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Johannesburg- The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and signal distributer SENTECH, have reached an agreement to have SABC channels on a free-to-air basis on the SENTECH Universal Access Direct To Home satellite (DTH-S) platform by the end of September 2013.

 

The agreement will see the SABC providing SABC 1, 2 and 3 as well as SABC News, which is currently airing on Multichoice Platform DStv, while SENTECH will manage the distribution channel for the DTH-S set-top boxes, which will be required for access to the services. The SABC will also add an additional two channels to this platform as soon as they are ready.

 

To-date, 1.7 million households in South Africa do not receive television services because there are no terrestrial television networks in their area. This translates to approximately 5 million people without access. The Universal Access DTH-S platform is particularly created to enable reception of broadcasting services, and in particular, public broadcasting services, to areas where there is no access to normal terrestrial services. The inclusion of the SABC channels on this platform will ensure that more people have an opportunity to receive SABC services.

 

 

The launch of these services will also respond to the concern that the public service channel (SABC News) that is on the DStv pay television platform, should be available to the public.

 

It is also important to note that this launch does not replace Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) that will be launched later, but it is intended to supplement it. SABC 1, 2, 3 and SABC News will be available on DTH-S, DTT and the pay television.

 

The SABC’s Acting Chief Operations Officer (ACOO), Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng said “As the SABC our primary focus is to create universal access for all South African citizens, in line with our mandate as a public service broadcaster. The launch of SABC services on the DTH-S platform will help us further this objective and provide a service to the public of South Africa. In addition to the 4.5 million subscribers on the DStv platform, the SABC News channel will now also be available to 1.7 million households, which is in access of 5 million viewers, who have previously not been able to receive any SABC television services on a free-to-air basis”. SENTECH’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mr Kganki Matabane said, “SENTECH and the SABC share a common public service mandate to ensure that all public broadcasting services are available to all South African citizens”.

 

Mr Matabane further stated that, “We are quite excited to confirm that SABC services will be available on the Universal Access DTH-S platform; it is even more pleasing to note that the 24 Hour News channel will be available to all citizens on a free-to-air basis as well”.

 

SABC Group CEO (GCEO) Ms. Lulama Mokhobo, together with the CEO of SENTECH Dr. Setumo Mohapi will launch the services at a date to be announced by no later than the end of September 2013.

 

[Issued by : SABC]

 

 

 

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Durban VJ hopefuls feel the heat

Posted by radio On August - 20 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Judge Sizwe Dhlomo is shaping up into the new Simon Cowell of Friday night TV as he sharpens his claws in the MTV Base VJ Search Brought To You By Citroën DS3 Cabrio. The blunt-talking MTV Base star, who himself has been a VJ since 2005, doesn’t mince his words when faced with twenty VJ hopefuls at the Durban callbacks (MTV Base, DStv Channel 322, 23 August at 17:00 CAT).

 

With MTV Base and Citroën searching high and low for the next VJ for music channel MTV Base, the top 20 candidates from last week’s Durban auditions now have to go through their paces at the Durban Country Club in front of Sizwe (@SizweDhlomo), comedian Joey Rasdien (@joeyrasdien) and Gagasi FM DJ Zookey Zarling (@ZarlingZookey).

 

Only three candidates are due to make it through to the next stage and this week the judges are testing the Durban candidates’ improve skills, challenging them to write and present their own scripts, and to interview a host of famous faces including “Beyoncé” and “Toya Delazy”, as impersonated hilariously by local comedian Sifiso Nene.

 

Among the candidates giving their all are identical twins Pretty and Precious, as well as funny chef Big Daddy, electrical engineer Lynton Harvey, singer Tamasha Gambushe and model and radio presenter Wandile Chamane.

 

Former VJ search winner Nomuzi Mabena hosts the fun-packed programme with her typical brio and light-hearted enthusiasm, rejoicing and commiserating with the VJ hopefuls, and getting the lowdown on the contest from the judges.

 

At stake in the talent competition is a knockout prize: a fabulous contract with MTV Base worth R500 000, while the winner will drive away in a brand new Citroën DS3 Cabrio worth R315 000. With just a few minutes to show off their skills, these Durban wannabes have to pull out all the stops to impress the MTV Base producers and make it through to the national callbacks…

 

Tune in MTV Base VJ Search Brought To You By Citroën DS3 Cabrio to find out who makes it through to the next stage and whose hopes and dreams lie on the cutting room floor – at least until next time!

