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Adam Pattison, VP Americas & EMEA for BBM is in the country to attend a series of events aimed at increasing BBM’s profile and presence in South Africa.  Since the launch of its new product model and offering, BBM has identified South Africa and Nigeria as key growth markets forthe brand and Pattison is here to support the major brand outreach that BBM will be launching in 2017.

 

 

 

“South Africa is an important market for BBM and we see massive growth potential in the country.  In 2017 we are making major investments in the South African business in order to address the needs of our3 million monthly active users and to continue to grow the BBM community in South Africa.

 

Our key objective is to create utility for our users, essentially creating an ecosystem of relevant and localised content and services that are housed within our Discover Tab.”

 

BBM will be partnering with a host of content providers and other platforms in order to increasing the offering its key differentiating factors.

 

In addition, BBM also offers unique product features that address the needs of the modern day user, such as the ability to retract messages, create private chats, sending timed messages, money transfers via PayPal, unparalleled privacy through two-way contact authentication, video and voice calling, and sharing location in real time.

 

During his visit to South Africa Adam will be attending the Product of the Year 2017 Innovation Awards where BBM are the headline sponsor, the Mobile Marketing Association Breakfast; Mobile Media in 2017, as well as meeting with key stakeholders and partners.

 

In the next few weeks BBM will be making further announcements in regards to partnerships and projects for this critically important market.

 

Adam joined the BBM team in 2013 as it transitioned into a multiplatform product on iOS, Android and Windows operating systems and is part of the global leadership team that developed BBM into the multi million-dollar advertising business that it is today.

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ShowMax has launched a new lower-priced service available exclusively to Vodacom customers on an add-to-bill basis. For R49 per month, subscribers get unlimited access to a comprehensive catalogue of TV shows, movies, kids shows, and documentaries. This new service has a strong focus on local content, is optimised for lower data consumption on smartphones and tablets, and is billed directly to a Vodacom account with no need for a credit card.

 

Available exclusively to Vodacom customers on an add-to-bill basis, ShowMax Select is a new internet TV service designed for use on smartphones and tablets. This service, priced at R49 per month, gives subscribers unlimited access to a comprehensive catalogue of TV shows, movies, kids shows, and documentaries.

Speaking about this, Chris Savides, Head of ShowMax Africa said:

 

 

 

“ShowMax Select is all about making internet TV even more accessible. It’s half the price of our existing ShowMax Premium service with a strong focus on local content. We designed Select to be viewed first and foremost on mobile devices, with multiple options for managing data consumption.”

 

 

As the cost of smartphones and tablets continues to fall, more and more South Africans are getting connected and can access internet TV services such as ShowMax. A major barrier, however, is the fact that many services require payment via credit card. This excludes the majority of the population who don’t have a credit card.

 

Savides commented:

“Internet TV services should be accessible to everyone, not just the lucky few who have credit cards. By partnering with Vodacom, we’ve made it simple to charge both ShowMax Select and ShowMax Premium directly to your Vodacom account, no credit card needed.”

 

At launch, ShowMax Select has more than 10 000 TV show episodes and movies including local hits like Isibaya, Shaka Zulu, Binnelanders and Dineo’s Diary. On top of that, the service features international favourites like Teen Wolf, Merlin, The Driver and Line of Duty. More than half of the content on ShowMax Select is local. New content will be added weekly.

To subscribe to the service, visit www.showmax.com/vodacom. ShowMax Select is available via apps for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, and can also be viewed via web browsers.

 

To reduce data consumption, ShowMax Select has been optimised for viewing on smartphones and tablets. Subscribers have the choice of three different streaming video quality settings. The default level is standard definition which uses almost 40% less data in comparison to the default setting on ShowMax Premium.

 

As with ShowMax Premium, ShowMax Select gives subscribers the ability to download shows to smartphones and tablets to watch offline, choosing from four different file sizes. Using the most data-efficient setting, downloading a 20-minute TV show will require approximately 80MB. Subscribers not wanting to use mobile data can also download shows via Wi-Fi. Up to 25 shows can be downloaded at any one time.

