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In a first for South African television, M-Net’s Mzansi Magic (161) has partnered with DStv to launch a brand new awards show, one in which South African television audiences will determine the winners in 10 categories. The DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (DStvMVCA) will be screened live on Mzansi Magic on Saturday 26 August 2017 and are destined to be a glittering celebration of local talent in acting, music, sport and more, all acknowledging the country’s top stars.

The DStvMVCA will include a special recognition award to pay tribute to those individuals whose outstanding contributions have directly influenced the local entertainment scene.

 

 

Speaking to media at the DStvMVCA launch in Johannesburg, M-Net Director of Local Entertainment Channels Reneilwe Sema highlighted that, as arguably the largest producer of local programming in South Africa, M-Net remains committed to showcasing excellent homegrown talent, which viewers have enthusiastically embraced.

 

“Our audiences are involved, loyal, vocal and highly engaged especially in relation to their favourite personalities. Social media comes alive as they share their comments and opinions on the trend-setters, news-makers and heavy-hitters of pop culture. So to be able to organise and host a gala whose entire focus is on those stars, we believe we can give our viewers an evening of stand-out performance, red-carpet glamour and unforgettable truly Mzansi-styled magic.”

 

And in ensuring that our viewers are also rewarded, those who vote stand the chance to win a brand-new Kia Picanto 1.0 Street, valued at R150 000! In addition, prizes on the night will include the socially influential 1Life Life Changer Award, which recognises the efforts of a dedicated community leader making a positive impact in their environment. That leader will receive R50 000, while the person who nominated them will also be the recipient of a second R50 000 cash bonus. And adding to the excitement of the night will be prizes from Vodacom, who are sponsoring a viewer voting prize in the Song of the Year category. The other categories are:

 

Categories

 

Song of the Year

TV Presenter

Comedian

Rising Star

Radio Personality

Actor

Actress

Music Artist or Group

DJ

Sports Personality

 

Get ready for the fashion, speeches, red carpet interviews and the headlines! You just know that it’s going to be LIT… DStv Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Awards, exclusive to Mzansi Magic(161). #DStvMVCA

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SuperSport has scored broadcast rights on all platforms (including television, internet and mobile) to an array of major international football, including the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship as well as the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers and the European qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

 

In addition, there’s another jewel in the football crown with the all-new UEFA Nations League, a new competition to be contested by the national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA, also signed by SuperSport.

 

These acquisitions guarantee major European football for each season from 2018 through to 2022.

 

The rights are for exclusive broadcast in South Africa and non-exclusive in the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa and the adjacent islands.

 

“UEFA is happy to continue and further strengthen its relationship with Supersport,’’ said Guy-Laurent Epstein, Managing Director Marketing at UEFA Events SA. “Supersport is a long-standing UEFA partner and we are confident SuperSport will deliver great coverage and promotion of the UEFA 2018-2022 national team football portfolio to fans across Sub-Saharan Africa and exclusively in South Africa.”

 

UEFA Euro 2020, in particular, is shaping as a milestone event given that it will celebrate the 60th birthday of the European championship and will, unusually, be held in 13 cities in 13 different European countries.

 

The European qualifiers will also offer high-quality action as 55 teams chase down 24 spots available for the championship. This will be played from March 2019 to March 2020.

 

“These are tremendous acquisitions,” said Gideon Khobane, chief executive of SuperSport. “The European championship traditionally energises our viewers who thrive on watching the superstars in unrelenting competition. The UEFA Nations League is bound to develop an avid following, too, and SuperSport looks forward to adding this to our already substantial football offering.”

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DEOD Announces Exclusive Deal With Channel 2

Posted by radio On June - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Phenomenal deal brings daily ICC cricket near-live action to fans on the go

 

New internet TV service DEOD (Digital Entertainment on Demand) by on-demand solutions provider, Discover Digital, has secured the near-live short-form digital rights for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy 2017 and the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 tournaments and has been appointed the exclusive aggregator in Sub-Saharan African by the Channel 2 Group for all ICC tournaments up to and including and the 2019 ICC World Cup.

 

Discover Digital announced today that it had been awarded the short-form digital rights to the two prestigious cricket tournaments and appointed aggregator by Dubai-based Channel 2 Group, which is the official licensor of ICC’s digital content in various territories around the world. In addition to being the exclusive digital rights licensor in Sub Saharan Africa, Channel 2 Group also holds the exclusive global audio rights of the ICC until the 2023 World Cup.

 

Tim Cook, Senior Manager: Sports at Discover Digital, describes the deal as ‘huge’ for South Africa. It will allow DEOD to take near-live highlights of the events to South African cricket fans within minutes of them happening throughout the day. “It’s phenomenal. For the first time, South Africans will have access to near-live short-form content to stay on top of what’s happening, on the go, in the most important cricket tournament after the World Cup. They will be able to see the most spectacular moments and track the progress of the world’s leading cricketing teams – including South Africa – throughout the tournaments during every hour of play. We have created a Cricket package to cover both of these tournaments costing just R10, so fans don’t have to subscribe to our Premium Package if they just want cricket. The content will of course be available to our Sports OnDemand and DEOD Premium Customers too at no additional cost.”

