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SuperSport adds new HD channels

Posted by radio On July - 16 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

SuperSport viewers will soon be enjoying more sporting action as the broadcaster increases its High Definition (HD) content offering. From Tuesday, 23 July, sports fanatics will have an even wider variety of HD channels to choose from as SuperSport 5HD and 6HD go live, giving viewers access to more HD sporting content.


With an increasing number of sporting events now available in HD, the addition of new channels will enable SuperSport to increase its capacity of live HD broadcasts, giving viewers value and an enhanced viewing experience.


Speaking on the latest developments, SuperSport CEO Happy Ntshingila said, “The addition of new HD channels speaks to our commitment to provide our viewers with the best available content on the best available platform and also highlighting our drive to continuously innovate. With an impressive line-up of leagues including the PSL, SuperSport will be showcasing the best international leagues on this growing and highly demanded HD platform.”


SuperSport 5HD, channel 215, will focus on motorsports, boxing, swimming and athletics and will also act as an overflow channel.


SuperSport 6HD, channel 216, will cater for international football leagues such as the German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga and the Italian Serie A. The channel will complement existing football channels which are SS3HD and SS4HD which showcase the Barclays Premier League and action from the PSL respectively.


Also going live on 23 July is SuperSport 8, channel 208, which will cater for locally produced and sourced content such as the varsity athletics series and school sports.

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ESPN to close channels in Africa

Posted by radio On July - 16 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

MultiChoice would like to notify its DStv subscribers that it has received notification from ESPN that it intends to close the ESPN and ESPN Classic Television Channels in Africa on 31 July 2013. This appears to be a business decision by ESPN affecting all its channels in Africa, Europe and Middle East.

MultiChoice will keep its subscribers informed of developments in this regard and would like to thank them for their continued support


[Issued by Multichoice]

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Bloomberg back on DStv

Posted by radio On July - 13 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

MultiChoice has announced that it will reinstate Bloomberg as a 24-hour channel on DStv channel 411 from Monday, 15 July.


For the past two weeks, local channel Business Day TV has been carrying 10 hours of Bloomberg Television programmes.

Following feedback from DStv customers – that they prefer to have local and international business news on separate channels – the decision to include Bloomberg content on Business Day TV was reviewed.


“DStv customers told us that they need to have a 24-hour international business news channel and a separate local business news channel. We are pleased that we are able to accommodate this need,” said Collins Khumalo, CEO for MultiChoice South Africa.

Business Day TV head Vernon Matzopoulos said: “We stepped in to keep Bloomberg on air over South Africa. Now that they are back with their own channel, Business Day TV viewers can look forward to an uninterrupted schedule of the best of local business news, markets and investment programmes from South Africa’s most credible editorial brand.”


“Southern African business decision makers have come to rely on Bloomberg Television’s international, 24-hour business and financial news. DStv Premium customers will now benefit again from our extensive coverage of leading business, economic and market-moving stories, says Malcolm Fried, head of Bloomberg Television, EMEA.


[Source: Dstv Online]

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MTV VJ search audition cruises into Durban

Posted by radio On July - 11 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Escape the ordinary this weekend and earn yourself a chance at the big time at the MTV Base VJ Search auditions this weekend. Brought to you by Citroen DS3 Cabrio, and music channel MTV Base (Channel 322), auditions for the 2013 MTV Base VJ Search (#BaseVJSearch) kick off in Umhlanga on Saturday so there’s still plenty of time to hone your presenting skills, brush up on your music knowledge and check that you’re looking your best!


Thousands of young hopefuls are expected to attend the auditions in the Promozone Court, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga, in the hope of becoming the brightest new face of MTV Base. Just a few minutes in front of the MTV Base producers could be all it takes to set you on a path to a dream gig in entertainment: a fantastic job presenting a show on music and youth channel MTV Base, worth over R500 000. The lucky winner will also drive away in a fabulous DS3 Cabrio, courtesy of Citroën, worth a cool R315 000.


MTV Base VJ and Spanking New host Nomuzi Mabena will be hosting the auditions in Durban on Saturday, 13 July. Initial call backs will be held at the Durban Country Club on 14 July in front of judges Sizwe Dhlomo (@SizweDhlomo), Joey Rasdien (@joeyrasdien) and Gagasi FM’s Zookey Zarling (@ZarlingZookey), who will also be hosting a live OB on Gagasi FM from the auditions. The three Durban qualifiers will be announced on Monday,15 July.