 

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Apple has hired Timothy D. Twerdahl, the general manager and director of Amazon’s Fire TV business, to be the vice president in charge of Apple TV product marketing, reports Bloomberg. Twerdahl joined Apple earlier this month.

 

 

Twerdahl has been in charge of Fire TV since 2013, overseeing two generations of the product and its rise as one of the more popular internet-connected set-top boxes. At Apple, Twerdahl will report to Greg Joswiak, VP of iOS and iPhone Product Marketing.

 

The move will allow Pete Distad, the former head of Apple TV product marketing, to concentrate on helping Apple land content deals, which are headed by Eddy Cue. Before joining Apple in 2013, Distad was senior vice president of content distribution at Hulu.

 

Having Distad join content negotiations is intended to shore up content for Apple TV, according to Bloomberg, as efforts to secure exclusive content deals for Apple TV have stalled in the past due to failed negotiations.

 

With the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple was originally aiming to provide a full a la carte television service that could replace traditional cable and satellite packages, similar to Sony’s PlayStation Vue service. However, Apple unsurprisingly saw pushback from both content and cable companies after using negotiating tactics described as “assertive” and “hard-nosed,” declining to back down from the terms the company wanted. Apple scaled back its TV ambitions in the past couple of years, though it considered both a slimmed-down subscription service and purchasing Time Warner.

 

In addition to leading product marketing for the Fire TV, Twerdahl was also the senior director of internet TV at Netflix and a vice president of consumer devices at Roku, according to his LinkedIn.

 

[Source:macrumors.com]

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DISCOP Johannesburg – Africa’s #1 entertainment content market and coproduction forum – will announce a significant partnership with Germany at this year’s EUROPEAN FILM MARKET (9-19 February).

 

dsicAs a way of celebrating the sustained and growing presence of German companies at DISCOP Johannesburg since its inception, as well as other major strides within the German film industry including co-productions with South African producers, Germany has been named as DISCOP Johannesburg’s 2017’s official Guest Country.

 

Alongside a three-day market set to welcome 2,500+ production, commissioning, programming and distribution executives from over 90 countries, a special focus will be placed on relationships between South Africa and Germany, as both countries have signed a treaty for the joint production of film and television works.

 

The “Germany Guest Country” program will include:

 

◦       A special offer to potential delegates coming from Germany.

◦       The set-up of the GERMANY PAVILION in the main exhibiting floor will host a number of top German production houses.

◦       Keynote speakers from German captains of industry will take place during the opening conference and will bring together international experts invited to explore and analyze the radical changes Africa is experiencing. They will also share their vision and thoughts as new technologies, alternative-funding strategies, and consumers’ habits dramatically impact the entertainment business across the continent.

◦       A gala featuring a cocktail reception and seated dinner will honor the achievements and vision of a German media or tech entrepreneur, innovator, content creator or investor who embodies the spirit and values of cross-cultural collaborations in the entertainment sector.

◦       A special workshop track curated by experts will put under the spotlight Germany’s and South Africa’s elaborate and well-funded incentive and tax rebate programs, their excellent infrastructures, combined pool of renowned talent and highly skilled creative and technical crews. This informative track will also encourage partnerships between producing, writing, and directing talent from both countries.

 

The “Germany, Guest Country”  program will also be marked by an initiative to pair compelling, future-proof, and cross-border television series ideas initiated in South Africa with German production companies and content distribution platforms seeking projects that can captivate global audiences.

 

“With cable networks and streaming services expanding their international footprint and original programming at a dizzying rate, our ambition is to put commercially viable television series projects, co-developed by South Africans and Germans, in front of key creative, production and distribution executives scouting new projects at DISCOP Johannesburg.” says Patrick Zuchowicki, President of the Los Angeles and Johannesburg-based DISCOP Organization.

