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Balcony TV Live in Joburg

Posted by radio On September - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

BalconyTV is the global name in daily online viral music that features bands, musicians and other variety acts on balconies worldwide broadcasting from 65 cities around the world.

bconytvBalconyTV Johannesburg, the only BalconyTV platform in Africa, 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.

In addition to these video streams, BalconyTV Johannesburg has also produced a series of hugely successful live events. Over the past 4 years, Balcony TV Live has featured over 100 acts in 12 events attended by over 5,000 people. These events have proven especially popular on-line, with close on 100,000 people watching Jeremy Loop’s live performances!

The BalconyTV Live Johannesburg events are brought to you by Hunter’s Gold (Refreshes for Longer), with the next event taking place on 22ndOctober. As with all previous BalconyTV Live events, the line-up will continue with the winning formula that pairs up-and-coming acts with top high-profile South African artists.

22nd October will see live performances from Joburg’s most beautiful rooftop venue, Randlords. Perfectly perched at the highest point in Braamfontein, Randlords is a beautiful rooftop bar and lounge venue, located on the 22nd floor of South Point Towers.  This instalment of BalconyTV Live includes, BCUC, The Black Cat Bones , Hellcats and Johnny Cradle.

 

BCUC are no strangers to the BalconyTV Live stage, having previously performed to rave reviews. Back by popular demand the group will bring their truly unique improvisational style to a performance that is never the same. The scorching blues-rock sounds of The Black Cat Bones have been perfecting their sound since 2009 and their raw live shows reflect the band at their best.

Hellcats are a two piece, stripped down, bare knuckle rock n roll band formed in 2014 and are a perfect compliment to this rocking line-up. Johnny Cradle simply describe themselves as: a Fender Rhodes, a MOOG, a Xhosa voice, a drum kit, a guitar – make sure to experience them live at Randlords or via the BalconyTV Johannesburg Facebook Page.

22nd October

Doors Open at 1pm
Live Bands start at 1:30PM
Event Ends at 7PM
Venue: Randlords, Braamfontien
Address: 22nd Floor South Point Towers, 41 De Korte Street, Braamfontein
Ticket Price: R80 via WebTickets.co.za | R100 at the door
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SPONSORS:
Hunter’s Gold (Refreshes for Longer)
Marshall Music
Line6
Randlords

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The Voice SA Returns for a Second Season

Posted by radio On September - 20 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

M-Net’s prestigious singing competition returns for a second season. The Voice SA is looking for high-calibre vocal talent!

 

the_voice_sa_medNothing else matters. It’s all about The Voice! If you have perfect pitch, an enviable range, or the vocal tone or timbre that gives audiences goosebumps, you’re the ideal candidate to enter The Voice SA.

 

M-Net has confirmed that there will be a second season of the massively popular singing competition The Voice SA – and the first auditions are just around the corner!

 

This time, Port Elizabeth is included in the countrywide search for South Africa’s new singing sensation, with The Voice SA’s open auditions taking place on Wednesday, 12 October at The Beach Hotel on Marine Drive. Thereafter, it’s Cape Town’s turn, at Belmont Square in Rondebosch, on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October, while Durban’s singers can have their voices heard on Wednesday, 19 October, at the Growth Point Kings Park Stadium. The final stop will be in the City of Gold on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October at Sasani Studios in Balfour Park.

 

During these initial audition sessions, which are not filmed for television, talent has the opportunity to show an anonymous panel of music experts that they have the vocal prowess to perform on screen at the show’s famous ‘Blind Auditions’. That’s when The Voice SA coaches, four respected and well-known South African musos, listen to the singers with their iconic red chairs turned away from the stage, basing their decisions purely on what they hear. The honour of singing for the coaches will only befall the best of the best singers from the countrywide auditions.

 

“In The Voice SA it’s indeed all about quality,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “Right from the start, there’s no doubt that every single person on this proudly South African show can sing. The question is whether or not the coaches want them in their team and believe that they can take them all the way to the top. The phenomenal talent from The Voice SA Season 1 has set the bar incredibly high, and we are looking forward to opening doors for more fantastic talent who deserve to become household names.”

 

The Voice SA Season 1 winner Richard Stirton has already topped the iTunes charts three times – with the songs he performed at the semi-finals and finals, as well as the single he released with Universal Music as part of his prize package. He was also voted number one when TALPA, the company that produces the show around the globe, pitted the most recent winners from 23 countries against each other in an online poll. Both Richard Stirton and runner-up Gavin Edwards’ full albums will be released in October this year.

