is inspired and revived.

 

Proudly sponsored by TOTAL, the MTN Bushfire Global Food Village is a celebration of food delicacy presenting a diversity of culture inspired gourmet street food by the most seasoned vendors. Festival goers are invited on a savoury journey of the senses with tantalising tastes from East Africa, the Mediterranean and back to the heart of traditional Swazi huts. Explore other pockets of the festival to discover delicious pop up cafes that Fuel the fire in your belly!

 

Kidzone

MTN Bushfire never forgets about the kids! Set in a blooming wilderness of succulent and outlandish trees, MTN Bushfire Kidzone is an adventurous space for young fire starters to ignite their budding flames. Offering an array of stimulating and fun-filled activities ranging from storytelling, sculpting, music workshops and high energy lawn games; the secured space is a perfect place for the whole family. Each year, the festival works with a special theme for the Kidzone that inspires creativity, engagement and skills development for toddlers all the way up to teens.

 

 

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