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OpenView HD reaches 200 000 customers

Posted by radio On August - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

OpenView HD will reach its 200 000th installation and activation within days since the free-to-air satellite TV service launched in South Africa in October 2013.


OpenView HD is operated by Platco Digital with its head office in Johannesburg and is backed by’s parent company Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI).


In 2014 Ellies, the JSE-listed electronics distributor said that OpenView HD “has been slow to take off” and that there’s been a poor uptake of the service but OpenView HD.

OpenView-HD started OpenView HD as a counter and interim measure to due to government’s long-delayed switch-on of commercial digital terrestrial television (DTT) in South Africa and things are now looking better for OpenView HD.


OpenView HD tells Channel24 that a target of 170 000 box sales was set for this financial year and OpenView HD has already sold 100 000 boxes. OpenView HD sold an average of 3 500 boxes per month last year and is now averaging sales of 26 000 boxes per month.

“The growth of OpenView HD is better than expected,” says Maxwell Nonge, the managing director of Platco Digital.


“In its 1st year OpenView HD was accepted into 50 000 households. To date there has been a 300% increase in the uptake which will get OpenView HD to 200 000 active decoders.”


Nonge says “viewers can look forward to an even more enhanced offering from the platform, as new channels will be added to the bouquet soon”.

“Content that will be added is guided by focused consumer research to ensure that the channels are in line with the target audience’s viewing patters.”

OpenView HD has 19 entertainment channels, including the SABC’s SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3, and carries 5 radio stations.

OpenView HD decoders retails for R399 which excludes the dish and installation. It uses the same dish alignment as MultiChoice’s DStv which means that OpenView HD viewers don’t need to buy a second satellite dish and only the decoder

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MTV to screen the VMAs live! (Dstv Channel 130)

Posted by radio On August - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The countdown has begun for MTV’s most outrageous music awards ceremony, the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” (VMA).  The “MTV Video Music Awards” will air live across Africa on MTV (DStv channel 130) from the Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE) in Los Angeles, on Monday 31 August at 03:00 CAT (official pre-show starts at 02:00 CAT; the primetime simulcast takes place on MTV/MTV Base at 20:00 CAT (pre-show) and 21:00 CAT (main show).


Smirnoff is the official sponsor of the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards”.


Always packed with surprises and OMG! moments, this year’s VMA promises a whole new level of revelations, career defining performances, crazy antics and crazier fashion decisions – and with “Wrecking Ball’ star Miley Cyrus at the helm, who knows what’s going to happen?  Performers confirmed for the show include Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Bruno Mars and The Weekend.  Further performers are due to be announced the week of the show.


The world’s biggest stars compete each other to win the infamous ‘Moonman” trophy – reimagined this year by world-renowned fashion designer Jeremy Scott – complete with sneakers, peace sign jewelry and rainbow-hued makeover. Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé lead the pack with the most nominations for 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” nomination (see below for a full list of nominees):



Beyoncé – “7/11”

Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”



Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

The Weeknd – “Earned It”

Nick Jonas – “Chains”



Beyoncé – “7/11”

Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Sia – “Elastic Heart”

Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”



Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”

Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”

Big Sean ft. E-40 – “IDFWU”



Beyoncé – “7/11”

Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Maroon 5 – “Sugar”



Hozier – “Take Me To Church”

Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”

Florence + the Machine – “Ship To Wreck”

Walk the Moon – “Shut Up and Dance”

Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”



Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”

Vance Joy – “Riptide”

George Ezra – “Budapest”

James Bay – “Hold Back The River”

FKA Twigs – “Pendulum”



Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”

Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”



Jennifer Hudson – “I Still Love You”

Colbie Caillat – “Try”

Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”

Rihanna – “American Oxygen”

Wale – “The White Shoes”





Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Charles Infante)

Snoop Dogg – “So Many Pros” (Jason Fijal)

Jack White – “Would You Fight For My Love” (Jeff Peterson)

The Chemical Brothers – “Go” (Michel Gondry)

Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)



Beyoncé – “7/11” (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)

OK Go – “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)