 

For Season 2, The Voice SA is again looking for exceptional talent with a unique sound and solo singers as well as duos from any musical background are encouraged to enter. Even though you have to be 18 years old on the day of your audition, there is no upper age-limit. You need to be a South African citizen or permanent resident, however, and will have to sign a document stating that you don’t have an existing contract with any recording company.

 

While there will be open auditions in SA’s biggest cities, singers who want to be part of the show will also be able to submit a song online for a possible fast track to the selection committee. Details about these submissions are available on www.mnet.tv/thevoice. M-Net recommends that anyone entering must bear in mind that there might be long queues at the audition venues. The earlier you come, the better, but take the weather into account too. Bring essentials such as your ID, an umbrella, sunscreen and enough hydration to ensure that you stay cool and fresh for your audition.

 

The Voice SA Season 2 will be broadcast on M-Net Channel 101 from January 2017 and the names of the coaches will be made public at a later stage.

 

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New teen drama Is’thunzi on Mzansi Magic

Posted by radio On September - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

In the age of wireless headphones, “dabbin” and memes, Mzansi Magic presents its first teen drama, Is’thunzi, which premieres on the 10th of October at 20:00.

 

27_mzansi_magic_019_preSet in the fast-paced world of South Africa’s born-frees, Is’thunzi will unpack the complexities that teenagers are faced with from all walks of life and the choices they are forced to make on their journey to adulthood.

 

Leading a group of girls who refer to themselves as “Ninjas”,  the drama unfolds when we meet the go-getter and sassy Winnie (Saints and Sinner’s Thuso Mbedu) who dreams of marrying a rich and famous rugby player. However, her dreams are dashed when she’s exiled to go live with her strict aunt in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal.

 

It is in Bergville that we meet the rest of the Ninjas: the young wife Londi (Zikhona Bali) who defies her in-laws by returning to school to get her matric; the misunderstood creative spirit Thishiwe (Makgotso M) who terrifies the community because of the darkness that befell her family, and completing the squad is Noxolo (Yolanda Kgaka), a shy and smart girl with a shameful secret.

 

Together, the girls help Winnie to snag her prince while also searching for their own happily-ever-after.

 

“We have told so many stories over the years, but had not fully explored the lives of Mzansi’s youth – Is’thunzi will do just that. This drama will dissect what it means to be young and full of potential but having to overcome financial, social, and cultural barriers in order to make something of yourself ,” said M-Net’s Head of Drama, Reneilwe Sema.

 

Joining this vibrant ensemble for thrilling 13 episodes are veteran actress Nandi Nyembe, Sdumo Mtshali, Bohang Moeko, Mbali Maphumulo, Pallance Dladla and new comer Thulane Shange.

 

Follow Winnie, Londi, Noxolo and Thishiwe as they pursue their dreams and form a bond that will not only push them over the edge, but also grow them in ways they never could have imagined.

 

Can Cinderella find her prince and create her own happiness without the help of her fairy godmother? Do not miss all the action when Is’thunzi premieres on Mzansi Magic (DSTV Channel 161) on the 10th of October at 20:00.

 

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Road to MAMA Durban hits EYADINI

Posted by radio On September - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

With just six weeks to go until the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg (MAMA), a dazzling line-up of artists is set to headline Durban’s annual Road to MAMA party – now bigger and better than ever.

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The MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 are brought to you by Joburg Tourism in partnership with Absolut Vodka and Google, and in association with MTN and DStv.

MTV Base is hooking up with Durban’s hottest hangout eYadini Lounge, Umlazi, Durban to stage Road to MAMA – Durban 2016 on Sunday 25 September (eYadini’s eighth birthday!).

Headlining the gig is Hip Hop star Anatii, who’s not long returned from the USA where he’s been performing and recording new material with the likes of R&B star Omarion.  Durban rapper Aewon Wolf joins the line-up for the second year running while “Back to the Beach” hitmaker Kyle Deutsch and hotter-than-hotWololo” singer Babes Wodomo, both make their Road to MAMA debuts in Umlazi.

Rounding out the evening with some hot deck action will be DJ Tira, DJ Vumar, Junior De Rocka and King Sfiso

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Tickets for Road to MAMA – Durban will be available at the eYadini Lounge, 3 Peace Road, Umlazi from 19 September, priced ZAR 150 (standard tickets only). Doors for Road to MAMA Durban open at 14:00 CAT.  Over 18s only.

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Highlights of Road to MAMA – Durban will air on MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) in October 2016.

For more information on the MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016, please go to www.mtvbase.com or www.mtv.co.za.