Registration for the MTV Base VJ Search auditions starts from 09:00 on Saturday, 13 July. Applicants are encouraged to be on-site early as auditions will take place on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must be South African residents between the ages of 18-25 with fluent English and no criminal record. Prior presenting or TV experience is not required. Applicants must bring valid ID with them and be available to participate in the elimination phases of the competition between 30 July and 7 August.


For full terms and conditions and the audition script please go to and follow the link to the VJ Search microsite.


Highlights and funny moments from the MTV Base VJ Search auditions will feature on the weekly TV series 2013 MTV Base VJ Search brought to you by Citroen DS3 which premieres on MTV Base on Friday, 16 August at 17:00 CAT.

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SABC TV license tariff to be increased

Posted by radio On July - 10 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The Minister of Communications has approved a 6% television licence tariff increase effective as from 1 September 2013.  The annual fee for a domestic, business, dealer and lessor licence will increase by R15.00 – from R250.00 to R265.00 – this equals an increase of only R1.25 per month.  Concessionary TV licences, granted to those over the age of 70 years as well as to receivers of social grants from the State, will be increased by a mere R4.00 – from R70.00 to R74.00 per annum. 


This is only the fourth tariff increase the SABC has been granted over the past fourteen years, with the last one having been in 2009.  The new tariff works out to just over 70 cents a day. In terms of the Broadcasting Act no person or entity may have a television set in his/her possession or use a set without a valid (i e, fully paid-up) TV licence.  What a television set is used for or which broadcaster’s programmes are being viewed makes no difference to the legal obligation for payment of TV licence fees.  A television licence remains payable even if a set in one’s possession is not used at all.


The SABC, as South Africa’s national public service broadcaster, receives television licence revenue to enable it to provide locally produced radio and television programmes in line with its public service mandate.


The mandate of the SABC as a national public service broadcaster has become critical to South Africa as a developmental state.  The SABC has to deliver on this mandate in a harsh economic environment characterised by fierce competition.  Instrumental in delivering on this mandate is a sustainable funding model of which television licence fees contributes to as part of public funding.  Despite the rapidly changing broadcasting environment, no tariff increases were implemented since 2009. 


The broadcasting environment, compounded by the current economic climate and additional responsibilities placed on the SABC by digital migration makes the tariff increase inevitable.  It is important to ensure that the public broadcaster delivers on its mandate without compromise.


The SABC will be embarking on an awareness and communication campaign aimed at informing the public of the new television licence tariffs.

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Introducing TRACE Sport Stars

Posted by radio On July - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

TRACE Sport Stars is the first entertainment channel dedicated to the lives of sport celebrities. It takes a unique behind the scenes access on sporting icons.

The brand evolution reflects the editorial move to give the channel a stronger focus on stars and sport celebrities. The introduction of the new brand provides an immediate recognition and indication of the channel content.


 Together with the new brand, TRACE Sport Stars is also introducing new programmes made by international award-winning producers that will offer great and engaging viewer experience related to Sports celebs.


Olivier Laouchez, CEO, TRACE Group, said: “In less than two years, TRACE Sports got distribution and exposure in 103 countries all over the world. In our increasing competitive landscape with hundreds of channels available to viewers, we have decided to capitalise on our unique editorial content: the Sport Stars.


This brand evolution (TRACE Sport Stars) starts in two of our key markets: Africa and UK. The addition of the ‘Stars’ component in the channel branding and the launch of new programs will give us access to a larger, younger and more female audience. This move will help us maintain our unique competitive advantage in the Pay-TV market, providing the very first and best Sport Entertainment network.”


[By Dstv Online]

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Johannesburg – Friday 05 July 2013 – The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce that it has signed a multi-channel agreement with Multichoice South Africa.  The main element of the agreement will be the broadcasting of the SABC’s 24 Hour News Channel.


The decision to launch the channel on this platform is in line with the public service broadcaster’s preparations for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT).  When the migration to DTT happens, the news channel will be broadcast on both platforms.


Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the SABC’s Acting Chief Operations Officer (ACOO) said “One of the key undertakings of the news channel is that it will provide an opportunity for the SABC to enhance its public service mandate and extend its focus on provincial stories and the different official languages.”


“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.  As a public service broadcaster our mandate is to entertain, inform and educate and there is no better vehicle than news and current affairs to deliver on this.  We are cognisant of the fact that millions of South Africans rely on the SABC for their news and to be able to extend our reach further, can only be to the benefit of the South African public”, concluded Mr. Motsoeneng.