Chet Faker – “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)

Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)

Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)



Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)

Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst)

FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)

Alt-J – “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)



Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy)

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)

Hozier – “Take Me To Church” (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)

Childish Gambino – “Sober” (Hiro Murai)



Beyoncé – “7/11” (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)

Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London)

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)

A$AP Rocky – “L$D” (Dexter Navy)

Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)



Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)

FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)

Childish Gambino – “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)

Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Tyler, The Creator – “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

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BET Buzz to launch in September

Posted by radio On August - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

For what’s what, who’s who and who’s doing what to whom, you just have to check out BET Buzz, BET’s smart and sassy new daily entertainment show.

Presenting a daily dose of entertainment news are veteran Tamarsha Khanyile and relative newcomer Altovise Lawrence, who will take turns hosting the show.


Singer and radio DJ Tamarsha has previously made her mark presenting on Selimathunzi and covering the Metro FM Awards Black Carpet show on behalf of RGB, while Altovise first rose to fame after winning BET’s reality contest Top Actor earlier this year.


Bright, breezy and in the know, BET Buzz will feature entertainment news and celebrity gossip from all over the African continent and the rest of the world.


Added Tamarsha, “I’m so excited to be part of this exciting new show for BET, and to being able to grow my profile within the entertainment industry.”


Commented Altovise, “BET gave me an amazing entrée into the entertainment world thanks to Top Actor, and I am now looking forward to forging even closer links with this amazing global brand.”


BET Buzz will air daily on BET (DStv channel 129) from 1 September at 19:00 CAT and on BET2 (DStv channel 135) at 19:50 CAT (weekend omnibus on Saturdays on BET (19:40 CAT) & BET2 (20:40 CAT).


For more “buzz” about BET Buzz, go to, like BET on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa.  Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #BETBuzz.


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#YouGotGot is coming to MTV on 17 August!

Posted by radio On August - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Tol A$$ Mo and his posse of Outlawz are heading back into town for their most outrageous and hilarious exploits yet: to prank the good, honest, law-abidin’ citizens of South Africa…#YouGotGot…there’s no escape…

Inspired by the funniest pranks on the #internet, and in the proud tradition of MTV prank shows Punk’d and Pranked, #YouGotGot is a straight-shootin’ prank show with a SA spin, foolin’ members of the public and famous faces to do real stupid stuff, or at least scarin’ the pants off them – all in the name of good ol’ entertainment!


Initially devised as a once-off stunt for April Fools’ Day earlier this year, #YouGotGot made such a commotion that MTV is bringing it back as a fully-fledged weekly show. Each week there’ll be a celebrity prankee; stars already subjected to the #YouGotGot treatment include Bonang Matheba and Bucie (episode 1) and Da LES (episode 2).


Dillon Khan, Channel Head – MTV, said “Millions of people spend thousands of hours on the internet looking at cats, people falling off things, other random stuff, and more cats. So we dug about to find some interesting social experiments, representing the best and the worst pranks the internet has to offer, before trying them out on willing South Africans. Well, actually, they weren’t willing at all: it’s a prank show! In fact, we did it just so we could have the pleasure of seeing their reaction when we finally shouted #YOUGOTGOT in their faces.


Meet The Outlaws!

The wily gang of pranksters is led by comedian Tol A$$ Mo (identifying feature: he’s real tall…), who supplies the jokes and voiceovers, while five trusty henchmen and women pull all the pranks and stunts.


Lindzy: The black widow of pranks. What Lindzy gives with one hand, she takes away with of the other. This crafty vixen will use her cunning and sly ways to trick you in the best way.

Oscar: Mini man, our “Napoleon” of pranks. He likes getting down and dirty (not that it’s a long way down or anything). Like a pocket Swiss Army knife, this little guy comes with a big warning label. He can “move like Jagger”, and hide in your fridge – but not necessarily at the same time.


Tracy, “Ms Stereotype”: the most colourful twisted koeksister of karaoke isn’t scared of calling a spade a spade. She may have the voice of an angel, but don’t be fooled; she ain’t afraid to cut-a-bitch, eksê my laanie. She lives by the mantra “WWCD”– “what woulda coloured do?”

