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Samsung announced on tuesday that its 2019 TV line, including new QLED 4K and 8K models, are available at select retailers nationwide from May. Powered by Samsung’s proprietary Quantum Processor, the 2019 QLED TV line-up features more screen size options, stunning picture quality enhancements, dazzling colours from every angle, exciting new design elements and intuitive smart TV upgrades.

“Our 2019 QLED line is designed for users who want the best combination of picture quality, smart TV capabilities and design,” said Reginald Nxumalo, Director of Consumer Electronics at Samsung South Africa. “This year’s line-up represents our largest screen size offering ever. It brings together innovative feature enhancements and exciting content and service partnerships to deliver a truly ground-breaking viewing experience and unprecedented value.”

 

A More Pristine Picture

 

The 2019 Q80 and Q90 feature ‘Ultra Viewing Angle’ technology, which restructures the TV’s panels so the backlight passes through the panel with lights evenly onto the screen. Engineered to reduce glare and enhance colour, Ultra Viewing Angle provides a vibrant picture regardless of the viewing position. In addition, Q70, Q80, and Q90 models offer Direct Full Array technology that uses a panel featuring concentrated zones of precision-controlled LEDs. These LEDs adjust automatically to display deeper blacks and purer whites, delivering stunning images with pristine contrast.

 

A More Intelligent Quantum Processor

 

Q900 Series 8K TVs incorporate Samsung’s proprietary Quantum Processor 8K, which up-scales lower resolution content to stunningly crisp 8K while also allowing for playback of native 8K content. This year’s models also utilise the Quantum Processor 8K that optimises audio and video to the specific content on the screen. It can create an even more detailed sound experience by tailoring the audio settings to the specific layout of the room.

 

Samsung’s new QLED 4K models also feature their own proprietary Quantum Processor 4K, which can use AI upscaling to deliver improved brightness, picture quality and sound optimised for each scene.

 

As announced at CES 2019, Samsung will take the user experience to the next level by offering iTunes Movies and TV Shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support on 2019 Samsung Smart TV models. Support on 2018 Samsung Smart TVs will be made available via firmware update. In an industry first, a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app will debut on Samsung Smart TVs in more than 100 countries. AirPlay 2 support will be available soon on Samsung Smart TVs in 190 countries worldwide.

 

Using the new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app on Samsung Smart TVs, Samsung customers can access their existing iTunes library and browse the iTunes Store to buy or rent from a selection of hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodes — including the largest selection of 4K HDR movies. iTunes Movies and TV Shows will work seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV Services, the new Voice Command and Search, to create a consistent experience across Samsung’s platform. With AirPlay 2 support, Samsung customers will be able to effortlessly play videos, photos, music, podcasts and more from Apple devices directly to Samsung Smart TVs, including QLED 4K and 8K TVs as well as other Samsung UHD and HD models.

 

A More Convenient Content Experience

 

2019 Samsung Smart TVs offer even more ways for users to discover and watch content. It features an improved AI algorithm that leverages a user’s subscription services, favourite content, and TV viewing habits to offer customised recommendations about what to watch. Users will be able to leverage the new Voice Command on 2019 QLED TVs and soon use Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant to easily control their TVs and access their content through voice commands. They can quickly and easily navigate their content with Samsung’s OneRemote. And with the addition of Far Field Voice Capability on the OneRemote, users can use voice commands to control their TV even if they are across the room from their remote.

 

A More Immersive Gaming Experience

 

Real Game Enhancer optimises the gaming experience through a unique set of gaming features. This year, Real Game Enhancer features AMD Radeon Freesync™ variable refresh rate technology, which helps prevent tearing and stuttering, as well as Game Motion Plus, which removes motion blur and judder. Real Game Enhancer combines these technical innovations with Auto Game Mode, which minimises input lag on compatible devices. It also includes AI-based audio and video enhancements that optimise the settings to delivering cinematic sound and smooth, lifelike visuals that can remain clear even during bright and dark scenes. Ambient Mode complements any living space by turning a blank screen into a decorative or informational display when the TV is not in active use.  It can display artistic content like photos and works of art. This year, Ambient Mode offers users an even greater variety of artistic and decorative pieces for the home, through new decorative patterns, photos, and artwork and mattes, as well as new ways to display information on the TV.