Mr. Jimi Matthews, Acting G.E. News and Current Affairs, expressed his opinion, that events over the past few weeks once again amplified the need for a 24 hour news platform.  “Without our own news channel, SABC television news is constantly  having to play catch-up.”


Multichoice South Africa Group CEO, Mr. Imtiaz Patel stated that “We are delighted to conclude this agreement with the SABC as we believe it will enhance our local content offering on DStv.  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.”


The news channel will be launched by the SABC’s Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) Ms. Lulama Mokhobo, on 01 August 2013 where more information will be communicated.


It will be broadcast on DStv channel 404.
[Issued by: SABC ]

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SuperSport to broadcast the Cosafa Cup

Posted by radio On July - 5 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

After a three-year hiatus, the annual battle for Southern Africa’s football royalty returns with the 14th Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup to be broadcast live on SuperSport.


SuperSport will produce and broadcast live all 20 matches of this year’s tournament, which is being hosted in Zambia from July 6-20. This will be a joint production with the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and will offer the ZNBC crew an opportunity to gain invaluable experience of working on a large-scale production where two OB vans and more than 10 cameras per match will be in operation.


The production is also a multi-national effort with crew members from the various leagues broadcast by SuperSport also being roped in.

Live across three channels, SS4, SS9, Maximo 360, all matches will be preceded by a 30-minute pitch side build-up to be conducted by Sizwe Mabena and Jason Dube.


On commentary will be the South African Premier Soccer League’s Kevan Evans, Steve Vickers, who covers the Zimbabwe Premier League, and the duo of Franklin Tembo and Matimba Makonje, whose voices are regular features on SuperSport’s Zambian Premier League match days.


On the pitch, Zimbabwe, who‘ve occupied the throne for the past four years, must fend off the claims of Zambia, Namibia, Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mauritius, the Seychelles and Kenya.

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DStv launches Tshwane TV

Posted by radio On July - 3 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

On Tuesday, 9 July, Tshwane TV will join the current selection of community channels on DStv. Tshwane TV will be available to DStv customers on channel 262.

Tshwane TV is a community-based television service coming from the capital city of South Africa. It is aimed at providing high quality programming that’s entertaining, informative and educational with news, sport, soapies, movies, drama series, documentaries, religious and kids programming.


“Our goal has been to establish an independent and sustainable community television station. While we have achieved this, one of our initial objectives was to increase our geographical reach and viewership through a partnership with existing broadcasters. We are delighted that we have achieved this through our agreement with DStv” said Ruth Phume, Tshwane TV’s station manager.


The launch of Tshwane TV will bring to four the number of community-based television stations on DStv, which include Soweto TV; 1 KZN and Bay TV from Port Elizabeth. Tshwane TV promotes local culture and showcase content mainly from Pretoria and surrounding arrears. This is in line with MultiChoice’s strategy of providing more local content on the DStv platform.


“We are delighted to launch Tshwane TV on DStv. The addition of this channel strengthens our local content offering on DStv. Channels like Tshwane TV are important in that they tell the stories of their local communities. This is good for the development of the local film industry and MultiChoice is at the forefront of driving this initiative” said MultiChoice content manager, Robyn Smith.


With six hours of prime-time viewing from 18:00 to midnight, Tshwane TV’s line-up offers a mix of locally-produced and international programmes within a multiple language format of all languages spoken in the greater Tshwane (Pretoria) area being English, Afrikaans, Setswana, SePedi, Tshivenda, Xitsonga and isiZulu.

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MultiChoice customers in KZN can now look forward to accessing DStv services in the centre of Durban. MultiChoice today opened a second Customer Service Centre, located in the Old Standard Bank building in Anton Lembede Street. The other Customer Service Centre is located in Umhlanga.


Equipped with 38 counters and staffed by 65 employees, the Centre will operate from Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm and on Saturdays from 7:30am to 4pm. Customers visiting this Service Centre can conduct a range of transactions from account payments and enquiries, to sales and technical enquiries and decoder repairs.


“Our customers have a close connection with our products and we want to make it easy for them to interact with us. The addition of this Service Centre is an important milestone in our expansion plans, making us more accessible to our customers,” commented Collins Khumalo, CEO for MultiChoice South Africa. 


The Customer Service Centre was officially opened on Saturday morning by Collins. The opening was also attended by other MultiChoice executives, members of the media and MultiChoice customers.


[Issued by Multichoice]

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