Graham, alias “The Grameleon”: with a list of perbsonas as long as a wizard’s sleeve, this master of Tom-foolery will have you second-guessing yourself at every turn. Never the same person twice, he’ll catch you every time.


Simmi: The not-so-chic “Sheik of Comedic Skullduggery”. He may look like dreamy Aladdin, but in actual fact is more like Sinbad the sailor, with charm to pull the flying carpet right out from under you. Be careful of this pretty boy who isn’t afraid to offend.


Join the buzz about #YouGotGot by following @MTVza on Twitter, using the hashtag#YouGotGot, or like MTV on Facebook.

#YouGotGot premieres on MTV (DStv channel 130) on Monday 17 August at 21:35 CAT and on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Friday 21 August at 16:30 CAT.


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DStv to launch Star Wars channel

Posted by radio On August - 7 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

M-Net Movies and MultiChoice are making African television history with a new pop up channel featuring all six epic films from the Star Wars Saga. From 31 August until 13 September DStv Premium customers will be transported to a galaxy far, far away with a special channel on M-Net Movies 109. This groundbreaking two week long addition to the existing nine M-Net Movies channels on DStv is the continent’s very first events channel built around international movies, as well as Africa’s first channel dedicated to all things Star Wars.


Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and all the other iconic Star Wars characters will wield their lightsabers on channel 109 on DStv Premium, which will feature all the Star Wars movies, as well as other programming linked to the franchise.


Each day of the week, starting 31 August, the M-Net Movies Star Wars channel will screen one of the blockbusters that dominated global popular culture since its epic release in 1977 – from the cult classic Star Wars: A New Hope with which George Lucas introduced us to Star Wars mythology to 2005’s Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith which was praised for its mind-blowing digital effects. The movies will play in chronological order of release at 19:30 CAT as well as at 06:00 CAT on the same day, while those who missed out on the action during the week can binge-watch the entire galactic saga from beginning to end on Sundays.


The movies will be interspersed with animated features and series, featurettes, documentaries and other delights from the Star Wars universe.


“This is a great coup for us,” says M-Net CEO South Africa Yolisa Phahle.”Creating a movie channel dedicated to Star Wars is an initiative that Star Wars fans will enjoy, but we also hope to introduce this iconic programming to a new audience. Pop-up television channels are currently all the rage worldwide and our M-Net Movies Star Wars channel once again shows that we continue to align ourselves with the hottest trends and biggest brands whilst embracing the future of visual entertainment.”


With this M-Net Movies Pop-Up channel channel, fans will be able to enjoy all their favourite Star Wars battles, plots and characters before the cinematic release of the brand-new Star Wars film later this year.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens is due for release by the Walt Disney Company in December 2015.


“We are thrilled to be bringing Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, to audiences in this first-for-Africa television event with DStv,” says Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager for The Walt Disney Company Africa. “This is a perfect opportunity for families to experience some of the world’s most unforgettable characters and stories to screens across the continent.”


In addition to the Star Wars content available to DStv Premium customers on channel 109, young and old alike can also look forward to a magical Star Wars online experience on


From Wookies to Droids and bounty hunters to Sith lords, the M-Net Movies Star Wars Pop-Up channel, exclusive to DStv Premium, will be a gateway to the Galactic Empire.

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MTN slash FrontRow subscription price

Posted by radio On August - 7 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Save R60 on an MTN FrontRow Club subscription



MTN FrontRow Club subscription now costs only R119 a month on any mobile network – that’s an early Christmas gift of R60 a month. Even better, if you’re an MTN subscriber, you get free data for streaming too!


New subscribers are already being charged the lower amount, while current subscribers will be moved to the new price this month.


So what do you get for your R119? You can choose from a huge range of TV series or movies from our ever-growing catalogue to watch whenever you like, on any of your digital devices and on any mobile network.


