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iflix (www.iflix.com), the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, offering subscribers unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more, today announced it has entered into a major two-year distribution agreement with LEGO Systems (‘LEGO’) to add a wide range of the most popular LEGO series to iflix’s extensive library of award-winning titles.

iflix will offer its subscribers across the Middle East and Africa unlimited access to both stream and download an incredible selection of LEGO Kids content including Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu, The Kingdom of Shadows and The Way of The Ninja, Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu Day of the Departed, Nexo Knights, Friends of Heartlake City, Jurassic World Indominus Escape, Marvel Superheroes Maximum Overload, Marvel Superheroes Avengers Reassembled, DC Superheroes Batman Beleaguered, and City Shorts.

 

The agreement between iflix and LEGO will see 122 episodes across 10 titles added to the streaming service for fans to enjoy.

 

iflix Head of Content Africa and the Middle East, Evert van der Veer said: “LEGO is one of the world’s most recognized and beloved brands, and we are excited to bring LEGO’s premium titles to our members both young and young-at-heart on a dedicated LEGO-branded channel for all to enjoy. iflix is committed to providing the best in entertainment from around the world to all our subscribers, and this deal with LEGO is key to delivering on that promise.”

 

“We are pleased to partner with iflix to bring LEGO content even closer to fans in the Middle East and Africa”, said Gina Costelloe, Senior Content Distribution Manager, IBLE. “Through the extensive library of content available on the new Channels feature, fans of all ages will have direct access to their favorite stories and characters anytime they want.”

 

Now available to over one billion consumers across 25 territories throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, iflix offers consumers, a vast library of top Hollywood, Asian and Middle Eastern regional, and local TV shows and movies, including many first run exclusives and award-winning programs, each subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever.

 

 

For new subscribers, iflix offers a complimentary one-month trial with full access to its service, features and content. Go to www.iflix.com to register.

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New channel Moja Love to launch on DStv

Posted by radio On February - 14 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Don’t miss the launch of Moja Love on DStv Channel 157.

 

 

February is the month of love and we’re spreading it far and wide with a brand new channel coming your way on Wednesday 14 February: Moja Love. The channel will see a mix of majority local content with international titles to look out for.

 

Expect an exciting line-up of content on Moja Love including the highly anticipated telenovela Hope and the reality show No Excuses: Pay Your Papgeld.

 

Hope star Nimrod Nkosi will be joining DStv for a special live stream of The Dish with Sips and Mish on Wednesday 14 February at exactly 14:00 on the DStv YouTube channel to talk all things Moja Love, Hope, romance on Valentine’s Day and answer your burning questions! Have a question? Send it to us via our community tab!

 

Want to know more about the shows to expect on Moja Love? We have the details of some of the must-watch titles below.

 

Hope

 

Set mainly in Johannesburg’s inner city, the show centres around the life of Pastor Zakes Buthelezi (Nimrod Nkosi) – a meek pastor whose faith and integrity are put to the test when all he has built throughout his life seems to crumble around him.

 

This riveting drama series follows him as he deals with an emotionally unfaithful wife, a son who has doubts about following in his father’s footsteps to become a Pastor, and a teenage daughter whose drinking and partying lifestyle has everyone worried. As new characters are interoduced, you realise that they are not what they seem to be.

 

Get hooked on the drama from Wednesday 14 February at 19:30. Then watch weekdays at 19:00.

 

No Excuses: Pay Your Papgeld

 

Don’t miss the highly anticipated brand new reality show hosted by Moss Makwati! The show tracks down parents who are ducking their financial obligations towards their children. It attempts to address the issues between the parents for the sake of the child. Pay your Papgeld is the first show dedicated to addressing this issue in South Africa where 50% of children live in households where fathers are absent.

 

Don’t miss the show premiere on Wednesday 14 February at 20:00 and a new episode on Saturday 17 February at 18:30.

 

Judge Khumbules

 

The hilarious sitcom Judge Khambule serves up large helpings of some of the best South African comedy in a courtroom setting. The show introduces a host of colourful personalities as, week-by- week, disputes are brought before Judge Khambule, who is played by South Africa’s latest comedy sensation Thenjiwe Moseley.