 

A More Comprehensive Line-up

 

Samsung’s QLED line-up offers 4K and 8K models in a range of sizes from 55” to 98” to suit the needs of every home and every lifestyle.

 

For a limited period, from 24 April to 5 May 2019, you will receive a Samsung soundbar with every 2019 QLED TV purchase. This offer will be available from your nearest participating retailer. All QLED purchases come with Samsung Signature Service which includes delivery and installation. Stock is limited. Terms and conditions apply.

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If you’re reading this, we’re going to assume that you’ve watched episode 2 of Game of Thrones season 8 and that after all that pre-battle ruminating in the halls of Winterfell, you’re ready for some action!

Binge-watch Game of Thrones from the beginning on Showmax »

* Warning: spoilers ahead *

It felt like very little happened in episode 2. Until the last few minutes when Jon Snow – we mean, Aegon Targaryen and true heir to the Iron Throne – told Dany the truth about his parentage. She did not take it well.

The episode ended with some movement beyond the gates of Winterfell as the army of White Walkers arrived. And the battle was on!

Here’s what we can glean in the preview video to episode 3:

 

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

  • Everyone is gazing over the ramparts of Winterfell as the army of the undead approaches. (Sansa looks nervous and Arya looks fierce.)
  • Jon Snow shouts: “The Night King is coming!” and we are riled up!
  • We get a glimpse of a dragon in battle but it’s hard to tell if it’s Viserion (the new ice dragon) or siblings Drogon or Rhaegal.
  • Theon Greyjoy is in the thick of battle, shooting arrows and being courageous.
  • Dany has no time for Jon’s puppy dog eyes as she says, flatly, “The dead are already here.”
  • And Brienne leads the army of the North into battle on the left flank, shouting out orders. We’re assuming that Jaime Lannister is fighting under her command.

Want more? Watch Game of Thrones S8 on Mondays on M-Net (only) at 03:00, and later the same day on M-Net and Showmax at 22:00.

 

[Article originally published by:Showmax]

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Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, today announced its first original African animated series, Mama K’s Team 4, produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios and leading London-based kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE.

 

Mama K’s Team 4 tells the story of four teen girls living in the neo-futuristic African city of Lusaka, Zambia who are recruited by a retired secret agent still committed to saving the world. The series joins Netflix’s growing slate of original animated programming designed for kids and families everywhere, brought to 190 countries by artists from around the world.

Mama K’s Team 4 is created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema, who was one of eight winners in the Triggerfish Story Lab initiative in 2015, a pan-african talent search.

 

Designed by Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope, it draws visual inspiration from retro-’90s R&B and hip hop girl groups.

 

To join the creative team on the series, Netflix is collaborating with Triggerfish Animation studio and CAKE to launch a continent-wide search for local female writing talent.

 

Malenga grew up watching cartoons on TV and found herself asking why no heroes looked like her and why they didn’t live in a world that felt like her own. “In creating a superhero show set in Lusaka, I hope to introduce the world to four strong African girls who save the day in their own fun and crazy way. Most importantly, I want to illustrate that anyone from anywhere can be a superhero,” commented Malenga.

 

“In addition to giving African writers a global platform on which to be heard, we are excited to present this powerful and entertaining new animated series that brings Malenga’s incredible and unique vision to life on Netflix,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of original animation at Netflix. “Mama K’s Team 4 has the potential to give a whole new generation of African children the opportunity to see themselves on-screen in the powerful, aspirational characters they look up to.”

 

“After animating four multi-award-winning BBC Christmas specials set in England, including the Oscar-nominated Revolting Rhymes, Triggerfish is delighted to bring an African capital city to life on Netflix,” added Vanessa Ann Sinden, Triggerfish’s development producer. “Female writers from Africa who have had their work produced for either TV, film or theatre can find out more about the Writers Lab and how to apply from the careers page of our website, www.triggerfish.com.”

 

CEO & Creative Director at CAKE, Tom van Waveren concluded, “We are delighted to be partnering with Triggerfish and Netflix on Mama K’s Team 4, a uniquely empowering, but most of all fun project, which brings a fresh perspective to a classic cartoon genre.”