Exclusive to MTN FrontRow Club are the acclaimed drama series Power (we have episodes of season two just 24 hours after their US debut) and Black Sails. Other current TV highlights include The Honourable Woman; Sherlock; Castle; and the original Australian version of The Slap.


The MTN FrontRow Club movie selection has hundreds of all-time favourites and evergreen classics. Watch titles such as Erin Brockovich; Good Will Hunting; Stand by Me; Sin City; and Identity.


Then there are plenty of TV shows and films for the kids; a treasure trove of new and older music videos in popular genres; and beautifully made documentaries … you’ll never be bored again.

Meanwhile, renting a blockbuster or silver-screen classic on MTN FrontRow Premiere will still cost as little as R15 a film – with or without an MTN FrontRow Club subscription and on any mobile network. MTN subscribers using MTN FrontRow Premiere will also now enjoy free data for streaming.


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The Marche du Film Festival de Cannes and Rotterdam Lab Announce SA Producer Development Program



The Marché du Film of Festival du Cannes, and CineMart, part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, have partnered with the Association for Transformation in Film and Television (ATFT) to create a development program for five (5) South African black producers to attend the Rotterdam Lab and the Marché du Film’s Producers Network in 2016.


The five producers and their projects will be selected by the ATFT in collaboration with the Marché du Film and the Rotterdam CineMart, with preference given to producers who have completed a theatrically released film.


The program consists of three stages: firstly producers will partake in the Rotterdam Lab in January 2016, next the producers and their projects will be work-shopped in South Africa two months prior to the Marché du Film, and lastly the producers will attend Cannes and bee nrolled in the Producers Network, where they will be spotlighted at one of the Breakfast Meetings of the Producers Network. In Cannes, meetings with distributors and financiers will also be arranged to support further development of their projects.


The Rotterdam Lab is a five-day training workshop for young and emerging producers designed to build up their international network and their experience at an international festivals and markets. Participation in the Rotterdam Lab provides producers with the confidence and skills to navigate the festival circuit and meet professionals who can help finance their projects.


Alongside the panel discussions, participants take part in so-called ‘speed dating’ sessions in which they meet with industry delegates in person and receive advice about their own projects. In addition to the organised Lab program, producers can strengthen their network and participate in all other CineMart events, like networking lunches, cocktails and other panels.


The workshop in South Africa will take place over three days with two experts bringing their expertise on international co-production and international distribution. The two experts will follow-up with the 5 delegates after the workshop to help them prepare for their participation to the Producers Network at the Marché du Film in Cannes.


The Producers Network hosts more than 500 producers from around the world for a series of meetings and unique events specifically designed to stimulate international co-production and optimize networking. During the week, with a different program each day, producers are given opportunities to meet the potential partners that will move their projects forward, namely co-producers, sales agents, distributors and financiers.


The SA Producers selected will participate in this program be presented at one of the Breakfast Meetings as well as being introduced to a selection of international guests during a luncheon organized by the Marché du Film and ATFT.


To apply to the program, ATFT database members need to respond to the callout they will receive on email and apply to both the Rotterdam CineMart and Marché du Film delegations and submit their project via the online application form.




To join the database sign up on the ATFT website at

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Glow TV changes its schedule

Posted by radio On August - 1 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

From 03 August Glow boasts back to back soapies from 5.30pm-10pm every weekday.

glowlogoIn July popular soapie Sadda Haq was extended by a half hour, to start at 5.30pm. This will now be followed by an hour of Bade Achhe Lagte Hai.

New soapie Young Love will air from 7.30-8.30pm. It tells the arduous journey of Anadi who married as a child and is now a young adult struggling to find her identity in the world. It sensitively portrays the plight of children who are unwittingly forced into marriage and have to bear the repercussions for the rest of their lives.

This is followed by your favourite soapie, Parichay at 8.30pm and Office at 9.30pm.

Dual language function

Most exiting is the dual language functionality on the soaps. Viewers will be able chose between watching Glow soaps in English or original Hindi on both DStv and Openview HD, with the simple flick of a button. This kicks in with Parichay this Friday evening at 8.30pm

 Glow for Kids

Glow also introduces children’s shows, weekdays at 4pm.