 

MTV Base and Citroën are offering one anti-ordinary viewer the opportunity to become a #BackSeatVJ and drive away in the awesome Citroën DS3 Cabrio. Each week, watch the show, complete the Twitter challenge, and if you impress the judges you could be selected to go head-to-head in a final #BackSeatVJ showdown for the right to drive away in a Citroën DS3 Cabrio. Start by following @CitroënSA, #BackSeatVJ and visit www.mtvbase.com for the full low-down.

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A MAZE back in Joburg

Posted by radio On August - 15 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

After the successful kick off in 2012, A MAZE is back in Johannesburg from Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 of September, 2013.

 

With more than thirty international and African artists, game designers, speakers and musicians showcasing their craft, A MAZE. / Johannesburg brings computer games, music and media art to the public in a dynamic, interactive and fun-filled 3-day event.

 

A MAZE. / Johannesburg will use public spaces across Braamfontein bringing games and media art expression to the public unexpected and memorable ways.

The goal of A MAZE. is to create an annual evolving international platform for African and European media artists and game developers. The festival opens up a playground for everyone who wants to experience creative expression with code, play and technology. A MAZE. / Johannesburg provides a three day program packed with lectures, panel discussions, indiegames, interactive installations, street games, workshops, concerts and parties. 

 

Since its inception in Europe in 2008, A MAZE. has been celebrating the convergence of games, art and technology across Europe, with the HQ being based in Berlin.

 

A MAZE. / Johannesburg 2013 is presented in partnership with the Digital Arts Department of the University of the Witwatersrand, and in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg.  The event is co-funded by the European Union Network of Institutes of Culture (EUNIC). 

 

The founder of A MAZE. and Festival Director Thorsten S. Wiedemann says: “We are more than happy to announce that A MAZE. / Johannesburg has secured a partnership with the Digital Arts Department of the University of the Witwatersrand for the next 4 years. This strong relationship between an academic institution and an international label guarantees sustainability and visibility world-wide. This year we are welcoming artists, game developers, forward thinkers, entrepreneurs, nerds and geeks from all over Africa and Europe to share their knowledge and visions about games, art and technology. A MAZE. /Johannesburg is a public festival of creativity and progressive culture.”

 

Artists who will be featured at A MAZE. /Johannesburg 2013 include:

Rami Ismail, game designer from the Netherlands; Chief Nyameya, game designer from Kenya; Sameh Al Tawil, media artist and researcher from Egypt; Tegan Bristow, media artist and researcher from South Africa; Joao Orecchia, musician and sound artist from South Africa; Sos Sosowski, game designer from Poland; SFA, animation artists from Germany; John Kevin Biretwa, digital entrepreneur from Uganda; Oluseye Soyode-Johnson, game consultant from Nigeria; Evan Greenwood, game designer from South Africa

 

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Get ready for the MTV VJ Search show

Posted by radio On August - 14 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Big dreams, big personalities and even bigger hair are all on display as MTV Base VJ Search Brought To You By Citroën DS3 Cabrio goes on air for the first time on MTV Base, channel 322 on Friday at 17:00 CAT.

 

With MTV Base and Citroën searching high and low for the next VJ for music channel MTV Base, Durban is the first stop, as KZN’s talented – and not so talented – would-be VJs turn up in droves in the hope of escaping the ordinary and fulfilling their dreams of TV stardom.

 

Former VJ winner Nomuzi Mabena hosts the fun-packed programme with her typical brio and light-hearted enthusiasm, meeting with some of the hundreds of young hopefuls who turn out at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga for the auditions, including garrulous twins Pretty and Precious, the zany “Consultant” and ambitious model and radio presenter Wandile Chamane.

 

At stake in the talent competition is a knockout prize: a fabulous contract with MTV Base worth R500 000, while the winner will drive away in a brand new Citroën DS3 Cabrio worth R315 000. With just a few minutes to show off their skills, these Durban wannabes have to pull out all the stops to impress the MTV Base producers and make it through to the callbacks.

 

The turnout may be great and the talent awesome, but only 20 candidates will go on to compete in front of celebrity judges Bonang Matheba (@Bonang_M), Sizwe Dhlomo (@SizweDhlomo) and Joey Rasdien (@joeyrasdien) in next week’s episode (23 August). Tune in MTV Base VJ Search Brought To You By Citroën DS3 Cabrio to find out who makes it through to the next stage and whose hopes and dreams lie on the cutting room floor – at least until next time!