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The unique Afrosymphonic concert brings together diverse acts including South African soulful house band Mi Casa; the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra; Afrikaans singing sensation Refentse Morake; acclaimed dramatic soprano Andiswa Makana; jazz songstress Zoë Modiga and stage & screen stars Samantha Peo & Craig Urbani, under the baton of Maestros Richard Cock and Brandon Phillips.

 

Filmed under magnificent Cape skies, on the iconic Great Lawn at the Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West in March 2019, RMB Starlight Classicsis a South African cultural institution that captures the magic that happens when rooted African rhythms, hot pop hits, legendary operatic arias and soaring classical scores combine to make something truly unique. The RMB Starlight Classicsconcerts are held twice a year, in March and September.

 

 

Also part of the lineup are South African singing ambassadors, the Drakensberg Boys Choir; the Cape Town Opera Chorus; renowned jazz saxophonist Karendra Devroop and operatic stars Sipho Fubesi & Bongani Kubeka.

 

 

“RMB Starlight Classics isn’t only for classical music fans – it’s a celebration of the power of all types of music and song,” says director Darren Hayward. “It’s amazing to see diverse performers like Mi Casa’s J Something and opera star Sipho Fubesi collaborate on performances like ‘Perfect Symphony’, experience the power of the Drakensberg Boys Choir performing Vangelis’ ‘Conquest of Paradise’ and see the full cast lending their amazing talents to mash-ups of Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’, ‘Uptown Funk’ and Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’”.

 

 

“We’re proud of the huge success of Starlight Classics – and more so, how the audience leaves the concert on such a positive note, re-energised to tackle the daily magic and madness that is South Africa,” says RMB’s Carolynne Waterhouse.

Don’t miss this truly unique musical fusion experience on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) on Sunday 21 April from 15:00-16:30.

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Game of Thrones S8 episode 2 preview

Posted by radio On April - 19 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The first episode of Game of Thrones S8 was relatively death-free and peaceful… we doubt that’s going to last.

*Spoilers ahead if you haven’t caught up with episode one*

Not even Jon’s epic first ride on a dragon could lighten up what was a very dark start to Season 8. Speaking of Jon, or rather we should say, Aegon Targaryen, what will happen between him and Queen Daenerys now that he finally knows he’s the rightful heir to the Iron Throne?

And why isn’t he freaking out that she’s his aunt?

Thank goodness this preview for episode 2 is out, or the fan theories would drive us nuts.

We can’t wait for next week’s episode to drop – especially as each one is getting just a little bit longer.

  • Season 8, Episode 1 will be 54 minutes.
  • Season 8, Episode 2 will be 58 minutes.
  • Season 8, Episode 3 is one hour and 22 minutes.
  • Season 8, Episode 4 is one hour and 18 minutes.
  • Season 8, Episode 5 is one hour and 20 minutes.
  • Season 8, Episode 6, the finale is also one hour and 20 minutes.

What’s happening in episode 2?

The Kingslayer looks like he has bigger things to worry about than throwing Bran out of a window when he’s brought before Daenerys. She is not amused to meet her father’s killer. But we’re not sure that she’ll have time to mull over it because Winterfell is under attack! Has the army of white walkers arrived?

Watch Game of Thrones S8 on Mondays on M-Net (only) at 03:00, and later the same day on M-Net and Showmax at 22:00.

 

 

[Source: Showmax blog]