 

The announcement will be made as part of the AFRICA HUB at the 2017 EUROPEAN FILM MARKET where DISCOP’s Sidebar Program Director, Gert Botes, will present “DESTINATION DISCOP | THE #1 FILM & TV MARKETPLACE IN AFRICA,” a session that will share the various elements of Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest multi-platform marketplace in terms of number of broadcasters, satellite, cable, mobile and streaming services and other key elements.

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Apple’s Best of 2016 celebrates the most popular content across the App Store, iTunes, Apple Music and iBooks.

appleApple has unveiled its Best of 2016 lists, celebrating the most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts across the App Store, iTunes, Apple Music and iBooks.

 

Showcasing editorial selections and top-selling and most downloaded charts, Apple’s Best of 2016 highlights the talented artists, storytellers and developers who are entertaining Apple customers around the world.

 

Drake tops the Apple Music song and album charts with “One Dance” and “Views,” respectively.

 

On Apple Music, Drake dominates the top song and album spots with “One Dance” and Views, respectively, while the Hamilton soundtrack is also a top-selling album. The Chainsmokers have two of the top 10 songs this year, and music fans still can’t get enough of Adele’s 25, Rihanna’s ANTI and Frank Ocean’s Blonde. The Beats 1 team will be counting down the biggest songs on the station in 2016 with a special Best of Beats 1 show on December 7. The Best of Beats 1 playlist will also be available on Apple Music and feature Christine And The Queens, Kiiara, The 1975, Kanye West, Solange, The Weeknd, DJ Khaled and more.

 

 

App and game developers continue to deliver incredible experiences to Apple customers, with games like Minecraft: Pocket Edition.

App Store editors reveal their App of the Year picks for 2016, including Prisma for iPhone, Sketchbook Motion for iPad, Twitter for Apple TV, MySwimPro – Personal Swim Trainer for Apple Watch and Bear for Mac. Game of the Year selections include Clash Royale for iPhone, Severed for iPad, Riptide GP: Renegade for Apple TV, Field Day for Apple Watch and Life Is Strange for Mac.

 

Snapchat is the most downloaded free iPhone app, while the craze of the summer, Pokémon GO, unsurprisingly lands on both the iPhone and iPad charts. The top paid iPhone apps cover a range of categories, with FaceTune, Heads Up!, 7 Minute Workout Challenge, KIMOJI, Geometry Dash and Face Swap Live among the top 10. Minecraft: Pocket Edition is the most downloaded paid iPad app, while YouTube is the top free iPad app.

 

“Moonlight,” written and directed by Barry Jenkins, was recognized by iTunes Movies editors as Best New Filmmaker.

The editors of iTunes Movies recognize inventive films like La La Land, Moonlight and Sing Street, and the top-selling charts feature huge blockbuster hits to buzzworthy indie titles, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Deadpool to Spotlight and The Hateful Eight.

 

 

iTunes highlights the year’s excellent TV series, including “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.”

iTunes TV’s top editorial picks include groundbreaking shows like Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Atlanta, while longtime TV favorites Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Downton Abbey are top sellers.

 

 

Editorial selections like true crime podcast “My Favorite Murder” and comedy show “2 Dope Queens” draw loyal followings.

Podcasts hit an impressive milestone in 2016: globally, Apple listeners consumed over 10 billion downloads and streams over the past 12 months via iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and desktop. Fresh Air from NPR is the top downloaded podcast of the year.

 

 

iBooks names “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi the Debut of the Year.

This year’s editorial selections on iBooks include powerful titles, such as Homegoing, Evicted, Born to Run and If I Was Your Girl. The Girl on the Train is the top-seller in fiction and audiobooks, while readers continue to be moved by When Breath Becomes Air, the best-selling nonfiction title.

 

Overall, the Best of 2016 spotlights the fan-favorite entertainment that Apple customers couldn’t get enough of this year, while also celebrating the breadth and depth of creativity across the App Store, iTunes and iBooks.