 

Starting 16 August, MTV Base and Citroën are offering one anti-ordinary viewer the opportunity to become a #BackSeatVJ and drive away in the awesome Citroën DS3 Cabrio. Each week, watch the show, complete the Twitter challenge, and if you impress the judges you could be selected to go head-to-head in a final #BackSeatVJ showdown for the right to drive away in a Citroën DS3 Cabrio. Start by following @CitroënSA, #BackSeatVJ and visit www.mtvbase.com for the full low-down

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Another news channel on Dstv – ANN7 to launch

Posted by radio On August - 7 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

On Wednesday, 21 August, Africa News Network7 (ANN7) will go live on DStv channel 405, heralding a new era in news broadcasting which will give ordinary South Africans access to all sides on stories of national importance.

 

 ANN7 is South Africa’s newest 24-hour news channel focusing on constructive, nation-building stories in the interests of building a culture of unity and pride in SA. Headquartered at Midrand, Gauteng, ANN7 will be the most technologically advanced 24×7 news channel in South Africa. Its latest newsroom automation systems, cutting edge electronic news gathering technology and a network of sharp, young journalists and experienced editors will give a fresh perspective to the TV viewers of the country.

 

 “We are excited about launching this channel. I am looking forward to presenting our viewers with a channel that is unique in its profile and choice of programmes. ANN7 is a strong addition to existing news channels in the media landscape of this country,” said Nazeem Howa, director at Infinity Media, the networks promoter of the channel.

 

 The leadership of ANN7 is ensuring the channel offers innovative programming that resonates with local viewers and encapsulates issues relevant to youth and women of the country. “We understand that as we grow through the years of democracy, our viewing needs become more diverse and we as pillars of democracy also need to evolve. This channel will certainly be a significant step forward in that direction,” added Howa.

 

 Staffed by a team of over 150 journalists with experience in leading newsrooms like SKY and Al Jazeera, ANN7 will have dedicated teams for the different segments ranging from politics, to business, sports and entertainment news. Among some of the names that will be leading the programming at ANN7 are Chantal Rutter Dros who will be hosting prime time shows ANN7 Headlines and ANN7 Prime, Gerry Rantseli-Elsdon will host Vuka Africa, Kwaito pioneer Arthur Mafokate will host a weekly flagship sport show, Hola Weekend, and Jimmy Manyi will be hosting a weekly hard talk show, Straight Talk.

 

The launch of ANN7 will bring to three the number of local news channels on DStv. “When we started implementing our strategy of increasing local content on DStv, we did not only look at general entertainment but also at news and actuality programming. We look forward to welcoming ANN7 onto our DStv platform,” said MultiChoice South Africa CEO, Collins Khumalo.

 

 

ANN7 will be available to DStv customers with the following packages: DStv Access, DStv Family, DStv Compact, DStv Extra and DStv Premium.

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Saffron TV to close

Posted by radio On August - 7 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

From 1 September 2013, Saffron TV (channel 195) will stop broadcasting and will as result no longer be available on the DStv Indian package.

 

Saffron TV – produced by Ochre Moving Pictures, a subsidiary of the Times Media Group – launched on DStv in September 2008. It offered a platform for the South African Indian community to showcase its cultural events and to tell its stories through projects like the African Indian Odyssey that commemorated 150 years of the Indian community in South Africa.

 

The channel also featured great local television talent like Shalandra Bunseelal as the host of Star Attraction and Yudhika Sujanani as the glamorous chef behind a number of food shows.

 

“Unfortunately we were not able to secure the necessary advertising support to make the channel economically viable. The Times Media Group continued to support the channel despite ongoing losses. The decision to close the channel has been a difficult one and has been taken after much consideration,” said Andrew Gill, Deputy MD of Media at Times Media.

 

Robyn Smith, content manager, MultiChoice South Africa commented: “Saffron TV was a good addition on the DStv Indian package and it’s sad that the channel will close. We can assure our loyal customers in the Indian community that we will continue to offer them great entertainment through our specialised Indian packages.”

 

[Source: Dstv Online]

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SuperSport enhances its offering

Posted by radio On August - 5 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

SuperSport will soon be gaining more viewers as it enhances and extends its channel offering to more DStv customers.

 

As of Tuesday, 6 August, SuperSport 9 (SS9) will be added on channel 209 on DStv and feature a variety of American-based sports previously carried on the ESPN channel, which discontinued its broadcast to Africa on 31 July. These include live college basketball and football and boxing. SS9 is also the new home for live EFC Fight Nights and brings action from the various domestic soccer leagues across the African continent to South African viewers.