 

See the season premiere on Wednesday 14 February at 20:30 with a new episode on Saturday 17 February at 18:00.

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AFRIDOC streaming premieres from today!

Posted by radio On February - 7 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

AfriDocs, thefree streaming platform for the best documentaries in Africa is proud topresent even more exciting films available in the month of February.

AfriDocs films areFREE to screen anytime and from anywhere in Africa on www.afridocs.net.

 

 

 

Today, Feb 7th sees the STREAMING PREMIERE of This Land. The powerful South African documentary that touches on the emotive and timely land issue has screened at the Durban International Film Festival, Encounters and on AfriDocs on BET, and now makes its streaming debut on the AfriDocs platform.

 

To watch the film: https://afridocs.net/watch-now/this-land/

This Land:  Dianne WhelanJeremy Mendes Directors

In Makhasaneni, a hamlet in rural KwaZulu-Natal, scores of villagers are under threat of forced removal for the second time in as many generations. Forcibly moved here by the apartheid government, now their homes are under threat by a mining company in cahoots with the Entembeni Zulu Royal Family, and who seek to exploit the land over the heads of the people who live and work on it.

 

An eloquent portrait of the activists and residents of Makhasaneni, This Land is also a brave and necessary exposé of the inadequacy of customary law in a predatory capitalist state.

 

It raises the question, “Is monarchy compatible with democratic land reform?”

 

Visit www.afridocs.net,  https://www.facebook.com/AfriDocs/  for more info.

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JJ Tabane scores a talk show on SABC 3

Posted by radio On February - 6 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s commercial television channel, SABC 3 is moving the 18h00 news bulletin to 21h00 as from today. Mr Peter Ndoro and Ms Francis Herd will remain as the Presenters of this bulletin, whilst Chriselda Lewis and Aldrin Sampear will present the weekend edition.

 

The channel is also pleased to announce the introduction of a brand new Current Affairs programme, Frankly Speaking at 20h30 from Sunday 11 February 2018. This programme is an interactive show using skype and social media to encourage amplified viewer participation.

 

 

Frankly Speaking will be hosted by the renowned media personality Onkgopotse JJ Tabane. Mr Tabane is one of South Africa’s leading media and communications specialists, as well as a community activist and a business executive. He is an author and also a regular columnist for various publications.

 

The new current affairs programme will look at news of the day and preview important upcoming stories through high paced headlines.

 

These changes are informed by a great need to stay relevant, innovative and to keep up with the fast growing digital trends in the media space.

 

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Available in 38 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and already broadcast in Senegal on Canal+ offer, Africanews (www.africanews.com) is stepping up its presence in the land of Teranga, thanks to the partnership with the new media outlet L’Obs TV, a Futurs Médias Group entity, created by Youssou N’DOUR.

 

Launched in January 2018, L’Obs TV includes Africanews in French in its programming, every day from 9 am to 11 am WAT.

 

With this new partnership, Africanews is increasing its audience in Senegal.This initiative enables Africanews, the leading pan-African and multilingual news channel, to strengthen its editorial position and thereby secure the loyalty of a wider audience. Africanews viewership has grown to 1.2 million additional people in Senegal.

 

Distribution

Less than two years after its launch, Africanews is already available in 38 countries and 11.7 million homes* in sub-Saharan Africa. This growth is driven by Africanews availability on the leading pay-TV platforms on the continent, including Canal+ Africa, Startimes, Azam TV and more recently Kwesé TV.

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Chris Maroleng appointed as SABC’s COO

Posted by radio On January - 31 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
The Chairperson of the SABC on behalf of the board of the public broadcaster is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Chris Maroleng as the Chief Operations Officer of the SABC, with effect from 1 February 2018.
 
Mr Maroleng holds BA(Hons) and MA degrees from the University of Cape Town and has received several post-graduate scholarships and awards.  He is an accomplished South African with successful careers at senior management level in television, telecommunications and corporate affairs.
 
Mr. Maroleng has demonstrated considerable management and financial acumen and he is familiar with the cutting-edge Fourth Industrial Revolution issues that the SABC needs to embrace going forward. He understands South Africa’s legislative and regulatory environment and his knowledge of broadcasting on the continent is invaluable as the SABC develops its coverage of, and in Africa.
 