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ShowMax is now on Android TV

Posted by radio On December - 7 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

With the release of a new version of its Android app, ShowMax has increased the base of supported devices to include media players and smart TVs running Android TV. ShowMax is now available on an even wider range of smart TVs as well as smartphones, tablets, web browsers, Apple TV (4th generation), Android media players, and the DStv Explora (in South Africa). ShowMax is also compatible with Chromecast and AirPlay.

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ShowMax has released an updated Android app which now supports Android TV devices. This gives two new ways to watch ShowMax – either through a compatible Android media player or on a smart TV running Android TV software.

Speaking about this, Barron Ernst, Chief Product Officer for ShowMax said:

“Our engineering department has been working flat-out to increase the number of devices that can play ShowMax, and this is the fifth major expansion since we launched ShowMax just over a year ago. It means that anyone with a compatible Android media player or smart TV running Android software can access ShowMax without having to invest in any new equipment.”

 

 

The main additions to the new ShowMax Android app that enable TV usage are:

Android TV user interface optimised for large screen layout

Support added for remote control input

Support for higher resolution video

 

 

The Android TV operating system was launched by Google in June 2014 and designed to either be built directly into smart TVs or support stand-alone media players. These media players can then be plugged into standard TVs to impart smart TV capabilities.

 

 

In order to run ShowMax, Android devices must be running Android 4.1.0 (Jelly Bean) or higher.

To add ShowMax to an Android device, simply launch the Google Play Store app from the device, search for ShowMax, and install the free app. If ShowMax doesn’t appear in the search results then the device is not supported.

 

Once the ShowMax app has launched, sign in with the email address and password used to subscribe to ShowMax. For more information on how to subscribe to ShowMax, visit www.showmax.com.

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Naspers continue to deliver good results

Posted by radio On November - 29 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Naspers recently announced its financial results for the six months to 30 September 2016. Revenues, measured on an economic interest basis (including the proportionate contribution from associates and joint ventures), increased 16% year on year to US$6,8bn. Excluding acquisitions, disposals and currency movements, revenue growth was 27%. Businesses outside South Africa contributed 80% of revenues, up from 75% a year ago.

 

naspersCore headline earnings grew 31% to US$914m. “We experienced a satisfactory first six months to the financial year,” said Naspers chair Koos Bekker. “The ecommerce businesses and Tencent performed well, while video entertainment and print did their best in a pretty tough environment.”

 

As part of regular portfolio reviews, Naspers concluded four notable ecommerce transactions. In Poland, the agreed sale of Allegro for US$3,25bn will realise a solid return on investment. In India, the merger of the ibibo platform with MakeMyTrip will create a leading business in the travel segment. The acquisition of Citrus Pay drives consolidation in the online payments space in India, whilst in the United States, the consolidation with Wallapop gives mobile-only classifieds platform letgo increased scale.

 

Naspers now reports in United States dollars (US$), with the financial performances of the businesses consolidated in their functional currencies and translated into US$. Where pertinent, performance in local currencies, adjusted for acquisitions and disposals, is quoted in brackets after the equivalent International Financial Reporting Standards metrics.

 

Currency again impacted our results. In the video entertainment segment, which typically earns local currencies but incurs significant US$ costs, currency affected both revenues and profitability. However, in the ecommerce segment, currency movements are diffused by the group’s diverse geographic spread and the fact that costs are mainly in local currencies.

 

Revenues in the internet segment, which now accounts for 72% of group revenues, were up 30% (40%) to US$4,9bn. Trading profits increased 54% (71%), driven by Tencent and higher profits or contracting losses in many ecommerce units. “The group now has 23 profitable ecommerce businesses, up from 18 a year ago,” said CEO Bob van Dijk. “Classifieds delivered strong results across the portfolio, boosted in particular by Avito. Our etail, travel and payments businesses all performed well.”