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Small business is about to make a big noise with the launch of the SME Zone on DStv this weekend. The dedicated weekend block, on Channel 412, is styled as a “self-help” manual for small business and those looking to start their own enterprises. The SME Zone is a weekend extension of Times Media’s finance and news channel, Business Day TV. It follows the success of programmes like The Big Small Business Show, now in its fourth year.

 

bdlogo_263x252The SME Zone will feature step-by-step guides on how to identify, start and grow a successful business; educational modules such as The Small Business MBA; real-lifementoring sessions with experts; and tipsand inspiration from some of SA’s top entrepreneurs.

 

“Nine out of 10 small businesses fail within the first 3 years,” says Semeyi Zake, creator and executive producer of the SME Zone. “That’s a terrible waste of hope, energy and resources. We aim to give entrepreneurs a fighting chance,via clear templates and business models that will greatly increase their chances of success.

 

”Some of the shows in the SME Zone line-up include: Jumpstart (self-help jobs you can start with R500 or less); Biz Guide 101 (a blueprint for running 25 popular businesses); Pimp my Bizz (revamping a faltering enterprise); Pitch & Polish (a nationwide search for the best ideas); and SME Funding.

 

“We realized there’s a hunger for business knowledge beyond the markets and corporate deals. As a channel, we are passionate about small business, realizing that this is where we can make an impact in addressing the country’s skills gap and play our role in creating employment and growing this economy,” Zake adds.

 

Vernon Matzopoulos, Head of Broadcast at Times Media, said: “We’re looking to help grow the next generation of business, and TV is an incredibly powerful medium of instruction to drive that. Thanks to DStv’s generosity in making the airtime available, we can now reach into 5.5 million homes –and hopefully inspire a small business revolution.”

 

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FOX Life launches in October

Posted by radio On September - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

FOX Networks Group Europe and Africa (FNG) has announced the launch of a bold new Pan African channel, FOX Life on Monday 3 October 2016. Considered one of the world’s leading destinations for scripted and unscripted entertainment, FOX Life will be tailored for African audiences and be available on channel 126 in South Africa.

 

dstv_logo_foxlife_lrgAs part of the new channel, an additional 500 hours of fresh new programming will be added to the schedule over the coming months, focused on localised storytelling, created specifically for African viewers. New hit US shows to debut on FOX Life include Pitch and Atlanta.

 

“FOX Life is core to our global entertainment portfolio and its entry into this market signals FNG’s continued investment in Africa,” says Gary Alfonso, GM, FNG Africa. “From hit US programming, to 500 hours of brand new, locally developed and produced content, our new channel portfolio reflects the best in entertainment, factual and sports.”

 

The new channel will sit alongside FOX on DStv, on channel 126 and will replace FOX Crime, which will no longer be available on DStv from Wednesday 28 September 2016. Select programming from this channel will be folded into the FOX daytime schedules. This is a win for DStv customers as FOX Crime was limited to only DStv Premium and DStv Extra, FOX Life will be available to DStv Premium, DStv Extra, DStv Compact, DStv Family and DStv Access customers in South Africa.

 

FOX Life now joins the extensive FNG portfolio in Africa, which includes FOX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic Gold, FOX Sports, FOX Sports 2 and Baby TV.

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M-NET celebrates 30yrs of Magic

Posted by radio On September - 9 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Africa’s pioneering TV channel, M-Net, is about to hit a milestone birthday– the big 3-0! In October 2016, it will be thirty years since the very first M-Net subscribers connected their newly-acquired analogue decoders. This was a major technological breakthrough at the time giving viewers access to a brand new world of entertainment.

 

m-net-30th-birthday-logo_lrgWhile the industry has continued to evolve at lightning speed, M-Net has always been at the forefront of the latest developments.

 

What started as one South African analogue channel has grown into an array of more than 40 channels (including M-Net Edge, kykNET, Mzansi Magic, VUZU AMP, Channel O and Africa Magic), addressing the viewing needs of diverse audiences on different platforms in almost 50 countries across the African continent. In curating and creating the very best content and channels for DStv customers, M-Net also boasts an impressive and long list of revolutionary moves and “firsts”– from being the first to screen movies without ad breaks to introducing South Africa’s very first soap, bringing local versions of blockbuster reality shows like Big Brother and Idols to our shores, producing ten language-specific TV channels, going HD and adding events-driven pop-up channels as well as services like “Express from the US”.

 

Now, in the trend-setting and magical fashion that it has become renowned for, M-Net will be celebrating its 30th birthday in a unique way– with a fun-filled comedy pop-up channel.