Mr. Chris Maroleng said: “I accept the position at the SABC with deep humility, and appreciate the confidence that the Board has shown in me. I look forward to playing a role, as part of an executive team, in transforming the SABC into a world-class public broadcaster that is responsive to the needs of all South Africans.”
 
The Board’s priority has always been to urgently fill the top three executive vacancies, as expected and mandated by Parliament and the Shareholder.  We believe that the appointment of the Chief Operations Officer is a significant step towards stabilising the executive leadership of the SABC. The Board is satisfied that this appointment process has followed all legal and governance requirements.
 
The adverts for the Group CEO and CFO have been placed, and the deadline for applications has been extended to 14 February 2018.
[Issued by: SABC]
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Watch Idris Elba in Guerrilla on 1Magic tonight

Posted by radio On January - 31 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Guerrilla follows two young Black Power activists, whose relationship is under pressure when they clash with police. Watch online on DStv Now.

Don’t miss Idris Elba in Guerrilla, Wednesday 31 January at 21:30 on 1Magic (Dstv Channel 103), and streaming live on DStv Now.

 

Set against the evocative backdrop of 1970s London, Guerrilla follows two young activists involved in the capital’s Black Power movement, whose relationship falls under intense pressure when they clash with racist elements within the police. It’s a fictional exploration of a thought-provoking moment in history, which asks what might have happened if Black Power groups in the UK had turned to violence in their fight for equal rights.

 

Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay play the central couple Jas and Marcus, with Rory Kinnear as Special Branch Copper Pence. Nathanial Martello-White, Daniel Mays, Denise Gough and Zawe Ashton also feature, and if all that wasn’t enough Idris Elba, who has co-executive produced the series, co-stars, too.

 

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The River comes to 1Magic

Posted by radio On December - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The flagship telenovela of the new M-Net channel 1Magic (DStv channel 103) The River is a thrill-a-minute showstopper that balances the tightrope between soapie and drama. It’s quite simply an impeccable story, with jaw dropping acting, and cutting-edge production value.

The series is spearheaded by a formidable cast made up of seasoned actress Sindi Dlathu, alongside Hlomla Dandala, Don Mlangeni, Moshidi Motshegwa, and newcomer Larona Moagi amongst others. The River sees two different but interdependent worlds collide in spectacular fashion. One side of the river is populated by society’s upper crust in exquisite mansions who will go to any lengths to maintain their wealth. The other world is inhabited by the exploited “common folk” who constantly toil with little to show for it.

 

 

Sindi plays Lindiwe, a polished and astute mining magnate whose stilettos have squashed anyone who dared stand in the way of her wealth. Moagi is Itumeleng, the young character from the “poor” side of town who wants to put an end to Lindiwe’s ruthless gluttony, often at the expense of her beloved community.

 

 

Courage and cunning eventually collide when they cannot put their differences aside, resulting in an endless body count. A story of ill placed love, greed, betrayal and blood bonds. The show promises to be gripping television. M-Net Director of Local Entertainment channels, Reneilwe Sema commented on what viewers can expect, “The River is just the type of drama that fans have been waiting for. The storyline combines the allure and ruthlessness of the business world, with the raw essence of township struggles, making for the type of storylines our viewers love. The seasoned cast is sure to bring this intricate story to life in every episode.”

 

 

In The River, the truth won’t remain buried forever.

The Cast:
Lindiwe – Sindi Dlathu: The enigmatic businesswoman who has sacrificed a great deal to become a success; and buries secrets with the same singlemindedness she buries bodies.
Zweli – Hlomla Dandala: Married to Lindiwe, he completes the picture-perfect power couple that’s revered and reviled in equal measure.
Zolani – Lawrence Maleka: The adopted son of Lindiwe, who bites into forbidden fruit and later witnesses a terrible tragedy.
Thato – Don Mlangeni: Itumeleng’s father, who meets an unexpected reckoning that haunts his daughter, committing her to a greater cause.
Malefu – Moshidi Motshegwa: Mother to Itumeleng, matriarch and pillar of strength in the family and township community.
Itumeleng – Larona Moagi: The feisty young rebel who refuses to be silenced and roll over when her family and community become casualties of greed and excess.