 

The digital terrestrial television (DTT) business and the African video entertainment group experienced the impact of weak currencies. Reported revenues of US$1,6bn were down 8% (up 6%) on the prior year and trading profit dropped 43% to US$226m. However, the team delivered a pleasing return to subscriber growth, reporting 11 million subscribers. The focus remains on giving subscribers the very best quality local and international content, while managing costs, improving customer service and retaining customers in an environment where there is intensifying competition from global players such as Amazon, Netflix, Apple and Google. ShowMax, the subscription video-on-demand service, is growing steadily.

 

The print media segment of Media24 continues to face structural declines in its traditional print business – a global phenomenon. The revenue performance of its new ecommerce initiatives was positive, benefiting from fresh product offerings.

 

The group’s share of equity-accounted results was US$912m and their contribution to core headline earnings increased 47%.

 

Consolidated free cash flow was close to neutral, due to lower profitability of the sub-Saharan Africa video entertainment business and higher consolidated development spend.

 

“The group will continue investing in long-term opportunities, and seek further promising models within the internet segment,” said CFO Basil Sgourdos. “In the US, we expect to accelerate letgo’s development spend to further strengthen its position. In video entertainment, we will battle a tough environment by reducing costs to counter the impact of falling currencies and we aim to grow DTH customers by offering increased value,” he added.

 

 

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Meet Julian von Plato – Digital Content Evangelist

Posted by radio On November - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

With  the mantra “content is king” becoming more and more self-evident, there are still only a handful of digital innovators in South Africa who are truly pushing the boundaries of content creation as well as content distribution channels.

 

digevaFor nearly two decades, Julian von Plato has been at the forefront of developing digital strategies, content, and distribution platforms within the entertainment sector,  as well as for a host of corporates looking to play in this space.

 

Just within the last few months Julian and his team have launched an amazing array of mobile content including; PockitTV,  allsports TV,  Trace Presents, (the mobile version of Trace TV  on the MTN Play platform), Digital Lab Africa’s live-stream 3 day event from DISCOP JOHANNESBURG, the new VR-driven platform for content called VRinterview, and STAGE360, a new artist development and discovery platform with Trace  and Hunters.

 

With his extensive entertainment industry background, Julian understands that at its core, content must entertain. This insight, combined with his passion for the latest technology, has enabled him to reach the holy-grail of mobile content that few digital specialists have achieved; creating sustainable platforms for original African content that can be monetized on a global scale.

 

The team’s latest  success is the launching of PockitTV mobile offering that went live on the MTN Network on October 22nd. This platform will feature entirely bespoke content created specifically for mobile, and with an understanding of the local data constraints and limitations. Already, within in the first two months the platform has seen over 160 000 subcribers join at a subscription rate of of R1 per day.

 

PockitTV is Africa’s first mobile TV network aimed at providing consumers with an alternative video viewing experience that is able to be viewed anywhere anytime. PockitTV is hosted on SSTREAMM’s video streaming platform hosted on the backbone of SA’s mobile networks. This allows video to be streamed to consumers via African 3G/4G networks providing a rich consumer experience. PockitTV’s aim is to provide African content creators a platform to showcase their content and to monetize their content.

 

Another innovation from Julian and his team, STAGE360 offers content in multiple formats including Virtual Reality and has been rolled out alongside the BalconyTV Johannesburg platform. STAGE360 is a multi-platform providing new and up coming urban artists the opportunity to be discovered in ways they never thought possible. From live performance recordings to  virtual reality experience filmed in a full 360 degrees, viewers can navigate their viewing experience through an immersive interface that is the closest thing possible to being there in person.

 

BalconyTV is a streaming video platform that has proven to be a unique and unmatched opportunity for up and coming South African acts, providing them with a high quality live performance video screened to a global platform.  With over 400 videos produced and over 1million views, BalconyTV Johannesburg produces a new show every week – ensuring a steady stream of the latest South African music available anywhere, anytime. The team is also excited to be launching BalconyTV Cape Town in December 2016.

