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Khaya Mthethwa to host BET’s gospel show

Posted by radio On May - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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DStv gets new e.tv channels

Posted by radio On May - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

Showmax CEO John Kotsaftis said:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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SABC 2 brings you the Game Plan

Posted by radio On May - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

SABC2 and Molotsi productions introduces Game Plan, a new entrepreneurial game show set to debut on Thursday 11th May 2017 at 11am.

 

Presented by a renowned TV personality Mzwandile Ngubeni, Game Plan is an entrepreneurship and educational studio-based, reality twist TV game show, with radical interventions to educate the previously disadvantaged South Africans about the basics of entrepreneurship and starting a successful business. The show aims to be a catalyst in creating a conducive environment for entrepreneurship among the youth of South Africa.

 

With economic emancipation as its core objective, Game Plan is a platform which aims to educate 101 and key nuggets in business in a fun and engaging way, as it is clear that entrepreneurship is a key driver of economic and socio-economic improvement.

 

Game Plan teaches the viewers that the fundamental basis of a good business is to provide a product or service that caters for the particular needs of a specific target market through various types of games, themes and quizzes on the show.

 

The host will be joined by resident judges, Lebo Gunguluza, Chipo Mushwana, and Andy Khumalo as they assist in unpacking the subject matter to educate viewers at home.

 

Each week 6 contestants are grouped into two teams of 3 competing against each other for the title of being South Africa’s Game Plan Champion. The processes of selecting and identifying the contestants include social media, different incubators, word of mouth in various communities and approaching tertiary institutions.

 

 

Don’t miss Game Plan every Thursday at 11am, only on SABC2.

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Digital Entertainment on Demand (DEOD) is going live in South Africa, offering a selection of rental and subscription video entertainment on-demand services, including news and sports Internet TV channels, direct to viewers’ phones, tablets, and laptops. A range of Smart TV applications, plus Chromecast and Airplay support will also be offered in the coming weeks.

 

Unlike traditional free-to-air and pay-TV services, DEOD offers true freedom of choice: consumers can enjoy Internet TV channel programming, subscribe to bouquets of content to watch as they choose, or they can simply opt to rent individual movies on a pay-per-view basis – anywhere, any time.

 

DEOD is being launched in South Africa and markets across Africa by video on demand (VOD) solutions provider, Discover Digital, in partnership with regional telcos and businesses.

 

“Viewers today want freedom of choice. They want customisable, affordable access to movies, news, sports, music and TV series wherever they are,” says Discover Digital Managing Director, Stephen Watson. “Our disruptive new model breaks the traditional broadcast and pay-TV mould by letting viewers choose the channel category packages they want and what subscription models they prefer.”

 

Priced from only R49 for the News Service and R99 for the Sports Service, to R189 for the Premium Package which includes all news and sports channels, DEOD Sports Network (DSN) and a selection of series, music videos and movies on- demand. DEOD offers premium on-demand content subscriptions at a price viewers can afford. The DEOD Rental Service also offers viewers the option to rent a selection of movies from the latest off cinema to classics on a pay-per-view basis from as little as R18-R30.

 

“Discover Digital’s highly flexible platforms mean we can constantly repackage content and bouquets to meet viewer demands,” says Watson. “For example, we offer a sports pack of five world sports channels including the Motorvision motorsports channel, Sportskool, Channel Edge HD extreme sports, Fightbox HD, and the Nautical Sailing and Boating Channel. We have a news pack of leading global news channels including Al Jazeera, Africanews, Euronews, Bloomberg, Russia Today, and France24, with more channels being added soon including BBC World News. We also offer short-term Premium subscriptions that give viewers access just for a weekend at R49 or just a week at R69, as well as special interest channels and VOD bouquets for kids and music lovers as well as faith and inspiration-related programming.”

 

 

DEOD Sports Network (DSN) is offered in all packages and delivers world sports news, covering major sports championships and leagues, including the Olympics, Football, Rugby, Golf, Cricket, Tennis and more. Viewers can catch up on daily short news stories, player and coach interviews on-demand. Advertisers and broadcast sponsors can also partner with DEOD to activate this content to engage with consumers.

 

Watson says DEOD also breaks new ground for mobile viewers, delivering a premium viewing experience with little to no latency, even on mobile phones. “To really experience the benefits of VOD, which is about consuming what you want, where you want and when you want, it has to be suitable for mobile too,” says Watson. “We put in-country CDNs, caching and networks in place, and we use adaptive bitrate technology to ensure that viewers in every country enjoy the best possible viewing experience. We have also added the ability for viewers to schedule the download of selected content for off-line playback. Very soon consumers will also be able to download immediately or schedule the download for off-peak data periods, to take advantage of the off-peak data rates that most ISP and telcos offer.” Adding to the convenience of this innovative new on-demand service, DEOD payment systems will include credit cards, debit orders and voucher payment/redemption options through our DEOD Partnerships, plus future mobile money and charge to bill options in partnerships with telcos and mobile wallet operators.

 

 

“As a full-service, video on demand business, we want to use the increased connectivity consumers now have access to, to deliver more entertainment in a number of ways. The opportunity in Africa is to deliver to mobile phones a broad range of digital entertainment – from video and TV to music, magazines and radio,” says Watson. “We believe everybody deserves to have access to quality, affordable content and we will continue to challenge the status quo of competitive offerings and expand our DEOD services to merge lifestyle and entertainment to take it to consumers when and how they want it.”

 

 

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DStv Delicious dates confirmed

Posted by radio On May - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The fifth annual DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival will be held at the prestigious Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October 2017. This tastebud-tantalising food and music festival is one of the biggest and most popular food and music festival in South Africa, with an estimated 40 000 people expected to attend over the two days.