 

Stephen Watson, Managing Director of Discover Digital, says: “This is a significant deal in the sports space, taking a major mainstream event out of the pay-TV arena to a much broader audience. We have seen a massive trend towards near-live short-form action content, as many people simply don’t have the time to sit and watch a whole day of sports, but they still want to keep up to date with the action. This is a fantastic way for fans to keep up with a tournament like this wherever they are, and they don’t have to wait for a sports roundup at the end of the day.” Watson says the deal takes the mainstream sport of International Cricket to all viewers, and allows sponsor brands to extend their reach while new brands can now associate themselves with the sport. “It’s perfect for busy sports fans on the go, and it’s ideal for mobile viewers, so we are keen to partner with brands and telcos to take it to their customer bases too,” says Watson. “Discover Digital will also be extending this partnership and exciting content licensing opportunity to ASEAN & Australia, engaging partners in these territories that wish to work with us and C2G.”

 

DEOD has created a dedicated OnDemand Category for the ICC tournaments, starting with the ICC Champions Trophy which runs from 1 – 18 June in England and Wales. All the key action plays will be shared, giving fans ongoing updates of the most exciting moments of the event within minutes of key match action. Access to DEOD enables a lot more near-live content to be viewed than is generally available through other public platforms. The ICC Women’s World Cup from June 24 – July 23 will also have a pop-up channel. Highlights from the tournaments will also be featured as part of DSN – DEOD Sports Network. The DSN content will also include build-up content, analysis and interviews before and after the matches.

 

Mr Sethi, chairman of Channel 2 Group says: “The digital property created by the ICC has massive appeal to cricket fans who might not normally have access to live paid-TV. The adoption of short-form near-live content by millennials and smart device consumers opens up a whole new digital market for sports rights holders and key partnerships with telecommunications businesses. We are delighted to partner with Discover Digital, who has a firm understanding of the potential of this content and innovative strategies and technology to maximise its reach.

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 South African born, LA based singer and songwriter, Cara Frew has just finished shooting the music video for her soon to be released single, DANCE, and is asking fans to be a part of the final video…

 

After being famously established for her hit track with Black Coffee (I’ll Find You), Cara Frew is fast becoming a household name in the Pop community.

 

Since recently performing ‘You Got Me’ with American DJ SNBRN in front of 15 000 people at Coachella earlier this year, the track has already received over 1 million plays on Soundcloud.

 

 

Cara’s newest single, ‘Dance’ is set to be released at the end of June and she is asking fans to send a snippet of themselves dancing to her newest track to stand a chance to be featured in the final music video.

 

“I wrote Dance the morning I found out that a close friend of mine was a drug addict. It made me stop and think because someone, who at least from the outside, seemed to look like he had it all together, clearly struggles within. I wanted the song to be uplifting, about making the most of your life, always looking for that silver lining and loving yourself,” says Cara.

 

The music video for ‘Dance’ was recently shot by LA based videographer Michael Booth in downtown LA against a graffiti backdrop and rooftop sunset. The music video will include snippets of Cara dancing in and around LA and will feature the winner’s dance snippet in the final edit.

 

To enter fans must email a high quality, landscape video of themselves dancing to a preview of her newest single ‘Dance’ to carafrewinfo@gmail.com before the 21st of June 2017. The preview will be available on Soundcloud.

 

For more information on how to enter fans can follow Cara Frew on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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iflix continues its rapid global expansion into its third region, less than two months after launching in MENA. iflix Africa will make iflix’s world-class service available to over 500 million consumers across the African continent

 

iflix (www.iflix.com), the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, today announced the establishment of iflix Africa to bring its world class service to sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). iflix Africa will be headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa and trade commercially as ‘iflix’. With launches planned in Nigeria, Ghana Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, iflix Africa will increase iflix’s global footprint to 23 territories worldwide, with additional regional markets to be added over the coming months.

 

The commercial launch of iflix’s SVoD service across SSA is planned over the second and third quarter of 2017, and will make iflix’s vast range of thousands of TV shows, movies and more, including many first run exclusives and award winning programs available to hundreds of millions of consumers across the region. In addition to having the best of Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood and other regional and local programming, the service will additionally offer an extensive collection of highly acclaimed African shows and movies with iflix Africa planning to introduce exclusive African content series.

 

Having first launched its service in May 2015, iflix quickly established its dominance in the Asian region, rolling out its world class service to 18 markets across Asia and MENA in less than two years, acquiring over 5 million members over the period. iflix Africa will capitalize on SSA’s large youth population, rapidly growing internet and smartphone penetration, and huge appetite for digital content and entertainment.

 

In March 2017, iflix announced the completion of a US$90+ million round of funding to support its international expansion. The round added new investors Liberty Global Group and Zain Group to the company’s formidable shareholder registry which also includes global heavyweights Sky plc, Catcha Group and Evolution Media.

 

Mark Britt, iflix Co-founder and CEO said: “The establishment of iflix Africa represents an incredibly exciting step in iflix’s growth story. As Africa transitions from the margins to the mainstream of the global economy, there is a unique, ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to fundamentally shift the way a billion people consume and enjoy content. By 2020, Africa will have 720 million smartphone users. We aim to meet the entertainment needs of those growingly connected viewers.”

 

“As the fastest-growing mobile market on earth, Africa is without question one of the world’s most dynamic regions. We are thrilled to introduce our first-of-its-kind SVoD service here. We are passionately focused on providing the broadest selection of premium content at a price everyone can afford. We can’t wait to tackle both the enormous opportunities and challenges ahead, in serving this incredibly diverse and exciting region,” added Andre de Wet, iflix Head of Africa.

 

Currently available to over one billion consumers in 18 markets across Asia and MENA, iflix will soon roll-out its world class service across sub-Saharan Africa with initial launches in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Each subscription will allow users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever.

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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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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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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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