 

By combining a creative and passionate ability to source and produce content and a skill for harnessing the latest technology trends, Julian and his team  are quietly changing the landscape of digital content in the country.  His aims with these various innovations are clear, “I was once asked what is my aim in the industry and I always respond with  the same answer-  to put video on every mobile phone in Africa.”

 

With the various projects that Julian has developed, this aim is well within reach.

 

For more information on the various projects and platforms;

 

www.pockittv.mobi

www.sportvideos.co.za

www.balconytv.com/johannesburg

https://www.facebook.com/VRinterview/

https://www.facebook.com/stage360live/

 

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 17, 2016/ — Facebook (www.Facebook.com) had a strong presence at AfricaCom 2016 in Cape Town, in line with its commitment to fostering a strong relationship with its connectivity partners and application developers across Africa.In addition to hosting its first-ever African FbStart workshop for developers, Facebook also shared how it is empowering local retailers and entrepreneurs with Internet.org’s Express Wifi programme.facebookChris Daniels, VP of Internet.org at Facebook, said: “Our mission is to give people the power to share and to make the world more open and connected. Only half of the planet is on the internet – our aim with Internet.org is to connect the other half through initiatives such as Free Basics, solar-powered airplanes, satellites, and our exciting new programme, Express Wifi. According to the ITU, internet Penetration in Africa is now at 28%, but there is so much more do be done.” 

 

Express Wifi empowering local entrepreneurs

Express Wifi by Facebook empowers local entrepreneurs to provide quality internet access to their communities and make a steady income. Working with local internet service providers or mobile operators, they’re able to use software provided by Facebook to connect their communities.

 

The programme is currently live at 150 locations in five countries across two continents.

In Africa, Facebook already has partners in Tanzania, Nigeria, and South Africa, with more deployments planned soon, including Ghana.

 

“This is a sustainable approach to bringing connectivity to underserved communities in countries across Africa – it is a business model that will grow itself because it empowers entrepreneurs to serve their communities,” says Daniels.

This programme has also improved the skills of local entrepreneurs who work with Facebook and its ISP partners to build, install and maintain local wifi networks.

“We’re encouraged by the progress we’ve made – but also inspired by what we’ve seen in the community,” says Daniels. “It’s exciting to see local economies transformed by connectivity as people use the internet to enhance existing businesses or create new ones.”

 

 

First FbStart Meetup in Africa

More than 150 developers and entrepreneurs gathered for Facebook’s first FbStart event in Africa on 15 November. During this half-day event, attendees met the Facebook team, learned about Facebook platform tools for developers, and saw how Facebook works with mobile app start-ups through the FbStart programme.

 

 

“It would not be possible for us to accomplish our mission of making the world more open and connected without the help of developers and other partners in our community,” says Emeka Afigbo, Strategic Products Partnerships Manager, Facebook. “We were delighted by the excellent turnout for the workshop and excited by the possibilities of the great ideas we saw from the delegates at the FbStart event.”

 

 

Population Density Map data

Also this week, Facebook announced that it is now releasing its Population Density Map data (http://APO.af/HChwir) to the public.

Government policymakers, academics and local organisations will all benefit from access to this rich dataset, with potential applications such as socio-economic research, infrastructure planning, and risk assessment for natural disasters.

To start, Facebook has shared data sets for Malawi, South Africa, Ghana, Haiti, and Sri Lanka, and they can be found on the website of CIESIN at Columbia University. More countries will be added over the coming months.

 

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DStv announces new Explora & HD channels

Posted by radio On September - 27 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

MultiChoice is on a drive to offer their customers an ever-evolving and enhanced DStv experience. At a media briefing, held today at their Randburg offices, CEO Mark Rayner said, ‘We’re making additional channels available in HD, streamlining packages to deliver more fresh entertainment daily and extending our Catch Up Plus catalogue to over 1 000 movies. We’re actively managing the DStv service to ensure our customers get the most value for money.’