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Apple recently  announced Apple TV+, the new home for the world’s most creative storytellers featuring exclusive original shows, movies and documentaries, coming this autumn. Apple TV+, Apple’s original video subscription service, will feature a brand new slate of programming from the world’s most celebrated creative artists, including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Octavia Spencer, J.J. Abrams, Jason Momoa, M. Night Shyamalan, Jon M. Chu and more. On the Apple TV app, subscribers will enjoy inspiring and authentic stories with emotional depth and compelling characters from all walks of life, ad-free and on demand.
“We’re honoured that the absolute best lineup of storytellers in the world — both in front of and behind the camera — are coming to Apple TV+,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re thrilled to give viewers a sneak peek of Apple TV+ and cannot wait for them to tune in starting this autumn. Apple TV+ will be home to some of the highest quality original storytelling that TV and movie lovers have seen yet.”
Additionally, Apple debuted the all-new Apple TV app and Apple TV channels coming in May 2019. The all-new Apple TV app brings together the different ways to discover and watch shows, movies, sports, news and more in one app across iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, smart TVs and streaming devices. Users can subscribe to and watch new Apple TV channels — paying for only services they want, like HBO, SHOWTIME and Starz — all on demand, available on and offline, with incredible picture quality and sound; enjoy sports, news and network TV from cable and satellite providers as well as purchase or rent iTunes movies and TV shows all within the new, personalised Apple TV app.
Beginning in May, customers can subscribe to Apple TV channels à la carte and watch them in the Apple TV app, with no additional apps, accounts or passwords required. Apple TV channels include popular services such as HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade, Noggin and new services like MTV Hits, with more to be added over time around the world.
The new Apple TV app personalises what viewers love to watch across their existing apps and services while developing a secure and comprehensive understanding of users’ viewing interests. The app will offer suggestions for shows and movies from over 150 streaming apps, including Amazon Prime and Hulu, as well as pay-TV services such as Canal+, Charter Spectrum, DIRECTV NOW and PlayStation Vue. Optimum and Suddenlink from Altice will be added later this year.1
Additionally, the Apple TV app will become the new home to the hundreds of thousands of movies and TV shows currently available for purchase or rent in the iTunes Store.
Availability
  • Pricing and availability for the Apple TV+ video subscription service will be announced later this autumn.

  • The all-new Apple TV app is coming to iPhone, iPad and Apple TV customers in over 100 countries with a free software update this May, and to Mac this autumn.

  • Through Family Sharing, users can share Apple TV+ and subscriptions to Apple TV channels.

  • The Apple TV app will be available on Samsung smart TVs beginning this spring and on Amazon Fire TV, LG, Roku, Sony and VIZIO platforms in the future.

  • Later this year, customers with eligible VIZIO, Samsung, LG and Sony smart TVs will be able to effortlessly play videos and other content from their iPhone or iPad directly to their smart TVs with AirPlay 2 support.

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A “revolutionary series about a perfectly imperfect single black woman … For black women, it’s like our own personal Scandal, a world in which we see ourselves not just in its main character, but in most of its characters.” That’s how BuzzFeedNews.com described BET drama Being Mary Jane, and the overwhelming fan response on social media has proven it, with #BeingMaryJane trending on Twitter every time it airs.

 

Since 2013, Gabrielle Union (from 10 Things I Hate About You, Bring it On), has starred as Mary Jane Paul (MJ), a news anchor who almost has it all: the high-flying job, money, good looks, great hair, and a crazy but loving group of friends and family. But MJ, who is in her late 30s, is looking for Mr Right and wants to start a family. Which leaves many steamy encounters with hunky men devolving into rivers of tears as her dream of future perfection is shattered into a million pieces.

 

 

We’ve seen MJ try to smooth out the kinks in her family life, coping with her mother’s health issues and a brother with addiction problems. We journeyed with her from Season 1 to 4 as she found herself caught between sensible and sexy men. She almost had it all with David … until she lost it. Then she got it on with Andre – only to find out that he’s married with kids! After a failed fertility treatment and a car accident in season 2 (when she overheard her best friend confessing her love to David), MJ finally chose to cleanse her crazy life of toxic people and relationships. Finally, she was evolving. Even Michelle Obama, who is a fan of the show, approved.

 

 

At the end of season four, MJ’s co-worker, Justin, got down on one knee to propose, but he didn’t know that MJ may already be pregnant … and not with his child! The teaser trailer of the finale movie shows MJ in a white wedding dress, and we can’t wait to see who’s wearing the matching suit.

 

Watch the Being Mary Jane finale movie on Thursday 18 April on BET (129) at 21:00.

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NBC Universal International Networks’ global, multi-platform brand dedicated to all things pop culture –announced that they are commissioning a local production of Celebrity Game Night.  The series, comprised of ten one-hour episodes, will premiere late 2019 on E! (DStv channel 124).

Celebrity Game Night is based on the Primetime Emmy Award winning series Hollywood Game Night, hosted, in America, by Jane Lynch. In each episode, two teams of celebrity guests will face-off as they play hilarious and outrageous party games that test pop culture knowledge, acting skills and nerves of steel. The local commission will feature a local host who will guide African celebrities through their evening and ensure the game night is filled with outrageous fun!