Look out for a brand new telenovela The River, starting on Monday, 29 January 2018. The series is produced by Tshedza Pictures and will premiere on 1Magic (DStv Channel 103), every week night at 20:00.

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Bye Vuzu Amp hello 1Magic

Posted by radio On December - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Vuzu Amp will now become 1Magic. Find out everything you need to know about the change below.

It’s going to be a magical start to the new year when DStv Premium customers, say hello to 1Magic on Monday 29 January 2018, DStv Channel 103!

The channel will become the entertainment destination of choice for audiences who enjoy gripping local dramas, telenovelas, reality shows, movies and are also looking for the best in international reality, drama and movies.

 

Leading the charge will be the channel’s flagship new telenovela, The River, which boasts the crème de la crème of South African acting talent. Starting on Monday 29 January, it is spearheaded by a formidable cast made up of seasoned actors, Sindi Dlathu, Hlomhla Dandala, Moshidi Motshegwa, and newcomer, Larona Moagi. The River is about the deadly result that comes about when the greedy world of society’s upper crust collides with that of ordinary common folk. Driven by the themes of love across social classes, greed and a community fighting to surviveit’s a show that can’t be missed.

VUZU AMP audiences should not panic because 1Magic will still be serving a mix of compelling, relevant and entertaining international programmes like The Fixer, How To Get Away with Murder, The Real Housewives, Power and later on in the year, latest seasons of Ballers, Queen Sugar and Insecure.

 

On Friday 2 February, viewers should look out for a new chic urban drama Unmarried, which unpacks themes of love, urban hustle and bustle, and the daily challenges faced by young urban couples in trying to juggle life and aspirations. The drama boosts a stellar cast of South African household names such as Fezile Makhanya, Thembisa Mdoda, Renate Stuurman amongst others.

 

“In line with our vision to be the best African storytellers in the world, M-Net has identified a need to invest in more local entertainment for our viewers, in the premium segment. 1Magic will fill a viewing gap by combining new and exclusive local shows with international content,” says Nkateko Mabaso, GM M-Net South Africa.

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Festive music specials on DStv

Posted by radio On December - 11 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

M-Net is bringing you a bunch of music specials to enjoy from U2 to Bruno Mars . There’s something for everyone.

Calling all the music fans who want to enjoy some one-on-one time with their favourite artists this festive.

M-Net  (Which is also available on DStv Now) has made sure to bring you the most popular artists with these music specials.

All the Gwen Stefani fans stand up, can we hear a “Few times I’ve been around that track, so it’s not just gonna happen like that, cause I ain’t no hollaback girl, I ain’t no hollaback girl.”  Watch Gwen Stefani’s Christmas Special on Monday 25 December at 20:00.

 

Ok let’s get back on track. Before the Gwen special we have South Africa’s top vocalists perform with a full philharmonic orchestra in this classy classical music special. Watch Starlight Classics on Sunday 17 December at 17:30.

 

The Grammy Award-winning Irish band U2 gives fans a stellar performance on Thursday 28 December at 20:00.  

 

In his first solo live television special, multiple Grammy winner Bruno Mars performs at the famed Apollo Theatre. Watch him on Sunday 24 December t 18:00. Madonna Rebel Heart is on later that night at 22:10 where this timeless pop artist and Grammy-winner Madonna gives fans a visually stunning show to remember with this love and romance themed concert tour special.

 

On New Year’s Eve you can bond with Oscar and Grammy Award-winning Sam Smith  as he performs new tracks from his eagerly awaited new album in this intimate music special. Watch him in Sam Smith: Live in London on Sunday 31 December at 18:00.

 

Later that night at 22:00 is the industry’s annual fundraising event The 2017 Royal Variety Performance where legendary performers from around the globe perform.

 

Two special holiday music channels will be available on the DStv audio package until 26 December 2017. Customers can enjoy their favourite contemporary hits, adult contemporary as well as pop holiday music on DMX Holiday Favourites (channel 756); and fans of smooth Jazz, contemporary instrumental and new age renditions of well-known holiday favourites can tune into DMX Holiday Instrumentals (channel 785).

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