 

This channel will be available to DStv Compact, Extra and Premium customers. SuperSport Select, on channel 229, which was previously available to Access and Family customers, will now also be available to Compact, Extra and Premium customers and features a variety of live and packaged sport, including local football and boxing, varsity sports events and rugby and cricket played within South Africa. Brandon Foot, SuperSport’s Head of Acquisitions and Legal, commented on these latest developments: “In the last few weeks, we’ve secured the rights to a number of sporting events.

 

These additional SuperSport channels allow us to showcase this content and offer DStv customers even more sports variety and entertainment.” DStv Compact, Extra and Premium customers can keep an eye on the schedules from Tuesday, 6 August for more information.

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DStv Explora to enhance tv experience

Posted by radio On July - 31 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

MultiChoice today announced another innovation milestone with the introduction of its next-generation PVR decoder, the DStv Explora. The new DStv Explora is set to significantly change the way South Africans experience and control their TV.

 

With the DStv Explora, subscribers can now record up to 220 hours of high definition television, which equates to approximately 100 movies or 150 TV series episodes. In addition, the 2 terabyte hard drive of the new DStv Explora will enable DStv to offer a larger content selection on its popular Catch Up service, bringing the total amount of HD content up to approximately 200 hours, all of which can be accessed on demand.

 

In plain terms, the DStv Explora is a PVR on “steroids”.

“We constantly find ourselves dealing with the reality that South Africa lags behind the rest of the world in fixed broadband penetration,” says Collins Khumalo, CEO of Multichoice South Africa.

 

“In the absence of affordable high-speed broadband access for most South Africans, delivering our content via satellite remains the most reliable way to ensure that our customers have the best viewing experience, without buffering or waiting for downloads. We want to provide our customers with a rich, high-definition video-on-demand experience; similar to what they would get in markets where broadband is a lot more accessible. We developed the DStv Explora to achieve this vision,” Khumalo says.

 

The key launch features of the DStv Explora include:

Expanded Video-on-Demand Content


The DStv Catch Up service has been significantly expanded on the Explora, and now offers three times more video-on-demand programming to DStv subscribers.

 

“We’ve expanded the number of series available and now also started to introduce series stacking (i.e. making two episodes of selected series available on demand), which will later be expanded to 4 episodes,” John Kotsaftis, CEO of DStv Online says.

 

“This means that viewers will always be able to catch-up with all the hot new TV series when they become ‘water cooler talk’ at the office, and never miss being part of the conversation.”

 

The DStv Catch Up service now also includes 30 movies on demand and the content selection will be expanded to other categories such as documentaries and kids’ content in the future.

 

For subscribers that love DStv BoxOffice, the movie selection will be expanded to 20 of the freshest new release blockbuster movies, ready to rent from the comfort of your couch, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



Amazing Content Discovery and User Interface


DStv Explora is packaged with a brand new, stylish HD user interface, which makes finding favourite shows or movies on BoxOffice and Catch Up so much easier. Content is displayed using HD poster-art – just like an Internet VOD service.

 

The Explora has powerful search features that help customers find programmes quicker and easier as it searches across the eight-day TV Guide, Catch Up, BoxOffice and their own recordings (playlist).

 

Explora’s remote control further enhances the experience with dedicated shortcut buttons to DStv Central, BoxOffice, Catch Up, Playlist, Search, Live TV and other viewing options.



Built with the future in mind

Khumalo adds that DStv has built this next-generation decoder with the future and the internet in mind.

 

“More features will be enabled over the coming months such as delivering content via broadband, setting of remote recordings and one-click BoxOffice rentals, just to name a few,” he says.

 

“We believe the DStv Explora will give our customers greater control of their viewing experience with access to their favourite programmes when it suits them. The DStv Explora is THE device that will take TV entertainment into the future,” Khumalo concludes.

 

DStv Explora will be available in retail stores from 15 August and is priced at R2 499.

 

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SABC News channel to launch tomorrow

Posted by radio On July - 31 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

 

With the launch of the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s new 24 hour news channel on DStv on 1 August, a host of information-packed programming is on the cards. Building on its strengths, the SABC will start weekdays by simulcasting the tremendously popular and long-running news magazine show Morning Live between 6am and 9am, bringing viewers breaking news and in-depth reporting on topical current affairs topics.