 

“With outstanding success as an international format, Celebrity Game Night is perfectly placed as the latest local production for E! Africa. I’m excited to bring local nuances to this fun, high-energy series, which will feature the best of African pop culture and celebrity,” commented Lee Raftery, Managing Director, UK Emerging Markets and Chief Marketing & Content Officer, NBCUniversal International. “As we celebrate 15 years of E! in Africa, in partnership with DStv, and follow on from recent success with How Do I Look? South Africa, this commission demonstrates our continued commitment to creating impactful local content which reflects the market.”

 

 

Executive produced for NBCUniversal International Networks, Celebrity Game Night is produced by Rapid Blue in Johannesburg. Celebrity Game Night will go into production in July 2019 and the series is set to premiere late 2019 on E! (DStv channel 124).  Check back often for more news around this exciting show – including the announcement of the host and full line-up

 

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Mzansi Magic favourite shows are coming back!

Posted by radio On April - 4 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Mzansi Magic (Channel 161)  is excited to announce the return of the favourites in April! We promise, this is the content you signed up for!

 

  1. The Herd 

Sunday drama at its best, The Herd Season 2 will make a return on the 7th of April 2019. Will the powerful Mam Mngadi still be living her best life? What happens now? Don’t miss it on Sundays at 8pm!

  1. Lockdown 

We have barely recovered from last season of Lockdown, and we’re back to it again! Is Mazet gone for good? Questions that need answers. Keep It locked to your screens from the 7th of April on our usual 8pm timeslot.

  1. Utatakho

Your trusted host Nimrod Nkosi will take us through multiple journeys and DNA test results as people seek the truth about their identity. The show comes back on Tuesdays at 8pm on the 9th of April 2019.

  1. Papa Penny 

No one does reality better than Papa Penny Ahee! The one and only Shangaan King is back on your screens Mzansi. We are excited to see what he has in store for us! Catch your fave on Thursdays at 8pm from the 11th of April 2019.

  1. Uthando NesThembu

Your favourite family is back! Catch Musa and his wives as they continue on their journey of love. They comeback on the 12th of April 2019, so be sure to be glued to your screens.

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The Magic In Motion Academy celebrated 13 film and television graduates at the 5th graduation for the Academy

Higher Education Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela who attended the event as the guest of honour, acknowledged the success of the students and the commitment of the MIM Academy.

“The impact that this programme has had on these graduates is invaluable. Over the past five years, this programme has provided a gateway to the film and television industry for a significant number of students. The film and television industry is a big contributor to our economy and these graduates are now able to tell our stories that can reach all corners of the world” says Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela.

 

“We recognise that the global television industry is evolving, and we need to empower anew generation of young professionals. This internship gives the most talented creatives work experience with the leading production companies and culminates with the production of movies that are scheduled on Mzansi Magic and seen by millions. Our interns graduate with a CV that sets them up to find work – we are committed to training and jobcreation” says MultiChoice General Entertainment CEO Yolisa Phahle.”

 

 

Founded in 2014 and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Bobby Heaney, the MIM Academy focuses on transforming the South African film and TV industry by upskilling film graduates, empowering them with the necessary knowledge and experience that they will require to start their careers and successfully transform the video-entertainment industry in South Africa. To date, 44 interns have graduated from the programme, 12 films have been produced and 60% of the class of 2017 interns are employed.

 

 

This year, the graduates were taken through an intensive 12-month internship where their tertiary education was supplemented by hands-on practical training. They were mentoredby industry experts from some of the country’s most respected production houses and worked on various exciting productions. Production partners played an influential role in ensuring that the graduates were exposed to all facets of the production process and ensured inclusion on a variety of sets.

 

 

“The class of 2018 has been incredibly dedicated, having produced 4 movies of exceptional quality for Mzansi Channels including Hawe Ma! and Umdlalo wempilo. We look forward totheir contribution to the industry” said Bobby.

 

 

“Beyond entertainment, its rewarding to see how, through our investments in infrastructure, technology and empowerment initiatives, we harness the emerging talent of the youth and set them up to achieve their goals. By the end of their time with us in April,

they will have produced four movies for broadcast in prime-time on Mzansi Magic, said Yolisa”.

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