 

M-Net’s on-screen birthday bash, the M-Net Movies BlockParty, will run for the entire month of October on channel 109 on DStv Premium, playing everyone’s favourite comedy movie hits, the latest comedy shows and handing the mic over to the world’s best stand-up comedians. The channel will be rolling out the red carpet for comedy greats Seth Rogen, Eddie Murphy, Amy Schumer, Jim Carrey, Leon Schuster, Steve Martin, Austin Powers, Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah, Ellen DeGeneres, Martin Lawrence and many more.

 

M-Net Movies BlockParty will be screened around the clock for 30 days. Every weeknight there will be seriously funny classic series from 19:30, side-splitting movies at 20:30 and raucous stand-up comedy shows from 22:00.

 

“M-Net would not have been where it is today without the loyal support of our viewers,” says M-Net’s CEO Yolisa Phahle. “M-Net Movies BlockParty will have something for everyone and provide shows for the whole family to enjoy together.  Comedy is always popular and we would like our viewers to have some fun, so we look forward to celebrating our big birthday with as many people as possible.”

 

Apart from the M-Net Movies BlockParty pop-up channel, M-Net is also producing an exclusive TV special about the history and evolution of the network, as well as the way in which it has developed the African film and television industry and positively changed the lives of many people. This nostalgic TV special gives viewers the opportunity to hear from M-Net’s biggest stars and will be screened on several of the M-Net channels in early November.

 

To add to the M-Net 30th birthday celebrations, viewers can also look forward to plenty of fire-cracking new programming on M-Net’s various channels in October.

 

The new tension-filled reality show Shark Tank South Africa, in which budding entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas for a possible investment to business moguls, will be launching on M-Net 101 on Sunday, 2 October at 18:00. Also look out for the brand new sci-fi series Frequency, which takes time-travelling to a whole new level, starting on Thursday, 6 October at 20:30.

 

From Friday, 14 October at 21:00, M-Net Edge viewers will have a weekly date with the always hot – and always witty – Sarah Jessica Parker, the star of the much-anticipated new HBO comedy Divorce.  Another exciting new series on M-Net Edge is the big-budget sci-fi thriller Westworld, based on the Michael Crichton movie set in a futuristic theme park. The impressive cast includes Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton and the action starts on Monday, 3 October at 21:00.

 

The kykNET highlights for October include, among a variety of brand new series, the return of Karen Zoid’s popular talk show Die Republiek van Zoid Afrika (Tue, 11 Oct at 20:30) as well as the inimitable Nataniel’s cooking travel show Edik van Nantes (11 Oct at 20:00) and the channel’s firm favourite reality show Boer Soek ‘n Vrou (Thu, 20 Oct at 20:30) with new host Minki van der Westhuizen.

 

VUZU AMP, on DStv’s channel 103, will be the home of the novel new reality game show PowerPlay Coalition (starting on Sat, 15 Oct at 18:00) in which creatives showcase their best innovative work to expert event promotors.

 

On Mzansi Magic (channel 161 on DStv) fans can enjoy more compelling episodes of The Queen, Idols, Greed and Desire, Isikizi and Isibaya while the hit coming-of-age drama It’s Complicated, starring Atandwa Kani and Fikile Mthwalo, will be back for a second season on Sunday, 9 October at 21:00.

 

 

 

 

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OpenView HD now in over half a million homes

Posted by radio On August - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

OpenView HD surpassed half a million activated households on Tuesday.

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Platco Digital’s Managing Director Patrick Conroy says, “500 000 active OpenView HD set-top boxes is significant because the platform now has at least 2 million viewers. The more popular channels include e.tv HD, eMovies Plus, DaVinci Learning, Glow TV and our new addition to the OpenView HD bouquet Trace Sport Stars.”

 

OpenView HD will be celebrating its 3rd birthday in October and will be announcing the launch of a new channel to celebrate this.

 

Conroy adds, “The mix of content including educational, children and entertainment programming is appealing to our target market. First time buyers of multi-channel television are enjoying the choice that the platform offers.”

 

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Cost of data holding back adoption of internet TV

Posted by radio On August - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

In a recent consumer survey commissioned by ShowMax, the most common reason cited for not signing up to internet TV services is the cost of data. The amount of data needed to stream TV shows and movies can be one gigabyte (GB) per hour or more. To help manage this, ShowMax has introduced bandwidth capping functionality that can reduce data consumption by as much as 75%. ShowMax has also introduced a bandwidth calculator to help customers estimate how much data they need.