 

Newsrooms LIVE then offers a look into SABC newsrooms across South Africa and the world at a glance with the talking points of the day being delved into in more detail. During the morning, afternoon, and evening, rolling news updates will be offered with stories told as they happen through live crossings to a network of reporters across the country and even in strategic places across the globe. Regular news headlines will be supported by the SABC’s existing prime time news and in-depth interviews with newsmakers that will be in the hot-seat in the Up Close programme.

 

Question Time will expand on the issues raised in the various news bulletins, and also unpack issues pertinent in the rest of Africa. The SABC’s commitment to language diversity will be further entrenched with news being offered in English, Afrikaans, isZulu, Sesotho, IsiNdebele, SiSwati, isiXhosa, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga. Also in line with the SABC’s editorial mandate, Edu Talk will focus on all things related to education matters.

 

We are very excited about this partnership with Multichoice, as it will expose South African news stories to an audience not only in the country, but outside of South Africa as well.

 

Business News will feature in dedicated lots, as well as in the existing News @ 1 bulletin. The arts won’t be neglected either with Kaleidoscope celebrating immense talent in arts, culture, lifestyle, travel, and entertainment. Sport will receive special attention through Sports Live where the day’s sport news is unpacked in studio, by guests, and through live crossings.

 

Other shows on the 24 hours showcase include Network (a look at technology and social media), World Today and Media Monitor (a unique look into the news behind the news). A daily wrap of proceedings in Parliament is offered through View from the House.

 

“We are very excited about this partnership with Multichoice, as it will expose South African news stories to an audience not only in the country, but outside of South Africa as well.” the SABC’s acting COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng said in a statement. Multichoice SA group CEO, Imtiaz Patel, said: “The news channel in particular will bring diversity to our news programming, as it will provide our audiences with different views and news from an African perspective.”

 

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Joburg’s fabulous five MTV VJ finalists

Posted by radio On July - 30 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

MTV Base (@MtvbaseAfrica) and Citroën have completed the final leg of the MTV Base VJ Search auditions, after visiting Johannesburg at the weekend in their hunt for a new VJ for MTV Base (Channel 322).

 

More than 3 000 young hopefuls turned out at The Venue, Melrose Arch for the auditions – driven by the prospect of escaping the ordinary and getting through to the next round in the MTV Base VJ Search contest.

 

Representing Johannesburg are: Nkhensani Khoza, a 20-year old Wits University law student from Alberton (@misscandyk); 22-year old Joburg model Keitumetse Noinyane (@knaomi_n), Wits BCom/PPE student Tsholofelo Semenya, 21, from Kyalami (@tsemenya); and 23-year old IT technician Sandile Ntshingila from Ridgeway (@sandileGQ_23). 19-year old BBA student Cyprian Ndlovu (@iamcyprian) from Monash University proved the value of persistence, making the Top 5 after a near-miss in Durban two weeks ago.

 

Nkhensani, Sandile, Keitumetse, Tsholofelo and Cyprian join Cape Town finalists Loren Loubser, Khanya Siyengo and Roxanne Kalie, and Durban finalists Tamasha Gambushe, Wandile Chamane and Lynton Harvey in the next stages of the competition. Two further qualifiers – music lover Scelo Zwane, 21, from Pietermaritzburg (@zwanelenon) and 23-year-old Media Studies graduate Mxolisi Masango (@mxolisi) from Auckland Park – will also take their place in the final after submitting their auditions online at www.mtvbase.com.

 

To make the cut, the finalists completed a range of challenges in front of celebrity judges Sizwe Dhlomo (@SizweDhlomo), Joey Rasdien (@joeyrasdien), Bonang Matheba (@Bonang_M) and Yfm’s breakfast show host Mo Flava (@moflavadj). Urban icons Da Les and AKA also dropped by to lend their support to the candidates and hang out with the crowds.

 

At stake in the talent competition is a fabulous contract with MTV Base worth R500 000. The winner will also drive away in a Citroën DS3 Cabrio worth R315 000.

 

Commented Tim Horwood, channel director, MTV Base: “Johannesburg youth really represented at Melrose Arch this weekend, so the search for MTV Base’s new VJ is definitely hotting up! With our key finalists now selected, we are expecting an epic contest and a gripping TV series from 16 August.”

 

Highlights and funny moments from the auditions will feature on the MTV Base VJ Search Brought to You By Citroën DS3 Cabrio which will air weekly on MTV Base (Channel 322) from Friday, 16 August at 17:00 CAT.

 

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