“Our focus is to create great real-time experiences for our DStv customers that are fun and engaging – DStv Delicious does just that! Food channels come to life, kids get to interact with their favourite TV characters, our customers get to mingle with much-loved celebrities and dance to great music,” commented Nomsa Chabeli, General Manager for marketing at MultiChoice.

 

Internationally recognised, Kyalami Circuit is a world-class facility and centrally located for easy access. Entry to the venue is easy with nine entry and exit points for hassle-free movement.

 

“This year our aim is to surpass the success of 2016 – we want to thank the pubic for their great support. This year you’ll again be able to enjoy some of the same treats; from world-class international and local acts, to great local chefs, the enticing gourmet food market and the hugely popular Kids Zone,” says Lloyd Cornwall, Festival Director of the DStv Delicious Festival. “The festival is a highlight for foodies as traditional and contemporary cuisine meet to cater for all tastes.”

 

 

The announcement of local and international artists will be made later in the year.

 

 

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BBM Launches DiscoverTV!

Posted by radio On May - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

BBM announces the launch of yet another amazing new content offering for the South African market, foundwithin the BBM Discover menu.

 

DiscoverTV is a mobile streamingservice that allows BBM users to watch a wide variety of award-winning shortform shows, selected from a diverse range of mobile movies, channels, cartoons,and documentaries.

 

 

DiscoverTV includes variouscontent categories all under one roof, so there is no excuse to miss theentertainment.  There is always something new to discover with more showsand channels added every month!

 

DiscoverTV is offered FREE forthe first month for all BBM users, after which it is only R1 per day for unlimitedaccess to your favourite channel. The service is easy and convenient, as allsubscriptions and additional data costs are managed by users’ respective mobilephone networks.

 

Wide Range of Content

DiscoverTV is for everyone,whether you’re interested in soccer, kids, animals, food, cars, celeb, life,planet, extreme sports, and home fitness. This new video content accompaniesBBM’s existing content and services offered in South Africa that include News,Rewards, Channels, Subscriptions, Stickers, and coming soon Shopping deals,Vouchers/Coupons, Airtime top-up, and Pay solutions. So keep your eyes glued toBBM!

 

 

Commercial Free

BBM understands that one of themost disrupting factors for a mobile user is the commercial that pops inbetween mobile video clips, especially when data is used to stream them.DiscoverTV is 100% commercial free and all clips can be viewed in theirentirety without any annoying interruptions.

 

Entertainment Anywhere & Anytime

BBM users can stream DiscoverTVanywhere, be it over Wi-Fi or your mobile network. Anyone can simply downloadBBM for free via the App Store or Google Play, register your details andexplore the content and services within the Discover menu. This easy-to-useinterface integrated into BBM Discover, means it has never beeneasier to enjoy the best entertainment wherever you are.

 

Africa – a Growth Market

BBM has identified Africa asa priority focus and will continue to roll out new features for BBM usersacross the continent. Africa counts a staggering 1.13 billion mobilesubscriptions, making it the world’s second largest continent in terms ofmobile subscriptions, second only to Asia.

 

BBM is one of the largest mobilemessaging applications in the world. Since it was created in August 2005, BBMhas evolved from a pure messaging application for communication (text andvideo) to a social ecosystem unifying chat, social, commerce, services andcontent including bill payment, top-up, vouchers/coupons, games, video,shopping, travel and polls.

 

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iQIYI and Netflix Sign Licensing Agreement

Posted by radio On April - 29 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

iQIYI and Netflix have signed a content licensing agreement for a subset of Netflix original series like Stranger Things and Black Mirror. Though expectations of our deal are modest in scope, we are delighted that consumers will be able to enjoy these highly-popular series on iQIYI, the leading online video platform in China. Our cooperation will be subject to the relevant regulations on online streaming of imported drama and film content in China.

 

About iQIYI

Founded in Beijing in April 2010, iQIYI is the top online video platform in China to stream both licensed and original movies, television series, variety shows, cartoons and other content.

 

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Minnie & Lungsta to co-host Homeground

Posted by radio On April - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

If there’s one thing Mzansi Magic fans are crazy about, it’s lifestyle entertainment, their next favourite being sport – so this May, Mzansi Magic and SuperSport are giving viewers the best of both worlds in a new show, Homeground.

Hosted by Minnie Dlamini and Lungile Radu, the live broadcast is a weekly installment of lifestyle entertainment with a dose sports.

The SuperSport-Mzansi Magic co-production which will be simulcast on both channels from 1 May, will give fans sports news, trivia, statistics, and music, with a distinctive touch of lifestyle and fashion. Viewers across the country have been waiting in anticipation for months on the news of Minnie Dlamini’s move to M-Net and SuperSport, and the brands have been tight lipped on the details until now.

 

On what excites her about joining Homeground, Minnie Dlamini stated: “What I’m looking forward to about the show is that it features a variety of sports – not just football. The show also offers a really big entertainment platform, so it’s is breaking down South Africa’s existing segregation between the two worlds.”

 

Touching on what viewers can expect in the brand new production, Sphumelele Sibeko M-Net’s Head of Entertainment stated, “With the help of SuperSport, we’re charting new territory with a live sports production, but we’re mixing it up with the hottest entertainment and afro-glam, which is what our viewers have come to expect from us.”

 

Homeground is hosted by two of South Africa’s foremost presenters; the momentous combo of Minnie and Lungsta, is sure to keep viewers entertained, informed and coming back for more,” Sibeko concluded.

 

 

Catch Homeground every Monday from 1 May, streaming live on Mzansi Magic and SuperSport 4 on DStv Now at 21:30.

 

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