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“We knew anecdotally that people were worried about internet costs, but the results of the survey were stark. Forty percent of respondents said the main reason they don’t use internet TV services is the high cost of data. Twice as many people chose this over the next most common concern, which was not understanding how to set up internet TV,” said Barron Ernst, Chief Product Officer at ShowMax.

 

ShowMax has been actively addressing the data cost challenge, first by introducing the ability to download TV shows and movies to take advantage of Wi-Fi hotspots, and now by introducing user-selectable bandwidth capping on most of its apps. Subscribers can select either a low bandwidth cap of 0.3 GB/hr, a medium cap of 0.7 GB/hr, or leave usage uncapped.

 

Watching five hours per week, which is enough for 15 episodes of The Big Bang Theory or 7 episodes of Suits, the maximum amount of data used would be as follows:

 

 

Low bandwidth cap (0.3 GB/hr):   1.5 GB / week

Medium bandwidth cap (0.7 GB/hr):  3.5 GB / week

Uncapped (1.4 GB/hr):    7.1 GB / week

 

The low usage setting equates to a resolution of 360p, the medium equates to standard definition 480p, while uncapped can deliver up to 720p high definition. All ShowMax apps feature dynamic streaming with active monitoring of the connection speed and automatic adjustment of resolution to the make the most of the available bandwidth, up to the selected cap.

 

 

To help estimate data usage, ShowMax has created a bandwidth calculator. Simply choose the required quality level and the number of hours watched per week, and the calculator gives an estimate of weekly and monthly data usage. The calculator is accessible here: https://www.showmax.com/eng/go/bandwidth-calculator.

 

 

“We purposefully made bandwidth capping applicable at the individual app level rather than have a blanket setting for the account. This way, it’s possible to chose a lower usage cap for smaller screens – perhaps for the kids watching cartoons on a tablet – while still having the full HD experience on a big screen TV.

 

 

“The data cost challenge is greater in Africa than almost anywhere else and ShowMax has been at the forefront of tackling this, first with downloads and now with bandwidth capping. The key to success in Africa is tailoring your service to local needs,” concludes Ernst.

 

 

ShowMax apps are available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Apple TV (4th generation), and selected Samsung and LG smart TVs. ShowMax apps support both AirPlay and Chromecast. The service can also be viewed on laptop and desktop computers via web browser.

 

 

Bandwidth capping settings can be accessed either via the settings / app preferences menu on most apps, or by using the settings button on the play bar if connecting via a web browser.

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MTV Base celebrates women

Posted by radio On August - 11 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

More than 60 years ago, South Africa adopted the Women’s Charter to ensure fair representation, employment and equal treatment for women.

 

In 2016, MTV Base (322) has invited a panel of influential young women to participate in a special episode of MTV Base Roundtable: What Women Want, to discuss whether the Women’s Charter has lived up to its promise and if South African women have achieved the equality they sought.

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To ensure relevance in the roundtable forum, MTV Base conducted a research questionnaire with young South African women highlighting the importance of the three different topic points.

 

MTV Base Roundtable: What Women Want premieres on MTV Base (322) on Saturday 13 August at 15:00 CAT.

 

Well-known TV and radio personality Masechaba Ndlovu facilitates the What Women Want panel discussion between celebrated musicians Thandiswa Mazwai and Moneoa, presenter Refilwe Modiselle, actress Nomzamo Mbatha and TV personality Mome.

 

Commented Monde Twala, Vice President, BET, Youth & Music, VIMN Africa: “Youth activism is a critical reality in modern day Africa. The Women’s Charter was a landmark piece of legislation in its day and it’s important that we continue weigh up its success in today’s world against the massive efforts envisaged by inspirational figures such as Lilian Ngoyi, Rahima Moosa, Albertina Sisulu and Helen Joseph. It appears there is still a long way to go when it comes to addressing inequalities.”

 

Continued Twala: “Shot at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, the MTV Base Roudtable is a 44-minute special that addresses a wide range of issues based around three core topics affecting contemporary young women on the continent: family, work and social. The panel explores subjects such as inequality in the workplace, unequal pay, and discrimination on leadership positions, sexual harassment and the role of women who oppress other women.”

 

The panel also addresses a number of social ills that take place within family structures, which erode the dignity of women through patriarchy entrenched in religion, traditions, gender roles, sexual abuse and other expectations imposed on women.

 

The discussion also focuses on social injustices women are faced with in their daily lives – how they should dress to avoid rape, dealing with harassment and disrespect, the judgement and labelling of women who stand up for themselves, date rape and “corrective” rape.

 

Tune into MTV Base Roundtable: What Women Want on MTV Base (322) on Saturday 13 August at 15:00 CAT.

 

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