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Satellite launch

 

On 24 August, MultiChoice launched a new satellite, IS36, which will provide additional capacity. This means MultiChoice can start offering additional services. The new satellite will also act as a back-up to the existing IS20 satellite.

 

DStv channel changes

 

During the month of October and November, certain DStv packages will undergo changes and customers will get more channels in crystal clear HD. It’s all part of a process aimed at refining channel offerings based on customer feedback and viewing behaviour.

 

9 DStv channels will change to HD

These will include some of the best loved M-Net channels such as M-Net Movies All Stars, M-Net Family, VUZU, Mzansi Wethu and kykNET & Kie as well as certain international favourites such as BBC First, HISTORY, Crime & Investigation and Food Network.

 

 

More channels will be added to other DStv packages

DStv Extra customers will get ITV Choice HD and Lifetime, DStv Family customers will pick up M-Net Movies Stars HD, while DStv EasyView customers will receive Jim Jam and Mzansi Music.

DStv Extra customers will also be able to enjoy the specialist language channels: RAI, BVN, RTPI, TV5 Monde and Deutsche Welle

 

The following channels will stop airing from end of October: CBS Action and Drama, AMC and True Movies.

 

General Manager for Content, Aletta Alberts, explained the rationale behind these changes. ‘Our focus is to bring our customers the best entertainment possible. We do research every month to understand what they’re watching and what they’d like to watch. This research helped us identify some channels that weren’t popular or that had the same content as other existing channels.

 

‘We also use this research to understand what we can do to improve the channels we have. This year alone, we’ve enhanced the offering on a number of channels – M-Net Movie Channels, M-Net City and M-Net Family, ITV Choice, FOX Entertainment, VIA, Discovery Family and Discovery IDx to name but a few. This means our customers will be seeing fresher content on a more regular basis.’

 

Make sure to check out our series reccomendation page to find a series perfectly suited for you to enjoy.

 

New DStv Explora launched

 

Our flagship Explora decoder has significantly enhanced the viewing experience for our customers. In a world where connected television services are becoming more commonplace, the Explora enables customers to connect their decoders and get access to an extended catalogue of content on DStv Catch Up Plus and ShowMax.

 

We want to give more of our customers the Explora experience without having to worry about expensive data costs. So we created a decoder with the same features and services as our current Explora, with a streamlined hard drive to keep it affordable.

 

Nyiko Shiburi, Group General Manager for Broadcast Technology, said ‘Our new Explora uses the latest video compression technology, which means our customers will in future spend less on data when they connect their new Explora to the internet.’

 

 

 

The new Explora has the same extensive Catch Up service, the ability to rent up to 30 BoxOffice movies and internet connectivity for Catch Up Plus, Remote Recording and ShowMax. This extensive content catalogue means our customers are recording less on their Exploras, which is why we’ve made the hard drive smaller to keep the decoder affordable. Customers can record up to 80 hours of HD content on their personal playlist (current Explora has 150 hours of HD recordings).

 

‘We believe the sheer volume of content available on our Catch Up, Catch Up Plus and ShowMax services, offers our customers an unparalleled entertainment experience. And the streamlined version means we can continue to offer all our customers the chance to own an Explora at an affordable price, despite our weakened Rand,’ continued Nyiko.

 

The new Explora gets a new A7 remote control, which incorporates features that customers have asked for. These include backlit buttons, which enables users to see it in the dark, the ability to easily program it as a universal remote for your TV and music system, and a ShowMax button for one-touch access.

 

Nyiko confirmed, ‘The Explora is our flagship decoder and we’ll continue to enhance it with further developments for many years to come.’

 

The new DStv Explora will retail at R1 499 and this price will be fixed until the end of 2017. Click here for offer options for the new DStv Explora you can look forward to.

 

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