Little Bheem is a comedy adventure series. Follow the tale of the brave and super-strong Bheem and his friends as they battle to save their town from scheming villains.

Mighty Raju: Raju lives in the city with his parents and his dog, Moby. Raju’s father, a famous scientist, creates a powerful compound that turns him into a superhero. Join the fun and adventure of this superhero and his friends.

Cops and Robbers: Catch the hilarious antics of Anthony, a modern day Robin Hood and the the police inspector who sets out to arrest him.

 Me time for Mom

Saturday mornings will offer some time out for the ladies, with top quality lifestyle shows. Food shows Mummy Ka Magic and Health Mange More air back to back from 8am to 9am.

This is followed by popular wedding makeover show Band Baaja Bride, where brides enjoy five star treatment in the build-up to their big day.


Your favourite comedies moves to Saturday night:

How to be Indie at 7pm and the wildly funny, Citizen Khan at 7.30pm and the evening is rounded off with a premium movie at 8pm.

On Sunday nights reality takes centre stage:

India’s Dancing Superstar starts at 7pm and Up Close and Personal with PZ at 8.30pm, followed by MTV Roadies at 9.30pm.



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“We are delighted to introduce the three radio stations as part of our offering. The aim to launch the radio stations, is to enhance the listeners experience by providing them with excellent digital audio quality from their favourite radio stations”, said Ziyanda Mngomezulu, Channel Acquisitions at Platco Digital.

Heart FM

Gagasi FM, Heart FM and OFM, are leaders in their respective provinces and play significant roles in providing their listeners with hit music shows, talk shows and current affairs. Gagasi FM is the number one commercial radio station in KwaZulu Natal with a strong urban black youth following. Heart FM prides itself as the Western Cape’s top all-round entertainer in touch with the values of Capetonians.


OFM is central South Africa’s largest independent radio station. Catering to an English and Afrikaans audience across the Free State, North West Province, Northern Cape and southern Gauteng. OFM plays a mix of today’s hits and yesterday’s classic hits while providing content that is engaging and entertaining. No wonder OFM have the fourth biggest radio webpage in South Africa and the highest incidents of time spent listening to radio in South Africa.


“Our viewers will be spoiled for choice with radio content from the three provinces. They now have the opportunity to easily access Mzansi’s best and loved radio shows which have a strong local identity. The platform will further boost the reach of the stations, from regional to national influence,” added Mngomezulu.

In addition to the new radio stations, LM radio will also be back on the platform as from the 30th of July.

The radio stations will be available on the following channels:

Gagasi FM: Channel number 603
OFM: Channel number 604
Heart FM: Channel number 605

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Dj Sbu Kicking Doors at CNBC Africa

Posted by radio On July - 28 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

CNBC Africa, Africa’s leading business television channel, in collaboration with Sbu Leope and Leadership 2020, is proud to announce the launch of a brand new show:

Kicking Doors with Sbu Leope



Kicking doors with Sbu Leope is designed to educate and inspire growth amongst the ‘Billionaire Generation’ in Africa. Expect a practical, tactical focused 30 minute window into the world of Africa’s leading minds with a high level experienced team of experts narrating the terrain.


CNBC Africa and Leope aim to elevate the status and profile of Africa’s next set of Billionaires, the aspirant and fiercely relentless who will stop at nothing to reach their dream. Presenter of the show, Sbu Leope comments “Kicking Doors is designed for people like me, who challenge the status quo and break boundaries. The generation that is sick and tired of being sick and tired. We will usher in a fundamental paradigm shift in the way people think and apply their energies towards accomplishing their dream.”


The show will feature a live studio audience to contribute to the discussion, and engage with Sbusiso Leope and Africa’s leading entrepreneurs. CNBC Africa’s Executive Director and Head of Programming, Bronwyn Nielsen said, “CNBC Africa continues to explore new programming innovations which help to make business media more universally accessible. Kicking Doors will be our flagship in that regard”.

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